The Media Trade will be an occasional column that breaks—and speculates on—news in the industry.
1) Albert Breer was suspended by the NFL Network and sidelined for the final duration of his contract, The Big Lead has learned. Breer, who could not be reached for comment, went on the Boston sports talk radio show Toucher and Rich on April 22nd and said that NFL Network was a “very limiting place to work.” He also said that he’d been essentially barred from covering the Patriots, despite living in Boston, after his line of questioning in Bill Belichick’s “On to Cincinnati” presser in October of 2014.
The quotes got pickup throughout the weekend. Breer, who was already leaving NFL Media for Peter King and Sports Illustrated’s MMQB, was pulled off Draft coverage (where an NFL Media press release indicates he was scheduled to report on the 49ers), and just returned to Twitter today:
An NFL Media spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
2) Mike Florio has signed a long-term extension to keep ProFootballTalk under the NBC umbrella. The news was first reported by the Sports Business Journal. We have heard that the deal runs through early 2023.
3) ESPN has lost a lot of people over the past year, but they held on to a good one in Mike Breen, who just signed a long-term deal to remain the no. 1 NBA play-by-play announcer on the network.