Al Michaels departed from NBC and Cris Collinsworth paid tribute to him in the form of a video that he posted on Twitter.
Since 2006, Michaels has been the play-by-play announcer for “Sunday Night Football” on NBC. Mike Tirico will be joining him there this season, in addition to his longtime broadcasting partner, Cris Collinsworth, who will be staying put.
Michaels has been awarded the position of emeritus and will continue to broadcast and contribute across the several high-profile properties owned by NBC Sports. It is anticipated that Michaels would, among other things, assist with the coverage of the Olympics in 2024 as well as work for NBC during the NFL playoffs.
This offseason saw a number of significant shifts in the landscape of NFL broadcasting, including Michaels’ transfer to Amazon, which was one of several major shakeups.
What Happened To Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth?
Even after Al Michaels leaves his position from Sunday Night Football, it is anticipated that he would still call at least one postseason NFL game for NBC during the ensuing season.
Reports have indicated that Al Michaels left NBC to become the lead play-by-play man for Amazon’s Thursday Night Football coverage in 2022.
If these reports are accurate, then the dynamic Sunday Night Football broadcasting duo of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will no longer exist beginning with the next NFL season.
However, before the longtime lovers could move on from one another, Collinsworth was required to bid farewell one final time.
The NBC color commentator and former NFL receiver shared an emotional video from his farewell broadcast with Michaels from the previous year on his Twitter account.
In the video, Collinsworth can be seen “sliding in” to the broadcast for the final time, with Michaels standing by his side.
Where Are They Now?
According to a report by Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Michaels is reportedly in agreement with Amazon on a three-year deal that will pay him “Joe Buck money.”
However, the actual specifics of his contract remain undisclosed at this time. Buck, who just recently departed Fox along with his broadcasting partner Troy Aikman in order to take over ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast, is said to have agreed to a five-year agreement worth $75 million.
Michaels is scheduled to call all 16 games that take place on Thursday nights for Amazon this season. Kirk Herbstreit, a college football analyst for ESPN, was just recently added to the roster of broadcasters for Amazon, and he is in a position to work with Herbstreit.
How Much Do Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth Earn?
Al Michaels is a well-known television broadcaster in the United States, and he has an estimated net worth of $40 million as reported by celebrity net worth. He is widely considered to be one of the most prominent sports announcers in the history of the industry.
In March of 2022, a contract worth $33 million over three years was agreed upon between Amazon and Al to relocate the broadcast of Thursday Night Football to Amazon.
Cris Collinsworth is an American football broadcaster, entrepreneur, and former player who has a net worth of $25 million. Collinsworth is also a former professional football player.
The news that Cris had signed a new contract with NBC in December 2021, which increased his annual income to $12.5 million, was released to the public in December of that year.