Tony Romo could probably do color commentary on grass growing and it would be entertaining. During Week 10 of the 2020 NFL season, that’s apparently the best we’re going to get, though.
Because CBS is broadcasting the Masters, Romo won’t be joining his usual partner Jim Nantz on an NFL call on CBS. Nantz will be in Augusta, Georgia, calling the final round of the Masters unless rainy weather in Georgia has had its way, first. Romo won’t be a part of any studio show or alternate broadcast, either, according to the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand.
Here’s a fuller look at why Romo’s voice won’t be coming through your television Sunday.
Why is Tony Romo off in Week 10?
Maybe Romo needed a bye week like he got when he was a player for the Dallas Cowboys. In all seriousness, though, like we said above, Romo is off because his usual broadcast partner, Jim Nantz, is calling the Masters.
Normally, the Masters takes place in April and doesn’t conflict with the NFL season. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nantz will be calling the Masters on an NFL Sunday in November.
The Masters already has shifted its finishing time for the final round Sunday earlier than usual so that CBS can still broadcast NFL games at 4:05 p.m. ET, but Romo won’t be on the call for any of them. He also won’t be utilized in a studio role (CBS hasn’t used Romo in such a role since hiring him.
Tony Romo contract
Romo signed a contract with a full value of $180 million over 10 years in February. The average annual base salary is $17.5 million, with various perks that bring the average to $18 million per year, according to Marchand.
If we divide that salary by the 17 weeks of the NFL regular season and ignore the postseason games Romo also calls, that means he’s making more than $1 million Sunday to not call a single game. Not a bad gig if you can get it.