Mike Tirico

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Mike Tirico
Mike Tirico.jpg
Tirico working a San Antonio SpursOrlando Magic game for ESPN's NBA Wednesday on March 17, 2010.
Born (1966-12-13) December 13, 1966 (age 49)
Education Syracuse University
Occupation Announcer, Studio Host
Years active 1988-present
Employer ESPN (1991-present)
Spouse(s) Debbie Tirico (wife)
Children 2

Michael Todd "Mike" Tirico (/tˈrk/; born December 13, 1966) is a play-by-play announcer for ESPN's presentation of Monday Night Football.[1] In addition, Tirico calls a multitude of programming for ESPN/ABC, including the NBA, golf, and tennis. He is also one of the anchors of the FIFA World Cup along with Bob Ley.


ABC and ESPN television career[edit]

Tirico joined ESPN in 1991 as a SportsCenter anchor,[2] after four years as Sports Director at CBS affiliate WTVH-TV in Syracuse, New York, during his undergraduate years at Syracuse University.[3] Tirico is noted for his versatile nature and the variety of assignments he has handled for SportsCenter; Tirico has handled the play-by-play for ESPN's Thursday night college football package (1997 to 2005),[4] college basketball coverage (1997 to 2002),[5] NBA coverage (2002 to present), and golf coverage for ESPN/ABC (1997 to 2015). Tirico has also hosted studio coverage of various ESPN and ABC covered events, including a stint on ESPN's Monday Night Countdown (previously known as NFL Prime Monday) from 1993 to 2001 and ABC's NBA studio shows. He also broadcasts NBA games on ESPN/ABC, and usually does the NBA Finals coverage for ESPN Radio. He anchored the 2009 U.S. Open (tennis) and co-anchored the 2014 World Cup.

Broadcasting partners[edit]

Tirico has been paired in the college football booth with Tim Brant,[6] Terry Bowden,[7] Mike Gottfried,[8] Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, and David Norrie. His partners in NBA coverage have included Tom Tolbert,[9] Hubie Brown, and Greg Anthony.[10] His color commentators for golf coverage were Curtis Strange,[11] Ian Baker-Finch,[12] Nick Faldo,[13] and Paul Azinger.[14] He has worked with Len Elmore on college basketball coverage. Tirico works with Jon Gruden on NFL Monday Night Football.

On April 21 and 22, 2007, he appeared as a guest host, filling in for Michael Wilbon, alongside Tony Kornheiser on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption.[15]

Radio career[edit]

Tirico hosted his first show from WAER radio in Syracuse, N.Y., the station where he started his sports broadcasting career, on the campus of Syracuse University. Fellow Orange alum Bob Costas was his first guest. On September 20, 2007, Tirico began hosting the short-lived Mike Tirico Show on ESPN Radio from 1:00–3:00 pm weekdays (Eastern time). The show filled the empty seat left by Dan Patrick. During the spring of 2008, the title of The Mike Tirico Show, which featured Scott Van Pelt as a co-host, was changed to Tirico and Van Pelt. On May 19, 2009, Tirico announced he would be leaving the show to focus more on his television play-by-play duties, and the name of the show became The Scott Van Pelt Show.

Sexual harassment controversy[edit]

Tirico's period at ESPN has not been without controversy. Two books about the network, ESPN: The Uncensored History (2000) by former New York Times sportswriter Michael Freeman and 2011's These Guys Have All the Fun (by Washington Post writers James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales), recount allegations of sexual harassment. Tirico, for example, was suspended by the network for three months in 1992 for multiple incidents involving attempted groping, sexual solicitation, and stalking of female co-workers.[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

Tirico grew up in Queens, New York and graduated from Bayside High School and Syracuse University.[18][19] Tirico and his wife Debbie have two children. The Tiricos have lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan since 1999.[19]

Tirico is unsure of his heritage, as he is not certain who his biological parents are. He has stated, "Yeah. I’d like to find out the truth at some point, so I can answer questions for my kids" regarding his heritage and biological parents.[20]


  1. ^ "Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden duo to call Monday Night Football games in 2012". Espn.go.com. 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived March 6, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ [2] Archived November 5, 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ [3] Archived July 16, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "ESPN Sets Announcer Pairings for 2011-2012 College Basketball Season". Sportsmediajournal.com. 2011-11-03. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  6. ^ Farmer, Sam (2004-07-16). "Michaels Is Mr. Monday Night - Page 2 - latimes". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  7. ^ Marla Ridenour (2012-01-14). "Marla Ridenour: After time away in broadcasting, Zips coach Terry Bowden resumes his true calling - Top Stories". Ohio.com. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  8. ^ "ESPN has plenty on hand, little to say for Miami game - tribunedigital-baltimoresun". Articles.baltimoresun.com. 1994-10-10. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  9. ^ "The ABCs of ruining the NBA, Part II — Sports Media Watch". Sportsmediawatch.com. 2007-01-25. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  10. ^ Shaughnessy, Dan (2004-06-24). "He's ready to mock this draft - The Boston Globe". Articles.boston.com. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  11. ^ Scott, Jason (2005-01-02). "On the record with Mike Tirico". Michigangolf.com. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  12. ^ "Breaking, World, US & Local News - nydailynews.com - NY Daily News". New York: Articles.nydailynews.com. 2015-04-14. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  13. ^ "The 2011 Masters, TV Schedule: Nick Faldo, Jim Nantz, Mike Tirico Highlight ESPN's Friday Coverage - SB Nation Bay Area". Bayarea.sbnation.com. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  14. ^ [4] Archived June 14, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ McCormack, John. "PTI: Tirico speaks out". WashingtonExaminer.com. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  16. ^ "ESPN — Worldwide Leader in Sex". Detroit4lyfe.com. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  17. ^ "Here Are Those Tirico Stories We Hinted At Last Week". Deadspin.com. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  18. ^ Carroll, Lloyd (May 28, 2009). "Coming up next in TV land". Queens Chronicle. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b Baumgardner, Nick (October 7, 2011). "Ann Arbor's Mike Tirico gets to introduce the Lions to America on 'Monday Night Football'". Ann Arbor News. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  20. ^ "World Cup Anchor Mike Tirico’s Bizarre History: Reports of Stalking and Sexual Harassment". The Daily Beast. July 17, 2014. 

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