No big surprise: Menefee to replace Buck on Fox NFL pre-game
So it comes as no big surprise that, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the network gave Buck the choice to do one or the other next year, but not both. Wisely, Buck chose to stay in the booth. Curt Menefee, who ably took the anchor chair during halftimes, post-game shows, and when Buck was working the baseball playoffs, will be installed as the permanent host.
According to the Post-Dispatch story, the network incurred "higher-than-expected costs" after having the pre-game show at a different location every week. But it seemed to me that the arrangement was pretty unwieldy to begin with. And I'd imagine the stress of travel didn't exactly have Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, and Jimmy Johnson at their sharpest. So, maybe with those stresses removed, we'll get to hear some sharp analysis out of Bradshaw this year. Well, probably not. But one can always hope, right?