Troy Aikman on Amazon’s interest if he quit Fox
1. It was recently reported that Amazon is keen to pair Troy Aikman with Al Michaels for his Thursday night NFL package which kicks off next season.
During her appearance on this week’s show SI media podcast, which fell this morning, I asked Aikman if he would be interested in this gig.
“Maybe,” he said. “I don’t know where this could all lead or how it ends. Right now I’m just focused on Fox. I know that. I love working for Fox. I like the people I work for. I like the people I work with. I’ve had the same producer for 21 years, Richie Zyontz. I never had another producer.
Aikman added, “I was really lucky. It’s kind of a mom-and-pop operation. I don’t know if it’s like that on other networks. Whenever I have a question, being able to call the people who sign my checks is pretty cool. So I enjoyed that. Now, where that might lead with Amazon, I’m aware of those conversations as well. I guess time will tell.
I then asked Aikman if he would keep his work on Fox while doing the work on Amazon at the same time.
“I’m not sure,” he said. “There have been conversations, like, I haven’t had conversations with anyone myself, with Amazon or with Fox about this. There was a conversation that if Amazon was interested in me, maybe I would continue with the same schedule that I did, which is Thursday evenings with Amazon, then late matches and playoffs with Fox. I will say it is a lot. I’ve been doing this for four years now. I really thought I would do it for a year, and first year was a lot of fun doing Thursday nights, a prime time game, something I’ve never done before. And now here I am in fourth year, and that’s a lot. I don’t mean to say that takes away the fun because I really love what I’m doing. What it takes away is the time spent with the crew and being able to really know and appreciate the people on your crew. There are people who have been part of our Fox team for two or three years that I really don’t know because I haven’t been around them. I think like any good team, that’s part of it. It’s kind of magic in what you do. So I do not exclude that, but my preference because of the difficulty that there would be to return to a standard schedule and to play one game per week.
If Aikman ended up exclusively with Amazon next season, it would cause a domino effect in the NFL broadcast world, as Fox would then need a senior analyst to partner with Joe Buck. Fox would be unlikely to raise its No.2 analyst Greg Olsen in that role, as Olsen is only in his first season of game calls.
It would also be a credibility factor for Amazon if he could steal Aikman from Fox and pair him with Michaels, who if you heard in a recent edition of the SI media podcast, looks like he’s definitely heading there after this season.
Other topics covered this week SI media podcast with Aikman include the prospect of a Super Bowl for the Patriots against Bucs, Brady against Belichick; how Aaron Rodgers’ toe injury might affect him; what’s wrong with the Cowboys; emphasis on penalties for mockery; the ManningCast; and much more.
You can listen to the podcast below or download it on Apple, Spotify, and Stitcher.
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