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Peyton and Eli Manning to call ESPN’s alternative ‘Monday Night Football’ broadcast

Are you ready for some Mannings on Monday nights?

Peyton Manning is coming to “Monday Night Football” — and he’s bringing his brother, Eli, with him.

Peyton is not fully committing to following Tony Romo into the booth, but Peyton and ESPN have agreed to a contract that will see him participate in 10 alternative “MNF” broadcasts beginning this season. Eli will join him.

The deal is for three years and 30 games. The financial terms were not disclosed, but they would figure to be in the multiple millions.

On ESPN/ABC, Steve Levy, Louis Riddick Jr. and Brian Griese will handle the traditional broadcasts.

Peyton has been sports TV’s white whale, pursued by most of the NFL’s partner networks to be in the booth. ESPN has repeatedly tried to persuade him to join “Monday Night Football” — and he has repeatedly said no.

Peyton Manning (r.) and brother Eli Manning (l.) will call an alternative "Monday Night Football" broadcast for ESPN.
Peyton Manning (r.) and brother Eli Manning (l.) will call an alternative “Monday Night Football” broadcast for ESPN.
Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Amazon/NBC, the new partnership to broadcast “Thursday Night Football” beginning in 2022-23, had Peyton high on its list to potentially join Al Michaels in the booth, according to sources.

However, Peyton’s ESPN deal is exclusive, which will preclude Manning from possibly double-dipping.

Initially, Peyton and Eli’s production will be on ESPN2 with the chance it also ends up on ESPN+. They will not have to travel to the games, as the “MegaCast” option will originate from remote locations, where, according to a press release:

“Fans will be treated to a mix of in-the-moment analysis, big picture NFL dialogue, knee-jerk reaction, historical perspective, and more. Peyton and Eli will be joined each week by a to-be-determined host. Iconic and current athletes, as well as celebrities, are expected to appear throughout the season. Fans will never miss any of the action, as a multi-box viewing experience will ensure the game is always visible.”

The Mannings’ version of “MNF” will be on the first three weeks of the season and then seven other weeks. There has been a feeling that Peyton has not wanted to call Tom Brady’s games. The Buccaneers do not appear on “MNF” in any of the first three weeks.

The Giants are on Monday night twice — once against the Bucs and once against the Chiefs. ESPN would figure to want the Mannings on these games.

ESPN began its relationship with Manning’s Omaha Productions with his “Peyton’s Places,” which it recently expanded to include other sports, including Eli on college football. The overall deal is an extension of ESPN’s relationship with Omaha Productions.

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