Al Michaels was removed from the NBC playoff covrege due to his comments referring to Taylor Swift, where he said “You can't make the sideshow the show" KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt

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Saturday, December 16, 2023

Al Michaels was removed from the NBC playoff covrege due to his comments referring to Taylor Swift, where he said “You can't make the sideshow the show"

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Al Michaels was removed from the NBC playoff covrege due to his comments referring to Taylor Swift, where he said “You can't make the sideshow the show.

Football fans and sports media were surprised earlier this week when the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reported that NBC would be dropping the legendary broadcaster from its upcoming NFL playoff slate, a job that even Michaels thought he still had.

Despite leaving NBC in 2021 to be the lead play-by-play for Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video, Michaels was still contractually signed to call the playoffs and did so last year. Although he had another rough year of atrociously uncompetitive TNF games (just look at last night’s debacle), Al thought that he would at least get some relief come playoff time with some solid games.

According to inside sources, Michaels’ removal from NBC’s playoff coverage could be linked to his perspective on featuring Taylor Swift. He has emphasized the importance of moderation, asserting that the primary focus should be on the football game, not diverting attention to extraneous elements. Michaels, a fixture in prime-time NFL coverage since 1986, first on “Monday Night Football” and later on “Sunday Night Football” from 2006 alongside John Madden until the 2021 season, currently calls Thursday night games streamed on Amazon Prime Video alongside analyst Kirk Herbstreit.

NBC Sports Vice President Greg Hughes reportedly confirmed these assignments to the New York Post. Michaels, 79, who earns a reported $1 million per game in an agreement with Amazon, allowing him to take on NBC assignments under his “emeritus” label, has been associated with speculation regarding his stance on Taylor Swift’s coverage during broadcasts

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