The ESPN Monday Night Football booth is undergoing an overhaul after Jon Gruden’s return to coaching and the network’s decision to replace play-by-play voice Sean McDonough
McDonough has been with ESPN since 2000, holding Monday Night Football play-by-play responsibilities for the last two seasons, but the network announced McDonough will transition back to the college football booth. Although rumored for weeks, the official announcement of McDonough leaving the MNF broadcast came with a multi-year contract extension to remain with ESPN, making the decision appear to be mutual.
“Over the past two years, as I watched college football on television, I realized how much I missed it,” said McDonough. “Being the ‘Voice of Monday Night Football’ was one of the great honors of my life, but I am grateful for the opportunity to return to the unique traditions, rivalries and pageantry of college football and to tell the stories of the participants. I look forward to reuniting with ESPN’s college football team where I have so many close friends in front of and behind the camera.”
The ESPN Monday Night Football booth is undergoing an overhaul after Jon Gruden’s return to coaching and the network’s decision to replace play-by-play voice Sean McDonough.
ESPN Monday Night Football producer Jay Rothman weighed in stating, “Sean is a Hall of Fame broadcaster and person. On behalf of our entire MNF family, I thank him for his outstanding work the past two seasons and wish him well as he returns to college football.”
While Peyton Manning reportedly declined ESPN’s offer to replace Jon Gruden on the MNF broadcast, the network has found their new play-by-play announcer. According to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, Joe Tessitore, who joined ESPN in 2002 and was most recently their No. 2 college football voice, will take over for McDonough on Monday Night Football. ESPN did not confirm Tessitore will move to MNF in their McDonough announcement.