Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Much has been made of ESPN’s impending efforts to convince Tony Romo to join the network, but it does not sound like CBS will be letting him go without a fight.

According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post , CBS is aware that Romo will demand a “huge increase” in salary, and is prepared to compete aggressively to prevent him from leaving the network. CBS wants to keep Romo, in part because it does not want to have to hire a new lead analyst to pair with Jim Nantz in a year in which CBS will be broadcasting the Super Bowl.

CBS is confident, as it has the contractual right to match any offer made by another network in the Romo sweepstakes.

Reports indicate that Romo could be offered north of $10 million by ESPN. The onus would be on CBS to match that, but it sounds like it might be motivated to do so.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


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