The Manning Brothers Announce New NFL Partnership

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    Peyton Manning, along with brother Eli Manning, will hit the NFL regular season once again, except not with any particular team this time. Instead, the Manning brothers will take to the broadcast booth.

    ESPN announced this week that Peyton and Eli Manning would head up the Monday Night Football MegaCast alternative broadcast. The broadcast will air on ESPN2 and will run alongside the traditional MNF broadcast.

    The Manning brothers’ MegaCast will air for ten games each of the next three seasons for 30 games in total. Not to mention, it will regularly feature guest appearances from NFL and pop culture celebrities.

    “This partnership with ESPN and The Walt Disney Company reflects an ongoing, shared commitment to offering fans fun, innovative content,” said Peyton Manning in a statement according to ESPN. “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 Monday Night MegaCast will debut in the first three weeks of the 2021 NFL season. Monday, Sept. 13, will be the true debut though for the MegaCast, in the MNF-opener between the Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders.

    Since his retirement after the 2015 season, many have wondered what Peyton’s next official big move would be. Instead of taking one big demanding job, like a full-time broadcaster or NFL owner, he has chosen a more diverse path.

    Manning has his show Peyton’s Places on ESPN+ and lately, he regularly makes guest appearances at baseball games. Manning threw the first pitch at the Tennessee and Arkansas game just a few months ago. And, Manning did the same at the 2021 MLB All-Star game, as well. And, he even found time to host a game show on NBC along with his brother, Cooper.

    “Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters, and John Parry will remain on the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast,” according to the ESPN report.

    Peyton and Eli Manning will welcome in a number of guests over the 30 MegaCasts. This will include current and former NFL players, pop stars, celebrities, and more.

    Peyton Manning and Eli Manning will make their Monday Night MegaCast debut on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.

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