Legendary broadcaster Al Michaels may have broadcast his last football game for NBC.
Early in the game, Michaels introduced his longtime broadcast booth partner 63-year-old Chris Collinsworth “for the last time”, sparking speculation that he would be leaving the network.
According to the New York Post, Amazon is pushing Michaels to voice individual plays and is willing to pay more than $11 million a year. ESPN is also seeking a contract with Michaels for its Monday Night Football booth.
“I don’t know what will happen in the future, but after this game is over, I will have very close friends and guys who really understand the business inside and out, and we will talk about what is there and what I might want. do,” Michaels said in a statement.
Michaels also said a heartfelt goodbye to longtime sideline reporter Michelle Tafoya, who is leaving the network after finishing her fifth Super Bowl.
Eleven-time Super Bowl contestant Al Michaels, 77, and six-time caller Michelle Tafoya, 57, both covered their last game with NBC Sports on Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Early in the game, Michaels (left) introduced his longtime broadcast booth partner 63-year-old Chris Collinsworth (right) “for the last time”, sparking speculation that he would leave the network before the Super Bowl next year.
“We love you,” Michaels, 77, told Latoya, 57, during Sunday’s game before the Los Angeles Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20. – You were so funny.
Tafoya, who will end her career as a sports reporter in favor of a direct role in the news, blew a kiss at the camera in response.
“If I wanted to stay on sports TV, I wouldn’t leave,” Tafoya said in January.
“This is the opening of a new chapter for me, so that’s really all I can say.”
Michaels began Sunday’s broadcast with a tribute to his longtime television partner.
“The Bengals… are making it to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1988, when this man — the last time he slipped in here — Chris Collinsworth played in that game,” Michaels said, referring to Collinsworth’s trademark “slide.”
It’s unclear if veteran broadcaster Michaels was referring to the end of the 2021 season or the end of a 16-year NBC Sports career that began after he left the Monday Night Football booth after 20 years in 2005.
According to Yahoo!, five-time Emmy winner Tafoya has worked with NBC for 11 seasons, covering more than 300 seasonal games and 26 playoff games. Sports
In the winter of 2021, Tafoya (pictured) sparked controversy on The Look after she voiced her conservative opinion about Colin Kaepernick.
NBC Sports reporter Katherine Tappen, pictured, is likely to replace Tafoya.
In the winter of 2021, Tafoya sparked controversy on The Look after she voiced conservative opinions about Colin Kaepernick, saying she had no sympathy for the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback after he didn’t get an opportunity to play in the NFL. . past few years, after kneeling rather than standing during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality.
She has returned for several games since her introduction, but disappeared from NBC NFL coverage after a Thanksgiving night game between the Buffalo Bills and the New Orleans Saints. Her frequent replacement, NBC Sports reporter Katherine Tappen is likely to replace her.
“My time at NBC Sports was the most enjoyable of my career,” Tafoya wrote in a statement.
“I have been fortunate to work with a team that is one of the best in the business and the support I have received in this position has been unparalleled… Some may think I am crazy if I am walking away from one of the most coveted roles in sports television and I I have no doubt that I will miss many aspects of the work.”
“But for some time I have been looking at other areas that I would like to explore both personally and professionally. I couldn’t ignore that small voice anymore after what we’ve all been through over the past few years.”
According to Yahoo!, five-time Emmy winner Tafoya has worked with NBC for 11 seasons, covering more than 300 seasonal games and 26 playoff games. Sports.
The Philadelphia Inquirer called Michael’s expected departure from the network “the worst kept secret ahead of the Super Bowl”.
He has called national games since joining ABC in 1977 and joined John Madden at NBC’s Sunday Night Football booth in 2006. He has called games alongside Collinsworth since replacing Madden in 2009.
Michaels (left) has been calling national games since joining ABC in 1977 and joined John Madden (right) at NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” booth in 2006.
Michaels (left) has called games alongside Chris Collinsworth (right) since he replaced Madden in 2009.
Mike Tirico, pictured here, who was hired by ESPN’s NBC in 2016 to eventually replace Michaels, appears ready to announce games alongside Collinsworth, who has two years left on his contract with the network.
Fifteen night NFL games on Thursdays are scheduled to be streamed exclusively on Amazon Prime and streamed locally in the rival team’s home markets, with Frank Godell to oversee those broadcasts.
He told The Inquirer last week that he wasn’t ready for either a rocking chair or golf.
Mike Tirico, who was hired by ESPN’s NBC in 2016 to eventually replace Michaels, appears ready to announce games alongside Collinsworth, who has two years left on his contract with the network.
NBC hired ESPN’s Mike Tirico back in 2016 to eventually become the announcer on Sunday Night Football, a plan that looks set to roll out next season. Tirico will move from the studio to the booth to call games, along with Michaels’ current broadcast partner Chris Collinsworth, who has two years left on his contract.