ESPN announces Mowins-Ryan team for MNF doubleheader

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ESPN is rearranging the broadcast team that once featured Mike Ditka rearranging the furniture.

The second game of the Week One Monday Night Football doubleheader, with the Broncos hosting the Chargers, will indeed feature Beth Mowins as the play-by-play announcer and Rex Ryan as the analyst. ESPN made the announcement on Tuesday.

“Beth has been an important voice in our college sports coverage and she has experience calling NFL preseason games. She deserves this opportunity,” ESPN events and studio production senior V.P. Stephanie Druley said in a press release. “ESPN is committed to putting talented women in high-profile positions and we look forward to Beth and Rex’s call of this game on our MNF opening night.”

“This is an amazing opportunity and I look forward to working with Rex and our entire ESPN team,” Mowins said. “As lifelong fans of the NFL Monday Night Football franchise, we want to bring the same passion to the broadcast as our predecessors have all done.”

The press release contains no quotes from Ryan, a lifelong coach who joined ESPN after being fired following two seasons in Buffalo. The release also does not identify the sideline reporter for the game.

50 responses to “ESPN announces Mowins-Ryan team for MNF doubleheader

  1. Interesting strategy. Usually networks hire successful former coaches to work broadcasts and studio programs not multi-time failures like Ryan.

  2. Beth and Rex did a nice job with the FSU spring game and should do just fine with this one.

    Let’s start the season next week!

  3. What’s Rob Ryan going to be doing during the broadcast of the game? Getting coffee for Rex?

  4. The obsession with equality is killing ESPN. I’m all for equality as well, but I simply don’t want to listen to a female voice call a game. The play-by-play person should be virtually unnoticeable and background. A female voice calls attention to the voice, its like noticing yourself breathing or blinking.

    In previous years, having Mike Greenburg and Chris Berman call games were equally poor decisions. With all the talent at ESPN, you would think they could identify a competent play-by-play guy who isn’t polarizing.

    But that apparently isn’t the ESPN model even as viewers run away in droves.

    Diversity and social issue chasing is killing viewership overall. Instead of being an unbiased new source, ESPN wants to shove the sports they have contracts with down viewer throats. This means an overabundance of NBA coverage, which the demographic generally isn’t interested in hearing about near as much as ESPN portends and virtually no coverage for sports for which it doesn’t air games, such as hockey.

    How can you be a one-stop sports source if you practically ignore some sports and cover others to the point disgust?

    Then you have the tabloid chasing and the social stance ESPN continues to drive into their programming. No one is saying social issues are not important, but no one wants to hear about them in their daily sports coverage. Want to feature them in ‘Outside the Lines’, sure. But to constantly inject social issues into ‘hot take’ shows is simply turning people away.

    Viewers just want sports. That’s it.

  5. I love when people speak on topics in which they’ve never experienced.

    It really gives you the whole “what does she know” feel. But I’m sure multiple men didn’t get the opportunity so good for her!

    PS, why did espn keep the people they did? I was home sick yesterday afternoon and they had 2 guys that were awful!

  6. I’ve been watching MNF since 1970……..ABC id a great job with it for many years. ESPN has driven it into the dirt….not watching any more……

  7. Beth Mowins does a good job. I hope this doesn’t mean she won’t do college games this year. Monday night football is just not fun for me anymore. I am sick of football by monday night. 15 25 years ago a lot of times it was the only game I watched all week.

  8. Ya, Ditka (hall of famer and all) is trash compared to this woman who played how many years? Her experience at some liberal arts college far surpasses actual football players and coaches. Great move!

  9. ESPN is committed to pushing its political agenda regardless of the quality of the finished product and can be expected to continue circling the drain. I really hope MNF moves to Amazon or Facebook or whoever as soon as possible.

  10. B$PN, The Worldwide Leader in Lies and Misinformation…

    They continue down the path of self destruction and I couldn’t be happier! Oh what a wonderful day it will be when that outhouse in Bristol, Connecticut, goes off the air for good!

  11. If this is their new vision then no wonder why they are losing so much money. I will NOT watch any MNF game she is calling. I can’t stand her. Whenever she is calling a game I watch something else.

  12. Rex will be good on TV. He knows how to talk football and is an engaging guy. People like to hate him because he speaks his mind but that is what his job is now. Wouldn’t want him as a coach but the man has lived the NFL all his life. Media will fit him well.

    I have always like Mowins for college games. She does her homework and will be good in this spot as well. Of course I know some will be offended because a women will be calling a football game. I guess putting a women in the booth is a political agenda to elysam.

  13. What’s the big deal? I’ve only caught Mowins a couple of times but she calls a decent game and realistically how much worse can Rex be than Gruden? I doubt Ryan will have me hitting the mute button any more often than Chucky already does.

  14. “ESPN has always stood at the forefront of gender equality. Beth has big shoes to fill, but I know she will put her best foot forward and not tiptoe around issues still facing the sport. This s a real Cinderella moment for her, and I am excited to support her and help her put on her glass slipper in front of the nation.” — Rex

  15. This is all about the money. bspn thinks promoting Mowins as the 1st woman to call an MNF game will be an ad bonanza for them. They’re betting they get the far left women and men on the west coast to tune in and will be selling the ad spots to fit that target market. They’re desperate to increase their viewership and since they’ve alienated largest segment of men in the country they need to focus on an untapped segment.

  16. If doing your homework and knowing your stuff is what it takes to be “great”, then yes, she does a great job on the games that she calls. I just don’t happen to care for her voice. I hope that doesn’t make me a sexist or a misogynist or anything – it’s just the way I feel. There’s plenty of male announcers that do their homework and know their stuff and I don’t like them because of their voice or their style.

    As for Ryan – who knows? He might be entertaining? I’ve never heard him call a game, so I’ll have to wait to pass judgment on him.

  17. Some of these serious comments read like the Anchorman crew reacting to Veronica Corningstone being hired to read the news. Yikes.

  18. @jbaxt said:

    “Ya, Ditka (hall of famer and all) is trash compared to this woman who played how many years? Her experience at some liberal arts college far surpasses actual football players and coaches. Great move!”

    You do realize that play-by-play announcers are almost never former players, right? The color analyst is the former player or coach, who provides the viewer with inside information and analysis. The play-by-play announcer is the one calling the game and keeping the flow of the show on point.

    The only play-by-play announcer I can think of that ever played was Pat Summerall, and he was a kicker.

  19. Slow Joe stole my thunder there… Most play-by-play guys are dweebs with good pipes and a way with words. The color guys are the meathead analysts/rah-rah guys.

  20. lonespeed says:
    May 16, 2017 11:21 AM

    The obsession with equality is killing ESPN. I’m all for equality as well, but I simply don’t want to listen to a female voice call a game. The play-by-play person should be virtually unnoticeable and background. A female voice calls attention to the voice, its like noticing yourself breathing or blinking.

    *****************************

    She’s been doing football play-by-play for longer than you’ve been out of diapers.

  21. buckybadger says:
    May 16, 2017 11:45 AM
    …I guess putting a women in the booth is a political agenda to elysam.
    ————————————————————-
    When you are doing it because ““ESPN is committed to putting talented women in high-profile positions…” and not because she is the most qualified person for the position, then yes, it is representative of a political agenda.

    P.S. It’s elyasm, not elysam.

  22. People go berserk over the strangest things these days.

    Going berserk over the broadcast crew for the second of a double header? Wow. I wonder if some of the berserked are the same people calling everyone a snowflake these days? Probably some.

    I can’t see where she’d be any worse then any of the guys we typically get stuck with.

  23. It’s rather disgusting to read some of these comments and to look at the thumbs up meter. To answer the question, YES, you are sexist if you don’t want a female play-by-play announcer because of her sex. That is sort of textbook definition of sexist. Own it.

  24. Ground Hogs Day…methinks this was covered yesterday.

    Makes no difference to me…I’m burnt out of football by the time Monday rolls around on the 1st weekend.

  25. Not a fan of Mowans or Ryan, good thing Im in bed before the second game starts. I wont miss it.

  26. chawkup says:
    May 16, 2017 1:08 PM
    It’s rather disgusting to read some of these comments and to look at the thumbs up meter. To answer the question, YES, you are sexist if you don’t want a female play-by-play announcer because of her sex. That is sort of textbook definition of sexist. Own it.

    __________________

    I’m a woman and I’m not looking forward to hearing her either. I don’t like the sound of her voice. Good Lord, does it make me sexist against women? Can I be sexist against my own sex?

  27. Why can I already hear Rex referring to his broadcast partner as “sweetheart”?

  28. I actually like Mowins.

    She has a rare talent for letting the game action be the story, instead of forcing some pre-conceived notion of how she think the game ‘should’ go.

    Takes a lot more skill to do it her way.

  29. PFT posters are so predictable with their hatred of diversity and “social issues” such as racism or bigotry.

  30. The companies that provide replacement parts for remote controls better start producing some extra “mute” buttons. I have a feeling lots are going to be wearing out.

  31. I’m offended they haven’t announced there will also be an Asian, African and south American working the game as well… so much for equality! Too much affirmative action in Bristol

  32. Mowins is perfectly average as a play caller. Not great, not bad. I wouldn’t pair her with Rex at all. If Rex is calling games, he needs to be paired with someone who’s been doing NFL coverage for a while to balance him out until he gets some experience. Mowins has been doing college, and competently, but to from Gruden-Tirico (Gruden-McDonough last year I guess) to Mowins-Ryan is a pretty big transition for viewers. McDonough didn’t even do a bad job and he got reemed for it, what do we think will happen with a female broadcaster and New York’s self-appointed king of bad Superbowl predictions?

  33. lonespeed

    That’s why we have movies like Star Wars being remade with feminist and diverse characters and no story line.

    However if you complain you are either racist or anti feminist

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