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NBA play-by-play in Al Michaels' future

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New York, NY (Sports Network) - Al Michaels has agreed to become ABC's lead play-by-play announcer during its NBA coverage.

ABC, which is entering its second year of NBA coverage, and Michaels had been rumored to be talking about the position for quite some time.

Michaels will do his first game during the NBA's annual Christmas Day telecast. It marks the first nationally televised contests of the season. He will also be called upon to head the NBA Playoffs and Finals broadcasts.

Michaels, who joined ABC Sports in 1976, and John Madden currently work together on ABC's Monday Night Football. Michaels has been the lead announcer for that program since 1986.

The veteran broadcaster's basketball experience includes doing television play-by-play for two seasons (1973 through 1975) for UCLA basketball and spending four years (1972-76) as a basketball announcer for TVS, where he handled a variety of collegiate Pacific Eight Conference games.

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