Tony Gonzalez is retiring, but he may still end up in your living room on Sunday afternoons.
The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre is reporting that CBS is discussing major changes to their pregame programming and that part of those changes may include hiring Gonzalez to replace Shannon Sharpe. Here’s a quick snip of what McIntyre wrote.
Gonzalez and CBS have been in talks about joining the show, but he’s West Coast-based, and the show is out of New York. Gonzalez is wrestling with the idea of weekly travel during the season. FOX’s show is based in LA and appears to be an ideal fit, but it can’t offer him a spot because it isn’t going to tinker with the show’s chemistry. Given the option of Fox Sports 1 or NFL Today on CBS, what would you do?
The whole piece is incredibly interesting. It appears the proposed shake-up of the NFL Today on CBS telecast is due to the show falling further behind its rival on FOX. Because of the slip in ratings, changing up the crew is a potential option for CBS, thus the potential opening for Gonzalez.
KANSAS CITY TV RATINGS
A week ago, Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated gave us the numbers on NFL’s TV ratings based on the individual networks that carry NFL coverage. This is where we find that FOX’s pregame coverage increased its lead over CBS from a year ago. He also had some numbers in there showing which markets watch the individual networks the most. It turns out Kansas City likes to watch football.
Kansas City was the number one market in terms of ratings for CBS in 2013. It helps that the Chiefs had a marquee game against the Broncos on CBS and that Denver had several games on primetime television instead of on CBS. Still, Kansas Citians were watching a lot football on CBS this past fall.
It appears we were also watching a lot of Sunday Night Football on NBC, too. KC finished in a tie for 10th place (with Seattle) for NBC’s top markets. Denver finished second.
Kansas City also was apart of setting the NFL Network’s ratings record for Thursday Night Football back in week three when the Chiefs beat the Eagles in Andy Reid‘s Philadelphia return. That game average 11.1 million viewers and had a 7.0 rating.