Mike Tirico recently made the move from ESPN to NBC, and his first gig for his new network has been working the Olympics. Considering the fact that Tirico was the play-by-play man for Monday Night Football for ten years though, one would presume one of his primary gigs at NBC would be to call football, specifically the five-game Thursday Night Football package that NBC will be showing this season.
However, that is apparently not the case, as Al Michaels has been tapped to do both his usual Sunday night game schedule and the new Thursday night game package. According to The New York Daily News, that decision is comes not from NBC, but from the league itself.
NBC Sports execs asked their NFL partners if they could use Tirico instead of Michaels on “TNF.” NBC made the case it was bringing in Tirico, a high caliber, high quality yakker, who was the voice of an NFL primetime package for 10 seasons. And it wasn’t like the NFL’s broadcast division wasn’t familiar with Tirico’s work.
Still, the NFL wasn’t impressed, sources said, and nixed the Tirico option.