For the first time in sports media history, a streaming service — not a television network — will have exclusive rights to a weekly NFL game. In 2022, Amazon Prime Video will be the official home of Thursday night football, and the streamer finalizes their broadcast team. The last piece of the puzzle is new TNF Charissa Thompson, host of the pre-game show, is a surprise selection among two popular alumni Hello Soccer hosts.
New York Post sports media insider Andrew Marchand reports Fox Sports’ Charissa Thompson is Amazon’s choice to host the streamer Thursday night football pre-game show. The two parties would be “in the final phase of negotiations” to finalize the agreement.
Thompson, which currently hosts Fox NFL Kickoffwhich runs from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST before the main Fox NFL Sunday pre-game show, will also continue his duties with Fox next season.
On Amazon, she will team up with Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez on the pre-game show. Marchand also reports that former NFL stars “Ryan Fitzpatrick, Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch are likely to be involved.”
This team will lead the broadcast duo of Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit. Marchand writes that Amazon has also “shown interest in ABC’s Kaylee Hartung on the sidelines.”
While the news of Amazon Prime Video Thursday night football the crew getting together is interesting, the people who didn’t get the jobs might be more intriguing.
Amazon passed on two former ‘Good Morning Football’ hosts and a WWE announcer
A few weeks ago, when the NFL Network’s Kay Adams quit her longtime hosting gig on Hello Soccerit seemed like it was to make the jump to Amazon for the hosting chair that Charissa Thompson will now sit in.
However, Andrew Marchand also reports that although Adams and Amazon negotiated to bring in the host, “the parties did not come to an agreement.”
Also, there was apparently another GMFB alum considered for the job. Merchant tweeted“Amazon also showed major interest in Nate Burleson at one point to be its host, but Burleson already has 20 jobs, including CBS mornings.”
Finally, the other sports media personality rumored to be in the mix for “a role” on Thursday night football is a Sports and WWE Talk Host Friday night race commentator Pat McAfee. Signing Thompson means Adams and Burleson are out. However, there might still be room for McAfee, even with a full-time host.
The first Thursday Night Football game on Amazon Prime Video is the Week 2 game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs.
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