Joe Tessitore to replace Sean McDonough as 'Monday Night Football' play-by-play man

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As first reported by Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch, ESPN and Sean McDonough have mutually agreed in a change that will see McDonough return to primarily calling college football games along with providing some college basketball and golf coverage.

According to the New York Post, Joe Tessitore has been named the program's play-by-play commentator. ESPN will have an entirely new crew working the booth this season, with Gruden having returned to coaching with the Oakland Raiders.

Play-by-play voice Sean McDonough has signed a new multi-year extension and will rejoin ESPN's college football team this fall. He called college football games for ESPN/ABC from 2004-15. It turns out, ESPN will be replacing more than just their analyst.

The usually reserved Manning on the field is a different person off of it, as evidenced by his appearance on Saturday Night Live and many popular commercials starring him.

The next question? Who will work alongside Tessitore?

McDonough had served as the announcer on MNF for two seasons. This would mean that Tessitore and McDonough will swap roles between Monday Nioght Football and ESPN's #2 College Football broadcasts. College football fans will be upset that he's switching over.

ESPN has not announced the move.

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