Lights, Camera ... Tim Tebow!
By Brett Spielberg
Whether you’ve mourned not seeing Tim Tebow every Sunday or have been beyond thankful for not having to watch a tight end attempt to play quarterback in the NFL, don’t think he’s but a memory.
According to published reports, three major sports networks—one broadcast staple, one cable behemoth and one struggling cable up-and-comer—are all in the mix for Tim Tebow to play a role on college football broadcasts in 2014 and beyond.
CBS sports, which shows the best SEC games week in and week out and has enjoyed mammoth ratings this year, is willing to hit the reset button on their entire pregame show to reel in Tebow.
ESPN’s SEC network is also in the mix, because when you add together ESPN and exclusive SEC coverage, the sum of coverage is Tim Tebow. As a player, Tebow ate up huge portions of SportsCenter broadcasts, and that was as a backup in the NFL. As a college phenom and Heisman winner, that coverage was even bigger.
It’s safe to say the suits in Bristol would be able to kill two birds with one stone if they bring in Tebow: keep him on screen as much as possible, and actually be able to show actual highlights.
Then there’s Fox Sports 1. The network is a mess, but it’s fueled by big money with execs that have been able to turn their former upstart into the edgiest of broadcast networks, and the undisputed cable news king of the media. If they could bring in Tebow and pair him with say, Erin Andrews, that’s sure to at least generate some buzz.
As far as I’m concerned, I’d be happy to never see, hear or even think about him ever again. The inundation of Tebow-centric news was exasperating for many, but still, his core fans can never get enough.
The NFL is surely not the place for him, and covering the NFL wouldn’t make any sense either. But college football is a regional sport when it comes down to it, and regardless of how many New Yorkers and Californians might be sick of seeing Tebow on screen, there’s thousands of ravenous football fans who would be thankful this holiday season for Tebow being back on their televisions.
It boils down to the fact that he just can’t QB in the NFL, and he’s too proud to be anything less. He’s not the first Heisman winner to not have the skills to pay the bills, but he might be the first to parlay his punchline of a professional career back where he belongs, on Saturdays. This time however, there’s no eligibility requirements or limits on boosters.
The highest bidder will surely have Tebow on air in 2014.