Surprise Removal from Upcoming Playoff Coverage
Veteran sportscaster Al Michaels was unexpectedly removed from NBC’s upcoming NFL playoff coverage this week. This came as a surprise given his long history announcing primetime games for the network.
Past Flexible Agreement Allowed Dual Roles
Though now Amazon’s lead Thursday Night Football announcer, Michaels’ contract had permitted him to also call the playoffs on NBC as he did last year. But that assignment has been rescinded.
Remarks on Spotlighting Sideshows Spark Speculation
Insiders link Michaels’ ouster to recent comments emphasizing that spotlighting sideshows over football itself compromises the broadcast. Speculation has brewed over his stance on featured artist Taylor Swift.
Priority Should Go to Games Themselves
Michaels has stressed the importance of moderation when incorporating non-essential elements into NFL telecasts. He asserts the games themselves should remain the central focus rather than diverting too much attention to ancillary performers.
Decision Confirmed by NBC Sports VP
NBC Sports VP Greg Hughes corroborated the decision to drop Michaels from playoff duty. At 79, Michaels earns $1 million per game from Amazon amid ongoing affiliation with NBC in an emeritus role.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn