The Big Lead says Tebow may spend next season in an analysts’ chair
(Updates with comments from ESPN, NBC Sports)
Given his squeaky clean reputation, this is probably the only time you'll see “Tim Tebow” and “three-way” in the same sentence: The Big Lead reports that ESPN's SEC Network, CBS Sports and Fox Sports are all trying to recruit him as a college football analyst.
Tebow is being courted by all three networks, multiple sources told the site. It says the SEC Network, debuting Aug. 21, wants to group Tebow with Rece Davis, Paul Finebaum, and a college football vet to be named later.
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ESPN confirmed its interest to TheWrap: “If he chooses to end his playing career, ESPN would have an interest in exploring,” a network spokesman said.
Asked it it might also get in on the action, NBC Sports told TheWrap: “We're very happy with our current roster of football commentators.”
The Big Lead reports that CBS Sports, meanwhile, is willing to remake its pregame show to accomodate Tebow.
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CBS and Fox did not respond to requests for comment from TheWrap. Neither did Tebow's representatives at CAA.
Tebow has captivated fans and reporters — his Tebowing became a national phenomenon — but the New England Patriots released him in August and no other teams appear to be recruiting the telegenic quarterback as aggressively as television producers apparently are.
Lucas Shaw and Tony Maglio contributed to this story.