When Fox reportedly offered Peyton Manning an eight-figure contract to serve as the face of its Thursday Night Football package, the network indicated just how much it values those games… and the broadcasters who call them. Well, Troy Aikman was paying attention to that message. Per Michael McCarthy of Sporting News, Aikman wants a raise if he and Joe Buck are assigned to call Thursday Night Football in addition to their usual Sunday afternoon responsibilities, as appears likely. McCarthy quotes a source saying that Aikman could be in like for at least a 50 percent increase in pay. It’s not exactly shocking that Aikman would ask for more money if asked to call to the majority of Fox’s 15-game TNF slate, given that he and Buck would be adding substantial travel, preparation, and airtime to an already-full schedule. He knows, of course, that Fox has the money laying around after the network waved a huge payday in front of Manning, who reportedly turned down the offer because he didn’t want to call games involving his brother Eli.
Troy Aikman is reportedly in line (of course) for a massive raise to call Thursday Night Football
Awful Announcing | Apr 26