With the goal of turning Thursday Night Football into a must watch event, plan A for FOX included Troy Aikman hosting its pregame show. With Aikman most likely unavailable, FOX has turned to Michael Strahan for the role.
After failed attempts to lure Peyton Manning into the broadcast booth, FOX now hopes their No. 1 team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will do the game, according to a report by Andrew Marchand. Aikman providing color analysis for TNF means the pregame show still has a void.
According to SI.com, FOX is working to put together a version of its Sunday NFL pregame show which will not include Curt Menefee and will instead feature Michael Strahan as host. Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw will join Strahan for TNF, Menefee and Jimmy Johnson will continue as part of the group’s Sunday show.
The Fox NFL Sunday show broadcasts from the network’s L.A. studio, the TNF pregame show will take place in New York. Strahan’s Good Morning America responsibilities from New York Monday through Friday would make it impossible for him to take part in the TNF telecast if Fox chose to keep the pregame show in Los Angeles.