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    Monday Night Football Moving to ESPN

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monday April 18, 2005 -- Associated Press

    Source: MNF moving to ESPN



    NEW YORK (AP) -- 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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    Re: Monday Night Football Moving to ESPN

    Ooo...does this mean no more Madden and Michaels?

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    Re: Monday Night Football Moving to ESPN

    Hmmm...Monday night's on ABC: EXTREME BACHLEOR MAKEOVER RENOVATION BY HOUSEWIVES.
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    Re: Monday Night Football Moving to ESPN

    Quote Originally Posted by TIP
    Ooo...does this mean no more Madden and Michaels?

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    Since ABC and ESPN are both part of the same company, I don't imagine we'll see too many changes made just because it's on a new channel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TIP
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    I doubt Madden will go anywhere. EA Sports would have a fit

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    Re: Monday Night Football Moving to ESPN

    Quote Originally Posted by bartleby
    Since ABC and ESPN are both part of the same company, I don't imagine we'll see too many changes made just because it's on a new channel.
    I wonder what will become of the Sunday night team though. Those guys are the best announce team as far as Im concerned.

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    Frankly, this is a stupid move.
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    Quote Originally Posted by All-Star Simon
    I wonder what will become of the Sunday night team though. Those guys are the best announce team as far as Im concerned.
    NBC is getting the Sunday night game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by All-Star Simon
    I wonder what will become of the Sunday night team though. Those guys are the best announce team as far as Im concerned.
    NBC will probably be looking for some new people, and it isn't certain that Madden and Michaels will stay with MNF until after they sort through all of the contractual issues.
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    Re: Monday Night Football Moving to ESPN

    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian B AWESOME
    NBC is getting the Sunday night game.
    Yeah, but I dont think they'll get Joe, Paul, and Mike along with the game.

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