Tim Tebow: Networks Compete To Land Him as TV Sports Analyst

Friday, 06 Dec 2013 07:45 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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NFL teams may not be clamoring for Tim Tebow as a quarterback, but that's not the case for television networks. Several of them are competing to land him as a sports analyst for next season.

The Big Lead blog reported that Tebow is being courted by ESPN's startup SEC Network, CBS Sports, and Fox Sports.

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"Despite a glut of bad backup quarterbacks in the NFL, Tebow's phone was not ringing this season and he's ready to tackle television sources say," Jason McIntyre of Big Lead reported. "ESPN, CBS and Fox have all expressed interest in the magnetic Tebow, and one network – ESPN – already has a show set in place for him, a source says."

McIntyre said the SEC Network, which starts Aug. 21, 2014, would be an ideal fit for the former University of Florida Heisman Trophy winner. Tebow could comfortably be slotted into an expected SEC Network's version of "College Gameday."

The SEC Network had excellent ratings this season. Last week's Iron Bowl game between rivals Auburn and Alabama drew an 8.6 rating and 18 share, the second highest rated college football game all season.

No. 4 Auburn returned a missed Alabama field goal more than 100 yards on the game's final play to upset the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide, 34-28.The SEC Network broadcasted the top three rated college football games in 2013.

Alabama's game against Texas A&M and defending Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel on Sept. 14 drew a 9.0 rating and 21 share, while Alabama's contest against Louisiana State on Nov. 9 drew a 6.9 rating and 13 share.

Chase Goodbread, of NFL.com said while the upside of hiring Tebow is obvious, there still is a question of whether the good guy quarterback can be a critical analyst.

"But it's also fair to wonder this: Could he deliver a candid opinion on a failed coach, program or player when the job calls for the brutal variety of honesty," Goodbread wrote Tuesday. "In almost any role, part of Tebow's job would be to criticize when warranted – this from a guy who has never been known to be critical of anyone or anything, at least not on a public platform."

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