ESPN outbids Fox to keep Jesse Palmer

ESPN signs PalmerSo weeks after laying off around 100 or more on-air and website talent, ESPN can celebrate beating out Fox Sports to keep Jesse Palmer.

I guess this is what you call  “melding distinct, personality-driven SportsCenter TV editions and digital-only efforts.”

Palmer reportedly signed a seven-figure, multiyear contract, according to a report in The Sporting News.

Palmer’s previous contract with the network was to expire in July.

According the story, citing unnamed sources, Palmer will no longer call games on the SEC Network. But he will be in the studio for halftime and postgame coverage.

Palmer’s move into the studio will allow him to continue to work on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Mo’ money for Big Ten

Speaking of making millions of dollars in TV, mlive.com reports that most Big Ten schools will receive $51.1 million in TV money for the 2018 fiscal year, up nearly $15 million from 2017. As newcomers, Rutgers, Maryland, and Nebraska will get a smaller share than the other 11 members.

Saban gives equipment to Jordan Edwards’ family

Alabama coach Nick Saban did a kind gesture to the family of a young man who was shot and killed by a Texas police officer while n a car leaving a party in April. Jordan Edwards, 15, also was a big Alabama fan and dreamed of playing for the Tide. When Saban heard about this, he sent the family an Alabama jersey with Edwards’ name on the back of it, as well as other memorabilia.

 

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