Al Michaels Says No To The NFL Network

Thursday, May 15, 2008

So there goes the big name that the NFL Network was looking for. According to the NY Times, Al Michaels won't be the network's play by play man for next year....

Al Michaels will not spend any of his Thursday nights in November and December working for the NFL Network after all. The channel looked into hiring Michaels, the play-by-play voice of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” a few weeks ago.

“NBC was open to it, but it didn’t work out from Al’s point of view,” said Steve Bornstein, the president of the NFL Network. “We never got to the specifics.”
I'm thinking a burnt out, grumpy Al Michaels would have been fun next year, but I'm still sticking with my Tom Hammond vote of confidence. I guess he gets the job by default now.

Thursdays Free for Michaels (NY Times)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 2:30 PM


NFL Network: Just find a way to make it work. Marv Albert.

Anonymous said...
May 15, 2008, 3:03:00 PM  

Marv is locked up with TNT on Thursday's, so it won't be him. I honestly cannot see how it will not end up being Hammond

Anonymous said...
May 15, 2008, 3:45:00 PM  

And we're talking seven weeks early in the season. TNT has a big-time staple of announcers to tweak this. He wouldn't be missing the playoffs.

Anonymous said...
May 15, 2008, 5:45:00 PM  

Dick Stockton, Matt Devlin or Bob Neal aren't a stable of announcers, milehigh. Unless Reggie Miller can transition into a play-by-play man.

/kidding about Reggie

Anonymous said...
May 15, 2008, 8:33:00 PM  

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