Jason Witten’s surprise news that he is returning to the Dallas Cowboys for this upcoming season means he is exiting the ESPN “Monday Night Football” booth. There has been plenty of speculation as to whether ESPN will go to a two-man booth with Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland or if they will come up with an alternate plan.
One repeated notion that I’ve come across from the sports media community is how ESPN was seemingly caught off guard with the news and that Witten could have done a better job at giving ESPN more of a heads up. Even if that is all true (and I do prefer an employee to not blindside an employer when possible), this news took place six months before the next “Monday Night Football” broadcast. It’s not like the news came a few weeks before the start of the season.
ESPN has plenty of time to react and figure out what they want to do. I’m not feeling sorry for them.