Peyton and Eli Manning to Team Up for ‘Monday Night Football’ MegaCast – NBC Chicago
ESPN eventually recruited Peyton Manning as a “Monday Night Football” commentator. It’s just not in an expected way, and it won’t be for the entire season.
The Walt Disney Company on Monday announced a partnership with Manning and his company Omaha Productions in which Peyton and Eli Manning will be part of a “Monday Night Football” MegaCast for 10 games per year for the next three seasons.
Manning, who will be inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame next month, has long been the subject of rumor as a “Monday Night Football” commentator since retiring after the 2015 season. but the parties were never able to come to an agreement. Now fans will be able to get his take, albeit in a different format and with his brother, who retired last year after leading the New York Giants to two Super Bowl championships.
The Mannings MegaCast will debut the first three weeks of this season, including the Sept. 13 opener between the Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders, with the remaining seven weeks to be announced. It will air on ESPN2 and air on ESPN + while the standard airing will be on ESPN and / or ABC.
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MegaCasts had been a staple of ESPN’s coverage of the college football playoffs before expanding to the NFL last year. The Week 2 game between the New Orleans Saints and the Raiders averaged 15.59 million viewers on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, which was one of the most-watched MNF games of the season. ESPN also brought back the MegaCast for the wildcard game between Baltimore and the Tennessee Titans.
ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said in a statement that the MegaCast is designed to be a great addition to traditional television broadcasting. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in April, when the league finalized its new 11-year broadcast deals, that networks would have more leeway for alternative broadcasts.
Amazon, which will become the exclusive outlet for “Thursday Night Football” from 2022, had alternate presentations during its simulcasts with Fox last season. CBS did a children’s show focused on the joker game between the Chicago Bears and the Saints.
“Providing multiple viewing options for the next three seasons continues our innovation efforts and provides additional value to our fans,” said Pitaro. “Peyton and Eli will bring a different approach, deepening the conversation on broader and broader topics while focusing on the game, much like fans do when watching with family and friends.”
The MegaCast will come from a remote location. The Mannings will be joined by a host to be determined and will include other guests. While the game will always be on view, the conversation will be casual and will play out as if viewers are watching a game at home with friends.
“This partnership with ESPN and The Walt Disney Company reflects an ongoing and shared commitment to providing fans with fun and innovative content,” Peyton Manning said in a statement. “ESPN + has been a great partner for Omaha Productions as we built the The Places franchise and we’re excited to co-create a new MegaCast format that will have something for everyone. “
Peyton Manning previously worked with ESPN. His “Peyton’s Places” series on ESPN + was supposed to be one-off to celebrate the 100th NFL season, but is in its third season. The franchise has expanded to include the “Places” series involving Abby Wambach (football), Eli Manning (college football), David Ortiz (Major League Baseball), Ronda Rousey (combat sports) and Vince Carter (NBA). The Wambach series premiered this month.