A couple of folks mentioned this on Friday, but the Green Bay Press-Gazette confirmed on Friday that ESPN plans to send every reporter under the sun to the Vikings-Packers MNF game on September 8th.

The entire “Monday Night Countdown” crew — Chris Berman, Stuart Scott, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, Steve Young, Emmitt Smith and Chris Mortensen — will be on site, in addition to “Monday Night Football” announcers Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski and Tony Kornheiser and Kornheiser’s “PTI” co-host, Michael Wilbon.

“We have not done this since the first ‘MNF’ season on ESPN in 2005,” Bill Hofheimer, the network’s communications director, wrote in an e-mail. “(B)ut with the Packers set to retire Brett Favre’s jersey — and this being ESPN’s first visit to Lambeau Field for a ‘MNF’ game — the decision was a no-brainer.”

ESPN will kick off its coverage with “NFL Live” at 12:30 p.m. “PTI” will lead the live-from-Lambeau coverage at 2:30 p.m., followed by portions of “SportsCenter Monday Kickoff” (3 p.m.) and “Monday Night Countdown” (4 p.m.) before the 6 p.m. kickoff. The network will carry segments from Lambeau at halftime of the Denver Broncos/Oakland Raiders game, which starts at 9:15 p.m., and during its 12:30 a.m. “SportsCenter.”

12:30pm?!?! Good lord that’s early. In the end though this is the Monday Night opener so I don’t blame them. If the jersey retirement was in Week 10 I might be a little more up in arms. It should be a heck of a day though here at AA.

ESPN to take over Green Bay (Green Bay Press-Gazette)

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