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Mike Tirico ’88 receives Newhouse’s Marty Glickman Award for Leadership in Sports Media

November 15, 2017

Renowned sportscaster and Newhouse School alumnus Mike Tirico ’88 received the fifth annual Marty Glickman Award for Leadership in Sports Media at a ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3. Last year’s recipient, Sean McDonough ’84 of ABC/ESPN, presented the award.

Along with McDonough, others who spoke at the event included Newhouse Dean Lorraine Branham; Newhouse Sports Media Center Director Olivia Stomski '01; Sue Cornelius Edson '90, executive senior associate athletics director and chief communications officer with Syracuse University Athletics; and Tirico’s friend and former boss, Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack '80. Prior to assuming his current role heading Syracuse Athletics in August 2016, Wildhack was executive vice president for programming and production at ESPN. He called Tirico "one of the greatest ambassadors the Newhouse School and Syracuse University have ever had."

"I love this place because of the people and what it has meant to me," Tirico said in his remarks. He urged students to "soak up every minute" of their time at Syracuse and said, "The Newhouse School is the best, and we are going to continue to turn out the best women and men in the communications industry."

Afterward, Tirico and McDonough joined fellow alumni sports broadcasters and past Glickman Award winners Bob Costas ’74 (NBC Sports) and Beth Mowins G’90 (ESPN/CBS), and Sandy Montag ’85, president and CEO of The Montag Group, as Wildhack’s guests at the Syracuse-Iona basketball game in the Carrier Dome.

Tirico is a host and play-by-play announcer for NBC Sports Group, which he joined in 2016 after a 26-year career with ESPN. Tirico will take over Olympics hosting duties from outgoing host Costas starting with the 2018 games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

At NBC, Tirico has served as host of “Football Night in America,” the most-watched studio show in sports, as well as The Open, The Ryder Cup and Breeders’ Cup horse racing. He also handled play-by-play for “Sunday Night Football,” “Thursday Night Football” and Notre Dame football. He made his Olympics debut in Summer 2016 as an NBC daytime host and host of the Closing Ceremony in Rio.

The Glickman Award is named for sportscasting pioneer Marty Glickman ’39.

Watch the full ceremony on YouTube>>