ESPN puts best spin possible on the Sean McDonough demotion

  • ESPN puts best spin possible on the Sean McDonough demotion

ESPN puts best spin possible on the Sean McDonough demotion

He will remain part of the network's college basketball and Masters coverage.

Tessitore has been with ESPN since 2002, calling boxing and then college football.

ESPN's "Monday Night Football" booth is getting a total makeover.

McDonough said in a statement, "Being the "Voice of Monday Night Football" was one of the great honors of my life", but he said he missed college football. Marchand notes that he's never called an National Football League game, while also implying that the National Football League itself wasn't particularly enamored with McDonough as the voice of one of its signature properties. Since MNF debuted in 1970, only five men have filled the post: Keith Jackson, Frank Gifford, Al Michaels, Mike Tirico, and McDonough. "I look forward to reuniting with ESPN's college football team where I have so many close friends in front of and behind the camera".

McDonough's analyst partner, Jon Gruden, left the booth after last season to become the Raiders' head coach, so ESPN will have a new announcing team starting in 2018.

Prior to ESPN, McDonough was the television play-by-play announcer for the Boston Red Sox from 1988-2004.

It's unknown what the 55-year-old announcer has been at ESPN/ABC since 2000. He only spent two seasons in the National Football League, but the college game will certainly welcome the talented play-by-play man back with open arms.

ESPN said in a news release Friday night that McDonough signed a multiyear contract extension. This would mean that Tessitore and McDonough will swap roles between Monday Nioght Football and ESPN's #2 College Football broadcasts.