Barber rushes to NBC as analyst, contributor

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NEW YORK -- Retired New York Giants running back Tiki Barber will join NBC Universal's broadcast team, working for both NBC Sports as an analyst and NBC News as a contributor to "Today."

Barber made his last appearance in a Giants uniform during the playoffs and finished his career in Sunday's Pro Bowl. The 31-year-old Barber will be introduced Tuesday morning at a news conference at 30 Rockefeller Center.

Barber, who played 10 seasons for the Giants, has been a hot commodity in the TV world after he announced in October 2006 that he would retire after the end of the season. He was chased by no less than three major media companies, News Corp., Walt Disney Co. and NBC Universal.

Barber had been a co-host of Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" once a week, where he had gained experience along with work on New York television and radio stations. Earlier this year, it looked like Disney would win the bidding war, offering not only work at its Bristol, Conn.-based ESPN during football season but a prominent role on ABC News' "Good Morning America."

But NBC's bid was ultimately successful, in part, sources said, because Barber wasn't thrilled about being in Connecticut on the weekends during football season. Barber won't have to travel far to 30 Rock for the "Football Night in America" show. "Today" is also based there.

NBC scheduled a news conference Tuesday morning at its headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza for what it called a "major talent announcement."  NBC Uni president/CEO Jeff Zucker, NBC Uni Sports/Olympics chairman Dick Ebersol and NBC News president Steve Capus are scheduled to be on hand for the news conference.
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