“Sunday Night Football” broadcasters “forced” by California officials to wear masks, says Al Michaels

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On Sunday night, there was a noticeable difference when Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya took to the air to call up the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles.

The trio wore masks.

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There had been four previous shows by Michaels, Collinsworth and Tafoya in which the ensemble did not wear masks. The announcers had previously traveled to Kansas City, Missouri, Los Angeles, Seattle and New Orleans without masks in the booth before heading to Santa Clara, Calif., For the 49ers-Eagles game.

Michaels addressed the elephant in the room at the top of the show.

“No, we’re not auditioning for the ‘Masked Singer’,” Michaels joked. “Santa Clara County officials made us wear a mask during the game and so that’s the story. ”

Collinsworth didn’t seem too thrilled to have to wear the mask. As Michaels introduced his broadcast partner, Collinsworth said, “I don’t know who I am.”

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Michaels reminded Collinsworth to announce during the ball game.

Santa Clara County has recorded a total of 21,840 coronavirus cases and 334 deaths since the pandemic began in March. According to the Santa Clara County Public Health, the county registers about 102 new cases per week.

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The NFL also had to deal with an outbreak on the Tennessee Titans last week and at least one player on the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. Several games have been postponed as the league changes schedules.

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