Report: Joe Buck Will Join ESPN for “Monday Night Football”

ESPN is making some big moves

Joe Buck
Sportscaster Joe Buck waves to fans before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
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Late last month brought the news that Troy Aikman was likely to leave Fox for a new home on ESPN — and a substantial paycheck as Monday Night Football‘s main analyst. It’s not a huge surprise, then, to hear that news echoed by another report: that Joe Buck will be joining his longtime co-host on both ESPN and Monday Night Football.

The report comes from the New York Post‘s Andrew Marchand, who took to Twitter with the news. In a subsequent article for the Post, Marchand offered more details — attributed to “sources” — focusing on the detail that Fox has, apparently, given Buck the go-ahead to speak with ESPN about a move. Buck currently has a year remaining on his contract at Fox, but Marchand’s sources suggested that Buck will be able to leave early.

The article goes on to detail the size of Buck’s deal with ESPN, which Marchand’s sources described as being “in the five-year, $60-$75 million range.” As part of the deal, Marchand reports that Buck will also produce projects for ESPN+.

The hiring of Aikman and Buck would be the latest high-profile move from ESPN, following the expansion of the “Manning Cast” format to a growing number of sports. It feels like an understandable trend: the more momentum amasses, the more likely it is that even more high-profile sports figures could be signing deals with the network.

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