Things are really coming into place for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in his post-race career. First, his choice for the No. 88 in 2018 was announced. Now Junior has announced his first career move after he’s out of the No. 88 next year.
Earnhardt Jr. to Join NBC Broadcast Team in 2018
NBC Sports Group this morning announced that Earnhardt Jr. will join the NBC Sports broadcast with a multi-year deal beginning in 2018.
“It is a tremendous honor not only to join NBC Sports next year but to begin a new career alongside people who love NASCAR as much as I do,” Earnhardt said in an NBC release.
“To be reunited with Steve Letarte, to be able to call legends like Jeff Burton, Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty teammates rather than just friends, to be able to continue going to the track and connecting with race fans, it’s a privilege I don’t take lightly. I will devote my heart and soul to this broadcast team and pledge my very best to the millions who watch it.”
Like several other Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers, Earnhardt has taken his turn in the broadcast booth during Xfinity race broadcasts. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was also part of the broadcast for the 2017 “The Clash” preseason opener during Daytona Speedweeks.
Post-Race Career Opportunities Abound
Earnhardt, Jr. has also said he will continue to do his podcast, The Dale Jr. Download, and the NBC press release made it sound like his deal may allow for opportunities in the company’s media businesses as well — possibly movies, television and their podcasts.
Earhardt, Jr. has also previously announced a reality TV show with his wife, Amy Earhardt in which they will be renovating a historic house the couple has in Florida.
Welcome to the team, @DaleJr!
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) July 24, 2017
Source: NASCAR.com – Dale Earnhardt Jr. signs multiyear deal with NBC