As many former NFL players do, Donovan McNabb has become one of the many personalities who has traded in his playing jersey for a suit, a tie, and the analyst’s chair. Now, it looks as if the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback will continue that—and in a huge way.
Today, McNabb was announced as one of the analysts for Fox Sports One. He’ll be featured as one of their lead analysts for their flagship program—Fox Sports Live, along with Ephraim Salaam, Andy Roddick and Gary Payton. Fox Sports Live is being billed as FS1’s answer to ESPN’s Sports Center.
In addition to his new gig at the soon-to-debut 24 hour sports channel, McNabb also hosts an afternoon drive-time show along with Mark Malone on NBC Sports Radio from 3pm to 7pm. It is a 24-hour sports radio network that is slowly building an affiliate list of radio stations, but none of which has launched at the moment in Philadelphia.
Some of McNabb’s soon-to-be colleagues include Charissa Thompson (who was once at Fox and most recently a co host on ESPN’s SportsNation) and former TSN anchor duo Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, whose departure from the Canadian sports channel was so huge it received the attention of the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper.
Fox Sports One is scheduled to launch on August 17th and recently used the MLB All-Star Game on Fox as a major springboard to gain attention about the upcoming launch. It has been said that they’ve even took advantage of baseball rainouts on ESPN to plug the new channel. It will replace Speed, a motorsports-centric channel that has slowly transitioned into Fox Sports One by promoting the new channel itself. It will be available on Comcast systems and DirecTV is trying to assure customers that it will be available as well when it launches. It seems to have issues working out deals with Dish Network.
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