How Long Until Favre Ends Up As An Analyst?

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."
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.
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.

Brett Favre could be major player in broadcast booth (NY Daily News)

Posted by Awful Announcing at 10:22 AM

7 Comments:

The guy sucks at answering questions so why would anyone think that he would thrive at asking them?

GMoney said...
Feb 16, 2009, 10:48:00 AM  

If Brett Favre goes in to TV, Gmae Analysis is not the way to go with Brett. Becasue everytime he answers a quesiton, he takes about 10 minutes to answer it. That approach won't work in a booth, he might be better sutted for the studio because of that.

sportsfan25 said...
Feb 16, 2009, 11:09:00 AM  

I don't neccessarily think Farve would be a great analysist. He might be the next Joe Montana. But anytime a big name retires, he inevitable lands on tv.

walnuts said...
Feb 16, 2009, 1:32:00 PM  

Agreed. I think Favre could be the next Joe Montana or the next Emmitt Smith on TV. Just becasue you are a big name doesn't mean that you are going to be good on TV. Just look at the TV careers of the people above. Montan brought nothing to the table when he worked at NBC, and Emmitt Smith could not comand the English language.

sportsfan25 said...
Feb 16, 2009, 3:15:00 PM  

I'm not holding my breath. He has as much difficulty making up his mind as Michael what's-his-name? The basketball player?

Steve Smith said...
Feb 16, 2009, 3:21:00 PM  

You mean Micheal Jordan? Yeah, Jordan and Favre have that in comend, they can't make up their minds on when to reire. But at least Jordan has actually stayed reired which you can't say that about Favre.

sportsfan25 said...
Feb 16, 2009, 4:53:00 PM  

Be advised, in the words of Paul Zimmerman: Bob Raissman is most wrong, when he is most loudest. The guy based all his articles on speculation and half truths.

Feb 16, 2009, 5:25:00 PM  

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