Report: Joe Buck leaving Fox for “huge” ESPN deal

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Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are staying partners in the broadcast booth. Andrew Marchand of The New York Post reports that Buck is expected to leave Fox to join Aikman at ESPN.

Buck, 52, will become the voice of “Monday Night Football” after almost 30 years at Fox.

Buck had one-year at $11 million remaining on his contract, according to Marchand, but Fox is letting him out of his deal as a “good gesture for his years of service.” Marchand adds that Buck’s new deal is expected to be in the five-year, $60 million to $75 million range with ESPN.

Buck became Fox’s top play-by-play man in 2002, replacing Pat Summerall and teaming with Aikman.

Aikman put the dominoes in motion earlier this year when he agreed to a five-year, $92.5 million contract with ESPN.

By leaving Fox, Buck is giving up calling the World Series. He had served as the network’s lead play-by-play since 1996.

66 responses to “Report: Joe Buck leaving Fox for “huge” ESPN deal

  1. wow so much money for a broadcaster..congrats..Hopefully the manningcast will be available somewhere

  2. Perfect! As long as they bring back the Manning cast for MNF, I’ll never have to listen to Joe/Troy again!

  3. Looks like FOX’s good gesture realized he wasn’t worth the money. It’s too bad there’s no measurement for mute buttons.

  4. I’m guessing this mean’s they’ll try and dish some actually good matchups onto MNF, as well?

  5. Now that’s some good money for calling NFL games. More than then many actual athletes.

  6. Wait.. Aikman who is duller than a spoon, got 5 years 92.5 million
    But Joe Buck gets 5 years 75 million?

    Something seems off.

  7. YES!!! YAAAAY!! We can finally start watching football again without the volume being muted.

  8. How do these guys deserve so much money ? Most people would rather listen to their teams radio announcers. Especially here in Nashville …

  9. Good for him – but frankly, I won’t miss him calling games on Fox. He’s pretty annoying and overrated.

  10. Praise every God in the universe. I’m in the NFC north and also don’t have cable.

  11. Wait, they pay him?! You can be that bad and make millions. Screwed up world we live in.

  12. This gives MNF a big game feel again. I don’t say this often but good job ESPN.

  13. I do not understand the appeal of the Buck/Aikman team. Aikman is neither insightful or interesting. Buck is mildly annoying at best.

  14. The best part of this is Buck leaving baseball. Any fan of a playoff team should feel the same way.

  15. I think Buck has gotten better over the years at calling games, Aikman is awful though.

  16. Joe Buck is that burnt onion ring you find in your fries after getting home from the Burger King drive-thru.

  17. YES! No more hearing him on Fox NFC games! I can easily avoid Monday Night Football, so for me it’ll be like he’s retired.

  18. Asking an honest question: can anyone who dislikes Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, or either/or, maybe explain why they’re so bad, or the dislike? Like other than just “I don’t like them, they’re annoying?” Feels very much a pile-on at this point.

  19. Sheesh, Buck is just fine. I seriously think some fans just dislike announcers because its cool to dislike announcers. While he may lose rights to announce the World Series, I’m sure ESPN will carry enough games to give him his baseball announcing fix (they do carry some games right?).

  20. MNF, despite it’s glorious history, is usually not a very good game to watch — unless they can start flexing in games and make it a weekly call on who is going to play.

  21. Other than being unimaginable to most of us, how is $12m per year “huge” compared to $11m?

  22. Okay, ESPN signed one of the top announcing duos in football. What are going to do about the crappy schedule they always get? Are they really going to have Aikman and Buck covering a Jags-Falcons game?

  23. babo123 says:
    March 11, 2022 at 5:12 pm
    Asking an honest question: can anyone who dislikes Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, or either/or, maybe explain why they’re so bad, or the dislike? Like other than just “I don’t like them, they’re annoying?” Feels very much a pile-on at this point.
    +++

    I guess not. This used to be a forum for good conversation. Thought maybe I might get an actual intelligent answer.

  24. “Huge deal,” why? Some things defy all logic and don’t make any sense, but sometimes things happen for the best. With Buck gone, watching the games on FOX just got a lot nicer.

  25. I honestly believe that these two are the best in the business. However, Ian Eagle and Charles Davis are not far behind.

  26. “Asking an honest question: can anyone who dislikes Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, or either/or, maybe explain why they’re so bad, or the dislike? Like other than just “I don’t like them, they’re annoying?” Feels very much a pile-on at this point.”

    Joe Buck’s calls are lifeless. He doesn’t have to be Gus Johnson, but come on.
    Start of the 2002 NFC Championship game: mitchell..ZZZzzz….mitchell…ZZZzzz..mitchell…ZZZzzz…down to the 25.

    Watch his call of the David Tyree helmet catch. One of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history and Joe Buck sounded like he was reading from a book.

    He’s a pretty funny and personable guy when I see him during TV interviews and but his personality doesn’t translate to his game calling.

  27. ESPN bringing some stability to the MNF booth. wonder if Joe will call sunday night Baseball games as well? Now just need kevin harlan to get a top job. maybe he can replace Jim and somebody else replace tony. then Collinsworth and michaels should go to FOX as the top team.

  28. therealraider says:
    March 11, 2022 at 4:35 pm
    Wait.. Aikman who is duller than a spoon, got 5 years 92.5 million
    But Joe Buck gets 5 years 75 million?

    Something seems off.

    +++

    Aikman is bigger

  29. babo123 says:
    March 11, 2022 at 5:38 pm
    babo123 says:
    March 11, 2022 at 5:12 pm
    Asking an honest question: can anyone who dislikes Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, or either/or, maybe explain why they’re so bad, or the dislike? Like other than just “I don’t like them, they’re annoying?” Feels very much a pile-on at this point.
    +++

    I guess not. This used to be a forum for good conversation. Thought maybe I might get an actual intelligent answer.
    —————————————-
    Ha! Really? Good conversation? When was that?

  30. Hmmm…so 150M for one to let us know who threw the pass and who caught the pass while the other tells us how it worked against that particular defense, mind you while we all just watched it unfold

  31. “Asking an honest question: can anyone who dislikes Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, or either/or, maybe explain why they’re so bad, or the dislike? Like other than just “I don’t like them, they’re annoying?” Feels very much a pile-on at this point.”

    I can. Buck on his own, not as bad, but his voice is too much. Aikman’s voice is like nails on chalkboard. WAYYYYYY to Kermit-like, and he talks way too loud. He’s obnoxious to listen to!

  32. Listening to Buck call the 2014 and 2015 WS was brutal for a Royals fan. It was like he was rooting against us.

  33. Taking that Disney money, eh? Who needs enemies when you have allies like these?

  34. It’s not that either Buck or Aikman are terrible, it’s more that they’re boring. Both generally avoid off-the-cuff banter that is needed to get through the lulls of football games, and if they try that, it sounds stiff and awkward. Aikman’s football analysis is very basic, aimed at a more casual fan watching Fox, so we’ll see if that changes at all on MNF.

  35. First the strike is settled, then Buck leaves Fox. It’s been a tremendous week for baseball fans—yes, sir!

  36. What a waste of money for ESPN. Not that they aren’t good at what they do but I don’t think viewers tune in to hear these guys like a Madden or Cosell.

  37. babo123 says:
    March 11, 2022 at 5:38 pm
    babo123 says:
    March 11, 2022 at 5:12 pm
    Asking an honest question: can anyone who dislikes Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, or either/or, maybe explain why they’re so bad, or the dislike? Like other than just “I don’t like them, they’re annoying?” Feels very much a pile-on at this point.
    ___________

    They cannot explain it. They just hate for hate’s sake. Well, and because they are jealous of Buck’s and Aikman’s talent, but they won’t admit that.

  38. Aikman’s voice is annoying and his commentary is awful. He has nothing interesting to say. It’s either captain obvious or it’s just wrong. I can’t believe he’s considered some great catch…

  39. Oh my…do you believe this will draw me to buy ESPN? Or make me laugh and keep my pennies.

  40. I think Tony Romo getting $17 Million/year was the catalyst to pay crazy money to the announcers.

  41. 92 million dollars for working one day a week, four months a year? Wow, just wow.

  42. Airman isn’t all that great and cliche. Too many concussions. Buck knows the craft but has an annoying voice.

  43. It is almost like the networks don’t realize people are primarily there to watch the game not listen to the announcers. Sure it’s part of the “game”, but it’s wild to me that these guys are going to make $1MM/game.
    I mean, good for them. But it seems like the reason for success is misplaced a bit…

  44. Does anyone else think Kevin Harlan is the best play-by-play guy doing NFL games? I love him on CBS and especially Westwood One radio. Would love it if somehow NBC could bring him in to pair with Collinsworth. Tirico seems like a super nice guy, but he bores me.

  45. Joe & Troy are so boring, are they trying to get people to fall asleep during the game

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