When it comes to Monday Night Football, ESPN has had a tough time getting the right broadcasting team in place.
Now, instead of revamping the current team, ESPN will now have an alternate MNF viewing for the next three seasons that features former NFL quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Eli Manning.
The Monday Night Football MegaCast will air on ESPN2 for 10 games in each of the next three seasons and will include current and former NFL players and celebrities joining the Manning brothers on the broadcast. A host for the broadcast has not been named.
“This partnership with ESPN and The Walt Disney Company reflects an ongoing, shared commitment to offering fans fun, innovative content,” Peyton Manning said in a press release. “ESPN+ has been a terrific partner for Omaha Productions [Manning’s production company] as we built out The Places franchise and we’re excited to co-create a new MegaCast format that will have something for everyone.”
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters and John Parry will remain on the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast for the second-straight season in 2021.
“Offering multiple Monday Night Football viewing options for the next three seasons continues our innovation efforts and provides additional value for our fans,” Jimmy Pitaro, chairman of ESPN and sports content, said in a press release. “Peyton and Eli will bring a different approach, delving into conversation about broader, big-picture topics while also honing in on the game, much like fans do when watching with their family and friends.”
Personally, I love the idea of an alternate telecast that sounds like what ESPN does for big events like the College Football Playoff and other major bowl games.
Sadly, we won’t get to see the Cincinnati Bengals be part of this in 2021, as they will not appear on MNF this season.