Former NFL quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Eli Manning will participate in an alternate Monday Night Football broadcast for the next three seasons, ESPN said on Monday.
The Monday Night Football MegaCast will air for 10 games each of the next three seasons on ESPN2 and will include current and former NFL players and celebrities joining the Manning Brothers. A host was not named.
“This partnership with ESPN and The Walt Disney Company reflects an ongoing shared commitment to deliver entertaining and innovative content to fans,” said Peyton Manning in a statement. “ESPN + has been a great partner for Omaha Productions [Manning’s production company] in building the The Places franchise and we look forward to helping shape a new MegaCast format that offers something for everyone. “
The MegaCast will debut the first three weeks of the 2021 season, including the September 13th Monday night soccer opener between the Baltimore Ravens and the Las Vegas Raiders, with the remaining seven weeks to be announced.
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters and John Parry will appear on the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast for the second year in a row in 2021.
“Offering multiple Monday Night Football viewing options for the next three seasons continues our innovation drive and adds value to our fans,” said Jimmy Pitaro, chairman of ESPN and sports content, in a statement. “Peyton and Eli will take a different approach, immersing themselves in conversations on broader, bigger topics while refining the game, much like fans do when watching with their family and friends.”
The Mannings have each won two Super Bowls in the course of their careers. Peyton Manning, who retired in 2016, is slated to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month. Eli Manning retired in 2019 after 16 seasons with the New York Giants.
Peyton Manning’s work history at ESPN includes his Peyton’s Places series on ESPN +, which is in its third season. The franchise was expanded to include the Places series with Abby Wambach (soccer), Eli Manning (college football), David Ortiz (MLB), Ronda Rousey (martial arts) and Vince Carter (NBA). Wambach’s series premiered this month.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.