ESPN shuffles Sean McDonough out of 'Monday Night Football' booth

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Sean McDonough is out as the play-by-play analyst on ESPN's flagship NFL broadcast, "Monday Night Football", after only two seasons.

Tessitore will be the sixth play-by-play voice in MNF's 48-year history. ESPN officially announced a change is coming to Monday night, as Sean McDonough signed a new multi-year deal with the Worldwide Leader. Gruden was named the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders, where his National Football League head coaching career kicked off.

Jon Gruden's return to the sideline has prompted a full-on reboot of ESPN's "Monday Night Football". With his knowledge of the game, Manning could become an asset for a network to have calling a game, as he would be able to give insights into play-calling and what a player might see from both the defensive and offensive perspective. Since MNF debuted in 1970, only five men have filled the post: Keith Jackson, Frank Gifford, Al Michaels, Mike Tirico, and McDonough. "I look forward to reuniting with ESPN's college football team where I have so many close friends in front of and behind the camera".

Prior to ESPN, McDonough was the television play-by-play announcer for the Boston Red Sox from 1988-2004.

It's unknown what the 55-year-old announcer has been at ESPN/ABC since 2000. As CBS's lead Major League Baseball broadcast voice in 1992 and 1993, he called the All-Star Game, the National League Championship Series and the World Series.

Tessitore has worked at ESPN since 2002, and most recently called college football, college basketball and boxing for the family of networks. The New York Post's Andrew Marchand reported on Twitter that Tessitore will replace him.

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