John Ourland of SportsBusiness Daily is reporting that ESPN mainstay Mike Tirico is reportedly bolting ship in Bristol and headed for NBC. Several "unnamed sources" are used in the report.
Tirico's current deal with ESPN ends this summer. Reports suggest Tirico would handle play-by-play for NBC's slate of Thursday Night Football this fall, and would presumably be the successor to Al Michaels on Sunday Night Football. (Michaels' is under contract with NBC until the end of the 2017 NFL season).
Other future potential jobs for Tirico at NBC could include coverage of PGA Tour and The British Open. Tirico has previously covered The Open for ESPN. He could also be a possible successor to Bob Costas as the anchor to NBC's coverage of The Olympics.
Tirico has been at the WWL since 1991. In that time, he's gone for hosting SportsCenter to calling play-by-play for Monday Night Football. Among the other events he has covered have been The Masters, The British Open, The FIFA World Cup,The US Open tennis tournament, and The NBA Finals.