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Michael Phelps

WANTED

For New Olympic Gig

8/2/2012 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Forget all that retirement talk, Michael Phelps will NOT be done with the Olympics after the London games ... that is if network honchos can lock him into a new job -- sports announcer. 

TMZ's learned TV execs are drooling over the chance to get Phelps under contract once he wraps up the Games as the most decorated Olympian of all time.

One source, high up at NBC Sports, told us ... "The man is smoking hot right now" -- and they "would definitely hire Michael" to cover the Olympics in 2016, and other world sporting events between now and then. 

Phelps is adamant London will be his swan song -- and he will retire as the most well known Olympian on the planet ... so, if he chooses to get in the broadcast game there will be a massive bidding war.

NBC holds Olympic broadcasting rights through 2020, so they'd seem to be in the driver's seat -- but a source at ABC told us, "If he would, we would gladly scoop him up to work for us."

As for his potential salary ... it's a simple formula: 
MP x 19 (possibly 22) Olympic medals = GAZILLIONS.

We reached out to Michael's agent, but haven't heard back yet. Think that guy's busy?

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812 days ago
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VOUDOU    

Excellent idea, hire a dude with a mean slur so we can translate his marbles in the mouth speak. More great NBC coverage.

812 days ago
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Reg    

I do not for one minute mean to be derogatory,
I have the utmost respect for this mans talent,
but does he have a disorder of some kind?
Awesome anyway.

812 days ago
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ITGrouch    

And the major three broadcast networks wonder why their ratings suck. The guy is a beast in the pool, but commentator? Fail.

812 days ago
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i'm a lawyer!    

With all due respect to the guy because he is an amazing athlete, his voice... with that lisp or slur or whatever it is... probably not a good fit when you're being paid to speak and articulate clearly.

812 days ago
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Reg    

I think he has a mild case of cerebal palsy.
facial expressions etc.
if so what a bloody champion.

812 days ago
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chefadam    

You know he wants a bong hit.

812 days ago
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maggie    

He may be the most decorted, but he's NOT the "most well known", TMZ. A shade of American arrogance here I think!

812 days ago
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Truth    

test

812 days ago
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Marbut    

Doesn't he smoke a lot of Dope.

812 days ago
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Who the Hell is Khloe    

Like someone said there are. Lot of well know women gymnastic that can be great reporters. Phelps have a slur when he talks...

812 days ago
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Truth    

OH PLEASE... HE HAS A LACKLUSTRE ON-AIR PERSONALITY, BORING AS HELL. CANT COMMUNICATE AT ALL. MEDALS SMEDALS... YOU DONT NEED ANY MEDALS TO BE A GOOD SPORTSCASTER. THE BEST SPORTSCASTERS IN HISTORY NEVER PLAYED A NANOSECOND ON THE FIELD. WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY THIS WILL BE... #TRUTH!!

812 days ago
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Snowman with a Turnip Nose    

Great, he's not only the most decorated Olympian ever, he's also the most mindnumbingly boring and uncharismatic person in the Western Hemisphere. I'd rather watch grass grow or read the phone book. Yes, I'd even watch Chinese government-access television before I'd tune in to Mama Phelps little darling.


What on earth makes network execs think that just because somebody can swim or run really fast, throw a ball or sing pop songs, they'll make a good TV presenter or host?

812 days ago
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Me    

Very talented. Very creepy. Very makes me not want to eat my cereal if you put him on the box.

812 days ago
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laffnbear    

Icertaibly would not tune in to hear or see him either. Huge waste of nobet, if folks don't buy products sponsors won't pay.

812 days ago
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