Amazon seeks Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit for 'Thursday Night Football' booth, per report – USA TODAY

Amazon could pair a former Cincinnati Reds play-by-play announcer with a self-proclaimed die-hard Reds fan if Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit are in its “Thursday Night Football” broadcast booth.
NYPost.com’s Andrew Marchand reported Sunday that Amazon is interested in Herbstreit, who is known to tweet about the Reds, as its TNF color analyst in addition to Michaels doing play-by-play.
Marchand added that Herbstreit is under contract with ESPN for more than $6 million per year, but Herbstreit’s deal is written so that he would be allowed to do NFL games elsewhere while continuing as a college football analyst for ESPN.
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Marchand reported last week that Amazon was willing to offer Los Angeles Rams head coach and former Miami University receiver Sean McVay $100 million over five years to join its broadcast booth. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that McVay said he’s turning down TV opportunities to continue to coach the Rams.
Michaels and former Bengals receiver Cris Collinsworth were in NBC’s broadcast booth for Super Bowl 56 between the Bengals and Rams.
Herbstreit moved back to Ohio to watch his son, Chase, play football at St. Xavier High School. Less than two hours before the Bengals selected LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Herbstreit said on “College GameDay” that Burrow would play with less talent in Cincinnati than he did at LSU.

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