When Jon Gruden accepted the job of head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Sean McDonough assumed he'd be getting a new color commentator to join him in the next season of Monday Night Football. McDonough soon discovered that ESPN wanted to go in another direction for its next commentary team and found himself out of the program after a two-year stint as the broadcast's play-by-play commentator. Fortunately, McDonough was quickly able to realize that was a good thing, and shared recently why he was happy to be out of ESPN's NFL commentating team:
ESPN will send Sean McDonough back to the world of college football commentary, where he's been a major commentator for some time now. As McDonough told WEEI, that's where he wants to be, and as cool as it was to be the voice of one of ESPN's biggest programs, he's fine with going back to the world of football on Saturday's and sponsored bowl games. McDonough has called some pretty amazing games in the world of college athletics, and it's fair to say Monday Night Football was not always peak sports entertainment.
Sean McDonough admitted Monday Night Football's weak schedule also made the job less fun, as he and Jon Gruden were peddled in week after week to commentate some of the most uninteresting matchups of the NFL season. McDonough found it hard to get excited about a game that wasn't that interesting, and even when it was, his commentary was not the focal point of the coverage. McDonough said much of his experience was hampered by ESPN wanting co-host Gruden to dominate most of the speaking portions, which sounded like it made him feel like the third wheel on a date night between Gruden and football. McDonough didn't speak ill of his former co-worker, but he definitely sounds like it was hard to get a word in edgewise during games:
Sean McDonough will remain with ESPN and will be on hand to help commentate the upcoming Golf tournament the Masters. Those looking for information regarding new television set to air in 2018, head on over to our midseason premiere guide.
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