Orlando Sentinel's Roger Simmons talks with FOX35 about Tim Tebow's possible future in broadcast.
Tim Tebow is about to be the subject of a bidding war between television networks. While no team in the NFL seems interested in Tebow, sports television heavyweights ESPN, CBS and Fox apparently are eager to have him join their teams.
USA Today's blog The Big Lede reported that the race to sign Tebow will start in January, once his agent finishes up dealing with his college coaching clients. "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 told the blog.
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ESPN wants Tebow to help launch its new SEC Network in August. Having Tebow would help get cable/satellite companies to add the network for their subscribers.
CBS wants Tebow for its slate of SEC Saturday games. Let's face it, Vern Lundquist is great but he's not getting any younger.
Fox wants Tebow because it's Fox Sports One network isn't exactly a huge success in terms of audience. Adding Tebow would help.
Best bet here is that Tebow ends up on ESPN. With its SEC Network and slew of other ESPN channels, plus its corporate tie-ins with ABC and Disney, Tebow could get the most exposure with an ESPN deal. (Heck, he could end up co-anchoring Good Morning America, too!)
Of course, our own Mike Bianchi has other plans for Tebow. He wrote that Gators coach Will Muschamp should hire the former UF Heisman winner as quarterbacks coach to help tutor Oviedo's Jeff Driskel. Not a bad gig, either.
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