ESPN Mainstay Exits for NBC Sports Group

May 9, 2016  •  Post A Comment

An on-air fixture on ESPN has made a move to NBC Sports Group. NBCUniversal announced today that it is bringing aboard play-by-play veteran Mike Tirico, who will join NBC Sports Group starting July 1.

“Tirico will work on an array of high-profile properties including ‘Sunday Night Football,’ prime-time television’s No. 1 show for five consecutive years; NBC’s new ‘Thursday Night Football’ series (NBC is the only network with two prime-time NFL packages); the Summer and Winter Olympics; select golf telecasts; and other big events,” NBCU announced.

Said Sam Flood, executive producer of NBC Sports: “Mike is an elite talent who can contribute to all of our biggest events. The opportunity to add Mike to NBC Sports Group’s lineup, which is already the strongest in sports broadcasting, was too good to be true.”

Tirico has been the voice of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” since 2006. ESPN announced separately that his play-by-play seat on “MNF” will be filled by ESPN veteran Sean McDonough. (Click here to read our separate report.)

Tirico said in the NBCU announcement: “For me, NBC Sports has always represented the highest quality in television sports production, and the chance to now be a part of that is a dream come true. It is a perfect time in my career to take on new opportunities, and I am excited to do that with an exceptional group of people.”

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