The Manning Brothers to Headline a Second MNF Telecast for ESPN

ESPN is about to embark on an exciting venture as they just announced that Peyton and Eli Manning will headline an alternate telecast for the network’s Monday Night Football broadcast.
The former NFL quarterbacks, and current TV personalities, have agreed to host the Monday Night Football MegaCast which will air on ESPN2 and ESPN+.

Currently, the deal is for 10 games in each of the next three seasons. Other former NFL players and celebrities are expected to join the Manning brothers during these games.

Peyton Manning has been a regular partner with ESPN’s streaming platform ESPN+ for the last few years creating various content. His production company Omaha Productions will partner with ESPN and The Walt Disney Company to undoubtedly make this MegaCast a hit:

“This partnership with ESPN and The Walt Disney Company reflects an ongoing, shared commitment to offering fans fun, innovative content. ESPN+ has been a terrific partner for Omaha Productions [Manning’s production company] as we built out The Places franchise and we’re excited to co-create a new MegaCast format that will have something for everyone.”

Jimmy Pitaro, the chairman of ESPN and sports content, believes that the Manning brothers will help the network make their innovative efforts a huge success.

What About the Regular Broadcast?

ESPN will still air their regular Monday Night Football broadcast led by Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick along with Lisa Salters on the sidelines and John Parry as the rules analyst.
This broadcasting team was a hit last year with football fans as they worked well together doing a wonderful job providing a comprehensive analysis of the game.

Griese’s strengths as a former NFL quarterback, Riddick’s experience in NFL front offices, and Levy’s long tenure as a commentator has made this trio into an enjoyable and informative part of each broadcast.

When Will the MegaCast Begin?

The Mannings will debut the MegaCast on Monday, September 13th, which is the first MNF game of the season featuring the Baltimore Ravens heading to Las Vegas to take on the Raiders.

Currently, the Ravens (-215) are a 4 point favorite over the Raiders (+185) despite being the road team. NFL betting sites have the Over/Under listed at 51 points which means that oddsmakers believe it could be one of the highest scoring games of the season.

Both Peyton and Eli have won two Super Bowls each during their careers. Peyton retired in 2016 and will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame in August.

Eli retired in 2019 after 16 seasons with the New York Giants. There’s a strong chance that the younger Manning brother will join Peyton in the Hall of Fame one day. Eli won’t be eligible until 2024.

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