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Dan Orlovsky to Join Levy, Riddick on ESPN’s NFL TV Booth, per Report

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ESPN is promoting Dan Orlovsky to the network’s No. 2 NFL announcing booth, in accordance with a report from Andrew Marchand of the Recent York Post.

Orlovsky will join Steve Levy and Louis Riddick Jr. within the booth as he replaces Brian Griese, whose contract was up with ESPN. Griese is now the 49ers quarterback coach under Kyle Shanahan.

ESPN’s No. 1 announcing team is newly-acquired Joe Buck and Troy Aikman from Fox, who shall be commonly calling Monday Night Football games starting this season. 

Orlovsky will join Levy and Riddick for a handful of games this 12 months, before the network begins calling five additional games per season starting in 2023. Per the report from Marchand, Levy and Riddick also received contract extensions to stay within the booth.

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ESPN’s re-signing of Orlovsky is important, as he has emerged as one in every of the highest NFL analysts for the network. Orlovsky calls college football games in the autumn, and has been a staple on ESPN’s each day programming covering the NFL since 2018. 

The 38-year-old was pursued by Fox Sports where he would have led a five-day-a-week NFL show and would have called games for the network on Sundays. Nonetheless, Orlovsky was not a candidate for the highest color commentating role on the network alongside Kevin Burkhardt. 

Based on the Post, Greg Olsen appears to be the leading candidate to be Burkhardt’s partner, and Fox announced that Tom Brady would step in next to Burkhardt once he officially retires. 

Orlovsky’s first game alongside Levy and Riddick shall be on Monday Night Football in Week 2 of the upcoming season. ESPN is hosting a doubleheader, and it is anticipated that Buck and Aikman will call Titans-Bills on ESPN, while Levy, Riddick and Orlovsky cover Vikings-Eagles on ABC.

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