Legendary Broadcaster Remains Eager to Continue
In an exclusive interview with USA Today Sports, Al Michaels expressed his excitement and eagerness to continue his broadcasting career. Michaels confirmed that he will be with Amazon for three more years, with the upcoming year being his third. Despite recent news that he would not be a part of NBC’s coverage, Michaels remains passionate about his work.
Unknown Future Beyond Three Years
While Michaels has committed to three more years with Amazon, he remains uncertain about his future beyond that. When asked about it, Michaels simply stated, “We’ll see after that.” His love for the job and the thrill of watching the world’s best athletes in action continue to fuel his passion for broadcasting.
Michaels Reacts to NBC’s Decision
Although Michaels did not comment directly on NBC’s decision to exclude him from their coverage, his remarks to USA Today indicate his focus on the present and his commitment to Amazon. NBC is set to feature three playoff games in January, with Mike Tirico and Cris Collinsworth scheduled for two of them. The third game will be called by Noah Eagle, Todd Blackledge, and Kathryn Tappen.
Mixed Reactions to Michaels’ Performance
In recent times, Michaels has faced criticism for his perceived lack of enthusiasm in the booth. ESPN’s defended him on Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast, attributing the difference in Michaels’ delivery to the nature of Thursday night games. Michaels’ voice and energy, according to , align with the magnitude of the games he covers.
Headlines Made During Final Thursday Night Game
During the recent game between the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns, Michaels made a playful comment that caught attention. As an odd sound could be heard in the background, Michaels humorously remarked, “Somebody’s pounding on that trash can, I think the Astros must be in town.” This game marked the last Thursday night game of the season.
Contributors to this report: Ryan Gaydos and Paulina Dedaj from Fox News.