History Series / MondayNightFootball

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.
21st Mar '16 10:22:01 PM Mdumas43073
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* DorkAge: The later part of the ABC era trying to catch up with TechnologyMarchesOn involving the on-screen scoreboards and first-down lines that came with it; for one season, oddball team nicknames were used on the scoreboard rather than the cities to spice up the look of the game (i.e. "Vikes vs. Pack").
21st Mar '16 10:20:33 PM Mdumas43073
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* FollowTheLeader: '''''Sunday''' Night Football'', which has aired on ESPN, TNT, and (since 2006) NBC, was pretty much expressly created to be an equivalent to ''MNF'' one night earlier.
21st Mar '16 10:19:37 PM Mdumas43073
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* FollowTheLeader: '''''Sunday''' Night Football'', which has aired on ESPN, TNT, and (since 2006) NBC, was pretty much expressly created to be an equivalent to ''MNF'' one night earlier.
20th Feb '16 9:57:43 PM GrammarNavi
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Not to be confused with {{Creator/Sky}} Sports' ''[[TropeCoTropeOfTheWeek Ford]]'' ''Monday Night Football,'' which broadcasts EnglishPremierLeague games.

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Not to be confused with {{Creator/Sky}} Sports' ''[[TropeCoTropeOfTheWeek Ford]]'' ''Monday Night Football,'' which broadcasts EnglishPremierLeague UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague games.
19th Feb '16 7:33:36 PM GrammarNavi
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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 (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 ''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 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 ''MacGyver'' ''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.
2nd Jan '16 6:52:08 PM lizaphile
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* DorkAge: The later part of the ABC era trying to catch up with TechnologyMarchesOn involving the on-screen scoreboards and first-down lines that came with it; for one season, oddball team nicknames were used on the scoreboard rather than the cities to spice up the look of the game (i.e. "Vikes vs. Pack").
2nd Jan '16 6:48:55 PM lizaphile
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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 ''{{Revenge}}'' 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 ''{{Revenge}}'' ''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.
6th Nov '15 4:41:24 PM nombretomado
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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 (though a side effect is that because local stations in the team markets syndicated the games from ESPN, {{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 (though a side effect is that because local stations in the team markets syndicated the games from ESPN, {{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 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.
24th Oct '15 3:44:24 PM Market43Fan
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** A one-time historical Odd Couple: one game in 1974 had RonaldReagan 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 RonaldReagan 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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