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Tirico leaving MNF
« on: April 25, 2016, 07:25:14 PM »
Holy crap!!!  Mike Tirico is leaving ESPN for NBC.  Tirico has been at the Worldwide Leader since '91!!!  All for the crappy five game Thursday night package that NBC just acquired.  Sean McDonough, who I like, is the favorite to rein Gruden in on Mondays.


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ESPN’s Mike Tirico, the play-by-play voice of Monday Night Football, is leaving the network to join NBC, Sports Business Daily’s John Ourand reports.

Tirico, 49, has been with ESPN since 1991 and has called Monday night games for the network since 2006. He also calls NBA games and previously worked major golf tournaments.

Ourand reports that Sean McDonough is the leading candidate to take Tirico’s place on MNF, while Tirico will be the chief play-by-play man for NBC’s newly acquired five-game Thursday night NFL package. NBC also has golf broadcast rights, most notably the British Open, and owns the rights to the Olympics.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/more-sports/report-monday-night-football-announcer-mike-tirico-leaving-for-nbc/ar-BBsfhcI?li=BBnb7Kz
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Re: Tirico leaving MNF
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2016, 08:44:55 PM »
Not just for THU night football.  He's the heir apparent to Al Michaels and/or Bob Costas.
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Re: Tirico leaving MNF
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2016, 09:04:41 PM »
Hadn't thought about that.  Makes sense.  I wonder if Michaels will share Collinsworth on Thursday night games.  Get the chemistry started early.
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Re: Tirico leaving MNF
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2016, 11:36:13 PM »
Could they replace Gruden instead? His commentary is obnoxious. He glad hands everyone as a 'great player' to hedge his bets in case he gets back in to coaching. Nobody ever makes a mistake, bad plays don't exist, everything is just peachy! Ugh.

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Re: Tirico leaving MNF
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2016, 04:29:39 AM »
Could they replace Gruden instead? His commentary is obnoxious. He glad hands everyone as a 'great player' to hedge his bets in case he gets back in to coaching. Nobody ever makes a mistake, bad plays don't exist, everything is just peachy! Ugh.

nope - ESPN lives by the 'cult of the jock' and Tirico's deal is already signed
http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Closing-Bell/2016/04/25/Tirico.aspx
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Re: Tirico leaving MNF
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2016, 04:31:51 AM »
Incidentally, all the folks that've been in that afternoon ESPN radio ended up leaving the company - Dan Patrick, Eric Kuselius, and now Tirico.  Would Van Pelt, Kannell and/or Rusillo be far behind?
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Re: Tirico leaving MNF
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2016, 09:15:58 PM »
Skip Bayless is leaving ESPN for Fox, too

In case you've forgotten what an idiot Bayless is

http://dailysnark.com/ten-dumbest-skip-bayless-tweets-time/
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Re: Tirico leaving MNF
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2016, 09:52:58 PM »
I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo glad!  Can't stand Bayless!  And I can't find Sports 1 on my cable without looking for it, so, good riddance!
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Re: Tirico leaving MNF
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2016, 08:42:32 PM »
Skip Bayless is leaving ESPN for Fox, too

In case you've forgotten what an idiot Bayless is

http://dailysnark.com/ten-dumbest-skip-bayless-tweets-time/

Good riddance. Perhaps he can find work somewhere further away. Siberia?

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Re: Tirico leaving MNF
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2016, 08:00:29 PM »
And two more may be leaving

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Skip Bayless and Mike Tirico are not the only broadcasters leaving ESPN’s Bristol Campus.

NFL TV sources say Trent Dilfer, one of ESPN’s most engaging NFL analysts and member of the “Monday Countdown” crew, is likely headed out the door. Spies say money is the issue.

And according to published reports, Brad Nessler, one of ESPN’s top college football and basketball play-by-play voices, is headed to CBS to work NFL games.

The speculation is Nessler will eventually succeed Verne Lundquist on CBS’ SEC football package.
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« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2016, 08:26:53 PM »
CBS and NBC both have MAJOR succession problems they've not yet solved, and both look like they're raiding ESPN to do it.

Who is going to follow
Bob Costas?
Al Michaels?
Mary Carillo?
Mike Emrich?
Vern Lundquist?
Phil Simms?
Jim Nantz?
Gary Danielson?
Bill Rafferty?
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Re: Tirico leaving MNF
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2016, 06:19:08 AM »
Raiding ESPN may not be that hard, as ESPN is getting hard with cord cutting. 
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Re: Tirico leaving MNF
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2016, 06:42:35 AM »
The cord-cutting is hurting, but not that much. What's really hurting are the skyrocketing rights fees that all of the League's are demanding and at some point you hit Market saturation where there's not enough advertising dollars to justify the size of those rights fees
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Re: Tirico leaving MNF
« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2016, 06:44:09 AM »
The other issue of course is having Disney as your corporate parent. It gives you a lot of cross-branding and exposure, but also makes you a slave to stock market whims
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