FOX's football programming was left at a crossroads when they allowed both Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to walk; taking their talents to ESPN's "Monday Night Football."
Now, at long last, the network has named its replacement in veteran broadcaster Kevin Burkhardt.
Per the New York Post's Andrew Marchand, "Kevin Burkhardt will succeed Joe Buck as FOX Sports' No. 1 NFL play-by-player, meaning Burkhardt will call two of the next three Super Bowls."
Buck left FOX after nearly three decades of calling games for the network. After 24 World Series and six Super Bowls, FOX reportedly wanted to keep Buck, but they felt confident that they could lock up Burkhardt to a deal should Buck walk.
And that they did.
As for who will join Burkhardt in that primetime slot, many are speculating that it could be the up-and-coming Greg Olsen. The former Panthers and Bears tight end was FOX's No. 2 behind Buck and Aikman last year.
Burkhardt was hired by FOX Sports nearly a decade ago, eventually going on to host the World Series.