NFL Network host Rich Eisen, who has been the face of the league-owned effort since it launched nearly seven years ago, recently was the subject of speculation as to his future with the operation, given that his contract was expiring and that former ESPN exec Mark Shapiro has been hired by NFLN. Shapiro had a key management role at ESPN when Eisen left Bristol, and some believed — incorrectly, as it turns out — that there were lingering issues between the two men that would ultimately result in Eisen’s departure.
As it turns out, Eisen has a new long-term contract. And some new duties.
He’ll be hosting NFL GameDay Morning, the network’s weekly Sunday morning pregame show. Eisen replaces Spero Dedes, who according to Michael Hiestand of USA Today will be broadcasting games for CBS.
Replacing Eisen on NFLN’s evening highlight show will be Fran Charles.
Eisen’s new duties also include NFL.com’s first-ever podcast. Curiously named The Rich Eisen Podcast, it will be recorded on a weekly basis.
Eisen hosts Total Access, NFLN’s flagship one-hour weeknight news and analysis show. He also hosts the network’s coverage of all major events, such as the Scouting Combine, the Super Bowl, the draft, Hall of Fame weekend, and the annual Thursday night kickoff.
It’s a great move for NFLN. Eisen is very good at what he does — smooth, witty, smart, quick on his feet. Insightful.
And you wouldn’t know it to look at him, but Rich can bait a hook.