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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?

For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
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Sashatree    

GO BONG BOY!! CONGRATUATIONS!!! You see people....smoking a little weed doesn't ruin your ability to be a great person!!

776 days ago
17.

boner    

I thought NBC was a drug free work place, Phelps loves his weed so how can he get a job for NBC???

776 days ago
18.

Nicoleasm    

Interesting, I've never heard him speak for a long period of time. He might have to get his jaw fixed, which is not a big deal b/c my sister had the same issue and got surgery. It made her sound like she had a lisp. But other than that, he would be great

776 days ago
19.

Billyrob    

The Extreme Pressure Of The Olympics…
On Those Of Us Watching At Home
- Am I unpatriotic if I watch Storage Wars
instead of the U.S. men’s water polo team?
- Can I go to the beach or is it my duty as an American
to stay home and watch table tennis?

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776 days ago
20.

BABS    

Leave him alone - you guys @ TMZ obviously hate him - especially when you posted the LOSER story but not WINNING story. Leave him alone!!!

776 days ago
21.

lisa2    

Hmm Congrats to Michael Phelps but I really don't want to see him as an announcer. Just me...

776 days ago
22.

yup    

Maybe NBC will ask Tommy Chong to join in and call it "Phelps & Chong".

776 days ago
23.

Rolm    

Tooooo ugly for TV and tooo stupid for radio

776 days ago
24.

TY    

It only says cover and not be analyst for the actual competition. That usually means a couple of minutes a night with very basic analysis.

776 days ago
25.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

Smoking hot???? This guy keeps losing things he was supposed to win.

776 days ago
26.

parlayer    

Choose FOX, networks will tell you to say stuff about obama that will make a self made man like yourself sick. Choose manhood, not metrosexual.

776 days ago
27.

kronenburg    

Oh, I don't think that's a good idea at all. Phelps may be an amazing swimmer, but have you ever heard him speak? He's less articulate than Sarah Palin! No, Phelps should stick to commercials - 30-second bits that are scripted and don't have talking too long.

776 days ago
28.

sav    

He has a lisp. Ergo: cannot be an announcer. It would be unbearable.
On a side note, how tragic is it that the word 'lisp' contains the letter 's'?

776 days ago
29.

EastCoastChopper    

Anderson Cooper was just served with a restraining order to STAY AWAY from Phelps - Seems dude is obsessed!

776 days ago
30.

Snowdude    

Phelps as a commentator would be as mind numbing as listening to Kim Kardashian sing or Kanye West utter something intelligent.

776 days ago
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