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Could this finally be the year Peyton Manning hops into the broadcast booth and joins the ESPN Monday Night Football crew?
Hollywood Reporter is reporting that ESPN flew out to Denver to have a meeting with Manning about the open position.
“ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro and content chief Connor Schell made a trip to Denver on March 11 to meet with Manning, who has been mentioned before for a broadcast role. But it’s unclear whether Manning is interested in pursuing a career as an analyst at this time. He’s done some player breakdowns for the ESPN+ plus show Detail. He’s also a successful television pitchman, showing off some comedic chops in spots for Nationwide Insurance, Papa John’s and Mastercard.”
The ‘Worldwide Leader” has to be on edge a bit right now. Thankfully for them Witten isn’t returning, but that still doesn’t erase the disaster he was and the image we have of Monday Night Football now after his year full of lowlights.
Now, they’re directly competing with the hottest broadcaster in the game right now with Tony Romo at CBS. The only, I mean the absolute only way they can steal some heat from CBS and Romo is if Manning is up there with Tessitore.
One of the reasons Romo is so popular right now is because a lot of folks expected his debut in the booth to be a lot like Witten’s was. Instead, Jim Nantz has a full-blown TV star sitting next to him now.
That wouldn’t be the case for Manning. It would be his first time broadcasting games in a prime time spot, and everyone would expect him to be even better than Romo is right now.
But if anyone can do it, it’d without a doubt be Manning.
Do you think he’ll be in the booth come September?
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