ESPN Adds Sean McDonough to 'Monday Night Football'

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Sean McDonough

He replaces Mike Tirico, who recently departed for NBC Sports.

With myriad stories about ESPN departures in recent weeks, the cable sports behemoth started the week with one prominent addition on Monday — bringing longtime staffer Sean McDonough on board its Monday Night Football telecast.

Cable's biggest sports series adds McDonough, 53, after the recent departure of Mike Tirico, who recently left ESPN for NBC Sports. McDonough now starts at the telecast as only the fifth play-by-play voice in the series history. He'll be joined by returning analyst Jon Gruden and reporter Lisa Salters when the 2016 NFL season kicks in this fall.

"I think the only person who's had a better week than Mike and I is our shared agent Sandy Montag," McDonough told reporters Monday afternoon, adding that he spoke with friend and former colleague Tirico earlier in the day.

McDonough comes to the high-profile telecast after a long tenure with the Disney-owned network, calling NFL games for ESPN Radio since 2013 and having been part of broadcasts for the World Series, NCAA Final Four and the Olympic Games.

"When it became apparent Mike would leave, we had a very, very short list," said ESPN executive vp programming and production John Wildhack. "Sean was at the very top of that list."

McDonough will continue to cover college basketball for ESPN once the NFL season concludes.