Double duty: Tirico to host NBC’s Olympic and Super Bowl broadcasts

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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2019, file photo, NBC sportscaster Mike Tirico works on the sidelines during an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears in Chicago.  Tirico is set to give double duty new meaning when NBC airs the Olympics and Super Bowl next month.  Tirico will be the anchor of the network's primetime coverage of the Beijing Games, but will also host the Super Bowl pregame show from Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes, File)

FILE – In this Sept. 5, 2019, file photo, NBC sportscaster Mike Tirico works on the sidelines during an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears in Chicago. Tirico is set to give double duty new meaning when NBC airs the Olympics and Super Bowl next month. Tirico will be the anchor of the network’s primetime coverage of the Beijing Games, but will also host the Super Bowl pregame show from Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes, File)

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Mike Tirico will do international double duty when NBC airs the Olympics and Super Bowl next month.

Tirico will anchor the network’s primetime coverage of the Winter Games from Beijing, then switch locations to Los Angeles to host the Super Bowl pre-game show. This is the first time the two events will overlap.

“I didn’t need a lot of conviction to do that. This is the opportunity of a lifetime within our profession. The biggest sporting event in the country in the middle of the biggest sporting event in the world,” Tirico said, “The chance to be part of both is great. I’m honored to be part of it, that’s for sure.

Tirico is the host of NBC’s “Football Night in America” ​​and he also calls select games throughout the season. He will anchor the Beijing Olympics February 3-10 before making the 6,200-mile flight to Los Angeles, where he will host February 11-12 coverage from a set outside SoFi Stadium.

On Feb. 13, Tirico will host the five-hour Super Bowl pre-game show and then Sunday night’s Olympic prime-time show after the game. It will be his third Olympics as a prime-time host after joining NBC in 2016 and his fourth Super Bowl (the previous three were with ABC).

“Those are two dream missions, so who needs sleep at this time? The only thing you want to make sure is that you can do it the right way,” Tirico said. “I think from an editorial perspective we will still be able to provide the same coverage and that needs to be front and center. And in some ways, I think that will help enhance this unique weekend of being at the Super Bowl site, because we’re part of that buildup during our Olympics coverage.

NBC will decide, likely over Super Bowl weekend, where Tirico will be for the remainder of the Olympics — which ends Feb. 20 — based on COVID-19 and other factors.

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