Robert Griffin III has emerged as a high goal for each ESPN and Fox in soccer TV free company.
ESPN has upped its provide after Fox confirmed heavy curiosity in Griffin as an NFL and faculty soccer analyst. Now each networks are ready to see whether or not Griffin will attempt to play once more or retires from the NFL to maneuver into TV. Even if Griffin does determine to play, TV shall be ready for him when he finally retires. (Outkick first reported ESPN’s and Fox’s curiosity in Griffin.)
The method Griffin, 31, has elevated his standing as a possible broadcaster is attention-grabbing. Though he does have spectacular credentials as a former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Rookie of the Year who has spent seven seasons within the NFL, he has not had a Peyton Manning-type professional profession that makes him a no-brainer atop TV wish lists.
But Griffin actually excelled in his auditions for ESPN and Fox. Sources from each networks have been blown away by Griffin; some mentioned Griffin’s was among the many high tryouts they’ve ever considered.
ESPN’s provide accommodates a larger quantity of alternatives than Fox’s. Griffin would name faculty video games, do some faculty studio, and discuss each faculty soccer and NFL on reveals akin to “Get Up!” throughout the week, sources mentioned.
ESPN is pursuing Griffin even because it continues to chop salaries amongst its high earners.
For Fox, RGIII might do some NFL video games as an analyst and likewise pair with rising star Emmanuel Acho on pre-game, halftime and post-game faculty soccer reveals on Fox and FS1, sources mentioned. Griffin would additionally contribute to a few of FS1’s weekday studio reveals.
CBS additionally has a possible opening with Rich Gannon being let go, however the community had not had Griffin in for an audition.
Sanchize determination time
Former Jets quarterback and present ESPN analyst Mark Sanchez has a proposal from Fox to change into an NFL sport analyst, The Post has discovered. It can be for the place that was vacated when Chris Spielman left to go run the Detroit Lions.
ESPN very a lot needs to maintain Sanchez. He is usually featured on the Saturday faculty soccer studio present on ABC.
Sanchez also auditioned with CBS, which has not determined whether or not to switch Gannon. Alex Smith, Sean Lee and Joey Galloway additionally have been in for auditions with CBS.
SVG to TNT?
Stan Van Gundy, let go by the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday after one season as head coach, would appear to be a no brainer to return as a sport analyst for TNT, which parted ways with Chris Webber previous to the NBA playoffs.
Van Gundy and Ian Eagle have been TNT’s high crew once they labored collectively final season.
TNT has favored going with a three-man sales space for marquee occasions such because the All-Star sport and the convention finals. The grouping of Eagle and Van Gundy with both Grant Hill or Reggie Miller would take advantage of sense as its No. 1 crew. We might take into account Kevin Harlan on play-by-play, however The Clicker’s easy philosophy is go with the most effective candidate, which is Eagle.
If TNT went with a two-man sales space, I feel both Van Gundy or Hill working with Eagle can be a no-doubt success. Hill meshed nicely with Eagle this season, sounding as if he was having enjoyable once they labored collectively on NBA video games and the NCAA Tournament.
Van Gundy additionally might be a part of forces with Dan Le Batard’s Meadowlark Media. He has a long-standing relationship with Le Batard’s crew.
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