After ESPN switched from Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland, reports reported that the network would look within the company for their replacements. And that’s exactly what they did, according to to experienced media reporter Jim Miller. (The Athletic is Richard Deitsch also confirmed.)
ESPN’s Monday Night Football booth is said to feature Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick. The network usually hosts opening week two “Monday Night Football” games and Miller reports that the other game of the evening will feature Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit. Although Miller says college football season can affect the second game.
So in the opening weekend, Levy, Griese and Riddick Titans vs. Broncos are calling and Fowler and Herbstreit are calling Steelers vs. Giants.
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ESPN has not made the announcement official, but these choices should come as no surprise to anyone following this story. Levy and Riddick have been rumored since the announcement that ESPN was looking for a new booth and the fact that they were looking from within the company narrowed down the choices.
However, many will hope that this stand will improve on Tessitore and McFarland. ESPN has been working on the “Monday Night Football” stand for years and tries to make it work.
Let’s look at the names coming in.
Levy has been with ESPN since 1993.
At the time, he had several roles, including appearances on “SportsCenter,” announcing hockey games, joining the college football cover team, and more. Participating in the “Monday Night Football” booth will not be new to him either. He called one of the week 1 games in 2019 alongside Griese.
Riddick is a former NFL player, who played in safety from 1991 to 1998. In 2013, he became an on-air talent for ESPN, where he was highly acclaimed for his work on the network’s NFL shows. In addition to being a former player, Riddick was also a pro-scout and director of professional personnel. He provides some in-depth insights and should be a valuable asset to the booth.
Griese is a former Pro Bowl NFL quarterback. He has been with ESPN since 2009 and is mainly used as a college football analyst. As we mentioned earlier, he worked with Levy in a “Monday Night Football” match in 2019. He also has a lot of other experience calling NFL games. He worked for two seasons (2010-2012) as a radio color commentator at the Broncos. He returned to the Broncos booth in 2018 to also call three preseason games.