FOX hoping to have Peyton in the Thursday night booth, Aikman on pregame

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FOX is still trying to lure Peyton Manning into the Thursday Night Football booth, but the network wants to have a role for its lead Sunday analyst on Thursdays as well.

The New York Post reports that FOX wants Troy Aikman to work on its Thursday night pregame show, giving Aikman another high-profile role in addition to his job as the top commentator on FOX’s Sunday afternoon games.

The NFL’s previous Thursday night partners, CBS and NBC, have used their lead Sunday announcers on Thursday nights as well. But FOX has said it wants to have a separate Thursday night team. Given the money FOX has committed to Thursday nights for the next five years, they want to make Thursdays succeed, and they’d like to have a big-name announcer in the booth.

The biggest name FOX could hire is Manning, who is also said to be ESPN’s first choice on Monday nights. It’s unclear whether Manning is going to take any broadcasting job at all, although he is reportedly interested.

FOX is broadcasting the NFL draft for the first time this year, and Aikman may be part of that coverage as well.

38 responses to “FOX hoping to have Peyton in the Thursday night booth, Aikman on pregame

  1. If they want me to watch Thursday Night Football
    they need to put Sofia Vergara in the booth.

  2. So how do either Aikman or Manning raise the level of play on Thursday night games? It’s been the poor quality of the product on the field and not in the booth that’s the heart of the problem.

  3. I’ll take Aikman any day over Joe Buck

    mrbiggstuff says:
    March 5, 2018 at 12:10 pm
    No offense, but it’s hard enough to listen to Aikman once a week.

  4. Manning should take Monday nights. If he’s going to step into the booth, go with the prestigious institution. Don’t save their sorry butts on that Thursday night disaster!

  5. I believe that Manning wants to be involved in the management of a team. For some reason, I do not see him as an announcer on tv.

  6. My goodness. If you don’t like NFL football on Thursday …don’t watch it.I enjoy it no matter what team or day…stop whining already and turn the channel

  7. So what am I missing here.

    So they want Aikman to work, say, the exciting Jets @ Browns game in Cleveland, then fly to Arizona for the Cards vs Seahawks game? And let’s not forget that he’s supposed to do those pre-production meetings for both games? 17 weeks? How is that even possible? That is a brutal schedule

  8. No matter who you are, being a play-by-play guy kind of automatically dilutes your reputation. As we’ve seen here, people will complain about literally any playcaller on T.V. Now, some are truly bad, like Phil Simms, but at the end of the day, people will hate whomever it is. Like him or not, Manning is a two time NFL champion and holds most of the meaningful passing records we’ve got, at least for now. Having someone like that in a booth seems to me to be a bit…well, I guess it seems a bit low for him. Could we imagine Brady in the booth? Or Montana? Not saying they’d be bad, they just seem better than that.

  9. Fox struck gold when they hired Mike Pereira as the first rules analyst. I don’t see PMann as the same level signing. Much as I’d like to say otherwise, Tony Romo has set a new standard for game analysts with his pre-snap reads… anybody can tell you what happened after the play is over, but Tony tells you what is about to happen with very high accuracy. The next “big” analyst will have to be at least as good with play prediction.

  10. Lets face facts…………John Madden spoiled the TV audience, he will never be duplicated. That said, no one can handle listening to Mush Mouth Manning during a post game interview, no way either TNF or MNF doesn’t lose lots of viewers if he takes either job.

  11. Can’t wait to hear Peyton endorse everything under the sun during the broadcast.

    “You know Troy that run reminds me a lot of Pizza hut because it was hot and delivered when you needed it most”

    “You know Troy that DB is like nationwide insurance, he’s there when you need it”

    “You know Troy Aldon Smith was a sad story but you know who isn’t? Coors light.”

  12. If you’re not careful, if you watch a game with Manning in the booth, you might actually learn something. One of the smartest guys out there.

  13. Only if he goes to a speech pathologist to learn to enunciate clearly. He is often unintelligible which makes him a terrible pick to call a game despite his obvious knowledge of the game and situations.

  14. the17thearlofoxford says:
    March 5, 2018 at 12:15 pm
    If they want me to watch Thursday Night Football
    they need to put Sofia Vergara in the booth.
    *****
    Because you love her voice? I’m thinking of all of her attributes, her voice ranks near the bottom of the list.

  15. Thank goodness PMs future is unaffected by the comments coming from 3 or 4 pre-teens with multiple screen names. It’s funny that someone from the north east has the stones to comment negatively about PMs southern accent.

  16. I love it how the fanboys know more about football than Peyton Manning, more about being an owner or commissioner of the league, more than any head coach or GM in the league, and more than any player in the league. You guys are adorable. Keep it up!

  17. I do mean to offend – more than 5 minutes of Troy Barkman is too much. He should be fired for being biased to the extent of unprofessionalism. Let him pal up with the other jerk/clown, Phil Simms. The question is whether you’ll have to buy each a mirror to admire themselves or if you can get them to master the concept of sharing.

    Aikman is horrific on television. Right now Romo is superior in all regards and actually appears to know the game; you would not know that Aikman has ever played the game listening to him.

  18. It was tough enough trying to watch those awful Thursday Night games without falling asleep, now it I’ll be luck to get through the first quarter with that guy droning on…. I hope he yells out a couple of “OMAHA’s” to help keep me awake!!

  19. “meadowlandssports says:
    March 5, 2018 at 12:49 pm
    Fox struck gold when they hired Mike Pereira as the first rules analyst. I don’t see PMann as the same level signing. Much as I’d like to say otherwise, Tony Romo has set a new standard for game analysts with his pre-snap reads… anybody can tell you what happened after the play is over, but Tony tells you what is about to happen with very high accuracy. The next “big” analyst will have to be at least as good with play prediction.”

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    If Tony 1 trick Romo – can ‘read the snaps’ before they happen. I ASSURE you Peyton Manning can and will be cool to see him do the same. Especiall big games like New England.

  20. @mzew233 – Tony had made it known he was interested in broadcasting after his playing days were over, and likely had a lot of practice that we didn’t know about. Peyton has never said he wanted to be in the booth. He has likely seen the success of John Elway and wants to go the team executive route – that’s where the real money is. Peyton’s endorsement deals and pizza shops probably make as much as Tony is getting from CBS.

  21. mlhigh says:
    March 5, 2018 at 2:54 pm
    I love it how the fanboys know more about football than Peyton Manning, more about being an owner or commissioner of the league, more than any head coach or GM in the league, and more than any player in the league. You guys are adorable. Keep it up!
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    Manning definitely knows football, but that voice of his is awful. Sounds like it comes out of his nose.

  22. meadowlandssports says:
    March 5, 2018 at 5:04 pm
    @mzew233 – Tony had made it known he was interested in broadcasting after his playing days were over, and likely had a lot of practice that we didn’t know about. Peyton has never said he wanted to be in the booth. He has likely seen the success of John Elway and wants to go the team executive route – that’s where the real money is.

    I still would PAY to see peyton call a game and call exactly whats being run on both sides for a playoff game or otherwise.

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