ESPN, ABC to televise Monday night wild card games

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This season the NFL will begin playing one wild card playoff game on Monday nights, and the game will remain on the home of Monday Night Football.

ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro announced at today’s Sports Business Journal conference that ESPN and the NFL have agreed to a five-year deal that will put the Monday night wild card games on ESPN.

Although the NFL and ESPN already have a deal that keeps Monday Night Football on ESPN through the 2033 season, the Monday night wild card games are separate from the regular-season contract, and all networks were able to bid on the playoff games.

The Monday night playoff game on January 17 will be shown with the traditional broadcast on ABC and ESPN as well as the Peyton Manning and Eli Manning commentary on ESPN2.

8 responses to “ESPN, ABC to televise Monday night wild card games

  1. They will never get a good announcing crew on MNF if they keep undercutting their broadcast with the Mannings. Why would anyone who is desired by other networks work for a network that will undercut your viewing with a another broadcast?

  2. BuckyBadger says:

    October 13, 2021 at 11:26 am

    They will never get a good announcing crew on MNF if they keep undercutting their broadcast with the Mannings. Why would anyone who is desired by other networks work for a network that will undercut your viewing with a another broadcast?
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    So what was the excuse before this year? You phrase that like the Mannings have been doing this for years. The reason they did it this year was to attract more viewers, yes it will pilfer some viewers from the original broadcast BUT as a whole it brings in more viewers. Also to act like MNF isnt still the prime job in football broadcasting is absolutely ludicrous.

  3. So now teams will have 1 or two days less rest than the teams that play on Saturday or Sunday in the playoffs?

  4. Sunday Swami says:
    October 13, 2021 at 11:45 am
    BuckyBadger says:

    October 13, 2021 at 11:26 am

    So what was the excuse before this year? You phrase that like the Mannings have been doing this for years. The reason they did it this year was to attract more viewers, yes it will pilfer some viewers from the original broadcast BUT as a whole it brings in more viewers. Also to act like MNF isnt still the prime job in football broadcasting is absolutely ludicrous.

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    with all due respect, SNF is absolutely the premier broadcast.

  5. Who wants to take two days off to go to one MNF Playoff game? I don’t think this caters to season ticket members that attend the games.

  6. Gee, I thought player safety was a priority for the NFL. Not that I took those claims seriously to begin with, but creating yet more short weeks on the heels of an expanded season sends a pretty clear statement. The NFL’s sole interest is in protecting the $hield.

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