Fox has the Super Bowl next 12 months, and it has already misplaced its prime NFL sport analyst, Troy Aikman, to ESPN. It is deciding whether or not it is going to permit the face of its community, Joe Buck, to observe Aikman and be a part of “Monday Night Football.”
And now, The Post has discovered that Fox’s prime NFL sideline reporter, Erin Andrews, will develop into a free agent shortly. Fox would love to preserve her, in accordance to sources.
ESPN not too long ago signed Lisa Salters to proceed on its sidelines. Salters is predicted to keep in her function on the Aikman-led MNF.
ESPN would have curiosity in speaking with Andrews, in accordance to sources, a few return to the community the place she began. However, there have been no discussions but.
As of now, the solely a part of Fox’s No. 1 crew that’s in place for the Super Bowl is Tom Rinaldi. Fox swiped Rinaldi from ESPN in December 2020. He mans the reverse sideline from Andrews on Fox’s prime video games.
Aikman has already publicly mentioned that he hopes to reunite with Buck at ESPN. Aikman left Fox for a five-year, $90 million-plus deal to name video games on “Monday Night Football.” While Buck has practically $11 million and one-year left on his deal, he and Fox have had dialogue on what’s next.
Ultimately, Fox Sports CEO Eric Shanks will determine if he needs to let Buck out of the ultimate 12 months of his contract to workforce once more with Aikman.
ESPN, in accordance to sources, is predicted to provide Buck a contract in the five-year, $60 million-$75 million vary if given the likelihood. He wouldn’t be anticipated to do “Sunday Night Baseball.” He would possible be a producer on ESPN+ tasks.
There have been no talks between Fox and ESPN in regard to Buck but, in accordance to sources. If Fox decides to let Buck stroll, at that time it could ask for one thing in return.
Andrews, 43, has been a mainstay on the Fox sideline. The job is constructed on relationships and getting the prime stars to cease for interviews. Andrews has constructed a rapport with prime quarterbacks similar to Aaron Rodgers and the retired Tom Brady.
She has been at Fox for a decade. She additionally was a co-host of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” although she was changed in December 2020.
Andrews first rose to stardom by gaining nationwide acclaim on ESPN’s “College GameDay.”
At GameDay, Andrews constructed her profession working with Kirk Herbstreit. The Post reported a bit of greater than every week in the past that Amazon was eyeing Herbstreit as its sport analyst for “Thursday Night Football” when it begins in the fall.
Peter King, in his NBC Sports’ “Football Morning in America” column, citing a supply Monday, reported that Amazon has “settled” on Herbstreit.
Sources have indicated over the previous week that Herbstreit to Amazon on Thursdays is trending that approach, although, nobody mentioned a deal is completed.
Amazon and NBC, in idea, could be a touchdown spot for Andrews as they’re in want of sideline reporters, however an preliminary indication, from sources, was that they could not be considered as a match. NBC’s Michele Tafoya retired from the “Sunday Night Football” sideline, however in-house candidate Kathryn Tappen is predicted to exchange her.
Amazon continues to wait to see whether or not Al Michaels will be the streaming platform’s play-by-player. Michaels has been on the 1-yard line, hoping to discover out who his analyst would be. If Buck is denied the likelihood to go to ESPN, Michaels is next on the community’s checklist.
The complete Buck state of affairs is a ready sport as Shanks decides whether or not he’ll let Buck depart or not. Fox, in accordance to sources, has knowledgeable all sides that it feels no want to rush a choice. If Buck leaves, the No. 2 workforce of Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen are the favorites to get the Super Bowl job, although it isn’t a forgone conclusion.
Fox has two of the next three Super Bowls. Aikman is already gone to ESPN. Fox will finally determine whether or not it is going to permit Buck to observe. And, quickly after, it is going to want to work out if Andrews will be again.
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