For years now, ESPN has been gunning after Peyton Manning to join the broadcast booth for Monday Night Football. The two sides finally came to a deal on Monday.
Manning and Eli Manning will run an alternate MNF viewing option on ESPN2 this upcoming season. They’ll oversee 10 games this season and 20 games in the 2022-23, 2023-24 seasons. It’s a massive scoop by the Worldwide Leader.
ESPN isn’t the only network that’s been pursuing Peyton these past few years. NBC and Amazon also came after the NFL great, hoping to land him in the broadcast booth. In the end, ESPN won the sweepstakes.
Per Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, the Worldwide Leader also has the exclusive rights to Peyton, meaning he can’t strike a deal with any other network to call games.
“Sources said Peyton Manning’s MNF deal is exclusive, which precludes him from also calling games for Amazon,” Marchand said on Twitter.
Sources said Peyton Manning’s MNF deal is exclusive, which precludes him from also calling games for Amazon.https://t.co/9B4dUfsDa3
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) July 19, 2021