This NFL offseason has been marked by a ton of player movement. However, the players aren’t the only ones who have changed teams. Even NFL broadcasters have been on the move, as ESPN landed longtime Fox announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to lead the Monday Night Football telecast. Meanwhile, Amazon, who will be the new home for Thursday Night Football this fall, has notably had its sights set on legendary announcer Al Michaels. On Monday, it was announced that Amazon and Michaels have agreed to a deal to make him the new voice of Thursday Night Football, as reported by the New York Post. Not only that, but Michaels will reportedly be paid ‘Joe Buck money.’
Legendary NFL play-by-player Al Michaels is in agreement with Amazon Prime Video to lead its booth when it begins its exclusive coverage of Thursday Night Football in the fall, The Post has learned.
Michaels’ partner will be ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit. An official announcement could come as early as this week.
Per Andrew Marchand of the Post, Al Michaels will call Thursday Night Football games streamed on Amazon this fall. Michaels will be partnered with former ESPN college football color commentator Kirk Herbstreit.
The Post reports that Michaels will be making Joe Buck-level money with Amazon. Buck recently signed a five-year, $75 million deal with ESPN, so this has the makings of a significant pay raise for the 77-year-old Michaels, who made $6 million in the final year of his NBC contract.
Meanwhile, NBC will turn to Mike Tirico to call their Sunday night games, with Michaels reportedly still set to call a game or two for the network.
Football fans will be hearing Michaels’ familiar voice in a new venue this fall.