ESPN announced today that they will be converting to a two man broadcast booth. Ron Jaworski (left) will leave the team, while Mike Tirico (center) and Jon Gruden (right), here with Frank Gifford, will return for the 2012 season.(Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ESPN via Getty Images)
ESPN announced today that they will be changing the format of their Monday Night Football television broadcast for the 2012 season. Rather than the three-commentator booth they have been using, the network will reportedly be using just two commentators for Monday Night Football - Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden.
Which means, Ron Jaworski is out. But, don't think this is a firing of "Jaws."
According to ESPN, Jaworski has been signed to a new, five-year agreement, and is being moved back into the studio. He will have an increased role on Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, NFL Matchup, SportsCenter, Mike & Mike In the Morning, Pardon the Interruption, and other NFL-branded specials.
Of the end of his time on MNF, Jaworski said:
"I am grateful for having the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of working on Monday Night Football the past five seasons with Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and so many other talented people behind the scenes who make the show so great, and I look forward to bringing my passion and knowledge of the game to more fans in more places than ever before on any and all football topics."
With just Tirico and Gruden in the booth, MNF will have a two-man team for just the sixth time in the program's 42-year history. It will also mark the first time in fifteen years that ESPN has utilized a two-man lead team on NFL coverage, with the last being Mike Patrick and Joe Theismann covering Sunday Night Football games from 1988-1997.