From: The Sporting News

By: Michael McCarthy

Date: 9/7/16

 

Cris Carter plans to put a new twist on what it means to be an NFL analyst this season.

The former ESPN analyst is teaming with Twitter to provide live commentary via Periscope for each Thursday Night Football game this season, sources tell Sporting News.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer, who left the cast of ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” in a shakeup that left Cris Berman as the last man standing, will go live @criscarter80 and Periscope roughly 90 minutes before each TNF game, at halftime and right after the game ends.

Carter is expected to offer analysis, predictions and fantasy football advice to fans, said sources.

While Twitter will stream 10 TNF games, Carter plans to go live for every TNF game during the 2016 season, sources said. The deal will allow the former Minnesota Vikings star to pursue other broadcast TV gigs.

The NFL announced a deal with Twitter to deliver a live OTT digital stream of 10 TNF games this season to its 800 million registered users. The TNF games will be shown on broadcast TV via CBS and NBC and simulcast on the NFL Network cable network.

The NFL’s unique TNF strategy will create a “Tri-Cast” distribution model (broadcast TV/cableTV/digital), according to the league.

The Carter arrangement will be similar to how former tennis champ Andy Roddick is using Twitter/Periscope during the U.S. Open. Carter’s new gig is a high-tech new twist on the traditional NFL TV analyst role.

I’ve always liked Carter’s work on ESPN and “Inside the NFL.” So it will be interesting to see how this works out.

Carter could not be reached for comment Wednesday.