Erik Kuselias either has the largest ego in sports media, or he completely lacks self-awareness. Either way, the former ESPN TV/radio host is out of a job at NBC Sports because he completely overplayed his hand at the network and tried to orchestrate a package deal with his new wife (!) Holly Sonders to Fox Sports.
It blew up in his face.
As Golf Digest previously reported, Sonders, a former Michigan State golfer, is headed to Fox Sports. She had previously been at the Golf Channel, and her star began to rise over the last few years. (Kuselias was at Golf Channel too, but once the pair started hooking up, NBC Sports Network took him off their hands.) Multiple sources at NBC tell me the two were married last year. Kuselias was once referred to as “the biggest douchebag in the place” during his time at ESPN.
[UPDATE: Two days after this post went up, an NBC spokesman emailed this to The Big Lead: "Kuselias was only moved because NBCSN was launching SportsTalk and Pro Football Talk, which were better suited to his talents."]
Both of their contracts are up this year at NBC, and I’m told Kuselias got a crazy idea: He tried to sell himself and his wife as a “package deal” to Fox Sports. Fox had expressed interest in Sonders on its golf coverage, and Kuselias smelled an opportunity. But reality set in when Fox told him, “sorry, not interested.” It was a wise move by Fox Sports not taking the bait.
Then Kuselias, for some reason on edge – why he’s pushing for a package deal six months before both of their deals were up is anyone’s guess – made a mistake and went to NBC looking for the pair to get new deals.
According to people who have been briefed on the meetings, he was instantly yanked as TV host of Pro Football Talk. (No replacement has been named yet, but a source says the network is close.) A source says NBC told Sonders and Kuselias they won’t appear on TV anymore for the remainder of the year, but their contracts would be paid out.
An NBC Sports spokesman told The Big Lead, “we wish Erik well in his future television endeavors.” Kuselias – for now – is still hosting an NBC Sports radio show. One wonders … if Sonders had stayed at NBC, would Kuselias be done at the network? We’ll never know.
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