When Monday Evening Soccer kicks off its 49th season this fall, ESPN will unveil a brand new broadcast crew that includes play-by-play voice Joe Tessitore, analysts Jason Witten and Booger McFarland, and reporter Lisa Salters.
Tessitore and Witten might be within the sales space, whereas McFarland will carry a brand new perspective to the video games every week as the primary field-level analyst for sports activities tv’s signature sequence.
Tessitore, Witten, McFarland and Salters will make their regular-season debut when the Oakland Raiders host the Los Angeles Rams on Monday, Sept. 10 within the late sport of ESPN’s season-opening doubleheader at 10:15 p.m. ET.
The sport additionally options the return to the NFL sidelines for former ESPN MNF analyst and present Raiders coach Jon Gruden.
That is the primary time within the 13-year historical past of the Week 1 doubleheader format that ESPN’s high crew will name the late sport. The early sport will function the New York Jets in opposition to the Detroit Lions (7:10 p.m. ET), and the ESPN broadcast crew for that sport might be introduced at a later date.
Producer Jay Rothman and director Chip Dean will proceed to guide ESPN’s MNF manufacturing crew. The 2018 NFL season marks their 13th 12 months on Monday Evening Soccer and 28th total as a producer-director duo.
“Our new Monday Night Football team shares a passion and respect for the game that will be evident to fans,” mentioned Stephanie Druley, ESPN Senior Vice President, Occasion and Studio Manufacturing. “Joe brings an unmatched pleasure to every broadcast by his play-by-play fashion. Jason leaves the sport with the respect of your entire league. His information and perception will shortly make him some of the revered analysts in soccer.
“Booger’s potential to share candid opinions and insightful observations has made him considered one of our greatest analysts. Collectively, with Lisa, our Emmy-nominated reporter, this crew will ship a unbelievable broadcast. We’re thrilled to introduce this new crew to followers as we start the newest chapter in MNF’s storied historical past.”
Tessitore, Witten, McFarland and Salters will make their first look collectively subsequent week on the ESPN Upfront presentation in New York Metropolis.