Mike Tirico

Inside Biography

Michael Todd "Mike" Tirico is one of the famous announcers for the presentation of Monday Night Football on ESPN. He also does multiple programming for various other sports such as NBA, tennis, and golf too. He has established himself as one of the most recognized personalities in the field of sports. In 2006 he was supposed to be among the top sports commentator.

Early Life And Education Of Mike Tirico

Mike Tirico was born on December 13, 1966, in Queens, New York. He is the son of Donald Tirico and Maria Tirico.

Despite his dark skin and non-white features, Tirico claims he is not African American. He has stated that he’s seen pictures of his father and immediate family, all of whom are white. "The only contact I had growing up was with my mom’s side of the family.

Grew up in Queens, New York, Tirico graduated from Bayside High School and the Maxwell School Of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Mike Tirico's Career

He started his career by joining ESPN in 1991 as Sports Center. After four years during his undergraduate years in Syracuse University, he worked as Sports Director at CBS in Syracuse, New York. He is famous because of his all-rounder nature also various a s signments handled by him for Sports Center.

From 1997 to 2005 he has handled play-by-play for ESPN’s Thursday night college football package. Similarly, from 1997 to 2002 he had handled college basketball coverage, from 2002 to present he is handling NBA coverage and from 1996 to 2006 he had handled PGA golf coverage for ABC. He also had worked hosting various ESPN’s studio coverage and covered events of ABC.

From 1993 to 2001 he also worked in Monday Night Countdown for ESPN which was known as NFL Prime Monday and studio show of ESPN’s NBA. He usually also does final coverage of the NBA for ESPN Radio also he broadcasted NBA games on ESPN and ABC.


No celebrity’s life is complete without controversy. Tirico has also been in sexual hara s sment controversy while he was on ESPN. Allegations about sexual hara s sment on Tirico have been accounted for by the two books The uncensored biography by Michael Freeman and these guys have all the fun by Andrew Miller and Tom Shales.

In 1992, he was suspended by the network for other incidents such as groping, sexual solicitation, and female worker stalking.

Broadcasting Partners And Radio Career

He has been paired in college football with other mates namely Tim Brant, Terry Bowden, Mike Gottfried, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, and David Norrie. He also covered NBA with Tom Tolbert, Hubie Brown, and Greg Anthony. 

In PGA, he has also worked with Curtis Strange, Judy Rankin, Nick Faldo, and Paul Azinger. He has covered some basketball in some colleges too with Len Elmore. He partners Jon Gruden on Monday Night Football. Similarly, in 2007 April, he has shown himself as guest host with Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon on ESPN’s TV show Pardon the Interruption.

Tirico had hosted his first show from WAER radio in the New York station where he had started his broadcasting career on the campus. Orange Alum Bob had been his first guest. Likewise, in September 2007, he began hosting the short-lived Mike Tirico show from 1:00-3:00 pm(Eastern Time) weekdays on ESPN radio.

This show soon had become a hit. In the spring of 2008, Tirico featured a show with Scott Van as a co-host which resulted in changing the title of the show from Tirico and Van Pelt to The Mike Tirico show. In 2009, he announced that he will leave the show for focusing more on his TV playoff duties, and hence again the name of the show became The Scott Van Pelt Show.

In August 2009 he had also covered the famous US Grand Slam. He soon signed the agreement with the US Tennis Association on ESPN. In 2010 he was awarded the title for the sportscaster of the year by NSSA (National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association).

Mike Tirico's Net Worth, Awards, And achievements

Tirico’s net worth is $6 million at present. He earns an annual salary of $3 million from his work.

In 2010 he was named the sportscaster of the year by the NSSA.

Mike Tirico's Personal Life

His wife’s name is married Debbie Gibaratz. He has two children. He completed his school at Bayside High School and his graduation from Syracuse University. Since 1999 he along with his wife and two children has been living in Ann Arbor.


by abhishek, 29 May, 2014

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