Al Michaels is settling in as the voice of Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video, but Michaels says he held out hope NBC would’ve tried to keep him calling games on Sunday nights.
According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Michaels weighed all options regarding his NFL broadcasting future, including expressing a desire to remain on NBC. But he said the network never came knocking.
“They never offered me an extension,” Michaels said. “They never offered me the chance to stay.”
The decision by NBC to move on from Michaels stemmed in part from the fact that the network believed at one time they would keep TNF. But Michaels had expressed a desire to not pull double-duty calling games on Thursdays and Sundays. Obviously that all changed, and then Amazon called.
Michaels noted that having some familiar faces from NBC also coming along to Amazon, including longtime SNF producer Fred Gaudelli, has made the transition a bit smoother.
“If Fred had not been producing this, I may have been scared away is the way to put it, because I’m sure there are other great producers out there and probably a young guy that is going to be the next Gaudelli. I wanted the real guy. And I got him,” Michaels said. “Fred had told me we are going to bring a lot of our people over. Some of the crew, production crew, and all that. That was a source of comfort. I was not ready to retire.”
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Stugotz: ‘Sean McDonough Hates The Aaron Judge Cut-Ins’
“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”
College football fans are not being shy with how they feel about Aaron Judge. Whether it is private conversations or social media posts, people are making their disdain for the cut-ins to college football games on ESPN networks when the Yankee slugger comes to bat known. On Monday morning, Stugotz added that it isn’t just fans that are unhappy.
The Dan Le Batard Show discussed the second straight week of cut-ins on Monday morning. Stugotz pointed out that one of ESPN’s primary college football voices sounds just as annoyed as fans are.
“Sean McDonough hates the toss to Aaron Judge,” he said. Hates it!”
Last week, ESPN and ABC cut into games when Judge was sitting on 60 home runs. This week, he was sitting on 61. A 62nd home run would be the most in American League history.
Stugotz added that has to be part of McDonough’s frustration.
“In his defense, what are we cutting in for? I have no idea if [Aaron Judge] is breaking a record, what record he’s breaking, if he’s clean. I have no idea!”
Producer Mike Ryan Ruiz said the fact that Judge is yet to deliver is making the cut-ins more frustrating for fans.
“I think what hurts the whole thing is that Aaron Judge has been terrible during these cut-ins,” Ruiz said. “He’s been God awful during these cut-ins. I haven’t seen a single home runs during one of these cut-ins. There was genuine fury at a watch party I was at. Fury! At Aaron Judge.”
A popular criticism of ESPN has been that this kind of attention would not be paid to Aaron Judge if he was chasing a mark that wasn’t the home run record if he played anywhere other than New York. According to Ryan, the mistake is bigger than that. Why would regular season baseball ever interrupt college football?
There are four games left in Major League Baseball’s regular season. You can bet college football fans will make plenty of signs for College GameDay if Judge cannot hit number 62 before the playoffs start.
Terry Bradshaw Is Cancer Free
Bradshaw’s candor comes after struggling through a sentence during the September 25th edition of the show, in which Howie Long helped finish his sentence.
During FOX NFL Sunday, Terry Bradshaw revealed he was diagnosed with two different forms of cancer in the last year.
However, after surgeries and treatments, Bradshaw said he is now cancer free.
The Pro Football Hall of Famer said he was diagnosed with bladder cancer in November of last year and surgery and treatments removed the cancer. Then, in March of this year, a tumor was found on the left-side of his neck. Bradshaw called it a “Merkel cell tumor”, which he had removed.
Scott Van Pelt’s ‘Bad Beats’ Becoming 30-Minute Monthly Show
Van Pelt, alongside “Stanford Steve” Coughlin, recaps the toughest losses suffered by sports gamblers with unconventional final moments and unexpected outcomes as it pertains to the over/under or point spread.
Van Pelt, alongside “Stanford Steve” Coughlin, recaps the toughest losses suffered by sports gamblers with unconventional final moments and unexpected outcomes as it pertains to the over/under or point spread, otherwise known as a “bad beat”. Generally, the segment lasts around 5-10 minutes. ESPN will repurpose the content from the show to package it into a half-hour edition.
The new monthly show debuted yesterday at 5:30 PM ET on ESPN.