ESPN will use the music of the Rolling Stones on “Monday Night Football” telecasts this year. In other news, Chris Berman has re-signed with ESPN, and Dave Barnett will return to the broadcast booth for North Texas football.
- Rolling Stones Music to Play on “MNF”: Apparently filling the void left by self-styled political commentator Hank Williams Jr., the music of the Rolling Stones will saturate “Monday Night Football” telecasts this season. ESPN will use sixteen Rolling Stones songs throughout the season on pregame coverage, game coverage, and a postgame highlight reel. (ESPN Media Zone)
- Berman Re-Ups With ESPN: ESPN personality Chris Berman has agreed to a contract extension that will extend his tenure with the network to nearly 40 years. Berman, who will call his first regular season NFL game on Monday night, will continue to contribute to NFL studio programming, the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, and golf’s U.S. Open. (ESPN Media Zone)
- Barnett Returns to Broadcasting: Texas Rangers play-by-play voice Dave Barnett, who took a medical leave from the team earlier this season after an on-air incident, will call Saturday’s Texas Southern/North Texas college football game on local affiliate KTXA. Barnett, who will also call South Alabama/North Texas on November 10, has yet to return to the Rangers. (Dallas Morning News, Sports Business Daily)