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NFL on FOX: Meet the network's new top team
NFL on FOX: Generation NextWhen the NFL's 83rd season kicks off this summer, the NFC's lead broadcast team will feature a new look and sound for the first time since 1981.
Two-time Emmy Award winner Joe Buck will take over as lead play-by-play announcer and team with fellow Emmy Award winner and former FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Cris Collinsworth and future Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman to form the NFL on FOX's lead broadcast team.
The appointment of Buck, Collinsworth and Aikman to FOX's No. 1 team marks the first change in the lead NFC booth since Pat Summerall and John Madden were paired together at CBS in 1981.
The announcement was made Thursday by David Hill, Chairman and CEO, FOX Sports Television Group and Ed Goren, President, FOX Sports.
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The New Guys What you'd like to knowWhy go to the three-man booth?
GOREN: We've had the luxury at FOX Sports over the last eight years to have the No. 1 announcing team of Pat and John, probably the greatest broadcast pairing in the history of the NFL. So it is quite a challenge, yet an opportunity to put in place a team that will be together for many, many years. It was similar to last year when Matt Millen left, who was certainly an outstanding broadcaster. It seems with the personalities that we have here that the three-man booth presents us some flexibility, and I think it will be very entertaining. It will be a different kind of broadcast. The three-man booth has some limitations, but it also provides some opportunity. Like we did with our NASCAR team, we like to create our own teams and this feels very much like our own. Why did you choose these three guys?
GOREN: Eight years ago, the young Joe Buck joined us and has done just an outstanding job in the booth. Week in and week out, listening to Joe has been beyond anything we could have hoped for. It is as good as it gets on multiple levels.
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NOTE: Vetern Hall of Fame announcer Dick Stockton will fill Buck's void during the MLB playoffs as Buck again teams with Tim McCarver in October.
Does this mean Troy is "really" retired for good and end any talk of ever coming back?
TROY: Boy I hope so, ha ha! I have a great opportunity this year, just as working with Dick and DJ was a great opportunity last year. There were teams during that time that were inquiring about my services to play for them. I just felt that considering the teams that were interested, the opportunity that I had with FOX to move out of football was the direction I went. Right now, obviously the opportunity to work with Cris and Joe on the No. 1 team is another great opportunity. No, Steve Spurrier has not called me. But I won't rule anything out.