ESPN to Drop Hank Williams Jr. Theme Amid Pandemic

ESPN to Drop Hank Williams Jr. Theme Amid Pandemic

Monday Night Football is set to get a little less rowdy.

According to Sports Business Daily, ESPN, host of the event’s programming, and top executives decided to replace the song due to COVID-19, because the song “will not resonate for games that will be contested in mainly empty stadiums.”

The network will replace the theme, used since 1989, with the late Little Richard’s “Rip It Up,” featuring modern instrumentals from Virginia-based Butcher Brown.

The change marks the second occasion Bocephus’ song has been dropped from Monday Night Football. ESPN first removed in 2011 when the country star compared then-President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler in an interview on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” The theme was then reinstated in 2017.