Monday Night Football is a professional football TV broadcast on ESPN and ABC. It’s often considered the best weekly NFL game, with commentators like Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, and Ron Jaworski.
Monday Night Football is a place where people can discuss MNF games, upcoming matchups, college football games, and other football-related media such as ESPN’s NFL Countdown.
Monday Night Football also has links to other football-related websites such as NFL.com, ESPN’s Fantasy Football site, and others.
by Brian Powell
The Monday Night Football theme may be changing again. Hank Williams, Jr. is exiting the long-running broadcast of ESPN’s NFL game of the week. The singer is parting ways with the network after his controversial remarks about President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner last week.
Now the question is: Who will sing the theme song for Monday Night Football next? Here are a few candidates who could fill the void.
Aretha Franklin – She’s done it before and she can do it again. The “Queen of Soul” sang a rendition of “America the Beautiful” for Super Bowl XL in 2006 and also performed at halftime shows for Super Bowls XXIII and XXXV as well as another MNF game in 1988.
MNF is the name of the weekly television broadcast of Monday Night Football on ESPN in the United States. It premiered on September 21, 1970 with the Cleveland Browns defeating the visiting New York Jets 31-21. From 1970 to 2005, it aired on ABC. Monday Night Football was, along with 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.
From 1970 to 2005, MNF aired on sister broadcast network ABC. In 2006, ESPN obtained exclusive broadcast rights to MNF; under terms of that contract (which runs through 2013), ESPN now pays approximately $1.1 billion per year to broadcast NFL games.
ESPN will lose this contract in 2014 when Fox Sports will pay an estimated $3 billion and NBC an estimated $960 million for Thursday Night Football and Sunday Night Football respectively while ESPN pays $1.9 billion annually for Monday Night Football from 2014 through 2021.
Some fans were upset about the transfer from ABC to ESPN because ESPN generally does not air live sports other than those with playoff implications (such as college football and basketball or Major League Baseball
The Monday Night Football crew is a major anomaly on television: the most powerful cast in the history of sports broadcasting, with a budget no less than $2 million per episode.
The show is produced by ABC Sports, and the network gets the lion’s share of the revenue. The network pays its producers a flat fee to produce each episode, but it also pays them an additional fee per household for each show watched. As a result, the producers can afford to spend millions on talent and production values.
The biggest expense is the cast: Joe Buck as lead announcer, Tony Dungy as analyst and Howard Cosell as sideline reporter. The core production staff includes six producers (known as “producers”) and four directors (known as “directors”).
Buck is paid $1 million a year; Dungy makes $500,000; Cosell makes $1 million; and all three make an additional $300,000 apiece for each home game they broadcast. The money that ABC pays its lead crew is divided among other cast members (such as sideline reporters), producers (the people in charge of producing each episode) and directors (the people in charge of directing each episode).
There are also more than 60 support staff members who help put together each
This is a blog about something I love that also annoys me.
I love Monday Night Football. Love it. It’s the coolest sports show there is, and always has been. For many years, I loved MNF because it was the first chance of the week to see my beloved Raiders play. Now I love it because it’s the best weekly sports show out there – and often a good excuse to party on a Monday night!
But…it bugs me too. Not so much when Frank Gifford was doing it, or even Dandy Don Meredith, but for much of Al Michaels’ tenure as the lead play-by-play man, and certainly since John Madden retired (or whatever happened to him), MNF has been more about hype than substance – and sometimes more hype than football.
That’s where this blog comes in. I’m going to watch every episode of MNF I can find online – which is most of them, thanks to ESPN Classic – and write about what I see each week. And if you like football – especially NFL football – you might enjoy reading these posts too.
The ESPN Monday Night Football broadcast will be getting a new look in 2014, as the network will reportedly add former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten to its broadcast booth.
Witten has been rumored to join the MNF team as a color commentator for weeks, but it appears that ESPN is ready to make it official.
The move comes after longtime analyst Jon Gruden left the MNF booth to become head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Gruden spent nine seasons in the booth, so he leaves big shoes to fill.
The 36-year-old Witten spent 15 years with the Cowboys and was one of quarterback Tony Romo’s most trusted targets. He retired after last season with 12,448 career receiving yards, which ranks fourth all-time among tight ends.
Witten made 10 Pro Bowls and was named First Team All-Pro three times during his career – though a Super Bowl title eluded him.
ESPN has aired Monday Night Football since 2006, taking over for ABC’s long-running broadcast.
Welcome to the Monday Night Football Blog, your source for all things MNF and football related. The blog will provide you with a comprehensive breakdown of the previous night’s game, including analysis of how the game went down and how it affected both teams moving forward. It will also include a preview of the next week’s matchup, along with links to the most interesting news in pro football. Finally, any other interesting football-related stories found in the media will be posted as well.