*If you’re a fan of ESPN play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico, you’ll be interested in knowing that he’s leaving ESPN.
Tirico, the play-by-play voice of Monday Night Football, is headed to NBC Sports.
Tirico, 49, has been with ESPN since 1991 and has called Monday night games for the network since 2006. He also calls NBA games and previously worked major golf tournaments.
So what’s he going to do at NBC, you ask? According to Sports Business Daily, look for him to become the primary play-by-play person for NBC’s newly acquired five-game Thursday night NFL package. And since he also announced golf tournaments at ESPN, don’t be surprised if he’s used in that capacity as well at NBC.
NBC also the rights to the Olympics, so look for Tirico to be involved there, too.
Mike Tirico Backgrounder via Wikipedia:
Tirico grew up in Queens, New York and graduated from Bayside High School and Syracuse University. Tirico and his wife Debbie have two children. The Tiricos have lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan since 1999.
Tirico is unsure of his heritage, as he is not certain who his biological parents are. He has stated, “Yeah. I’d like to find out the truth at some point, so I can answer questions for my kids” regarding his heritage and biological parents.
ABC and ESPN Career
Tirico joined ESPN in 1991 as a SportsCenter anchor, after four years as Sports Director at CBS affiliate WTVH-TV in Syracuse, New York, during his undergraduate years at Syracuse University.Tirico is noted for his versatile nature and the variety of assignments he has handled for SportsCenter; Tirico has handled the play-by-play for ESPN’s Thursday night college football package (1997 to 2005), college basketball coverage (1997 to 2002), NBA coverage (2002 to present), and golf coverage for ESPN/ABC (1997 to 2015). Tirico has also hosted studio coverage of various ESPN and ABC covered events, including a stint on ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown (previously known as NFL Prime Monday) from 1993 to 2001 and ABC’s NBA studio shows. He also broadcasts NBA games on ESPN/ABC, and usually does the NBA Finals coverage for ESPN Radio. He anchored the 2009 U.S. Open (tennis) and co-anchored the 2014 World Cup.
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