Joe Buck Is Following Troy Aikman To ESPN With A Huge Contract

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Whether or not you are followers of theirs or not, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman have been staples within the NFL panorama. The duo has been calling video games for FOX since 2002, succeeding Pat Summerall and John Madden. When Aikman reportedly signed a massive deal to move to ESPN, it appeared just like the Buck/Aikman get together would lastly come to an finish.

Seems, the get together is simply shifting to a different evening.

Per the New York Post, Buck is reportedly planning to signal a five-year cope with ESPN value $60 to $75 million. He’ll change into the lead play-by-play announcer for Monday Evening Soccer and produce initiatives for ESPN+. 

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Buck will man the sales space alongside Aikman. As well as, ESPN will nonetheless hold its Manningcast broadcasts, which characteristic Peyton and Eli Manning watching video games from their dwelling, all whereas having conversations with an inflow of company.

Aikman’s deal is value $92.5 million over 5 years. Paired with the cash Buck and the Mannings are getting, ESPN is pumping about $50 million yearly into its Monday evening broadcasts. 

In the meantime, FOX, who supplied Buck $12 million to remain, will flip towards a more recent broadcast staff of Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen. The duo mixed will solely make $3 to $4 million subsequent yr however is slated to name two of the following three Tremendous Bowls.

Buck did have one yr and $10 million remaining on his contract. As a result of he is leaving earlier than his contract was up, FOX will get the primary alternative over ESPN on one Large Ten soccer recreation.

ESPN is hoping the longtime Buck and Aikman staff can inject some life again into Monday Evening Soccer. The previous two seasons, Steve Levy, Louis Riddick Jr., and Brian Griese have manned the sales space. Previous to that, Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland—the latter sometimes patrolling the sidelines in enormous carts—referred to as the motion, although neither staff ever managed constantly robust scores.

We’ll see how ESPN fares within the coming seasons, nevertheless it’s a minimum of able to put its cash the place its mouth is to try to get atop the soccer broadcast mountain.


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