FOX Not Standing In The Way Of A Strahan Return

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

It's really a shame that this Osi injury went down. No, not because he's a great player and I want to see him play this season but rather because I was looking forward to Strahan joining the NFL on FOX. I think he's perfect for television, and while five people on set is never a good idea, the addition was a great one for that network.

I speculated that the ex-Giant probably had a clause in his contract that would let him make a return and late last night, Vice President of Communications Dan Bell said the network wouldn't try to stop an "un-retirement". From SBD via Sporting News Today....

SPORTING NEWS TODAY's Dennis Dillon reports if former NFLer Michael Strahan re-joins the Giants, Strahan's contract with Fox Sports "will not impede the process." Fox officials yesterday "gave Strahan their blessing to return to the Giants without jeopardizing his job status." Fox VP/Communications Dan Bell: "If he does decide to go back and play for the Giants, he has our full support and his job will be waiting for him when he returns."
I guess that's the right decision, and obviously a good faith gesture by FOX, but now I'm rooting for Strahan to ignore the Giants and move ahead with his second career behind the mic. And no, not just because I'm a Skins fan. I genuinely think he'll be open and honest about teams and players and someone like that is definitely needed within the NFL these days.

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 2:19 PM


is there a reason i can only see two stories and no links or anything that normally appears on the right side?

Anonymous said...
Aug 26, 2008, 2:44:00 PM  

...and cause you're a Skins fan.

stephen said...
Aug 26, 2008, 2:46:00 PM  

Wait wait wait. The Fox VP of Communications is Dan Levy?!?

No wonder I haven't been getting much sleep.

Dan Levy said...
Aug 26, 2008, 2:46:00 PM  

Why do people assume because a guy was a good football player that he's going to add anything of worth to a telecast?

There's nothing to prove that Strahan would have been 'perfect for television', and, if he hadn't played for the NEW YORK giants, he never would have been offered a TV deal.

Where's the TV deals being offered for Warren Sapp? He's just as good (if not better) in front of the camera, yet networks weren't lining up to offer him a broadcast gig.

NY bias, much?

Anonymous said...
Aug 26, 2008, 3:04:00 PM  

Anon #1- I'm not sure. I don't seem to be having a problem.

Anon #2- Warren Sapp was hired by NFL Network months ago...get with the times. Plus Strahan has been on TV and Radio just about his entire career. It's nothing groundbreaking and he was always entertaining.

Aug 26, 2008, 3:06:00 PM  

Strahan was interviewed on one of the pregame shows every single week. Sure, where he played helped, but the guy has always been open and honest and likeable on screen. And he's not embarrassing himself (yet) on Dancing With The Stars.

GMoney said...
Aug 26, 2008, 4:18:00 PM  

Sapp's been hired by the NFL network? That's why he's not showing as an on-air personality on their website?

And just because he's been 'entertaining' in his previous stints being interviewed, doesn't mean he's going to be a quality analyst on a studio show. The odds of that happening are very, very slim.

Anonymous said...
Aug 26, 2008, 10:50:00 PM  

Sapp will also be on Inside The NFL, and I know your second statement is talking about Strahan, Anonymous 10:50, because odds can't even be slim on Warren Sapp.

Anonymous said...
Aug 26, 2008, 10:58:00 PM  

Anon- You haven't seen him on all of those NFL-N fantasy football commercials and conducting interviews? He's been doing it for over a month and I had the story up a month and a half ago. If you're not looking, or reading, I don't know what to tell you.

He was also hired for Showtime's Inside The NFL like other Anon said and he's going to be on Dancing With The Stars.

I think it's safe to say that your boy has work.

Aug 26, 2008, 11:08:00 PM  

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