Despite making the jump from NBC to Amazon to call Thursday Night Football alongside ESPN's top college football analyst Kirk Herbstriet, Al Michaels will not be completely finished in the Sunday Night Football booth.
In a press release from NBC Sports Tuesday, Michaels has been given “emeritus status” meaning that the legendary broadcaster will continue to work as a contributor across all of NBC Sports’ "high-profile properties."
As a part of that deal, Michaels will be calling select NFL playoff games on the network as well as helping them out with Olympics coverage in Paris in 2024, among other roles.
This announcement is rather interesting considering Micheals jumped ship to Amazon Prime immediately after his contract was up with NBC. Amazon will be in its first season as the exclusive broadcaster for Thursday Night Football.
It still remains unclear which playoff games Michaels will be calling, NBC has a deal to broadcast a divisional game and two wild card games next season. Assuming Micheals does help cover the playoffs this season, Mike Trico and Cris Collinsworth will get one game and Michaels, along with someone else, would get the other. The network won't air another Super Bowl until 2026. Michaels would be 81 at that time.
In a statement, Michaels said he's looking forward to continuing his relationship with NBC.
“I’m looking forward to continuing my longtime NBC relationship while also launching the Thursday Night Football package on Amazon this fall,” Michaels said. “A special thanks to NBC Sports chairman Pete Bevacqua and the folks at NBCUniversal for their help in making this happen.”
Michaels' move to Amazon was the first of many big shakeups in the NFL broadcasting world that have seen broadcasters earn big-time paydays. Troy Aikman and Joe Buck both left Fox to become Monday Night Football's newest duo, with Kevin Burkhardt taking over in Buck's spot. Aikman's replacement will be Tom Brady, who struck a massive 10-year, $375 million deal to join the network as a broadcaster whenever he officially retires.
Drew Brees also shocked many when he left NBC after only one season as a studio analyst, with the future Hall of Famer considering a return to the field.
Michaels, 77, spent more than a decade at NBC, beginning with the network in 2006 after calling “Monday Night Football” games for ABC for 20 years.
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