ESPN laid off roughly 100 of its employees, but one employee who survived the recent round of cuts is Tim Tebow.
The sports network announced on Monday it reached a multiyear contract extension with college football analyst Tim Tebow. It did not specify any additional details about the contract.
Tebow, who is a college football contributor to ESPN and is part of SEC Network's SEC Nation during football season, joined the network in 2014. After a short career in the NFL, Tebow got into baseball and joined the New York Mets organization. He is currently a part of the organization's Class-A squad, the Columbia Fireflies.
Even as Tebow purses his goal of making it to the majors, he isn't putting his broadcasting career on hold. He was able to juggle the two last fall while he was in the Arizona Fall League. The college football season and MiLB regular season only overlap by a couple weeks at the end of August and beginning of September.
"Over the last three years ESPN and the SEC Nation crew have become like family,” Tebow in a statement released by ESPN. “I love the passion that SEC fans bring to our set every Saturday morning and I look forward to continuing to share my own love of the game with fans on ESPN and SEC Network.”
While in Rome, Georgia for a minor league baseball game against the Rome Braves last month, Tebow spoke about those same SEC fans showing up to stadiums to support him, regardless of whether or not they supported him while he was the quarterback of the Florida Gators where he won a national championship and Heisman Trophy.
"I think that people don't really realize about SEC Country is that when you're playing the other team, it gets incredibly intense, and they may say some things they really don't mean. But when you're away playing against someone like Georgia, and then-- people support people from the SEC. It was really that way in the NFL. You'd leave college and you'd see guys you played against, so you kind of have something that you know you went through together, and it was pretty special," he said.
Tebow is hitting .242 this season with two home runs and nine RBIs.
If the Fireflies outfielder is able to work his way up the ranks, even at 29-years old, it will be interesting to see which direction Tebow goes and if he'd end his broadcasting career all together.
"Every time I thought about baseball, I got really excited. You can't manufacture that," he said. "It's just fun competing everyday, and you have a game and they're keeping score and they matter."
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