John Gruden

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #10- Tom Hoffarth, LA Daily News

Sports Media WeeklyHere we are with our tenth edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast…where Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I talk opine on news within the sports media world.

We are pleased to be joined today by Tom Hoffarth, Sports Media Columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News.  Along with his columns Tom also writes a sports media blog which he updates regularly.

In this week’s show we talk with Tom about ESPN’s contract extension with John Gruden, the success of the ESPN’s Los Angeles SportsCenter venture, does ESPN and the other networks wield too much power over sports coverage,  Tom’s experience in trying his hand at various jobs in sports media, the dwindling number of credentials for U.S. newspapers at the upcoming Vancouver Olympics, and the likelihood of the NFL returning to Los Angeles…

Gruden to Stay With Monday Night Football

John GrudenESPN has announced that former NFL coach and current Monday Night Football analyst John Gruden has signed a multi-year deal to stay with the WWL.

Along with his role on MNF, Gruden will also be showcased on ESPN’s draft and Super Bowl coverage, and will be in the booth for this January’s Pro Bowl in Miami.  Gruden will also join play-by-play colleague Mike Tirico in the booth for the ESPN Radio coverage of the Rose Bowl and BCS Championship Game…


“Working with Mike, Jaws and our entire Monday Night Football team is the most fun I have had in years, and I am fired up to make this long-term commitment to ESPN,” said Gruden. “Monday Night Football is special and I look forward to remaining a part of it and continuing to call these great games.”

Norby Williamson, executive vice president, production, added: “Jon has truly reinvented himself, from a Super Bowl-winning head coach to one of the foremost NFL analysts in the business, and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. We are thrilled with his commitment to ESPN, which ensures that Jon will continue on Monday Night Football with Mike and Jaws, and he will have the opportunity to do even more with ESPN.”

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