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ESPN extends Tim Tebow’s contract

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Tim Tebow is playing minor league baseball right now, but talking about football will continue to be his primary source of income.

ESPN announced today that it has extended Tebow’s contract, and he’ll keep working on the SEC Network as a college football studio commentator, and also work on the college football playoff.

Through 26 games with the Columbia Fireflies this season, Tebow has a .242 batting average, a .330 on-base percentage and a .363 slugging percentage. Those are good numbers for a guy who hadn’t played baseball in more than a decade, but not the kind of numbers that are going to get him called up to the majors. So his future is much more likely to be in broadcasting than in baseball.

ESPN is happy to give him that future. Although ESPN has cut about 100 employees during its current round of layoffs, Tebow remains very popular among SEC football fans, and his presence will continue to draw viewers.

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36 Responses to “ESPN extends Tim Tebow’s contract”
  1. dietrich43 says: May 8, 2017 2:50 PM

    Why? Why would you do that?

  2. flaccodelic says: May 8, 2017 2:55 PM

    Seriously, between this guy and Stephen A Smith, I think some ESPN hires are strictly to irritate as many people as possible.

  3. exinsidetrader says: May 8, 2017 2:59 PM

    Great guy that clearly draws views and helps the bottom line. Would rather hear Tebow than many of those race-fixated people ESPN retained.

  4. derekgorgonstar says: May 8, 2017 3:00 PM

    Even some of us atheists can see when someone keeps getting cheapshots thrown at them. People treat this kid worse than Joe Mixon.

    Good for you, Timmy.

  5. vinzclorth0 says: May 8, 2017 3:00 PM

    Good kid. Good luck to him.

  6. orndorf2 says: May 8, 2017 3:01 PM

    Exactly how does this make sense? He’s playing baseball. I guess you guys like to hear him talk college football. Not me.

  7. greg3117 says: May 8, 2017 3:02 PM

    Good for him. I know most folks hate on ole’ Tebow, but it’s nice to see someone follow his dreams and make something of himself.

  8. Bizzareslantpass says: May 8, 2017 3:02 PM

    Tim Tebow is still a better quarterback than 10 active starters in the NFL, but was shunned due to his outspoken Christianity. Sad.

  9. learysdisciples says: May 8, 2017 3:02 PM

    Jesus approved the 2017-2018 budget.

  10. greygooseandsprite says: May 8, 2017 3:08 PM

    Too bad they didn’t extend jaymee sire contract.
    Enjoyed drinking coffee watching sportscenter when
    She was on.

    Glad they ditched Dilfer. He was aweful

  11. RandyinRoxbury says: May 8, 2017 3:10 PM

    One day Tebow will be US President.
    Praise the lord.

  12. jonwill57 says: May 8, 2017 3:14 PM

    I always thought TT came across as a wonderful human being. He just wasn’t good playing NFL QB. The professionals, whose job it is to win, didn’t think he was good enough either.

  13. jonwill57 says: May 8, 2017 3:17 PM

    @ Bizzareslantpass says:
    May 8, 2017 3:02 PM

    Tim Tebow is still a better quarterback than 10 active starters in the NFL, but was shunned due to his outspoken Christianity. Sad.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Please name them. He’s better than 31% of the starters. A couple but not 10. And you have to omit rookies since TT had a couple years or more.

  14. valentino8100 says: May 8, 2017 3:26 PM

    Bizzareslantpass says:
    May 8, 2017 3:02 PM

    Tim Tebow is still a better quarterback than 10 active starters in the NFL, but was shunned due to his outspoken Christianity. Sad.

    —————————————-

    Not sure where the evaluative skills are the most sorely lacking, whether in regard to what a viable starting QB looks like, or what viable Christianity looks like.

  15. usedjock says: May 8, 2017 3:30 PM

    I will always say it. If Tebow was that good of a QB teams would be lining up to sign him.
    I actually like him on college football coverage and that is what he should stay working on.

  16. walker1191 says: May 8, 2017 3:34 PM

    He doesn’t get nearly enough credit for that play with the Jets where he went out for a pass and Sanchez hit him in the head with the football.

    That was awesome.

  17. nbcwantsitsmoneyback says: May 8, 2017 3:40 PM

    It doesn’t make sense for a network to be extending a contract when you just laid off 100 people????????

    Unless that network is ESPN, so never mind..!

  18. briang123 says: May 8, 2017 3:48 PM

    Tebow is good on TV. End of story.

  19. jonwill57 says: May 8, 2017 3:53 PM

    I don’t watch College Game Day and I certainly don’t have any ill-feelings towards TT.

  20. eagleslayer says: May 8, 2017 3:54 PM

    Who cares if Tebow stinks at every sport… He’s a great kid and that’s all that matters.

  21. 6thsense10 says: May 8, 2017 4:24 PM

    This was purely a business decision. Tebow draws viewers. As a football analyst he is below average. Sorry Tebow fans but that’s just the truth. You all claimed he was a legit NFL QB despite all evidence tho the contrary and I suspect you believe he’s a great football analyst despite easily being subpar.

  22. DeweyCheatem&Howe says: May 8, 2017 4:31 PM

    ESPN’s Jesus agenda

  23. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: May 8, 2017 4:38 PM

    “Luke 6:38: Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

    Tebow gives and does so much for charity and he is being rewarded just as the scriptures say. I wish Tebow all the best and continued success.

  24. notwhoyouthinkitis says: May 8, 2017 4:39 PM

    To the Tebow sheep: He was a mediocre QB, he was not a leader, and he is not a “kid”. Terrible hire by ESPN.

  25. pftisthebestsiteeverlol says: May 8, 2017 4:53 PM

    no hate for him. i just cant stand the way he talks. like hes always preaching or something.

  26. descendency says: May 8, 2017 4:53 PM

    Good for him. It’s nice that good people get recognition, salary, and more some of the time.

    He was a borderline NFL player that fell on the wrong side of the coaches ire due to media attention, but he certainly has an overall positive message. I hope more people like that (with varying viewpoints) get the same.

  27. absolutevisuals says: May 8, 2017 4:55 PM

    Tebow hasn’t done anything wrong. People just like to hate people for obnoxious reasons. Tebowmania? Well Tebow clearly didn’t cause it but sure, lets hate Tebow for it. Tim Tebow in the media for living his own life? Sure, lets hate Tebow for it because he wrote the stories. Tebow gets a high paying steady job at ESPN? How dare you accept a contract Tebow! Tebow wants to play baseball? Damn you Tebow for not staying inside due to irrational contempt!

    It’s stupid. I never use the term haters, but at time I wonder if it’s jealousy or something cause there’s no logical way to make sense of it. He’s literally just doing him.

  28. crappygovernment says: May 8, 2017 5:20 PM

    You might never have heard Tebow’s name ever again if he was given a legitimate shot in the NFL and went 2-14 a few seasons as a starting QB. The fact that was not allowed to happen made Tebow a new Joan of Arc figure.

  29. sodoyoufeelluckypunk says: May 8, 2017 5:24 PM

    Glory Days by Bruce Springstein. A song about a lost soul locked into yesterday and trying to find tomorrow.

  30. steves11 says: May 8, 2017 7:03 PM

    ESPN probably had to lay off 100 employees so they could afford to pay Tebow whatever ridiculously inflated salary that they’re going to pay him.

  31. walker1191 says: May 8, 2017 7:16 PM

    nbcwantsitsmoneyback says:
    May 8, 2017 3:40 PM

    It doesn’t make sense for a network to be extending a contract when you just laid off 100 people????????
    ————————————————————-
    Of course it makes sense. When you are laying some people off, you need to lock in, extend and otherwise secure the employees you want to stay.

  32. brady2gronktd says: May 8, 2017 7:34 PM

    Damn the sad is strong in a lot of you..

  33. bigoldred says: May 8, 2017 9:00 PM

    They aren’t firing everyone. Some people will stay, no different than a lot of places.

  34. aj66shanghai says: May 8, 2017 11:59 PM

    There are plenty of reasons to dislike Tim Tebow. The only one I need is that he shoves his dumb beliefs in everyone’s faces.

    I love the Seahawks but I have the same problem with Russell Wilson. Keep your fairy tales to yourself please.

  35. sire703 says: May 9, 2017 2:17 AM

    GTBW.

  36. Bizzareslantpass says: May 9, 2017 11:14 AM

    jonwill57 says:
    May 8, 2017 3:17 PM
    @ Bizzareslantpass says:
    May 8, 2017 3:02 PM

    Tim Tebow is still a better quarterback than 10 active starters in the NFL, but was shunned due to his outspoken Christianity. Sad.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Please name them. He’s better than 31% of the starters. A couple but not 10. And you have to omit rookies since TT had a couple years or more.
    ———————————————————
    Blaine Gabbert
    Case Keenum
    Cody Kessler
    Brock Osweiler
    Brian Hoyer
    Trevor Siemian
    Ryan Fitzpatrick
    Blake Bortles
    Tyrod Taylor
    Alex Smith

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