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Collinsworth catches NBC gridiron gig

Anchor leaves Fox for Peacock's 'Sunday'

NEW YORK — Chris Collinsworth is deserting the anchor booth as National Football League color commentator for Fox to become a pregame studio analyst for “NBC’s Sunday Night Football” when it kicks off in fall 2006.

Fox Sports will not replace Collinsworth in the booth for its lead Sunday NFL game this fall but instead go with only two commentators: play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman, both of whom are under long-term contract to the network.

NBC’s signing of Collinsworth to a six-year contract follows its deal last month with John Madden, who will become the in-game analyst for its Sunday-night package, which includes a Super Bowl every three years and a number of post-season playoff contests.

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