Tom Brady still pays attention to national sports media amid his retirement from a 23-year career in the NFL with the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brady reacted to comments by New York Post writer Andrew Marchand about doubts over Brady’s plan to broadcast for FOX in 2024. The seven-time Super Bowl champion agreed to a 10-year, $375 million deal with FOX in 2022 as the main NFL broadcaster for after his NFL career.
Doubts persisted about Brady’s plans amid his decision to wait until 2024 to begin, which Marchand claimed to have more intel on after a few conversations. Brady called Marchand’s comments “fake news” on Instagram.
Marchand said he “talked to a couple of people, recently, close to Brady” about the doubts. Brady notably said he will wait until 2024 to broadcast for FOX after his February 1 retirement from the Bucs.
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“It fluctuates. It was at 51% he’s going to do it to 49%, with the reasoning, it’s so much money, he’ll try it for a year,” Marchand said about Brady’s FOX future during “The Marchand & Ourand Sports Media Podcast” on Wednesday, May 3. “However, I talked to a couple people, recently, close to Brady.”
“And I kind of feel like I’m going more 49% chance he does it, 51% chance he doesn’t. I don’t think he wants to travel that much. Obviously, he’s going to go private,” Marchand added.
“And Brady’s a guy if he’s in, he’s all in, so he’s not going to be showing up day of games like Joe Buck and [Troy] Aikman do sometimes.”
“He’s going to be there early if he’s going to do it. So it’s going to be a four-day event. Again, cry me a river, for that type of money for five and a half months. But he shares kids with Gisele Bündchen. I think that’s very important to him, and he can make money elsewhere,” Marchand continued.