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New hire Tirico to take part in NBC Olympic coverage in Rio

Mike Tirico called the NFL, NBA, college basketball, golf and tennis among other sports in a quarter-century at ESPN to establish himself as one of TV's most versatile announcers.

One of the few events not on ESPN: the Olympics. NBC owns those rights through 2032, and now Tirico will be part of its coverage.

The Olympics were "right at the top of the list of things that made it impossible to turn away from this opportunity," Tirico said on a conference call Monday formally announcing his move to NBC.

He'll be in Rio this summer after he joins the network July 1. Details about all of Tirico's assignments won't be revealed until after he completes his ESPN...