The NFL Network’s getting into the morning show business, creating a football version of the Today show.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand reports that the league will announce Monday its plans for a four-hour weekday morning show, which will start July 30 and air 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The show will replace Total Access reruns on NFLN in the mornings.
“It’s mind-boggling how much content is out there,” NFLN executive producer Eric Weinberger told Hiestand. “How can you fill up four hours dedicated to the NFL every morning? It’s surprisingly easier that it sounds.”
Weinberger said the show will include “heavy debate,” and they’ve hired FOXSports.com columnist (and the author of Namath: A Biography) Mark Kriegel to discuss topics with reporter Steve Wyche.
Former FOX Sports Network anchor Brian Webber will host the show along with Nicole Zaloumis, formerly of Comcast SportsNet New England, and former San Francisco and Carolina cornerback Eric Davis.
Davis should excel at witty morning banter. He’s bright and has a dry sense of humor.
Once, when an over-emoting local television anchor approached him during a Panthers skid trolling for a sound bite saying: “Eric, I think fans want to hear that everything’s all right, and that you guys are going to be OK,” in a too-serious tone, Davis paused a beat and replied: “Everything’s all right. . . . We’re going to be OK.”