New hire Tirico to take part in NBC Olympic coverage in Rio

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Tirico will take part in NBC’s Olympic coverage in Rio this summer after he joins the network July 1.

NBC formally announced Monday that Tirico was leaving ESPN after a quarter-century. NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood says details about Tirico’s assignments won’t be revealed until after he officially joins the network.

Flood will say that Tirico will be involved in NFL and golf coverage.

Tirico joined ESPN as a “SportsCenter” anchor in 1991 and became one of the most versatile commentators in sports, working studio shows and handling play-by-play for a wide variety of events. He was picked as the play-by-play announcer for “Monday Night Football” in 2006.

Tirico also hosted major tennis and golf coverage and called the NBA Finals for ESPN Radio and the “Super Tuesday” Big Ten college basketball games.