It appears Sean Payton is headed to FOX. Many had speculated that he was a leading candidate to join Kevin Burkhardt in the booth as part of the new broadcast team for America’s Game of the Week, but Andrew Marchand reports that the former Saints coach will have a studio role.
Payton will join FOX NFL Kickoff and also contribute to FOX NFL Sunday. Despite the rumors, the New York Post report notes that the network never discussed a game role with Payton.
FOX NFL Kickoff is the early pregame show on the network hosted by Charissa Thompson. For FOX NFL Sunday, Payton will likely be on fill-in duty as Jimmy Johnson continues to cut back his season schedule.
Marchand notes that there is a strong belief that Sean Payton will return to coaching sooner rather than later. It has been widely reported that he was the object of the Miami Dolphins’ affections before Brian Flores filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the team. The reporter does not mention if that fact played into what FOX was willing to offer Payton.
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