Rich Eisen has achieved a lot of first things and taken on a lot of roles since he started with the NFL Network. The first on-air talent added to the NFL Network was also the first host of NFL Total Access And she started her first NFL.com podcast (not to mention everything he does with his Roku channel). And now he’s adding another aspect to his role with the company as he’ll obviously be connecting to several NFL games for the network this season.
Aizen was a guest at Jimmy Traina’s مطعم Sports Illustrated Media Podcast This week, the two discussed the extension of his latest contract with the NFL Network and what it might entail.
“I signed for another four years, Jimmy,” Eisen said. “My contract now takes me to year 23 there.”
The 53-year-old TV, radio and podcast host then added some details about the negotiations and what came of them, including the opportunity to connect with the NFL games.
“Negotiating with the NFL – that’s just – it’s not much fun,” Eisen said. But the commissioner himself was great. He’s always been a man of his word, ever since I started saying ‘if you need me, make a call’ when he was the COO of the NFL, now he’s the number one man in the NFL and that’s been for quite some time. This is season 20, year 19, for me, so I re-signed there, and I love being with the same people I’ve been with for so long. I still have some originals with me. And I just love being the tip of that spear. GameDay Morning, I love doing that. I like to do the draft, and I like to do the collecting, so my schedule is the same. So excited about it. Looks like I’ll be calling some games this fall on the NFL Network as well, and I’m excited about that.”
When asked for any details about the games he might relate to, Aizen deferred.
“I don’t know if I’m free to decide what games to play, but I love to connect with games. There’s nothing quite like being on the field, nothing like being in a broadcast. I just dig it. I loved connecting to ESPN baseball games and I love connecting games whenever I’m in the booth. NFL”.
“Announcements will be issued soon,” he added.
The next NFL game for the NFL Network is the London game between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints on October 2. Then there’s a Week 5 game in London between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers, a Week 10 game in Munich between the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a Christmas Eve game between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers, and some Saturday games that haven’t been played yet. Announce it yet. So there are certainly a few options for Aizen at play.
[Sports Illustrated Media Podcast, via Barrett Sports Media]