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Channel 2's Javad weighing career options after Benigni exits sports

With Adam Benigni accepting the role as co-anchor of "Daybreak" on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) effective at the start of 2018, the focus shifts to the future of sportscaster Jonah Javad.

Javad has been doing Benigni's duties as sports director for several months and is assumed to have the job permanently if he wants it.

The key words are "if he wants it."

In a Twitter message exchange, Javad wouldn’t directly answer if he wants it or if he has an out-of-town job offer.

His succinct response was: "I'm considering my options."

Asked what the options are, he added: "I cannot elaborate at this time. I am exploring my options and considering them carefully."

That certainly sounds like he has a job offer to consider, presumably in a bigger market. He is under contract at Channel 2, but those contracts typically can have outs for bigger market offers or offers within the TEGNA group of stations owned by Channel 2's owner.

Javad gave a non-denial denial when asked specifically if he was offered a job out of town.

"I'm not at liberty to say anything further than what I've told you," he wrote.

Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner declined comment.

Even if Javad has an offer to consider, it would seem to be unlikely that he would leave during the upcoming November sweeps or any time soon.

Some people in local television who didn't initially plan to make Buffalo their last career stop have stayed here after having a relationship with someone here. Javad has been dating WIVB-TV anchor Nalina Shapiro for more than a year. It isn't a secret, but I generally include such personal information only when it is relevant to what people see on TV or to broadcaster's careers.

Asked if his personal life is in the equation as he considers his options as some people suspect it might, Javad responded: "My personal life is not relevant to this decision. My family and friends support me no matter what."

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