Tuesday, February 13, 2007
So Tiki is officially a Peacock now. He joins such luminaries as Matt Lauer, Jay Leno, and Carson Daly. The details of the contract are scarce but he is said to be making in the $2.5-3 Million range. The interesting thing is/was that he turned down a more lucrative offer from ABC/ESPN (4 Years-$10M). Very interesting Tiki......very interesting.
“Tiki Barber is one of those rare personalities who appeals to virtually every audience imaginable.”- NBC Universal President and CEO, Jeff Zucker.Good move by Tiki I say. In related news (not really) Baseball Tonight is adding yet ANOTHER analyst. This time it's Fernando Vina......wait......Fernando Vina?!?!?! Yep.
“Tiki's got that natural curiosity that makes a journalist tick. He personifies the fresh perspective and creative sensibility that the audience at 'Today' has come to expect, and I can't wait for him to get started.”- President of NBC News Steve Capus
“Throughout his playing career, Tiki was never shy about expressing his serve him well as a broadcaster and is what made him attractive to us. During this process, we realized how much the ‘Today’ show appealed to Tiki and as a sports division we are the beneficiaries.”- NBC Chairman Dick Ebersol
A two-time Gold Glove winner and former Mets infielder, Viña has agreed in principle to a contract with ESPN that would make him the newest analyst on Baseball Tonight. He will also appear on SportsCenter, ESPN News, and ESPN Radio.What does that give them now.....29 Baseball Analysts.....cause that's necessary.
ESPN Signing up Vina (NY POST)