Mark Schlereth Done At ESPN, Joins FS1 In Deal Closed By Ousted President
July 11 / Tanya Ray Fox / SportsGrid
After a successful 16 year-run as an NFL analyst on ESPN, three-time Super Bowl champion Mark Schlereth will join his former colleagues over on Fox Sports 1.
According to Michael McCarthy of Sporting News, Schlereth was brought in by since fired President Jamie Horowitz with whom Schlereth was close from their mutual ESPN days. Horowitz was relieved of his position last week amidst sexual harassment allegations, but it is believed that the deal with Schlereth had been finalized by then.
The former Washington and Denver Broncos offensive lineman joined the worldwide leader soon after retiring in 2001 and had been a mainstay on the network and radio affiliates ever since, but per McCarthy, he was let informed by ESPN that his contract would not be renewed and granted permission to seek employment elsewhere. The network notably let go about 100 employees a few months ago and has been increasingly stringent with their talent budget.
Schlereth will feel right at home at FS1, where he will be reunited with former teammate and coworker Shannon Sharpe and well as ex-ESPNers Cris Carter, Skip Bayless, Colin Cowherd, Charissa Thompson, Ray Lewis and Jason Whitlock. In fact, where you to time travel from 2010 and turn on FS1, you'd absolutely believe you were watching some futuristic, re-branded version of ESPN with decidedly cornier graphics packages.
You can watch his FS1 debut below. It's exactly like watching him on ESPN, only this table is circle!