Turnover in the Monday Night Football booth will continue for 2020, though the large majority of the audience is unlikely to complain.
After the disaster of 2018, with Jason Witten joining Joe Tessitore in the booth with Booger McFarland roaming the sideline in a cart, Witten returned to the Cowboys and McFarland unbuckled his seat belt to join Tessitore in the booth for 2019.
The Tessitore-McFarland combination was clearly no better and so, again, ESPN went out searching for their new team. Tony Romo and Peyton Manning were both sought after, but the Worldwide Leader was unsuccessful. Last month, there was talk of their top college team pulling double duty, with Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Fowler doing college games on Saturday and Monday Night Football. That, too, did not come to fruition.
Now, we know who will be on the call for Monday Night Football during the 2020 season. ESPN will return to using a three-man booth, with Steve Levy, Brian Griese, and Louis Riddick making up the group, according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.
I have a column just sent in on Monday Night Football.— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) July 31, 2020
Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick are expected to be the new team, sources confirmed. @JimMiller said he was hearing that. His ears were correct.
I'll tweet my take when it is edited.
Levy and Griese have previously called Monday Night Football, appearing during the second broadcast of the double-header in Week 1 of 2019. Riddick, a former NFL cornerback, and a well-respected ESPN analyst, was in the mix for the Monday Night Football gig in 2018 and ‘19. If his analysis is any indication, he will excel in the booth.