Al Michaels, who left the NBC flagship Sunday Night football booth in March for a new addition after 16 seasons The franchise on Amazon is not leaving its former home completely.
NBC Sports said on Tuesday it had signed Michaels into an “emeritus role”, a deal that the network said would show him broadcasting and contributing across high-profile features in the sports department, including the NFL playoffs and the Olympics. He is expected to call a post-season NFL game for NBC this coming season.
“Respected by viewers and colleagues, Al Khela has been the soundtrack for many of the best moments in the history of television,” said NBC Sports Chairman Pete Bevacoa. “We are thrilled that he is in the family and is raising the profile of our event over the years to come.”
The news comes after Michaels finished his NBC run play-by-play to record-tie his 11th Super Bowl and signed a contract to call. Thursday night football Along with Kirk Harbstreet for the Amazon Prime video, which will mark Michaels’ record 37th NFL play-by-play campaign in primetime.
Amazon has signed an 11-year rights deal for the games, for the first time there will be a weekly NFL exclusive on a streaming platform. It will stream a total of 15 regular-season competitions.
“I look forward to continuing my long-standing NBC relationship at launch Thursday night football Packages on Amazon this fall, ”said Michaels, who has also covered nine Olympics and called for eight World Series. “Special thanks to NBC Sports Chairman Pete Bevacoa and the people of NBCUniversal for their help in making this happen.”
This NFL offseason saw a broadcaster rejoice to leave Amazon’s top NBC booth with Michaels, joining Herbstreet, who was on ESPN. ESPN then landed a deal with top Fox Sports team Joe Buck and Troy Eikman Monday night football Jobs Michaels long time SNF Partner Chris Collinsworth is on NBC and Mike Tiriko is joining. Kevin Burkhardt is now filling Buck’s NFL spot on Fox.
Michaels, the eight-time Sports Emmy winner, is the only commentator to host the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Finals for Network Television.