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Is Paul Finebaum headed to the Big Ten Network?


Paul Finebaum is as SEC as Media Days, Harvey Updyke, and those “It Means More” commercials, which is why the latest scuttlebutt in the media world is so disturbing. Finebaum’s contract with ESPN is up this month, and according to the Sporting News’ Michael McCarthy, Fox Sports, specifically its Big Ten Network, is in hot pursuit:

Negotiations between Paul Finebaum and ESPN have heated up, but a powerful new team is bidding for the possible free agent’s services: Fox Sports, and its affiliated Big Ten Network.

The college football provocateur’s five-year contract with ESPN expires this month, said told Sporting News. After a long dry spell in which there have been almost no talks between the Finebaum — host of “The Paul Finebaum Show” on SEC Network — and ESPN management in Bristol, the two sides are close to agreeing on a new deal. “They’re close — but it’s not over yet,” a source said.

Tonight, McCarthy tweeted that Finebaum is still expected to stay at ESPN, but clearly, he’s got options.

SEC Network, I know a great little radio show that’s ready to make the jump to the big leagues if Pawwwl leaves. Just saying.

[Sporting News]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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5 responses to “Is Paul Finebaum headed to the Big Ten Network?”

  1. Ranch

    Will they replace Paul with Matt?

  2. Brian in Franklin

    Matt cant carry the load just talking about basketball and he knows nothing about UK football much less SEC. The ONLY football guru KSR had was Freddie and he’s with UK football. Sorry but SEC doesn’t follow NCAA basketball until after January.

  3. Alex90

    Who cares?

  4. Rondo2Davis

    If Matt Jones becomes a SEC baseball and football guy then ESPN/SEC Network would be stupid not to pick him up. How hard is it for a dude to talk about SEC football 16 hours a week? Not very hard. Let’s go MJ!!!!

  5. Sentient Third Eye

    No way Paul goes to the Big Ten. He has a huge network of callers who are southern. If he did a Big Ten show, he’d have 90% of his callers talking SEC (50% Alabama football alone). The Big Ten wouldn’t want that, so this won’t happen.