After years of beating them on the football field, Tom Brady is besting quarterback-turned-sportscasters like Tony Romo, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning in the broadcast booth.
Following Tuesday morning’s surprise announcement that Brady has a deal to join Fox as the network’s lead NFL analyst immediately after he is done playing football, it was also stated he would be signing a 10-year, $375 million deal.
The seven-time Super Bowl winner is going to earn more calling games for Fox than he has made playing pro football for more than two decades. Something about that just rubs Jalen Rose the wrong way.
GQ writer Tyler Tynes then published an old quote from ESPN’s Jalen Rose about the rise in salaries among sports media personalities and the lack of equality among pay and opportunities for former Black athletes.
But what we have to do, as former athletes and Black people, is always ask: who’s the Black version of that successful picture? When you’re watching your favorite basketball or football game, very minimal Black play-by-play folks, very minimal Black hosts, very few former basketball players are getting paid top dollar.””
Rose alluded to that quote on Twitter by quote-tweeting another user.
“Something ain’t right if Brady gets $275 million for 10 years and he’s never stepped foot into a TV studio while Jalen Rose is a 20-year TV vet and he might not ever touch that kinda money unless his production company goes off.”
Following news of Brady’s reported salary hitting the internet, Fox Sports released a statement refuting the rumored financial numbers. “What has been reported isn’t an accurate description of the deal and we have not released details beyond what was disclosed on our quarterly earnings call,” the company announced, via John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal.