Al Michaels is an American broadcaster on television. Al Michaels is one of the most renowned sportscasters in history. He may be most known for his years calling play-by-play for NFL games, including a nearly two-decade run on Monday Night Football, but he has also worked in the broadcast booth for a variety of other sports.
Al spoke the now-famous phrase “Do you believe in miracles?!?” at the 1980 Winter Olympics when the United States hockey team defeated the Soviet Union. In October of 1989, Al was live-broadcasting the World Series when an earthquake in San Francisco halted the broadcast.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 12, 1944, to Jay Leonard Michaels and Lila Roginsky. Michaels was an avid Brooklyn Dodgers fan as a child. In 1958, the family relocated to Los Angeles, the same year that the Dodgers left Brooklyn.
Michaels studied at Arizona State University, where he majored in radio and television and minored in journalism. During college, he served as a sports reporter for ASU’s independent student newspaper “The State Press” and as a radio announcer for Sun Devils football, basketball, and baseball games.
David, the younger sibling of Al, is a television producer. David Michaels has also produced NBC’s coverage of the Olympic Games, Triple Crown, and the Beyond the Glory series on Fox Sports Net.
Al Michaels’s Net Worth
As of September 2022, AI Michaels’ has an estimated net worth of $40 Million. During his time as an NBC broadcaster, Al earned $8 million each year. Al signed a three-year, $33 million contract with Amazon in March 2022 to show Thursday Night Football.
Michaels’s first television employment was with Chuck Barris Productions, selecting contestants for “The Dating Game.” In 1964, he began his career in sportscasting when he was hired to handle public relations for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was dismissed after only four games.
In 1968, he relocated to Honolulu and began his broadcasting career as a sports anchor for KHVT-TV and play-by-play announcer for the Hawaii Islanders baseball team. In 1969, he was selected Hawaii’s Sportscaster of the Year. In 1970, Michaels participated in an episode of “Hawaii Five-O” in which a young Christopher Walken also appeared.
Michaels relocated to Cincinnati in 1971 and became the play-by-play announcer for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball. The next season, the Reds progressed to the World Series, and Al was able to contribute to NBC Sports’ coverage of the Fall Classic.
Additionally, he covered hockey in the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan. In 1973, NBC announcer Bill Enis died of a heart attack at the age of 39, two days before he was scheduled to call the regular-season finale of the NFL. Michaels was then hired to replace Enis. Michaels left the Reds for the San Francisco Giants in 1974 and also covered basketball for UCLA.
In 1975, he began working for CBS Sports as a regional game announcer. In January of 1977, he joined ABC Sports. He continued to work for ABC until 2006, at which point he switched to NBC.
Michaels covered a variety of sports for ABC over the course of three decades, including ABC Monday Night Football, Major League Baseball, college football and basketball, ice hockey, track and field, golf, boxing, figure skating, road cycling, and a number of Olympic Games events, including Olympic trials.
Michaels is the oldest of Jay and Lila Michaels’s children. David Michaels and Susan Michaels are Michaels’ younger siblings.
Currently, Al Michaels resides in Los Angeles. His marriage to Linda took place on August 27, 1966. Al and Linda are the parents of two children, Jennifer and Steven. Steven Michaels is the president and CEO of the Los Angeles-based independent film business Asylum Entertainment. Michaels is also a season ticket holder for the Los Angeles Kings.
David, the younger sibling of Al, is a television producer. David Michaels has produced shows like NBC’s Olympic Games coverage, Triple Crown, and Fox Sports Net’s Beyond the Glory series.