MNF's play-by-play man has been in broadcasting for more than 30 years
"Monday Night Football" has a new broadcast team this season. In August, ESPN announced that Steve Levy would handle play-by-play duties, with Brian Griese and Louis Riddick serving as analysts. While Levy (above, far right) has been in broadcasting for more than three decades, here are five facts you may or may not know about him.
1. He has been with ESPN for nearly 30 years
After stints with WCBS-TV and the Madison Square Garden Network, Levy joined ESPN in 1993. Since then he has anchored "SportsCenter" and handled play-by-play for college football, NFL, NHL, and the XFL (2020).
2. He made one of the most infamous slips in broadcasting history
During a "SportsCenter" broadcast in 1995, the teleprompter script accidentally dropped the "s" in disk and Levy read that player wasn't playing because of a "bulging dick." He managed to get through the rest of the segment on NFL injuries, but by the end, he and co-anchor Keith Olbermann were laughing hysterically.
3. He called three of the longest NHL games in history
A longtime NHL broadcaster, Levy earned the nickname, "Mr. Overtime" because he called three of the longest televised games in the history of professional hockey, all playoff games. In 1996, he called a four-overtime game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. In 2000, he called a five-overtime game between the Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers. And in 2003, he called another five-overtime game between the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Dallas Stars.
4. He has a press box named after him
An alumnus of the The State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego, Levy is committed to the program, having spoken at commencements and remaining a huge fan of the school's hockey team. He also funded a state-of-the-art press box in the Campus Center Ice Arena that is named after him.
5. He called a "Monday Night Football" game prior to 2020
For the Week 1 doubleheader in 2019, Levy called the Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders game with Brian Griese and Louis Riddick. All three now comprise the main broadcasting team for 2020.
— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.
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