Aug 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Network television commentator Al Michaels before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Al Michaels to call one playoff game for NBC as ‘emeritus’ contributor

Al Michaels and NBC Sports have reached an agreement that will keep Michaels on in an “emeritus role” going forward.

NBC announced the deal Tuesday, saying Michaels will continue to contribute to the network’s coverage of the NFL playoffs and the Olympics.

Michaels, 77, anchored NBC Sports’ “Sunday Night Football” broadcast team beginning in 2006, and his contract expired following the Super Bowl in February. NBC opted to promote Mike Tirico to the primary play-by-play announcer of “Sunday Night Football” alongside color commentator Cris Collinsworth.

Michaels, meanwhile, signed with Amazon to be the play-by-play voice of the company’s new “Thursday Night Football” broadcasts beginning next season.

Reports said Michaels will call one of NBC’s three playoff games next year with a partner yet to be named. Tirico and Collinsworth will handle the other games.

“I’m looking forward to continuing my longtime NBC relationship while also launching the Thursday Night Football package on Amazon this fallk,” Michaels said in a press release.

Michaels matched Pat Summerall by calling his 11th Super Bowl in February.

At Amazon, he will partner with ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit on “Thursday Night Football” broadcasts. Herbstreit will continue in his role as ESPN’s lead college football commentator.

–Field Level Media

Aug 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Network television commentator Al Michaels before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Amazon announces ‘TNF’ booth of Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit

Amazon made it official Wednesday, naming Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit as the broadcast team for “Thursday Night Football” beginning in 2022.

They will make their debut on Sept. 15.

Amazon also announced that it hired longtime executive producer Fred Gaudelli to lead “TNF.”

Terms were not released by the tech giant. However, Michaels is expected to earn close to what Joe Buck just signed on for to call “Monday Night Football” on ESPN. Buck inked a five-year, $75 million deal.

“Over the last 36 seasons, I’ve been at the mic describing some of the most magical moments and games in NFL history and am looking forward to many more,” said Michaels in a statement. “This is the new frontier in sports television and to be a part of the launch at this point in my career is both exciting and stimulating. The NFL is the king of unscripted television and I’m looking forward to joining Kirk to bring fans more dramatic episodes on Thursday nights this fall.”

Herbstreit, 52, had himself a good day Wednesday. Not to be outdone by Amazon’s announcement, Herbstreit also signed a five-year extension with ESPN.

Herbstreit will continue in his role on ESPN’s “College GameDay” and as lead college football announcer. He reportedly has a contract in the eight figures with Amazon.

Gaudelli, a 24-time Emmy winner, has produced NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” broadcast and will “continue on NBC Sports’ executive team and will serve as a key contributor to NBC Sunday Night Football’s editorial and production efforts,” Amazon said.

Amazon paid billions to get the Thursday night package for the next 11 years. Its deal includes 15 regular-season games and one preseason game per year.

–Field Level Media

Aug 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Network television commentator Al Michaels before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit to call ‘TNF’ for Amazon

Al Michaels has signed a three-year deal with Amazon to be the tech giant’s play-by-play announcer for “Thursday Night Football,” the New York Post reported Monday.

His sidekick in the booth will be longtime ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit, per the report.

A formal announcement is expected this week.

Michaels, 77, is expected to earn close to what Joe Buck just signed on for to call “Monday Night Football” on ESPN. Buck inked a five-year, $75 million deal.

Herbstreit, 52, who will continue in his role on ESPN’s “College GameDay” and lead college football announcer, will have a contract in the eight figures, per the report.

Mike Tirico takes over as NBC’s permanent play-by-play announcer for the network’s Sunday night NFL telecast with Cris Collinsworth. Michaels will still do a game or two for NBC, especially in the postseason, per the Post report.

Amazon paid billions to get the Thursday night package for the next 11 years.

–Field Level Media

Aug 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Network television commentator Al Michaels before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NBC’s Michaels benched Sunday due to COVID-19 issues

Broadcaster Al Michaels will not participate in NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” telecast out of COVID-19 concerns.

The network said in a statement issued Friday that Michaels had “not been cleared to work this weekend’s game in accordance with NBCUniversal COVID-19 safety protocols.”

Mike Tirico will stand in for Michaels and call the game between the Cleveland Browns (9-4) and New York Giants (5-8) from MetLife Stadium with Cris Collinsworth in the booth and Michele Tafoya on the sidelines.

NBC didn’t say whether Michaels, 76, tested positive for the virus or if he had close contact with someone who did.

“I feel great, I have no symptoms, and my temperature this morning was 97.5,” Michaels said in a statement issued by NBC Sports. “I look forward to returning to the booth as soon as possible.”

Michaels is in his 15th season as the voice of “Sunday Night Football” and in his 35th year as an NFL play-by-play announcer in primetime.

Earlier this month, he was named the recipient of the 2021 Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. He is one of five broadcasters to be recognized with both the baseball honor and the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Award, joining Jack Buck, Dick Enberg, Curt Gowdy and Lindsey Nelson.

–Field Level Media