- ESPN is pursuing Al Michaels in an attempt to pair him with legendary QB Peyton Manning to call Monday Night Football games.
- There is a prop bet surrounding the possibility of this pairing.
- This might be a result of CBS signing Tony Romo to a 10 year $180 million contract.
NEW YORK - The NFL commentator wars seem almost as exciting as the NFL free agency as ESPN pursues Al Michaels to pair with future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning for Monday Night Football (MNF).
The announcement came following CBS signing Tony Romo to a 10-year broadcasting deal after ESPN failed to claim the QB. ESPN’s initial plan was to have Romo and Michaels call games together in the broadcasting booth.
Sports bettors are placing bets to see if ESPN will succeed in their pursuits, as there is a prop bet surrounding the possibility of the dream team pairing. It’s not often that Super Bowl type bets like these are found during the offseason, creating all the more excitement.
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The current odds show sports bettors are leaning towards ESPN failing in their endeavors, as No is the -220 favorite currently.
Will Peyton Manning and Al Michaels Be In The Booth For Either 2020 Week 1 MNF Games:
- Yes +155
- No -220
Michaels is currently at NBC and has two more years left on his contract. Manning, on the other hand, has no contract restrictions, however, he made it clear that he will only join a booth under the right conditions.
ESPN’s current MNF line up consists of former NFL defensive tackle Booger McFarland and analyst Joe Tessitore.
ESPN has been trying to shake up their MNF commentary for a while now, originally offering Romo a 1-year, $140 million deal to jump ship from CBS. Romo ended up staying, now making more than $17 million a year at the network.
ESPN has a long fight ahead of them to make their dream team happen, and sports bettors are along the ride with them, hoping to win big on the way.
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