Prior to the start of Sunday's Green Bay Packers-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game, FOX broadcasters Joe Buck and Troy Aikman seemingly suggested that they think pregame flyovers are a poor use of resources.
During what appeared to be a commercial break where the two thought they weren't being recorded, Buck and Aikman gave their thoughts on pregame flyovers at the conclusion of the playing of the national anthem, which Defector Media obtained:
Troy Aikman: That’s a lot of jet fuel just to do a little flyover.
Joe Buck: That’s your hard-earned money and your tax dollars at work!
Troy Aikman: That stuff ain’t happening with [a] Kamala-Biden ticket. I’ll tell you that right now, partner.
It's unclear what point Aikman was making in regards to democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and his vice presidential nominee, Kamala Harris. Neither have campaigned on ending pre-game flyovers during NFL games. Biden, of course, was the vice president for eight years under President Barack Obama, a period in which pregame flyovers did, in fact, continue.
In any event, it is worth considering that pregame flyovers cost the military - and therefore, taxpayers - quite a bit of money. It was estimated that a flyover for Super Bowl XLV, which took place in February of 2011, cost nearly $450,000. Doug Williams of ESPN did a pretty deep dive into the process of a flyover, which has become an American tradition shortly before kickoff of a football game. It's also an expensive tradition, though, which seemed to be the point that Buck and Aikman were making.
Buck and Aikman are back on the call for Monday afternoon's Kansas City Chiefs-Buffalo Bills matchup. It's part of a hectic week for Buck, who will call an NFL game or World Series game every day this week.