Greg Gumbel has been an NFL announcer for quite some time, but he doesn’t think people in his position move the needle.
During a recent appearance on Sports Illustrated’s media podcast, Gumbel was asked if broadcasters like Joe Buck and Al Michaels get a lot of money to announce games considering he was the top team play-by-play 20 years ago type for CBS was .
“I’m telling you, it’s gotten crazy. I don’t need to be jealous. I’ve been treated really nice and have always been grateful for what I’ve been able to do for a long, long time,” Gumbel said.
“Well, I guess that doesn’t apply to me. What tickles my thought process is that I’ve never felt in my entire life that there’s an announcer who can get someone to the TV to watch a game that viewer wouldn’t be watching anyway. And I think the only thing a station can do is chase people away.”
Although no announcers are magnets, some are repellents to him.
“I know this for a fact because — I won’t name them — but there are three or four announcers, ‘Oh, I’m really interested in watching, whoops, no, click, away.’ I really think so. I don’t think anyone tunes in just to hear a certain person call a football game,” Gumbel said.
Gumbel also notes how great announcers are increased by the outstanding plays assigned to them.
“A few other things happened as well. The games that people call making this money are really good games. People said to me, ‘Oh, Al [Michaels] and Kris [Collinsworth] did a great job on Sunday evening. Yes, they always do a great job. But they make the best game of the week,” he said.
“Way back to the days of Pat Summerall and John Madden. Pat and John were great. I wanted to model myself after Pat Summerall. He didn’t persuade. He was an understatement. He was specific about the things he said. And they were great. But how can you not be great doing Giants-Cowboys, Bears-Packers, Rams-49ers, Eagles-Giants?
“Moe, Larry and Curly – no offense to those who call games – Moe, Larry and Curly can make a good game of football.”
Much like the wild moves that took over NFL free agency this offseason, Buck and Michaels are among the biggest broadcasters landing new deals at various networks.
Buck left Fox for ESPN last month and signed a five-year deal in the $60-75 million range to join former teammate Troy Aikman on the “Monday Night Football” booth. Michaels, meanwhile, will switch from NBC Sports to Amazon, where he will call it “Thursday Night Football” this fall, The Post’s Andrew Marchand previously reported.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/01/greg-gumbel-people-dont-tune-into-nfl-games-for-the-announcers/ People don’t tune into NFL games because of the announcers