Colin Cowherd Is Going To Fox Because Of Course He Is
Welp, it finally happened. The Big Lead's Ryan Glasspiegel broke the news today that ESPN Radio's flagship program, "The Herd with Colin Cowherd," is losing its eponymous host. Before we get into any details about his move or speculation on his next step, can we take a second and acknowledge that Colin Cowherd famously instructed his listeners to overload The Big Lead's servers with intention of crashing the site, knocking it offline for four days?
We'll assume Cowherd's departure from Bristol means the show is done, too, but we're a bit short on the particulars. Who knows, maybe Ryan Ruocco will put on some glasses, read a Malcolm Gladwell book or two and fill in for Colin indefinitely. ESPN hasn't made it clear what their plans are for the three-hour midday slot going forward. What we know at the moment is contained in this rather terse statement from ESPN president John Skipper...
[ESPN] “We’ve enjoyed a mutually beneficial run with Colin for over a decade. He came to national prominence on ESPN with his unique perspective on sports and society. Endings also bring new beginnings, for ESPN and Colin, and we thank him and wish him the best.””
The logical new home for Cowherd is Fox Sports 1 -- a network that has made a habit of poaching talent from ESPN -- as they continue to develop a voice and gain ground in the ratings. According to Glasspiegel, talks are already in the works to unite the biggest, whitest forehead in sports media with the biggest, whitest network, which makes total sense. Cowherd's brand of psudeo-scientific, armchair socio-economics is better suited for a network known primarily for its shoot-from-the-hip, lasiez-faire political leanings. And while Cowherd has long been a champion of progressive causes during his 15-year run with ESPN, he's also a brash personality that emphasises the financial underpinnings of sports culture and human civilization, generally.
Sometimes it's interesting, sometimes is not, but most of the time it's complete anecdotal bullshit he lifted from a single source. He's perfect for Fox.
Much like Donald Trump, Colin Cowherd has never shied away from boasting about how much money he's earned or his real estate business. Heading to Fox makes sense for this guy, as he would almost certainly become the network's highest profile sports commentator, giving him Bill Simmons-like power. But it's another "Bill" who Cowherd undoubtedly wants to emulate (at least in terms of his successful broadcasting career). What talking head in his early 50s -- who openly admits to clashing with superiors who want to stifle his controversial voice -- turn down a chance to be Fox's sportsy Bill O'Reilly? Colin Cowherd could make as many sweeping generalizations about racial demographics he's never come in contact with as his little heart desires.
We'll update this post as soon as Cowherd hints at the failed negotiations with ESPN and/or his next destination. In the meantime, watch him go after Dan Patrick -- a man who regularly takes redeye flights between jobs -- for being lazy.
- Fox Sports 1 television analyst Clay Travis seems to be confirming our suspicions...
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) July 16, 2015
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