In comparison to some athletes in other major sports, swimmers do not unfortunately have the longest life span out there. They don’t have the same sort of audience week in and week out as folks in the NFL or the NBA, but like these athletes, they do still have one major option available to them post-retirement — getting into a career as a broadcaster for their sport.
When it comes to Michael Phelps, it looks like just about every major television network is going to be knocking at his door following the end of the London Olympics — and if he does decide to retire as he has long said. According to TMZ, a number of networks are already supposedly readying all sorts of offers and expressing interest in the most-decorated Olympian of all time. The frontrunner at the moment for a broadcasing gig has to be NBC, if for no other reason than that they do broadcast the Games, and he would be more at home there than anywhere else considering his knowledge of the sport and status as a national hero. Of course, ABC and its family of networks (which include ESPN) would probably be ready and willing to scoop Phelps up if they are given the opportunity.
Personally, we don’t feel as though this is probably even of Phelps mind at the moment, though, mostly because he has so many other things to worry about representing his country overseas. He has already won a pair of gold medals this time around, including one over his fellow American team member Ryan Lochte in a heavily-contestant match.
After Phelps retires from swimming, whenever that may be, do you think a career in broadcasting could be in the cards for him? Be sure to share your thoughts below! If you want to check out how the London 2012 Games have fared in the ratings, be sure and visit the link here.