Bart Scott out at CBS

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The game of musical chairs continues at CBS.

Tony Romo bumped Phil Simms out of the No. 1 broadcast booth. Simms, after a confusing couple of weeks, landed in the studio, taking the spot created by the previous departure of Tony Gonzalez.

Now, there’s another change. Bart Scott is out, and Nate Burleson is in.

In keeping with an offseason theme of awkward, the announcement from CBS mentions only the arrival of Burleson, with no mention whatsoever that Scott is leaving. Instead, the statement merely fails to mention Scott as one of the other members of The NFL Today crew.

Rumors circulated a year ago that CBS was contemplating moving on from Scott. As the rumor went, the pursuit of Peyton Manning caused Scott’s status to assume a position on the back burner. Now, Scott is out and Burleson is in, joining James Brown, Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason, and Simms.

43 responses to “Bart Scott out at CBS

  1. Burleson is really good on GMFB, so this should be a positive move for CBS.

  2. Every time I see Boomer on television, my immediate impulse is to change the channel or turn off the volume.

  3. Awesome!

    Gonzalez should still be there though.

    Get rid of Rome too. Idk why FOX and CBS had to add their own blowhard guy in Rome and Cowherd.

  4. Pre game shows are full of feel good fluff and inane interviews. None of them are compelling, they all stink for the most part.

    They are simply a vehicle for more advertisements. I cannot recall the last time I witnessed one for more than 2 minutes.

  5. Now he can go back to being a Pats-hating buffoon whose entire legacy will be remembered as being a born loser with a temper, an IQ of 67, and for frothing at the mouth after a divisional rd win in 2010, only to choke the next week by allowing 24 points in one half.

  6. Nate Burleson is a great add. He actually saved my life. I was driving with a pizza getting ready for a Cavs game and the pizza slid off the seat. I was just about to reach and grab the falling pizza and I thought of how Burleson got into an accident and broke his arm doing the same thing and I just let the pizza fall.

    No big deal, the pizza was fine. I didn’t get into an accident. I don’t know if I would have, but what happened to Nate Burleson definitely helped me think about it before acting. Bart Scott was a good guy, and he’ll catch on somewhere.

    “Can’t wait!”

  7. With Simms AND Esiason on the set together , no one else is going to get a word in anyway !! Makes it a MOOT point !!

  8. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says:
    May 8, 2017 10:06 AM

    I haven’t watched a pregame show in over twenty years.


    I’m with you. I’m five years in to my recovery. These shows are a complete waste of time.

  9. Good move by CBS. Burleson has been very good on the NFL Network, and he will bring a younger energy to the CBS group in the studio.

  10. Burleson is a nice addition. I never understood why Bart Scott was added. That was addition by subtraction. I prefer the Howie Long no nonsense type analyst. Shaun O’Hara would fit that bill. Trench type guys.

  11. These shows ran their course as more information became available in the late 90s, early 00s. They were important when everyone couldn’t hit PFT or PFR 10 times a day because they wanted information. The first network that figures this out and does away with the format will be ahead of the trend and will save themselves lots of money for a product that has outlived its usefulness. They should probably be condensed down to just injury reports in a 15-minute format before the game and web hits that go out throughout the day for each matchup. It would be a better use of resources than all of this dressing up to hear people blowhard for an hour or 2.

  12. I watch pregame shows to see the comics like Rob Riggle and Frank Caliendo. Don’t think CBS does that, so I don’t bother with them.

  13. Whatever what these,guys don’t get (media management types) is they’ve got a built in audience. Afc fans watch CBS, nfc watch fox , some fans watch pregame some don’t. It really doesnt matter who they put in there

  14. Burleson’s an empty suit. I know more about football than that guy.

  15. The person responsible for putting on Scott on television in the first place should now be publicly flogged.

  16. The first network that gets rid of them will be ahead of the curve. It’s more of people needing to read what the audience is trending toward, and they’ve been trending away from these shows with information available on sites like this daily. We used to have to wait or read the paper for the beat writer. That’s 24/7 stream of news these days, which makes these shows irrelevant. A beter use of these former athletes would be using them for in-week studio shows to break down the X’s and O’s of the games from the All 22 angle. The pregame shows should be reduced to a 15-minute injury update for the games and web hits for everything else. Coverage is way too bloated for what they’re going over.

  17. It seems unanimous that Bart Scott was the worst guy on any of the major networks’ NFL shows.

  18. Don’t want to see someone lose their job, but Bart Scott was so bad I can’t figure why they kept him on so long, I’d rather listen to Gilbert Gottfired for an hour than Scott for 3min!

  19. Meh. I liked Bart Scott. He had a goofy personality, which I like. I also had zero trouble understanding him. I guess some folks struggle with comprehending accents. Burleson is a good dude too, but I’m sure he’ll have his share of haters eventually.

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