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SBD/January 7, 2011/Media
People & Personalities: Brad Faxon Out As NBC Golf Analyst
Published January 7, 2011
GOLFWEEK's Jim McCabe reported Brad Faxon "won't be part of the NBC golf team this year." NBC Sports & Olympics VP/Communications Chris McCloskey noted Faxon "had a one-year contract and it was not renewed." Faxon said that he "thoroughly enjoyed the NBC experience and wouldn't rule out future TV endeavors, but for now he'll focus on a return to form on the course." NBC to replace Faxon "pulled a bit of a surprise and inked Peter Jacobsen to an increased role." Jacobsen "will work eight tournaments for NBC," including three FedExCup events (GOLFWEEK.com, 1/6).
ANALYST SEARCH ANALYZED: In Chicago, Mitchell & Kaplan write D'Backs and Fox analyst Mark Grace "would be listed as 'doubtful'" and ESPN analyst Rick Sutcliffe "as 'questionable' in handicapping the pursuit" of a WGN-AM Cubs radio analyst to replace the late Ron Santo. Agent Barry Axelrod, who reps both Grace and Sutcliffe, said, "We've just had preliminary discussions (with WGN). There's nothing really more than that." Mitchell & Kaplan note Grace "works several weekend national broadcasts" for Fox, while Sutcliffe "has been employed by ESPN since 1998" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/7).
ON THE SIDELINES? FANHOUSE.com's Milton Kent reported Vikings QB Brett Favre's "spot at a desk or in a booth doesn't seem certain, as no network has expressed an interest in bringing him on board." Kent: "What seemed obvious once upon a time isn't as clear now." The Favre brand is "badly tarnished through actions almost entirely of his own doing," and his name "has been dragged through the tabloid sludge throughout this season." Kent: "Add that to the weariness over Favre's seeming eternal Hamlet act as to whether he would retire or return each postseason, and you get a name that isn't as dazzling to network officials as it once was" (FANHOUSE.com, 1/5).