ESPN will debut a new broadcast team for ‘Monday Night Football‘ when its 49th season premieres in September.
Back in March, the New York Post first reported longtime ESPN broadcaster Joe Tessitore will be MNF’s new play-by-play announcer — its sixth in the show’s history, replacing Sean McDonough who had been there for the past two seasons. Tessitore has been with ABC and ESPN since 2002, mainly calling college football and basketball games, and boxing matches. He had also been the co-host of ABC’s recent ‘Battle of the Network Stars’ revival.
Providing game analysis alongside Tessitore will be Jason Witten, who had just completed a 15-year career as tight end for the Dallas Cowboys. The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch reported that Witten won the job as part of a lengthy audition process that involved more than a dozen people including Kurt Warner, Matt Hasselbeck and Louis Riddick.
Deitsch also relayed that former NFL player and current ESPN/SEC Network college football commentator Booger McFarland will become the first on-field analyst in ‘Monday Night Football’ history.
Lisa Salters is the lone ESPN personally to remain on ‘Monday Night Football’ from last season and will continue her position as the game’s sideline reporter.