ESPN;s NFL pre-game shows are moving in together.
Monday Night Countdown and Sunday NFL Countdown will now air from a climate-controlled rooftop studio in New York City. The move is the result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, ESPN’s NBA Countdown will originate from the studio, which gives its hosts a clear view of the East River, Brooklyn Bridge, and Brooklyn Heights.
ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown aired live from ESPN’s Bristol, CT studios in seasons past while Monday Night Countdown aired on site weekly from the site of each of ESPN’s featured weekly games.
The gang will be back together on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown‘s. Tedy Bruschi, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Rex Ryan will return for the weekly broadcast. host Sam Ponder will also return to host. This year will mark her fourth year as the show’s anchor and her 10th year covering the NFL with ESPN.
Along with the studio talent, reporters Sal Paolantonio, Kimberley A. Martin, Dianna Russini, Ed Werder, Jeff Darlington, and Dan Graziano will all return for this season’s broadcasts. They will be on site at various NFL stadiums throughout the season. Paolantonio recently celebrated his 25th year with ESPN.
The reporters’ assignments for Week 1 of the 2020 season are noted below.
- Paolantonio – Philadelphia at Washington
- Graziano – Miami at New England
- Russini – Green Bay at Minnesota
- Martin – Cleveland at Baltimore
- Darlington – Tampa Bay at New Orleans
- Werder – Dallas at Los Angeles Rams
While fans can expect to see plenty of familiar faces on Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown will have at least one new face this season. Two-time Super BowlChampion Booger Mcfarland will join Randy Moss and three-time Super Bowl champion/Super Bowl MVP/Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Young for that program.
Host Suzy Kolber returns to host the show for her fourth consecutive season. ESPN Insider Adam Schefter will also return as a regular.
ESPN’s season premiere of Monday Night Countdown will preview the Steelers/Giants – Titans/Broncos double header schedule that will open the network’s annual Monday Night Football schedule. The schedule launches Sept. 14.
More information on ESPN’s new NFL studio is available online now along with all of the network’s latest NFL headlines at:
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