No Peyton Manning, no drawback; Troy Aikman wants a raise

Troy Aikman
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Troy Aikman wants a raise.

If Fox Sports activities wants Aikman to name “Thursday Night time Football” on prime of his conventional Sunday afternoon recreation duties, the former Cowboys quarterback wants to be compensated, sources inform Sporting Information.

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The favored, critically revered Aikman has a good argument given the best way Fox and ESPN just lately slobbered over Peyton Manning for Thursday Night time and “Monday Night time Football” duties. Entranced by Manning’s attraction to Center America, they have been prepared to pay him as much as $10 million a yr, SN reported in March. Manning turned them down as a result of he did not need to be a “critic” on video games involving brother Eli, in accordance with ProFootballTalk.

With Manning out of the image, at the very least for this season, Fox is asking Aikman and Joe Buck to name its newly acquired “Thursday Night time Football” package deal on prime of their traditional Sunday afternoon recreation duties. With Buck additionally calling the MLB playoffs and Phrase Collection this fall, the duo are anticipated to cherry-decide one of the best TNF video games and let different Fox announcers name some video games right here and there.

Each, nevertheless, are properly conscious how working Thursdays and Sundays burned out their TNF contemporaries at CBS and NBC the previous few seasons. Furthermore, Aikman is being requested to co-star on Fox’s first NFL Draft simulcast Thursday night time, with NFL Community’s Wealthy Eisen and Mike Mayock.

Fox celebrated huge time after taking TNF away from rivals CBS and NBC with a 5-yr, $three.three billion contract settlement in January. Community executives introduced final week their new pregame present, which can air on each Fox and NFL Community, shall be headlined by Terry Bradshaw, Michael Strahan and Howie Lengthy.

Stars of their caliber do not tackle further duties totally free.

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“Doubling wage may be robust,” stated a supply, “however a 50 % raise? That sounds truthful.”

Touchdown the three Professional Football Corridor of Famers was a key to creating Fox’s inaugural TNF present “appointment viewing,” stated Eric Shanks, president and government producer for Fox Sports activities, who added, “Terry, Howie and Michael, together with our companions at NFL Community, will set the weekly tone.”

So the place does that depart Aikman and Buck, who’re getting into their seventeenth season collectively and are the NFL’s longest-operating broadcast staff? Properly, if Manning’s not getting that eight-determine wage, Fox’s on-air NFL expertise wants administration to reward the loyal troops who’ve turned “America’s Recreation of the Week” and the “Fox NFL Sunday” into the nation’s No. 1 general TV present and pregame present.

When Aikman, fifty one, was requested about Manning’s attainable $10 million payday, he made some revealing feedback to TMZ Sports activities .

“Meaning I am value a little extra as a result of I am doing extra video games than he’s,” famous Aikman, who quarterbacked the Cowboys to 3 Tremendous Bowl titles.

Would Aikman ask for a raise if a community threw huge bucks at Manning?

“Yeah, why not?” he replied.

Fox declined to remark for this story and Aikman couldn’t be reached, however the New York Submit reported Fox is hoping to finalize a TNF cope with Aikman and Buck by Might. 

The time could also be proper for Aikman to make use of some leverage. Throughout an interview on Matt Mosley and Ed Werder’s Cowboys-targeted “Doomsday Podcast,” he floated the thought of leaving broadcasting to comply with within the footsteps of John Elway of the Broncos as an NFL basic supervisor.

Aikman famous he joined Fox immediately after retiring from the NFL in 2000. With 5 Tremendous Bowls and almost 20 years within the broadcast sales space beneath his belt and his daughters quickly heading off to school, he says he finds the thought of operating a franchise intriguing.

“I feel it’d be one thing I’d be actually good at it,” stated Aikman. “The problem of it might be probably the most compelling half. As a participant I had beliefs of how a workforce must be run, the kind of gamers that might be required.”

Are you listening, Fox?