Monday, January 24, 2022

Al Michaels Expected to EXIT NBC Sports

Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth

Sunday’s early game will air on NBC, with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth making the call could be their second-to-last matchup together, according to The Philly Inquirer.

Bob Tornoe writes New York Post reporter Andrew Marchand has reported that Michaels is likely to jump from NBC to Amazon to call Thursday Night Football on their Amazon Prime streaming service next season. Michaels’ contact expires after the Super Bowl, which he will call for NBC, and the 77-year-old said he doesn’t plan on retiring anytime soon.

“As we sit here right now, and we’re eight or nine months away from the next football season … to me, retirement is almost a dirty word,” Michaels said on HBO’s Back On The Record With Bob Costas.

“At this point in my life, I’m just living in the moment and just enjoying the hell out of this season in particular,” Michaels added.

One thing we do know is the Super Bowl will be Michelle Tafoya’s last game for NBC. She hasn’t said what her plans are moving forward, but NBC has made it clear her departure has nothing to do with her guest hosting stint on The View.

“If I wanted to stay in sports television, I wouldn’t be leaving,” Tafoya said during a recent conference call. “This is about opening a new chapter for me, so that’s really all I can say.”

If Michaels departs, NBC is expected to pair Collinsworth with Mike Tirico, whom NBC hired away from ESPN in 2016 to one day replace Michaels in the booth.

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