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Mike Tirico to call play-by-play on NBC’s Thursday Night Football

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Mike Tirico will be spending more time in the booth and Al Michaels will focus on Sunday nights this season.

Tirico is taking over for Michaels as the play-by-play announcer on NBC’s Thursday Night Football broadcasts for 2017. Michaels will continue to call Sunday Night Football, and Cris Collinsworth will remain the analyst for all of NBC’s NFL games.

The NFL has an agreement with both CBS and NBC that the networks will use their top broadcast teams for Thursday Night Football. For CBS, that means Jim Nantz and new arrival Tony Romo, who replaces Phil Simms. For NBC, that has meant Michaels and Collinsworth, but the NFL confirmed that it has approved Tirico stepping in for Michaels.

Prior to joining NBC last year, Tirico was the lead voice on ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcasts. Michaels has been the lead voice on Sunday Night Football since it premiered on NBC in 2006. Michaels will call Super Bowl LII in February, his 10th Super Bowl as play-by-play announcer.

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26 Responses to “Mike Tirico to call play-by-play on NBC’s Thursday Night Football”
  1. Bob says: May 31, 2017 4:32 PM

    Downgrade. Michaels is way better, and Tirico is incredibly overrated.

  2. niners816 says: May 31, 2017 4:32 PM

    Thank God you didn’t Joe Buck on there. Thursday games are brutal enough to watch.

  3. Insomniac says: May 31, 2017 4:32 PM

    Who opens the season?

  4. bobthebillsfan says: May 31, 2017 4:34 PM

    I have not seen a lot of Tirico as I cut the cable cord, so I don’t know how good he is or who he was paired with at ESPN. I wonder if ESPN would have fired him had he not left.

  5. nflazcardsfan says: May 31, 2017 4:36 PM

    And …. I’m out. Will be tuning in the radio broadcasts, just as I did when he was on MNF. I get that Al Michaels might want a lighter schedule, but to, Tirico is just annoying.

  6. winningisabrees says: May 31, 2017 4:56 PM

    I actually really like Trico, he had a great call on the Saints “Domecoming” for the Gleason blocked kick…..but we are missing the real person that should have gotten the color commentary seat in the MNF booth back a few years ago,,, Mike Wilburn not Kornheiser.

  7. theinconvienenttruth says: May 31, 2017 5:06 PM

    Great news. I love Al but I’m sure I’m not alone in missing Tirico calling games once a week like he did on ESPN.

    MNF schedule was always brutal, and he was stuck calling bad games. Unfortunately, he’ll be stuck calling bad games on Thursday as well.

  8. Mudcat Williams says: May 31, 2017 5:11 PM

    Pam Ward should be doing Thursday night games

  9. valleyflyfisher says: May 31, 2017 5:14 PM

    Long time fan of Micheals, but he has lost it over the last few years. He regularly botches calls on some of the biggest plays over the last few years and it’s only getting worse. Tirico is far better than Al at this stage and in fact, could easily argued that he is the best football announcer of all the big networks primetime callers. Although in my opinion, Kevin Burkhardt is the best calling NFL games.

  10. seahawkboymike says: May 31, 2017 5:24 PM

    Tirico is just plain boring. Yawn.

  11. boltson says: May 31, 2017 5:42 PM

    Cannot stand Collinsworth in the booth.

  12. bigdaddystyle says: May 31, 2017 5:49 PM

    Tirico knows all the players names and describes the game sufficiently. That about covers my requirements for a play by play man. Now if they can only teach the analyst to shut up and let the game happen. I’d be happy.

  13. oscarxray says: May 31, 2017 6:12 PM

    A diminished role for Al Michaels? I do believe in miracles.

    Now if someone can axe Jim Nantz it would be a win for the ages.

  14. tonyzendejas says: May 31, 2017 6:12 PM

    As long as Simms is gone, I’m happy. The worst. And he got worse the longer he did it.

  15. briang123 says: May 31, 2017 6:19 PM

    Please. AL Michaels hasn’t lost a step. Tirico on the other hand is just OK. Nothing special. Just like Fowler taking over the big college football games. Just OK, his presence doesn’t make it bigger.

  16. nyneal says: May 31, 2017 6:19 PM

    I have been tired of Al Michaels for years. And I like Tirico.
    So this move gets a thumbs up from me.

  17. fmc651 says: May 31, 2017 6:34 PM

    Tirico is in love with his own voice. He talks too much, saying little that is worth hearing. He is perfect for those garbage TNF games. I don’t watch them.

  18. bmacwillconn says: May 31, 2017 6:38 PM

    Good move. Tirico’s a class act and a first rate announcer. Just afraid the poor guys going to be stuck calling awful games all season long.

  19. freeperjim says: May 31, 2017 6:49 PM

    Waaay overrated – incredibly boring esp on golf

  20. realfootballfan says: May 31, 2017 6:49 PM

    I’m sure ESPN not renewing his contract was also part of the “liberal” agenda against white men. Oh wait.

  21. bradjames33160 says: May 31, 2017 7:39 PM

    I love Mike Tirico. He’s the best play-by-play man in the business 🙂 Heather Cox is great on the sidelines as well. That’s why ESPN sucks now, among other reasons, the two of them aren’t there anymore. I’m also a big Brad Nessler guy

  22. bongwaterwally says: May 31, 2017 7:46 PM

    Generally, as a rule, fan boys hate all sports announcers because fan boys think they can do it better. LOL! Give it a try fanboys!

  23. twoteamsforlosangeles says: May 31, 2017 7:50 PM

    Nice choice! Now replace McDonough on Mondays and the weekend won’t be so bad.

  24. SparkyGump says: May 31, 2017 8:10 PM

    Can we do anything about Collingsworth? He, like Phill Simms, seems to be enamored with the sounds of his own voice and tends to babble nonsensically until interrupted. Too often, color commentators seem afraid of “dead air”, even for a few seconds, and start babbling to the point where they miss much more meaningful actions on the field. Shut up for a few seconds, Chris, or please just go away.

  25. refshavegottogo says: May 31, 2017 9:10 PM

    Al Michaels is old. I’m sure he doesnt want to have to work twice a week calling games. This is just to lighten his load so they don’t overwork him.

  26. rushbacker says: May 31, 2017 10:16 PM

    Al Michaels is THE gold standard. His sense of humor undoubtedly flies right over the heads of most millennials.

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