Mike Gorman, Celtics’ television play-by-play voice since 1981, has announced a new contract extension to remain in that role for NBC Sports Boston for the next three years.

Gorman revealed the news during his weekly appearance on The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich program.

Gorman also explained that his recent absences from Celtics games were related to some of the perks of his new deal.

"I was able to negotiate as part of my deal that I get to take a little bit more time off on some less desirable road trips," Gorman said. “Over Thanksgiving, it was three games in four nights over three different cities. So I took that off, Kyle [Draper] filled in admirably, and I’ll be back on Friday."

The 73-year-old said having extra days off are beneficial, as some of the longer road trips can weigh on him.

"The landing at 3:30 in the morning at Hanscom [Air Force Base] gets old after a while."

Tom Heinsohn, the color analyst for Celtics telecasts, has significantly cut back on his travel schedule in recent year. Brian Scalabrine serves as color analyst for road games.

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