Gifford to Stay With ABC

United Press International

Frank Gifford, who was reportedly discussing a switch to another network, will stay with ABC and continue on Monday Night Football broadcasts as color commentator, the network announced today.

ABC Sports President Dennis Swanson announced that Gifford, a 16-year veteran of Monday Night Football, will be teamed with Al Michaels who will handle play-by-play duties. Michaels took over that assignment when Gifford was demoted from play-by-play, and the network bounced O. J. Simpson and Joe Namath from the broadcast booth.