Monday, February 16, 2009
So the big rumor, just like the last time he retired, is that networks are scrambling to sign Brett Favre to an analyst role. Last year, I suggested that FOX would be the way to go, but this year it looks like ESPN and the NFL-N are the front runners. Via the soothsaying, Bob Raissman at the NY Daily News....
"When I get the urge to do something, whether it's TV or whatever, I'll act on it," Favre said. "But right now I've got no desire to do anything."I understand the need to capitalize on someone's fame, on both ends of the hiring chain, but I couldn't be more anti-Favre at this point. That's obviously not going to stop anything though, and this is obviously all speculation at this point, but I have a prediction. I'm going to go along with Raissman on this one and predict that he'll be with ESPN. Why you ask? Well his first interview following the retirement announcement was with the network, and ESPN will be getting rid of someone on their NFL staff very soon. Yes, Emmitt Smith's two-year deal is up, and the word is that his services will no longer be needed. Tear....sniff.
The current NFL TV landscape does not hold out many possibilities. It's hard to see CBS (Jim Nantz/Phil Simms) or Fox (Joe Buck/Troy Aikman) adding a third voice to its No. 1 teams. As much as NBC's John Madden loves Favre, it's unlikely the Peacock would bring in another mouth to work with The Icon and Al Michaels.
The more plausible scenario would involve two network players left with some wiggle room - ESPN and the NFL Network.
The world waits, holding its collective breath for white smoke to pour from the Bristol chimney. This would signal the return of Tony Kornheiser as the third man in ESPN's "Monday Night Football" booth. Last week he said: "I hope they (ESPN) choose to retain me. I really enjoy the work." But if ESPN boots Kornheiser, Favre — if he wants — would be a marquee (buzz-producing) mate for Mike Tirico and Ron Jaworski.
Brett Favre could be major player in broadcast booth (NY Daily News)