Mike Tirico is an American sportscaster of NBC Sports. Mike Tirico is popular for his 10-year run as an NFL play-by-play announcer on ESPN’s Monday Night Football from 2006 to 2015.
Table of Biography
Mike Tirico is 53 years old. He was born on December 13, 1966, in Whitestone, New York, the United States. His birth name is Michael Todd Tirico. His father,s name is Donald Tirico and his mother’s name is Maria Tirico. He grew up in Queens, New York. Moreover, he belongs to the American nationality and ethnicity of African-Americans. Likewise, he has stated that he’s seen pictures of his father and immediate family, all of whom are white.
Talking about educational history, Tirico attended Bayside High School and then went to S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Professional life and Career
Mike has started his professional career as a sportscaster of ESPN in 1991. He is the first sports reporter for ESPN. Likewise, he has also hosted studio coverage of various ESPN and ABC covered events, including a stint on ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown. Then, he has also anchored the 2009 U.S. Open (tennis) and co-anchored the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016. Eventually, it was his last assignment at ESPN.
Then, he joined NBC Sports as a sportscaster on July 1, 2016, and still working here after an on-off appearance. Likewise, he is also called a multitude of sports for the network, including the NBA, college football and basketball, golf, tennis, hockey and world cup soccer.
In February of 2017, he became the primetime host of NBC’s coverage of the Olympics. He also replaced Bob Costas as a studio host for NBC’s NFL coverage and Football Night in America.
On May 31, 2017, he replaces Al Michaels permanently as the play-by-play analyst for all of NBC’s Thursday Night Football games. Likewise, in 2017, he took over the role of Tom Hammond in Triple Crown coverage and became full-time as the play-by-play broadcaster for Notre Dame football in 2017.
In the 2018 season, he was selected to NBC’s Thanksgiving game after losing Thursday Night Football to Fox followed by his Football Night. In December, he also announced two NFL Network Special games presented by Fox Sports.
On February 20, 2019, he announced his first NHL game on NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Hockey. Although he has worked as a studio host for selected NHL broadcasts, this registered his first broadcast as a commentator. His performance was well-accepted by observers and sportswriters.
He has been partnered in the college football booth with Lee Corso, Terry Bowden, Tim Brant, Mike Gottfried, Kirk Herbstreit, and David Norrie. Since the opening of the 2017 season, he has served as play-by-play for Notre Dame Football on NBC, partnering Doug Flutie.
Likewise, his partners in NBA coverage have included Hubie Brown, Tom Tolbert, and Greg Anthony. Curtis Strange, Ian Baker-Finch, Nick Faldo, and Paul Azinger His are color commentators for golf coverage. Similarly, he has worked with Len Elmore on college basketball coverage. He worked with Jon Gruden on NFL Monday Night Football and also the Outback Bowl (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) and Orange Bowl (2011 and 2012).
On April 21, 22, of 2007, he also made an appearance as a guest host, charging in for Michael Wilbon, alongside Tony Kornheiser on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption.
He has hosted his first show from WAER radio in Syracuse. On September 20, 2007, he began to co-host the short-lived The Mike Tirico Show on ESPN Radio with Van Pelt. On May 19, 2009, he stated he would be dropping the show to focus more on his television duties.
Mike Tirico has earned a decent sum of money in his reporting career. His estimated net worth is around $6 million. There is no detailed information regarding his annual salary.
Reflecting on Mike Tirico’s relationship status, he is a married man. He married Debbie Tirico. They tied the knots in the year 1991. His spouse is a former all-state softball and basketball player from Trenton. They met each other at Syracuse University as a student.
The couple is very happy with each other. Moreover, they have two lovely children and the family resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the present.
Sexual harassment controversy
Being a sportscaster in ESPN was tough for him due to many controversies. Likewise, he was alleged into a sexual harassment-related controversy while working with ESPN. So that he got suspended from the Network for allegations of stalking, groping and sexual solicitation from various female workers in the network.
Moreover, there are no controversy and rumors currently regarding his personal and professional life.
Mike is active on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. He has many fans following. Likewise, he has around 9k followers on Facebook, more than 8k followers on Instagram, and around 558.9k followers on Twitter.