Finebaum Confirms Sitcom Talks, But Explains Misconception On Role
ESPN's Paul Finebaum confirmed SBJ's report that his reps at CAA "received inquiries roughly 18 months ago from two different producers" to gauge his interest in a network sitcom based on his life as a sports media personality, according to Mark Heim of the BIRMINGHAM NEWS. Finebaum said the pitch was to be "edgy" and "push the envelope." Heim notes the storyline would be about Finebaum's "early career." One of the "misunderstandings over the last 48 hours, however, was he would star in such a production." Finebaum said, "I was never going to be in the sitcom. The sitcom is about the show I do every day. That was a misconception ... I was going to act. I’m not an actor.” Finebaum added that there are a "couple of different things still in the exploratory stage," noting that he has been "approached about creating a website and podcasting network." Heim notes Finebaum also "met with producers just two weeks ago about a 'Netflix-style' documentary on 'The Paul Finebaum Show' and how the success of the show correlates to that of the SEC" (BIRMINGHAM NEWS, 2/14).