ESPN continues to make changes to its Monday Night Football lineup. Earlier this year, they made the surprising move to ditch the three man booth and kick Ron Jaworski to the studio, leaving just Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden to call the game. This week, ESPN named a new sideline reporter for MNF, Lisa Salters. Salters has been the top sideline reporter for ESPN/ABC's NBA coverage and now she'll get the call on Monday nights...
"Lisa Salters, one of the lead reporters for ESPN on ABC’s NBA coverage, has been named the new sideline reporter for ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Salters will join play-by-play commentator Mike Tirico and analyst Jon Gruden on the weekly MNF game telecasts and provide live stadium reports during ESPN’s Monday afternoon studio shows throughout the NFL season.
One of ESPN’s most versatile and accomplished reporters, Salters has covered the NBA, college football and more since joining ESPN in 2000 from ABC News."
Last year, ESPN used a rotation of sideline reporters, including the disaster that was John Sutcliffe. To be honest, aside from the Sutcliffe fiasco, I hadn't even realized ESPN used a rotation of sideline reporters with the amount of people they throw at Monday Night Football from daytime coverage all the way through the postgame. The MNF sideline gig has been an area of mockery in the past with such respected media types as Eric Dickerson and Lisa Guerrero roaming the sidelines. On the other hand, Salters is an experienced pro that should do well in her new role. It's a move that won't get a lot of attention, but a wise one from the leader to continue to streamline their Monday Night Football broadcasts.
@SteeleMagic what would u say is the most effective way for someone to get a message to DeVos or Martens?
@Andy_Staples It's from all those years of hosting "In The House". Surprised they were on stools since they're about the same height.
@PBPjasonlieser Somehow Wolf was more affected by it than Bates.
@SteeleMagic Has anything like that happened to you?
@Andy_Staples he also loves a good tune by Sublime. He and agree we're long lost cousins
@Andy_Staples were you on the Fiesta Bowl (62-24) team? I remember Bates was one of the guys trying to bring down Frazier.
@Andy_Staples James Bates remains on my all-interview team, probably for life. No surprise that he's fast on his... um... feet.
@jsandlerESPN Lol he was great. thanks for sharing
@VicLombardi How do we order one of those stools for Scott Hastings to sit on?
@VicLombardi What are you giving up for Lent? #CatholicTweet
@VicLombardi That's legit just made me laugh out loud in class. Gotta love live TV!
@VicLombardi Now that was funny
@VicLombardi Always can count on you Vic to give us the truth.
@kylegilreath That's amazing.
@edsbs just spent like 40 straight minutes googling "James Bates pumpkin". No dice. Also tried "punkin". :(
@JasonLoughren Nice one
@michebag22 LOL AMAZING!!!! HAHAHA
@Hoosierpete3698 didn't know it was on live, thought they were off air doing dry run. It was awesome.
@Tommy_G Wanted to comment on the quality of your stools Saturday. Was that mahogany? Must be how the WWL rolls.
@awfulannouncing James Bates is great. His Spurrier impersonation cracks me up.
Would love to see deadspin slow-mo this...actually that wouldnt be that great. Nevermind #streamofconsciousness
@awfulannouncing You know 'stool' can be read two ways there right? :)
@awfulannouncing The guy on the right looks like he knows what a "big time stool" is. #ExLax
@awfulannouncing Great recovery. He was so Joe Schad Jacked Up that he kept composure.
@wlcampbelljr > Alex is very accessible via email..
@theeCODYTAYLOR > Been hit by a basketball a few times..Have sat on some rickety stools I thought might collapse.
@JarvisRedwine That was my senior year in high school. Got there the next year.
@themellowmom They did look a lot a like. Almost like twins at UF.
@gustavosantiago glad i'm not the only who found it hilarious hahah love your yankees twitter background picture btw!
@segwhit it looked hilarious! They actually ended up doing a re-shoot on it. I saw the actual broadcast and it was different.
@Hoosierpete3698 that makes sense. I did see them doing it again but they were standing up and not on the stools. Hilarious.
@gustavosantiago ooh thanks, i'm gonna change it to my desktop background as soon as i get home from work! :)