According to a report by Sports Business Daily, top ESPN broadcaster Mike Tirico will leave the company after 25 years, including a decade at the helm of Monday Night Football, to join NBC.
SBD: Mike Tirico is leaving ESPN for NBC. https://t.co/lJ6rKI3P3g
— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) April 25, 2016
This potential move is very interesting, considering Al Michaels is on contract with NBC through 2017 and calls the network’s prominent Sunday Night Football games. Tirico could be an heir apparent to that job when the 71 year old Michaels chooses to retire, although that may not be imminent. NBC also has Thursday Night Football, the Olympics, and the PGA Tour, and there is always the chance that it looks to expand to other sports properties. This is still a shocking move, considering Tirico’s long relationship with ESPN.