Mike Tirico replaces Al Michaels on ‘Thursday Night Football’

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A move that was expected a year ago is finally coming to fruition. Mike Tirico will handle play-by-play duties for NBC’s Thursday Night Football games this season, Sports Business Journal reports. The NFL released a statement to SBJ:

“Although there have been a number of changes in the networks’ broadcast booths over the past couple of seasons, our priority, and the priority of our network partners remains the same – produce a high quality, engaging broadcast that our fans love whether its Thursday, Sunday or Monday. For ‘TNF,’ we get that with Mike Tirico, a terrific broadcaster, and Cris Collinsworth at NBC and the new team of Jim Nantz and Tony Romo at CBS.”

Tirico’s assignment is a big departure from last year’s NFL strange edict that the network’s top broadcasting duo call Thursday Night Football. NBC’s number one team remains Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth who will continue to  call Sunday Night Football. Collinsworth will join Tirico as Thursday Night Football’s analyst.

Now if they could only shake up the quality of play. 

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