McDonough's Return Highlights ESPN's CFB Announce Teams For '18
ESPN announced its college football broadcast pairings for '18 with some "significant moves happening," and perhaps the "biggest one" is Sean McDonough returning to the college game, according to Andrew Bucholtz of AWFUL ANNOUNCING. McDonough will fill the role vacated by new "MNF" play-by-play voice Joe Tessitore, "calling ESPN’s Saturday night game alongside Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe." ESPN also officially announced the hire of Dan Orlovsky and said that he will be "working both games and studio." They "haven’t announced their full CFB studio lineup yet, but he’s expected to contribute to CFB studio shows." The net also "made a prominent play-by-play announcer swap of Adam Amin and Mark Jones, with Amin now working with Rod Gilmore and Quint Kessenich and Jones now working with Dusty Dvoracek and Molly McGrath." But many of the other teams "remain the same" (AWFULANNOUNCING.com, 7/17). Meanwhile, ESPN has reached multiyear extensions with Laura Rutledge and Marcus Spears, who appear together on SEC Network's "SEC Nation" on Saturday mornings. Both will continue to contribute across multiple shows and other programming (THE DAILY).
SOUNDS LIKE FOOTBALL: BILLBOARD's Sam Tornow noted Imagine Dragons released a new single, "Natural," that "will be the anthem of this year's ESPN college football season." The track features the band's "patented mix of explosive drums and inspiring lyrics" (BILLBOARD.com, 7/17). YAHOO SPORTS' Sam Cooper wrote the song at first listen will "sound a like a lot of the other songs ESPN has used in recent years." It has "big booming choruses or refrains that fit perfectly into shorter game promos or longer commercials." Imagine Dragons' "Roots" was ESPN's CFB theme for the '15 season (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 7/17). THE RINGER's Rodger Sherman wrote, "If you have even a passing interest in college football, you know that the song ESPN chooses as its season-long pump-up anthem becomes inescapable" (THERINGER.com, 7/17).