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Michael Phelps


For New Olympic Gig

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

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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Funny how when he was caught with a BONG in his hand everyone was quick to judge him but now that he has won again you all want a piece of him.

I have to say Phelps is a legend in the world of maryjane. To all those losers that think dope smokers are idle you are so god damn wrong.

775 days ago

Diamond Goddess!    

They need to give an Olympic medal to the now-banned "Razer" swimsuit--these guys blow without it! And they are SO arrogant when they lose. Typical overpaid douchebags. I thought the Olympics was for AMATEUR athletes?! They just spend the money on strippers, weed, and booze. Lochte had years to fix his tendency to lose steam at the end of races, and Phelps just wanted that mug of his on TV. And then there's the creepy, loser, stage-parents! Had kids they couldn't afford, and now the kid has to pay! Eessh!

775 days ago

Diamond Goddess!    

Plus, this strikes me as a very impractical thing to pour so much time and energy into. They peak at 18, then it's all downhill. Athletes generally die young, broke, with a totally messed-up body. Their earning window is a nanosecond. Then they have no real life skills.

775 days ago


Big congrats to Phelps. Total goofball with a sexy @ss body. Big time winner!

775 days ago

Diamond Goddess!    

Am I the only one creeped-out by Debbie Phelps and the sisters?! How the H do you have 3 kids with a guy who then totally bails? Wassup with that...and with her? I can just hear them, "Make us some more money, Michael! Dad bailed so you better earn your keep...and ours, too!" Athletes are surrounded by money-sucking leeches.

775 days ago

Sam James    

If they want Phelps to actually be an 'announcer" they're going to have to hire a speech therapist so that he will be able to communicate with the audience. As it is now HOW he says anything detracts from WHAT he's trying to say!

775 days ago
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