Joe Buck and Troy Aikman sent shockwaves around the sports media world when they both left Fox Sports and inked blockbuster deals to become the new lead voices of ESPN’s Monday Night Football coverage.
According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Buck agreed to a five-year contract with ESPN worth between $60 million and $75 million, while Aikman’s deal will earn him $92.5 million over the same span.
These huge new deals and movements can possibly be contributed to former Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo inking a 10-year deal, worth $180 million with CBS in 2020.
The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback shared his thoughts on Buck’s and Aikman’s deal during an interview with The Big Lead this week.
“I think everyone in the industry supports each other,” Romo told The Big Lead, via Sports Illustrated. “I mean for us, any time somebody makes money, it’s a good thing. It’s like players: everyone thinks they’re going to be upset, it’s like, well, when somebody makes more money, that’s helping out everybody else. And so, I think it’s well-deserved.
“I think there’s a lot of talented play-by-play and analysts out there. Troy and Joe, I’m really happy for them. I think that’s well-deserved and I think that’s a good thing, you know, for the whole industry.”
The 42- Romo is under contract with CBS until 2030.