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We now know there’s one thing Peyton Manning won’t be doing this upcoming NFL season — color commentary for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”

And for that matter, neither will play-by-play man Sean McDonough, who had covered the Monday night games for the past two seasons.

ESPN said Friday that McDonough’s run at MNF has come to an end. He will remain with the network, having signed a multi-year extension to cover college football, college basketball and golf.

“Over the past two years, as I watched college football on television, I realized how much I missed it,” said McDonough. “Being the ‘Voice of Monday Night Football’ was one of the great honors of my life, but I am grateful for the opportunity to return to the unique traditions, rivalries and pageantry of college football and to tell the stories of the participants.”

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“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,” he added.

The New York Post‘s Andrew Marchand reported that ESPN’s Joe Tessitore will take over MNF play-by-play duties starting this year.

Tessitore has been with ESPN since 2002, primarily calling college football and basketball games. But he’s never called a pro football game.

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So, McDonough is out and Tessitore is in, but what about the open color commentator spot?

It had previously been reported that ESPN was heavily pursuing NFL great Peyton Manning for that role. They had reportedly offered Manning $10 million a season to be an analyst for MNF.

But sources told the Post that Manning has turned down ESPN’s offer.

The leading potential replacements for Jon Gruden, who resigned from ESPN to become the Oakland Raiders head coach, are Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Louis Riddick — all of whom currently work for ESPN.

NFL Network’s Kurt Warner is also a possibility, and Marchand said Brett Favre might even have a shot at the job.

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Fox Sports is also pursuing Manning to provide analysis for its new Thursday Night Football package. Marchand reported that Fox is still in play for Manning, partly due to the fact that the former quarterback could take the gig without having to work on weekends.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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