ESPN later confirmed the move in a press release, adding that McDonough, who spent two years calling "Monday Night Football" after Mike Tirico left for NBC in 2016, signed a multi-year extension. Manning could call the network's "Thursday Night Football" games and still have his weekends free. "In addition to his premier play-by-play skills, Sean excels at storytelling and setting the scene for the emotion and pageantry of college football, which are such integral parts of our presentation". He has also called National Football League games for ESPN Radio since 2013. McDonough will continue to call the CFP National Championship on ESPN Radio, marquee college basketball, The Masters Par 3 contest, and more. College football, from a ratings, profile, and revenue standpoint, amounts to a clear step down. He will no longer call Monday Night Football.
Veteran broadcaster Joe Tessitore, who's been with ESPN and ABC since 2002, will take McDonough's place.
McDonough said in a statement, "Being the "Voice of Monday Night Football" was one of the great honors of my life", but he said he missed college football. Earlier in the day, the Post reported that Peyton Manning had turned down a reported offer of $10 million to serve as the MNF analyst.
Manning has been a hot commodity in the National Football League broadcasting circuit, with ESPN looking to replace lead MNF analyst Jon Gruden, now the head coach of the Oakland Raiders.