As you probably would have guessed, NBC will not be trading legendary play-by-play broadcaster Al Michaels to ESPN. After his initial report of the dream deal, the New York Post‘s Andrew Marchand has followed up with news that such a trade won’t be happening.
The hope for ESPN was that getting Michaels would entice Peyton Manning to join the Monday Night Football booth, giving the rookie analyst a strong play-by-play partner and creating a broadcasting pair that could conceivably draw viewers regardless of what matchup was being presented.
For some, it may have been fun during the past week to speculate upon what that kind of deal would entail. After all, Michaels was traded to NBC from ESPN in exchange for obscure (“historic”?) cartoon character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit back in 2006. Maybe this time around, Michaels could’ve been dealt for the X-Men, now part of the Disney empire after the Fox merger.
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