Sean McDonough Won't Return to MNF; Joe Tessitore to Do Play-by-Play

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Tessitore will replace Sean McDonough, who is reportedly moving back to college football broadcasts for ESPN after two seasons in the network's top NFL play-by-play role. "To be involved with Monday Night Football either as a play-by-play person or analyst is something I am hoping I can achieve".

McDonough had been calling the Monday night National Football League game the past two seasons, paired with Jon Gruden.

Apparently ESPN will have to look elsewhere for a replacement for Jon Gruden, who left the ESPN booth to become the Oakland Raiders' head coach. McDonough will stay with the network to do college football broadcasts. McDonough will continue to call the CFP National Championship on ESPN Radio, marquee college basketball, The Masters Par 3 contest, and more. It turns out, ESPN will be replacing more than just their analyst.

"Over the past two years, as I watched college football on television, I realized how much I missed it", McDonough said in a statement.

Here's hoping McDonough calls some SEC games in 2018. He has also done play-by-play for Major League Baseball, NHL, tennis, golf, the College World Series and other college sports for ESPN. As first reported by the New York Post's Andrew Marchand, Sean McDonough is out as play-by-play announcer for the network's signature National Football League broadcast.

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