ESPN’s comprehensive coverage of the 2017-18 NFL season will include Monday Night Football games – presented in English and Spanish; 20 original hours of NFL-themed studio programs each week; more than 20 NFL games on ESPN Radio; as well as extensive ESPN Digital and Print coverage; and NFL telecasts and studio shows distributed to more than 75 million homes in 61 countries/territories in Spanish-speaking Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean, Canada and Australia/New Zealand/Pacific Islands.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (48th season, 12th on ESPN) opens with a doubleheader on Sept. 11:
At 6:55 p.m. ET, MNF’s play-by-play voice Sean McDonough (second MNF season) will call the New Orleans Saints-Minnesota Vikings game with analyst Jon Gruden (ninth season) and sideline reporter Lisa Salters (sixth season); then,
At 10:15 p.m. ET, play-by-play announcer Beth Mowins will call the Los Angeles Chargers-Denver Broncos game with new Sunday NFL Countdown analyst Rex Ryan and reporter Sergio Dipp. Mowins will be the first woman ever to call a nationally-televised NFL game, and the first woman to call an NFL game since 1987.
ESPN Deportes will continue to offer a weekly Spanish-language presentation of MNF. During the first nine weeks (10 games) of the season, the ESPN Deportes telecast will be simulcast on ESPN2.
SUNDAY NFL COUNTDOWN (10 a.m. ET, ESPN) debuts Sept. 10 at a new time and with a new team: Sam Ponder will host the recently-expanded three-hour pregame show with NFL analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Charles Woodson, insiders Chris Mortensen, Louis Riddick and Adam Schefter and senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry. (New ESPN NFL analyst Rex Ryan will join Countdown in week 2.) Show contributors include reporters Josina Anderson, Jeff Darlington, Dan Graziano, Sal Paolantonio and Dianna Russini, and feature reporter Jac Collinsworth.
MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN (6 p.m. ET*, ESPN) also premieres with a new look in 2017. Suzy Kolber will serve as the solo host of this pregame show, which originates weekly from the site of the MNF city. She’ll be joined by Hasselbeck, Moss, Woodson and Steve Young, and, from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Conn.: Mortensen, Riddick, Schefter and Berry. The MNF announce team of McDonough, Gruden and Salters and NFL features reporter Michelle Beisner-Buck will also add to the show. Additionally, ESPN’s longtime NFL host Chris Berman will contribute weekly features in a special segment called “Boomer’s Vault” as an ode to the nearly half-century history of MNF. *On Sept. 11, the pregame show begins at 5 p.m. ET.
FANTASY FOOTBALL NOW (Sundays at 10 a.m. ET on ESPN2) also debuts Sept. 10 with new host Lisa Kerney, Berry, NFL analyst Tim Hasselbeck, NFL reporter Field Yates and injury analyst Stephania Bell. Like Sunday NFL Countdown, Fantasy Football Now has expanded to a three-hour show this year as part of ESPN’s new Sunday morning fall programming lineup.
ESPN’s NFL STUDIO PROGRAMMING also includes:
NFL Matchup (Sundays at 4 and 6:30 a.m. ET on ESPN) with Sal Paolantonio (his 16th year as host) and new partners Riddick and analyst Greg Cosell of NFL Films
NFL Live (Mondays at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN; Tue-Fri at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN) with Kolber, Wingo and Wendi Nix (who will rotate as host) and contributors Anderson, Tedy Bruschi, Ryan Clark, Darlington, Herm Edwards, Dan Graziano, Tim Hasselbeck, Bill Polian, Riddick, Russini, Schefter, Darren Woodson, Damien Woody, Yates, and Young
THE NFL ON SPORTSCENTER
SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt (midnight ET, ESPN) will debut a new Sunday night edition beginning Sept. 10. Every Sunday night following the last NFL game, Van Pelt will bring viewers a summary of the day’s games and stories and offer unique perspective. Van Pelt will interview some of the day’s biggest playmakers and Clark and Riddick will be regular contributors. Van Pelt will also provide a SportsCenter Right Now update during halftime of every MNF game – a fast-paced segment that brings fans up-to-date on the biggest sports news of the day.
Additionally, reporter Michele Steele will provide on-site coverage for SportsCenter from the site of each week’s MNF game.
ESPN NFL programming such as Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, Monday Night Football, NFL Live and more will be streamed live on the ESPN App. Fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from affiliated providers can access content on computers, tablets, and – with the exception of MNF – on smartphones.
ESPN Deportes will present live coverage of 17 regular season MNF games, a Wild Card playoff game and the Pro Bowl. For the 15th season, Alvaro Martín (play-by-play) and Super Bowl XXI champion Raul Allegre (analyst) will call the NFL on ESPN Deportes with reporter John Sutcliffe. For the first time, the ESPN Deportes Spanish-language telecast will be simulcast on ESPN2 in weeks 1-9. Presentations of MNF on ESPN Deportes and ESPN2 will be preceded by an NFL Esta Noche pregame at 8 p.m. ET with Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega and John Sutcliffe and followed by postgame SportsCenter coverage.
Spanish-language presentations of MNF, as well as Thanksgiving games and the Pro Bowl, will be live-streamed via the ESPN App and available on ESPN Deportes Radio with Kenneth Garay and Sebastian Martinez Christensen as the lead commentator team. Additionally, ESPNdeportes.com will present extensive coverage throughout the season, including exclusive online content for all 17 MNF games.