ESPN will televise the National Football League’s first regular-season game in Mexico City in 11 years on Monday Night Football next week on Nov. 21 featuring the Houston Texans vs. Oakland Raiders from Estadio Azteca. Multiple ESPN studio shows will be live from Mexico City on Nov. 20-21 as part of the company’s extensive English and Spanish-language coverage.
The NFL has played three games this season in London and this will be the only game in Mexico City.
On-site plans by ESPN include 10 hours of studio coverage and the first regular-season road show for ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, which debuted in 1985. Chris Berman will host Countdown (11 a.m. ET) from a set location at Chapultepec Park, site of the NFL Fan Fest, in Mexico City with analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Charles Woodson. On Monday, Berman and Suzy Kolber will co-host the two-hour Monday Night Countdown pregame show (6 p.m.) from Estadio Azteca leading into MNF. Two-time Super Bowl-winning Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett will be a special guest on-set.
Other ESPN shows originating from Mexico City include Sunday and Monday morning editions of Hannah Storm’s SportsCenter Face to Face, SportsCenter on the Road with Sage Steele, and Monday’s NFL Live with Trey Wingo and analysts Herm Edwards and Darren Woodson.
“The NFL’s return to Mexico on Monday Night Football is a signature event of the season and the perfect opportunity for us to bring Sunday NFL Countdown on the road for the first time,” said Seth Markman, ESPN senior coordinating producer, NFL studio shows. “We expect big, enthusiastic crowds and are looking forward to working with our ESPN Deportes colleagues based in Mexico City.”
ESPN’s Monday Night Football team of Sean McDonough (play-by-play) and Jon Gruden(analyst) will call the Texans-Raiders game (Nov. 21, 8:15 p.m.) with reporters Lisa Salters and ESPN Deportes’ John Sutcliffe, who lives in Mexico City.
On ESPN Deportes, multiple Sunday shows will feature reports from Chapultepec Park, as willCronometro and Nacion ESPN on Monday. The game will be preceded by a special NFL Esta Noche and a post-game SportsCenter produced from Estadio Azteca with live reports from outside the stadium, the NFL Fan Fest in Chapultepec Park and the studios.
NFL Esta Noche will be led by ESPN’s Eduardo Varela and Pablo Viruega alongside former NFL standout Roberto Garza. The NFL Live team includes former wide receiver Marco Martos, a Mexican who played in preseason games for the Panthers, Broncos, and Cowboys – the last two teams brought him to play at Azteca in 1997 and 1998 respectively. Former NFL players Ramiro Pruñeda, Mauricio Lopez “Tyson” and Gustavo Tella will also serve as analysts alongside hosts Kary Correa and Miroslava Montemayor.
The Spanish-language MNF telecast on ESPN Deportes and in Latin America will feature Alvaro Martin (play-by-play) and Super Bowl-winning kicker Raul Allegre (analyst) with reporters Ciro Procuna and Sergio Dipp.
The game will also be broadcast on ESPN Deportes Radio with play-by-play voice Kenneth Garay, analyst Sebastian Martinez Christensen and reporter Antonio Valle.