NBC is removing Al Michaels from coverage of the NFL playoffs, according to a report

The Michaels will not be calling the NFL playoffs for NBC in the postseason. (Photo by Mark Alberti/Ikon Sportswire via Getty Images)

NBC is reportedly parting ways with legendary broadcaster Al Michaels ahead of the NFL playoffs.

The 79-year-old did not know that his role was in danger last month. Andrew Marchand The New York Post reported on Tuesday.

Michaels reportedly said he thinks he will still call the post-season contest on NBC, but he doesn’t know who else he will call.

“It’s part of my deal,” Marchand said when Marchand mentioned the uncertainty to NBC in November. “Where are you hearing that from? That’s part of my deal. Are you hearing something I’m not hearing?”

Michaels has been heralded as one of the greatest play-by-play announcers in the history of American sports. After working at ABC from 1976 to 2006, he joined NBC as a voter for “Sunday Night Football.”

He lost his Sunday role to Mike Tirico in 2022. NBC gave Michaels an honorary title after replacing him, allowing him to contribute to the network’s playoff coverage. The title change came as a result of his conflict with senior NBC executives, according to Marchand.

Michaels and analyst Tony Dungy were on the call for the Jacksonville Jaguars’ exhilarating win over the Los Angeles Chargers last January. Michaels dismissed criticism that he and Dungy were “low energy” during the match and called them “internet fertilizer.”

When the playoffs begin on Jan. 13, NBC will put up two teams to broadcast for its four games. Tirico and Cris Collinsworth will work three games. College football broadcasters Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge will call the latter. Eagle, 27, will also appear on Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants” show for the Super Bowl.

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Michaels took on a role with Amazon Prime Video during his tenure with NBC last season. He can be heard calling out “Thursday Night Football” for the streaming platform.

Missing the playoffs would mark the end of a long career, as no one has called Super Bowls on television more than him. Michaels and Pat Summerall are tied for 11 assignments in the biggest game in the NFL.

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