Suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton will be out of the game for the entire 2012 campaign, and will also be $5.8 million lighter as a result of BountyGate. Well, Fox Sports to make great use of Payton’s Sundays by making him an analyst for the network’s NFL broadcasts.
“Our feeling about Sean is that he’s bright, articulate and obviously contemporary,” said Lou D’Ermilio, FOX’s senior vice president for communications in a statement. “Any network with NFL rights would have to consider it.”
While some may see this as breaking the rules because he will be at the stadium, it isn’t.
“He is suspended from the NFL for the season,” the league said in a statement to The New York Times. “His involvement in any non-NFL employment or business matters is not our decision.”
Going to a broadcast position would be a great move for Payton. He would get the best seat in the house to watch the game and take some notes on some teams. In a way, it is scouting for the season. He would be able to watch all different teams at once. He also, would get to be around the game he loves.
Payton is a smart and interesting man that could make a FOX telecast that much better. Payton knows the game in and out and would draw me into a few games more then who they have now.
I wonder if the NFL would step in and say that he couldn’t cover a Saint game? I assume so.