April 18, 2005
Monday Night Football moving to ESPN in 2006; NBC gets Sunday Night Football
Monday Night Football
, the second-longest running prime-time series in television history, moves from ABC to ESPN as of the start of the 2006 season. Only CBS' 60 Minutes
has been on the air longer, by two years.
ESPN's Sunday Night Football franchise that they inherited from TNT in the late 90s will move to broadcast television on NBC. NBC has not broadcast the NFL since CBS took the AFC package from them in 1998.
ABC, where MNF originated is co-owned by ESPN parent Disney. ABC will be left without pro football for the first time since the opening 1970 MNF broadcast of the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns.
As part of the deal, NBC will carry the 2009 and 2012 Super Bowl broadcasts. NBC is paying $600 million for the deal.
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