ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit open to NFL transfer
1. Kirk Herbstreit referred to as an NFL sport for the primary time in his profession throughout Week 1 of the season when he joined his accomplice, Chris Fowler, for Steelers-Giants on Monday night time.
The longtime faculty soccer duo will work one other NFL sport Monday, once they name the rescheduled Patriots-Broncos sport at 5 p.m. ET.
Might Herbstreit, who has been the lead analyst for ESPN Saturday Evening Soccer on ABC since 2006, be prepared to depart faculty soccer for the NFL?
Clearly, nothing is within the works for the time being since we’re in the course of each seasons, however there have been rumors Disney wish to get a second NFL bundle when the NFL negotiates new tv offers. In truth, this was mentioned on this week’s SI Media Podcast with James Andrew Miller.
If ESPN/ABC find yourself with two NFL packages, that might give Herbstreit a gap to make the soar.
Would he be open to that transfer? It certain sounded prefer it during a recent interview he gave to The Big Lead.
“I had an absolute ball calling that sport [Steelers-Giants] and it made me mirror just a little bit in another way towards my future and what I’d wish to do down the highway,” Herbstreit stated. “Like I stated, I hope to at all times do faculty soccer. But when NFL can be in my future, I am much more open to that thought than I used to be possibly previous to that have.”
Herbstreit added, “Most individuals in my sneakers are simply trying to develop and develop, ‘someday possibly I am going to do the NFL.’ I’ve by no means had that. With that being stated, I used to be blown away by how a lot I loved that sport.”
Once more, this can be a good distance from being an actual factor, however the hypothesis is enjoyable. Would Fowler additionally transfer over to the NFL? Who would ESPN flip to for a lead faculty soccer broadcast group? Would Herbstreit transfer to Monday Evening Soccer even when Disney did not land a second NFL bundle?
One factor that needs to be engaging for ESPN in the case of transferring Herbstreit from faculty soccer on Saturday nights to Monday Evening Soccer is that the community is in determined want of some stability for the MNF sales space.
There is not a soccer analyst round who may do this higher than Herbstreit, who’s in style, revered and at all times offers viewers a superb broadcast.
2. You might hate them, however MLB has to like getting the Astros within the ALCS. Sports activities at all times want an enemy and other people nonetheless have not let go of Houston getting busted for its sign-stealing rip-off. Working example:
Having a group most individuals can root in opposition to is at all times good for scores, so whereas MLB cannot admit, I am certain executives did just a little fist pump when Houston completed off the A’s yesterday. And the Astros are embracing their position as villains.
3. Only a tremendous relatable quote right here from Dodgers outfielder AJ Pollock after L.A. completed its sweep of San Diego final night time.
4. DeMar DeRozan shared an ideal story about LeBron James on J.J. Redick’s podcast, The Previous Mad and the Three. Based on DeRozan, throughout his time with the Raptors, LeBron as soon as reminded a Toronto participant how one can run a play that he had forgotten how one can run.
5. This week’s episode of the SI Media Podcast incorporates a dialog with creator, reporter and podcast host James Andrew Miller.
Miller, who wrote epic books about ESPN and Saturday Evening Reside, talks about whether or not NFL scores this yr will have an effect on TV rights negotiations, how the pandemic may have an effect on the NFL’s TV contracts, whether or not ESPN will maintain pursuing Peyton Manning for Monday Evening Soccer, how ESPN has dealt with social justice points the previous few weeks, the return of Saturday Evening Reside, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Howard Stern’s reported new cope with SiriusXM and way more.
6. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: Let the nice Bobby Heenan finish your week on a excessive observe.
7. SPORTS VIDEO OF THE DAY: It appeared like Tom Brady did not know what down it was on the finish of the Bucs’ loss to the Bears final night time. After the sport, Brady and Tampa coach Bruce Arians stated Tom did know the downs. Both approach, this can be a good time to relive a traditional sports activities second.
Remember to catch up on past editions of Traina Thoughts and take a look at the Sports activities Illustrated Media Podcast hosted by Jimmy Traina on Apple, Spotify or Stitcher. You may also observe Jimmy on Twitter and Instagram.