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Heisman Winner Tebow Courted by 3 Networks

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Wednesday, 04 Dec 2013 07:45 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Three networks — Fox, CBS, and ESPN — are reportedly in a bidding war for telegenic Tim Tebow, wooing the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback for a college football TV analyst job next year.

The Big Lead reported ESPN already has a show set in place for him, and there's interest in the ex-QB for the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, and New England Patriots from CBS Sports and Fox Sports for in-studio analyst spots as well.

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A college audience is likely to welcome back the former Florida Gators megastar, "one of the game's most memorable and prolific athletes," NFL.com reported.

ESPN will launch its SEC network in August and the network will have a version of the College GameDay program, and has settled on three names: Alabama alum Rece Davis as host; "Voice of the South" Paul Finebaum; and Tebow, The Big Lead reported.

The sports site speculated the popular Tebow, who hasn't played in the NFL since being released by the Patriots in the preseason, could help ESPN's SEC network with pickup problems from cable providers.

But ESPN will face heavy competition from CBS Sports, which airs the best Southeastern Conference games each week, and is willing to make major changes if it lands the star, The Big Lead reported.

Fox Sports 1 also has a potential NFL/college football role for Tebow, the site reported. Both Fox and CBS are betting Tebow will boost ratings.

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