Jan 1, 2022; Pasadena, California, USA; ESPN broadcaster Kirk Herbstreit during the 2022 Rose Bowl at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Amazon eyes Kirk Herbstreit as top NFL analyst

Amazon is eyeing ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, the highest-profile analyst in college football, for its top NFL analyst position when the streaming service begins its exclusive Thursday night game coverage in the fall, the New York Post reported Sunday.

Although Herbstreit is under contract to ESPN for about $6 million per year, sources told the Post his deal is written in a way that he would be allowed to work NFL games with another outlet while continuing to do college commentary for ESPN.

ESPN and Amazon both declined comment on the Post’s report.

Herbstreit has provided analysis for ESPN on some NFL games and has a desire to call more games in the league, the Post reported. If Amazon and Herbstreit were to strike a deal, ESPN still would want to employ Herbstreit on some NFL telecasts, sources told the Post.

Amazon has failed to land broadcaster Troy Aikman, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch and Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay as its Thursday night analyst.

–Field Level Media

Feb 2, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Fans look throw merchandise before Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Watch and wear: NFL, Amazon partnership to expand

The NFL is about to make streaming games and purchasing merchandise fully integrated with the coming announcement of an expanded partnership with retail giant Amazon, Sportico reported.

One week after it was reported that the NFL and Amazon Prime had reached an 11-year, $105 billion deal to air Thursday night games, the league now is set to sell its merchandise at the Amazon retail site, according to the report.

While NFL merchandise had been available at Amazon, there was a limited selection. Now the NFL and Amazon are set to work together to offer a wide range of products like jerseys, hats, collectibles, tailgating items and custom gear.

“Amazon continues to collaborate with the NFL to enhance our customer experience and we look forward to expanding our assortment of NFL products,” Amazon said in a statement.

A flood of NFL merchandise was set to hit Amazon’s retail site Wednesday, the report said. Gear from authorized sellers like New Era, Fanatics, NFL Pro Line and Outerstuff will be available, although products from Nike will not. Nike ended its relationship with Amazon in 2019.

Fanatics operates the current merchandise shop at nfl.com and is expected to have a storefront at amazon.com in the near future.

–Field Level Media