The East Texas Pump Jacks put a job offer on the table for the soon-to-be-unemployed late-night talk-show host.Jay Leno can have The Tonight Show. Conan O’Brien will take the East Texas Pump Jacks (summer collegiate; Texas Collegiate League).
The Pump Jacks, a summer collegiate baseball team located in Kilgore, Texas, today offered O’Brien the position of on-field emcee, providing in-game entertainment throughout the team’s 2010 season. Terms of the offer were not disclosed, but it’s believed a team cap was included as a signing bonus.
“Like anyone who’s been following this saga, we feel badly for Conan O’Brien,” said Pump Jacks general manager Mike Lieberman. “His dream job is being stripped away from him by Jay Leno and NBC. Working with the Pump Jacks will give Conan a chance to land on his feet."
Jacks management indicated the team is sensitive to O’Brien’s concern about game times, especially after NBC suggested moving his show back a half hour to make room for Leno. As a result, the team is open to starting games at O’Brien’s Tonight Show time slot of 11:35 p.m. ET, 10:35 in East Texas.
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