ESPN officially announces Monday Night Football commentary team for 2020 season
The upcoming NFL season will also see changes in the football landscape outside of the field. ESPN has decided to revert back to its old format of having a three-man booth for its Monday Night Football broadcasts.
After going with a two-man booth of Joe Tessitore and the Booger McFarland last season, ESPN is now having Steve Levy to provide the play-by-play commentary while Brian Griese and Louis Riddick will be in charge of the color commentary.
ESPN Senior NFL insider Adam Schefter reported the news on Twitter:
Now official: ESPN’s new Monday Night Football Commentator Team – Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick. Congratulations to a great team. Lisa Salters and John Parry also return to MNF telecast. First game: Titans at Broncos, the second game of ESPN’s Week 1 MNF Doubleheader pic.twitter.com/7Nw8eyenPA
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 17, 2020
ESPN initially targeted household names like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, or Al Michaels to draw in more NFL viewers on a weekday. Jim Nantz, Ian Eagle, and Kevin Burkhardt were also options for future renditions. However, no deal ever came into fruition and the sports channel stuck with the three-man team they currently have on board.
Levy has been at the network for 27 years, starring as the host for SportsCenter. He has also anchored college football games in the past and has worked with Griese in the past as well.
Riddick was a former NFL safety who played for four different teams. After his career, he spent time with the then Washington Redskins as a pro scout and as a director of pro personnel. He assumed similar roles with the Philadelphia Eagles thereafter. He has also been a studio analyst back then and joined ESPN back in 2013.
Griese also spent his career with four different teams in a span of 10 seasons as an NFL quarterback. He eventually joined ESPN back in 2009 shortly after his retirement from football in 2008.
The possible cancellation of the college football season can potentially affect the current lineup of ESPN’s commentator team in the future.