Tom Brady was never going to struggle to find employment after football. Every TV station in the country would have spent a fortune to acquire his services, happily knowing the return on investment would be unquestionably positive. However, the sports world has been sent into shock after the seven-time Super Bowl champion inked a record-setting deal to join Fox Sports as its lead football analyst once his playing career ends. After all his success on and off the turf, fumbling the bag was never an option for the GOAT.
10-year, $375M contract for the GOAT to call games.
WILD 💰 @brgridiron
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 10, 2022
The deal is reportedly worth US$375 million (AU$540 million) over 10 years and will be the largest contract in sports broadcasting history. For comparison, it more than doubles CBS’s Tony Romo and ESPN’s Troy Aikman average annual salary of AU$26 million. The legendary quarterback has earned AU$480 million throughout his career, with the part-time job set to exceed any amount of money he made on the field. Fox Sports has not confirmed the sum total, saying financial details will not be released to the public.
Fox Sports recently lost iconic commentary duo Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN, both making 22 million and 26 million respectively. Needing to secure big-name talent, the company splashed out a $54 million a year salary on Brady, which is AU$6 million more than Buck and Aikman would make combined. Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch made the announcement during a corporate investor call.
“Over the course of this long-term agreement, Tom will not only call our biggest NFL games with Kevin Burkhardt, he will also serve as an ambassador for us, particularly with respect to client and promotional initiatives,” Murdoch said. He added it’s “entirely up to” Brady when he decides to retire from football and join Fox.
It’s unclear when Brady will swap the helmet for the headset, backflipping on retirement to play the 23rd season in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
This Tom Brady and FOX agreement is a cool deal because it ensures he'll be a part of the immediate fabric of football on Sundays for a grand total of 30-50 years, dating back to 2001.
— Dustin Baker (@DustBaker) May 10, 2022
In what will amount to a part-time job, Tom Brady will make $50 million more talking about football for 10 years than he did playing it for 23. Greatest. Winner. Ever. — Dan
— Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (@LeBatardShow) May 10, 2022