ABC and ESPN have announced their Saturday and Sunday commentator teams for the XFL 2020 season.

What’s happening:

  • Two commentator teams comprised of talented and authentic voices from ESPN’s college football and NFL rosters will call ABC and ESPN’s 22-game schedule during the XFL 2020 season:
  • Saturday Team:
    • Play-by-play voice Steve Levy
    • Analyst Greg McElroy
    • Field analyst Tom Luginbill 
    • Reporter Dianna Russini 
  • Audiences can tune in to hear the Saturday team call:
    • XFL kickoff game – Seattle Dragons vs. DC Defenders (February 8)
    • The West Final (April 19)
    • XFL Championship (April 26)
    • Weekly Saturday games on ABC in 2020
  • Sunday Team:
    • Play-by-play voice Tom Hart
    • Analyst Joey Galloway
    • Field analyst Pat McAfee 
  • Audiences can tune in to hear the Sunday team call:
    • Weekly Sunday games on ESPN and ABC starting with the St. Louis BattleHawks vs. Dallas Renegades (February 9, ESPN).

About the commentators:

  • Steve Levy
    • Levy joined ESPN in 1993 and is one of ESPN’s most-tenured SportsCenter anchors.
    • He has been one of ESPN/ABC’s top play-by-play voices for college football since 2016 and he called his first Monday Night game in 2019.
    • Levy has also called NHL and other hockey events, including the World Cup, throughout his career.

  • Greg McElroy
    • McElroy joined ESPN in 2014 as a college football analyst for SEC Network.
    • He calls college football games on ESPN/ABC and contributes to SEC Network studio shows, including the football-themed Thinking Out Loud which he co-hosts.
    • A four-year Alabama quarterback, McElroy led the Crimson Tide to the 2010 BCS National Championship.
    • He also played three NFL seasons.

  • Tom Luginbill
    • Luginbill joined Scouts Inc. in 2002 and was promoted to national recruiting director when the company was purchased by ESPN.
    • In addition to providing in-depth recruiting analysis of top collegiate football prospects, he is a sideline analyst for college football games on ESPN/ABC.
    • Luginbill was the quarterback coach and director of player personnel for the Los Angeles Xtreme, which won the championship in the original XFL’s only season in 2001.

  • Dianna Russini
    • Russini joined ESPN in 2015 and is an NFL Insider/reporter and host.
    • She appears regularly on ESPN’s NFL shows, SportsCenter, Get Up and more.
    • The sideline reporter for ESPN’s Monday Night Football doubleheader game in Oakland in September 2019, Russini also appears on a variety of ESPN digital shows.

  • Tom Hart
    • Hart joined ESPN/SEC Network in 2017 and is the voice of SEC Saturday Night college football games.
    • He also calls college basketball and college baseball across ESPN networks.

  • Joey Galloway
    • Galloway joined ESPN in 2011 and is a college football analyst.
    • He currently works in-studio and has also called college football games.
    • One of Ohio State’s all-time receiving leaders, Galloway was a first-round pick who played 16 NFL seasons.

  • Pat McAfee 
    • McAfee joined ESPN in 2019 as a college football analyst and contributor.
    • He calls ESPN Thursday night college football games and regularly appears on Get Up.
    • A standout college punter/kicker who played eight NFL seasons. McAfee also works for Westwood One and DAZN.

What they’re saying:

  • Lee Fitting, ESPN Senior Vice President, Production: “ABC and ESPN’s presentation of the XFL is going to be innovative and entertaining, and we have assembled a group of commentators that will be very familiar to our viewers. By bringing together some of our most accomplished football experts, we look forward to introducing this exciting new league to fans.”
 
 

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