Mike Tirico named NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ play-by-play announcer – Deadline

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After the legendary Al Michaels nearly confirmed his move to Amazon to call games as part of the streamer’s new NFL package, NBC today announced that Mike Tirico will “join Cris Collinsworth full-time in the booth this season” for . The announcement would appear to confirm Michaels’ exit.

Tirico didn’t hesitate to want the job, telling Richard Deitsch about his Sports Media Podcast last month that the SNSF spot would be “a lifetime opportunity for me.” That’s saying something, considering Tirico hosted NBC’s Olympics and Super Bowl coverage this year.

Tirico explained that he kept himself in shape by regularly calling games. He compared game-by-game to a muscle that needs to be exercised.

“I did a decade of NFL prime time. I played 200 NFL games. That was part of the reason I came to NBC. So I hope so at this point, right?

“If I’m the person following Al, it would be an opportunity for me. It would be a thrill…it’s something I’d love to be a part of. I’ve enjoyed playing five games each of the last two years with Cris ( Collinsworth) It was a great experience for me too.

Sunday night football is the longtime No. 1 in television ratings.

NBC Sports President Pete Bevacqua released the following statement on Tirico SNSF climb today:

When Mike joined NBC Sports in 2016, we envisioned him as our primetime Olympics host and detailed voice for Sunday Night Football. We are delighted to have Mike joining Cris Collinsworth full time on the stand this season.

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