NFL Network's Rich Eisen Lands DirecTV Talk Show
NFL Network's Rich Eisen is getting a DirecTV talk show.
The daily, three-hour The Rich Eisen Show will feature football analysis and interviews with celebrities and sports figures.
Broadcast out of DirecTV's Los Angeles headquarters, The Rich Eisen Show will follow the popular The Dan Patrick Show and air on the Audience Network weekdays from 12 to 3 p.m. ET starting Monday, Oct. 6. It will also be available digitally via NFL Now and DirecTV's Root Sports-branded networks in Pittsburgh, Denver and Seattle.
News of Eisen's project is looked at as a step up following his weekly NFL.com podcast, which has garnered 16 million downloads in four years. With the addition of Eisen to the DirecTV family, the provider will now have six hours of sports content daily.
Additionally, Eisen has re-signed at the NFL Network and will enter his 11th season on the channel this fall. He will continue to host the weekly NFL GameDay Morning program on Sundays and anchor its coverage of NFL events, including the draft, the combine and the Super Bowl.
“We’re looking forward to working with Rich in this new TV format that will really showcase his wit and talent for bridging the worlds of sports and entertainment,” said Chris Long, DirecTV’s senior vp original content and production. “We think he’s one of the best hosts in sports TV and we’re thrilled to have him head the new venture.”
“I’m thrilled by the opportunity to work with DirecTV and particularly honored to be following The Dan Patrick Show — and not just because Dan told me to say that,” said Eisen. “I’m equally as elated to stay with NFL Network after all these years and plant the flag for the National Football League in the app world in the same manner I’ve been fortunate to do on the TV and digital fronts. Plus, after all these years of seeing TV add 10 pounds, I’m hoping phones and tablets will only add 5.”
Eisen is repped by CAA.