Mike Tirico served as the voice of Monday Night Football for a decade, and when he announced his departure from ESPN to join NBC, it was widely reported that he’d be serving in the play-by-play role for that network’s new Thursday night NFL package. But that’s not going to happen, because the NFL said no.
I am not sure why the NFL would object to this as NBC pays the rights to broadcast the games. What is ESPN going to refuse to show highlights from the Thursday night games Tirico calls? I like my football, but the NFL feels like that balloon you keep blowing air into that gets bigger and bigger just waiting for it to go “boom”.