Recent news involving sports media personalities, including the Saints’ Sean Payton serving as a guest analyst for ESPN, soccer broadcaster Andy Gray getting fired by Sky Sports, and NASCAR analyst Rusty Wallace extending his contract with ESPN.
- Sean Payton: The Saints’ coach will join ESPN as a guest analyst for the network’s coverage of Super Bowl week. Payton will appear on a variety of ESPN programs, including the network’s four-hour Sunday NFL Countdown pregame the day of Super Bowl XLV. (ESPN via Fang’s Bites)
- Andy Gray: The Sky Sports soccer broadcaster had his contract terminated after audio leaked of him making off-air comments deemed inappropriate about a female lineswoman during a recent telecast. Gray was initially suspended, but after video leaked of him allegedly “behaving inappropriately” towards a colleague in a separate incident, Sky Sports ended its 20-year association with him. (telegraph.co.uk, espn.com)
- Rusty Wallace: The ESPN NASCAR analyst has agreed to an extension of his contract with the network through the 2014 NASCAR season. (ESPN via Fang’s Bites)