ESPN appears to have a favorite to replace Jon Gruden
Finally, a reason to watch the Pro Bowl.
ESPN announced Friday that Matt Hasselbeck will be in the booth alongside Sean McDonough for the Pro Bowl on Jan. 28. The network did not hide the fact that this was a “Monday Night Football” tryout for Hasselbeck.
“The process for determining our new ‘Monday Night Football’ booth is already underway,” ESPN senior VP, events & studio production, Stephanie Druley said in a statement.
“We are looking at both internal and external candidates and expect to have a decision made this spring. This is one of the most high-profile and attractive positions in all of sports broadcasting so we want to take our time to ensure we make the best decision.”
Hasselbeck has spent two years at ESPN working on “Sunday NFL Countdown,” following a 17-year NFL career. Hasselbeck has impressed in the studio, but his only booth work came when he was still a player. In 2014, he worked a game in the Fox Sports booth.
Jon Gruden left ESPN following a wild-card game Saturday to become the Raiders coach again.