Peyton Manning turns down Monday Night Football, again

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ESPN once again made a run at Peyton Manning for Monday Night Football. And Manning stiff-armed them, again.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that Manning has declined an opportunity to serve as lead analyst on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

ESPN never put together a specific financial package for Manning because it never got to that point. Manning, per Marchand, simply isn’t ready to commit to the weekly grind of travel, preparation, and execution.

The inability of ESPN to secure Al Michaels’ services from NBC also may have been a factor. Manning surely won’t want to enter a broadcast booth without someone he regards to be among the very best at handling football play-by-play.

ESPN’s pursuit of Manning likely isn’t over, in part because ESPN keeps coming back to Manning on nearly an annual basis. If/when Monday Night Football slides from ESPN back to sister company ABC in 2022 (when Michaels will be a free agent), that could be the moment Manning chooses to enter the fray, given the larger platform and the iconic relationship between three-letter network and prime-time football on the first day of the work week.

42 responses to “Peyton Manning turns down Monday Night Football, again

  1. Sitting at home with zero agenda and zero worries can do wonders for a person. Let the man enjoy retirement just a little longer.

  2. I hate to break it to y’all at ESPN, but you and Monday Night Football are just not that big a deal.

  3. I think Manning has gotten a good taste of the challenges of football color guy with his Peyton’s Places bits on ESPN. Its hard to be good as a football color guy; only a few are truly loved by fans. Most are tolerated. He also sees all the unflattering Booger meme’s and realizes that vindictiveness could be turned on him if he is not as entertaining as Romo. Why take on the headache?

    He wants to be a GM. I suggest he go get a job with the Eagles, Ravens, or Chiefs. Those guys teach the talent evaluation side well.

  4. Al is great but we can’t count on many more years from him. He’s not over the hill but he’s at the crest.

  5. With Peyton Manning turning down MNF, this means I could be back in the booth with Joe to break down every obvious thing that occurs during the game.

  6. One way or another, I get the feeling that we’ll be seeing him during the next football season, regardless. It’s not like he needs a side hustle with that insurance gig.

  7. This makes me very sad. I really can’t stomach another season of Booger.im going to have to listen with the sound off.

  8. Great news. His post game interviews were typically insufferable. He would be a more annoying version of Jason Witten.

  9. Still find it crazy that with them laying off people right and left and cable numbers going down every day that they have huge bucks to offer to commentators. Most of the audience they have lost is gone from cable entirely. They’re not going to raise their numbers with new commentators no matter how good they might be.

  10. Superlative football player and sublime in commercials – could be a great analyst, could be just ok. John Madden and Cris Collinsworth are the gold standard, the best of the rest aren’t close.

  11. I couldn’t care less about Booger, I am fine with that guy as I am with any of the crappy announcers. They are all bad.

    I think Payton might give it a shot later on, maybe not, and either way he’s had an incredible career and is just having fun raking in the spoils now. He doesn’t even have to do football stuff, he could just do motivational speaking engagements and probably make even more money.

  12. Imagine if Brady ever got a TV offer. You would have to keep the volume at a minimum in fear of his high pitched feminine voice cracking the screen of your TV when he goes into his high pitched wailing mode like he did after the Butler INT. That shatters TV’s across the globe instantly

  13. I think Manning is a natural on camera—he could try many different avenues and doesn’t need to limit himself to color commentary.

  14. Wasn’t ESPN the network that was digging up old dirt about Peyton Manning’s days in college? Manning retired as a result.

  15. mogogo1 says:
    March 23, 2020 at 5:39 pm
    Still find it crazy that with them laying off people right and left and cable numbers going down every day that they have huge bucks to offer to commentators. Most of the audience they have lost is gone from cable entirely. They’re not going to raise their numbers with new commentators no matter how good they might be.

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    And yet what people fail to get is if it didn’t make a profit they wouldn’t. I don’t watch it and I do not personally care. But a whole lot of people do, and do.

  16. Is there a reason why these networks continue to go down this road? Its pretty evident PM has no interest in being in anyone’s booth, except maybe in an executive role with an NFL organization. Maybe he should go be the AD at UT.

  17. Sunday, is football day in America.

    Monday, is the day you check fantasy to make sure some WR3/kicker/defense didn’t lose you the week.

    Thursday, is when you might need to sit your studs… because no one plays well on Thursday.

  18. Al Michaels is the top dog right now, but in 2022 when MNF moves back to ABC, Al will be 77 years old. Don’t know that he’d want to do that or possibly scale back at that point. And as far as color commentary goes… Kurt Warner is great on the radio, and he has to “paint a picture” for the fans. I think he’d be great on MNF, maybe paired with Ian Eagle, who I think does a great job.

  19. There is some good and some bad. the good: Thank God it’s not phony Brady on MNF & we get to watch him turtle under the rush in Tampa. The bad: Booger M as usual, playing Captain Obvious, w/ poor grammar.

  20. thermanmerman99 says:
    March 23, 2020 at 7:57 pm
    Imagine if Brady ever got a TV offer.

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    This story is about Peyton Manning.

    Maybe it’s just me, but It seems like you spend a disproportionate amount of time imagining things about Tom Brady.

    Hmmm.

  21. They should have told Peyton “look if you don’t take it we are going to go with Ryan Leaf.” Then they would have gotten Peyton by reflex.

  22. 12brichandfamous says:

    I think Manning has gotten a good taste of the challenges of football color guy with his Peyton’s Places bits on ESPN. Its hard to be good as a football color guy; only a few are truly loved by fans. Most are tolerated. He also sees all the unflattering Booger meme’s and realizes that vindictiveness could be turned on him if he is not as entertaining as Romo. Why take on the headache?

    He wants to be a GM. I suggest he go get a job with the Eagles, Ravens, or Chiefs. Those guys teach the talent evaluation side well.

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    This.

  23. mogogo1 says:
    March 23, 2020 at 5:39 pm
    Still find it crazy that with them laying off people right and left and cable numbers going down every day that they have huge bucks to offer to commentators. Most of the audience they have lost is gone from cable entirely. They’re not going to raise their numbers with new commentators no matter how good they might be.
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    I haven’t had cable or satellite in 5 years. I’ve saved a ton of money and I’ve been able to watch all the football I’ve wanted to. I agree with you that the money given to big name booth guys can be surprising, but that just shows how much money the NFL is worth.

    Part of the reason the owners wanted the CBA to pass was because the TV contracts are up for bid and they couldn’t do that without the CBA.

    Personally, I think if the NFL and networks smarten up they can and will make a lot more money. They should make it easier for people to watch games online – why not charge a certain amount per game? They will eventually figure out how to exploit the online audience for every penny they can.

  24. they need to get someone from outside football as Howard was fantastic when he wasn’t talking about crossing routes or double safety coverage long.

  25. Imagine you are as rich/wealthy and famous as Peyton Manning. Would you be looking to go back to work and have a boss?

    Yeah, neither would I.

  26. mogogo1 says:
    March 23, 2020 at 5:39 pm
    Still find it crazy that with them laying off people right and left and cable numbers going down every day that they have huge bucks to offer to commentators. Most of the audience they have lost is gone from cable entirely. They’re not going to raise their numbers with new commentators no matter how good they might be.

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    Not sure what country you live in, but here in the United States, NFL football is the #1 show on television and the second most watched show isn’t anywhere close. NFL tv contracts are in the billions and with the amount of dedicated viewers, the ad sales for NFL games make tv networks big money. So much money that paying Manning or Romo nearly $20m a year is a drop in the bucket.

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