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‘Good Morning Football’ Beginning Mysterious Timeout Before L.A. Move

  • Friday is the final broadcast of ‘Good Morning Football’ from New York.
  • The NFL Network show is taking time off and moving production to Los Angeles.
Courtesy of Good Morning Football

Friday marks the final episode of Good Morning Football before NFL Network’s flagship show goes on a spring and summer hiatus ahead of relocating from New York City to NFL Media’s headquarters in Los Angeles.

The announcement of GMFB’s changes several weeks ago sparked confusion and uncertainty about its future, particularly for its tight-knit cast of Jamie Erdahl, Peter Schrager, Kyle Brandt, and Jason McCourty. The future format of the show—and all talent minus Erdahl—remains unknown, two sources tell Front Office Sports. “I will see you from L.A.,” Erdahl said last week during her final broadcast before going on maternity leave. 

There have been personnel cuts at NFL Media related to the relocation of the show, the two sources say. And the changes for GMFB also coincide with a reported 60 NFL employees accepting a buyout offered to 200 people, per Sports Business Journal. Erdahl Erdahl was visibly emotional in her three-minute goodbye-for-now monologue, saying, “This is a very hard time for many people affected by this decision to move the show. And all I can hope is, for the people making these decisions, our executives at the NFL, our coaches, to not make these changes lightly and to do so with the best intention.”

Similarly, Schrager’s final broadcast also came last week, but he was more coy. “We’re going to be taking the show elsewhere and we’ll see what happens,” he said. “But I just wanted to appreciate my time in New York and the crew and the people—a lot of those folks won’t be making the trip—but we do love them.” Schrager lives in Brooklyn but travels to L.A. weekly for the Fox NFL Sunday pregame studio show, so perhaps a part-time role on GMFB would be more feasible than a full-blown relocation. “It’s not the last that you’ll be seeing me talking football, or the last that we’ll be talking football together. It’s just the end of an era,” he said.

Brandt and McCourty have still been heading up GMFB alongside guest hosts. And while Brandt was bullish about the show’s future the day after news of the move broke, he has not specifically said he will move to L.A. full-time. McCourty joined the cast in the summer of 2022 alongside Erdahl. NFL Media said GMFB would be expanded as part of the move to include a two-hour syndication of the show. But things will likely look very different for the program that has started at 7 a.m. ET each weekday and is now moving to the West Coast.

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