Where did Al Michaels go? NBC “Sunday Night Football” voice joins Amazon for 2022 season

Before the 2022 season, a significant change happened in primetime NFL football because some of the biggest names in broadcasting moved to other networks.

One of the most significant changes is that Al Michaels will no longer be the voice of “Sunday Night Football” on NBC. To give you an idea of how big this change is, Michaels has been the play-by-play announcer for “Sunday Night Football” since it started airing on NBC in 2006.

After 16 seasons with Michaels as the play-by-play announcer, “Sunday Night Football” will now have Cris Collinsworth, Mike Tirico and a new sideline reporter, Melissa Stark.

Even though he won’t be working on “Sunday Night Football” anymore, Michaels, 77 will still be a big part of NFL football broadcasts in the evening. Here is more about what Michaels will do next.

So What Happened to Al Michaels?

After NBC covered Super Bowl 56 in February, Michaels’ contract with the network ended. This made him one of the most sought-after announcers on the market.

In March, news came out that Michaels had made a deal with Amazon Prime Video to be the play-by-play voice for the streaming service’s exclusive coverage of “Thursday Night Football” beginning in the 2022 season. On March 23, the NFL made it official that Michaels would join Kirk Herbstreit as the voice of “Thursday Night Football” on Amazon.

So What Happened to Al Michaels
So What Happened to Al Michaels

Fans saw the new broadcast for the first time in Week 3 of the 2022 NFL preseason when Michaels and Herbstreit covered a Thursday game between the 49ers and the Texans. Fans liked what they saw and the broadcast got good reviews.

In Week 2 Michaels and Herbstreit will call 15 “Thursday Night Football” games during the 2022 season. Amazon Prime Video will be the only place to watch these games.

Michaels has moved on to a new weekly job but you’ll still be able to hear his voice on NBC this year. You’ll just have to wait until the playoffs. In May, NBC Sports announced that Michaels had been given an emeritus role. This means that the legendary play-by-play analyst can broadcast and help with NBC’s NFL Playoffs and Olympics coverage.

Michaels had this to say about the opportunity:

ā€œIā€™m looking forward to continuing my longtime NBC relationship while also launching the Thursday Night Football package on Amazon this fall. A special thanks to NBC Sports Chairman Pete Bevacqua and the folks at NBCUniversal for their help in making this happen.”

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