Most sports TV analysts used to play the game they call, but few, if any, call their sport one minute and then compete on the same night. NBC’s Sean O’Connell has been a color analyst on Facebook Watch’s broadcasts of the Professional Fighters League this year and then fought later in the night, when the fights moved to NBC Sports Network.
On New Year’s Eve, O’Connell won’t don his headset, but he will be fighting for a million bucks against Vinny Magalhaes in the PFL light heavyweight division at Madison Square Garden. The most O’Connell has ever made in one MMA fight is $88,000, so with $200,000 going to the loser, he will have his biggest payday no matter what happens. He plans on winning the million.