Report: Booger McFarland and Joe Tessitore will not return to “Monday Night Football” | Laundress Report

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ESPN Monday Night Football welcomes Booger McFarland and Joe Tessitore into the broadcast booth before an NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Houston Texans in New Orleans, Monday, September 9, 2019. (AP Photo / Gerald Herbert)

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Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland Would Not Return As NFL Announcement Team Monday night football on ESPN in 2020.

According to Richard Deitsch from The Athletic, Tessitore and McFarland will still have “prominent roles” at ESPN and their replacements will be found internally.

Tessitore was the MNF play-by-play announcer in 2018 and 2019, while McFarland was a secondary analyst in 2018 before joining the stand in 2019. They replaced Sean McDonough and Jon Gruden respectively, the latter having left MNF to become the Raiders’ head coach after the 2017 season.

Jason Witten was the main MNF football analyst in 2018 alongside Tessitore with McFarland on the sidelines, but when Witten returned to play for the Dallas Cowboys in 2019, ESPN advanced with Tessitore and McFarland as a duo.

the MNF the football ad team has been criticized since the departure of Gruden, and the removal of Tessitore and McFarland is no surprise since ESPN was known to be exploring an upgrade.

By Andrew Marchand of New york post in March ESPN did everything it could to hire Peyton Manning, the former Indianapolis Colts and Denver quarterback MNF color commentator for 2020, but turned down the offer.

Trader also reported that ESPN wanted to pair Manning with play-by-play veteran Al Michaels, but NBC turned down ESPN’s request to speak to Michaels. ESPN also explored Marchand Dallas’ former Dallas Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo, but re-signed with CBS for a $ 180 million, 10-year contract.

With Manning, Romo and Michaels all out of the question, ESPN can explore some of its internal options. The most intriguing of them could be the college football broadcast duo of Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit if the pair were interested in making the switch.

Steve Levy, a longtime ESPN employee, could also be an option as a game man, while former NFL players Dan Orlovsky and Louis Riddick stand out as opportunities for the role of analyst.



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