Amazon Prime eyes rising NFL analyst for ManningCast-style Thursday Night Football broadcast

No, the Mannings aren’t coming to Thursday Night Football. But Amazon Prime hopes to piggyback off the ManningCast-style broadcasts which became so popular last season for ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

Front Office Sports’ Michael McCarthy reports Amazon “is targeting Pat McAfee to create an alternate ‘McAfee-Cast’ to rival Peyton and Eli Manning’s’ ManningCast. ‘”

There’s no deal yet with Amazon. It remains to be seen if McAfee could fit a weekly TNF assignment in with his other gigs. … The 35-year-old former Indianapolis Colts punter is one of the busiest talents in sports media, hosting his eponymous weekday show on SiriusXM and YouTube and performing as both a wrestler and color commentator in the WWE.

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Amazon Prime already has a pair of broadcasting heavyweights lined up to call Thursday Night Football: Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit. There were rumors that Amazon hoped to lure former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, but he bolted FOX Sports for ESPN along with play-by-play partner Joe Buck. Beginning this season, Buck and Aikman will work the main broadcast of Monday Night Football while former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and Pro Football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning resume their alternate feed of the game.

The “ManningCast” was honored earlier this week with the Sports Emmy Award for “Outstanding Live Series.”

However the Manning brothers failed to win Emmys for their individual work.

Eli Manning was nominated for “Outstanding Personality / Emerging On-Air Talent” but that went to ESPN’s Malika Andrews.

Peyton Manning was nominated for “Outstanding Personality / Sports Event Analyst” but that went to NBC’s Cris Collinsworth.

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Mike Rosenstein may be reached at mrosenstein@njadvancemedia.com.

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