Coverage of professional football featuring teams from the National Football League airing on Monday nights during the NFL's regular season.




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Professional football games played on Sunday night.

Stars: Ben Roethlisberger, Heath Miller, Rodney Harrison
NFL on FOX (TV Series 1994)
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Stars: Pat Summerall, Dick Stockton, John Madden
The NFL on CBS (TV Series 1956)
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Stars: John Brodie, Al Del Greco, Len Rohde
Fox NFL Sunday (TV Series 1994)
Sport | Talk-Show
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Stars: Rob Riggle, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long
ESPN College Football (TV Series 1979)
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College Football coverage on ESPN networks and ABC

Stars: Desmond Howard, Bob Griese, Paul Maguire
SportsCenter (TV Series 1979)
News | Sport
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Daily sports news, results, and features.

Stars: Neil Everett, Jalen Rose, Jenn Brown
Super Bowl XLIII (TV Movie 2009)
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The NFC champion Arizona Cardinals and the AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers meet for the championship of the National Football League.

Stars: James Harrison, Santonio Holmes, Edgerrin James
Super Bowl XXXVIII (TV Special 2004)
Music | Sport
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Patriots vs. Panthers - Halftime show with Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, and the breast exposure that stole the show from an excellent game!

Director: Sam Irvin
Stars: Chris Akins, Brian Allen, Joe Andruzzi
Super Bowl XLV (TV Special 2011)
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The AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFC champion Green Bay Packers meet for the championship of the National Football League in Arlington, Texas.

Stars: Cameron Diaz, John Travolta, Ron Howard
NFL Thursday Night Football (TV Series 2006)
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Professional coverage of NFL games Thursdays night during the season.

Stars: Heath Miller, Ben Roethlisberger, Ike Taylor
ESPN's Sunday Night Football (TV Series 1987)
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Stars: Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann, Paul Maguire
NFL Primetime (TV Series 1987)
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Chris Berman (Boomer) and Tom Jackson (TJ) have highlights from all the NFL's game, presented in an exciting and suspenseful fashion. Also features additional things like "Primetime Players". Airs on ESPN.

Stars: Trey Wingo, Mike Ditka, Merril Hoge


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"Are you ready for some football?!" That six-word lyric, as bellowed out each week by country music superstar Hank Williams Jr., preluded each "NFL Monday Night Football" game, the first successful attempt to air a National Football League (NFL) football game in prime-time. Each week, two teams (as chosen months in advance by the NFL) met in what has become a Monday night tradition. Usually, a trio of sports-casters (a play-by-play announcer joined by a color commentator and an analyst) called the action. Half-time interviews with coaches and players, and sideline reports after outstanding plays were also innovations that contributed to the appeal of these games. Many of the games proved to be exciting, though sometimes the games were boring (especially if the teams were a mismatch or not very good, a necessary risk since the games were scheduled months in advance). Often serving as part of the announcing team were former NFL greats including OJ Simpson, Dan Dierdorf, Joe Namath and ... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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On Monday, December 28th, 1998, the season closer, NFL Monday Night Football: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (1998) was the game that, play-by-play commentator Al Michaels accidentally said, "No shit!" on the air, answering to a question asked by his colleague, Dan Dierdorf about NCAA Football team, Boston College. It turned out that Michaels thought that a scheduled interview was already occurring and did not know his microphone was still turned on. At halftime of this game, Doug Flutie, a former Boston College quarterback was interviewed. See more »


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Espn Monday Night is OK
9 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like Espn's current version of this enough to give it a 6 rating. I am old enough to remember 1970 - the 1st season. Now that is when I would have given it an 8 and here is why.

When ABC first started the Monday Night Football Series, it became the first network to add extra cameras & angles to the game to bring it up to where it is today. They were first to use extra slow motion & instant replays. The late Roone Arledge was a real innovator.

The original announcing team for the 1st season was Keith Jackson ( not Fautless Frank Gifford), Howard Cosell & Dandy Don Meredith. This was the best announcing team. They only slipped a little with Gifford, but the early games with Jackson were gems because Jackson would do great play by play & ignore the other 2 clowns in the booth. This was the magic that made the first season a ratings sensation.

When season 2 came along, Gifford came in & it slipped to about a 7.5. It stayed there a long time & even when Meredith first left, it still was a seven although his rotating replacements like Alex Karras, & Fred the Hammer Williamson were a notch below Meredith. Giffords play by play started to slip a little too.

Then, Howard Cosell got canned due to a racist media. This is when the series really got unhinged & slipped below a 5 rating. It stayed there until after Dennis Miller bowed out. Bringing in John Madden took it back to 6 & it is staying there now because the announcers are OK, & the fastest 3 minutes are keeping it there. Actually, the Monday night team is doing better than NBC is on Sunday Nights with Madden.

That being said, this can never again be the sensation it was when it started. My all time rating for the best announcing was no doubt the original team. Keith Jackson with Howard & Don was the chemistry that made it, all the rest of the folks have been riding long coat tails since 1970.

At least it has come back as when Dennis Miller was on, I thought I was going to hear Don Meredith start singing "Turn out the lights, the parties over."

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