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Eli & Peyton to headline alternate MNF telecast


Giants legend Eli Manning made headlines last month when it was announced that he would be returning to the organization to work with the team's business development, marketing, and community and corporate relations.

That was not the only big news Manning had up his sleeve this summer.

ESPN and The Walt Disney Company issued a significant press release Monday afternoon announcing that, in partnership with Peyton Manning's Omaha Productions company, Peyton and Eli Manning would be headlining an alternate "Monday Night Football" telecast on ESPN2 for the 2021, 2022, and 2023 seasons.

The broadcast is set to be a first-of-its-kind MNF Megacast production and will complement ESPN's traditional telecast on ESPN and/or ABC for 10 Mondays each season over the next three years.

The Manning brothers will host the show from a remote location, where they will be joined each week by a host that has not yet been determined. Both current and legendary NFL players, in addition to celebrities, will join the broadcast throughout the season. Viewers will get to experience "in-the-moment analysis, big picture NFL dialogue, knee-jerk reaction, historical perspective, and more."

"This partnership with ESPN and The Walt Disney Company reflects an ongoing, shared commitment to offering fans fun, innovative content," said Peyton Manning. "ESPN+ has been a terrific partner for Omaha Productions as we built out 'The Places' franchise and we're excited to co-create a new MegaCast format that will have something for everyone."

The Manning MegaCast will debut over the first three Monday nights of the 2021 season. The other seven dates during the season will be announced at a later date.

"Offering multiple 'Monday Night Football' viewing options for the next three seasons continues our innovation efforts and provides additional value for our fans," Chairman of ESPN and Sports Content Jimmy Pitaro said in the press release. "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."

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