History Series / MondayNightFootball

25th Sep '16 7:12:01 PM LadyNorbert
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Hurricane Katrina postponed a 2005 game between the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints, moving it from a Sunday afternoon game to Monday night and causing that Monday to have two games. The concept of a Monday night doubleheader in Week 1 was later added into the schedule permanently with the move to ESPN, along with a Christmas doubleheader in 2006 as it fell on a Monday that year.
25th Sep '16 7:10:44 PM LadyNorbert
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''Monday Night Football'' remains popular even with the jump to cable and routinely ends up in the Top Ten Nielsen ratings chart every Monday. (However, a side effect is that because local stations in the team markets syndicated the games from ESPN, UsefulNotes/{{Ratings}} usually have to be adjusted to account for that; for instance, if the CW affiliate in a market carries the game, it's pretty obvious that men 25-54 suddenly haven't found an interest in ''Series/JaneTheVirgin'' for a night.) And with the games on cable, it's now possible to have a season-opening Monday night doubleheader with one game beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern time and the second at 10:15 Eastern. The later game usually involves two west-coast teams (usually the currently awful Oakland Raiders have been involved to much viewer and advertiser annoyance), though in 2010, it was played in Kansas City (a 9:15 p.m. kickoff locally). It also gives ESPN a prominent day to market everything about their network, and all programming is focused around both Monday morning quarterbacking and hyping that night's game.

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''Monday Night Football'' remains popular even with the jump to cable and routinely ends up in the Top Ten Nielsen ratings chart every Monday. (However, a side effect is that because local stations in the team markets syndicated the games from ESPN, UsefulNotes/{{Ratings}} UsefulNotes/{{ratings}} usually have to be adjusted to account for that; for instance, if the CW affiliate in a market carries the game, it's pretty obvious that men 25-54 suddenly haven't suddenly found an interest in ''Series/JaneTheVirgin'' for a night.) And with the games on cable, it's now possible to have a season-opening Monday night doubleheader with one game beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern time and the second at 10:15 Eastern. The later game usually involves two west-coast teams (usually the currently awful Oakland Raiders have been involved to much viewer and advertiser annoyance), though in 2010, it was played in Kansas City (a 9:15 p.m. kickoff locally). It also gives ESPN a prominent day to market everything about their network, and all programming is focused around both Monday morning quarterbacking and hyping that night's game.
25th Sep '16 7:08:56 PM LadyNorbert
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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 it's 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.

Sadly, things changed when in 2005 when [[WaltDisney Disney]] (who by that time owned both ABC and ESPN) decided that declining ratings (exacerbated by the popularity of pro wrestling's ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} [[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Monday Nitro]]'' and ''[[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] [[WWERaw Monday Night Raw]]'') 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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''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 it's 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.

Sadly, things changed when in 2005 when [[WaltDisney Disney]] (who by that time owned both ABC and ESPN) decided that declining ratings (exacerbated ratings[[note]]exacerbated by the popularity of pro wrestling's ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} [[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Monday Nitro]]'' and ''[[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] [[WWERaw Monday Night Raw]]'') 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 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 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, show - was stuck airing ''20/20 Downtown'' to complete viewer apathy.



As part of that year's reshuffling of the NFL TV contracts, Disney decided to bid on the MNF contract but put the games on ESPN. With subscription fees in addition to regular adversiting income, ESPN could bid more for the contract than ABC and still maintain profitability. The move of the top rated, icon show to cable angered many fans but NBC bid on the now-vacant Sunday night package. The Sunday night game was now considered the marquee game of the week and flex scheduling was put into place for this package as it's much easier to move a game 3 1/2 to 6 1/2 hours later in the day than a day-and-a-half later. Likewise, ''MNF'' ended up taking the games that were on the old Sunday night contract. Disney decided not to bid on the Sunday night package due to the then-dominance of ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' on Sunday nights at the time; while NBC easily wins Sunday evenings, the ABC lineup of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' and ''Series/{{Quantico}}'' has continued to do well as good counterprogramming. ABC's Monday evening lineup of ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' and ''Series/{{Castle}}'' has done better with a steady lineup through the year, even against ''MNF'', while NBC is now stuck with a post-Super Bowl lineup on Sunday nights which generally trails the other networks.

''Monday Night Football'' remains popular even with the jump to cable and routinely ends up in the Top Ten Nielsen ratings chart every Monday (though a side effect is that because local stations in the team markets syndicated the games from ESPN, UsefulNotes/{{Ratings}} usually have to be adjusted to account for that; for instance if the CW affiliate in a market carries the game, it's pretty obvious that men 25-54 suddenly haven't found an interest in ''Series/JaneTheVirgin'' for a night). And with the games on cable, it's now possible to have a season-opening Monday night doubleheader with one game beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern time and the second at 10:15 Eastern. The later game usually involves two west-coast teams (usually the currently awful Oakland Raiders have been involved to much viewer and advertiser annoyance), though in 2010, it was played in Kansas City (a 9:15 p.m. kickoff locally). It also gives ESPN a prominent day to market everything about their network, and all programming is focused around both Monday morning quarterbacking and hyping that night's game.

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As part of that year's reshuffling of the NFL TV contracts, Disney decided to bid on the MNF contract but put the games on ESPN. With subscription fees in addition to regular adversiting advertising income, ESPN could bid more for the contract than ABC and still maintain profitability. The move of the top rated, icon show to cable angered many fans but NBC bid on the now-vacant Sunday night package. The Sunday night game was now considered the marquee game of the week and flex scheduling was put into place for this package as it's much easier to move a game 3 1/2 to 6 1/2 hours later in the day than a day-and-a-half later. Likewise, ''MNF'' ended up taking the games that were on the old Sunday night contract. Disney decided not to bid on the Sunday night package due to the then-dominance of ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' on Sunday nights at the time; while NBC easily wins Sunday evenings, the ABC lineup of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' and ''Series/{{Quantico}}'' has continued to do well as good counterprogramming. ABC's Monday evening lineup of ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' and ''Series/{{Castle}}'' has done better with a steady lineup through the year, even against ''MNF'', while NBC is now stuck with a post-Super Bowl lineup on Sunday nights which generally trails the other networks.

''Monday Night Football'' remains popular even with the jump to cable and routinely ends up in the Top Ten Nielsen ratings chart every Monday (though Monday. (However, a side effect is that because local stations in the team markets syndicated the games from ESPN, UsefulNotes/{{Ratings}} usually have to be adjusted to account for that; for instance instance, if the CW affiliate in a market carries the game, it's pretty obvious that men 25-54 suddenly haven't found an interest in ''Series/JaneTheVirgin'' for a night). night.) And with the games on cable, it's now possible to have a season-opening Monday night doubleheader with one game beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern time and the second at 10:15 Eastern. The later game usually involves two west-coast teams (usually the currently awful Oakland Raiders have been involved to much viewer and advertiser annoyance), though in 2010, it was played in Kansas City (a 9:15 p.m. kickoff locally). It also gives ESPN a prominent day to market everything about their network, and all programming is focused around both Monday morning quarterbacking and hyping that night's game.



** A one-time historical Odd Couple: one game in 1974 had UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan (then nearly the end of his time as Governor of California) and Music/JohnLennon showing up at the same broadcast. Off-screen, Reagan was seen in a friendly chat with Lennon explaining some of the rules of UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball to him.

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** A one-time historical Odd Couple: one game in 1974 had UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan (then nearly at the end of his time as Governor of California) and Music/JohnLennon showing up at the same broadcast. Off-screen, Reagan was seen in a friendly chat with Lennon explaining some of the rules of UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball to him.



* ThematicThemeTune: A reworked version of Music/HankWilliamsJr's "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight", 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", Tonight," performed by the man himself, was used as the opening theme from 1989 to 2011.



** Cosell ocassionally ventured into this territory but knew when to draw back as well. Miller turned it UpToEleven.

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** Cosell ocassionally occasionally ventured into this territory territory, but knew when to draw back as well. Miller turned it UpToEleven.UpToEleven.
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11th Sep '16 7:58:00 PM Mdumas43073
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** What's more, "Heavy Action" wasn't actually composed for ''MNF'' at all, but for Creator/TheBBC sports-competition show ''Superstars''. (It continues to herald BBC sports broadcasts in the UK.) It also introduced a series of films syndicated by SFM Entertainment under the "SFM Holiday Network" title in the 1970s and '80s.

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** What's more, "Heavy Action" wasn't actually composed for ''MNF'' at all, but for Creator/TheBBC Creator/TheBBC's sports-competition show ''Superstars''. (It continues to herald BBC sports broadcasts in the UK.) It also introduced a series of films syndicated by SFM Entertainment under the "SFM Holiday Network" title in the 1970s and '80s.
11th Sep '16 7:57:18 PM Mdumas43073
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** What's more, "Heavy Action" wasn't actually composed for ''MNF'' at all, but for Creator/TheBBC sports-competition show ''Superstars''. (It continues to herald BBC sports broadcasts in the UK.) It also introduced a series of films syndicated by SFM Entertainment under the "SFM Holiday Network" title in the 70s and 80s.

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** What's more, "Heavy Action" wasn't actually composed for ''MNF'' at all, but for Creator/TheBBC sports-competition show ''Superstars''. (It continues to herald BBC sports broadcasts in the UK.) It also introduced a series of films syndicated by SFM Entertainment under the "SFM Holiday Network" title in the 70s 1970s and 80s.'80s.
11th Sep '16 7:55:55 PM Mdumas43073
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!!Monday Night Football has been broadcast on:

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!!Monday !!''Monday Night Football Football'' has been broadcast on:



!!Additional Monday night games that are not officially part of the MNF package have been broadcast on:

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!!Additional Monday night games that are which were not officially part of the MNF ''MNF'' package have been broadcast on:



!!Monday Night Football contains examples of the following tropes:

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!!Monday !!''Monday Night Football Football'' contains examples of the following tropes:
11th Sep '16 7:51:56 PM Mdumas43073
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* ThematicThemeTune: A reworked version of Music/HankWilliamsJr's "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight", performed by the man himself, was used as the opening theme from 1989 to 2011.
30th Jul '16 12:13:52 PM nombretomado
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As part of that year's reshuffling of the NFL TV contracts, Disney decided to bid on the MNF contract but put the games on ESPN. With subscription fees in addition to regular adversiting income, ESPN could bid more for the contract than ABC and still maintain profitability. The move of the top rated, icon show to cable angered many fans but NBC bid on the now-vacant Sunday night package. The Sunday night game was now considered the marquee game of the week and flex scheduling was put into place for this package as it's much easier to move a game 3 1/2 to 6 1/2 hours later in the day than a day-and-a-half later. Likewise, ''MNF'' ended up taking the games that were on the old Sunday night contract. Disney decided not to bid on the Sunday night package due to the then-dominance of ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' on Sunday nights at the time; while NBC easily wins Sunday evenings, the ABC lineup of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' and ''Series/{{Quantico}}'' has continued to do well as good counterprogramming. ABC's Monday evening lineup of ''DancingWithTheStars'' and ''Series/{{Castle}}'' has done better with a steady lineup through the year, even against ''MNF'', while NBC is now stuck with a post-Super Bowl lineup on Sunday nights which generally trails the other networks.

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As part of that year's reshuffling of the NFL TV contracts, Disney decided to bid on the MNF contract but put the games on ESPN. With subscription fees in addition to regular adversiting income, ESPN could bid more for the contract than ABC and still maintain profitability. The move of the top rated, icon show to cable angered many fans but NBC bid on the now-vacant Sunday night package. The Sunday night game was now considered the marquee game of the week and flex scheduling was put into place for this package as it's much easier to move a game 3 1/2 to 6 1/2 hours later in the day than a day-and-a-half later. Likewise, ''MNF'' ended up taking the games that were on the old Sunday night contract. Disney decided not to bid on the Sunday night package due to the then-dominance of ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' on Sunday nights at the time; while NBC easily wins Sunday evenings, the ABC lineup of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' and ''Series/{{Quantico}}'' has continued to do well as good counterprogramming. ABC's Monday evening lineup of ''DancingWithTheStars'' ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' and ''Series/{{Castle}}'' has done better with a steady lineup through the year, even against ''MNF'', while NBC is now stuck with a post-Super Bowl lineup on Sunday nights which generally trails the other networks.
29th Jul '16 5:35:44 PM KingLyger
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* CouchGag: Promos for games that used "Are You Ready for Some Football?" by Hank Williams Jr. would occasionally see Williams slightly edit the lyrics for whatever two teams were about to play that evening.
23rd Mar '16 10:57:38 PM Mdumas43073
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'''''Monday Night Football''''' is a [[LongRunner long-running]] weekly broadcast of UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague games. Debuting in 1970 on Creator/{{ABC}}, the program was conceived as both an answer to Major League Baseball's ''Game of the Week'' (and the NHL's ''Series/HockeyNightInCanada'') and a showcase for the best teams in the NFL, as the league traditionally uses the coveted ''Monday Night'' slot to spotlight matches between high caliber teams.

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'''''Monday ''Monday Night Football''''' Football'' is a [[LongRunner long-running]] weekly broadcast of UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague games. Debuting in 1970 on Creator/{{ABC}}, the program was conceived as both an answer to Major League Baseball's ''Game of the Week'' (and the NHL's ''Series/HockeyNightInCanada'') and a showcase for the best teams in the NFL, as the league traditionally uses the coveted ''Monday Night'' slot to spotlight matches between high caliber teams.
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