What happened to Al Michaels? Longtime Voice of NBC ‘Sunday Night Football’ Joins Amazon for 2022 Season

Ahead of the 2022 season, the primetime NFL football landscape took a major shift as some of the biggest names in broadcasting moved to new networks.

One of the biggest changes involves NBC’s broadcasts of “Sunday Night Football,” as Al Michaels will no longer be the voice of every play. To put the change in perspective, Michaels had served as the announcer for “Sunday Night Football” since it began airing on NBC in 2006.

After 16 seasons with Michaels on the call, “Sunday Night Football” will feature Mike Tirico as the new play-by-play voice alongside Cris Collinsworth and new reporter Melissa Stark.

While he will no longer be working on “Sunday Night Football,” the 77-year-old Michaels will continue to be a prominent voice on primetime NFL football telecasts. Here’s more on Michaels’ next move.

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What happened to Al Michaels?

Michaels’ contract with NBC expired after the network’s coverage of Super Bowl 56 in February, making the legend one of the most sought-after broadcasters on the market.

In March, reports surfaced that Michaels had struck a deal with Amazon Prime Video to become the streaming service’s play-by-play voice for its exclusive coverage of “Thursday Night Football” which begins in the 2022 season. On March 23 , the NFL officially announced that Michaels would become the voice of Amazon’s “Thursday Night Football” alongside analyst Kirk Herbstreit.

Fans first saw the all-new broadcast during Week 3 of the 2022 NFL preseason when Michaels and Herbstreit covered a Thursday meeting between the 49ers and Texans, a broadcast that received positive feedback.

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Beginning in Week 2, Michaels and Herbstreit will call 15 “Thursday Night Football” games throughout the 2022 season, with broadcasts scheduled to air exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

While Michaels has moved on to a new weekly effort, his voice will still be heard on NBC this year, he’ll just have to wait until the postseason. In May, NBC Sports announced that Michaels had been named to an emeritus role, allowing the legendary play analyst to broadcast and contribute to NBC’s productions of the NFL Playoffs and Olympics.

Michaels had this to say about the opportunity:

“I am looking forward to continuing my long relationship with NBC while also launching the Thursday night football package on Amazon this fall. A special thanks to NBC Sports President Pete Bevacqua and the folks at NBCUniversal for their help in making this happen.”

Many of the voices are the same, but notable broadcasters moving to new networks will make a difference to the feel of NFL football in primetime during the 2022 season.

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