I can't remember this type of thing being reported in the past, extensions for NFL commentators that is. ESPN announced extensions for some of their big names in NFL coverage:
Adam Schefter, Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN NFL insiders, sign multiyear deals - Richard Deitsch - SI.com
For those who enjoy Kiper Jr. on the NFL Draft, the following will be good news: Kiper Jr. signed a six-year deal that will keep him at ESPN through the summer of 2018. Schefter signed a five-year extension that runs through the summer of 2017. Clayton and Werder each signed four-year extensions. Why did ESPN lock up this quartet of NFL talent? "The NFL is 12 months a year and our fans cannot get enough news and information," said Mark Gross, an ESPN senior vice president and executive producer.
They also recently extended Stuart Scott a couple days as well. So what do you think about the Silver Fox getting the longest extension? Which of these is your favorite? I've got a fan poll and additional comments from Gross on each of these guys, after the jump...
Were are some quotes from ESPN VP Mark Gross on three of the commentators:
"Nobody personifies the NFL draft like Mel Kiper," Gross said. "He's incredibly well-respected by viewers and teams."
"This guy has changed the way NFL is reported in my opinion," Gross said. "To me, he is one of the more impact guys at the company."
I can't say I know about Werder but I do like Schefter and Clayton. Schefter seems to get breaking news the quickest may times though I'm not sure I would say he has been a game changer as Gross suggests.
Clayton is usually good for some bit size analysis but his geeky appearance is hard to swallow sometimes when talking about a sport that thrives on toughness.