ESPN’s Monday Night Football crew is getting a brand new batch of talent.
After previously deciding to remove Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland from the broadcast, ESPN has selected Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick for its Monday Night Football broadcasts in 2020, according to NFL insider James Andrew Miller.
In the same report, Miller reports that the trio’s first broadcast is scheduled for the second game of ESPN’s doubleheader on September 14 between the Broncos and Titans, while Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit – two prominent names in the college football broadcasting world – will call the Giants vs. Steelers in the first leg.
Tessitore and McFarland were removed from their roles back in May following their second year in the MNF booth, with Jason Witten previously calling games with the duo in 2018 prior to his return to the Dallas Cowboys in 2019.
ESPN originally offered Tony Romo a 10-year, $140 million contract before he re-signed with CBS for $180 million back in February. They also went after Peyton Manning – who turned them down – before making a run at Drew Brees for when he retires from the NFL. The New Orleans Saints star ultimately opted to go with NBC, leaving ESPN without a star quarterback talent.
Now, ESPN will move forward with on-air talents Levy, Griese and Riddick, who have all been with the Worldwide Leader in Sports in various roles for numerous years. Levy has been with the network for 27 years, while Griese and Riddick joined in 2009 and 2013, respectively.