Robert Griffin III, Greg McElroy vie for ESPN college football gig

Robert Griffin III, Greg McElroy vie for ESPN college football gig

Within the wake of Todd Blackledge taking off from ESPN to be NBC’s lead recreation analyst on primetime Huge Ten soccer within the fall, there can be a QB battle for ESPN’s No. 2 faculty soccer spot.

It should pit Robert Griffin III vs. Greg McElroy. One was a Heisman Trophy winner, the opposite a nationwide champion.

Let’s break it down:

1. The No. 2 recreation analyst spot, alongside Sean McDonough, is prestigious. Blackledge at present calls a Faculty Soccer Playoff semifinal on TV and the title recreation on radio. McDonough and Blackledge additionally obtain the second-best recreation every week after Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit.

2. It is also akin to a vice chairman place, placing an analyst on the cusp of probably the most highly effective spot within the sport that’s held by Herbstreit. Herbstreit simply signed a brand new ESPN deal and isn’t going wherever. Nonetheless, Herbstreit simply expanded full-time into the NFL this season on Amazon Prime Video’s “Thursday Evening Soccer.” Herbstreit, who was strong, not spectacular, alongside Al Michaels, already has spoken about how he might not have the ability to do each endlessly.

Kirk Herbstreit (proper) acknowledged the pressure of doing double obligation on ESPN’s faculty soccer and Amazon’s “Thursday Evening Soccer” package deal with Al Michaels.Prime Video

3. McElroy, the Alabama grad, has been with ESPN for practically a decade after a brief NFL profession that included being drafted by the Jets. He’s at present teamed with Joe Tessitore. RGIII, who received the Heisman in 2011 with Baylor, has had a fast rise at ESPN in simply his second season. After his rookie 12 months working within the studio and with Mark Jones on video games, ESPN had RGIII change Randy Moss on “Monday Evening Countdown.”

4. Dan Orlovsky may very well be within the combine, however it’s unlikely. Orlovsky is slated to name seven NFL video games on Monday Evening Soccer’s second workforce subsequent season after doing a handful this 12 months, which wouldn’t completely eradicate him from transferring up in faculty, the place he already works with Bob Wischusen.

5. Nonetheless, sources say it’s RGIII vs. McElroy, and it will be very stunning if it weren’t a type of two for the position. The choice may have further ramifications starting in 2024, when ESPN takes over all the highest SEC video games, together with CBS’ present package deal.

Fast Clicks

Rookie studio analyst Sean Payton and Fox Sports activities did a pleasant job addressing his teaching prospects. As an alternative of being elusive, Payton simply answered questions on “Fox NFL Kickoff” and “Fox NFL Sunday.” … Within the early window, with Patriots-Payments, Dolphins-Jets and Steelers-Browns all probably figuring out which workforce would make the playoffs, CBS put the scores of the opposite video games up, which made it straightforward one-stop purchasing to determine what was taking place. Fox did equally, which was good to see after Fox failed to take action throughout World Cup group-stage video games when there was a query of which international locations would advance. … CBS’ lead play-by-player Jim Nantz makes use of the time period “Oh my goodness” as an excessive amount of of a crutch — or he’s making an attempt to make it his model of the late Dick Enberg’s “Oh my!” … On Steelers-Browns, CBS’ Greg Gumbel had a really uneven efficiency, lacking or being late on a number of calls. … ESPN turned its “E” mic flag the other way up to appear to be a “3” to honor Damar Hamlin throughout its broadcast of the Jaguars-Titans recreation on Saturday. It was the thought of Steve Ackels, ESPN’s VP of manufacturing, simply earlier than the sport. … As two-time Olympic gold medalist skier Mikaela Shiffrin matched Lindsey Vonn’s all-time girls’s World Cup wins file on Sunday, NBC streamed the race on its subscription web site, Ski and Snowboard Stay. On Tuesday, it will likely be re-broadcast on Peacock.

Time to Schein

Adam Schein has the fitting credentials if ESPN New York wants to interchange Michael Kay as afternoon radio host.CBS Sports activities Community

If Michael Kay does depart afternoons on ESPN New York, the loyalty issue dictates that Don La Greca, an ESPN NY authentic, and, to a lesser extent, Peter Rosenberg needs to be thought-about as Kay’s successor as host. Nonetheless, in the end, the thought is to rent the very best particular person for the job.

Right here’s an intriguing identify to me: SiriusXM/CBS Sports activities’ Adam Schein.

Schein is an ideal match for New York afternoon drive as a result of he is aware of the right way to do a present, is comparatively younger (45) and grew up learning the FAN. While you hear him, there are shades of Chris Russo, Mike Francesa and Steve Somers, amongst others. It is sort of a smorgasbord of all that makes New York sports activities radio work. And he matches the ESPN model as he performs it clear and focuses on sports activities.

In our authentic column on Kay’s potential departure, we talked about Russo, which might be a number of enjoyable and ignite a fierce battle along with his previous mates at WFAN. If you happen to’re ESPN, it’s a must to look into it, particularly if the plan is simply to attempt to supply Kay a lot cash that he stays. You could possibly flip round and check out to try this with Russo.

Chris “Mad Canine” Russo can be an thrilling alternative, however his contract runs till subsequent 12 months.Getty Photos for SiriusXM,

Russo can be an thrilling alternative, and ESPN already has a relationship with him with “First Take.”

At 63 and never slowing down, Russo may work, however his contract with SiriusXM doesn’t expire till 2024. Moreover being youthful, Schein is on an expiring deal at SiriusXM (his CBS contract goes into 2024).

Peacock luggage a Black-bird

Greater than ever with social media, first impressions are laborious to shake. That’s the reason it’s as vital to nail a protection plan for a brand new broadcast package deal from the very first recreation. Is it truthful? No, however it’s the method it’s.

We all the time like to attend earlier than totally delivering a verdict on a crew, good or dangerous, however NBC’s alternative of building Huge Ten credibility by swiping Blackledge from ESPN after which going with an up-and-comer who has already proven actual chops in Noah Eagle is an impressed choice. As I wrote the opposite day, it’s old-fashioned and new college.

It is very important begin with credibility with the viewers immediately. Amazon Prime Video did that on Thursday Evening Soccer. Although Michaels and Herbstreit didn’t come near reaching Herbstreit’s said aim of being the very best broadcast in sports activities, it was strong. Although Michaels did additional model Amazon’s TNF as a second-rate package deal with some snark and Herbstreit wasn’t as authoritative on the NFL as he’s on faculty, they have been fairly good. Anybody within the enterprise who has needed to put a sales space collectively from scratch — and even on the fly — is aware of that’s not a simple process, particularly on the degree the NFL calls for.

Todd Blackledge will assist convey on the spot credibility to the debut of NBC’s Huge Ten package deal subsequent season.Getty Photos

Business snipers like to level out that NBC supplied a lot of Amazon’s manufacturing folks, beginning with govt producer Fred Gaudelli. No matter. It was Amazon’s product, and it obtained off to a robust begin, from its studio to its video games. You’ll be able to have opinions by hook or by crook as to how good it was, but it surely was positively credible.

From what we’ve heard from Blackledge for many years and from Eagle for a number of years, we’d anticipate related outcomes from NBC’s new crew.

Finish of an period

Taylor Twellman leaving ESPN feels just like the closing of the guide on reside soccer on the community, at the least for now. The community nonetheless has a reasonably good portfolio, primarily on ESPN+, that includes La Liga, Bundesliga and the FA Cup, but it surely doesn’t produce these video games and it’s out of broadcasting the main occasions, such because the World Cup, European Championships, Champions League and, domestically, MLS. It nonetheless has a superb present in “ESPNFC,” however it is a area of interest product for worldwide diehards.

Former ESPN president John Skipper needs to be credited as a significant affect on American soccer protection.Corbis through Getty Photos

John Skipper wasn’t notably good at operating ESPN, however he was vital to the expansion of soccer and the way it’s lined, valuing the game and discovering folks to lift the bar on protection. It was private for him, and it confirmed within the protection, in a optimistic method.

ESPN has gone on spending sprees for main rights, and needed to make choices about some vital relationships it had to surrender. The largest was the Huge Ten, however soccer is up there. When the World Cup bidding is up once more for the 2030 occasion, I’m certain ESPN can be in there. It’d even get it, so there may very well be one other chapter of ESPN being a dominant soccer community once more.

The individuals who produced ESPN’s soccer protection over time needs to be pleased with what they completed as a result of they helped increase the bar of what’s anticipated by an American viewers.

Curb your enthusiasm

Sightings: Greg Hughes, NBC Sports activities’ govt vice chairman of communications, bumped into Larry David at Santa Monica’s Capo. David advised Hughes he couldn’t imagine they sat Hughes within the “ugly part.” Traditional.

This permits me to once more share my expertise with David. On the peak of the Francesa-Kay sports activities radio struggle a number of years in the past, David was at an occasion with Kay. He advised Kay, and it is a second-hand quote, “What’s the cope with this man Marchand? Is his job simply to cowl you guys.”

I used to be advised David was fascinated by the entire radio rankings factor.

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