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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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Omnipotent1    

NOte to NBC. I do not watch the Olympics specifically because of the non stop running mouths. They just don't f.... shut up!!

750 days ago
32.

Toilethead    

I hope someone peed in that water he's in.

750 days ago
33.

Jody    

I am so sick of this guy. He is far too ugly to be a TV personality. His mouth looks like he constantly has a dip of snuff in it. Gross.

750 days ago
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3yn    

I'm sorry, but judging by his interviews Phelps needs to take some elocution lessons, or at least see a speech therapist. He mumbles and it seems as though he has a lisp. I thought his Seacrest interview was a tragedy.

750 days ago
35.

Throwback kid    

Ryan Seacrest his horrible and Bob Costas plastic surgury is disturbing, NBC has done a horrible job. But Phelps mumbles when he talks and looks like Herman Munster, he will be terrible

750 days ago
36.

rico    

WHAT? This kid has no personality, hes dumb as rocks, and NBC wants to hire him for commentating. Im speachless.

750 days ago
37.

rdhmommy    

Anyone is better than Bob Costas....Boring and rude "sports" announcer.

750 days ago
38.

DaveT    

He's got a good personality, he'd make a decent announcer, but seem more of a doer than a talker, more action than words, it's hard to imagine him sitting still for 30 minutes in stuffy network clothes and just talking.

750 days ago
39.

Zoe     

He has won more Olympic medals than any other human being, ever. In the worst of times both economically and politically for the U.S., let's celebrate some good news for a change and wish him the very best.

750 days ago
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Bill Andrews    

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750 days ago
41.

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750 days ago
42.

Sue    

What???? If true, he better not be replacing Rowdy Gaines. NBC should be focusing on new Gymnastic Commentators. They have always stunk, especially Tim Daggett

750 days ago
43.

Sue    

What??? I like Rowdy Gaines. If it is true, Rowdy better not be replaced. Maybe he can go do the gymnastics because the NBC announcers for gymnastics have always stunk, especially Tim Daggett

750 days ago
44.

Debbie    

Pleasse, the guy can't even give a good interview on camera how can he be a quality announcer......give some poor Joe who studied and trained to feed his family the announcer jobs.......

750 days ago
45.

ElNero123    

the only reason china is winnig the olympics is becuz they made the equipment

750 days ago
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