Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

ESPN shuffles Sean McDonough out of 'Monday Night Football' booth

ESPN shuffles Sean McDonough out of 'Monday Night Football' booth

- Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) March 10, 2018I am a Sean McDonough fan.

The NY Post is reporting that Joe Tessitore will be Monday Night Football's new play-by-play man. The network said McDonough will do a high-profile college football game weekly throughout the season and call a College Football Playoff semifinal. The veteran broadcaster signed a multiyear deal to stay with ESPN, where he'll remain a part of its college basketball and Masters coverage in addition to resuming a previous role on college football broadcasts.

The MNF booth will have an entirely new look this season, as McDonough's broadcast partner the past two years, analyst Jon Gruden, left to coach the Raiders.

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"Over the past two years, as I watched college football on television, I realized how much I missed it", said McDonough.

Richard Deitsch of SI reports Friday evening on Twitter that McDonough will leave MNF to return to calling college football games for the network. ESPN's press release announcing the move tries to sell it as something other than that.

With the popularity of Tony Romo this past season on CBS, who was able to predict what offenses and defense were going to do, Manning would be seen as another quarterback that would serve the same objective. Marchand notes that he's never called an National Football League game, while also implying that the National Football League itself wasn't particularly enamored with McDonough as the voice of one of its signature properties. Well, it appears Peyton Manning is out of the running.

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