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Wednesday, February 08, 2021

I guess Al Michaels is more attached to John Madden than to weekday football. The longtime ABC sports announcer is set to join his broadcast partner at NBC for Sunday Night Football next season, while ESPN announced a new Joe Theismann-led trio for its adopted Monday Night game.

Of course, the Peacock Network also broadcasts NHL games for the next couple of years. Dare I hope that Michaels will work a few hockey games, along with the NFL gig? He should have plenty of time, since the departure from ABC means he’s also giving up NBA announcing. It should be an even workload swap for Mr. “Miracle On Ice”.

As for the Theismann-Tony Kornheiser-Mike Tirico lineup at ESPN: My heart goes out to Tirico, who’ll represent the only voice worth listening to in that booth. Just another stage in the overall decline of MNF.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/08/2021 07:41:00 PM
Category: Football, Hockey, TV
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  1. you know, i thought the same thing: what will michaels do outside of football for nbc? i guess olympics every two years?

    although i am intrigued by kornheiser — his radio show is arguably the best sports radio on the airwaves/internet/satalite. i enjoy good, sarcastic wit and kornheiser has that.

    there is no word that describes theisman better than “blowhard.” never in the history of the televised medium has a sports broadcaster been so in love with his own voice. he talks so much he constantly contridicts himself and apparently is completely unaware of this fact.

    this, i am afraid, will be a very bad mix.

    Comment by anon — 02/09/2021 @ 08:52:22 AM

  2. For Michaels, it’s either NHL or Arena Football games — NBC’s only other significant sports property (aside from the Olympics).

    It’s been too long since Al has called a hockey game. I can’t wait for him to come home!

    Comment by CT — 02/09/2021 @ 09:04:52 AM


    As foretold yesterday, Al Michaels today officially left his longtime home at ABC Sports for a stint on NBC’s new Sunday Night Football broadcast (and, I’m hoping, some NHL gamecalling on the side).

    The unusual part? To allow him to get out of his…

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 02/09/2021 @ 04:47:39 PM


    While the following isn’’t intended to be a piling-on to last week’s “Horsie Game” brouhaha, it’’s probably inspired by it:

    Well over a year ago, when Al Michaels jumped ship from ABC to NBC to continue calling primetime National Football League …

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 05/26/2007 @ 02:56:35 PM

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