ESPN Officially Announces 2 Big Name Additions To 'Monday Night Football'
By Jason Hall
March 16, 2022
ESPN officially announced multi-year agreements with longtime FOX Sports broadcasters Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on Wednesday (March 16) after previous reports that both had agreed to join the company's Monday Night Football broadcast team.
"ESPN has signed acclaimed play-by-play commentator Joe Buck and leading football analyst Troy Aikman to multi-year deals, as the NFL’s longest current booth pairing and Pro Football Hall of Fame members will become the new voices of Monday Night Football," ESPN confirmed in a press release.
Last week, the New York Post's Andrew Marchand reported Buck was expected to leave FOX Sports and join his longtime broadcast partner Aikman as the new voice of Monday Night Football as part of a massive contract agreement.
Buck and Aikman both confirmed the move to ESPN in posts shared on their respective verified Twitter accounts.
Like most kids of my generation, I grew up watching MNF w Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell & my mom’s favorite Don Meredith so you can only imagine my excitement to be part of the legacy of MNF & continue working w Joe Buck, my broadcast partner for the last 20 years!#MNFonESPN🏈 pic.twitter.com/MKPeqncs0l— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) March 16, 2022
Buck, 52, was reportedly granted permission by FOX to speak with ESPN officials and a deal, reported to be worth between $60-75 million, is expected to be completed "shortly," sources told Marchand.
Buck, who has called six Super Bowls and the World Series for nearly a quarter century, had one-year and $11 million remaining on his FOX contract.
Sources with knowledge of the negotiations said FOX's decision to allow Buck to pursue other ventures early was a good gesture for his years of service to the company's live sports broadcasts.
Buck's reported agreement came weeks after Marchand initially reported that Aikman was planning to join ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast team.
Marchand reports the Pro Football Hall of Famer agreed to a five-year, $92.5 million contract, sources with knowledge of the deal confirmed.
Aikman's decision has led to a domino effect in the NFL broadcasting free agency spree.