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Major network eyeing NFL Saturday games after NCAA football falls through

NCAA, NFL, ESPN

It appears as though ESPN will be looking to utilize the network’s top college football broadcasting duo even if there is no college football to broadcast in 2020 to broadcast NFL games, according to a recent report from Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.

Marchand is reporting that ESPN—and of course ABC—will look to use the tandem of Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit to commentate NFL games that could take place on Saturdays in the absence of college football games that have been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the United States.

It is also worth noting that this change would not effect ESPN’s newly formed “Monday Night Football” broadcast team of Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick, though such a group has yet to be formally announced as the men for the job by the well-known media entity.

As The Post first reported in late April, the NFL gave itself flexibility to move games to Saturday if college football does not play due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” writes Marchand. “If this were to happen, ESPN/ABC would try to land Saturday games. Fowler and Herbstreit would be in line to call those telecasts.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Big Ten cancelled all college football games for the rest of 2020 while the heralded conference will apparently look to resume play in the spring of 2021, if safe. On the other hand, the Pac-12 postponed all of the conference’s fall sports through the 2020 calendar year—football included.

It remains to be seen as to what ultimately happens with the Big 12, ACC and SEC as this could influence ESPN’s decision making as well.