The former England striker, who is set to retire when his Stoke City contract expires this summer, is reported to have failed to get a job with BT Sport’s punditry team, but his lack of commentary ability will be no hindrance to a career in Reality TV.
And the ex-Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United poacher is in big demand for his undoubted coordination skills as the two main terrestrial TV channels scrap for his signature.
Owen is keen to try his hand at punditry, but his appearances on Match of the Day this season have not exactly set the world alight – while relatively articulate, his monotone voice and tendency to trot out cliches mean BT are unlikely to sign him up for their Premier League coverage.
The 33-year-old is still likely to get work for the BBC thanks to his general affability and the support of their existing punditry team, while his excellent knowledge of horse racing has anded him a spot as a tipster for Royal Ascot in June.
But they are not exactly full-time gigs so he would be able to spend this autumn on the dancefloor or in the jungle.
The diminutive hit-man is a household name and could well draw in a less typical audience than that which usually watched such shows – his fee could run into the hundreds of thousands of pounds.
But he would be well advised to think about the potential impact any such appearance could have on his future career as a serious pundit – Strictly contestants tend to come out relatively unscathed, but I’m a Celebrity has a tendency to cause major embarrassment or even humiliation.