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Mike Tirico named studio host for 'Football Night in America'

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Mon, Aug 20th 2018 03:30 pm
Tirico to join Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison & Mike Florio in NBC Sports' Studio 1 on Sunday nights; Liam McHugh to co-host 'Football Night in America' from game site
Mike Tirico has been named the new studio host for "Football Night in America," the most-watched studio show in sports since its debut in 2006. He will work alongside "FNIA" analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison, and "NFL Insider" Mike Florio, from Studio 1 at NBC Sports' International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Connecticut.
Dan Patrick previously served as "FNIA" studio host from 2008-17.
For the past two seasons, Tirico co-hosted "FNIA" from the game site. That role will now be filled by Liam McHugh, who will be joined on site most weeks by the "Sunday Night Football" team of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya. In addition, Rob Hyland joins "FNIA" as the show's new coordinating producer.
Tirico hosts many of NBC Sports' most high-profile properties and events, including the Olympics, horse racing's Triple Crown, and major golf events. He also calls play-by-play for Notre Dame Football. This will be Tirico's 23rd season as an NFL primetime studio host or play-by-plan voice.
"As one of the most accomplished, respected and versatile voices in sports, Mike was the logical choice to move into the 'Football Night' studio," said Sam Flood, executive producer and president, production, NBC Sports and NBCSN. "He will anchor our show, set the scene, and educate the audience by extracting analysis, expertise and news from Tony, Rodney and Mike."
Added Flood: "Thank you to Dan Patrick for his outstanding work as co-host of 'Football Night' for the past 10 seasons. His teamwork, professionalism and friendship will be missed."
McHugh is NBC Sports' lead studio and on-site host for the NHL and Notre Dame Football, and has contributed to NBC Sports' coverage of four Olympics and three Super Bowls.
"This is the logical progression for Liam, who has excelled at every assignment he's been given," Flood said. "We're confident he will steward dynamic conversations between Cris, Al and Michele, and help to capture the enthusiasm of the on-site environment."
An 18-time Emmy Award winner, Hyland leads NBC Sports' production of Notre Dame Football, Triple Crown horse racing, Olympic figure skating and track & field, and other sports. He also worked on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" in various roles for many years.
"In addition to Mike and Liam, Rob is introducing new elements to the show that will bring viewers closer to our game that night, and better explain the biggest plays and happenings from the early games," Flood said.
NBC Sports' coverage of the 2018 NFL season begins with "NFL Kickoff" on Thursday, Sept. 6, when the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. on NBC.
This Sunday, NBC Sports concludes its coverage of the 2018 preseason when the Dallas Cowboys host the Arizona Cardinals from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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