CBS announced last week that Tony Gonzalez will be joining the network’s “NFL Today” broadcast next season and that Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe will not be returning. The announcement, in theory, left one spot open for the pregame show. That spot will be filled by Bart Scott. He worked on CBS Sports Network’s “The Other Pregame Show” last season.
“Bart joining ‘The NFL Today‘ is a natural progression from his outstanding work during his first season on TOPS,” CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said. “Bart brings a dynamic personality and unique perspective as a recently retired player providing strong opinions on all the hot-button issues on a weekly basis. We are confident he will continue to bring that perspective and those opinions to ‘The NFL Today.'”
CBS is looking to bring a fresh perspective with players who have recently retired, and bringing Scott and Gonzalez on board will accomplish that. Scott, who was one of the most outspoken players in the league during his 11-year career, will likely bring an abundance of controversial opinions to the program.
Between Gonzalez and Scott, the shakeup is obviously significant for CBS. Apparently they felt change was needed.