Rich Eisen has achieved many firsts and taken on many roles since he started with NFL Network. The first on-air talent added to NFL Network was also the first host of NFL All Access and started the first NFL.com podcast (not to mention everything he’s doing with his show on the Roku channel). He is now adding another aspect to his role at the company, as he will apparently be calling several NFL games for the network this season.
Eisen was a guest on Jimmy Traina’s Sports Illustrated Media Podcast this week and the two discussed his recent contract extension with the NFL Network and what that might entail.
“I signed on for four more years, Jimmy,” Eisen said. “My contract now takes me until year 23 there.”
The 53-year-old TV, radio and podcast host added a few details about the deal and what came of it, including the opportunity to call NFL games.
“Dealing with the NFL — this just came in — is not a lot of fun,” Eisen said. “But the commissioner himself has been fantastic. He’s always been a man of his word, ever since I started saying ‘if you need me, give me a call’ when he was the chief operating officer of the NFL, now he’s the leader of the NFL and has been for quite some time. This is season 20, year 19, for me, so I re-signed there, and I love being with the same people I’ve been with for so long. There are still some originals with me. And I love being the tip of that spear. GameDay Morning, I love doing that. I love to draft, I love to combine, so my schedule is the same. Very excited about that. Looks like I’ll be calling some games this fall on NFL Network too, excited about that.”
Asked for details on what games he might be calling, Eisen deferred.
“I don’t know if I’m at liberty to say what games I’m making, but I love calling games. There is nothing like being in the stadium, nothing like participating in a broadcast. I just get it. I loved calling baseball games on ESPN and I love calling games every time I’m in the NFL booth.”
He added that “announcements should be coming soon.”
NFL Network’s next NFL game is the London matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints on October 2. After that, there is a week 5 game in London between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers, the week 10 game in Munich between the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa. Bay Buccaneers, a Christmas Eve game between the Las Vegas Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers, and some Saturday games yet to be announced. So there are certainly quite a few options for Eisen in play.
[Sports Illustrated Media Podcast, via Barrett Sports Media]