Former New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Bart Scott has joined CBS’s top National Football League pre-game show as a studio analyst, less than two years after he briefly imposed a media boycott in the Jets’ locker room during his final season as a player.
Scott, 33, joins James Brown, Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason and Tony Gonzalez on CBS Corp.’s most-watched television network. Gonzalez and Scott were added to the studio team for “The NFL Today” this offseason to replace Hall of Fame players Shannon Sharpe and Dan Marino.
After being released by the Jets last year, Scott spent the 2013 NFL season as a studio analyst on CBS Sports Network’s weekly pre-game show on Sundays. Scott’s promotion to CBS is a “natural progression from his outstanding work” during his first season, CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said.
“Bart brings a dynamic personality and unique perspective as a recently retired player providing strong opinions on all the hot-button issues on a weekly basis,” McManus said in a statement.
During the 2012 season, Scott declared a media boycott after a local newspaper called the Jets a bunch of clowns and later in the year attempted to get his defensive teammates to join him in not talking to reporters. Scott was fined $10,000 for cursing and making an obscene gesture to photographers following the 2011 season.