Troy Aikman may have issues with Fox Sports over the hiring of his media arch-enemy Skip Bayless, but they won’t preventing him from working for the network going into the future.
With Fox broadcasting this year’s Super Bowl LI, it looks like Aikman will get at least one more under his belt. That’s because the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback has reportedly signed a brand new three-year contract extension with the network. The length of the deal isn’t a surprise, because it will likely take Aikman through the next Super Bowl broadcast by Fox after CBS and NBC get their turns for the next two games.
The news was broken by the Sporting News:
Despite his long-running feud with Skip Bayless, NFL analyst Troy Aikman has signed a three-year contract extension with Fox Sports, sources tell Sporting News.
The Pro Football Hall of Famer will continue to work with play-play-announcer Joe Buck and sideline reporter Erin Andrews on Fox’s No. 1 NFL announce team. The trio are slated to call Super Bowl LI from Houston’s NRG Stadium on Feb. 5, 2017. It will be the 49-year old Aikman’s fifth Super Bowl telecast for Fox.
It just seems like Aikman retired yesterday and it’s nearly impossible to believe that this is his fifteenth season working with Joe Buck in the network’s lead NFL broadcast booth. This new contract will take him to almost twenty years of service as one of the game’s leading voices.
Perhaps the best thing about Aikman as an announcer is that even though he’s spent that long as a top analyst, he still seems to have new, fresh insights and it doesn’t seem like he’s overstayed his welcome. Given he’s still on the south side of 50, Aikman can still have another ten years plus as a lead analyst.
Back to the elephant in the room – yes, Aikman wasn’t happy about Bayless’ hire and the direction of FS1 and voiced that publicly. He’s not alone. But it’s not like he ever has to cross paths with Skip Bayless… unless of course Fox wants him to channel his inner Dennis Miller or Tony Kornheiser and have him join Buck and Aikman in the broadcast booth.
Come to think of it, let’s hope Aikman has that written into his contract so that could never happen because we all know Fox would totally do it.