There’s been a lot of discussion about the idea of ESPN changing up their Monday Night Football booth this offseason, as despite good ratings for their games last year, the two-man booth of Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland took a fair bit of criticism. That criticism included them finishing 15th out of the 15 booths ranked in our national NFL announcing rankings reader poll, with a most common grade of F and only a slight average grade improvement over the previous year’s three-man booth of Tessitore, McFarland and Jason Witten (which also finished last). Now, it appears that discussion has come to fruition.
While ESPN’s play for Peyton Manning again didn’t work out, and their reported attempt to trade for Al Michaels (perhaps for Oswald The Lucky Rabbit again?) also didn’t work out, and their attempt to sign Drew Brees also didn’t work out, Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reported Saturday that they will be reassigning Tessitore and McFarland. As per Deitsch’s report, ESPN will replace them with yet-to-be-determined internal successors:
ESPN is going to have a new Monday Night Football booth. Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland will not return, via sources.
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