Warren Sapp Nearly Replaced on “Inside the NFL”May 19th, 2010
Anyone who has seen former Bucs great Warren Sapp on the NFL Network — or for the women who do not have the NFL Network and thus watch Sapp’s clips that Joe posts from time to time — have noticed how good Sapp is on TV.
So it was a bit curious to read Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News infer that Sapp, who also co-hosts “Inside the NFL” on Showtime, was nearly replaced by former Patriots safety and current NBC talking head Rodney Harrison.
NFL TV moles say Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” was interested in bringing Harrison on board, probably to replace Warren Sapp. Spies say Harrison was all but told he had the gig. It’s worth mentioning Showtime is owned by CBS.
When word was passed to top brass about Harrison being in line for the job, the pending deal was nixed. After all, Harrison is an NBC guy. And the suits at NBC and CBS, especially Jeff Zucker (Prez/CEO NBC Universal) and Leslie Moonves (CBS’ Chairman/CEO) ain’t exactly fishing buddies.
With two CBS guys (James Brown and Phil Simms) on “Inside the NFL,” hiring Harrison would have given NBC cast parity. The Peacock already has one of its voices, Cris Collinsworth, on the show. Guess poor Rodney just got caught in the middle.
Joe has no idea why Sapp would be replaced — unless he unloaded on a producer, and Sapp himself has confessed he’s been short with them at times — unless CBS was prepared to throw Sapp into the street had the charges against Sapp for (allegedly) slapping around his girlfriend in a South Florida hotel last winter stuck.