Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is defined to maintain the broadcast booth this Sunday for the Vikings’ game against the Rams. That’s not sitting particularly very well with Minnesota, who believes it might supply the Panthers an unfair gain when they take up them in Week 14.
Vikings GM Rick Spielman made a good complaint to the NFL and FOX, saying that it could be inappropriate for him to end up being up found in the booth for a casino game:
#Vikings GM Rick Spielman tells me he features spoken with the NFL and FOX to express the staff feels it’s inappropriate to include #Panthers TE Greg Olsen found in broadcast booth for his or her game vs. #Rams on Sunday. Olsen can come off IR soon. #Vikings at #Panthers on Dec. 10. – Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 14, 2017
Sadly for the Vikings, the NFL doesn’t see a problem with Olsen being in the nest for the game:
#Vikings’ request to possess Greg Olsen job a different game was declined. Olsen won’t maintain production meeting or at walkthrough, but will maintain booth Sunday. NFL says it didn’t object. – Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 14, 2017
It’s also not something that Olsen is unaware of – knowing that his staff and the Vikings can be facing off next month.
“I don’t know just how much inside facts they’re going to give me personally,” Olsen said. “I don’t know how many development meetings I’ll be allowed in considering we play them a couple weeks later.”
That question was answered rather quickly. An NFL spokesman specifically told Pelissero: “We didn’t object to this. The player will maintain the broadcast booth and can not be going to practice or a development meeting.”
In a statement to Pelissero, FOX explained: “We fully value the Vikings concerns and can limit the volume of pre-game access permitted to Greg. We anticipate welcoming him in the broadcast booth and giving viewers a unique perspective this Sunday.”
The Vikings’ concern is legitimate, but also perhaps not all that serious. Olsen will end up being up and in a position to get a good viewpoint of what the Vikings perform on both sides of the ball. Could it be going to supply the Panthers a serious competitive gain in a couple weeks? Probably not. Nonetheless it still seems like a thing that probably shouldn’t be allowed.
Olsen is on IR with a good foot injury, but likely to make his return by Week 12, healthy with time for their game against the Vikings.
It’s not likely to be the very first time an active player will maintain the booth. Matt Hasselbeck and Marcus Allen possess both called video games as effective players, in 2014 and 1994 respectively, regarding to NFL.com. Nevertheless, those players weren’t participating in the teams down the road.
This probably won’t be considered a huge deal, but according to how that Week 14 matchup between your Vikings and Panthers goes, this won’t be the last we hear concerning this.