Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are switching teams, as the former top broadcast pairing at FOX were announced as the next Monday Night Football commentary team on Wednesday.
The league’s longest current booth pairing, Buck and Aikman have each signed multi-year contracts with ESPN. They have called NFL games together for the last 20 years.
“Everything about Monday Night Football, including the broadcast, set the standard for the modern NFL experience,” Buck said in a press release. “My earliest memories of walking around football stadiums are tagging along with my dad as he called Monday Night Football on radio. To return to the stadium on Monday nights with Troy – who I have the utmost comfort with and confidence in – and begin a new chapter, for us and ESPN, has me excited about this season and our future.”
The pairing has broadcast over 275 regular-season games, more than 40 playoff matchups, 18 NFC Championships and six Super Bowls.
“The opportunity to be a voice on Monday Night Football, adding to its legacy and being a part of the future of the NFL on ESPN, has me motivated and reflective,” Aikman said in a press release. “As a kid in California, the voices of Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell, and my mom’s personal favorite, Don Meredith, echoed throughout our living room each week. Joe and I are humbled to be part of that same tradition that has existed for more than 50 years across generations of football fans. I am looking forward to the next several years with ESPN and all our new teammates.”
ESPN’s massive coup comes as the network and ABC are set to broadcast 22 games this upcoming season, their most ever.
“When you have the opportunity to bring in the iconic, longest-running NFL broadcasting duo, you take it, especially at a time when we are on the cusp of a new era in our expanding relationship with the NFL,” Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, ESPN and Sports Content, said in a press release. “The NFL continues to ascend, and we now have more games than ever before, providing additional opportunities for Joe, Troy and our deep roster of commentators.”