As Bob Costas mentioned during last night’s postgame show, NBC and PFT have struck a new long-term deal that extends and expands the relationship that launched on July 1, 2009.
The deal includes a continuation of PFT’s presence on NBCSports.com and on the new but extremely popular NBC Sports Talk iPad app, the ongoing involvement of my radio face and evening-wear toupee on Football Night in America, and a new weekday show that will stream on NBCSports.com as of January 4.
Mike McCarthy of USA Today already has written up the details of ProFootballTalk Live, and he did such a good job with it that we’ll defer to his explanation. It will essentially be a football show about nothing, except football.
The half-hour endeavor will begin Monday through Friday at 12:00 p.m. ET, and it will be available for viewing at any other time of the day thereafter.
We’ll have a daily guest and we’ll take calls from time to time. There may even be a periodic Rosenthal sighting.
And here’s the part where I quote myself from the press release.
“NBC Sports has welcomed PFT into the family, even though we may at times behave like the uncle who poured himself too much eggnog,” Florio said. “We have received continuous support and promotion; more importantly, we have developed many strong relationships, at virtually every level of the organization. 30 Rock is a special place, and Dick Ebersol and Sam Flood have assembled a team of special people. Rick Cordella and Kevin Monaghan, once again, were instrumental in working out the details that extends this great partnership between NBC and PFT, and we hope it will last for many years to come . . . with or without the eggnog.”
We hope you’ll join us as of January 4, and we thank you for helping PFT become what it now is. PFT will continue to be what it always has been, and we hope it will continue to get even better.