New NFL Gig For Banned Coach?

March 25, 2012 by staff 

New NFL Gig For Banned Coach?, Suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton will have a lot of free time in the upcoming season — he’s out of the game for the entire 2011 campaign, and he’s $5.8 million lighter in the pocket after Roger Goodell told him that he was not needed this year as a result of BountyGate. Fox Sports would like to fill Payton’s Sundays by making ananlyst for the network’s NFL broadcasts.

“Our feeling about Sean is that he’s bright, articulate and obviously contemporary,” said Lou D’Ermilio, FOX’s senior vice president for communications in a statement. “Any network with NFL rights would have to consider it.”

While the league can prevent Payton from finding gainful employment in a coaching or administrative position until his one-year suspension is done, there’s no mandate to keep him out of the booth.

“He is suspended from the NFL for the season,” the league said in a statement to The New York Times. “His involvement in any non-NFL employment or business matters is not our decision.” []

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