ESPN has unveiled the broadcast team for the 49th season of Monday Night Football will play-by-play voice Joe Tessitore, analysts Jason Witten and Booger McFarland, and reporter Lisa Salters. Tessitore and Witten will be in the booth, while McFarland will be the first field-level analyst for sports television’s signature series.
What They Are Saying:
- Stephanie Druley, ESPN Senior Vice President, Event and Studio Production: “Our new Monday Night Football team shares a passion and respect for the game that will be evident to fans. Joe brings an unrivaled excitement to each broadcast through his play-by-play style. Jason leaves the game with the respect of the entire league. His knowledge and insight will quickly make him one of the most respected analysts in football. Booger’s ability to share candid opinions and insightful observations has made him one of our best analysts. Together, with Lisa, our Emmy-nominated reporter, this team will deliver a fantastic broadcast. We are thrilled to introduce this new team to fans as we begin the latest chapter in MNF’s storied history.”
- Joe Tessitore: ” “Booger and Jason are my dream team. Everyone who auditioned was so impressive. With Boog and Witt, it was the chemistry and knowing we have only scratched the surface of what it will be. They felt like brothers or best friends with me in the booth. It has been effortless with them. It’s been fun.”
- Jason Witten: “Monday Night Football is part of the storied fabric of the NFL. Growing up it was a night I looked forward to every week. Having spent 15 years as a member the Dallas Cowboys, I am excited and proud to represent another iconic franchise and join the team at ESPN and MNF. I love the game of football, and look forward to sharing my thoughts and insight with the viewers around the world.”
- Anthony “Booger” Mc Farland: “As a football analyst, Monday Night Football is the pinnacle of what we do. It is a platform that has been held by some of the greats in our industry. I am both honored and humbled to be a part of it and look forward to bringing the Booger that everyone has grown to know during my years of covering college football to the NFL.”
- Lisa Salters: “I covered Jason during his career with the Cowboys and I have the utmost respect for him. I look forward to working with him and getting to know Joe and Booger as we prepare for our first MNF season together.
About Joe Tessitore:
- Sixth person to have Monday Night Football play-by-play position
- Been with ESPN for 16 years
- Called College Football Playoff semifinal games in 2016 and 2017
- Ringside commentator for Top Rank Boxing
- Works ESPN college basketball broadcasts
About Jason Witten:
- Played his entire 15-year NFL career (2003-17) with the Cowboys
- Named to 11 Pro Bowls
- Holds NFL tight end records for most receptions in a season and a game, consecutive games played and consecutive starts.
- Tanks fourth all-time in NFL history with 1,152 receptions.
- Recipient of the 2012 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award
About Anthony “Booger” McFarland:
- Two-time Super Bowl champion
- Serving as an ESPN and SEC Network college football analyst the past four years.
- Joined ESPN in 2014 as one of the SEC Network’s first commentators.
- Regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Get Up!, ESPN Radio and more.
- First round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1999 NFL Draft
- Played nine NFL seasons with the Buccaneers (1999-2006) and Indianapolis Colts (2005-06)
About Lisa Salters:
- Returns for seventh Monday Night Football season
- Sideline reporter for NFL and NBA
- Featured on E:60 newsmagazine.
New Team’s Regular Season Debut:
- Monday, September 10 when the Oakland Raiders host the Los Angeles Rams (10: 15 p.m. ET)
- Former ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden returns to coach Oakland Raiders
- First time in the 13-year history of the week 1 doubleheader format that ESPN’s top crew will call the late game.
- Team to call New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions at 7:10 p.m. will be announced at a later date.