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2022 NFL Amazon Announcer Odds: Al Michaels, Tom Brady, Gronk?

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2022 NFL Amazon Announcer Odds: Al Michaels, Tom Brady, Gronk?

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The “other” NFL free-agency market has been raging with fiery fury since the Super Bowl. Amazon exclusively airs NFL games on Thursday nights starting in 2022 and the streaming service is chasing some of the biggest names in sports broadcasting to form its marquee team in the booth. Meanwhile, FOX saw Troy Aikman jump ship to ESPN.

Al Michaels called Super Bowl 56 for NBC. It was the final telecast of his term with the Peacock network. It has been widely reported that Michaels and Amazon are close to a deal. But nothing has been finalized.

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Long-time ESPN college football analyst Krik Herbstreit sits in pole position to be the top in-game analyst. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that Amazon is pushing hard to land Herbstreit. Herbstreit is under contract with the Worldwide Leader for $6 million a year but he would be allowed to work NFL games for another rights holder.

As is the way when it comes to player free agency, nothing is set in the broadcasting world until signatures are affixed to contracts. And unlike the NFL, those at Amazon, FOX and the other NFL broadcast rights-holders are free to offer their talent as much money as the market or their budgets allow.

Who Will Be Calling NFL Games For Amazon In 2022?

Here are our projected NFL odds on who will call the first game of the 2022 season for Amazon, which will be broadcasting NFL games exclusively on Thursday night. These odds are compiled using a Bookies.com analysis of the potential candidates and news reports.

2022 Amazon NFL Play-By-Play Announcer Odds

Announcer Last Network/Job Odds
Al Michaels NBC -500
Ian Eagle CBS +300
Joe Buck FOX +600
Hannah Storm ESPN +1200
Kay Adams NFL Network +1800

Odds above are projected and not currently available at legal sportsbooks or betting sites. This page will be updated should odds become available.


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2022 Amazon NFL In-Game Analyst Odds

Analyst Last Network/Job Odds
Kirk Herbstreit ESPN -300
Sean Payton Saints HC +300
Drew Brees NBC +800
Tom Brady Buccaneers QB +2000
Rob Gronkowski Buccaneers TE +3000

Odds above are projected and not currently available at legal sportsbooks or betting apps. This page will be updated should odds become available.


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Musical Chairs In The Broadcast Booth

There is a monstrous amount of money being offered up for marquee names this offseason. Former Cowboys QB Troy Aikman bolted from FOX to ESPN for a reported sum of $90 million over 5 years. Tony Romo reportedly makes $18 million per year under his 10-year deal with CBS. LA Rams coach Sean McVay was coveted by Amazon and FOX for their chief analyst jobs, but he has made it clear he will be coaching the Rams in 2022.

Michaels is holding off on signing his Amazon deal until he knows who will be joining him in the booth, says Peter King of NBC Sports. Michaels’ top two choices were Aikman and McVay. Both are off the board.

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Former Saints coach Sean Payton is being wooed by Amazon and FOX for their top analyst gigs. Payton stepped aside after 16 seasons coaching New Orleans this offseason. Given the current dynamic, he could name his price for either network. But the 58-year-old Payton left the door open for a return to the sidelines. Thus, any network might be hesitant about a long-term deal.

Michaels isn’t a lock for the Amazon job, however. He is 77 and no longer needs the money nor the fame. His career is unmatched, going back to the historic “Miracle On Ice” call in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Michaels has been a favorite of NFL betting fans for decades during his NFL telecasts, making veiled and not-so-veiled references to betting outcomes years before gambling was in vogue with the NFL Powers-That-Be. Michaels could also be in the mix for possible return to ESPN/Disney.

Analyst and former NFL wide receiver Cris Collinsworth agreed to re-up with NBC to join Mike Tirico in the booth for Sunday Night Football. Collinsworth is reportedly being paid $12.5 million a year to stick with SNF.

About the Author

Bill Speros for Bookies.com
Bill Speros
Bill Speros is an award-winning journalist and editor whose career includes stops at USA Today Sports Network / Golfweek, Cox Media, ESPN, Orlando Sentinel and Denver Post.
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