Having tried a couple of different ideas to fix its Monday Night Football broadcasting team, ESPN seems ready to throw money at the problem.
Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reported that ESPN was preparing an offer to make CBS’ Tony Romo the highest-paid sports broadcaster in history. McCarthy said the offer would be between $10 million and $14 million annually to attempt to lure him from CBS. That report broke the same day Romo was calling the Houston Texans-Kansas City Chiefs playoff game for CBS. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post also reported Sunday that ESPN was expected to go “all in” for Romo.
With Romo nearing the conclusion of the final season of his three-year contract with CBS, his representation has expressed to the network that he wants $10 million per year. His current deal gives him $4 million annually. The Ringer notes that John Madden currently stands as the highest-paid analyst in NFL history after receiving $8 million from Fox in 1993.
Romo became the hottest announcer in sports after CBS lured him away from the playing field and put him right on their No. 1 broadcast team with Jim Nantz. Romo’s enthusiasm and ability to predict play was a hit with fans. He quickly became a star in the field.
CBS doesn’t want to lose Romo, but it would be hard to match an eight-figure annual salary. If Romo does switch networks, it would create a huge shift in the sports broadcasting world.