ESPN's Lisa Salters Joining "MNF" Crew As Sideline Reporter
ESPN announced today that "MNF" for the '12 season will use Lisa Salters as a sideline reporter, "something it didn't bother with last year," according to Michael Hiestand of USA TODAY. The broadcast, after having two sideline reporters in '10, "didn't use it last year." ESPN Exec VP/Programming & Acquisitions John Wildhack said that the change from a three-man broadcaster booth to the two-man booth of Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden this year "isn't behind resurrecting sideline reporting." Wildhack: "There's still 40 seconds between plays. It's not a factor." Instead, Wildhack indicated that Salters was "added partly because you can never throw too many bodies at ESPN's Monday hype ... not because ESPN has in mind some new type of reporting." Although Erin Andrews is at the end of her ESPN contract, Wildhack "wouldn't say whether she'd been offered the spot." Salters will continue to "stay on NBA sidelines" and will still contribute to ESPN's "E:60" (USA TODAY, 4/11).