Joe Tessitore to replace Sean McDonough on 'Monday Night Football'

Tricia Pearson
March 11, 2018

Tessitore has called one of the CFP semifinal games the past two years for ESPN.

OK. So why not leave those skills and talents on Monday Night Football? College football, from a ratings, profile, and revenue standpoint, amounts to a clear step down.

Whoever is hired by ESPN as 'Monday Night Football' analyst will have a new partner announcer in the booth, with Joe Tessitore reportedly replacing Sean McDonough as play-by-play announcer for the network's NFL flagship program. He will remain part of the network's college basketball and Masters coverage.

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When Jon Gruden took the Raiders' $100 million offer, one spot in ESPN's "Monday Night Football" broadcasting booth opened up. "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".

Tessitore has been with ESPN since 2002 and primarily has provided play-by-play for college football broadcasts. "Sean is a highly-skilled broadcaster who brings great passion, energy and work ethic to every game he calls".

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 National Football League analyst. He has called multiple sports in his career, including marquee events such as the World Series, NCAA Final Four, and the Olympics. How the exit of McDonough, who was solid in his two-year stint alongside Gruden despite college sports being his true wheelhouse, could affect Manning's thinking is unknown.

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