Mike Tirico to Leave ESPN for NBC (Report)

Jon Gruden will reportedly need a new partner during “Monday Night Football” telecasts

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“Monday Night Football” lead play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico is reportedly leaving ESPN for NBC Sports.

Tirico, who has been with ESPN since 1991, is expected to be the lead play-by-play voice on NBC’s new “Thursday Night Football” package of five late-season games, according to Sports Business Daily.

SBD sites “several sources” and says Sean McDonough is a leading candidate to replace Tirico on “MNF.” Tirico also calls major championship golf and tennis, the NBA Playoffs, and college football and basketball. Tirico has been the voice of “MNF” since 2006.

Keith Jackson, Frank Gifford, Michaels join Tricio as the only people to ever hold the title of lead “MNF” announcer. He has ben paired up with former NFL coach Jon Gruen in the booth since 2009.

NBC has rights to the U.S. Open and the British Open, so expect Tirico to be heavily involved in golf at NBC.

ESPN declined TheWrap’s request for comment.