Syracuse alum Mike Tirico takes over play-by-play from ‘Sunday Night Football’


Syracuse University alumnus Mike Tirico handles detailed coverage of “Sunday Night Football.”

NBC Sports officially announcement his “SNF” team on Tuesday, confirming that Tirico will call NFL games for primetime television’s highest-rated program. He will join Cris Collinsworth in the stand with Melissa Stark on the sidelines.

Tirico replaces Al Michaels, who is leaving NBC after 15 years to join Amazon’s “Thursday Night Football” coverage. Tirico would have says Richard Deitsch on his Sports Media Podcast in February that “SNF” would be “an opportunity for me”.

“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? he said speculation about the gig at the time. “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. It was a great experience for me too.

Tirico previously did “Monday Night Football” play-by-play for ESPN before joining NBC Sports in 2016. Since then, he’s called 21 NFL games with Collinsworth and hosted “Football Night in America,” and has covered the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the US Open, Notre Dame college football, Triple Crown horse racing, the Stanley Cup and the Indianapolis 500.

“‘Sunday Night Football’ is a viewing destination and we’re thrilled that Mike, Cris and Melissa are calling the action and telling the stories football fans have come to expect from primetime television’s #1 show. “said NBC Sports President Pete Bevacqua.

Tirico, Collinsworth and Stark will play their first game together for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, August 4 on NBC and Peacock. The trio will also call the NFL Kickoff Game on September 8 on NBC and Peacock.

Tirico graduated from SU’s Newhouse School in 1988 and is a member of the school’s board of trustees. He began his broadcasting career at Syracuse TV station WTVH, now part of CNYCentral, before joining ESPN and covering multiple sports including NFL, NBA, NHL, college football, basketball college, golf, tennis, the Olympics and the soccer World Cup.


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