Last month ESPN announced its 2010 college football commentating team. In that lineup was former Notre Dame and NFL star Tim Brown.
According to the ESPN release, this season Brown will serve as analyst on ESPN’s 3D college football broadcasts. Brown can also be seen as a college football analyst on another outlet for which he also appears as a celebrity endorser.
Brown appears in numerous videos on a website that offers sports wagering, including college football, while also showing up in promotional materials for the website in online ads and this current direct mail ad campaign for the 2010 football season:
His image is also found on the “join” page of the gambling website.
Online sports wagering is illegal in the United States.
Brown’s association with ESPN despite his connection to an illegal sports wagering website is ironic considering ESPN’s actions regarding an endorsement deal of another college football commentator on its roster.
Three weeks ago ESPN publicly struck down an endorsement deal between ESPN college football sideline reporter Jenn Brown and MillerCoors. ESPN had previously agreed upon the deal but later reversed its stance. At the time, ESPN did not give a reason on the record for the move.
As for Tim Brown, I’ve got an email into ESPN management inquiring about their stance on the former college and NFL player’s association with illegal sports wagering.