NBC Sunday night football will have a new, albeit familiar, voice next season.
Mike Tirico will officially take over as the play-by-play announcer for the network’s prime-time showcase, a NBC Sports spokesperson confirmed The Hollywood Reporter. The veteran sportscaster, who called out a handful of SNSF games in recent years, he was expected to take the job following Al Michaels’ decision to leave NBC after his contract expired.
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Tirico will join longtime Sunday night football analyst Cris Collinsworth in the booth.
“When Mike joined NBC Sports in 2016, we envisioned him as our prime-time Olympics host and the play-by-play voice of Sunday night footballNBC Sports President Pete Bevacqua said in a statement. “We are delighted to have Mike joining Cris Collinsworth full-time on the stand this season.”
The elevation of Tirico is the latest of several major changes to the top ad teams for networks that carry NFL. On March 16, ESPN attracted Joe Buck and Troy Aikman – who had worked together on Fox’s NFL demo games for nearly 20 years – for Monday night football. Michaels, meanwhile, is set to land at Amazon, which has secured exclusive rights to Thursday night football as part of the NFL’s massive $110 billion media rights package announced in 2021.
Tirico joined NBC Sports in 2016 after a long tenure at ESPN, where, among other duties, he was the Monday night football play by play advertiser for 10 seasons. Early in his time there, he was suspended for three months following allegations of sexual harassment by several women.
“When we hired Mike in 2016, we were aware of the incidents from over 25 years ago, which had been handled in 1991-92 by ESPN, his employer at the time, and for which he apologised,” a rep for NBC Sports said. Recount The Hollywood Reporter in 2017. “Mike has repeatedly assured us that this behavior is old in his past, and we have no evidence to the contrary in his tenure at NBC Sports.”
Since joining NBC, Tirico has served as the primetime anchor for the Olympics and has covered golf, Notre Dame football and horse racing in addition to his work on NFL games.
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