For Joe Buck, family is everything.
The longtime FOX play-by-play man officially left the network to team up with Troy Aikman on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. It was a dramatic shift in the broadcaster world that nobody saw coming.
Buck has reportedly agreed to a significant deal with ESPN, that will pay him $15 million a year. The money is very nice to have, but for Buck, he had a very important reason as to why he left FOX for the Worldwide Leader.
Buck’s wife, Michelle Beisner-Buck, also works for ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
“Having that kind of one centralized night to work in the Buck house and then come back and be with [their twin sons] was such a quality of life move for me that I couldn’t not really take it,” the 52-year-old announcer said on his podcast.
Buck also added that Fox did not want to see him leave.
“They didn’t want me to go,” Buck said. “They have a Super Bowl this year, they have a Super Bowl in two more years, so they have two of the next three Super Bowls. I’ve done it, so they have experience with me and I was signed through this year knowing that the Super Bowl was there.”
In the meantime, Fox has two very big shoes to fill. And it may take them some time to find the best replacements possible.
For ESPN, they went out and did exactly what they needed to do to improve their broadcast booth.