ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” will have a new voice doing the play-by-play for its broadcasts next season. The cable net announced today that veteran broadcaster Sean McDonough is joining the program.
McDonough will be the fifth play-by-play voice in the history of the broadcast. He will work alongside analyst Jon Gruden and reporter Lisa Salters.
“McDonough, whose broadcasting resume includes the World Series, NCAA Final Four and the Olympic Games, has worked on major properties including college football, college basketball and Major League Baseball in recent years. He has also called NFL games for ESPN Radio since 2013,” the network notes in today’s announcement.
The release adds: “McDonough has been with ESPN since 2000 — his second stint with the company (previously 1989-95) — and recently signed a new extension. He becomes just the fifth person to occupy the play-by-play position in the 46-year history of MNF, joining broadcasting stalwarts Keith Jackson, Frank Gifford, Al Michaels and Mike Tirico, who called the past 10 seasons on ESPN.”
Tirico made a move to NBC Sports Group, as we reported separately.
Said John Wildhack, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming and Production: “Sean is a premier play-by-play commentator who combines a signature voice with intelligence, passion and humor, and he always brings out the best in his partners. ‘Monday Night Football’ has a rich history and a bright future ahead with our new booth team of Sean and Jon.”