ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Soccer’ dream takes hit with NBC declining Al Michaels alternate – Original York Put up

NBC Sports has declined ESPN’s initial interrogate to clutch in alternate talks to compose Al Michaels, in step with sources.

“We watch forward to Al ending his contract and calling ‘Sunday Night Soccer’ games on NBC,” Greg Hughes, an NBC Sports spokesman, educated The Put up.

ESPN declined commentary.

ESPN had effect Michaels, 75, atop its listing for a doubtless dream “Monday Night Soccer” gross sales plight with Peyton Manning. Michaels has two years excellent on his contract to call “Sunday Night Soccer,” and Mike Tirico is already role to take over within the mean time.

Tirico may well perchance honest call more games over the subsequent two seasons and is the fresh face of NBC, which is why there may well perchance be a doubtless path if NBC Sports executives switch their minds and Michaels wanted to uncover a transfer.

Though NBC Sports executives fill relayed the message to their ESPN counterparts, it can’t be ruled out that the topic may well perchance be revisited.

When Michaels changed into once closing traded 14 years ago in a deal keen Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, it took months to total.

Meanwhile, ESPN has begun talks with Manning in hopes of signing him with or with out Michaels, in step with sources. Manning — who since retiring from taking half in has spent allotment of his time turning down networks — has not completely indicated yet if he wants to in the end be a broadcaster.

ESPN has moved to Manning after not having the different to give Tony Romo a 10-year, $140 million contract as CBS trumped it by signing Romo for $180 million over a decade.

ESPN has not yet educated Joe Tessitore or Booger McFarland that they’d perchance not return to “Monday Night Soccer.”

Though Tessitore and/or McFarland are not out yet, ESPN has formed several plans because it tries to determine its Monday night gross sales plight. The Put up previously reported ESPN’s interest in Philip Rivers. Rivers has stated he intends to proceed taking half in. ESPN handed on Kurt Warner for Jason Witten two years ago, however Warner is a repute that may well perchance’t be ruled out.

For play-by-play, ESPN may well perchance attempt to note outdoors its ranks with CBS’ Ian Eagle or Fox’s Kevin Burkhardt. Both are below contract, however are No. 2s on their networks’ NFL play-by-play depth charts, so there shall be a more amenable compensation discipline as “Monday Night” may well perchance be looked upon as a promotion. Kevin Harlan, who’s CBS’ No. 3 on the NFL and calls Monday night games for Westwood One radio, may well perchance be even handed as.

Internally, ESPN has toyed with the muse of a gross sales plight with Steve Levy, Louis Riddick and Brian Griese, in step with sources. The trio did the support wreck of the “Monday Night” doubleheader closing year. ESPN is hesitant to transfer Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit from the college game, although it can’t be fully ruled out.

Internally, Steve Younger would fit the mold of a legendary quarterback that ESPN has prioritized, however he has never shown an inclination to call games.


On the come up: Turner’s used Avid gamers Finest broadcast as a thought sounded right — till you listened to it. What it overlooked were level guards — play-by-gamers and hosts — to distribute and effect the analysts within the right plight.

Stan Van Gundy has rightfully drawn praise as a fresh Tuesday night game analyst. He is the coach whom TNT’s fresh boss, Jeff Zucker, wanted. However why has Van Gundy’s transition from ESPN’s studio to TNT’s gross sales plight been so restful?

Eagle is John Stockton-esque: He continually makes his analysts better.

At YES, he has helped Designate Jackson, Greg Anthony, Richard Jefferson, Donny Marshall and Sarah Kustok attain national community heights.

Though Brian Anderson isn’t as right as Eagle on basketball as he doesn’t fill the historical past on the sport or the flash in his personality, Anderson has also been a plus on Tuesdays. He and Jim Jackson fill not gotten the acclaim of Eagle/Van Gundy, however they are a sizable enchancment over Avid gamers Finest.

Meanwhile, TNT did neatly with its fresh Tuesday pregame. Shaquille O’Neal has moved up a chair as when compared with Thursdays, where Charles Barkley leads. Dwyane Wade has introduced big name energy and has stated adequate to be attractive. Candace Parker is prepared to present stable opinions. In the host region, Adam Lefkoe is terribly relaxed, giving off a feeling, especially with his interactions with O’Neal, cherish he has been there for years.

By the come, Lefkoe shall be a fresh allotment of the TNT/CBS NCAA Tournament presentation. He’ll provide studio updates at some level of games.


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