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Old 18 Apr 2005, 04:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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'Monday Night Football' moving to ESPN in '06


April 18, 2005
CBS SportsLine.com wire reports


NEW YORK -- The NFL's "Monday Night Football," a staple on ABC for the past 35 seasons, will move to ESPN starting with the 2006 season.


And NBC is returning to the NFL after six years away by taking the Sunday night broadcast previously on ESPN.

The Monday night move from network TV to basic cable, hinted at continually by commissioner Paul Tagliabue, was confirmed Monday by two sources familiar with the deals who spoke to the Associated Press under condition of anonymity. The sources said the league is expected to get $1.1 billion over eight years from the network.

NBC will get the Sunday night package for $600 million over six years, according to the sources. The network will also get the Super Bowl in 2009 and 2012 as part of the deal, one of the sources said.

The moves leave ABC -- which originated Monday Night Football in 1970 -- as the only major network without NFL football.

ABC and ESPN are both subsidiaries of the Walt Disney Co. The deal with ESPN, which currently carries games every Sunday night and sometimes on Thursday, was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Last month, Tagliabue said during the NFL meetings in Hawaii that the Monday night move was a strong possibility. ABC, which has been losing money on the package despite high ratings, had been balking at the NFL's asking price.

CBS and Fox already have agreed to pay a total of $8 billion over six years for the Sunday AFC and NFC rights.

That has become more pressing since parity caused by the salary cap has resulted in teams moving up and down the standings annually, leaving bad teams that were strong the previous season in prime time and good teams that were bad the past season off of it.

The NFL is still considering separate packages for Thursday and late-season Saturday nights.
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looks like NBC is back in the game, but why move the MNF game to cable when you can reach more audiances through ABC?
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Old 18 Apr 2005, 04:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I hated NBC's coverage of the NFL..I don't know...It always seemed..Second Rate to me.
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Old 18 Apr 2005, 04:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I was a bit too young to remember it
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They'll prolly give us more sitcoms...... ... I must go die now.
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Crap. NBC sucked. If their coverage is a clone of their AFL coverage, we're all in trouble.

At least its still on Fox. Joe Buck is cool .
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looks like NBC is back in the game, but why move the MNF game to cable when you can reach more audiances through ABC?
I don't think thats a big deal. If your a big football fan then you would have ESPN. So I don't think they will lose any real fans.
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I'm watching it anyway. The game's not worst because it's covered by NBC.
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It sounds like a good plan. It shocked me. I just wish they would have kept ABC and dumped Fox.
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^ I agree, Bubba. The only good thing Fox ever had was Madden and Summerall and they lost both of them at the same time.
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I find Fox's coverage to be somewhat lackluster, and that's crazy given that they've got one of the best trash talkers of all time in Shannon Sharpe on their team. ABC was okay for MNF...they'd just better keep Madden and Michaels.

If ESPN really wanted to add some comedic spice like ABC tried to do w/ Dennis Miller, then they should slap Jay Mohr up in the booth with those two. Mohr is a football junkie and he's funny as hell about it...anyone who has heard his act on the Jim Rome Show should be able to attest to that.

MNF moving from ABC to ESPN is just like...moving a box of cigarettes from my left pants pocket to my right...it's nothing big. However like Dean, I question why this was done. Of course most people have ESPN, but what do they have to gain by moving it off network TV and onto cable?? I just don't understand how that will mean more money...

Also...I couldn't stand Pat Summerall. That guy sounded drunker than most fans when he was next to Madden. When I hear more buzz in the old man calling the game than I've got...it's time for a new play by play guy...just my opinion.

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What about the people with no cable. A lot of Fans don't have cable because they just watch on Monday. This is sad.
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Dennis Miller was fucking aweful. I don't wanna hear a human thesaurus spouting bad jokes during kickoff
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I remember him calling his first Hall Of Fame Game from Canton...he was like:

"Guys...it's great to be here in the Tigris and the Euphrates of Professional Football..."

It's like...uhhh, bro...maybe one out of 100 people watching knows that you're referring to the Fertile Crescent, but it was also a bad reference/analogy. The Fertile Crescent was also called the "Cradle of Civilization" because some scholars believe that's where "Civilized Man" came from...

I'm not sure of it's point of origin, but I'm almost positive that Football wasn't created in Canton, Ohio...I mean, as priceless as it was to see Miller outsmart himself on national television, it was just as lame.

Jay Mohr would be great. Not only is he funny, but he speaks the American dialect very well...the same dialect that everyone speaks, not just the Pretentious Overeducated Liberal version of the American Dialect.

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I remember him calling his first Hall Of Fame Game from Canton...he was like:

"Guys...it's great to be here in the Tigris and the Euphrates of Professional Football..."

It's like...uhhh, bro...maybe one out of 100 people watching knows that you're referring to the Fertile Crescent, but it was also a bad reference/analogy. The Fertile Crescent was also called the "Cradle of Civilization" because some scholars believe that's where "Civilized Man" came from...

I'm not sure of it's point of origin, but I'm almost positive that Football wasn't created in Canton, Ohio...I mean, as priceless as it was to see Miller outsmart himself on national television, it was just as lame.

Jay Mohr would be great. Not only is he funny, but he speaks the American dialect very well...the same dialect that everyone speaks, not just the Pretentious Overeducated Liberal version of the American Dialect.

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I don't want to get off on a rant here, but.....Miller was great, he may love football but he fit in there about as well Dame Edna at a bachelor party. The guy had as much place in the booth as Howard Dean at a Republican Fund Raiser. I might have liked him, but putting him in as an announcer makes as much sense as one of one of Dubya's speeches. His "routine" on the show came off about as spontaneous as a Jesse Helms bowel movement. It was about as sad as one of Bob Vila's neighbor's trying to sleep in.


I'm going to stop there....

I think I beat that horse to death.

But thats just my opinion...I could be wrong.
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