There’s also free agency when it comes to NFL broadcasters.
They can join another network once their previous deal expires.
These sports personalities are a hot commodity, given their ability to add emotion to the game.
Channeling the right delivery and tenor in every moment helps them connect with football audiences.
They also have their fanbases once they continue to call the games in a distinct and entertaining manner.
That said, there will be a shuffling of broadcasting duos in the major networks and platforms once the 2022 season starts.
The future of NFL games is now set to look like this:
CBS: Jim Nantz and Tony Romo
FOX: Kevin Burkhardt and Tom Brady (once done playing)
NBC: Mike Tirico and Cris Collinsworth
ESPN: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
Amazon: Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) May 10, 2022
Pro Football Focus writer Ari Meirov pointed out how booths will look.
Of the five platforms mentioned, only CBS Sports did not experience a change.
Jim Nantz will still be the play-by-play guy while Tony Romo analyzes every snap and guesses the plays that are about to unfold.
Meanwhile, their rivals brought in new people to cover their games.
FOX Sports will have Kevin Burkhardt, who has also done Major League Baseball games, and quarterback Tom Brady as lead analyst once he retires.
Brady’s presence will increase the number of viewers tuning in, given his charisma and football smarts.
Major Announcer Changes
Amazon will broadcast Thursday Night Football and they will have the legendary Al Michaels leading the coverage.
His partner will be Kirk Herbstreit who has been calling college football games.
As Michaels takes the job at Amazon, Mike Tirico replaces him at NBC Sports’ Sunday Night Football.
Tirico has done some games during Michael’s designated time off and he is a solid storyteller.
Meanwhile, analyst Cris Collinsworth joins him in the broadcast since he is still under contract with NBC.
Finally, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will jump from FOX to ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
They get to continue their partnership which started in 2002, making them the second-longest broadcast tandem to call NFL games.