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Tirico, Kornheiser to join ESPN's Monday Night Football: Michaels to NBC?

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 8th 2006 5:42PM
Madden and Michaels to be reunited on
NBC?In a development that surprised no one, ESPN has announced that Mike Tirico and Tony Kornheiser will join Joe Theismann in the booth for their version of Monday Night Football, set to debut this fall. Because Kornheiser also co-hosts the popular ESPN show Pardon The Interruption, this means that Tony and his PTI compadre Michael Wilbon will take the show on the road every Monday during the football season, airing the show from the location of that night's game.

So, what happened with Al Michaels? Wasn't he supposed to be doing MNF next year? Well, considering the fact that a) he has also been removed as ABC's number-one NBA announcer (to be replaced by Mike Breen), and b) there have been rumors floating around that he wanted to break his newly-signed ESPN contract and join John Madden on NBC's new Sunday Night broadcast, chances are good that Super Bowl XL was the last game Michaels called in his thirty-year ABC career. No official announcement has come out yet, but expect to see Michaels on the Peacock Network next fall.

More information can be found in this Reuters article, with actual quotes on Michaels from ESPN executives included.

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DON

Who the hell is this Tony Korn-hole,(or whatever his name is) he is worst than dennis miller. this guy has no clue about footall at all. And his comments before tonights kick off really should get him in trouble. ex.... sayning that strayhan has a gap in his teeth to let all the hot air out is nothing but BS..... Kicj this guy off monday night football....and NOW nothing funny about this guy at all...he looks like a ****** pervert or child molestor

October 15 2007 at 9:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tripp

I look forward to MNF every year but after watching the last 2 games I am starting to wonder about your choice of commentators. Their of many fans who watch the game and listen to the commentators call the plays and add interesting facts but when a commentator starts saying over and over just 5 minutes into the 3rd quarter that the game is over is insulting to the team playing and all the their fans. And now tonight to start hyping a quarterback controvesy in Denver is a bit irresponsible. That stuff belongs on Sportscenter not MNF. Comment the game don't speculate the careers of the players or downgrade a team ability just to get some air time. I think you have one too many in the box calling the game.

October 09 2006 at 10:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent

Madden was going to do NBC almost since NBC got Sunday Night because that is the biggest audience (it isn't cable no more). Al Michaels on the otherhand surprised me because he was going to stay with ABC, which he has done for 30 years or so.

The bad thing about the MNF host is Mike Tirico. He is so boring or normal. But Kornheiser should be fun.

February 08 2006 at 9:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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