Veteran sportscaster Mike Tirico will be a part of NBC’s “” sales space subsequent fall, pairing up with analyst Cris Collinsworth within the newest shake up among the many announcers who name the performs of TV’s most-watched sport.
Tirico fills a spot left vacant by the departure of Al Michaels, who is anticipated to hitch Amazon to name “Thursday Evening Soccer.”
“When Mike joined NBC Sports activities in 2016, it was our plan for him to turn into our primetime Olympics host and the play-by-play voice of Sunday Evening Soccer,” mentioned Pete Bevacqua, chairman of NBC Sports activities, in a press release. “We’re excited to have Mike be a part of Cris Collinsworth full-time within the sales space this season.”
NBC confirms hypothesis about the way forward for its “Sunday Evening Soccer” sales space with an NFL assembly slated to happen later this week. The present has lengthy been Michaels’ roost. However his contract ended after the community’s Tremendous Bowl broadcast earlier this 12 months, leaving sports activities followers and executives questioning how the community would possibly sort out the difficulty.
Tirico takes the sector, because it had been, as all of the TV networks with NFL rights look to woo larger audiences after agreeing to substantial hikes within the licensing charges they are going to pay the league Nationwide Soccer League beneath a brand new 11-year pact that retains the majority of professional-football telecasts beneath the purview of the large conventional TV broadcasters. Along with Michaels’ anticipated transfer to Amazon, ESPN lately raided Fox Sports activities for its long-standing workforce of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.
Tirico isn’t any stranger to the game. One can argue that ESPN has been working to exchange him ever since he left a perch at “Monday Evening Soccer” to hitch NBC. He has repeatedly hosted hosted NBC’s pre-game present “Soccer Evening in Amerca,” crammed in repeatedly for Michaels and has known as 20 video games with Collinsworth over time.