When he is finally done with his cleats, Tom Brady will step into the highest-paying contract in sports television history. A seven-time Super Bowl champion will make between $20 and $25 million per year to serve as Fox Sports’ No. one game analyst alongside Kevin Burkhardt, sources told Front Office Sports. It’s likely to get Brady beyond the average salary of $18 million of Troy Aikman at ESPN and Tony Romo at CBS Sports.
According to sources, Tom Brady’s contract is thought to be more than the usual five-year pact, and the agreement could last for $10 years and $250 million. For comparison, Aikman’s deal will pay him 90 million dollars over five years, and Romo’s contract will give the player the sum of $180million over ten years.
The deal also includes ancillary marketing and production components that could add more cash in the pockets of Tom Brady. The 44-year-old quarterback runs a worldwide business called 199 Productions (after his winning position during the 2000 NFL Draft), developing documentaries, television shows, and feature films. The quarterback also has the TB12 lifestyle brand as well as an NFT platform that’s called Autograph.
The New York Post pegged Brady’s deal as ten years and $375 million.
“Over the course of this long-term agreement, Tom Brady will not only call our biggest NFL games with Kevin Burkhardt, but will also serve as an ambassador for us, particularly with respect to client and promotional initiatives,” said Fox in a statement.
Front Office Sports first published on February 1st that Fox and other NFL TV partners were prepared to give this five-time Super Bowl MVP the richest deal in the history of sports.
Fox will broadcast two of the 3 Super Bowls. Therefore, it needed to make a significant decision to attract talent to stay in the excellent reputation with the NFL. Fox was shocked when its rival ESPN came in to bring on two of its own, Aikman and Joe Buck, for “Monday Night Football.” The NFL demands marquee talent on its no. one announcing team, and there’s no talent more impressive than Tom Brady other than perhaps Peyton Manning.
After briefly resigning in the middle of the season, the three-time MVP posted on the internet that he’s coming back with his former team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this year for his 23rd NFL season. This year alone, Tom Brady has earned $332 million in salary plus bonuses following Spotrac.
The update: Fox issued an additional statement late Tuesday afternoon, “What has been reported isn’t an accurate description of the deal and we have not released details beyond what was disclosed on our quarterly earnings call.”