New Lineup Announced for ESPNís Monday Night Football:
Sports televisionís signature series, ESPNís Monday Night Football, will kick off its 38th season with a new line-up when longtime ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski joins Mike Tirico and Tony Kornheiser in the booth, and sideline reporters Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya.
Jaworski will occupy the analyst role previously held by Joe Theismann, who has been offered a prominent football analyst role with ESPN.
ďThis new lineup will enhance our presentation of Monday Night Football, our most important property,Ē said Norby Williamson, executive vice president, studio and remote production, ESPN. ďRon has covered the NFL from many different perspectives, and he is totally tied into the issues and trends from around the league.
ďWe appreciate the work Joe has done for 19 years and continue to talk with him about another high-profile football role with ESPN.Ē
Jaworskiís passion for football and his knowledge of all things NFL have made him a fan favorite on ESPNís Sunday NFL Countdown and other studio shows. Following a 17-year NFL career (1973-89), most notably as quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, Jaworski joined ESPN in 1990. He has worked in various capacities Ė sideline reporter, game-site reporter, host and as both a studio and game analyst. He was a fixture on ESPNís NFL studio programs last season, including Sunday NFL Countdown, NFL PrimeTime and NFL Match-Up, a show he will continue to do. Jaworski has also appeared as a weekly ĎFive Good Minutesí guest on Monday editions of Pardon the Interruption with Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon and worked as an analyst during the San Diego Chargers-Oakland Raiders game as part of ESPNís 2006 season-opening NFL doubleheader. He continues to be a major contributor to ESPNís annual NFL Draft coverage.
Jaworskiís studio responsibilities will now be spread amongst ESPNís deep lineup of NFL analysts, including Emmitt Smith, who will join both Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown, and Bill Parcells, who will appear on ESPNís Monday studio shows.
ESPNíS MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
ESPNís inaugural season of Monday Night Football was the most-watched series in cable television history and the only NFL series nominated for a 2007 Sports Emmy in the Outstanding Live Sports Series category. The 17 games were the biggest 17 household audiences for cable television in 2006 and nine of the top 10 on the list of cableís biggest household audiences ever (excludes breaking news), including the N.Y. Giants-Dallas Cowboys game (10/23/06) which ranked No. 1 with 11,807,000 homes based on a 12.8 rating. For the season, MNF averaged a 9.9 rating and 9,109,000 homes (12,325,000 P2+), increases of 39%, 43% and 41%, respectively, compared to last yearís ESPN Sunday Night Football; the accompanying ďMonday Night SurroundĒ content on ESPN.com sparked an increase of Monday traffic to the site of 52%.
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