The NFL broadcasting game has never been hotter, and it can all be traced back to Tony Romo coming in strong and receiving an insane contract.
That contract pretty much shook everything up, whch caused Troy Aikman’s move from Fox to ESPN to break up one of sports broadcasting’s longest-tenured duos….or did it?
Joe Buck still has a year left on his contract with FOX, which means ESPN would have to trade for the star play-by-play man.
Jim Miller spoke with Sports Illustrated’s Jimmy Traina and laid out what a potential ESPN/Fox trade for Buck would look like.
Via Awful Announcing:
“I mean, look, does Fox want to keep Joe if Joe’s going to be unhappy? No. But do they want to be able to monetize this in myriad ways in order to really get some flesh out of ESPN? Absolutely. And what might that mean? You know, if I’m Fox, I might ask for two or three Big Ten games. You can be as outrageous and greedy and audacious as you can in this situation, because at the end of the day, look, it’s ‘Joe does a great job, and we don’t want to get rid of him. If you guys want to have both of those guys together, then you’re going to have to pay.’”
After paying Troy Aikman over $17 million per year, the Worldwide Leader seems committed to finally establishing a great booth for Monday Night Football.
The longtime Fox announcer hasn’t made any decisions about his future just yet, but he does appear to be interested in following his longtime broadcast partner Troy Aikman to the “Monday Night Football” booth.
“I don’t know where I’m going to be next year,” Buck said on his “Daddy Issues” podcast on Thursday, via Awful Announcing. “I know Troy’s gone — he’s now at ESPN. I’m kind of in limbo. I’ve got another year under contract at Fox. They have expressed interest in keeping me. They also know that was a big partnership that I had with Troy.”
If Buck ends up staying with Fox, the network has plenty of candidates to place him with. Greg Olsen is their No. 2 analyst currently, and both former Saints coach Sean Payton and NBC analyst Drew Brees have been mentioned as possible options.