Date set for Tony Romo’s broadcasting debut
The date has been set for Tony Romo’s highly anticipated debut as CBS Sports’ top in-game analyst.
The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, who announced his retirement on April 4, will join Jim Nantz in the booth for CBS’ broadcast of the Aug. 25 preseason game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks.
Romo replaces Phil Simms, the longtime broadcaster who became a target of criticism over the years.
The 37-year-old’s rapid ascension to CBS’ top analyst has been the subject of much discussion and debate since the announcement was made shortly after his retirement.
I guess it's time to start dressing up. #CBS pic.twitter.com/GseSRiyNOo
— Tony Romo (@tonyromo) April 4, 2017
Romo himself even admitted it may take some time to get acclimated during his transition to the broadcasting world, saying he’ll “probably stink” for awhile. Troy Aikman, who obviously knows a thing or two about leaving the gridiron behind for the broadcast booth, believes Romo faces a “real disadvantage” heading into his new career.
Romo reportedly has been working diligently to ensure he’s not a total flop right out of the gate, even performing a test run alongside Nantz at the Hall of Fame Game a few weeks ago, albeit under less than ideal conditions.
Jim Nantz and Tony Romo called a Hall of Fame game practice broadcast from a deer stand https://t.co/Os7zNpF93Z pic.twitter.com/SqS2qWsqtM
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) August 4, 2017
It obviously will be interesting to see how Romo’s debut goes, adding some level of intrigue to an otherwise meaningless exhibition. The pressure will be then ratcheted up a notch once the regular season begins and the spotlight will be white-hot when Romo broadcasts his first Cowboys game when his former team hosts the Cardinals on Nov. 5 at AT&T Stadium.
Romo is also scheduled to broadcast the Cowboys game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thanksgiving.