NFL Rumors: Amazon Picks Analyst For Thursday Night Football | Updates from Joe Buck and Al Michaels
Another piece of the puzzle falls into place.
NBC Sports NFL insider Peter King reports he heard Sunday night “that Amazon – rejected by Troy Aikman, Sean McVay and John Lynch – chose ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit to be its package analyst. of Thursday night NFL games starting this fall. (He’s also likely to continue with his current ESPN/ABC duties.)”
Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported last week that Amazon Prime was “watching” ESPN Kirk Herbstreit for the Thursday Night Football broadcast booth.
While Herbstreit is under contract with ESPN for around $6 million plus a year, sources told the Post that the way his deal is written, he would be allowed to do the NFL with another entity, while continuing to college for ESPN. … If Amazon and Herbstreit were to reach an agreement, ESPN, according to sources, would like to have the option of continuing to use Herbstreit on certain NFL games. While continuing to host “Monday Night Football”, it will expand to 25 games per year for the next two years.
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Herbstreit, perhaps the best college football analyst on TV, has previous NFL experience, picking up games for ESPN over the past two years when the network had Monday Night Football double-shows.
It remains to be seen who will join Herbstreit in Amazon’s broadcast booth. The main competitor is Al Michaels, who is expected to leave NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
However, Michaels reportedly wanted Troy Aikman as his team partner at Amazon, and the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback is expected to leave FOX Sports for ESPN to work on Monday Night Football.
Aikman gets money from Tony Romo (apparently five years and $90 million) to switch networks, and hopes Joe Buck will come with him.
Marchand reports, “The exact terms of what ESPN might offer Buck aren’t fully known yet, but it should be in the range of five years and $60-75 million, if the network gets the chance. . If FOX allows Buck to leave, Buck’s main job would be to team up with his former FOX partner, Aikman, on “Monday Night Football.” You wouldn’t expect Buck to do “Sunday Night Baseball.” He would probably be a producer of projects on ESPN+. »
Marchand also reported, “If Buck doesn’t perform with MNF, Michaels will be ESPN’s next pick. The idea of returning to ABC/ESPN on “Monday Night Football” appeals to Michaels.”
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