FOX: Greg Olsen’s pregame access will be restricted

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Apparently, the Vikings have made their concerns about Panthers tight end Greg Olsen calling this weekend’s game against the Rams known to FOX. And FOX, to its credit, says it will take steps to ensure that Olsen doesn’t receive a competitive advantage via his access to the Vikings, three weeks before Carolina hosts Minnesota.

“We are excited for the opportunity to make this Sunday’s broadcast fun and insightful with Pro Bowler Greg Olsen,” FOX said in a statement provided to PFT. “We fully respect the Vikings concerns and will limit the amount of pre-game access allowed to Greg.  We look forward to welcoming him in the broadcast booth and giving viewers a unique perspective this Sunday.”

Of course, Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis will have access to the team and its practice, and nothing really stops them from sharing information gleaned through the process to Olsen as they prepare to broadcast the Rams-Vikings games. That fact could make the Vikings (and the Rams) more guarded than usual when dealing with FOX in advance of Sunday’s game.

29 responses to “FOX: Greg Olsen’s pregame access will be restricted

  1. “tootitan says:
    November 14, 2017 at 2:19 pm
    WHat do the Rams have to do with it?”

    Because the Rams and Panthers could easily play each other in the Playoffs and any intel that Olsen receives this week could be valuable come playoff time.

  2. This is a dumb idea…typical Fox gimmick. We already have to deal with the Barber brothers and now this? Who comes up with these ideas? Why not have the beer vendor from section 207 provide his analysis. He’s been to every game since 1987.

  3. Just heard Olson talking about this. He was never going to do anything but go to the game and be in the booth. He was never going to the practice facilities or interview player or coaches. He laughed and said no sane team would let him do that or that he ever wanted to.

  4. lots of gimmicks going around… I am ready to be done with Gruden-style broadcasting and just have someone call the game excellently!

  5. The Vikes beat Carolina last year and will beat them again this year. They own the childish one known as Cam. Get in his head early and he is thru. A fun matchup that day will be Griffen rag dolling Kalil all game long.

  6. Very interesting that the Vikings organization would complain about this. I wonder if other NFC teams have concerns about GM Rick Spielman’s brother Chris having full access to their team’s information? I’ll bet the Vikings did not bring that up.

  7. I’m your No.1 fan, Mr. Olsen, but this is a crank. You ought to be at home prepping for your return, Bye Week or not. “Superman” a/k/a “AceBoogie” a/k/a Cam(eron) Newton and the Cam-rolina Panthers need you!

  8. worstfranchiseinprofessionalsports
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    It’s okay… I get your frustration. If my teams players started quitting mid season to get our of the state I would be bitter too.

  9. worstfranchiseinprofessionalsports
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    Are you mad that RS can assemble a roster that is more than 1 person deep? Or are you mad that the Vikings GM’s brother has a job?

  10. coachjl1978 says:
    November 14, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Should not happen. He should be with his teammates
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    Well, they have a bye so his teammates are probably in 53 different places.

  11. Here’s a radical idea. Given that the Vikings and Rams are both 7-2 and playing exciting football, how about assigning your A, B, or C broadcasting team to the game? Leave the gimmicks for Packers-Ravens.

  12. learysdisciples says:
    November 14, 2017 at 2:32 pm
    Why not have the beer vendor from section 207 provide his analysis. He’s been to every game since 1987.

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    Quite possibly the greatest idea proposed on PFT.

    Ever.

  13. Meh, different teams, different offenses/defenses, different game plans — if that makes a difference in three weeks, the Vikes deserve to lose.

  14. Very interesting that the Vikings organization would complain about this. I wonder if other NFC teams have concerns about GM Rick Spielman’s brother Chris having full access to their team’s information? I’ll bet the Vikings did not bring that up.
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    Tell me, why would Chris Speilman risk his own career in an attempt to help Rick in his career? It doesn’t really make sense if you ACTUALLY think about it.

  15. Why hasn’t Roger Goodell stepped in to protect the shield and the integrity of the game? Goodell should have stopped Fox from being able to do this. That would seem to fall under his duties as the commissioner of the NFL.

  16. shouldn’t be anywhere near our defensive meetings or sideline calls or anywhere near listening to Zimmer or Shurmur going over the plays in the game with what they’re trying to do.

  17. In Teddy We Trust says:
    November 14, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Here’s a radical idea. Given that the Vikings and Rams are both 7-2 and playing exciting football, how about assigning your A, B, or C broadcasting team to the game? Leave the gimmicks for Packers-Ravens.

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    May the B or C broadcasting team. I don’t know many Vikings fans who want to look at or listen to Joe Buck call one of our games.

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