The major name you can’t rule out to replace ‘Doc’ Emrick

The major name you can’t rule out to replace ‘Doc’ Emrick

While Kenny Albert is a strong candidate to replace Mike (Doc) Emrick on NBC’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals, a name that cannot be ruled out is Mike Tirico.

Albert, 52, could very well be the next man up, as he is NBC’s No. 2 NHL play-by-play man, having done conference finals and the Olympics for years. But Tirico, the face of NBC Sports, figures to be in the discussion when its network executives decide what to do next.

Tirico is a hockey guy and has called a few games for the network over the past few years.

Tirico, 53, is the host of the Olympics, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” studio show, the Triple Crown and the network’s golf events. He also calls Notre Dame football. He is scheduled to replace Al Michaels full-time on “Sunday Night Football” broadcasts after the 2022 Super Bowl.

The issue in the short term that could arise is the uncertainty of the pandemic on the schedule. The Olympics are scheduled for late July.

While NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said that the hope is for the season to begin after the new year, it is unclear yet when the Cup would take place. The schedule could eliminate Tirico from consideration. NBC and Tirico may also decide his plate is too full.

Along with Albert, NBC also may look at John Forslund and young, up-and-comer Brendan Burke to succeed the legendary Emrick.

The situation is also complicated by the fact NBC only owns the rights to the Cup for next year. It is in talks to renew and could continue to broadcast it for a long time, but the NHL is speaking with others with ESPN/ABC, Fox, among the possibilities.

The seemingly always-traveling Albert also does Fox NFL football, is the radio voice of the Rangers and fills in on Knicks TV games. The Fox NFL deal has two years left. While Fox is expected to renew, negotiations have not been completed.

Albert has a strong candidacy for the job, but it is no sure thing just yet.

Doc Visits: On a conference call with Emrick, following The Post’s Phil Mushnick breaking the news of his retirement, NBC had many special visitors interspersed around reporters’ questions. Bettman, Islanders’ president Lou Lamoriello, NBC Sports president Sam Flood, Eddie Olczyk and Michaels all had high praise.

“You have simply been magnificent at your craft,” Bettman told Emrick.

The common theme was that Emrick is just as good of a person as he is a hockey announcer.

Quick Clicks: Joe Davis, 32, did well, pinch-hitting for Joe Buck on Game 7 of the NLCS on Fox. Buck didn’t work the game since he did the Bucs-Packers earlier Sunday.

Davis did a good job of picking up the storylines where they were and put exclamation points on the big calls. It couldn’t have hurt that he is the Dodgers’ regular season play-by-play man. … On TBS, Jeff Francoeur showed potential. When he joined Brian Anderson and Ron Darling for the ALCS, Francoeur improved the booth. … Curtis Granderson is going to have to say more if he is going to cut through at all on TBS’ set with Ernie Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Jimmy Rollins. Granderson is nice and smart, as we know from his New York days, but he needs to give more than obvious points.

Clicker Books: Two reviews from Papa Clicker. The Captain, David Wright’s memoir with MLB.com writer Anthony DiComo is a fun ride from childhood through Wright’s ups and downs as a Met. It earns a 4.3 out of 5 clickers. Meanwhile, in the same vein, Jason Cole does the same on John Elway. “Elway: A Relentless Life” receives a 4.1 score.

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