Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN's 'College GameDay' speaks during the broadcast at the University of Cincinnati for the first time before the Bearcats face the University of Tulsa game, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.

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Kirk Herbstreit to skip draft coverage over health issue

Top football analyst Kirk Herbstreit won’t be part of the coverage of the 2022 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday in Las Vegas, because of a medical issue.

“Doctors have recently found a blood clot in my system,” Herbstreit tweeted Monday. “And so, very fortunate to have very good doctors who I trust. I feel good, but out of an abundance of caution, I think I’m just going to take a step back from this year’s draft coverage.”

Herbstreit, 52, was set to be in Las Vegas as part of the main ABC team calling the draft. He won’t be broadcasting remotely.

“I will be watching like everybody else,” he said. “I look forward to seeing all the different storylines unfold. But I will see you guys at next year’s draft.”

Herbstreit is the No. 1 college football analyst for ABC and ESPN, and he recently signed on to join Al Michaels as the NFL broadcast team for Amazon when it airs Thursday night games this fall.

The ABC draft set in Las Vegas will have a few other missing parts.

Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. will join all three days of coverage remotely from his home in Maryland, he announced earlier, citing his unvaccinated status.

NFL insider Adam Schefter will miss the draft to attend his son’s college graduation.

–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.

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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

Former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Kirk Herbstreit sits on the set of ESPN College GameDay prior to the NCAA football game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021.

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Report: Amazon set to name Kirk Herbstreit to ‘TNF’ broadcast

Amazon is finalizing a deal to make ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit the color analyst for its “Thursday Night Football” package beginning this season, NBC Sports reported Monday.

The impending deal for Herbstreit comes after Amazon was spurned by Troy Aikman, Sean McVay and John Lynch. Aikman jumped from Fox to ESPN to anchor their “Monday Night Football” coverage as lead analyst.

Herbstreit, 52, would continue his duties for ESPN/ABC on their college football broadcasts, per the report. He has called college football games for ESPN for two decades.

Next up for Amazon is snaring its play-by-play announcer. Al Michaels and Joe Buck are reportedly at the top of the retail giant’s wish list.

–Field Level Media

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