Monday Night Football Promises Actual Football

Imagine that. For a monolithic network famous for its perceived inattentiveness to viewer concerns, ESPN/ABC may finally be listening to its audience. Over the years, the Monday Night Football broadcast booth had been host to a steady stream of politicians, musicians, celebrities and assorted individuals unrelated to the product on the field. That’s changing.

Writes the ORLANDO SENTINEL’s Dave Darling: “ESPN says it has listened to viewers and promises the show will be more about football with fewer distractions this year, dropping the booth visits by everyone from presidential candidates to ABC network stars”

It’s those ABC network stars that probably have most people huffed up.

In the absence of distraction, ESPN is planning on showcasing its best “nuts and bolts” football personality: Ron Jaworski.

The plan is to let analyst Ron Jaworski be more of an X’s and O’s guy. “We’re going to make him the new [John] Madden,” Senior Coordinating Producer Jay Rothman said.