Digital media has made it possible for the NFL to be seen on streaming services.
That said, fans can enjoy the action even if they’re not in front of the television.
With more viewers accessing the games online, the said platforms should also level up their game by hiring top talent.
On that note, Pro Football Focus writer Ari Meirov shared an update regarding Amazon’s coverage booth for Thursday Night Football.
Amazon is expected to finalize a deal with ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit to be the main analyst for Thursday Night Football, per @peter_king. Amazon had interest in Troy Aikman but he went to MNF. They land on Herbstreit, who will likely continue his ESPN/ABC duties as well.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) March 7, 2022
Meirov said, “Amazon is expected to finalize a deal with ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit to be the main analyst for Thursday Night Football, per NBC Sports’ Peter King. Amazon had interest in Troy Aikman but he went to MNF. They land on Herbstreit, who will likely continue his ESPN/ABC duties as well.”
Amazon’s Thursday Night Football coverage will begin in the 2022 NFL season and they will pay the league around $1 billion yearly to stream games outside of the local networks.
The deal will last until the 2032 season and gives Amazon 15 Thursday games and a preseason game annually.
Great Call On Herbstreit
Aikman would have been part of Amazon if not for his transfer from FOX to ESPN which will earn him around $17.5 million per year, close to what Tony Romo is earning with CBS Sports.
However, Herbstreit is a fantastic choice as well because he has been covering ESPN College Gameday for the longest time.
He also contributes to ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, and 97.1 The Fan.
The 52-year-old sports personality has also covered a few NFL games for ESPN in the recent past.
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