When it comes to broadcasting roles, many networks look first two quarterbacks when trying to find their next superstar analysts. FOX turned Troy Aikman, a three-time Super Bowl champ, into the face of America’s Game of the Week. CBS found instant success with Tony Romo. So who is the most likely to follow in those footsteps?
The Big Lead ranked all 32 NFL starting QBs based on potential broadcasting success. Not surprisingly, Drew Brees tops the list. The New Orleans Saints signal caller already has a deal in place to join NBC when his playing days are over. Phillip Rivers, now of the Indianapolis Colts, sits at number 2, although he seems to prefer a future on the sidelines, having already inked a deal with St. Michael’s Catholic High School in Baldwin County, Alabama to become the Cardinals’ coach when his playing days are over.
The rest of the top five is rounded out by Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Dolphins, Gardner Minshew of the Jaguars, and Russell Wilson of the Seahawks. Minshew, and especially Wilson, would almost certainly be home run hires. Both are likely planning to have a lot of years left in the league before they have to make that decision though.
Scrolling through the list, it becomes apparent how few big personalities serve as NFL quarterbacks. Reigning Super Bowl champ Patrick Mahomes is at number 9. The Browns’ Baker Mayfield is at number 13. Reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson is at number 17. After that, I don’t know if I could tell you who on this list would be good and who wouldn’t.
One thing that really sticks out is that one of the biggest personalities to ever play in this league isn’t just no longer a starting QB. He is unemployed! It’s hard not to think Cam Newton lands in the top 5 if he were eligible.
We will learn sooner rather than later just how much networks value some of the names near the top of the list. Tom Brady (#6), Aaron Rodgers (#8), Matt Ryan (#12), Ben Roethlisberger (#14), and Matthew Stafford (#15) are all near the end of their respective playing careers and could soon be weighing their options for their next career.
David Kaplan Leaving NBC Sports Chicago
“I was presented an opportunity that will allow me to spend a lot more time my wife, Mindy, our four sons, and their expanding families. This is far from a retirement.”
David Kaplan has announced he is departing NBC Sports Chicago. In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Kaplan said a new path opened that he couldn’t turn down.
“I was presented an opportunity that will allow me to spend a lot more time my wife, Mindy, our four sons, and their expanding families. This is far from a retirement. You’ll still be able to catch me weekday mornings with Jonathan Hood on the Kap and JHood morning show on ESPN 1000. It will also allow me to provide you with more engaging and outstanding content right here on YouTube.”
Kaplan, who will turn 62 this weekend, accepted a buyout offered by NBCUniversal. He has hosted several different shows for the network during his tenure.
“He’s made enormous contributions to our network, and his passion, opinions and love of Chicago’s teams have made him a beloved and respected figure, not just with fans but also his colleagues,” NBC Sports Chicago Vice President of Content John Schippman told The Chicago Sun-Times. “We wish him the best and look forward to seeing what’s next.”
December 30th will be his final day at NBC Sports Chicago. He called his time with the network “an amazing run”.
NASCAR Chasing Nearly $1 Billion Annual Rights Fee In Next TV Deal
“We work really closely together, both from a scheduling perspective, but also just in terms of how they monetize the sport.”
The current media rights deal for NASCAR with FOX Sports and NBC Sports doesn’t end until after the 2024 season, but the organization is currently plotting what it wants its next deal to look like, according to a report from Front Office Sports.
Currently, NASCAR makes $820 million per year from the two networks. In its new rights deal, it is expected to seek a deal in the neighborhood of $900-950 million range.
NASCAR plans to begin negotiating with its current media partners in the early months of 2023, but is currently happy with FOX and NBC.
“We work really closely together, both from a scheduling perspective, but also just in terms of how they monetize the sport. Whether that’s pushing more brands and advertisers to spend on Fox and NBC,” NASCAR Senior Vice President of Media and Productions Brian Herbst told FOS. “Fox had their third consecutive year of ad revenue increases in 2022. NBC had their second consecutive year of ad revenue increases in 2022. So it’s working for them — both from a viewership and an ad revenue perspective.”
In February of this year, NASCAR President Steve Phelps told the Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast that broadcast television “has to be a part” of the organization’s next television rights deal.
As its current media partners, FOX and NBC have exclusive negotiating windows with NASCAR.
NFL Sunday Ticket Negotiations With Apple ‘Have Gotten Silly’
“Apple’s like, ‘OK, we can’t sell internationally. OK, that was important to us. And we can’t sell it exclusively against Fox and CBS. Well, OK. Well, that changes its value.’”
A report from The Athletic details why the NFL has not announced a new partner for the NFL Sunday Ticket package. David Kaplan claims there have been continued hiccups in the negotiations, mentioning the bargaining has gotten sideways between the league and Apple.
“This negotiation has gotten silly. … Clearly, there’s a problem. I think it’s really clear Apple is learning things they didn’t know,” the anonymous NFL source told Kaplan. “What the conversation is, is Apple’s like, ‘OK, we can’t sell internationally. OK, that was important to us. And we can’t sell it exclusively against Fox and CBS. Well, OK. Well, that changes its value.’”
The report also details Amazon Prime and YouTube remain in the mix as potential suitors for the service, should talks with Apple and the league fall apart.
The NFL is looking for as much as $3.5 billion annually for rights to the service.