Mike Tirico replacing Dan Patrick on NBC’s ‘Football Night in America’

August 20, 2018

Mike Tirico replacing Dan Patrick on NBC’s ‘Football Night in America’

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- There will be a new, yet familiar face on the anchor desk when “Football Night in America” returns to NBC for the 2018 NFL season.

Mike Tirico has been named to replace Dan Patrick, who hosted the Sunday night highlight/pregame show since 2008 but announced earlier this year his intention to leave the program.

Tirico will be joined in the studio by returning analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison as well as NFL Insider Mike Florio. Liam McHugh will take over Tirico’s previous role of as on-site host for “Sunday Night Football.”

The “Sunday Night Football” team of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, and Michele Tafoya remains intact.

“As one of the most accomplished, respected and versatile voices in sports, Mike was the logical choice to move into the Football Night studio,” said NBC Sports executive Sam Flood in a release. “He will anchor our show, set the scene, and educate the audience by extracting analysis, expertise, and news from Tony, Rodney, and Mike.”

Patrick told the New York Post back in March NBC offered him a five-year contract  but “I didn’t want to do it and not love doing it,” he said. 

Tirico has been the main host for NBC Sports since coming over from ESPN in 2016. He anchors the Olympics, horse racing’s Triple Crown and major golf events, and calls play-by-play for Notre Dame football.

NBC Sports kicks off the season Thursday, Sept. 6 as the Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons.

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