Monday Night Football: ESPN Drafts Sean McDonough for Play-by-Play Gig

This fall, Monday Night Football‘s play-by-play commentator, Mike Tirico, will pass the ball — well, the mic, anyway — to Sean McDonough.

As our sister site, Deadline, reports, after Tirico departs for his new gig at NBC Sports, he’ll be replaced by McDonough, who has been a member of the ESPN team since 2000. (He was also a part of the cable network’s roster from 1989-95.) In addition to working everything from the World Series and the NCAA Final Four to the Olympic Games and college football, the MVP has called NFL games for ESPN Radio for the last three years.

Following in the cleat tracks of Tirico, Keith Jackson, Frank Gifford and Al Michaels, McDonough — the son of late Boston Globe sportswriter Will McDonough — will be only the fifth person in Monday Night Football‘s almost-50-year history to ever tackle the play-by-play job. “One of my favorite memories of my childhood,” McDonough told Deadline, “was watching Monday Night Football with my dad, who I know is smiling down on me today.”

McDonough assumes his new position with the Pro Football Hall of Fame game, which marks the beginning of the NFL preseason on August 7. Tirico officially joins NBC on July 1.

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8 Comments
  1. Kevin K says:

    Does it mean that Mike Tirico is taking over Al Michaels’ job on SNF or TNF (coming in November on NBC)?

  2. c-mo says:

    MNF is boring and never watch…even when my team is playing. I much prefer SNF and look forward to its return every September.

  3. Rebecca says:

    Good for Sean! Loved his calls of Red Sox games years ago.

  4. Hellas13 says:

    Is that REALLY the best choice?

  5. Jeff Russell says:

    Sean McDonough sucks at play by play. He’s boring and stuffy. Get rid of him before he ruins MNF forever.

  6. David Kaye says:

    He’s as exciting as watching paint dry.Seriously…not a great pairing with Gruden. Dull, boring, lifeless…and just not fun to listen to

  7. Joe Massey says:

    Great baseball announcer … (boring) … but has no place on MNF … love you dude, but just sayin!