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NO, NO, NEWT: JONES JOINS CBS, DESPITE COME-ONS FROM SPEAKER
Published March 25, 1998
Former 49ers TE Brent Jones will join CBS Sports as a studio analyst on the "NFL Today" pregame, halftime and postgame show (CBS Sports). In S.F., Susan Slusser reports that House Speaker Newt Gingrich "tried to pry" Jones away from his TV plans when Jones "expressed an interest in entering politics" after his retirement. Jones: "I was getting a lot of calls from top Republicans and ... Gingrich called and said 'We need you to come back and spend a few days with us in Washington.' It was very tempting, but I stuck to my guns." Slusser reports that Jones signed a multiyear deal with CBS, and that the net "is still looking" for two more studio analysts (S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/25). Jones retained The Marquee Group in NY to represent him in all broadcasting negotiations (THE DAILY). ELWAY JOINING JONES? In Denver, Todd Phipers reports that an industry source said John Elway "is in contact" with CBS regarding a position at the net, but CBS Sports President Sean McManus dismissed the report. McManus: "We have not talked to John Elway, and everything I've heard is that he is going to play another year" (DENVER POST, 3/25).