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Alan Richard Michaels (born November 12, 1944) is an American television sportscaster. Now employed by NBC Sports
NBC Sports
after nearly three decades (1977–2006) with ABC Sports, Michaels is known for his many years calling play-by-play of National Football League
National Football League
games, including nearly two decades with ABC's Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
and over a decade with NBC Sunday Night Football. He is also known for famous calls in other sports, including the Miracle on Ice
Miracle on Ice
at the 1980 Winter Olympics
1980 Winter Olympics
and the earthquake-interrupted Game 3 of the 1989 World Series. Michaels' move from ABC Sports
ABC Sports
to NBC Sports
NBC Sports
in 2006 was notable as it was part of an agreement between the two networks' parent companies, The Walt Disney Company and NBCUniversal, respectively, that allowed Disney to take ownership of the intellectual property of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit from NBCUniversal.

Contents

1 Early life and education

1.1 Early career

2 ABC Sports
ABC Sports
(1977–2006)

2.1 The Miracle on Ice 2.2 Memorable baseball moments

2.2.1 1972 National League Championship Series 2.2.2 1985 World Series 2.2.3 1986 American League Championship Series 2.2.4 1989 World Series

2.3 Monday Night Football 2.4 NBA on ABC 2.5 Leaving ABC for NBC

3 NBC Sports
NBC Sports
(2006–present)

3.1 "Traded" to NBC
NBC
for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit 3.2 NBC
NBC
Olympic Daytime host 3.3 Premier Boxing
Boxing
Champions

4 MLB Network
MLB Network
(2011) 5 Awards and honors 6 Personal life 7 In popular culture 8 Notable broadcasts

8.1 Career timeline 8.2 Broadcast partners

9 See also 10 References and notes

Early life and education[edit] Michaels was born to a Jewish[1] family in Brooklyn, New York, to Jay Leonard Michaels and Lila Roginsky/Ross. He grew up as a Brooklyn Dodgers fan. In 1958, Michaels's family moved to Los Angeles, the same year the Dodgers left Brooklyn.[2][3] Michaels attended Alexander Hamilton High School in L.A. and was a baseball player. He graduated in 1962 and later attended Arizona State University, where he majored in radio and television and minored in journalism. He worked as a sports writer for ASU's independent student newspaper, The State Press. He also is a member of Sigma Nu
Sigma Nu
Fraternity. Early career[edit] Michaels's first job in television was with Chuck Barris Productions, choosing women to appear on The Dating Game. His first sportscasting job came in 1964, when he was hired to do public relations for the Los Angeles Lakers. Later, he was hired by the team to serve eight games as a color commentator but fired after the first four, after Lakers play-by-play announcer Chick Hearn
Chick Hearn
disapproved of him.[4] Michaels, who had worked on the team's media guide, was also considered to be the first color commentator of the Los Angeles Kings, where he would have been with Jiggs McDonald. That assignment went to Ed Fitkin instead.[5] Michaels resumed his broadcasting career in 1968, calling the games of the Hawaii Islanders
Hawaii Islanders
baseball team in the Pacific Coast League. He also called play-by-play for the University of Hawaii's football and basketball teams as well as high school football games, and was named Hawaii's " Sportscaster
Sportscaster
of the Year" in 1969. In 1970, Michaels appeared as attorney Dave Bronstein in an episode of Hawaii Five-O called "Run, Johnny, Run" (Air date: January 14, 1970); the episode also featured a young Christopher Walken. In 1971, Michaels moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he became the lead announcer for the Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Reds of Major League Baseball. In 1972, the Reds won the National League Championship Series and advanced to the World Series. Michaels helped cover the Fall Classic for NBC Sports, and also was the network's play-by-play man for the hockey coverage at the 1972 Winter Olympics
1972 Winter Olympics
in Sapporo, Japan. In 1973, two days before he was assigned to call the regular-season NFL finale between the Houston Oilers and Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals, Bill Enis died from a heart attack at the age of 39. NBC
NBC
proceeded to bring Michaels in to replace Enis in the booth with Dave Kocourek. In 1974, Michaels left the Reds for a similar position with the San Francisco Giants, and also covered basketball for UCLA, replacing Dick Enberg on the Bruins' tape-delayed telecasts of their home games, during a period when UCLA was in the midst of an 88-game winning streak. He left NBC
NBC
that year and announced regional NFL games for CBS Sports in 1975. He called the no-hitter by John Candelaria on August 9, 1976. He signed with ABC Sports
ABC Sports
in January 1977. ABC Sports
ABC Sports
(1977–2006)[edit] Michaels initially joined ABC as the back-up announcer on Monday Night Baseball
Baseball
in 1976. The following year, he was promoted to the network on a full-time basis.[4] He became the lead announcer replacing Keith Jackson in 1983. Over the next three decades, Michaels covered a wide variety of sports for ABC, including Major League Baseball, college football, college basketball, ice hockey, track and field events, horse racing, golf, boxing (such as the 1985 Marvin Hagler/Thomas Hearns fight), figure skating, road cycling, and many events of the Olympic Games as well as the Olympic trials.[6] Episodes of Wide World of Sports featuring Michaels early in his ABC career have been featured at least two occasions on the ESPN
ESPN
Classic comedy series Cheap Seats. At one point on Cheap Seats, Michaels's then dark, curly hairstyle drew sarcastic comparisons to Quiet Riot lead singer Kevin DuBrow. While at ABC, he aired many prominent events[7] including serving as the studio host for the Stanley Cup Finals
Stanley Cup Finals
from 2000–2002. Also, he served as host for the yearly Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Monday night specials that aired in July or August. The Miracle on Ice[edit] Main article: Miracle on Ice Two of Michaels's more famous broadcasts were of the 1980 Winter Olympics ice hockey medal round match between the United States and the Soviet Union, and the attempted third game of the 1989 World Series. In 1980, an unheralded group of college ice hockey players from the United States won the Gold Medal at the Olympic Winter Games. The medal round match on February 22—which, contrary to popular belief, did not yet assure the team of the gold medal—was of particular interest, as it was played against a heavily favored professional squad from the Soviet Union, and was in front of an incredibly excited pro-American crowd in Lake Placid, New York. Michaels's memorable broadcast of this game, including his interjection—"Do you believe in miracles? YES!"—as time expired on the 4–3 U.S. victory, earned the game the media nickname of The Miracle on Ice. Most assume that the game was broadcast live (indeed, CTV, which held Canadian rights to the game, aired it live); but in reality, the game started at 5:05 pm Eastern Standard Time and ABC decided against pre-empting local and network news (on the East Coast) to carry the game live. Instead, most of it—including the entire third period—was broadcast within the regularly scheduled, prime-time telecast from 8:30 to 11 pm Eastern time (and on a six-and-a-half-hour delay on the West Coast from 8:30 to 11 pm Pacific Standard Time). Despite being on tape, the game was one of the highest-rated programs of the 1979–80 television season and remains the most-watched ice hockey game in the history of American television.[8] Michaels, along with broadcasting partner Ken Dryden, recreated their Olympic commentary in the 2004 movie Miracle. Although Michaels and Dryden recreated the bulk of their commentary for the film, the closing seconds of the game against the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
used the original ABC Sports
ABC Sports
commentary from 1980. Gavin O'Connor, the director of Miracle, decided to use the last 10 seconds of Michaels's original "Do you believe in miracles? YES!" call in the film because he felt he couldn't ask him to recreate the emotion he experienced at that moment. Thus they cleaned up the recording to make the transition to the authentic call as seamless as possible. He later recalled, "When I look back, obviously Lake Placid would be the highlight of my career. I can't think of anything that would ever top it. I can't dream up a scenario." Ironically, Michaels was only on this particular assignment because he had done one hockey game, eight years prior. The game in question was the gold medal game (the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
vs. Czechoslovakia) of the 1972 Winter Olympics
Winter Olympics
(on NBC) in Sapporo, Japan. Other announcers on the ABC Sports
ABC Sports
roster such as Keith Jackson, Frank Gifford, and Howard Cosell had never done a hockey game before. Michaels recalled this during a Real Sports interview in January 2009. Michaels also apparently beat out WABC-AM
WABC-AM
and New York Islanders
New York Islanders
commentator George Michael for the assignment.[9][10] Michaels[11] along with John Davidson would later call Games 1 and 4 of the Calgary–Los Angeles Stanley Cup playoff series in 1993 for ABC. Memorable baseball moments[edit] 1972 National League Championship Series[edit] Main article: 1972 National League Championship Series Even though the events of October 17, 1989, in San Francisco are widely considered to be the most dramatic baseball-related moment of Michaels's career, he had several others that were memorable. In the 1972 National League Championship Series, the defending World Series Champion Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates
faced the Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Reds. In Game 5, with both teams tied at two games apiece, the Pirates led 3–2 in the bottom of the ninth inning and were three outs away from advancing to the World Series. But Pirates closer Dave Giusti
Dave Giusti
unraveled. He surrendered a game-tying home run to Johnny Bench
Johnny Bench
before allowing back-to-back singles to Tony Pérez
Tony Pérez
and Denis Menke before being relieved by Bob Moose, who almost worked out of the jam by recording two outs. But with pinch-hitter Hal McRae at the plate, Moose lost his footing and uncorked a wild pitch sending George Foster, who was pinch running for Pérez, home with the pennant-clinching run and setting off a massive celebration at Riverfront Stadium. 1985 World Series[edit] Main article: 1985 World Series Perhaps Michaels's first historic call with ABC Sports
ABC Sports
while covering Major League Baseball
Baseball
occurred in what is now known by many as the Don Denkinger game. The Kansas City Royals trailed the St. Louis Cardinals 3–1 in a series that was panned for being low-scoring and dull. After a Royals win in St. Louis forced the action back to Kansas City, the sixth game was also low scoring. However, this contest grew into a tense pitcher's duel. In the bottom of the 9th, pinch hitter Jorge Orta led off for the Royals against Cardinals pitcher Todd Worrell
Todd Worrell
with Kansas City trailing 1–0 and hit a ground ball to first baseman Jack Clark. Clark threw over to pitcher Worrell, who was running over to cover first base in time to beat the speedy Orta and did. Yet first base umpire Don Denkinger still called Orta safe at first. Steve Balboni then hit a pop-up to first which Jack Clark missed for an error, keeping Balboni's at-bat alive, and he promptly singled to put men on first and second. The infamous and controversial leadoff single by Orta and the Jack Clark error eventually led to the Royals loading the bases and putting the tying run on third base and the winning run on second with one out for Dane Iorg. Iorg hit a 2-run single and the Royals came back to win 2–1. The Royals went on to win Game 7 11–0 and complete the comeback after being down 3 games to 1. However, it was Denkinger's dubious 'safe' call, and not Iorg's hit, Clark's error, Jim Sundberg's heroics (for his difficult slide past catcher Darrell Porter for the winning run) or the Game 7 blowout that were most remembered in years to come. 1986 American League Championship Series[edit] In 1986, Michaels was also on hand for what he says was "the greatest of all the thousands of games I've done." On October 12 at Anaheim Stadium, Michaels along with Jim Palmer
Jim Palmer
called Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. The California Angels held a 3 games to 1 lead of a best-of-seven against the Boston Red Sox. In the game, the Angels held a 5–2 lead going into the ninth inning. Boston scored two runs on a home run by Don Baylor, closing the gap to 5–4. When Donnie Moore
Donnie Moore
came in to shut down the rally, there were two outs, and a runner on first base, Rich Gedman, who had been hit by a pitch. The Angels were one out from their first-ever trip to the World Series. But Dave Henderson
Dave Henderson
hit a 2–2 pitch off Moore for a home run, giving the Red Sox a 6–5 lead. The Angels were able to score a run in the bottom of the ninth, pushing the game into extra innings. Moore continued to pitch for the Angels. He was able to stifle a 10th inning Red Sox rally by getting Jim Rice
Jim Rice
to ground into a double play. Nevertheless, the Red Sox were able to score off Moore in the 11th-inning via a sacrifice fly by Henderson. The Angels could not score in the bottom of the 11th, and lost the game 7–6. The defeat still left the Angels in a 3 games to 2 advantage, with two more games to play at Fenway Park. The Angels were not able to recover, losing both games by wide margins, 10–4 and 8–1. Game 7 of the 1986 ALCS ended with Calvin Schiraldi striking out Jerry Narron. Despite the fact that ABC Sports
ABC Sports
and ESPN
ESPN
had been under the same corporate umbrella (the Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Company) since 1996, Michaels never served as a regular commentator for ESPN
ESPN
Major League Baseball. The only time that Michaels appeared in an ESPN
ESPN
booth of any kind was as a guest commentator on Wednesday Night Baseball
Baseball
in 2003 as part of ESPN's Living Legends Series. Michaels joined Gary Thorne
Gary Thorne
and Joe Morgan, whom he worked with on ABC's 1989 World Series
1989 World Series
coverage and served as ABC's #2 baseball team behind Michaels, Jim Palmer
Jim Palmer
and Tim McCarver in 1989, for a game at Dodger Stadium
Dodger Stadium
between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Reds. 1989 World Series[edit] Main article: 1989 World Series On October 17, 1989, Michaels was in San Francisco, preparing to cover the third game of the 1989 World Series[12] between the home team, the Giants, and the visiting Oakland
Oakland
Athletics. ABC's network telecast began with a recap of the first two games (to the soundtrack of James Taylor's "Hello Old Friend"), both won by Oakland. Soon after Michaels handed off to his broadcast partner, Tim McCarver, who started assessing the Giants' chances for victory in the game, the Loma Prieta earthquake struck (at approximately 5:04 pm local time). Michaels exclaimed "I'll tell you what, we're having an earth—" as the network feed cut out.[13][14] When ABC restored audio via telephone 15 seconds later,[citation needed] Michaels quipped, "Well folks, that's the greatest open in the history of television, bar none!"[15] Michaels then reported from the ABC Sports
ABC Sports
production truck outside Candlestick Park
Candlestick Park
on the earthquake, for which he later was nominated for an Emmy Award for news broadcasting. Michaels relayed his reports to Ted Koppel, who was stationed at the ABC News
ABC News
bureau in Washington, D.C. According to Tim McCarver, when the earthquake hit, he, Michaels and Jim Palmer
Jim Palmer
immediately grabbed a hold of what they perceived to be the armrests. In reality, the announcers were clutching on each other's thighs and they were each left with bruises the next day. Years later (on a 1999 SportsCenter
SportsCenter
retrospective about the 1989 World Series earthquake), Al Michaels
Al Michaels
would boldly admit his strong belief that had the earthquake lasted much longer than 15 seconds, he would have been killed. Michaels added that the only time that he really had been scared during the earthquake was when he moved in a position which he perceived to be backward. The three announcers were sitting on a ledge[16] with their backs turned and no bracing behind them.

At this very moment ten days ago, we began our telecast with an aerial view of San Francisco; always a spectacular sight, and particularly so on that day because the cloudless sky of October 17 was ice blue, and the late-day sun sparkled like a thousand jewels. That picture was very much a mirror of the feel and the mood that had enveloped the Bay Area...and most of Northern California. Their baseball teams, the Giants and A's, had won pennants, and the people of this region were still basking in the afterglow of each team's success. And this great American sporting classic, the World Series, was, for the time being, exclusively theirs. Then of course the feeling of pure radiance was transformed into horror and grief and despair- in just fifteen seconds.[17] And now on October 27, like a fighter who's taken a vicious blow to the stomach and has groggily arisen, this region moves on and moves ahead. And one part of that scenario is the resumption of the World Series. No one in this ballpark tonight- no player, no vendor, no fan, no writer, no announcer, in fact, no one in this area period- can forget the images. The column of smoke in the Marina. The severed bridge. The grotesque tangle of concrete in Oakland. The pictures are embedded in our minds. And while the mourning and the suffering and the aftereffects will continue, in about thirty minutes the plate umpire, Vic Voltaggio
Vic Voltaggio
will say 'Play Ball', and the players will play, the vendors will sell, the announcers will announce, the crowd will exhort. And for many of the six million people in this region, it will be like revisiting Fantasyland. But Fantasyland is where baseball comes from anyway and maybe right about now that's the perfect place for a three-hour rest.[18] —  Al Michaels
Al Michaels
at the beginning of ABC's telecast of the resumption of Game 3 of the 1989 World Series.

Monday Night Football[edit] Main article: Monday Night Football Michaels's longest-running assignment was that of the lead play-by-play announcer on ABC's Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
telecasts, a position he held for 20 seasons beginning in 1986. Before that, his most notable NFL assignment for ABC was hosting (along with Jim Lampley) the pre-game coverage of Super Bowl XIX. In 1988, Michaels called his first Super Bowl. Three years later, Michaels was on hand to call the thrilling Super Bowl between the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. Bills kicker Scott Norwood missed a potentially game-winning field goal, and thus, ensured the Giants victory. The trio of Michaels, Dan Dierdorf (who joined MNF the year after Michaels's first), and Frank Gifford
Frank Gifford
lasted until the 1997 season, when Gifford was replaced following disclosure of an extramarital affair. During the 1980s, Gifford would fill-in for Michaels on play-by-play whenever Michaels went on baseball assignments for the League Championship Series (1986 and 1988) or World Series
World Series
(1987 and 1989). Former Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason
Boomer Esiason
(who had personal conflicts with Michaels and therefore, left after the 1999 season) replaced Gifford in 1998, and Dierdorf was dropped after that season. Unexpectedly, comedian Dennis Miller
Dennis Miller
joined the cast in 2000 along with Dan Fouts. In 2002, following Miller and Fouts' departure, John Madden joined Michaels in a well-received pairing. NBA on ABC[edit] Main article: NBA on ABC After disastrous ratings in the 2003 NBA Finals, ABC decided to revamp their lead NBA broadcast team. Brad Nessler was reassigned to the second broadcast team, where he was joined by Sean Elliott
Sean Elliott
and Dan Majerle. Michaels[19] was hired to replace Nessler as lead broadcaster of the NBA. For the first several weeks of the 2003–2004 season, Michaels had no partner. However, Doc Rivers, a critically acclaimed analyst when he worked with Turner Sports, became available after a 1–19 start by his Orlando Magic. Rivers was hired weeks before ABC's Christmas Day season opener. He and Michaels worked that game together, one of only six they did together during the regular season (all other games Rivers worked were with Brad Nessler). During the playoffs, the team worked every single telecast, including the 2004 NBA Finals, which saw great improvement in television ratings. During the 2004 NBA Playoffs, Doc Rivers
Doc Rivers
was hired by the Boston Celtics. Though Rivers continued to work games with Michaels throughout the rest of the playoffs, ABC would have to find a new lead analyst for the 2004–2005 season. Early in the 2004–2005 season, ABC found a new partner for Al Michaels. Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
coach Hubie Brown, a broadcasting legend with CBS, TBS, and TNT, was forced into retirement due to health reasons and was soon after hired to replace Doc Rivers. Michaels and Brown began their partnership on Christmas Day 2004, working the highly anticipated Shaquille O'Neal- Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
game. After that game, the two did not do a game together again until March 2005. Michaels became sporadic in NBA coverage,[20] doing two games in early March, and then three more games in April. Brown worked every week of ABC's coverage, broadcasting some games with veteran broadcaster Mike Breen. For the 2005–2006 season, Al Michaels
Al Michaels
and Hubie Brown
Hubie Brown
were slated to remain as ABC's number one broadcast team. The duo worked that year's Christmas Day game between the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
and Miami Heat
Miami Heat
and were expected to work the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
together as well. However, due to Michaels's impending departure to NBC, that plan did not come to fruition. Replacing Michaels on The NBA on ABC
NBA on ABC
was Mike Breen, who became the lead broadcaster for an over-the-air NBA package for the first time in his career. Breen worked 2006 NBA Finals
2006 NBA Finals
with Hubie Brown, as well as all the main games ABC broadcast that year. This gave ABC its first consistent lead broadcaster since Brad Nessler, as Breen (unlike Michaels) did games every week. To put things into proper perspective, during his two-season tenure as ABC's lead NBA analyst, Michaels called just 13 of a possible 26 regular season games, with all but two games taking place from either Los Angeles (where he resides) or Sacramento. Besides his inconsistent work, Michaels (despite being initially seen as adding credibility to ABC's NBA broadcasts in contrast to his predecessor, Brad Nessler) was criticized for apparently lacking the kind of enthusiasm and confidence (for instance, Michaels initially reacted to Amar'e Stoudemire's block of Tim Duncan's shot during the 2005 playoffs by calling it a "great, great contested shot") expected of a No. 1 play-by-play voice. Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News said that Michaels was simply "not a basketball guy". Meanwhile, Bill Simmons
Bill Simmons
said during the 2005 Finals that Michaels "shows up for these games, does his job, then drives home thinking, "'Only five weeks to the [NFL] Hall of Fame Game, I'm almost there!'" Another criticism that Michaels received was that he too often found himself making tediously long-winded explanations. In return, he would tend to talk over two or three possessions in a row (which Michaels seemed to be better suited for football and baseball broadcasts, for which he's better known for). The end result was that he would hardly have time to comment on the action viewers were seeing because he was so hung up on a prior subplot or storyline that he felt the audience just had to know about.[21] Leaving ABC for NBC[edit] In 2003, he was quoted as saying, " ABC Sports
ABC Sports
has been my professional home for the last 26 years, and I am delighted that will continue to be for several more..." after signing a long-term contract extension.[22] In 2005, it was announced that Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
would be moving from ABC to ESPN
ESPN
beginning with the 2006 season, and partner John Madden announced he would be joining NBC
NBC
Sports, which had acquired the rights to Sunday Night Football games. Despite speculation that Michaels might be joining NBC
NBC
as well, Michaels stated that he would continue as the MNF play-by-play announcer, stating, "I feel like I'm a creature of Monday night. I'm home and I'm staying home." Plans were for Michaels to be teamed with Joe Theismann
Joe Theismann
(who would be coming over from Sunday Night Football) on the Monday night telecasts.[23] At the time, then-ABC Television President Alex Wallau said, "For 26 years Al has played a pivotal role here at ABC Sports, and for 17 of those years he's been the face and voice synonymous with television's most successful sports franchise, Monday Night Football... It's Al's outstanding play-by-play coverage, coupled with his breadth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm, that keep MNF fans invigorated, excited and coming back for more." Also, then- ABC Sports
ABC Sports
President Howard Katz said, " Al Michaels
Al Michaels
has been invaluable to the Network and we are thrilled to have him remain in our family. [...] Al is the consummate professional and makes everyone around him better." However, in the weeks leading up to Super Bowl XL, it was widely speculated that Michaels was attempting to get out of his contract with ESPN
ESPN
to join Madden at NBC. By this time, it was clear that NBC's Sunday Night Football would be the NFL's premier prime-time package, with ESPN's Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
relegated to secondary match-ups similar to that network's previous Sunday night telecasts. Michaels added fuel to the fire by refusing to state his future plans, and he couldn't "respond to rumors ... because that would become a distraction."[24] On February 8, 2006, ESPN
ESPN
announced that its Monday Night Football team would consist of Mike Tirico
Mike Tirico
on play-by-play, with Theismann and Tony Kornheiser
Tony Kornheiser
as analysts.[25] ESPN
ESPN
explicitly stated that Michaels would not return to either Monday Night Football broadcasts or ABC's NBA broadcasts (on which Michaels had been lead NBA play-by-play man). NBC Sports
NBC Sports
(2006–present)[edit] "Traded" to NBC
NBC
for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit[edit] Main articles: NFL on NBC and NBC
NBC
Sunday Night Football On February 9, 2006, NBC
NBC
confirmed that Michaels would be joining Madden at the network to broadcast football on Sunday nights, thus ending Michaels's 20-year run on Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
and almost 30 years of service with ABC.[26] In exchange for letting Michaels out of his contract with ABC and ESPN, NBC
NBC
Universal sold ESPN
ESPN
cable rights to Friday coverage of the next four Ryder Cups, granted ESPN
ESPN
increased usage of Olympic highlights, and sold to parent company Disney the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a cartoon character developed by Walt Disney
Walt Disney
himself (which he lost in 1928) but previously owned by Universal Pictures (now NBC
NBC
Universal). NBC
NBC
Sports chairman Dick Ebersol
Dick Ebersol
explained, "We earn nothing from those rights; they've had no value in the United States." Michaels had a bemused take on the "trade." After it was noted to Michaels that the Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
gave the New York Jets
New York Jets
a draft pick as compensation for releasing coach Herman Edwards
Herman Edwards
from his contract, Michaels stated, "Oswald is definitely worth more than a fourth-round draft choice. I'm going to be a trivia answer someday." In an article with the magazine Game Informer, Warren Spector, a designer on the game Epic Mickey, stated that Disney CEO Bob Iger wanted Oswald to be in the game so badly, he made this trade to get the rights of the character back.[27] Michaels and Madden began their new NBC
NBC
tenure on August 6, 2006, with the network's telecast of the preseason Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, with their regular-season debut on September 7. On February 1, 2009, Michaels called Super Bowl XLIII, his first Super Bowl telecast for NBC
NBC
and seventh overall as a play-by-play announcer. Michaels is the third man to ever do play-by-play for an NBC
NBC
broadcast of a Super Bowl, following the footsteps of Curt Gowdy and Dick Enberg. Michaels would also call Super Bowl XLVI
Super Bowl XLVI
on February 5, 2012, Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015, and Super Bowl LII
Super Bowl LII
in Minneapolis on February 4, 2018. NBC
NBC
Olympic Daytime host[edit] In March 2009, it was announced that Michaels would be serving as the daytime host for NBC's coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics
2010 Winter Olympics
in Vancouver, British Columbia.[28] It was Michaels's first involvement in an Olympic telecast since he called ice hockey at the 1988 Calgary Games for ABC, as well as his first non-NFL event for NBC. NBC
NBC
Sports chairman Dick Ebersol
Dick Ebersol
said that Michaels had previously expressed an interest in contributing to the network's Olympics coverage.[9] Michaels also co-hosted NBC's coverage of the Closing Ceremony (with Bob Costas). Michaels also served as daytime co-host (with Dan Patrick) for the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 Summer Olympics
in London, and co-hosted the Closing Ceremony (with Costas and Ryan Seacrest). For the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Michaels served as weekday host on NBCSN
NBCSN
and weekend daytime host on NBC. He returned to host daytime coverage for the 2016 Summer Olympics
2016 Summer Olympics
in Rio de Janeiro.[29] Premier Boxing
Boxing
Champions[edit] See also: Boxing
Boxing
on NBC In January 2015, NBC
NBC
announced that Michaels would be at ringside along with Marv Albert[30] and Sugar Ray Leonard
Sugar Ray Leonard
for the PBC on NBC Saturday night bouts.[31] In partnership with Haymon Boxing,[32] NBC would televise 20 PBC on NBC
NBC
events[33] (beginning on March 7), including five to be shown in prime time on Saturday nights. MLB Network
MLB Network
(2011)[edit] On July 8, 2011, Michaels teamed up with Bob Costas
Bob Costas
(with the two announcers alternating between play-by-play and color commentary) to call a game between the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Giants
on MLB Network.[34] It was Michaels's first appearance on a baseball telecast since August 6, 2003 (when he served as a guest commentator on an ESPN game, as previously mentioned) and his first as a primary announcer since Game 5 of the 1995 World Series
World Series
on ABC. (Michaels had called Games 1, 4 and 5 of that series with Jim Palmer
Jim Palmer
and Tim McCarver, while Costas called Games 2, 3 and 6 with Joe Morgan
Joe Morgan
and Bob Uecker for NBC.) Michaels and Costas also made appearances on SportsNet New York and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
during the game's middle innings, since the MLB Network
MLB Network
broadcast was blacked out in the Mets' and Giants' respective home markets. Awards and honors[edit]

Five-time Emmy Award winner – Outstanding Sports Personality (Play-by-Play Host) Three-time National Sportscaster
Sportscaster
of the Year – National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) NSSA Hall of Fame inductee (class of 1998) Sportscaster
Sportscaster
of the Year – American Sportscasters Association (ASA) Sportscaster
Sportscaster
of the Year – Washington Journalism Review Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Television Academy Hall of Fame inductee (class of 2013) Pete Rozelle Radio & Television Award – Pro Football Hall of Fame[35] ASA Top 50 Sportscasters of All Time.[36] Football stadium at Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles (Michaels's alma mater) named Al Michaels
Al Michaels
Field. Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism (2002).[37] Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters "Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award" June 16, 2017

Personal life[edit] Michaels is the eldest child of Jay and Lila Michaels. Michaels has a younger brother, David and a younger sister, Susan.[3] Michaels currently resides in Los Angeles. Al Michaels
Al Michaels
married his wife Linda (née Stamaton) on August 27, 1966. Al and Linda have two children together, Jennifer and Steven. Steven Michaels serves as President and CEO of independent film company Asylum Entertainment in Los Angeles. Michaels is also a Los Angeles Kings
Los Angeles Kings
season ticket holder.[38][39] Al's younger brother, David, is a television producer. David Michaels has produced such programs as NBC's coverage of the Olympic Games, Triple Crown and Fox Sports Net's Beyond the Glory series. In March 2011, Michaels accompanied New England Patriots
New England Patriots
owner Robert Kraft and his wife, Myra, to Israel to visit Kraft Family Stadium in Jerusalem, an American football
American football
venue and home to three teams in the Israeli Football League, which is sponsored by the Kraft family.[40] It was one of Myra Kraft's last trips before becoming sick with the cancer that would ultimately take her life July 20, 2011. Michaels was arrested and charged for driving under the influence on April 21, 2013. He was released after about five hours.[41] He eventually pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of reckless driving and was sentenced to 80 hours of community service plus probation.[42] In 2014, Michaels released an autobiography titled You Can't Make This Up: Memories and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television, which reached the New York Times
New York Times
bestseller list for nonfiction.[43] In popular culture[edit] It was Michaels who explained to Peter Jennings
Peter Jennings
that Jennings had been the victim of a prank call in the final hour of O. J. Simpson's Bronco chase, after the Bronco had pulled into Simpson's driveway and parked. The prankster, claiming to be watching Simpson inside the van, described what he said to be the scene in perfect Stepin Fetchit dialect, then signed off with "...and Baba Booey to y'all."[44] Michaels, unlike Jennings, understood the prankster's use of the term as an association of being a Howard Stern
Howard Stern
fan. Michaels himself is a Howard Stern
Howard Stern
fan, and has discussed that prank call as a guest on Stern's show. As previously mentioned, Michaels had an acting role in a 1970 episode of Hawaii Five-O, and has appeared as himself in the films Jerry Maguire and BASEketball, as well as on several TV shows including Coach and Spin City. Also as previously mentioned, his call of the U.S. hockey team's victory in the 1980 Olympics can be heard in the 2004 film Miracle. Michaels re-recorded all his original play-by-play coverage for the film, except for the immortal line. Brian d'Arcy James
Brian d'Arcy James
portrayed Michaels in the 2002 television movie Monday Night Mayhem. Michaels has also been lampooned on several occasions by noted impressionists, Frank Caliendo
Frank Caliendo
and Billy West. Michaels was also the featured voice in Hardball 3, a popular computer baseball game for PC. He was also featured, along with John Madden, in the Madden NFL series
Madden NFL series
from Madden NFL 2003
Madden NFL 2003
to Madden NFL 09. Notable broadcasts[edit] Unless otherwise noted, Michaels was the play-by-play announcer.

1972 Winter Olympics
1972 Winter Olympics
men's ice hockey 1972 National League Championship Series 1972 World Series[45] 1979 World Series
World Series
(Games 3–5) 1980 Winter Olympics
1980 Winter Olympics
men's ice hockey ("Miracle on Ice")[45] 1981 World Series
World Series
(Games 3–5) 1983 World Series 1984 Winter Olympics
1984 Winter Olympics
men's ice hockey Super Bowl XIX
Super Bowl XIX
(1985, co-host with Jim Lampley) 1984 Summer Olympics
1984 Summer Olympics
athletics and road bicycle racing 1985 World Series 112th Kentucky Derby (1986, host) 111th Preakness Stakes
Preakness Stakes
(1986, host) 123rd Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes
(1986, host) 1986 American League Championship Series 113th Kentucky Derby (1987, host) 112th Preakness Stakes
Preakness Stakes
(1987, host) 124th Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes
(1987, host) 1987 World Series Super Bowl XXII
Super Bowl XXII
(1988) 1988 Winter Olympics
1988 Winter Olympics
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Preakness Stakes
(1988, host) 125th Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes
(1988, host) 1988 NLCS 1989 Sugar Bowl 115th Kentucky Derby (1989, host) 114th Preakness Stakes
Preakness Stakes
(1989, host) 126th Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes
(1989, host) 1989 World Series[45] 1990 Sugar Bowl 116th Kentucky Derby (1990, host) 115th Preakness Stakes
Preakness Stakes
(1990, host) 127th Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes
(1990, host) 1991 Sugar Bowl Super Bowl XXV
Super Bowl XXV
(1991) 117th Kentucky Derby (1991, host) 116th Preakness Stakes
Preakness Stakes
(1991, host) 128th Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes
(1991, host) 1992 Sugar Bowl 118th Kentucky Derby (1992, host) 117th Preakness Stakes
Preakness Stakes
(1992, host) 129th Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes
(1992, host) 119th Kentucky Derby (1993, host) 118th Preakness Stakes
Preakness Stakes
(1993, host) 1993 Stanley Cup Finals
Stanley Cup Finals
(host)[45] 130th Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes
(1993, host) 120th Kentucky Derby (1994, host) 119th Preakness Stakes
Preakness Stakes
(1994, host) 131st Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes
(1994, host) Super Bowl XXIX
Super Bowl XXIX
(1995) 121st Kentucky Derby (1995, host) 120th Preakness Stakes
Preakness Stakes
(1995, host) 132nd Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes
(1995, host) 1995 World Series
World Series
(Games 1, 4–5) 122nd Kentucky Derby (1996, host) 121st Preakness Stakes
Preakness Stakes
(1996, host) 133rd Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes
(1996, host) 123rd Kentucky Derby (1997, host) 122nd Preakness Stakes
Preakness Stakes
(1997, host) 134th Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes
(1997, host) 124th Kentucky Derby (1998, host) 123rd Preakness Stakes
Preakness Stakes
(1998, host) 135th Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes
(1998, host) 125th Kentucky Derby (1999, host) 124th Preakness Stakes
Preakness Stakes
(1999, Host) 1999 Indianapolis 500
1999 Indianapolis 500
(host) 136th Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes
(1999, host) Super Bowl XXXIV
Super Bowl XXXIV
(2000) 126th Kentucky Derby (2000, host) 125th Preakness Stakes
Preakness Stakes
(2000, host) 2000 Indianapolis 500
2000 Indianapolis 500
(host) 2000 Stanley Cup Finals
Stanley Cup Finals
(host) 137th Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes
(2000, host) 2001 Indianapolis 500
2001 Indianapolis 500
(host) 2001 Stanley Cup Finals
Stanley Cup Finals
(host) 2002 Stanley Cup Finals
Stanley Cup Finals
(host) Super Bowl XXXVII
Super Bowl XXXVII
(2003) NBA on Christmas Day
NBA on Christmas Day
2004: Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
vs Miami Heat 2004 NBA Finals NBA on Christmas Day
NBA on Christmas Day
2005: Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
vs Miami Heat 2005 NBA Finals Super Bowl XL
Super Bowl XL
(2006; last Super Bowl and NFL telecast for ABC) Super Bowl XLIII
Super Bowl XLIII
(2009; last telecast paired with color commentator John Madden) 2010 Winter Olympics
2010 Winter Olympics
(daytime host and co-host of closing ceremony) The "Butt Fumble"
The "Butt Fumble"
November 22, 2012 Super Bowl XLVI
Super Bowl XLVI
(2012) 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 Summer Olympics
(daytime co-host and co-host of closing ceremony) 2014 Winter Olympics
2014 Winter Olympics
(weekday host for NBCSN, weekend daytime host for NBC) Super Bowl XLIX
Super Bowl XLIX
(2015) 2016 Summer Olympics
2016 Summer Olympics
(daytime co-host and co-host of closing ceremony) Super Bowl LII
Super Bowl LII
(2018)

Career timeline[edit]

1968–1970: Hawaii Islanders
Hawaii Islanders
Play-by-play[45] 1971–1973: Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Reds Radio Play-by-play[45] 1971–1974: NFL on NBC Play-by-play 1972 and 1980–1988: Winter Olympics
Winter Olympics
Hockey Play-by-play
Play-by-play
( NBC
NBC
1972, ABC 1980–1988) 1973–1975: UCLA Basketball
UCLA Basketball
TV play-by-play[45] 1974–1976: San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Giants
TV & radio play-by-play[45] 1975: NFL on CBS
NFL on CBS
Play-by-play 1976–1989, 1994–1995: Major League Baseball
Baseball
on ABC Play-by-play (Lead Play by play from 1983-1989 and 1994-1995) 1977–1985: College Football on ABC
College Football on ABC
Play-by-play 1986–2005: ABC Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
Play-by-play 1986–2000: Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby
Host (ABC) 1986–2000: Preakness Stakes
Preakness Stakes
Host (ABC) 1986–2000: Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes
Host (ABC) 1987–1989: College Basketball on ABC Play-by-play 1989–1992: Sugar Bowl
Sugar Bowl
Play-by-play
Play-by-play
(ABC) 2000–2002: NHL on ABC Stanley Cup Finals
Stanley Cup Finals
host 2003–2005: NBA on ABC
NBA on ABC
Play-by-play 2006–present: NBC Sunday Night Football
NBC Sunday Night Football
Play-by-play 2015–present: PBC on NBC
NBC
Host 2016: Thursday Night Football on NBC/ NFL Network
NFL Network
Play-by-play
Play-by-play
shared with Jim Nantz

Broadcast partners[edit]

Al Bernstein Hubie Brown Frank Broyles Cris Collinsworth Howard Cosell Heather Cox Dan Dierdorf Ken Dryden Don Drysdale Boomer Esiason Dan Fouts Frank Gifford Lee Grosscup Suzy Kolber Andrea Kremer Tommy Lasorda John Madden Tim McCarver Joe Nuxhall Jim Palmer Ara Parseghian Doc Rivers Lon Simmons Michele Tafoya Mike Tirico Bob Uecker Lesley Visser Earl Weaver

See also[edit]

Sigma Nu
Sigma Nu
LEADership learning program

References and notes[edit]

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Dick Enberg
Dick Enberg
(1993) Keith Jackson
Keith Jackson
(1994) Al Michaels
Al Michaels
(1995) Keith Jackson
Keith Jackson
(1996) Bob Costas
Bob Costas
(1997) Keith Jackson
Keith Jackson
(1998) Joe Buck
Joe Buck
(1999) Al Michaels
Al Michaels
(2000) Joe Buck
Joe Buck
(2001) Joe Buck
Joe Buck
(2002) Joe Buck
Joe Buck
(2003) Joe Buck
Joe Buck
(2004) Joe Buck
Joe Buck
(2005) Al Michaels
Al Michaels
(2006) Al Michaels
Al Michaels
(2007) Jim Nantz
Jim Nantz
(2008) Jim Nantz
Jim Nantz
(2009) Mike Emrick
Mike Emrick
(2010) Joe Buck
Joe Buck
(2011) Al Michaels
Al Michaels
(2012) Mike Emrick
Mike Emrick
(2013) Mike Emrick
Mike Emrick
(2014) Mike Emrick
Mike Emrick
(2015) Mike Emrick
Mike Emrick
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Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award recipients

Bill MacPhail (1989) Lindsey Nelson
Lindsey Nelson
(1990) Ed Sabol (1991) Chris Schenkel
Chris Schenkel
(1992) Curt Gowdy (1993) Pat Summerall
Pat Summerall
(1994) Frank Gifford
Frank Gifford
(1995) Jack Buck
Jack Buck
(1996) Charlie Jones (1997) Val Pinchbeck (1998) Dick Enberg
Dick Enberg
(1999) Ray Scott (2000) Roone Arledge (2001) John Madden
John Madden
(2002) Don Criqui (2003) Van Miller
Van Miller
(2004) Myron Cope
Myron Cope
(2005) Lesley Visser
Lesley Visser
(2006) Don Meredith
Don Meredith
(2007) Dan Dierdorf (2008) Irv Cross (2009) Chris Berman
Chris Berman
(2010) Jim Nantz
Jim Nantz
(2011) Len Dawson
Len Dawson
(2012) Al Michaels
Al Michaels
(2013) Bob Trumpy (2014) Tom Jackson (2015) James Brown (2016) David Hill (2017)

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Sports Lifetime Achievement Award

Jim McKay
Jim McKay
(1989) Lindsey Nelson
Lindsey Nelson
(1990) Curt Gowdy (1991) Chris Schenkel
Chris Schenkel
(1992) Pat Summerall
Pat Summerall
(1993) Howard Cosell
Howard Cosell
(1994) Vin Scully
Vin Scully
(1995) Frank Gifford
Frank Gifford
(1996) Jim Simpson (1997) Keith Jackson
Keith Jackson
(1998) Jack Buck
Jack Buck
(1999) Dick Enberg
Dick Enberg
(2000) Herb Granath (2001) Roone Arledge (2002) Ed Sabol and Steve Sabol
Steve Sabol
(2003) Chet Simmons (2004) Bud Greenspan (2005) Don Ohlmeyer (2006) Frank Chirkinian (2007) Dick Ebersol
Dick Ebersol
(2008) John Madden
John Madden
(2009) Al Michaels
Al Michaels
(2010) Jack Whitaker (2011) Not awarded (2012) Ted Turner
Ted Turner
(2013) George Bodenheimer (2014) Verne Lundquist
Verne Lundquist
(2015) Brent Musburger
Brent Musburger
(2016)

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Television Hall of Fame Class of 2013

Philo Farnsworth Ron Howard Al Michaels Leslie Moonves Bob Schieffer Dick Wolf

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