Kirk Herbstreit is expected to join Amazon for Thursday Night Football after being shut down by Sean McVay. The former ESPN broadcaster has been a critic of the company’s decision this season, and could be joining them in an effort to send a message.
Kirk Herbstreit is expected to land at Amazon for Thursday Night Football after being shut down by Sean McVay.
The start of NFL free agency is approaching, and several major stars are likely to sign elsewhere. However, the world of sports broadcasting continues to change as we wait. Troy Aikman is allegedly a top choice for ESPN, but Joe Buck and Al Michaels’ futures are still up in the air.
Sean McVay, the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, even pondered a lucrative contract with Amazon before opting to return to the sidelines. Now, Amazon is swinging for the fences in a new manner, with Kirk Herbstreit, a college football legend, likely to join Thursday Night Football.
After failing to get McVay and losing Aikman to Monday Night Football, Amazon has finally found the right candidate in Kirk Herbstreit.
On the surface, this comes as a shock, particularly given Herbstreit’s long tenure as the face of college football. He should be able to keep those jobs if he continues to announce college football games for ESPN.
Amazon has been on the lookout for a quarterback for Thursday Night Football. Despite this, Aikman refused, McVay returned to the NFL, and they even tried to convince San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch.
But none of them took the plunge, and Herbstreit is now the man in charge. Pat McAfee was one of the people that aggressively advocated for Herbstreit to have a position in the NFL, which he now has.
It’s an audacious move on Amazon’s part, but it’s not unexpected. While Herbstreit is a real college football fan at heart, he is also a true pro.
Kirk Herbstreit’s transfer to the NFL has Peter King torn.
Before the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Ole Miss Rebels, Kirk Herbstreit gestures to the fans | Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
In his newest episode of Football Morning in America, Peter King broke the big Kirk Herbstreit news. Like everyone else, King questioned Amazon’s decision. At the same time, he acknowledged that Herbstreit is a seasoned executive, and that this decision might pay out well for Amazon.
My first response was that it seemed strange. Instead of Drew Brees, Sean Payton, or Kurt Warner, Amazon would rather have a very excellent college football commentator who has never had a regular NFL job call the games. Herbstreit is a pro, he’s a household figure among college football fans, he must be desperate to shatter the college-to-NFL glass barrier, Amazon undoubtedly wanted to create a statement with this appointment, and Herbstreit is a non-conformist. He’s a unique individual. It’s a touch edgy and a little dangerous. All of this is only my informed estimate.
Kirk Herbstreit is moving to Amazon, according to Peter King.
Herbstreit is a professional athlete with a stellar reputation in the sports world. The most fascinating aspect of it all will be seeing Herbstreit call Thursday night games before switching to college football games on Saturdays.
He’ll be busy, and given how much money Aikman and Romo make, it’ll be fascinating to see how profitable Herbstreit’s contract is.
Everyone is still waiting for Al Michaels and Joe Buck to make their selections.
Aikman is on his way to ESPN, McVay is staying put, and now Herbstreit is heading to the NFL. So far, sports broadcasting has had a hectic season.
However, Al Michaels is still available as a free agent, and Joe Buck must make a choice as well. Two of the greatest in the industry are available and eager for their next assignment.
Will one of these people eventually join Herbstreit at Amazon? That would be a fantastic match. Could you envision Herbstreit and Michaels working together as game announcers? It’s a real possibility (h/t Cincinnati Enquirer’s Dave Clark is a writer and a musician.).
If Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit are in the “Thursday Night Football” broadcast booth, Amazon may match a former Cincinnati Reds play-by-play announcer with a self-proclaimed die-hard Reds fan.
Dave Clark is a writer and a musician.
Michaels has been the face of the Super Bowl for a long time, and it would be fascinating to see whether he still negotiates a separate agreement to call the game if he goes to Amazon.
Buck, on the other hand, is unlikely to quit Fox, given his devotion and enthusiasm for baseball and the World Series. Who knows, however. Buck could quit Fox after all if he can receive anything close to what Aikman is expected to get.
Significant changes are coming to television, and the voices for NFL games will be quite different from what we experienced in 2021.
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