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Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 3:05PM EDT
Ex-Monday Night Football announcer is okay with his demotion because "it wasn’t a tremendous amount of fun the last two years"
“If you go back and look at the schedule, generally we got one of the worst NFL games each week," Sean McDonough said on radio station WEEI in his first comments since ESPN demoted him back to college football announcing. "You’re trying to make something sound interesting and exciting that isn’t. For me, part of it was just the way the booth was set up the last two years. It was really geared around Jon Gruden. That’s not unusual, TV really is an analyst-driven medium."
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 2:09PM EDT
ESPN and NFL have a fractured relationship
The news last month that the NFL would allow Fox to carry the NFL Draft on network TV for the first time was seen as a slap in the face to ESPN, which created the draft as a TV event 38 years ago. Turns out it's part of a bitter battle between the two partners, with the NFL increasingly upset with ESPN's negative journalism coverage of the league. Meanwhile, ESPN is miffed that it has been paying the most money for NFL rights, but receiving the least attractive games for Monday Night Football. Now it's up to new ESPN president James Pitaro to fix that strained relationship.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
ESPN's Monday Night Football: Sean McDonough is out, Joe Tessitore is expected to replace him
McDonough succeeded Mike Tirico two years ago when Tirico moved to NBC Sports. But with Jon Gruden's departure, Monday Night Football will get a new play-by-play announcer this fall. ESPN college football broadcaster Tessitore will take over, as McDonough returns to college. ALSO: Peyton Manning has turned down Monday Night Football, but Fox's Thursday Night Football is still a possibility.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 7:02AM EST
Why paying Peyton Manning $10 million a year to call NFL games is a bad idea
Former quarterback Tony Romo was a success story stepping away from the football field and onto the No. 1 CBS NFL team. But don't expect for Manning to be as successful. Why? Because Manning, despite his media savviness, has mostly done work in front of the camera that requires him to read scripted lines. Would he be good off the cuff calling games?
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 7:46PM EST
Peyton Manning is said to be in talks with Fox and ESPN to call NFL primetime games -- will he get $10 million a year?
Manning could either replace Jon Gruden on ESPN's Monday Night Football, or become the color analyst on Fox's Thursday Night Football package. According to The Wrap, Manning is seeking $10 million a year.
Posted Friday 2/16/18 at 2:13PM EST
Both ESPN and Fox are hoping to get Peyton Manning for their primetime NFL games
The retired NFL quarterback reportedly has the option of picking between ESPN's Monday Night Football and Fox's Thursday Night Football, should he want to enter broadcasting. ALSO: ESPN is reportedly considering replacing Monday Night Football announcer Sean McDonough.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
Fox has doubled down on the NFL -- will it acquire Monday Night Football next?
Following 21st Century Fox's deal with Disney, the Fox network will have a lot of need for unscripted programming, and the NFL fits the bill with Fox opting to acquire Thursday Night Football and the NFL Draft. With ESPN's expensive Monday Night Football deal -- costing $1.9 billion a year -- ending in 2021, there could be a chance that Fox acquires Monday NFL games for its sister cable network FS1. ALSO: ESPN is losing control of the NFL Draft after becoming the only network to broadcast it as a major event.
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 2:19PM EST
ESPN has reached out to Peyton Manning to replace Jon Gruden on Monday Night Football
ESPN executive Mark Druley said Gruden’s departure was not a surprise, and they’ve begun a search that will include ESPN employees and Peyton Manning. “We like Peyton Manning,’ Druley said. “And we would be foolish not to talk him.”
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 2:57PM EST
Keith Jackson dies: The voice of college football and Monday Night Football’s first play-by-play man was 89
Jackson called Major League Baseball and NBA games and worked 10 of ABC’s Summer and Winter Olympics broadcasts. He helped kick off Monday Night Football in 1970 as its first play-by-play man during its inaugural season. But Jackson will be remembered as the signature voice of college football with his famous “Whoa, Nellie!” line. “For generations of fans, Keith was college football,” said Disney CEO Bob Iger. “When you heard his voice, you knew it was a big game. Keith was a true gentleman and a memorable presence.” Jackson retired after calling one of college football's most memorable games, the 2006 Rose Bowl between Texas and USC. He also called Desmond Howard’s “Goodbye … hello, Heisman" moment in 1991. “Having a hard time finding the right words to express what the icon Keith Jackson meant to me personally, Michigan football and CFB, in general,” tweeted Howard, now of ESPN's College Gameday. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, fresh off calling this week’s college football championship game, added: “Just heard the news that everyone’s favorite CFB broadcaster Keith Jackson passed away last night. Can close my eyes and think of so many of his special calls.” In 1975, Jackson said of his work: “If you sit down and watch a football game with me and you have absolutely no recollection of my having been at the football game, and you turn off your television set entertained, informed and satisfied with what you’ve seen, then I think that I’ve done a pretty good job because I didn’t get in your way.”
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 2:15PM EST
Monday Night Football’s Jon Gruden is poised to be introduced as the new Oakland Raiders head coach on Tuesday with a $100 million deal
Gruden, who is reportedly ESPN’s highest-paid on-air employee earning $6.5 million a year, is expected to sign a 10-year, $100 million deal to return as head coach of the Raiders (the longest deal in NFL history). Gruden was Raiders head coach from 1998 through 2001, before being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where in his first season he won a Super Bowl beating his old team. Gruden's departure means Saturday's AFC playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans will mark his final broadcast for ESPN. There was some concern that Gruden calling the game would be a conflict of interest because the Chiefs are a rival of the Raiders, but ESPN showed an image of Gruden meeting with Chiefs head coach Andy Reid on Thursday. Gruden and Reid worked together on the Green Bay Packers staff.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 9:05PM EST
Al Michaels has been calling primetime NFL games for 32 years, but Saturday will mark the first time he’ll call an NFL game from his hometown Los Angeles
Michaels won’t have to travel far for Saturday’s NFC wildcard playoff game between the Atlanta Falcons and the L.A. Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The stadium is 11 miles from his high school and a short drive from his home in Brentwood. In Michaels's 32 years of calling NFL games on ABC's Monday Night Football and NBC's Sunday Night Football, he never worked a Raiders game when they were in Los Angeles and called six Rams games when they were in Anaheim. ALSO: Michaels will become only the second person to call a 10th Super Bowl.
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 2:46PM EST
Rumor of Jon Gruden to the Oakland Raiders creates the appearance of an ESPN conflict of interest
The Monday Night Football analyst is likely to become the next Oakland Raiders head coach. Yet ESPN still has Gruden calling Saturday's NFL playoff game involving one of the Raiders' chief rivals, the Kansas City Chiefs. As part of his preparation for the game, Gruden -- who previously coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001 -- is supposed to be given in-depth access to the Chiefs' game plan, which would create the appearance of a conflict of interest. (Gruden is good friends with Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, whom he coached with on the Green Bay Packers.) Asked this morning if he’ll become the next Raiders head coach, Gruden said: “Well, I think I am being considered, yes. I hope I’m a candidate.” It was ESPN that first broke the news that ESPN employee Gruden would become the next Raiders head coach.
Posted Wednesday 12/20/17 at 2:14PM EST
NFL will allow ESPN to stream Monday Night Football games on mobile phones
Earlier this week, the NFL announced that NBC would start streaming Sunday Night Football games on mobile phones.
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 11:08PM EST
CBS used crowd noise to mask gay slurs at the Patriots-Raiders NFL game in Mexico City
Last year, ESPN was criticized for not censoring gay slurs during its broadcast of an NFL game from Mexico City.
Posted Tuesday 11/07/17 at 10:17AM EST
NFL broadcasters' ad prices decline 6.7%
Of all the networks that carry NFL games, only NBC has seen its prices for commercials rise this season.