Obama, Romney Campaigns Want To Appear On ‘Monday Night Football’
BRISTOL, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) — Are you ready for some football — and some presidential interviews?
Sports Business Daily reports that the campaigns of President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney approached ESPN about appearing during halftime of their “Monday Night Football” telecast the day before the election.
“We’ve been approached and are strongly considering doing it again,” Vince Doria, ESPN’s senior vice president and director of news, told Sports Business Daily. “If we do those, we will try to treat the candidates in a fair manner and try to find some questions that have a sports connection but have a substance to them.”
ESPN has yet to make a final decision on the matter.
If it does happen, it appears longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman would conduct the halftime interviews during the Nov. 5 game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New Orleans Saints.
“Chris Berman does halftimes on ‘Monday Night Football.’ Given that’s going to be the vehicle, we’re going to use Chris there,” Doria told Sports Business Daily. “We’ve come to the conclusion that we shouldn’t necessarily knock our batting order out of place here to accommodate.”
Berman previously interviewed Obama and Sen. John McCain during halftime of the Steelers-Redskins “Monday Night Football game” a day before the 2008 election.
“Monday Night Football” has averaged nearly 14 million viewers so far this season.