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Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 12:30PM EDT
ESPN adds Booger McFarland as Monday Night Football's first on-field analyst
The former NFL player will round out the MNF cast, joining Lisa Salters on the field as Joe Tessitore and Jason Witten work from the booth.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:46AM EDT
ESPN auditioned a slew of people for Monday Night Football before zeroing in on Jason Witten
Pro Football Hall of Famers Randy Moss and Kurt Warner were among the people who auditioned to be MNF's color analyst with new play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore. ALSO: ESPN offer changed Witten's mind about playing for the Dallas Cowboys for a 16th season.
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 2:24PM EDT
ESPN anchor highlights the absurdity of ESPN declining to comment on ESPN's report that Jason Witten is joining ESPN
“No comment from ESPN on this report, says the ESPN anchor,” joked longtime ESPN anchor Bob Ley of ESPN declining to comment on ESPN's report that the Dallas Cowboys tight end is joining ESPN's Monday Night Football. ESPN announced the news this morning in a story with the lead: "Jason Witten is retiring from the Dallas Cowboys and joining ESPN as an analyst for Monday Night Football, multiple sources told ESPN on Thursday."
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 10:55AM EDT
ESPN reports Jason Witten has decided to retire and join Monday Night Football
Although it's not official, ESPN is reporting that the Dallas Cowboys tight end has decided to join ESPN's broadcast booth and replace Jon Gruden as color analyst next season.
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
ESPN is reportedly offering Jason Witten more than double his Dallas Cowboys salary to join Monday Night Football
The beloved Cowboys tight end still hasn't confirmed that he'll replace Jon Gruden on Monday Night Football, but the Dallas Morning News reports he's being offered between $4 million to $4.5 million to join the broadcast booth. If he stayed with the Cowboys, he'd make less than $2 million next season.
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 2:50PM EDT
Dallas Cowboys have become a "minor league" for NFL broadcasters
If Jason Witten -- whose plan to join ESPN's Monday Night Football reportedly "blindsided" the Cowboys -- does become Jon Gruden's successor, it would mean that three of the top NFL broadcasting crews will feature a former Cowboys player. Fox Sports has Troy Aikman on its No. 1 NFL broadcasting team. CBS Sports has Tony Romo on its No. 1 NFL team. And ESPN would have Witten, the future Hall of Fame tight end.
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 1:37PM EDT
NFL Draft ratings get a boost from the addition of Fox while wreaking havoc on network schedule
Last year, ESPN and NFL Network combined for a 6.7 rating. This year's draft, the first to be shown on a broadcast network, had an 8.3 rating combined with Fox, ESPN and NFL Network. The NFL Draft also hurt network ratings, with The Big Bang Theory's ratings tumbling 21% and Quantico's Season 3 premiere matching a series low. ALSO: Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is expected to succeed Jon Gruden on Monday Night Football.
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
ESPN is happy to get a stronger slate of Monday Night Football games, particularly Jon Gruden's Raiders return
ESPN and the NFL are in the midst of a strained relationship. But the 2018 schedule released Thursday was satisfying to ESPN. The first night of Monday Night Football will include former MNF analyst Gruden in his first regular season game as the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders. ALSO: Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran had a big impact on NFL scheduling.
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 1:54PM EDT
In turning down NFL TV work, Peyton Manning didn't want to critique brother Eli Manning
Peyton Manning was offered a hefty salary to either join ESPN's Monday Night Football or Fox's Thursday Night Football. But he reportedly didn't feel comfortable calling games featuring his brother, who plays quarterback for The New York Giants. As Andrew Marchand reports, "for Peyton, not doing Eli’s games was not necessarily a deciding factor in turning down Fox and ESPN, according to sources, but it was part of the process. What it does show is Peyton’s hesitancy to go into broadcasting because, if he had called a Giants game, it would have been a novel event, and no one would have expected him to rip his brother on national TV."
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 6:42PM EDT
NFL's primetime games will begin a few minutes earlier
According to The Boston Globe, the NFL plans to announce that ESPN's Monday Night Football will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET instead of 8:30 p.m. NBC's Sunday Night Football will start at 8:20 p.m. ET instead of 8:30 p.m. and Fox's Thursday Night Football will also start at 8:20 p.m. ET, up from 8:25 pm.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 1:41PM EDT
NFL execs envision showing the NFL Draft live simultaneously on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC
Next week will mark the first time that the draft will be shown on broadcast television when Fox shows Days 1 and 2 and ABC shows Day 3. According to Michael McCarthy, "as the annual football festival grows in popularity, some league executives envision the draft potentially becoming the sports equivalent of a U.S. presidential election — a sports event televised simultaneously across most or all of the national broadcast networks: NBC, CBS, Fox and ESPN's sister Disney network ABC." ALSO: Why would ESPN considering hiring Brett Favre for Monday Night Football in the #MeToo era?
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?