ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” booth is getting a total makeover.
With longtime color analyst Jon Gruden already gone from ESPN as head coach of the Oakland Raiders, the network has named Joe Tessitore as the iconic series’ new play-by-play announcer, the New York Post reports.
Tessitore will replace Sean McDonough, who is reportedly moving back to college football broadcasts for ESPN after two seasons in the network’s top NFL play-by-play role.
Tessitore has worked at ESPN since 2002 and will become the sixth play-by-play voice for “Monday Night Football” — joining Keith Jackson, Frank Gifford, Al Michaels, Mike Tirico and McDonough.
According to reports, the network has been trying to tempt Peyton Manning to fill Gruden’s shoes, with reports saying Manning could receive $10 million annually if he’s willing to become the network’s lead NFL analyst.
The Post also reported Friday that Manning will pass on the ESPN offer, though he has made no public comments.
According to Sporting News, Manning has a similar offer from FOX for their new Thursday night football package.
–Field Level Media