The voices calling NFL games this fall will sound familiar, but fans might be surprised at which network they work for.
That’s because some of the NFL’s top announcers are changing jobs. First it was Troy Aikman, who left Fox for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” games.
The “Thursday Night Football” matches would be worked on by an ESPN analyst. These games will be shown exclusively on the Amazon streaming service, although fans in local markets will have the option of watching their team play on a “live” channel.
Amazon has brought in college analyst Kirk Herbstreit to work its “Thursday Night Football” games, NBC Sports’ Peter King reported Monday.
“I heard last night that Amazon – rebuffed by Troy Aikman, Sean McVay and John Lynch – has chosen ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit to be the analyst for its Thursday night package of NFL games starting this fall. (He is also likely to continue with his current ESPN/ABC duties.) The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand was the first to connect the dots on Amazon-Herbstreit on February 27,” King wrote.
He added: “We are still awaiting decisions from two of the great people in our lives, Al Michaels and Joe Buck, on their 2022 homes. But when you stream Amazon this fall to watch the Thursday night package, you will hear a new voice of the NFL, Kirk Herbstreit, interpret the games.
Buck may have quit Fox for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” coverage, according to the New York Post. Meanwhile, Michaels is considered the “leading candidate” to join Amazon, NJ.com’s Mike Rosenstein reported.
“However, Michaels reportedly wanted Troy Aikman as his team partner at Amazon,” Rosenstein reported, so Michaels could end up on “Monday Night Football” if Buck stays at Fox.
So there are two potential landing spots for Michaels, who will no longer be calling “Sunday Night Football” games.
This story was originally published March 7, 2022 10:31 a.m.