Is Kirk Herbstreit Leaving ESPN, Where Is He Now?
No, Kirk Herbstreit is not leaving ESPN. Though he is signed as the new color commentator for Thursday Night Football on Prime Video on March 23, 2022.
He will continue to be the network's primary college football commentator while also working for Prime on NFL games since he has been with ESPN since 1996.
Herbstreit also inked a multi-year contract agreement with ESPN in March. According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Herbstreit's contract allows him to call games on both the World Wide Leader and someplace else other than ESPN.
Because of this, Amazon jumped at the opportunity to hire him as a lead analyst. Before joining Amazon, Herbstreit called his first NFL game alongside Fowler in 2020.
Fred Gaudelli will be the executive producer for "Thursday Night Football" on Prime Video, according to the company. Gaudelli will continue to work for NBC as an executive.
"Our unprecedented new collaboration with the NFL, Al, and Kirk brings tremendous experience to our historic new Thursday Night Football game telecasts." Marie Donoghue, vice president of Amazon Global Sports Video said in a statement.
For 11 years, Amazon will pay $1 billion every season to broadcast the games. The first regular-season game for Prime Video will take place on September 15.
Herbstreit was a quarterback for Ohio State from 1989 through 1993, starting only one season as a senior. However, he never played in the NFL and has never worked as an NFL commentator in the media since 1997.
We wish him well in his future endeavors.