Star NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport is looming free agent


In the upcoming months, one of the primary sources for professional sports free agency news is expected to enter free agency himself. According to The Post, Ian Rapoport’s contract with NFL Media is set to expire during the 2024 NFL offseason. Rapoport, who initially joined NFL Network in 2012 after covering the Patriots for the Boston Herald, has been a recurring contributor to “The Pat McAfee Show” and recently returned to the program after a few months away. In the event that McAfee and ESPN sever their ties amid their tumultuous partnership, there is potential for Rapoport and McAfee to revive a recurring collaboration in the future, regardless of Rapoport’s continued association with NFL Media.

Rapoport’s exceptional talent and extensive network make him a rare figure in the realm of hyperconnected, top-tier league insiders. Often pitted against Adam Schefter, both Rapoport and Schefter are regarded as the most prolific NFL insiders, competing metaphorically for supremacy on the scoreboard. The ability to generate significant social engagement is a scarce commodity in sports media, and few can match the impact of these elite insiders. This quality is highly prized by gambling companies, some of which have their own media arms.

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As an illustration, FanDuel has formed a partnership with NBA insider Shams Charania for their linear network, encompassing both traditional broadcasts and social media posts.

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