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According to a report by the New York Daily News, Mike Tirico will not be doing Thursday Night NFL games for NBC. After leaving ESPN for the Peacock Network, it was presumed he would be in line to step in for Al Michaels for their new five-game Thursday Night Football package with the league.
They (Michaels and Collinsworth) are (NBC’s) number one team. So are (CBS’ Jim) Nantz and (Phil) Simms. We like the idea of having the same booth announcers from Sunday night and Sunday afternoon to carry over to Thursday,” Brian McCarthy, the NFL’s VP/Communications, said. “We’re hoping for that same magic ‘Sunday Night Football’ has with Al and Cris to carry over to Thursday night.”
“When we bid out the Thursday Night Games, NBC came to us with an impressive pitch to bring the magic of ‘Sunday Night Football’ — specifically Al and Cris and their production team — to Thursday Night,” the NFL told TheWrap. “That was very attractive to us as we look to continue to build on the success of ‘Thursday Night Football,’ and is similar to the deal we have with CBS for their lead broadcast and production team. We came to a contractual agreement with NBC on those terms.”
The league continued on: “In fact, when the NFL, CBS and NBC jointly announced the expansion of ‘Thursday Night Football’ last February, we said: ‘Both CBS and NBC will produce ‘Thursday Night Football’ with their lead broadcasters and production teams, and both will contribute to the production of ‘Thursday Night Football’ exclusively on NFL Network. CBS and NFL Network will televise the first half of the ‘Thursday Night Football’ schedule with NBC and NFL Network televising the second half.'”
“Our contract with NBC requires that the Sunday Night Team also do Thursday Night,” the NFL concluded. “It is up to NBC to determine who the talent is for both nights based on those parameters.”
NBC issued a statement: “We made an agreement to use our team of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth on ‘Thursday Night Football.'”
NBC is paying a reported $250 million for the five games he will broadcast for Thursday night football.
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