If you can't beat the media, join them.
That, apparently, was Bart Scott's thinking as he accepted an offer with CBS to join the network's revamped pregame "The NFL Today" show. Last week, in a dramatic change of direction, CBS added retired tight end Tony Gonzalez to the program, and it dropped longtime analysts Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe in the process.
Reports say that Scott will fill a variety of roles and, along with Gonzalez, will join join James Brown, Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher and insider Jason La Canfora for a pregame show that has fallen behind in the ratings among the other NFL networks. CBS will be adding Thursday Night Football to its broadcasts this season.
Scott spent last season on CBS Sports Network's The Other Pregame Show as an analyst on Sundays.
"Bart joining The NFL Today is a natural progression from his outstanding work during his first season on TOPS," CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said. "Bart brings a dynamic personality and unique perspective as a recently retired player providing strong opinions on all the hot-button issues on a weekly basis. We are confident he will continue to bring that perspective and those opinions to The NFL Today."
But Scott was notoriously testy with the media during his playing days — especially toward the end — which stretched from 2002 to 2012 with the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets. Scott tried to create a media boycott amongst his teammates in the Jets' locker room following a victory in 2012, which proved to be Scott's final season in the league.
Welcome to the media, Bart. Hope no one tries to boycott talking to you during the 2014 season.
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