Today, it was announced ESPN will not replace Jason Witten and will go with Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland, and Lisa Salters as the broadcast crew for this upcoming season of Monday Night Football. Notably, this means they will not add Pat McAfee to the broadcast; we discussed the possibility of him having a role not in the booth last week. McAfee, who publicly campaigned for the gig, addressed the announcement today on Twitter:
(More on his Twitter page.)
What stands out from McAfee’s comments is what he said about the decision makers at television networks. Adding McAfee to some role would have been an innovative risk worth taking. Unlike most former athletes, McAfee is an energizer and lightning rod. Hence why McAfee blended well with Dave Portnoy and Barstool with a widely entertaining radio show.
ESPN missed an opportunity here, but there are other fits for McAfee on television. He worked with Fox at the end of the football season and would fit right in with their NFL and WWE coverage. Seemingly, the XFL would be a natural fit, as well. And who is to say he still won’t end up with ESPN in some role down the road?