On Friday, sports media insider Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported that longtime Fox broadcaster Joe Buck is leaving FOX to become the new voice of ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Marchand added Buck is “expected to sign a contract in the five-year, $60-75 million range with ESPN.”
Per Marchand, he 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.”
Buck will reunite with color analyst Troy Aikman, who completed his move to ESPN earlier this offseason.
His wife loved every minute of his change and reacted to it on Instagram.
“Ohhhhhh Emmmmmm Geeeeee!!!! Welcome to the @espnnfl Fam, FAM!!!!!!!” Buck’s wife, Michelle, said in a message on Instagram. “I love you so much @boejuck – Insanely proud and excited that you and @troyaikman are OFFICIALLY the voices of Monday Night Football!!!!”
“Holy S%#T – cannot believe that Joe and I get to share the same night of work together,” she said. “‘Take your spouse to work’ kinda magical Monday Nights!!!!! A new chapter for all of us. This is going to be life changing for our family. Forever grateful to @foxsports and the almost 30 years Joe spent there.”
“Change is hard, but change is good. This change is also historic. There is no one better than Joe and Troy calling @nfl games, and I am so thrilled that they get to continue doing what they do best, TOGETHER. Congratulations to our dear friend @troyaikman and to YOU @boejuck – my ridiculously talented husband……LFG.”
From 2006 to 2014, ESPN paired Mike Tirico with a number of color commentators, including Tony Kornheiser, Joe Theismann, Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden.
Gruden worked from 2009 to 2017 before he departed to become the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. Since his departure, ESPN has struggled to replace him. Now, they have Buck and Aikman to solidify ESPN’s MNF booth.