Tafoya, Kolber Out At MNF

Michelle TafoyaSuzy Kolber
As the saying goes, too many cooks in the kitchen can ruin the meal – or something to that effect. Apparently in the quest to reduce costs by reducing the number of personnel who cover Monday Night Football games, according to Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com, a media source is saying that Michelle Tafoya and Suzy Kolber are being fired relieved of their duties as sideline reporters on MNF.

Tafoya served in that capacity with ABC when they last televised MNF; Kolber did the same with ESPN when they had the Sunday night package. When the Monday night game was moved to ESPN, both Tafoya and Kolber were assigned to the show. But there’s more to this than the mere consolidation of personnel; their performance was the brunt of criticism, and their reports were heavy on pre-palanned content – as opposed to in-game information.

What isn’t clear is whether this is a first step in an effort to reduce costs by reducing personnel; as it is, ESPN already have several analysts at network headquarters, a trio of broadcasters at the game venue and several reporters who walk the stadium some 3-4 hours before the game. Addition by subtraction? Kind of unclear right now, but this should become transparent well before September 2008, when the regular season starts.

When I watch MNF, I pay very little attention to the reporters (Tafoya and Kolber) – not because of them per se, but because what they contribute more often than not isn’t relevant to the game being broadcast. It will be interesting as to whether Tafoya and Kolber get re-assigned or just simply let go permanently.

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3 Responses to “Tafoya, Kolber Out At MNF”

  1. Jesse says:

    Not that age matters, but they were getting old. But I HOPE I HOPE I HOPE I HOPE they don’t get some dumb blonde.

    Good report Rhodes!

  2. Kyle Stack says:

    The smartest thing ESPN could do (which makes it likely they won’t do it) is to put Tony K on the sidelines and leave Tirico in the booth with Jaws.
    Tony dumbs down the telecast and would be better served to just ask questions and investigate news on the sidelines. After all, he is a journalist so he is best suited for that position.
    And ESPN should just let Jaws go to work and let him get back to his great football insight. The guy has a passion and vast knowledge for the game, so he shouldn’t have to cater to casual fans who don’t want to hear the intricacies of offensive and defensive formations. Just let him show the insight that he has displayed on those Edge shows with Merill Hoge.

  3. Marked says:

    This was done just to give Tony Kornheiser more face time on MNF. He complained to the brass at ESPN that he didn’t felt needed.

    Amazing he has this much power. Suzy has been around a long time and really knows her football.