Former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and younger brother Eli have signed a three-year agreement with ESPN to headline the “Monday Night Football MegaCast.”
The Mannings’ broadcast will be televised by ESPN2 and include 10 games per season in 2021-23, starting with the first three Monday night games this year — Baltimore at Las Vegas (Sept. 13), Detroit at Green Bay (Sept. 20) and Philadelphia at Dallas (Sept. 27).
The partnership is in conjunction with Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions.
“Offering multiple ‘Monday Night Football’ viewing options … continues our innovation efforts and provides additional value for our fans,” ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro said in a statement. “Peyton and Eli will bring a different approach, delving into conversation about broader, big-picture topics while also honing in on the game, much like fans do when watching with their family and friends.”
The traditional telecast, which includes former Broncos quarterback and current Denver metro resident Brian Griese, will continue to be broadcast on ESPN and/or ABC.
According to ESPN, the Mannings’ broadcast will originate from a “remote location” and include “in-the-moment analysis, big-picture NFL dialogue, knee-jerk reaction, historical perspective and more.”
The Mannings will be joined each week by a to-be-determined host, former and current athletes and celebrities. Using the multi-box viewing experience, the game will always be visible during the Mannings’ broadcast.
Peyton Manning, who will be inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month, has been a partner of ESPN through “Detail” and “Peyton’s Places.”
ESPN also announced that Peyton’s Omaha Productions, along with NFL Films, are producing a new series featuring soccer’s Abby Wambach, baseball’s David Ortiz, combat sports’ Ronda Rousey and basketball’s Vince Carter in addition to a college football-themed show with Eli Manning.
“This partnership with ESPN and The Walt Disney Company reflects an ongoing, shared commitment to offering fans fun, innovative content,” Peyton Manning said.