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Biggest ever deal: Tom Brady signs whopping TV contract

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Publish Date
Wed, 11 May 2022, 8:31am
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. (Photo / AP)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. (Photo / AP)

Biggest ever deal: Tom Brady signs whopping TV contract

Author
AP,
Publish Date
Wed, 11 May 2022, 8:31am

Seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady will join Fox Sports as its lead football analyst once his playing career ends, the network said today.

When that actually happens is unclear, because Brady recently changed his mind about retiring and said he plans to continue playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his 23rd NFL season.

Fox did not disclose terms of the deal, but the New York Post reports Brady has agreed to a 10-year, US$375 million contract, which would make it the most lucrative in sports broadcasting history and more than he has earned throughout his entire 22-year NFL career.

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.

Murdoch said it's "entirely up to" Brady when he decides to retire from football and join Fox. Brady led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl title following the 2020 season and NFC South championship last season. He teamed with coach Bill Belichick to win six Super Bowls during 20 seasons with the New England Patriots.

Fox recently lost its top football announcers, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, to ESPN. It replaced Buck with Burkhardt.

Murdoch offered no other details on the deal.