ESPN reaches multi-year extension with Jon Gruden
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden has agreed to an exclusive, multi-year deal with ESPN, according to an ESPN news release.
In addition to his Monday Night Football role, Gruden will appear on ESPN’s NFL Draft and Super Bowl week coverage. He will call the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl and serve as an analyst for ESPN Radio’s 2010 Rose Bowl and Bowl Championship Series (BCS) title game broadcasts. He also will be part of SportsCenter coverage leading up to the telecasts of both games.
"Working with Mike, Jaws and our entire Monday Night Football team is the most fun I have had in years, and I am fired up to make this long-term commitment to ESPN," Gruden said in the release. “Monday Night Football is special and I look forward to remaining a part of it and continuing to call these great games.”
Said Norby Williamson, ESPN's executive vice president, production, “Jon has truly reinvented himself, from a Super Bowl-winning head coach to one of the foremost NFL analysts in the business, and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. We are thrilled with his commitment to ESPN, which ensures that Jon will continue on Monday Night Football with Mike and Jaws, and he will have the opportunity to do even more with ESPN.”