'MNF' shifts from ABC to sib ESPN

Gough, Paul J.; Wallenstein, Andrew
April 2005
Hollywood Reporter -- International Edition;4/19/2005, Vol. 388 Issue 39, p1
This article reports that the National Football League has announced the move of "Monday Night Football" in 2006 from ABC to ESPN Inc., which will hand off its own Sunday football franchise to National Broadcasting Co. Inc. (NBC). The double deal signaled a seismic shift in the primetime landscape, sending a veritable broadcast institution of 35 years to basic cable while still keeping it under the aegis of the Walt Disney Co., which owns ABC and ESPN. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but sources said NBC will pay an average of $600 million a year for a total of $3.6 billion for the deal, which will run from 2006-2011. NBC also will get the Super Bowls and Pro Bowls in 2009 and 2012. ESPN paid an average of $600 million a year for "Sunday Night Football" in the current contract, according to estimates.


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