HOME
The Info List - Monday Night Football


--- Advertisement ---



ESPN
ESPN
Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
(abbreviated as MNF and also known as ESPN Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
on ABC for rare live special broadcast) is a live television broadcast of weekly National Football League
National Football League
(NFL) games on ESPN
ESPN
in the United States. From 1970 to 2005, it aired on sister broadcast network ABC. Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
was, along with Hallmark Hall of Fame
Hallmark Hall of Fame
and the Walt Disney anthology television series, one of the longest-running prime time programs ever on commercial network television, and one of the highest-rated, particularly among male viewers. MNF is preceded on air by Monday Night Countdown
Monday Night Countdown
served by Applebee's. Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
is also broadcast in Canada on TSN and RDS, and in most of Europe. On September 7, 2013, the NFL
NFL
announced that British Eurosport would show Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
games live in the United Kingdom for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.[1] The telecasts are also seen in most of Australia on ESPN
ESPN
Australia, in Portugal on SportTV 3 and SportTV HD and on TV 2 Sport in Denmark, and in some other regions of the world outside the U.S. on ESPN
ESPN
International. A Spanish-language version airs on ESPN
ESPN
Deportes in the U.S. and on ESPN International in Latin America, while a Portuguese version airs on ESPN
ESPN
Brasil.[2] Per an NFL
NFL
broadcasting policy intended to allow those who do not subscribe to cable or satellite television to see games televised by a pay television network, the games are also made available on over-the-air television stations in each participating team's local market. On September 8, 2011, the first day of the 2011 regular season, ESPN extended its contract for Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
for eight additional seasons, giving it rights to the broadcasts until 2021. The new deal, valued between $14.2 billion and $15.2 billion, also gives ESPN
ESPN
rights to expanded highlights, international and streaming rights, and possibly a wild-card playoff game.[3] Cable television
Cable television
providers condemned the new contract, noting that ESPN
ESPN
has the highest retransmission consent fees of any national cable television channel, nearly seven times higher than the nearest competitor (TNT), and raises fees on an annual basis.[4]

Contents

1 Overview

1.1 Scheduling problems 1.2 Franchises with the most appearances

2 As entertainment

2.1 2000s

2.1.1 2006 summary 2.1.2 2007 summary 2.1.3 2008 summary 2.1.4 2009 summary

2.2 2010s

2.2.1 2010 summary 2.2.2 2011 summary 2.2.3 2012 summary 2.2.4 2013–14 summary 2.2.5 2015 summary 2.2.6 2016 summary 2.2.7 2017 summary 2.2.8 2018 summary

3 Theme music 4 Digital on-screen graphics

4.1 1997–2005 4.2 2006–present

5 Scoring records 6 Scheduling on local stations 7 Commentators 8 Foreign-language versions

8.1 Spanish version 8.2 Portuguese version

9 Radio broadcasts 10 Nielsen ratings 11 Additional NFL
NFL
game rights

11.1 Playoff games 11.2 Pro Bowl

12 See also 13 Footnotes 14 References 15 Further reading 16 External links

Overview[edit]

This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (November 2010)

See also: History of Monday Night Football After 45 seasons, there now have been a total of 730 games televised by the Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
franchise. Scheduling problems[edit] To avoid any scheduling unfairness where, just before the first playoff game, a team may have five days off and others six, there is no Monday night game during the final week of the regular season. From 2003 to 2005, one game was played on Thursday and another Monday under the Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
banner. Starting in 2006, when the series moved to cable, two games are played on the opening Monday night to capitalize on fan interest during " NFL
NFL
Kickoff Weekend". Monday night games early in the season are often highly anticipated since records are new, teams usually are showcasing fresh talent and potential, and storylines coming into the season are often played out as fans try to see if these hyped teams are up to form. Since no one knows during the first month of the season if a team is indeed good, or will rebound from a difficult start, interest is usually high for the first few weeks of the MNF season. Since the MNF schedule is set in April and cannot be changed, the league and network cannot guarantee a late season matchup will have any significance or be highly anticipated. Teams thought to be good during the off-season could be out of playoff contention by the middle of the season; a prime example occurred in 1999, when the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
both entered the season's final MNF game with 4–11 records. It had seemed like a good pre-season matchup since the Falcons had played in the previous season's Super Bowl and the 49ers coming into the 1999 season had posted 16 consecutive 10-win seasons. It is also possible for a team like the 1999 St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams
not to be scheduled for a Monday night game because of its dismal record the year before, and many other NFL
NFL
teams (such as the 2004 San Diego Chargers, with zero primetime games) have had huge unforeseen turnarounds that result in lack of MNF attention (these teams generally receive multiple MNF spots the year after their breakout success, which is great for viewers if those teams continue to play well, and not so great if they return to mediocrity or worse). However, the forecasting abilities of the NFL's scheduling officials have exhibited uncanny proficiency. Many MNF games occurring later in the season feature at least one team that is either headed to the playoffs or must win the MNF game to clinch a playoff spot. The problem of having a national spotlight game which during the season's most critical weeks late in the year probably would not show the most important game of the week was long known by the league and network. As a result of this, the NFL
NFL
wished to move the "Game of the Week" idea to Sunday nights as to make flex scheduling possible. This was a move which would ultimately mean the end of Monday Night Football on ABC (cable games are protected from the NFL's flexible scheduling rule adopted for the 2006–07 season; the new rule applies only to CBS, Fox, and NBC's Sunday night games). The league currently has no interest in expanding flexible scheduling to include Monday Night Football, citing the logistical issues of moving games back and forth between Sundays and Mondays. Franchises with the most appearances[edit] The franchise with the most Monday night appearances is the Miami Dolphins. The San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
won their record 48th Monday Night game with a 28–0 win over the Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams
on September 12, 2016. The most common Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
pairings are Broncos vs. Raiders (17 match-ups as of 2013[a]) and Cowboys vs. Redskins (met for a 17th time in 2015). The defunct Candlestick Park
Candlestick Park
in San Francisco
San Francisco
currently holds the record for hosting the most Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
games, including its 36th and final Monday night game on December 23, 2013. Among the active stadiums following the conclusion of the 2013 season, Miami Gardens, Florida's Hard Rock Stadium
Hard Rock Stadium
has hosted the most games with 32.[5] As entertainment[edit] Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
has continued to provide as much entertainment as sports throughout its run. In addition to the extra cameras, the program has also pioneered technological broadcast innovations, such as the use of enhanced slow motion replays and computerized graphics. Celebrity guests – such as former Vice President Spiro Agnew, singers Plácido Domingo
Plácido Domingo
and former Beatle John Lennon, President Bill Clinton, and even Kermit the Frog
Kermit the Frog
– were often featured during the game to "liven up" the broadcast. The December 9, 1974 contest featured a rare instance of two celebrities entering the booth, with Lennon being interviewed by Howard Cosell
Howard Cosell
and California
California
governor Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
speaking with Frank Gifford, with Reagan explaining the rules of American football
American football
(off-camera) to Lennon as the game went along. However, the late 1990s and early 2000s saw an even more increased reliance on the entertainment factor. Some halftime shows, featuring popular music stars, were broadcast in their entirety rather than being ignored in favor of analysis of the game by the commentators, as in previous seasons. In December 1980, one of the most memorable moments of MNF occurred when Cosell announced in a news flash that Lennon had been shot and killed in New York City. Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
was the first national broadcast to announce his death. An advertisement during halftime on the October 19, 2015 game featured the world premiere of the third trailer of the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 2000s[edit] 2006 summary[edit] For its 2006 debut on ESPN, Williams, Jr. re-recorded the MNF opening theme with an all-star jam band that included among others Brian Setzer, Little Richard, Questlove, Joe Perry, Clarence Clemons, Rick Nielsen, Bootsy Collins, Charlie Daniels
Charlie Daniels
and Steven Van Zandt. The 2006 telecast generally began with a cinematic tease produced by Rico Labbe, Michael Sciallis and Jason Jobes. It was during one of these teases that Barack Obama
Barack Obama
spoofed his announcement for the 2008 Presidential candidacy in favor of his hometown Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
in their game against the St. Louis Rams.[6] That year, the tease was followed by the show open produced by Los Angeles-based The Syndicate called "Transformation". It features computer-generated imagery showing a city being transformed into a football stadium and passers-by on the street turning into players, coaches, fans and officials set to an updated orchestral treatment of the "Heavy Action" theme song. The sequence began every week with a different celebrity walking down the street, picking up a glowing football helmet with the ESPN
ESPN
logo on the side and saying, "I'm ready for some football! Are you?", thus beginning the transformation process. Celebrities for 2006 included Arnold Schwarzenegger, Matthew Fox, Hugh Hefner, Paris Hilton, Spike Lee, Ashton Kutcher, Samuel L. Jackson, Ludacris, Jack Black, Kiefer Sutherland, James Belushi, Ben Stiller, Tyra Banks, Carmen Electra
Carmen Electra
and Eva Longoria. In addition, celebrities returned in full force to the booth, though this proved to be the major criticism of ESPN's first MNF season. On the opening weekend, Arnold Schwarzenegger, another celebrity-turned- California
California
governor, was in the booth at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, California; before that, Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
appeared at FedExField
FedExField
in suburban Washington, D.C. Following them, celebrity appearances included NBA basketball superstar Dwyane Wade, Basketball Hall of Fame player Charles Barkley, NASCAR Cup Series
NASCAR Cup Series
driver Jeff Gordon, comedian Jimmy Kimmel
Jimmy Kimmel
(whose opening words to Joe Theismann were "how's the leg?"), actor Sylvester Stallone, film director Spike Lee, hip hop artist Jay-Z, and MNF theme singer Hank Williams Jr. 2007 summary[edit] ESPN
ESPN
scaled back to only one opening tease for the 2007 season. Williams Jr. and the all-star band returned, only this time they played in a "juke joint" set on a country road. The lead singer arrives in a GMC Yukon truck (GMC paid for product placement) with the license plate "BOCEPHUS", which is Williams' nickname. The Syndicate's computer-generated tease was dropped and replaced by short pre-taped films focusing on a team or player in the game. Some of them have featured actor Jamie Foxx. The guest visits continued: Barkley returned to the booth on September 17 in Philadelphia. Other guests throughout the season included Kimmel (another returnee), Drew Carey, Miley Cyrus, Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
and Terry Bradshaw. In addition, Gordon was a halftime guest on the game just before the season-ending Ford 400
Ford 400
and was joined by teammate Jimmie Johnson. At the end of each game, Williams returned to say, "See you in (city that is the site of the next week's game)." Both the open and close contain helmets of the participating teams, organized in the style of a concert poster. 2008 summary[edit] Despite the de-emphasis on entertainment on the overall telecast, ESPN did bring back Hank Williams, Jr.
Hank Williams, Jr.
for his 20th season as part of the opening. This time, the opening sequence was set in a private residence. At the end of the song, Williams Jr. touched a foot pump, which supposedly contained the helmets of that night's participating teams. The helmets were launched from the home toward the stadium at which the game was held. Through computer-generated imagery, the helmets "land" at midfield during a live shot, and then explode. The "exploding helmets" gimmick was also used at various times in the 1980s and 1990s during the pre-game tease. Williams Jr. then appeared again at the end of the game to promote the next week's matchup. ESPN
ESPN
also continued to promote upcoming albums through its use in bumper music. On September 29 ( Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
at Pittsburgh Steelers), ESPN
ESPN
used "Another Way to Die", a duet between Alicia Keys and Jack White of the White Stripes
White Stripes
– the song was part of the soundtrack for the 2008 film Quantum of Solace, then the latest in the James Bond series. Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
celebrated its 600th game broadcast on October 20, 2008 in a game which the New England Patriots
New England Patriots
defeated the Denver Broncos, 41–7. The 39th season of MNF ended on December 22, 2008, when the Bears beat the Green Bay Packers, 20–17, in overtime at home at Soldier Field in Chicago. 2009 summary[edit] The title sequence for the 40th season of Monday Night Football featured Hank Williams, Jr.
Hank Williams, Jr.
seen on the steps of a building (presumably a museum), surrounded by dancers, football fans, and statues/busts – which, along with everyone else in the scene, begin to move and dance – patterned after those at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The transition to Williams Jr. is a book, with the chapter number (in Roman numerals, sequentially with each week) and a tag line about the game to be played that night. At the end of the song, Williams Jr. plugged in the cords, thereby launching animated "helmets" into space, from the building toward the stadium at which the game was held (with the exception of October 5, 2009, when the helmets zoomed towards Brett Favre
Brett Favre
instead), passing the International Space Station. As with the previous season (as mentioned above), the helmets "land" at midfield during a live shot and then crashed into each other. Williams Jr. appeared again at the end of the telecast to promote the following week's matchup. After that, the picture was freezeframed and the shot zoomed out to the book, which showed the freezeframed picture as part of a page. As this happened, the NFL
NFL
end-of-game bumper music was played and the book closed, revealing a golden NFL
NFL
logo on the back cover and signifying the end of the "chapter", or game. The scene was filmed in the summer of 2009 at The Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee. Before Williams Jr. appears, Frank Gifford
Frank Gifford
gave a short vignette about a memorable moment in the history of Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
featuring one or both of the teams playing that night's game. The 40th season of Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
ended on December 28, 2009 with the Minnesota Vikings– Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
game in Chicago, in which the Bears won in overtime, 36–30. The telecast ended with a vignette that featured Gifford taking a look back at highlights from the previous four decades – and the 40th season – of MNF, after which the book closed, signifying the end of the season. The 40th season had the highest season viewership for MNF since ESPN
ESPN
acquired the rights to the broadcast.[7] 2010s[edit] 2010 summary[edit] The opening for the 2010 season was identical to that used in 2009, except for the final scenes. This time, Williams Jr. turns a wheel filled with paint, with CGI colors blasting into the air, revealing the helmets containing logos of the participating teams – which stay on top of the building. In one other minor difference, the chapter numbers in the "book" were changed from Roman to Arabic numerals. Gifford provided new vignettes and the Parthenon scenes were repeated from the year before. The 2010 season marked Williams' 22nd as part of the telecast's open. In an unusual coincidence, both games which had the New York Jets
New York Jets
as a home team at New Meadowlands Stadium (now MetLife Stadium) were delayed because of heavy rain and lightning in the area. In the first instance, the September 13 game against the Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens, it was delayed 25 minutes; the second delay, prior to the October 11 contest against the Minnesota Vikings, lasted for 40 minutes. Prior to the September 13 game, the last ESPN
ESPN
telecast to encounter weather problems was on October 4, 1998 (a Sunday night) when lightning halted a game between the Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
and Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
during the second quarter. The first delay forced ESPN
ESPN
to use ESPN2
ESPN2
for a game telecast, this time for the Chiefs' home opener against the San Diego Chargers. As in 2007, the broadcast was shifted to ESPN
ESPN
once the first game was over. The game between the Jets and the Vikings was both Brett Favre's first game in East Rutherford since his only season there in 2008 and marked Randy Moss's return to the Vikings. Moss played only four games for Minnesota until he was waived on November 2. 2011 summary[edit] The opening sequence for the 2011 season was set in a closed-studio setting, with Hank Williams Jr.
Hank Williams Jr.
(in his 23rd year) performing with a band in front of a live audience with large video screens in the background. The end of the opening sequence featured the team logos of that night's participants transitioning into the new ESPN
ESPN
Monday Night Football logo before going to a live shot. On October 3, 2011, ESPN pulled the theme song after Williams appeared on the Fox News Channel program, Fox & Friends, where he compared a golf outing involving Barack Obama, John Boehner, Joe Biden
Joe Biden
and John Kasich
John Kasich
to "Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu."[8][9] On October 6, 2011, it was announced that Williams would no longer be singing the theme song, and that "All My Rowdy Friends" would no longer be used as its theme, as Williams still owns the song. A statement from ESPN
ESPN
said that the network has "decided to part ways with Hank Williams Jr.
Hank Williams Jr.
We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue."[10] Williams commented on the matter: "After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made my decision... By pulling my opening October 3, [ESPN] stepped on the toes of the First Amendment Freedom of Speech, so therefore me, my song, and All My Rowdy Friends are out of here. It's been a great run."[10] MNF did not have an opening sequence at all from Week 4 through the end of that season. With Suzy Kolber
Suzy Kolber
reassigned to the new studio show NFL32, and Michele Tafoya having left ESPN
ESPN
for NBC
NBC
Sunday Night Football, the sideline reporter position rotated between various reporters for the season. For the second year in a row, and the third time overall, the beginning of the 10:15 p.m. Eastern Time game ( Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders
at Denver Broncos) was shown on ESPN2
ESPN2
as the game that began at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time ( New England Patriots
New England Patriots
at Miami Dolphins) ran past the scheduled time period. 2012 summary[edit] Lisa Salters
Lisa Salters
was named the permanent solo sideline reporter for the 2012 season. In addition, color commentator Ron Jaworski
Ron Jaworski
did not return to the program. As a result, Jon Gruden
Jon Gruden
became the solo color commentator, with MNF going back to a two-man booth for the first time since its final season on ABC (2005). MNF's opening graphic sequence, which showed the helmet logos of the game's two participating NFL teams and then the program's logo, was seen before the Monday Night Football Launch segment. 2013–14 summary[edit] The opening animation sequence begins with an image of a 2014 GMC Sierra (GMC paid for product placement) and then goes into a timeline of historical events that occurred during the Monday Night Football era, including some highlights of MNF games from the previous 43 seasons up to 2012. At the end of the sequence, helmets featuring logos of that night's two participating teams are shown, followed by the various Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
logos used since the program's debut in 1970. The 80-second opening animation sequence, which also featured Pac-Man, Darth Vader
Darth Vader
and President Ronald Reagan, was created by actor/filmmaker Peter Berg. A revision of the opening sequence was used for the 2014 season. Among the few changes, GMC's product placement promoted the automaker's line of Denali vehicles, while the sequence itself included some additional highlights of MNF games from the previous 44 seasons up to 2013. 2015 summary[edit] A 3D opening animation sequence is used for the 2015 season (46th season overall and tenth on ESPN). GMC's product placement once again promoted the automaker's line of Denali vehicles, including the Yukon Denali that is seen at the beginning. Also among the many changes is the highlights of MNF games — this time, they are set inside a computer-generated stadium using 3D imagery — from the previous 45 seasons up to 2014. 2016 summary[edit] After three years of using the timeline-themed open, MNF debuted a new 75-second, Hollywood-themed open on September 12, 2016 and it features ESPN's new MNF broadcast team — Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Jon Gruden (color) and Lisa Salters
Lisa Salters
(sideline reporter) — and more than 20 current NFL
NFL
stars and Pro Football Hall of Famers
Pro Football Hall of Famers
walking along a red carpet entrance lined by cheering fans and photographers taking pictures. It begins with a shot of a downtown stadium surrounded by skyscrapers, with a 2017 GMC Acadia
GMC Acadia
(product placement again provided by GMC) displaying the location for that week's MNF game on its navigation system. The Acadia then heads to a glitzy red carpet at the stadium's entrance, where McDonough, Gruden and Salters exit the car, followed on the carpet by a flood of NFL
NFL
players representing the past and present of MNF. Players then pose for pictures and wave to the crowd as they reach the stadium entrance. Josh Norman (Redskins), Larry Fitzgerald
Larry Fitzgerald
(Cardinals) and Rob Gronkowski
Rob Gronkowski
(Patriots) are among the current players being represented in the open, with Franco Harris (Steelers), Jerry Rice
Jerry Rice
(49ers), Barry Sanders (Lions) and Bruce Smith (Bills) among the past players being represented. For the Spanish-language version of the Hollywood-themed open, it features ESPN's Spanish-language MNF broadcast team — Álvaro Martín (play-by-play), Raúl Allegre (color) and John Sutcliffe (sideline reporter) as well as the current Hispanic NFL
NFL
players and the team of the Latin American version of NFL
NFL
Live led by Ciro Procuna. 2017 summary[edit] MNF returned to two teases for the first time since its first season on ESPN
ESPN
(2006). The Hollywood-themed open was repeated from the previous season, this time with the 2018 GMC Terrain
GMC Terrain
being used as the automaker's product placement. Also, Hank Williams, Jr.
Hank Williams, Jr.
returned to MNF on September 11, 2017 with an all-new version of the iconic opening theme song, "All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night" (used from 1989 to Week 3 of the 2011 season) and it appeared just before that night's New Orleans Saints- Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
game. The new version, which is seen just before the kickoff of each game, is a collaboration of Williams, Jr, country duo Florida Georgia Line, and R&B singer Jason Derulo. 2018 summary[edit] 2018 brought in a shakeup of the booth. After two years as the play-by-play man, McDonough was replaced by Joe Tessitore from ESPN's coverage of College Football.[11] Meanwhile, Jon Gruden
Jon Gruden
returned to coaching with the Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders
and will be replaced by a color commentator to be announced. Theme music[edit] Hank Williams Jr.
Hank Williams Jr.
reworked his country music hit "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" to be included in the telecast's introduction as "All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night" (the original introduction music was an organ-based piece called "Score", written by Charles Fox and recorded by Bob's Band). In addition, Edd Kalehoff modernized the classic "Heavy Action" theme in 1989. For ABC's last MNF game in 2005, Williams Jr.'s rendition of "Turn Out the Lights, The Party's Over", closed the broadcast.[12] Digital on-screen graphics[edit]

Some of this article's listed sources may not be reliable. Please help this article by looking for better, more reliable sources. Unreliable citations may be challenged or deleted. (September 2012) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

Prior to 1997, Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
had a limited graphics package. A CGI-based intro began being used in 1984, with on-screen graphics still limited to basic text.[13][14] In 1988, the entire graphics package was updated significantly to be more in line with the rest of ABC Sports' presentations. That year, it introduced the "clashing helmets" intro, with on-screen graphics consisting of italicized text underlined in red.[15] It was updated in 1994, the year the network hosted Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXIX, with a more box-like design.[16] A permanent score bug would not be introduced until 1997. 1997–2005[edit] Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
began using a score bug in 1997, the second network to do so after Fox introduced the first regular on-screen scoring bug when it began airing NFL
NFL
games in 1994. Prior to this, the graphics package was limited, but followed a basic "ketchup and mustard" color scheme of red and yellow. The first scorebug included team names, scores, time remaining, and displayed which quarter the game was in.[17] This design was used through the 1998 season. ABC hosted Super Bowl XXXIV
Super Bowl XXXIV
for 1999, and updated its graphics package to more closely resemble those of sister cable network ESPN. ABC began using extended abbreviations for team names (for example, "TENN", "VIKES", "PACK", and "FINS" instead of "TEN", "MIN", "GB", and "MIA"), as four-letter and five-letter abbreviations were used on ESPN coverage. The result was a larger scorebug with a more conventional font.[18] It was slightly modified in 2000 to have a border that was more in line with the red and yellow color scheme.[19] The graphics for Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
were changed in the 2002 season, the year the network hosted Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXXVII. The scorebug was a solid color, with a more rounded shape, and a horizontally compressed font. ESPN's graphics were no longer similar to those of ABC's (with ESPN
ESPN
instead using a gray and black design with rounded corners).[20] In 2005, the broadcast's final year on ABC, Monday Night Football began using a horizontal bar on the bottom of the screen rather than a scorebug, with all information being contained on a single line.[21] 2006–present[edit] After Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
moved to ESPN
ESPN
in 2006 (around the same time that ABC Sports
ABC Sports
rebranded as ESPN
ESPN
on ABC), ESPN
ESPN
changed its entire graphics package to a red and black design, while NFL
NFL
coverage used a separate design. For NFL
NFL
telecasts in 2006 and 2007, a dark gray, metallic scorebug was used, located in an unorthodox placement at the center of the bottom of the screen. For the 2008 season, a new graphics scheme was introduced that was built around a new display known as the "dashboard"; the scoreboard, which now took the form of a horizontal bar, was mounted in a dedicated area spanning across the bottom the screen. All lower-third graphics were also displayed within the dashboard, replacing the scorebar when in use.[22] For the 2009 and 2010 seasons, a revamped version of the 2008 design was used, incorporating a new, metallic silver design. Timeout indicators were added to the score bar in Week 4 of the 2009 season. For the 2009 season only, a "40th anniversary" logo was incorporated into the bar in celebration of Monday Night Football's 40th season. The "silver" graphics scheme would later be adopted by other ESPN properties, such as its college football games in December 2009. In the 2011 season, the banner was restructured as a black, metallic design, which was considerably larger than most scorebars – including the previous one (although its sizes has varied, becoming significantly wider, though thinner in 2012). For ESPN's first pre-season game of 2012, the timeout indicators were also accompanied by two smaller red lamps to the right, indicating the number of play challenges remaining, but these were unexpectedly removed the following game. On September 10, 2012, Monday Night Countdown
Monday Night Countdown
began using MNF's graphics scheme. For the 2015 season, the graphics were completely overhauled to match the motif that has been used for ESPN's NFL
NFL
studio programming since the year prior. However, the studio programming uses the new motif only for introductions and transitions, while the actual insert graphics use the standard ESPN
ESPN
package used for SportsCenter and all other sports. Meanwhile, MNF uses the NFL
NFL
motif for all insert graphics, not just introductions and transitions. Most notably, the NFL
NFL
motif uses a horizontal score bar across the bottom of the screen, whereas the standard graphics package uses a score box. The layout is standard, with teams on the background of their color, with timeout indicators also displaying in team colors. Experimentally, the score bar "auto-hides" itself during plays, though it is shown permanently during the final two minutes of each half and, if necessary, overtime. This is also the first time that ESPN
ESPN
has used the full 16:9 frame for its NFL
NFL
graphics. Scoring records[edit] See also: List of Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
results (1970–89), List of Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
results (1990–2009), and List of Monday Night Football results (2010–present)

Most points

59 – Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Eagles, November 15, 2010 vs. Washington Redskins 55 – Indianapolis Colts, October 31, 1988 vs. Denver Broncos 52 – San Francisco
San Francisco
49ers, December 23, 1991 vs. Chicago
Chicago
Bears 52 – San Diego Chargers, December 20, 1982 vs. Cincinnati Bengals 51 – New Orleans Saints, November 24, 2008 vs. Green Bay Packers 49 – Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Eagles, November 15, 2004 vs. Dallas Cowboys 49 – Kansas City Chiefs, December 13, 2004 vs. Tennessee Titans 48 – Detroit Lions, October 19, 1981 vs. Chicago
Chicago
Bears 48 – Green Bay Packers, October 17, 1983 vs. Washington Redskins 48 – Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens, December 19, 2005 vs. Green Bay Packers 48 – Tennessee Titans, October 11, 2004 vs. Green Bay Packers

Most one-sided games

45 points – Baltimore
Baltimore
48, Green Bay 3 – December 19, 2005 42 points – New England 45, N.Y. Jets 3 – December 6, 2010 42 points – Miami 45, N.Y. Jets 3 – November 24, 1986 42 points – Seattle
Seattle
42, Philadelphia
Philadelphia
0 – December 5, 2005 (largest margin of victory by an MNF road team) 41 points – San Francisco
San Francisco
41, Chicago
Chicago
0 – December 14, 1987 39 points – Los Angeles 42, Philadelphia
Philadelphia
3 – November 3, 1975 38 points – Green Bay 45, Minnesota 7 – November 14, 2011 38 points – San Francisco
San Francisco
52, Chicago
Chicago
14 – December 23, 1991 38 points – San Francisco
San Francisco
41, Atlanta 3 – November 9, 1992 38 points – St. Louis Cardinals 38, Dallas 0 – November 16, 1970

Highest scoring games

95 points – Green Bay 48, Washington 47 – October 17, 1983 87 points – Kansas City 49, Tennessee 38 – December 13, 2004 87 points – Philadelphia
Philadelphia
59, Washington 28 – November 15, 2010 86 points – San Diego 52, Cincinnati 34 – December 20, 1982 82 points – Dallas 43, Seattle
Seattle
39 – December 6, 2004 80 points – New Orleans 51, Green Bay 29 – November 24, 2008 80 points – Green Bay 43, Atlanta 37 – December 8, 2014 79 points – Oakland 45, Pittsburgh 34 – October 20, 1980 78 points – Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
55, Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
23 – October 31, 1988 78 points – Dallas 41, Philadelphia
Philadelphia
37 – September 15, 2008 78 points – Oakland 40, Dallas 38 – October 23, 1983

Lowest scoring games

3 points – Pittsburgh 3, Miami 0 – November 26, 2007 9 points – Jacksonville 9, Pittsburgh 0 – September 18, 2006 10 points – San Francisco
San Francisco
7, N.Y. Giants 3 – December 3, 1990 12 points – Oakland 9, Denver 3 – December 1, 1980 13 points – Baltimore
Baltimore
10, Washington 3 – November 7, 1977 13 points – Los Angeles 10, Pittsburgh 3 – December 20, 1975 14 points – Washington 9, Dallas 5 – October 2, 1978 15 points – Buffalo 9, Indianapolis 6 – October 20, 1997 15 points – Detroit 13, Minnesota 2 – December 5, 1983 15 points – Houston 9, Miami 6 – November 5, 1979

Ties

Detroit 14, Green Bay 14 – November 1, 1971 Oakland 23, Denver 23 – October 22, 1973 N.Y. Giants 20, St. Louis 20 (OT) – October 24, 1983

Scheduling on local stations[edit] From 1970 to 1997, ABC's Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
coverage began at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time, with game kickoff typically occurring at seven minutes past the hour. Coverage was moved one hour earlier to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time in 1998, with a pre-game show titled Monday Night Blast, hosted by Chris Berman
Chris Berman
from the ESPN
ESPN
Zone restaurant in Baltimore
Baltimore
preceding the start of the game at 8:20 p.m. This was done mainly to address ABC's inability to find a suitable 8:00 p.m. lead-in program for MNF since MacGyver ended its run in 1992 (not even two other series from MacGyver's production company Paramount Television
Paramount Television
– The Young Indiana Jones
Indiana Jones
Chronicles and The Marshal – saw success, despite the former's ties to Paramount's Indiana Jones
Indiana Jones
film series), and to allow stations to start their late local newscasts nearer to their regular times. Poor ratings caused this experiment to be dropped after one season, with MNF once again moving to 9:00 p.m. in 1999, though in many NFL
NFL
markets, the 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) hour from 1999 to 2006 was replaced by affiliates with locally produced and programmed sports discussion and coaches shows, with ABC programming in that hour moved to late night or weekend slots; by the end of the ABC run, the 8:00 p.m. timeslot was filled with either newsmagazines and short-lived reality television programs which failed to make any ratings headways due to affiliate pre-emptions. From 1970 to 1995, Fisher Broadcasting's ABC affiliates in Seattle (KOMO-TV) and Portland (KATU) aired MNF games on a one-hour tape delay starting at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time (games normally started in the Pacific Time Zone
Pacific Time Zone
at 6:00 p.m., corresponding to 9:00 Eastern) in order to accommodate local newscasts (unless the Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
were playing, in which case the game would be shown live). The practice, long opposed by viewers and ABC, ended in 1996. KOMO then tried to accommodate having to air its local newscasts earlier than its local station competitors by marketing it as KOMO 4 News Primetime, touting it as a way to watch the news at a more convenient time than during evening rush hour. Additionally, this practice was done in Hawaii, where Honolulu ABC affiliate KITV
KITV
delayed the game until 6:00 p.m. Hawaii-Aleutian Time, corresponding to 11:00 p.m. or midnight Eastern during daylight saving time on the mainland. Thus, the game, which was broadcast live on local radio starting at 3:00 or 4:00 p.m., was almost over before it aired on television. In the case of Guam, KTGM, the ABC affiliate in that U.S. territory, aired MNF live on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m., as Guam
Guam
is a day ahead of the United States due to being located on the other side of International Date Line. The demand to broadcast Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
games live across the United States over ABC was difficult to reconcile with other prime time programming, which is usually set to begin at a certain local time regardless of time zone. On the East Coast, with MNF beginning at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time, there was an hour of primetime in which to schedule regular programming. However, on the West Coast, the games lasted from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. Pacific Time (or in the case of Seattle
Seattle
and Portland from 1970 to 1995, 7:00 to 10:30 p.m.), leaving little or no time for additional network programming on Monday. As a result, network programs scheduled for prime time on the East Coast were broadcast at various hours on the West Coast. Most affiliates pushed the network shows to immediately after the game; however, Los Angeles owned-and-operated station KABC-TV
KABC-TV
postponed them until 10:00 p.m. from at least the mid-1990s until 2005 to show trivia contests and other sports shows produced locally (the longest-tenured such show was Monday Night Live, hosted by sports anchor Todd Donoho). Meanwhile, KOMO, one of the stations that tape-delayed MNF in most cases, broadcast new episodes of the sitcom Coach on Saturday afternoons (usually reserved, coincidentally enough, for college football telecasts; much of the series took place on a fictional college campus). Except for Seattle
Seattle
and Portland from 1970 to 1995, ABC World News Tonight
ABC World News Tonight
was routinely preempted on most West Coast affiliates, though the ABC network-owned stations (e.g. Los Angeles) aired the program earlier in the afternoon. Since ESPN
ESPN
took over the coverage in 2006, games normally have a kickoff time of 8:30 p.m. Eastern. However, when ESPN
ESPN
airs a doubleheader during the first week of the season, the games respectively start at 7:00 and 10:15 p.m. Eastern. There have been issues with local stations in the ESPN
ESPN
era, where stations in each team's home market that air the ESPN
ESPN
simulcast are in most cases ABC affiliates, which must pre-empt Dancing with the Stars to air NFL. This both forces the affiliate to air that program immediately after late-evening local newscasts, and has resulted in the program's telephone and Internet voting coordinators keeping a late-night voting window open for the market or markets where Dancing with the Stars was pre-empted. In some cases, the program is moved to a sister station of the ABC affiliate to air live instead (for example, until 2011 in the Minneapolis–St. Paul market, when NBC
NBC
affiliate KARE
KARE
took over as the local broadcaster of MNF games, if the Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
were playing a game being simulcast on local ABC affiliate KSTP-TV, sister independent station KSTC-TV
KSTC-TV
aired DWTS live). In 2016, for the opening week Monday night game (the second in a doubleheader) between the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco
San Francisco
49ers, the ABC-owned stations in both markets ( KABC-TV
KABC-TV
and KGO-TV) would broadcast World News Tonight and DWTS in their live Eastern Time Zone
Eastern Time Zone
slots, thus airing at 3:30 and 5pm PT respectively. Commentators[edit] Main article: List of Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
commentators

Foreign-language versions[edit] Spanish version[edit] Since 2006, a Spanish-language telecast is also broadcast on ESPN Deportes, the Spanish version of ESPN
ESPN
and on ESPN
ESPN
Latin América featuring NBA and NFL
NFL
play-by-play announcer Álvaro Martín, Super Bowl winner Raul Allegre as color commentator and John Sutcliffe as the field reporter. This is the same crew of La NFL
NFL
Dominical, the Spanish version of ESPN
ESPN
Sunday Night Football, until 2005. The announcers of the second game of the 2006 doubleheader were Eduardo Varela (play-by-play), Robert Abramowitz (color) and Georgina Ruiz Sandoval (field reporter). Preceding the game NFL
NFL
Esta Noche (NFL Tonight), the 30-minute pre-game show, can be seen on both networks. The four booth announcers called the 2007 season opening games from ESPN's Bristol, Connecticut
Bristol, Connecticut
headquarters while watching games on monitors. None of them traveled to the game sites and there were no sideline reporters in the early weeks. Sutcliffe would later report from the game sites. Allegre did not work the season finale between the Broncos and Chargers; he was replaced by Abramovitz. In 2008, Martin and Allegre only travelled to the Cowboys-Eagles game, during the NFL's celebrations of the Hispanic Heritage Month. As part of ESPN's agreement to simulcast their Wild Card game on ABC, Martin and Allegre's Spanish-language commentary is carried over the SAP channel on ABC, equivalent to the rest of the NFL's over-the-air broadcast partners. In 2016, ESPN
ESPN
Deportes served as the official Spanish-language broadcaster of Super Bowl 50
Super Bowl 50
in parallel with CBS's English-language broadcast, with Martin and Allegre commentating.[23][24][25][26] During the first 9 weeks of the 2017 NFL
NFL
season, ESPN2
ESPN2
will simulcast ESPN
ESPN
Deportes' broadcast, NFL
NFL
Esta Noche, and the Spanish version of SportsCenter.[27] Portuguese version[edit] Since the 1990s, ESPN
ESPN
Latin America has a feed in Portuguese language targeted to their viewers in Brazil. Ivan Zimmermann (play-by-play), André José Adler (play-by-play), Roberto Figueroa (color), Marco Alfaro (color) among others, were the announcers broadcasting from ESPN's headquarters. Since 2006, the structure of the Brazilian feed was merged with ESPN
ESPN
Brasil and the broadcasting is made from São Paulo. The current announcers are Everaldo Marques (play-by-play) and Paulo Antunes (color). Ari Aguiar (play-by-play), Rômulo Mendonça (play-by-play), Paulo Mancha (color) and Antony Curti (color) occasionally fill-in. Radio broadcasts[edit] Main articles: NFL
NFL
on Westwood One Sports and NFL
NFL
on NBC
NBC
Radio Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
has also been carried on national radio networks over the years. The Mutual Broadcasting System
Mutual Broadcasting System
aired the games initially, with Van Patrick
Van Patrick
(1972–1973), Lindsey Nelson (1974–1977) and Al Wester announcing. CBS Radio
CBS Radio
took over the rights in 1978 with Jack Buck
Jack Buck
and Hank Stram
Hank Stram
commentating. After a two-year stint (1985–1986) with Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy calling the games on NBC
NBC
Radio, Buck and Stram resumed with CBS Radio
CBS Radio
in 1987. In 1996, Howard David and Matt Millen
Matt Millen
replaced Buck and Stram. Marv Albert
Marv Albert
and Boomer Esiason
Boomer Esiason
were the MNF radio voices from 2002 to 2009, with Kevin Harlan replacing Albert in 2010. Kurt Warner
Kurt Warner
joined the crew in 2014 for games when Esiason is unavailable. In the 1990s, CBS Radio
CBS Radio
purchased a controlling stake in Westwood One, which in turn had bought out both the NBC
NBC
and Mutual networks. As of 2008, Westwood One was no longer controlled by CBS, but the network retained its NFL
NFL
broadcast rights. In 2011, Westwood One was purchased by Dial Global. Then in 2014, Dial Global, including Westwood One, was acquired by Cumulus Media. The Spanish-language broadcast is carried on ESPN
ESPN
Deportes Radio. Nielsen ratings[edit]

This article needs to be updated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (December 2016)

The highest-rated Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
telecast on ABC was the Miami Dolphins' victory over the previously undefeated Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
on December 2, 1985, which drew a national Nielsen rating of 29.6 and a share of 46. ABC's lowest-rated MNF game was the St. Louis Rams' defeat of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
on October 18, 2004, which drew a 7.7 rating. During the 1995–1996 television season, Monday Night Football averaged a 17.1 household rating. Its main competitor, Murphy Brown
Murphy Brown
on CBS, averaged a 12.3 rating.[28] The highest-rated Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
game on ESPN, and the highest-rated program in U.S. cable television history at that time, was the Minnesota Vikings' defeat of the Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
30–23 on October 5, 2009, with a rating of 15.3. The game featured the much-hyped matchup of Vikings quarterback Brett Favre
Brett Favre
facing his longtime former Green Bay team. In a press release, ESPN
ESPN
noted that the telecast "was watched by more than 16.8 million people. The previous record was more than 13.6 million viewers for 2008's Monday night game between the Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. This was subsequently beaten by ESPN's coverage of the 2011 BCS National Championship Game. ESPN
ESPN
also stated that the game drew the highest rating in the network's 30-year history. The 15.3 rating beat the 14.4 for a Bears-Vikings game on Dec. 6, 1987, during ESPN's first season of televising NFL
NFL
games".[29] ESPN's lowest-rated MNF game to date was the New York Giants' defeat of the Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
on October 15, 2007, which drew a 5.7 rating. ESPN's third season of Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
was the most-watched program on cable television in 2008, setting an all-time cable viewership record for the third straight year and drawing that year's three largest cable household audiences and 13 of the top 15. In three seasons on ESPN, Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
has registered seven of the top 10 all-time largest household audiences in cable history, led by the Eagles-Cowboys telecast on September 15, 2008, which attracted cable's largest household audience ever (an average of 12,953,000 homes). ESPN's 17 MNF telecasts in 2008 averaged an 8.9 rating, representing an average of 8,679,000 households (11,962,000 viewers), increases of 3%, 5% and 7%, respectively, vs. 2007 (8.6; 8,277,000 and 11,230,000).[30] Additional NFL
NFL
game rights[edit] Playoff games[edit] When ABC first acquired the rights to air MNF in 1970, it did not include any playoff games. The network was eventually allowed into the rotation of airing the Super Bowl, starting with Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XIX in January 1985. When the league expanded the playoffs from a 10-team to a 12-team tournament in 1990, ABC was then given the rights to air the first two Wild Card Playoff games. Originally, ABC's college football crews would call the first Wild Card Game. ESPN
ESPN
and ABC's sports departments merged in 1997. Beginning with the 1997 season, the ESPN Sunday Night Football crew called the first game, with the ABC MNF crew calling the second game. ESPN
ESPN
provided wraparound studio programming, with part of the pre and postgame airing on ABC, and ESPN's Ron Jawarski often appeared from the studio for extra analysis during the first game. This arrangement lasted from 1997 through 2005, except for 2002 when ESPN/ABC's college football crew did the early game. Super Bowls on ABC in this period were treated as ESPN
ESPN
events. After MNF was awarded to ESPN
ESPN
and Sunday Night Football was acquired by NBC
NBC
in 2006, the Wild Card doubleheader that had aired on ABC, as well as a share of the rotating rights to the Super Bowl, was also given to NBC. On April 22, 2014, the NFL
NFL
announced that it had exercised an option in ESPN's recent contract extension for Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
rights to air a first-round Wild Card playoff game on the channel after the conclusion of the 2014 season. This was the first time that an NFL playoff game was ever broadcast exclusively on cable television in the United States, in lieu of any of the league's broadcast network partners.[31][32][33] The MNF broadcast team of Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and sideline reporter Lisa Salters
Lisa Salters
called the game, the first of the 2014–15 NFL
NFL
playoffs. The Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
defeated the Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
27–16.[31][32] As with all MNF games, the matchup was simulcast on WJZY
WJZY
in Charlotte and KASW
KASW
in the Phoenix market to allow local viewers over-the-air access to the game. However, the cable-only playoff game experiment would only last one season. On May 11, 2015, it was announced that ABC would simulcast a Wild Card playoff game with ESPN
ESPN
for the 2015 season.[34] This was the first NFL
NFL
game broadcast nationally on ABC since MNF left the network at the end of the 2005 season. The game, announced by the broadcast team of Tirico, Gruden and Salters, was the first of the 2015–16 NFL playoffs. The Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
defeated the Houston Texans
Houston Texans
30–0. The ESPN/ABC simulcast continued for the 2016 season as well.[35][36] Pro Bowl[edit] ABC televised the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
from 1975 to 1987, and again from 1995 to 2003. As part of their 2011 rights agreement, ESPN
ESPN
was given the exclusive rights to the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
from 2015 through 2022.[31] Starting in 2018, it will be simulcast on ABC. See also[edit]

NFL
NFL
on CBS Fox NFL NBC
NBC
Sunday Night Football Monday night games before 1970 Monday Night Mayhem, a 2002 television film about the origin of Monday Night Football

Footnotes[edit]

^ Does not include the game on December 3, 1978, which occurred on a Sunday, but was televised by ABC's Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
television crew.

References[edit]

^ "British Eurosport to air NFL's Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
in UK". NFL UK. September 7, 2013. Retrieved September 7, 2013.  ^ Leonard Shapiro; Mark Maske (April 19, 2005). "'Monday Night Football' Changes the Channel". The Washington Post. The Washington Post Company. p. A1.  ^ "Updated: ESPN
ESPN
Kicks Off New Eight-Year, $14 Billion NFL
NFL
Deal". Multichannel News. NewBay Media. September 8, 2011.  ^ Claire Atkinson (September 10, 2011). "Cable operators rip ESPN's $15B rights deal with NFL". New York Post. News Corp. Retrieved September 11, 2011.  ^ "What to Look For — A Look Back (Week 5)" (PDF). National Football League. December 23, 2013. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved April 1, 2014.  ^ Zachary A. Goldfarb (December 17, 2006). "On 'Monday Night Football,' An Announcement From Obama". The Washington Post. The Washington Post Company. Archived from the original on October 10, 2011.  ^ "ESPN's Highest-Rated and Most-Viewed Season of Monday Night Football". The Futon Critic. December 29, 2009. Retrieved April 30, 2013.  ^ Michael Martinez (October 5, 2011). " Hank Williams Jr.
Hank Williams Jr.
apologizes for Hitler-Obama comparison". CNN.com. Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved October 7, 2011.  ^ " ESPN
ESPN
pulls Williams from MNF opening". ESPN.com. October 4, 2011. Retrieved October 7, 2011.  ^ a b " Hank Williams Jr.
Hank Williams Jr.
out on Monday Night Football". Yahoo!
Yahoo!
News. Yahoo!. Associated Press. October 6, 2011.  ^ " Joe Tessitore to replace Sean McDonough as 'Monday Night Football' play-by-play man". Retrieved 2018-03-10.  ^ NBC
NBC
Sports. NBC
NBC
Sports Group https://web.archive.org/web/20121012025010/http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/10612536/ns/sports-nfl/. Archived from the original on October 12, 2012.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ 1983 Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
intro on YouTube ^ 1984 Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
intro on YouTube ^ 1988 Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
intro on YouTube ^ Monday Night Football, 1994 on YouTube ^ Monday Night Football, 1997 on YouTube ^ Super Bowl XXXIV
Super Bowl XXXIV
on YouTube ^ Monday Night Football, 2000 on YouTube ^ " Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXXVII".  ^ Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XL on YouTube ^ " ESPN
ESPN
Rethinks Lower-Third Graphics for 'Monday Night Football'". Sports Video Group. Retrieved September 5, 2014.  ^ " ESPN
ESPN
Deportes to carry Spanish-language telecast of Super Bowl
Super Bowl
50". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Publishing. February 5, 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2016.  ^ " CBS
CBS
Goes Out of House, Taps ESPN
ESPN
Deportes to Simulcast Super Bowl 50". Advertising Age. Crain Communications. Retrieved January 17, 2016.  ^ " ESPN
ESPN
Deportes To Air Spanish-Language Broadcast Of Super Bowl
Super Bowl
50". Deadline.com. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved December 29, 2015.  ^ " Super Bowl
Super Bowl
50: CBS, NFL
NFL
Set Spanish Simulcast with ESPN
ESPN
Deportes". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved January 13, 2016.  ^ "Spanish-language 'MNF' coming to ESPN2". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved 2017-09-04.  ^ "Complete TV Ratings 1995–1996".  ^ "Favre's matchup with Packers draws record television audience". NFL.com. National Football League.  ^ "Breaking News – Monday Night Football: Most-Watched Series on Cable". The Futon Critic. December 23, 2008.  ^ a b c " ESPN
ESPN
to air 1st NFL
NFL
playoff game in 2015". ESPN.com. ESPN Inc. April 22, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2014.  ^ a b Chris Chase (April 22, 2014). " ESPN
ESPN
to broadcast first ever NFL playoff game in 2015". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved April 22, 2014.  ^ Pro Bowl#Television ^ Coelho, Ana Livia (May 11, 2015). " NFL
NFL
Wild Card Playoff Game Will Return to ESPN
ESPN
– and Be Simulcast for the First Time on ABC" (Press release). ESPN
ESPN
MediaZone. Retrieved August 24, 2015.  ^ Stoneberg, Allie (May 17, 2016). " NFL
NFL
Wild Card Playoff Game Will Return to ESPN
ESPN
and ABC". ESPN
ESPN
Media Zone. Retrieved August 8, 2016.  ^ Fang, Ken (May 17, 2016). " ESPN
ESPN
TO AGAIN SIMULCAST ITS NFL
NFL
WILD CARD PLAYOFF GAME ON ABC". Awful Announcing. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 

Further reading[edit]

Gunther, Marc, and Bill Carter. (1988). Monday Night Mayhem: The Inside Story of ABC's Monday Night Football. New York: Beech Tree Books. ISBN 0-688-07553-3 Hyatt, Wesley. (2007). Kicking Off the Week: A History of Monday Night Football on ABC Television, 1970–2005. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co. ISBN 0-786-42969-0.

External links[edit]

Official website Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
at TV.com Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
on IMDb

v t e

Sports properties of ESPN on ABC
ESPN on ABC
(formerly ABC Sports)

Current programs

College Football
College Football
/ Saturday Night Football NBA on ABC Indianapolis 500
Indianapolis 500
/ IndyCar Series Little League World Series X Games Formula One

Former programs

American Football League ESPN
ESPN
College Basketball on ABC Monday Night Football USFL World League of American Football Major League Baseball / Monday Night Baseball / Baseball Night in America NASCAR on ESPN NBA Inside Stuff NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad NHL on ABC Olympics PGA Tour on ABC Monday Night Golf Kentucky Derby Preakness Stakes Belmont Stakes Breeders Cup ABC's Wide World of Sports FIFA World Cup NASL The American Sportsman Scripps National Spelling Bee Superstars Battle of the Network Stars ESPN
ESPN
Sports Saturday

See also

United States sports broadcasting lists

v t e

ESPN
ESPN
Inc.

Executives

George Bodenheimer Edwin Durso Chuck Pagano Norby Williamson James Pitaro

U.S. networks

Linear TV

ESPN ESPN2 ESPNews Classic ESPNU Deportes Longhorn Network SEC Network

Part-time/Digital

ACC Network Extra ESPN
ESPN
on ABC ESPN3 College Extra Goal Line

Radio

ESPN
ESPN
Radio

Deportes

Xtra

International

Brasil

ESPN ESPN
ESPN
Brasil ESPN
ESPN
+ ESPN
ESPN
Extra

Caribbean

ESPN ESPN
ESPN
2

Indian subcontinent

Sony ESPN

Japan

J Sports

Latin America

ESPN ESPN
ESPN
2 ESPN
ESPN
3 ESPN
ESPN
+ ESPN
ESPN
Extra

Oceania

ESPN ESPN
ESPN
2

Philippines

ESPN
ESPN
5

Sub-Saharan Africa

ESPN

UK and Ireland

BT Sport ESPN

Co-owned Canadian sports networks

TSN

1 2 3 4 5

RDS RDS2 RDS Info ESPN
ESPN
Classic Canada

Ventures

ESPN+ ESPN.com ESPN
ESPN
Deportes.com ESPN
ESPN
Broadband ESPN
ESPN
Events ESPN
ESPN
Films ESPN
ESPN
The Magazine ESPN
ESPN
Deportes La Revista ESPN
ESPN
Books ESPY Awards ESPN
ESPN
Integration WatchESPN

Defunct ventures

ESPN
ESPN
West Arena Football League
Arena Football League
(minority stake, 2006–2009) ESPN
ESPN
Star Sports (equity stake, 1994–2013) ESPN
ESPN
3D (2010–2013) ESPN
ESPN
America (2002–2013) ESPN
ESPN
Classic (UK) (2006–2013) ESPN
ESPN
MVP (2005–2006) Grantland
Grantland
(2011–2015) ESPN
ESPN
GamePlan (1992–2015) ESPN
ESPN
Full Court (2007–2015) ESPN
ESPN
PPV (1999–2015) ESPN
ESPN
HS (1997–2012)

Sports broadcasting rights

ESPN
ESPN
College Football High School Showcase ESPN
ESPN
Major League Baseball ESPN
ESPN
College Basketball MLS Soccer Sunday Monday Night Football CFL on TSN NBA on ESPN WNBA on ESPN List of ESPN
ESPN
sports properties

Other properties

ESPNcricinfo FCS Kickoff FiveThirtyEight Jayski's Silly Season Site ESPN
ESPN
FC ESPNscrum Scouts Inc. TrueHoop The Undefeated

Notable personalities

Current personalities Former personalities ESPNews
ESPNews
personalities ESPNU
ESPNU
personalities ESPN
ESPN
Radio personalities

Miscellaneous

History Criticism This is SportsCenter ESPN
ESPN
Zone ESPN
ESPN
Wide World of Sports Complex

Owners: Disney Media Networks 80% Hearst Corporation
Hearst Corporation
20%

v t e

National Football League
National Football League
(2018)

AFC

East North South West

Buffalo Bills Miami Dolphins New England Patriots New York Jets

Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens Cincinnati Bengals Cleveland Browns Pittsburgh Steelers

Houston Texans Indianapolis Colts Jacksonville Jaguars Tennessee Titans

Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs Los Angeles Chargers Oakland Raiders

NFC

East North South West

Dallas Cowboys New York Giants Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Eagles Washington Redskins

Chicago
Chicago
Bears Detroit Lions Green Bay Packers Minnesota Vikings

Atlanta Falcons Carolina Panthers New Orleans Saints Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Arizona Cardinals Los Angeles Rams San Francisco
San Francisco
49ers Seattle
Seattle
Seahawks

Seasons

Seasons (by team) Preseason

Hall of Fame Game American Bowl

Regular season

Kickoff game Monday Night Football International Series

London Toronto Bills Series List of games played outside the U.S.

Thanksgiving games Christmas games

Playoffs

Streaks Droughts AFC Championship NFC Championship Super Bowl

champions quarterbacks

Pro Bowl

History

League history

Executive history Championship history

Timeline

Defunct franchises Franchise moves and mergers Los Angeles team history

Proposed stadiums 1995–2016

American Football League
American Football League
(1960–1969)

Playoffs Merger

NFL
NFL
Championship (1920–1969) Playoff Bowl Records

individual team Super Bowl All time win–loss Last undefeated

Tied games Canceled games Controversies

Business

Owners Properties Management Council Competition Committee Collective Bargaining Agreement National Football League
National Football League
Players Association Lockouts Media

TV

NFL
NFL
Network NFL
NFL
RedZone

Radio NFL
NFL
Films

Other

Officials Stadiums

Chronology

Awards

All-Pro

Hall of Fame Foreign players Player conduct

Suspensions Player misconduct

Combine Draft Training camp Rivalries NFL
NFL
Foundation Culture

Cheerleading Mascots Lore Nicknames Numbers

Retired

Color Rush

v t e

NFL
NFL
on ABC

Related programs

Monday Night Football ESPN
ESPN
Sunday Night Football American Football League
American Football League
on ABC Pro Football Highlights

Non- NFL
NFL
programs

College Football
College Football
on ABC USFL on ABC World League of American Football on ABC

Related articles

History of Monday Night Football NFL
NFL
on television (history) Monday Night Mayhem
Monday Night Mayhem
(film) ABC Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
(video game) Super Bowl
Super Bowl
TV ratings (lead-out programs)

Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
(home games)

1953 1954 1955

Chicago
Chicago
Cardinals (home games)

1953 1954 1955

Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams
( Pacific Time Zone
Pacific Time Zone
affiliates)

1955

San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
( Pacific Time Zone
Pacific Time Zone
affiliates)

1955

Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
(home games)

1954

Commentators

AFL All-Star Game American Bowl Pro Bowl World Bowl

Postseason commentators

AFL Championship Game NFL
NFL
Championship Game Super Bowl

Lore televised by ABC

"Body Bag Game" Death of John Lennon Brett Favre
Brett Favre
wins one for his father "Monday Night Miracle" Montana outduels Elway "Snowball Game" Joe Theismann's career-ending sack "The Night That Courage Wore Orange" World Bowl '91

Postseason lore

"Music City Miracle" "One Yard Short" "The Star-Spangled Banner" (Whitney Houston recording) "Wide Right"

Music

Charles Fox Edd Kalehoff Johnny Pearson Hank Williams, Jr.

Songs

"All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night" "Heavy Action" "The Party's Over"

NFL
NFL
Championship

1948 1950

Super Bowl

XIX (1984) XXII (1987) XXV (1990) XXIX (1994) XXXIV (1999) XXXVII (2002) XL (2005)

Pro Bowl

1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2018

AFL Championship

1960 1961 1962 1963 1964

Results and standings

Yearly results

Monday night NFL
NFL
games prior to 1970 1970–1989 1990–2009 2010–present

v t e

ESPN
ESPN
Monday Night Football

Related programs

ESPN Sunday Night Football (Results, 1987–2005) NFL
NFL
Draft NFL
NFL
on ABC Sports Football Sunday on ESPN
ESPN
Radio

Studio programs

The Blitz Monday Night Countdown NFL
NFL
Matchup NFL
NFL
Primetime Sunday NFL
NFL
Countdown NFL
NFL
Live NFL
NFL
Insiders

Other football programs

Arena Football League
Arena Football League
on ESPN CFL on TSN ESPN
ESPN
College Football USFL on ESPN

Related articles

History of Monday Night Football NFL
NFL
on television (history)

Commentators

Joe Tessitore Play-by-play TBA Color commentary Lisa Salters
Lisa Salters
Sideline reporter

Former commentators

Bonnie Bernstein Mike Ditka Jon Gruden Ron Jaworski Suzy Kolber Tony Kornheiser Sean McDonough Michele Tafoya Joe Theismann Mike Tirico Dick Vermeil Steve Young

Lore televised by ESPN

ESPN
ESPN
takes over MNF 2005 Saints–Giants/Cowboys–Redskins Doubleheader 2006 Bears–Cardinals Comeback Fail Mary

Sunday Night Football era

American Bowl (1990-2005) Fútbol Americano

Pro Bowls broadcast on ESPN

1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 2004 2005 2006 2010 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

Music

Edd Kalehoff Johnny Pearson Hank Williams, Jr.

Songs

"All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night" "Heavy Action" "Start Me Up" "The Party's Over"

Yearly results

Monday night NFL
NFL
games prior to 1970 1970–1989 1990–2009 2010–present

v t e

National Football League on television
National Football League on television
and radio

Broadcast partners

ABC (AFL) CBS Fox NBC

Defunct networks DuMont Sports Network

Monday Night Football

History Monday Night Countdown

Results Games prior to 1970 1970–1989 1990–2009 2010–present

Sunday Night Football

ESPN NBC TNT

Results ESPN NBC TNT

Pregame TV programs

The NFL
NFL
Today

CBS

Fox NFL
NFL
Sunday

ESPN

Sunday NFL
NFL
Countdown Monday Night Countdown

NBC

The NFL
NFL
on NBC
NBC
pregame show Football Night in America

NFL
NFL
Network

List of programs NFL
NFL
AM NFL
NFL
Classics NFL
NFL
GameDay NFL
NFL
Replay NFL
NFL
Total Access The Timeline

Thursday Night Football Results (2006–present) 2007 New England Patriots– New York Giants
New York Giants
game Miracle in Motown

NFL
NFL
Films TV programs

Football Follies A Football Life Full Color Football Hard Knocks Inside the NFL NFL
NFL
Dream Season NFL
NFL
Films Game of the Week NFL's Greatest Games NFL
NFL
Matchup NFL
NFL
Top 10 NFL
NFL
Top 100

Other TV programs

Finding Giants Football Sidelines Football This Week NFL
NFL
Live NFL
NFL
Primetime Pro Football Highlights The NFL
NFL
Show/ NFL
NFL
This Week

Radio broadcast partners

Compass Media ESPN Sports USA Westwood One

Defunct networks

Mutual NBC

Secondary partners

Absolute Radio 90s
Absolute Radio 90s
(UK) NFL
NFL
Game Pass Sirius XM TSN Radio
TSN Radio
(Canada)

Local broadcasters

Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
Radio Network Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
Radio Network Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
Radio Network Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
Radio Network Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
broadcasters Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
Radio Network Packers Radio Network Jaguars Radio Network New England Patriots
New England Patriots
Radio Network New York Giants
New York Giants
Radio Network New York Jets
New York Jets
broadcasters Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders
broadcasters Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
Radio Network Titans Radio Network

Broadcasters by event

NFL
NFL
Draft Pro Bowl

Pre-AFL– NFL
NFL
merger

AFL All-Star Game AFL Championship Game NFL
NFL
Championship Game Playoff Bowl

Postseason events

AFC Championship Game NFC Championship Game Super Bowl
Super Bowl
(lead-out programs)

International events

American Bowl World Bowl

TV technology

1st & Ten (graphics system) FoxBox Instant replay NFL
NFL
Sunday Ticket NFL
NFL
Game Pass Telestrator Wiping

Other TV information

Announcerless Game Canadian broadcasts History Doubleheader (television) Super Bowl
Super Bowl
TV ratings (lead-out programs)

TV markets

Fox affiliate switches of 1994 (Repercussions) List of major sports teams in the United States by city
List of major sports teams in the United States by city
(TV markets) Primary television stations

Broadcast policies

Blackout policies Sports Broadcasting Act of 1961

v t e

Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series

1975–1990

Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
(1975–76) The NFL
NFL
Today/ NFL on CBS
NFL on CBS
(1976–77) The NFL
NFL
Today/ NFL on CBS
NFL on CBS
(1977–78) Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
(1978–79) College Football
College Football
on ABC (1979–80) PGA Golf Tour (1980–81) NFL on CBS
NFL on CBS
(1981–82) NFL on CBS
NFL on CBS
(1982–83) Not awarded (1983–84) Not awarded (1984–85) Not awarded (1985–86) NFL on CBS
NFL on CBS
(1986–87) Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
(1987–88) 1988 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
1988 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
(1988) Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
(1989) 1990 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
1990 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
(1990)

1991–2009

1991 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
1991 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
(1991) 1992 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
1992 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
(1992) Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
(1993) Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
(1994) ESPN
ESPN
SpeedWorld (1995) ESPN
ESPN
SpeedWorld (1996) Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
(1997) NBC
NBC
Golf Tour (1998) Major League Baseball on Fox
Major League Baseball on Fox
(1999) ESPN Sunday Night Football (2000) NASCAR on Fox (2001) The NBA on NBC
NBC
(2002) ESPN Sunday Night Football (2003) Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
(2004) NASCAR on Fox (2005) NASCAR on NBC/ NASCAR on TNT (2006) NASCAR on Fox (2007) NBC Sunday Night Football
NBC Sunday Night Football
(2008) NBC Sunday Night Football
NBC Sunday Night Football
(2009)

2010–present

NBC Sunday Night Football
NBC Sunday Night Football
(2010) NBC Sunday Night Football
NBC Sunday Night Football
(2011) NBC Sunday Night Football
NBC Sunday Night Football
(2012) NBC Sunday Night Football
NBC Sunday Night Football
(2013) NASCAR on Fox (2014) NBC Sunday Night Football
NBC Sunday Night Football
(2015) NBC
NBC
Sunday Nig

.