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Troy Aikman to leave FOX Sports to join ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football’

Troy Aikman to leave FOX Sports to join ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football’

  • Cowboys
Feb 25
SW Creative
  • SportsWriters

NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman is reportedly on the verge of quitting FOX Sports after being offered a position as the primary analyst for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”

The New York Post reported that Aikman is set to depart FOX for ESPN for a five-year deal reportedly worth an annual salary that will “approach or exceed” that of Tony Romo, who earns $17.5 million for CBS.

Following a 12-year pro career in which he won three Super Bowls and was named Super Bowl MVP with the Dallas Cowboys, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1989 NFL draft joined FOX in 2001.

Shifting away from his broadcasting base of more than two decades will have a significant impact on the business. Aikman has been a staple of FOX’s No. 1 NFL broadcasting crew since 2002, working alongside play-by-play man Joe Buck, and has called six Super Bowls during that time.

Greg Olsen, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, and even Tom Brady have been mentioned as possible replacements for the numerous booth seats that are soon to be vacated.

Joe Buck, Aikman’s FOX companion, is under contract with the network for another year. He covers both football and baseball, although he might potentially be enticed away from those assignments with a substantial enough pay package.

This is the latest development in sports broadcasting free agency, as Al Michaels’ tenure with NBC has also concluded. He is in discussions to give play-by-play coverage of Amazon Prime Video’s exclusive broadcast of “Thursday Night Football,” a step he apparently expected Aikman would join him in pursuing.

  • Troy Aikman

    Troy Kenneth Aikman is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for 12 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. After transferring from Oklahoma,

  • Joe Buck

    Joseph Francis Buck is an American sportscaster and the son of sportscaster Jack Buck. He is known for his work with Fox Sports,

  • Sean McVay

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  • ESPN (Brazil)

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