Miller, Fouts to 'Monday Night
By HOWARD FENDRICH
AP Sports Writer
June 22, 2000
NEW YORK (AP)
-- Comedian Dennis Miller and Hall of Fame
quarterback Dan Fouts are joining the ``Monday Night Football'' broadcast booth.
search to replace Boomer Esiason and overhaul a
program with declining ratings ended Thursday with two very different choices.
Fouts, who has
been calling college football games for ABC, will join
play-by-play announcer Al Michaels in the broadcast booth. Eric
Dickerson, another Hall of Fame player, and ESPN's Melissa Stark
will be sideline reporters, replacing Lesley Visser.
at ``Monday Night Football'' began in March, when
Esiason was fired after two seasons in the booth, and Don Ohlmeyer,
the show's producer in the 1970s, was brought back.
at the time to get viewers talking about the show the way
they did when Howard Cosell and Don Meredith were on ABC' NFL team.
In looking for
Esiason's replacement, Ohlmeyer considered people with and without
experience in the booth, including bombastic radio pig Rush Limbaugh.
Miller was a
regular on ``Saturday Night Live'' and now has a comedy show on HBO,
while Fouts brings a smooth and reserved approach to broadcasting.