Last week’s Monday Night Football game between the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots may not have ended how Tom Brady and co. planned (the defending Super Bowl champs lost 27-20), but it was business as usual for ESPN sportscaster Suzy Kolber.
Now the host of the Monday Night Countdown pregame show along with her MNF halftime and postgame duties, the 53-year-old ESPN veteran pulls an 18-hour plus work day every Monday but still found time to talk about the biggest night in sports.
ESPN’s Suzy Kolber Explains Why ‘Monday Night Football’ Is ‘More Than a Game’
Suzy told TheWrap:
It has always been more than a football game, it’s been a night of entertainment. Even now for players, with all the other stuff going on, there is something special about it being the only game on and knowing that everyone else in the league — including all the other players — is watching you.
While ESPN’s battle with cord cutters led to high-profile layoffs this year, there is no stopping the Monday Night Football juggernaut. According to Nielsen, the Patriots-Dolphins game earned an 8.5 overnight rating, making it the third highest among MNF games this season, behind Lions-Giants (8.7) and Cowboys-Cardinals (9.3).
And because ESPN is a fully-focused sports network, as opposed to broadcast networks Fox, CBS and NBC.
we are also able to give it this big stage and pregame show where we try to encompass what happened on Sunday and then also really zero in on the game itself.