In his extensive career with ESPN and now NBC, Mike Tirico has called a plethora of live events. Whether it’s been the NFL, golf, college basketball and football, hosting soccer and the Olympics, one can say Tirico “been there, done that.”

But there’s one sport he would like to call and that’s baseball. In an interview with’s Jonathan Tannenwald, Tirico said that he would love to one day call baseball games, but until NBC gets a part of the MLB contract, it’s not in the cards at this time:

At some point I’d love to do baseball, even if it’s just a few games. I just have always admired the ability to call the game and tell the stories. That’s what appeals to me most at the end of the day: the personal aspect of these things. So down the line, that’s something I’d love to do that I haven’t done.

But I’ve been able to check most of the boxes of things that I’d like to do, and I’ve been very lucky. Now you’re just getting really selfish, where you hope one day to call a Super Bowl and those types of things. I’ve been lucky to check most of the boxes on my dreams as a sportscaster along the way here.

As for his upcoming NBC schedule, Tirico said he’s working things out with the Peacock, but you can expect him to be on golf with NBC/Golf Channel, perhaps the French Open and maybe even the English Premier League?

We’re still trying to figure all of that out. Definitely golf for sure. I’ll be involved with our golf coverage between NBC and things at the Golf Channel. We’ll get that ironed out and figure out what my other roles are going to be during the spring.

A big part of the allure of NBC for me was not just the NFL and the Olympic Games, it was the other things that are here too, like the horse racing, like the golf, like the opportunities in tennis. Obviously, soccer coverage I’ve been a part of [hosting ESPN’s World Cup and European Championships studio coverage].

Tirico is a talented announcer who can call multiple sports and also host. If he gets the opportunity to call baseball, you could expect him to call it as well as his other sports.


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