ESPN To Talk To Favre About Vacant Analyst Seat

Monday, February 23, 2009

And here we.....go! The Brett Favre sweepstakes is underway, and on the heels of the news that Emmitt Smith isn't coming back, ESPN is the front-runner. In fact, Norby Williamson has even stated that they hope to sit down with the retired (?) QB, next month. Via USA Today....

Signing the supposedly retired Brett Favre would bring in a star. Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president, says ESPN hopes to meet with Favre next month: "He's a funny, dynamic guy and would add to anybody's coverage."

Unlike networks with far fewer NFL on-air slots, ESPN can let analysts show their moves on ESPN's many studio, news and radio shows and work their way up the depth chart. Fired NFL coach Herm Edwards, who's signed for SportsCenter, NFL Live and ESPNews, is in position to move up. So is Trent Dilfer, after his solid ESPN rookie season last year. Matt Millen, who returned to TV in NBC's Super Bowl's coverage, has talked to ESPN. Says ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys: "Before each season, we look at the full roster and then make assignments."
I still don't see the need to fill Emmitt's roster spot, especially when you considering that ESPN has a million people in that role, but I guess for the press that comes with Favre you'd make an exception. No matter how good or bad he is, people are going to tune in to see what he has to see. In fact, it's the same model ESPN used when hiring the man whom Favre would replace.

Emmitt was hired by the network on the heels of his "Dancing With the Stars" popularity, and while he didn't pan out, ESPN still got that initial push from the buzz. The only difference in this case is that people weren't sick to death of Smith, in fact most of the country was in love with him. If Favre ends up under performing like Smith, the network would probably get even more flak for his hiring than the Smith one.

It's a dangerous path to take when hiring retired athletes and coaches, and while there are some who succeed (see: Jaworski, Aikman, Tom Jackson), the majority end up lasting only a short time.

With Emmitt Smith out, could ESPN get Brett Favre? (USA Today)

Posted by Awful Announcing at 10:48 AM

9 Comments:

Give more airtime to Trent Dilfer, just say no to this hilljack.

GMoney said...
Feb 23, 2009, 11:20:00 AM  

If this is true, I may never watch ESPN's NFL programming again (sans MNF, which I may just listen to on radio).

SSReporters said...
Feb 23, 2009, 11:37:00 AM  

Matt Millen, who returned to TV in NBC's Super Bowl's coverage, has talked to ESPN.

Favre and Millen? So much for eating lunch today.

Feb 23, 2009, 11:54:00 AM  

I agree, gmoney. I thought Dilfer did a really good job and they should push him into Smith's vacant spont on Countdown. They don't need Farve. The only reason they would add his is for the buzz. But even worse, can you imagine Farve and Kornheiser (assuming he comes back) working for the same company. Just the thought of this may give Kornheiser a massive boner.

walnuts said...
Feb 23, 2009, 12:42:00 PM  

Good move. Favre is one of the most popular players ever. Most def will boost ratings.

Maynard said...
Feb 23, 2009, 1:19:00 PM  

They can offer him all the jack they want, I don't see any way they get him off his tractor.

Jesse said...
Feb 23, 2009, 5:22:00 PM  

In other news, the sun came up today.

jg said...
Feb 23, 2009, 8:05:00 PM  

Please, I'm beyond sick of Brett Favre. You watch, when training camp starts again this summer, Favre will try to unretire. The four letter network is wasting their time talking to him. Hey, what happened to that supposed hiring freeze they announced recently????

Plus, if you have to replace Emmitt Smith with yet again another former player, Trent Dilfer is the guy they should promote, not Favre.

And one more thing. Speaking of four letter network personalities, WTF is going on with one Bonnie Bernstein, who has only appeared on "the family of networks" on 12 different occasions as either a studio host or feature reporter since September???? I'd love to see more of her and less of Erin Andrews, thank you very much!!!!

kcsportscaster said...
Feb 24, 2009, 12:00:00 AM  

Bonnie Bernstein doesn't do sidelines anymore because she has Restless Legs Syndrome. I don't mean this, either.

Feb 24, 2009, 12:44:00 AM  

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