Most of the sports media talk regarding Mike Tirico has concerned his move to the Sunday Night Football booth with Al Michaels’ NBC contract expiring. Tirico has also been in the news for hosting NBC’s 2022 Winter Olympics coverage, particularly when he pulled international double-duty by traveling from Beijing to Los Angeles to host the Super Bowl LVI broadcast.
But Tirico will also get to call golf’s biggest event this year. According to the New York Post‘s Andrew Marchand (via his weekly Sports Clicker newsletter), Tirico will be the lead play-by-play announcer on SiriusXM’s broadcast of The Masters, April 7-10.
“Over the last 25 years I have been fortunate to cover so many unforgettable Masters moments,” said Tirico in SiriusXM’s official release. “I am thrilled to reconnect with Curtis, Steve and the great team that has been assembled for the SiriusXM broadcast. It is always great to be at Augusta National and an honor to be a part of the Masters broadcast.”
Analysts Curtis Strange and Steve Melnyk will join Tirico on the call, while Suzy Whaley, Fred Albers, Mark Carnevale, Brian Katrek, and John Maginnes will report from the course during SiriusXM’s coverage. Chantel McCabe, Jim McLean, Carl Paulson, Jason Sobel, and Taylor Zarzour will also contribute to the broadcast.
Working for NBC, Tirico wasn’t going to be a part of any Masters TV coverage. CBS and ESPN have TV rights to the event. But calling golf and anchoring coverage has been a significant part of the veteran broadcaster’s career. Beginning when he joined NBC in 2016, Tirico has been the lead voice on golf coverage for the netwok and The Golf Channel, performing both play-by-play and studio host roles.
“The Masters is always one of the most anticipated events on the sports calendar, annually capturing the attention of not only golf fans, but the wider population of sports fans everywhere,” said SiriusXM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein. “We are thrilled to welcome Mike, Curtis, Steve and Suzy to our exceptional team of voices, and we’re proud to deliver our listeners a top-notch broadcast befitting such a special event.”
SiriusXM’s coverage of the 2022 Masters will broadcast April 7-10 on PGA Tour Radio (channel 92) and the SiriusXM app.
Ian Casselberry is a sports media columnist for BSM. He has previously written and edited for Awful Announcing, The Comeback, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, MLive, Bleacher Report, and SB Nation. You can find him on Twitter @iancass or reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”
The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.
“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”
Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.
Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP
WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.
A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.
He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.
The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.
Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open
“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.
In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”
The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.
“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”