The NFL has been under a microscope for many years now for the lack of men of color in head coaching positions. FOX Sports Radio’s Rob Parker thinks there is another area where the league’s hiring practices should be questioned. He wrote a piece for Deadspin this week pointing out the lack of black former players in discussion for analyst roles on the league’s premier broadcasts. He explained his position Wednesday night alongside Chris Broussard on The Odd Couple.
Parker pointed out that rarely do black players get a spot on prime-time broadcasts. That is where the money is.
He pointed out that three black men have been in the booth throughout the history of Monday Night Football. Combined, those three men spent six seasons on the broadcast. He also noted that plenty of black broadcasters and former players end up on pregame shows.
“I’m not saying there aren’t any opportunities, but the big paying jobs, and the biggest ones so far have not had that guy in there,” Parker said.
He pointed to the salaries of Tony Romo and Troy Aikman and said networks don’t often make those paydays available to black men. He specifically called out Aikman, who recently signed a $90 million contract at ESPN. Parker said that he is good at what he does and has stature in the league thanks to his history with the Dallas Cowboys, but there is no reason his Cowboys teammate Michael Irvin shouldn’t have the same opportunities in the broadcast booth.
Broussard agreed saying that the NFL should prop Irvin up as its answer to what Charles Barkley is to the NBA on TNT.
Rob Parker said that he was inspired to write the Deadspin piece after Amazon hired Kirk Herbstreit to be the analyst on its Thursday Night Football coverage.
“He never played in the NFL. He’s Mr. College Football, and even in that spot, they gave it to somebody that didn’t even play in the league,” Parker said. “I’m not saying that means he can’t talk about the game or analyze the game. He played great as the quarterback at Ohio State, okay? I know his resume. I’m not saying he’s not qualified, but even that job, Chris! Even that job with Amazon went to another white guy.”
Michael Strahan has been mentioned as a candidate to take over for Aikman in FOX’s top NFL booth. It wouldn’t be a primetime game, but it is regularly one of the NFL’s most-watched windows. Would that come along with one of these mega-paychecks?
Dave Rothenberg Can’t Stand Hearing Kenny Albert Mispronounce ‘Raleigh’
“I would think a true professional, like somebody that cares about their craft, would get that kind of feedback and welcome it.”
Dave Rothenberg has a tiny bone to pick with Kenny Albert, and it’s over the way Kenny pronounces the Carolina Hurricanes’ home city.
Talking on his show on ESPN New York on Tuesday, Rothenberg, who spent three years working in Raleigh on 99.9 The Fan, said he wished someone would get in Albert’s ear and correct the way he’s been saying it adding that it has made him wish one of the top play-by-play voices in hockey wouldn’t be on the call for the playoff series between the Canes and New York Rangers.
“I would think a true professional, like somebody that cares about their craft, would get that kind of feedback and welcome it,” Rothenberg said.
Albert has been pronouncing the city’s name as “RAW-lee”. It is properly pronounced “RAH-lee”.
Co-host Rick DiPietro and the rest of the show crew thought Albert would take offense to the correction, especially since it’s such a minor thing, but Rothenberg thought that was ridiculous.
“See, no one can deal with tough love anymore,” Rothenberg said.
The New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes series shifts back to Raleigh on Thursday for Game 5. The series is tied 2-2.
NBC Sports Names Al Michaels To Emeritus Role
The partnership will keep Michaels on for the Olympics and NBC’s NFL playoff coverage.
In addition to the 11 Super Bowls, Michaels has worked nine Olympics and called eight World Series.