Kirk Herbstreit reportedly top target for NFL broadcasting gig
Kirk Herbstreit could be calling both NFL and college football games throughout the 2022 season, according to a new report. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that Herbstreit is Amazon’s top target for its Thursday Night Football analyst position.
Herbstreit would be taking the Thursday Night Football gig, likely alongside Al Michaels, in addition to his ESPN responsibilities. It could come down to an interpretation of Herbstreit’s ESPN contract, Marchand explains:
While Herbstreit is under contract with ESPN for around $6-plus million per year, sources have told The Post that with the way his deal is written, he would be allowed to do the NFL with another entity, while continuing on college for ESPN.
When dealing with someone of Herbstreit’s stature and with the budding rivalry between ESPN and Amazon, the language of the contract could potentially be looked at differently by lawyers. It could be disputed if ESPN has to allow Herbstreit to work for Amazon.
Herbstreit is Amazon’s No. 4 choice after failing to land Troy Aikman, Sean McVay and John Lynch, per The Post. Michaels is expected to sign on with Amazon as long as his lead analyst is not inexperienced. Marchand writes that Herbstreit presumably meets that requirement, though his experience is primarily in covering college football. Herbstreit has called a handful of NFL games for ESPN alongside his Saturday primetime broadcasting partner Chris Fowler.