Kirk Herbstreit rumors: Amazon targets ESPN college football analyst for 'Thursday Night Football' after striking out on Sean McVay, others – Sporting News

Amazon has attempted to land several high-profile names to provide analysis on its “Thursday Night Football” broadcast in 2022. It’s now looking at one of the biggest names in college football TV.
According to The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand, Amazon is looking at ESPN’s college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit as a candidate to be the analyst on the company’s “Thursday Night Football” broadcast.
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Marchand reports that Herbstreit could theoretically be the NFL analyst on another network while continuing to be one of ESPN’s college football analysts. Per Marchand’s reporting, Herbstreit is currently making more than $6 million per year with ESPN.
However, Marchand reported that “it could be disputed” that ESPN might be able to intervene in Herbstreit taking a job with Amazon, especially as the two companies are engaged in a rivalry over network talent.
Calling the NFL is reportedly something Herbstreit has reportedly had interest in, according to Marchand, and he might still have the chance to do it with ESPN. Marchand reported that ESPN would still want to have Herbstreit as a possible option for NFL games, especially as it looks at having three “Monday Night Football” games on ABC starting in 2023 along with its full schedule on ESPN.
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The news of Amazon’s interest in Herbstreit comes amidst a wave of shuffling in the football broadcasting world. Troy Aikman could be headed to ESPN after years with Fox, Sean Payton might be moving to the booth at Fox to replace the former Cowboys’ QB and longtime NBC broadcaster Al Michaels could be on the move as well.
A move of Herbstreit to Amazon could help entice Michaels to join the broadcast, per Marchand, as he has made it clear he wants an experienced partner in the booth. A previous report from Marchand said Michaels had a desire to work alongside Aikman on a broadcast.
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Herbstreit has been with ESPN since 1996 as a college football analyst. In recent years, he has stepped up in NFL coverage, having called a few of ESPN’s games and having become one of the draft analysts for the network since 2018 when Jon Gruden left to coach the Raiders.

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