Report: ESPN wants to pair Al Michaels with Peyton Manning

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The four-letter network is reportedly planning to swing for a 400-foot fence.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that ESPN would like to pair NBC’s Al Michaels with Peyton Manning in the Monday Night Football booth. NBC spokesman Greg Hughes, however, told Marchand that Michaels “is under contract for the foreseeable future.”

Marchand also reports that Michaels was the first choice to pair with Tony Romo, who recently decided to remain at CBS.

Michaels’ contract, per Marchand, runs through the end of the 2021 season, which will be capped by a Super Bowl in L.A. The Monday Night Football contract also runs through 2021.

Things could get interesting in 2021, if (as some believe) Monday Night Football moves back to ABC. But two years is a long time from now in this business. For now, as ESPN tries to find a Plan B for Romo, a 2020 pairing of Peyton and Al Michaels currently looks like a miracle in which no one should believe.

20 responses to “Report: ESPN wants to pair Al Michaels with Peyton Manning

  1. Al Michaels is nowhere near as-enthused as he once was.
    I can’t blame him, though.
    When you’ve seen more than most you’ll be less-surprised/impressed/etc.

    That said, Al Michaels would be a monster upgrade for ESPN.

    More importantly, does this by extension mean Collinsworth’s rubbish might be cut from SNF?
    (please, please, please, please, please)

  2. Besides name recognition, is there some reason people think Manning would be good at this? I don’t dislike him, but he’s always seemed kind of stiff when not scripted.
    Michaels is the best in the business. I do think he likes doing the Olympics, which is in NBC’s favor.

  3. Aren’t ABC and ESPN both owned by Disney? I’m sure they could figure something out.

  4. There’s no evidence Manning wants a booth job and Michaels is under contract for the next two seasons. But yeah, other than that, this is a brilliant idea, MNF. smh

  5. Time to put Kevin Harlan in the big chair. He does an outstanding job on both TV and radio. Would be a huge upgrade over Nantz and Buck and he’s like 30 years younger than Al so he’s got longevity yet, sorry Al.

  6. Chris Collinsworth is the smartest of the bunch. He knows the game and can articulate if very well…

  7. Al Michaels is ok, I don’t get what all the fuss is with him. Collinsworth is the real star of that booth and he is universally loved and hated by fans.

  8. Jim Mora Jr should get some consideration. He has a wit about him that’s catchy!! I like him.

  9. Al Michaels is approaching John Madden levels of slippage. He’s been doing it 40+ years. Kevin Harlan would be awesome. Heck, Ian Eagle would be an improvement.

  10. Chris Collinsworth is the smartest of the bunch. He knows the game and can articulate if very well…

    I generally like Collinsworth’s analysis, but he gets too gushy about certain players and sometimes talks over plays. I don’t know if I’d like him in a booth with a lesser play-by-play guy.

  11. waynefontesismyfather says:
    “Time to put Kevin Harlan in the big chair.”

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    Kevin Harlan is one of the best play by play guys, probably the best along with Al Michaels.

  12. cjmcfootball says:
    March 5, 2020 at 4:32 pm
    Besides name recognition, is there some reason people think Manning would be good at this? I don’t dislike him, but he’s always seemed kind of stiff when not scripted.
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    Agree 100% and to add I liked Peyton until he sold his soul to insurance companies, ONLY the lowest of low people(especially ones that are already rich) would sell out to an insurance company! Insurance companies are the reasons so many people die today because health care prices are so high and people can’t afford it, PERIOD!

    GOOD LUCK Peyton I’ll never watch anything you’re on!

  13. Steve Cunningham…. you are certainly right about the insurance companies! They run this country.

  14. I just think Peyton is too big to take a TV gig. He could probably be elected president of the United States, if he ran. Monday Night Football is like an institution, so you really don’t need a superstar in the booth. If you want the best announcers, hire Chris Spielman and Bob Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald does Warriors basketball games, and some football, but I’ve been watching and listening to football for 50 years and he’s the best play by play guy I’ve ever heard. I learn a ton about the game from listening to Spielman, and it isn’t overwhelming. But if fans are more attracted to a name than they are a quality announcer, then disregard my comments.

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