Two of the most disliked personalities in sports have found new homes.
Former Chicago Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti, who explained his resignation from the paper last year by arguing that newspapers were dying in favor of the internet, has joined AOL Sports and The Fanhouse as a “a full-time national columnist and commentator on a variety of its platforms.”
Mariotti will join former New York Daily News columnist Lisa Olson as newcomers to AOL Sports/Fanhouse. Current AOL Sports columnist Kevin Blackistone will also have an expanded role.
Meanwhile, former Detroit Lions GM Matt Millen, who earned the ire of Detroit fans during his unsuccessful tenure with the team, will be a part of NBC’s pre-game show prior to Super Bowl XLIII. Prior to joining the Lions, Millen was a game analyst for FOX. Over the weekend, he served as a guest analyst for NBC’s Wild Card Saturday studio coverage.
While it is unknown whether Millen’s role as a guest analyst on NBC will translate into a long-term gig on the network, it should be pointed out that NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol was effusive in his praise of Millen — calling him “one of the very best football broadcasters of his generation.”