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“I looked at what I do for the sports that I had involvement with at ESPN and absolutely loved those responsibilities,” said Tirico.

“But then I looked at the level of events that NBC was offering.

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Sam Flood, the executive producer of NBC Sports, said that Tirico will have a role at the Rio Olympics but would not specify what that role will be on the call.

I’d look for the network to name him as a host of a day part or as part of its golf coverage.

, joining Keith Jackson, Frank Gifford, Al Michaels and Tirico, who called the past 10 seasons on ESPN.

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Sean Mc Donough had told his bosses over the years that he wasn’t sure he wanted to stay with the network if they didn’t believe he could be the lead voice of a signature sports property.A superb performer on college football and college basketball, Mc Donough was a charter member of sports broadcasting’s most underrated talents given his quality work regardless of the assignment.Still, Mc Donough could not soar past the likes of Mike Tirico, Chris Fowler and Brent Musburger on the talent roster.Mc Donough said his bosses told him they believed in him, but words are one thing and assignments are another.Finally, four days short of his 54th birthday, it was announced that Mc Donough will be the play-by-play face of a major sports television property, as he will be taking over Tirico's role on ESPN's Monday Night Football.It’s not often that competing sports networks work together on PR strategy but such was the case on Monday afternoon as ESPN and NBC Sports partnered to coordinate the announcements of Tirico joining NBC Sports and Mc Donough's new position on ’s John Ourand broke the news on Tirico two weeks ago and insiders at both places acknowledged what was happening even as ESPN PR declined SI’s request for Mc Donough, and Tirico declined comment via his agent, Sandy Montag. (Yes, covering sports television is fun.) successor until NBC announced Tirico had signed with them. ET on Monday during a conference call that was light on specifics and heavy on executive love for Tirico.

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