ESPN was rocked by the news that longtime NFL play-by-play voice Mike Tirico would leave the network, reportedly to join NBC. However, they wasted little time in finding his replacement, which comes in the form of versatile sports commentator Sean McDonough.
The network announced on Monday that McDonough will replace Tirico as the voice of “Monday Night Football” alongside analyst Jon Gruden and reporter Lisa Salters this season. He has a long list of accomplishments and is a veteran in the world of sports broadcasting that makes him more than qualified to do the job.
McDonough has worked sporting events from the World Series to the Olympic Games and has called NFL games on ESPN Radio since 2013. He has worked for ESPN since 2000, his second stint after working with them from 1989-1995.
“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,” said John Wildhack, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming and Production. “Monday Night Football has a rich history and a bright future ahead with our new booth team of Sean and Jon.”
Sean McDonough seems pretty excited about his opportunity to take the booth with former head coach Gruden. He will make his debut at the Pro Football Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 7.
“This is a dream come true,” McDonough said. “One of my favorite memories of my childhood was watching Monday Night Football with my Dad, who I know is smiling down on me today. I am humbled and deeply honored to have the opportunity to be a part of the most iconic franchise in the history of sports television.”
Following the NFL season, McDonough will continue his duties calling college basketball games on ESPN.