Tony Romo is walking away from the gridiron and right into the CBS booth along side legendary broadcaster Jim Nantz.
The former Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback will replace Phil Simms as the network’s top NFL game analyst and will be paired with Nantz.
The CBS tandem will go from looking like this:
To a little something like this:
According to Sports Business Daily, CBS outbid FOX Sports for Romo’s services. FOX Sports wnated Romo to replace John Lynch, who signed up to be the 49ers General Manager this offseason.
The news comes as a shock as FOX was considered the front-runner to land Romo since it carries the NFC package; A conference which Romo knows very well.
An unresolved question is what will happen on Thursday nights. A source says that Romo, a broadcasting neophyte, does not want to call both “TNF” and CBS’ national Sunday game right off the bat. The NFL in the past has made it clear, though, that CBS and NBC, its “TNF” broadcasters, have to use their top broadcast team for the series. Last season, the NFL balked at NBC’s plan to have Mike Tirico replace Al Michaels on Thursday nights.
It’ll be interesting to see the money CBS paid for Tony Romo, who by the way has zero experience in the booth.