ESPN Radio does lunch


With football resuming, ESPN Radio says its “Monday Night Football Chalk Talk Luncheon Series” will return September 8th with the first of 12 events during the 2008 National Football League season.  National sponsors Dick’s Sporting Goods and Ruth’s Chris Steak House will continue their involvement in the second-year program which ESPN and the NFL launched to showcase the teams and host cities participating in the weekly MNF primetime games.  The luncheons will also include recognition ceremonies honoring local organizations for their involvement in youth fitness initiatives in their communities.

John Seibel, host of SportsNation and Monday Night Countdown on ESPN Radio, will emcee the MNF Luncheon Series for the second year.  Following each event, he will broadcast his radio show from the MNF host city (Mondays, 4-8:35 p.m. ET) in addition to taping interview segments with alumni players at the luncheons to air Mondays during ESPNEWS “Pregame” (6-8 p.m.).  A rotation of NFL correspondents – including David Amber, Rachel Nichols, Sal Paolantonio and Ed Werder – will co-host the luncheons with Seibel.

The Chalk Talk Luncheon Series kicks off Monday, September 8, at Brett Favre’s Steakhouse in Green Bay, Wis., before the Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers MNF season-opener (7 p.m. ET, ESPN).  Former Packers standouts Robert Brooks, Antonio Freeman and Dorsey Levens will be part of the planned program.