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Michaels Departs ESPN/ABC Sports Bench

Feb 8, 2006  •  Post A Comment

After broadcasting last Sunday’s Super Bowl, Al Michaels is out at ESPN/ABC Sports and was replaced Wednesday as an announcer for both “Monday Night Football” and NBA broadcasts. Mr. Michaels reportedly has been reconsidering joining “MNF” partner John Madden, who is moving to NBC as analyst for its new “Sunday Night Football” franchise.

ESPN also said Wednesday that Mike Tirico, Joe Theismann and Tony Kornheiser will make up its “MNF” crew. Mike Breen will be ESPN’s lead NBA play-by-play commentator. Mr. Breen will team with analyst Hubie Brown for ABC Sports pro basketball broadcasts beginning Feb. 12 including the NBA Finals.

NBC declined to comment.