According to The Big Lead, FOX Sports, ESPN and CBS Sports are all fighting over Tim Tebow to join their college football television coverage.
Tim Tebow, the telegenic former QB, will almost certainly be a college football TV analyst next year, either for ESPN’s SEC Network, CBS Sports, or Fox Sports, multiple sources tell The Big Lead.
What’s really crazy is that ESPN is ready to give Tebow his own show.
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. It is anticipated that the Tebow jockeying will intensify in January, after his agent, Jimmy Sexton, is done riding the college football coaching carousel this month.
ESPN’s SEC Network, which debuts on August 21, 2014, is planning its own version of ‘College Gameday’ and has settled on three names: Rece Davis (an Alabama grad) would be the host, the voice of the South Paul Finebaum would play the role of Lee Corso, and Tebow would be the show’s Kirk Herbstreit. A source says ESPN is currently searching for another former SEC athlete to fill the final spot.
CBS might be a big draw for Tebow since they cover SEC games. They’re also willing to change their pregame show for him.
But ESPN will face heavy competition from CBS Sports, which airs the best SEC games each week. This season, ratings have been absurd. How much does CBS want Tebow? I’m told CBS Sports is willing to blow up its pregame show and make major changes if it lands Tebow.
As much as people rip Tebow for not being able to throw a football in the NFL, he’s made for television, which is why the major networks are clamoring for him.