If Fox really wants Troy Aikman to call “Thursday Night Football” games this fall, they’re going to have to give him more money.
Michael McCarthy of Sporting News reported on Wednesday that Aikman wants a raise. Fox, which recently added “Thursday Night Football” to its lineup, wants Aikman and Joe Buck to call those games all season along with their traditional Sunday games.
And after seeing what offers Peyton Manning was generating to get into the booth, it’s easy to see why Aikman wants more money. Manning recently turned down broadcast deals with ESPN and Fox, who had offered him as much as $10 million a year to call games this fall.
Aikman was asked about Manning’s big offer from Fox last month. While he was all for the quarterback jumping to the broadcast booth, Aikman did say that he thought he was worth more than Manning.
“That means I’m worth a little more ’cause I’m doing more games than he is,” Aikman told TMZ sports.
As for how much of a raise the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback wants, though, is still up in the air. McCarthy cited a source who said that “doubling salary” is likely out of the question, but a 50 percent raise “sounds fair.”
Aikman joined Fox after he retired from the league in 2000. He and Buck are entering their 17th season together in the booth, the longest streak among all active NFL broadcasters. Fox outbid both CBS and NBC for the rights to “Thursday Night Football” in January when it inked a five-year, $3.3 billion deal.
Fox reportedly wants to have a deal finalized with Aikman and Buck by May.
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