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WHAT'S NEXT FOR JOE? REPORTS SPECULATE ON NBC, TBS, ESPN
Published April 19, 1995
Rumors of Joe Montana moving from the sideline to the press box or studio continue on the day after his retirement ceremony. In Atlanta, Prentis Rogers reports that of the three broadcast networks, NBC "has shown the most interest in Montana," with rumors of a $750,000 offer which the network has denied. Rogers notes that TNT has an opening due to the departure of Lawrence Taylor. However, Turner Sports Exec Producer Mike Pearl "sounded reluctant" to put the studio role "in the hands of a rookie." Pearl also said TNT's partial coverage could be a factor: "I'm not sure how appealing a half-season will be to him." ESPN spokesperson Dave Nagle, on the spot vacated by Phil Simms: "If Joe wants to talk, we'll talk" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 4/19). Montana says he is not interested in becoming an analyst, but "is looking into a television job." Montana: "They say 'never say never,' but I don't expect that [taking an analyst job] to take place." The SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS reports Montana could sign with NBC "as early as next week, probably in a part-time regular season 'NFL Live' role like Joe Gibbs'" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 4/19). Al Michaels: "Television can be very, very frustrating. There's no scoreboard at the end of the game. This is not going to satisfy Joe Montana -- trust me" ("Up Close," ESPN, 4/18). Appearing with Lynn Swann on "Good Morning America," Montana called TV a possibility as well as working with the NFL, but said his only immediate plans are to become part of an IndyCar team, with details coming next week (ABC, 4/19).