Troy Aikman has left Fox Sports to serve as a color commentator for ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast, and now he is bringing with him his longtime broadcasting partner Joe Buck.
Andrew Marchand of the New York Post dropped the news that Buck is “expected to sign a contract in the five-year, $60-75 million range with ESPN.” Buck had one year and $11 million left on his deal with Fox, but the media company will let him out of his contract “as a good gesture for his years of service.”
Fox may have lost out on their top broadcaster, but they did not walk away with nothing.
According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Fox will now receive the right to pick one Big Ten football game before ESPN in the 2022 season.
“Fox and ESPN first talked about compensation late last night. Fox will receive the rights to pick one Big 10 game before ESPN next season, a source with knowledge said. It’s a little more complicated than that, I’m told, but that is the gist,” Marchand wrote.
ESPN is splashing the cash to remake its MNF booth, and it leaves Fox having to find replacements sooner rather than later. You just have to believe that Tony Romo coming in and being spectacular at broadcasting changed the game, especially when he signed a mega deal.
Buck and Aikman—the NFL’s longest-tenured broadcasting duo at 20 years together—should solidify ESPN’s MNF booth.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.