Michaels signs contract extension with ABC
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Emmy Award-winning announcer Al Michaels, who has logged more hours on primetime than anyone else in television history, has agreed to a multi-year contract extension with the Network, it was announced by Alex Wallau, president, ABC Television Network, and Howard Katz, president, ABC Sports.

Michaels, the voice of ABC's NFL Monday Night Football since 1986, will continue in his role as play-by-play man alongside analyst John Madden. During Michaels' tenure, MNF experienced its most successful run. The 2002 season marked the 13th consecutive year that Monday Night Football, the longest-running and most successful primetime sports series in television history, ranked in the top-10 among all primetime shows. In addition, MNF was the top-rated show in the key male demographics.

"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," said Wallau. "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."

"Al Michaels has been invaluable to the Network and we are thrilled to have him remain in our family," said Katz. "Al is the consummate professional and makes everyone around him better."

"ABC Sports has been my professional home for the last 26 years, and I am delighted that will continue to be for several more," said Michaels. "There is no more rewarding program in sports television to be part of than Monday Night Football. Those three words still have a magical ring for me. Continuing on with John Madden, Melissa Stark, Fred Gaudelli, Drew Esocoff and the best production and technical people in television is icing on the cake."

During his 17-year run on Monday Night Football, Michaels logged up to 918 hours of prime-time television. This, factored in with his other primetime assignments -- including baseball and the Olympics -- added an additional 805 hours, for a total of 1,723 primetime hours.

Al Michaels' primetime television broadcasting hours:

Years Sport Hours
17 Monday Night Football 918
14 Postseason baseball 504
6 Baseball All-Star games 18
5 Olympics (hockey, other sports) 58
2 Olympic trials 12
4 Tiger Woods Monday specials 12
5 Boxing specials 10
2 Stanley Cup finals 11
6 U.S. Figure Skating Championships 12
Total   1,723

Michaels has also earned praise as a journalist and became just the second sportscaster in history to receive a News Emmy nomination for his coverage of the San Francisco earthquake during the 1989 World Series.

Among his many accolades, Michaels has captured four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Personality -- Play-by-play (Host) (1986, 1989, 1995 and 2000); he has three times (1980, 1983 and 1986) received the NSSA Award from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association; he was inducted into the NSSA Hall of Fame in 1998; he was named Sportscaster of the Year in 1996 by the American Sportscasters Association, and, in 1991, he was named Sportscaster of the Year by the Washington Journalism Review.

Michaels garnered his first Sportscaster of the Year award in 1980. This was the year he made his memorable calling of the U.S.A. hockey team's successful and dramatic quest for the gold medal in the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid. His reputation for Olympic acumen grew with his coverage of figure skating and hockey at the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo, and all track and field, in addition to road cycling, at the Summer Games in Los Angeles. He also covered hockey during ABC's 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics coverage.

Michaels, who is regarded as one of the best baseball announcers of all time, was ABC's lead baseball play-by-play announcer during the Network's coverage of Major League Baseball. He has announced baseball for ABC since the Network's most recent coverage began in 1976, including the 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989 and 1995 World Series; 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1995 All-Star Games; and the 1976-78-80-82-84-86-88-95 League Championship Series. He was also the play-by-play announcer during ABC Sports' coverage of the 1995 Divisional Playoffs.

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