History Series / MondayNightFootball

1st Aug '17 11:07:27 AM Mdumas43073
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''Monday Night Football'' was an instant hit in the ratings and quickly became a fixture in American pop culture. In particular, it made household names out of its announcing team: Play-by-play man Frank Gifford and color analysts Howard Cosell and "Dandy" Don Meredith. The series can also be credited with helping to make NFL football the most popular spectator sport in the U.S., as the broadcasts routinely highlighted the league's top players and rivalries. It also produced a spin-off of sorts, as {{ESPN}} (by then majority-owned by ABC) followed suit to launch ''Sunday Night Football'' in 1987.

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''Monday Night Football'' was an instant hit in the ratings and quickly became a fixture in American pop culture. In particular, it made household names out of its announcing team: Play-by-play man Frank Gifford and color analysts Howard Cosell and "Dandy" Don Meredith. The series can also be credited with helping to make NFL football the most popular spectator sport in the U.S., as the broadcasts routinely highlighted the league's top players and rivalries. It also even produced a spin-off of sorts, as {{ESPN}} (by then majority-owned by ABC) followed suit to launch ''Sunday Night Football'' in 1987.
1st Aug '17 11:06:18 AM Mdumas43073
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''Monday Night Football'' was an instant hit in the ratings and quickly became a fixture in American pop culture. In particular, it made household names out of its announcing team: Play-by-play man Frank Gifford and color analysts Howard Cosell and "Dandy" Don Meredith. It also can be credited for helping make the NFL the most popular sport in the US, as the series routinely highlighted the league's top players and rivalries. It also spun off a spin-off of sorts, as {{ESPN}} (by then majority-owned by ABC) followed suit to launch ''Sunday Night Football'' in 1987.

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''Monday Night Football'' was an instant hit in the ratings and quickly became a fixture in American pop culture. In particular, it made household names out of its announcing team: Play-by-play man Frank Gifford and color analysts Howard Cosell and "Dandy" Don Meredith. It The series can also can be credited for with helping to make the NFL football the most popular spectator sport in the US, U.S., as the series broadcasts routinely highlighted the league's top players and rivalries. It also spun off produced a spin-off of sorts, as {{ESPN}} (by then majority-owned by ABC) followed suit to launch ''Sunday Night Football'' in 1987.
1st Aug '17 11:02:55 AM Mdumas43073
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Things changed when in 2005, when [[Creator/WaltDisney Disney]] (who by that time owned both ABC and ESPN) decided that declining ratings[[note]]exacerbated by the popularity of pro wrestling's ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} [[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Monday Nitro]]'' and ''[[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] [[Wrestling/WWERaw Monday Night Raw]]''[[/note]] and escalating TV contracts no longer made the series profitable enough for ABC to keep. A large part of the problem was that competitive balance had become a problem for the schedule makers, as the top teams from the previous season might no longer be so the next season. This resulted in late-season match-ups that were clunkers because one or the other of the teams were no longer a playoff contender, making the Monday night game less appealing to a mass audience. ABC also ended up with a [[FridayNightDeathSlot death slot]] before the game after ''Series/MacGyver'' was canceled (as no show could recapture the perfect chemistry of Richard Dean Anderson's iconic character leading into ''MNF''), and -- as many local affiliates figured that out and pre-empted whatever was before the game with a local football show -- was stuck airing ''20/20 Downtown'' to complete viewer apathy.

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Things changed when in 2005, when [[Creator/WaltDisney Disney]] (who by that time owned both ABC and ESPN) decided that declining ratings[[note]]exacerbated by the popularity of pro wrestling's ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} [[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Monday Nitro]]'' and ''[[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] [[Wrestling/WWERaw Monday Night Raw]]''[[/note]] and escalating TV contracts no longer made the series profitable enough for ABC to keep. A large part of the problem was that competitive balance had become a problem for the schedule makers, as the top teams from the previous season might no longer be so the next season. This resulted in late-season match-ups that were clunkers because one or the other of the teams were no longer a playoff contender, making the Monday night game less appealing to a mass audience. ABC also ended up with a [[FridayNightDeathSlot death slot]] before preceding the game after once ''Series/MacGyver'' was canceled (as no show could recapture the perfect chemistry of Richard Dean Anderson's iconic character leading into ''MNF''), and -- as many local affiliates affiliate stations figured that out and pre-empted whatever was before the game with a local football show -- was stuck airing ''20/20 Downtown'' to complete viewer apathy.
1st Aug '17 11:02:06 AM Mdumas43073
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Things changed when in 2005, when [[Creator/WaltDisney Disney]] (who by that time owned both ABC and ESPN) decided that declining ratings[[note]]exacerbated by the popularity of pro wrestling's ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} [[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Monday Nitro]]'' and ''[[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] [[Wrestling/WWERaw Monday Night Raw]]''[[/note]] and escalating TV contracts no longer made the series profitable enough for ABC to keep. A large part of the problem was that competitive balance had become a problem for the schedule makers, as the top teams from the previous season might no longer be so the next season. This resulted in late-season match-ups that were clunkers because one or the other of the teams were no longer a playoff contender, making the Monday night game less appealing to a mass audience. ABC also ended up with a [[FridayNightDeathSlot death slot]] before the game after ''Series/MacGyver'' was canceled, as no show could recapture the perfect chemistry of Richard Dean Anderson's iconic character leading into ''MNF'', and -- as many local affiliates figured that out and pre-empted whatever was before the game with a local football show -- was stuck airing ''20/20 Downtown'' to complete viewer apathy.

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Things changed when in 2005, when [[Creator/WaltDisney Disney]] (who by that time owned both ABC and ESPN) decided that declining ratings[[note]]exacerbated by the popularity of pro wrestling's ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} [[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Monday Nitro]]'' and ''[[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] [[Wrestling/WWERaw Monday Night Raw]]''[[/note]] and escalating TV contracts no longer made the series profitable enough for ABC to keep. A large part of the problem was that competitive balance had become a problem for the schedule makers, as the top teams from the previous season might no longer be so the next season. This resulted in late-season match-ups that were clunkers because one or the other of the teams were no longer a playoff contender, making the Monday night game less appealing to a mass audience. ABC also ended up with a [[FridayNightDeathSlot death slot]] before the game after ''Series/MacGyver'' was canceled, as canceled (as no show could recapture the perfect chemistry of Richard Dean Anderson's iconic character leading into ''MNF'', ''MNF''), and -- as many local affiliates figured that out and pre-empted whatever was before the game with a local football show -- was stuck airing ''20/20 Downtown'' to complete viewer apathy.
1st Aug '17 11:01:04 AM Mdumas43073
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Sadly, things changed when in 2005 when [[Creator/WaltDisney Disney]] (who by that time owned both ABC and ESPN) decided that declining ratings[[note]]exacerbated by the popularity of pro wrestling's ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} [[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Monday Nitro]]'' and ''[[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] [[Wrestling/WWERaw Monday Night Raw]]''[[/note]] and escalating TV contracts no longer made the series profitable enough for ABC to keep. A large part of the problem was that competitive balance had become a problem for the schedule makers, as the top teams from the previous season might no longer be so the next season. This resulted in late-season match-ups that were clunkers because one or the other of the teams were no longer a playoff contender, making the Monday night game less appealing to a mass audience. ABC also ended up with a [[FridayNightDeathSlot death slot]] before the game after ''Series/MacGyver'' was canceled, as no show could recapture the perfect chemistry of Richard Dean Anderson's iconic character leading into ''MNF'', and - as many local affiliates figured that out and pre-empted whatever was before the game with a local football show - was stuck airing ''20/20 Downtown'' to complete viewer apathy.

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Sadly, things Things changed when in 2005 2005, when [[Creator/WaltDisney Disney]] (who by that time owned both ABC and ESPN) decided that declining ratings[[note]]exacerbated by the popularity of pro wrestling's ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} [[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Monday Nitro]]'' and ''[[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] [[Wrestling/WWERaw Monday Night Raw]]''[[/note]] and escalating TV contracts no longer made the series profitable enough for ABC to keep. A large part of the problem was that competitive balance had become a problem for the schedule makers, as the top teams from the previous season might no longer be so the next season. This resulted in late-season match-ups that were clunkers because one or the other of the teams were no longer a playoff contender, making the Monday night game less appealing to a mass audience. ABC also ended up with a [[FridayNightDeathSlot death slot]] before the game after ''Series/MacGyver'' was canceled, as no show could recapture the perfect chemistry of Richard Dean Anderson's iconic character leading into ''MNF'', and - -- as many local affiliates figured that out and pre-empted whatever was before the game with a local football show - -- was stuck airing ''20/20 Downtown'' to complete viewer apathy.
11th Jul '17 12:13:48 AM lizaphile
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* ThematicThemeTune: A reworked version of Music/HankWilliamsJr's "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" ([[RefrainFromAssuming known to most]] as "Are You Ready for Some Football?"), performed by the man himself, was used as the opening theme from 1989 to 2011.

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* ThematicThemeTune: A reworked version of Music/HankWilliamsJr's "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" ([[RefrainFromAssuming known to most]] as "Are You Ready for Some Football?"), performed by the man himself, was used as the opening theme from 1989 to 2011. It will return for the 2017 season after several years of dull openings mainly populated by [[ProductPlacement non-subtle placement of GMC vehicles]].
11th Jul '17 12:12:37 AM lizaphile
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** Although there was no network or regulatory prohibition against it, the NFL strongly discouraged any gambling references during their games, such as point spreads or over/under totals. While not making any explicit references to these, Al Michaels would mention that some viewers would be extremely interested in an otherwise inconsequential play in an already decided game, or mention that a kick sailed "over" a crossbar if the score was enough to affect a bet on the total.

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** Although there was no network or regulatory prohibition against it, the NFL strongly discouraged any gambling references during their games, such as point spreads or over/under totals. While not making any explicit references to these, Al Michaels would mention that some viewers would be extremely interested in an otherwise inconsequential play in an already decided game, or mention that a kick sailed "over" a crossbar if the score was enough to affect a bet on the total. He still does it to this day for ''Sunday Night Football''.
18th Jun '17 9:54:55 AM nombretomado
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Sadly, things changed when in 2005 when [[WaltDisney Disney]] (who by that time owned both ABC and ESPN) decided that declining ratings[[note]]exacerbated by the popularity of pro wrestling's ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} [[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Monday Nitro]]'' and ''[[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] [[Wrestling/WWERaw Monday Night Raw]]''[[/note]] and escalating TV contracts no longer made the series profitable enough for ABC to keep. A large part of the problem was that competitive balance had become a problem for the schedule makers, as the top teams from the previous season might no longer be so the next season. This resulted in late-season match-ups that were clunkers because one or the other of the teams were no longer a playoff contender, making the Monday night game less appealing to a mass audience. ABC also ended up with a [[FridayNightDeathSlot death slot]] before the game after ''Series/MacGyver'' was canceled, as no show could recapture the perfect chemistry of Richard Dean Anderson's iconic character leading into ''MNF'', and - as many local affiliates figured that out and pre-empted whatever was before the game with a local football show - was stuck airing ''20/20 Downtown'' to complete viewer apathy.

to:

Sadly, things changed when in 2005 when [[WaltDisney [[Creator/WaltDisney Disney]] (who by that time owned both ABC and ESPN) decided that declining ratings[[note]]exacerbated by the popularity of pro wrestling's ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} [[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Monday Nitro]]'' and ''[[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] [[Wrestling/WWERaw Monday Night Raw]]''[[/note]] and escalating TV contracts no longer made the series profitable enough for ABC to keep. A large part of the problem was that competitive balance had become a problem for the schedule makers, as the top teams from the previous season might no longer be so the next season. This resulted in late-season match-ups that were clunkers because one or the other of the teams were no longer a playoff contender, making the Monday night game less appealing to a mass audience. ABC also ended up with a [[FridayNightDeathSlot death slot]] before the game after ''Series/MacGyver'' was canceled, as no show could recapture the perfect chemistry of Richard Dean Anderson's iconic character leading into ''MNF'', and - as many local affiliates figured that out and pre-empted whatever was before the game with a local football show - was stuck airing ''20/20 Downtown'' to complete viewer apathy.
11th Jun '17 2:15:04 PM nombretomado
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Sadly, things changed when in 2005 when [[WaltDisney Disney]] (who by that time owned both ABC and ESPN) decided that declining ratings[[note]]exacerbated by the popularity of pro wrestling's ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} [[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Monday Nitro]]'' and ''[[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] [[WWERaw Monday Night Raw]]''[[/note]] and escalating TV contracts no longer made the series profitable enough for ABC to keep. A large part of the problem was that competitive balance had become a problem for the schedule makers, as the top teams from the previous season might no longer be so the next season. This resulted in late-season match-ups that were clunkers because one or the other of the teams were no longer a playoff contender, making the Monday night game less appealing to a mass audience. ABC also ended up with a [[FridayNightDeathSlot death slot]] before the game after ''Series/MacGyver'' was canceled, as no show could recapture the perfect chemistry of Richard Dean Anderson's iconic character leading into ''MNF'', and - as many local affiliates figured that out and pre-empted whatever was before the game with a local football show - was stuck airing ''20/20 Downtown'' to complete viewer apathy.

to:

Sadly, things changed when in 2005 when [[WaltDisney Disney]] (who by that time owned both ABC and ESPN) decided that declining ratings[[note]]exacerbated by the popularity of pro wrestling's ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} [[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Monday Nitro]]'' and ''[[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] [[WWERaw [[Wrestling/WWERaw Monday Night Raw]]''[[/note]] and escalating TV contracts no longer made the series profitable enough for ABC to keep. A large part of the problem was that competitive balance had become a problem for the schedule makers, as the top teams from the previous season might no longer be so the next season. This resulted in late-season match-ups that were clunkers because one or the other of the teams were no longer a playoff contender, making the Monday night game less appealing to a mass audience. ABC also ended up with a [[FridayNightDeathSlot death slot]] before the game after ''Series/MacGyver'' was canceled, as no show could recapture the perfect chemistry of Richard Dean Anderson's iconic character leading into ''MNF'', and - as many local affiliates figured that out and pre-empted whatever was before the game with a local football show - was stuck airing ''20/20 Downtown'' to complete viewer apathy.
17th Feb '17 8:04:29 AM monarc
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** Although there was no network or regulatory prohibition against it, the NFL strongly discouraged any gambling references during their games, such as point spreads or over/under totals. While not making any explicit references to these, Al Michaels would mention that some viewers would be extremely interested in an otherwise inconsequential play in an already decided game, or mention that a kick sailed "over" a crossbar if the score was enough to affect a bet on the total.
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