Mike Tirico, the play-by-play and studio voice for many of ESPN's biggest events over the past quarter century, will join NBC Sports Group starting July 1. Tirico will work on an array of high-profile properties, including "Sunday Night Football," primetime television's No. 1 show for five consecutive years; NBC's new "Thursday Night Football" series (NBC is the only network with two primetime NFL packages); the Summer and Winter Olympics; select golf telecasts; and other big events.
"Mike is an elite talent who can contribute to all of our biggest events," said Sam Flood, executive producer of NBC Sports. "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."
"I am thrilled to join this outstanding team," Tirico said. "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."
Tirico, the voice of ESPN's "Monday Night Football" from 2006-15, is one of four play-by-play announcers to work primetime NFL games for at least 10 seasons (Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, Mike Patrick).
Tirico joins NBC after 26 years at ESPN/ABC (1991-2016), where he established himself as a pre-eminent broadcaster on properties and events, including "MNF," The Open Championship, The Masters, NBA, college football, college basketball, FIFA World Cup, and tennis' U.S. Open and Wimbledon. He was named the 2010 Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, an award voted on by his industry peers.
Tirico joined ESPN as a "SportsCenter" anchor in July 1991, later serving as host of "Monday Night Countdown" during the NFL season from that show's 1993 launch to 2001. From 1993-97, he anchored ESPN's college football studio show. In December 1996, Tirico was named golf host for ABC Sports and, in 2002, began calling NBA games for ABC, ESPN and ESPN Radio.
In addition, he has hosted "SportsCenter" coverage of the U.S. Open, The Masters and the Daytona 500, and anchored coverage of the Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four and NFL Draft for both television and radio.
Prior to joining ESPN, Tirico worked in Syracuse (1987-91). He was sports director at WTVH-TV and served as play-by-play voice for Syracuse University basketball, football, lacrosse and volleyball.
In 1987, he was the first recipient of the Bob Costas Scholarship, given to an exceptional broadcast journalism student at Syracuse, where he earned his bachelor's degree and started his broadcasting career.
Tirico resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife and two children.