ABC appears positioned to broadcast NFL ‘Monday Night Football’ again after 15 years
ESPN recently announced the commentary crew for Monday Night Football for the 2020 season, and there could be more news pertaining to the treasured television franchise. In an attempt to increase ratings, ABC could be positioned to broadcast NFL Monday Night Football for the first time in 15 years.
According to Michael McCarthy of FrontOfficeSports.com, ABC is making progress toward holding an NFL package again. As a result, Monday night games would be simulcasted on ESPN and ABC. If that’s the case, ESPN would likely lose even more ratings on Monday nights.
After the duo of Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland failed to deliver in the Monday Night Football booth, ESPN chose a new crew for 2020. While adding Steve Levy to be the play-by-play commentator, Brian Griese, and Louis Riddick will join him on Monday nights.
In the event that ABC receives MNF, there are rumors circulating that ESPN could land Thursday Night Football. At the same time, ESPN+ has been discussed as an option to get the streaming rights to NFL Sunday Ticket.
In recent years, ESPN has failed to produce an applauded product on MNF. On the other hand, Sunday Night Football on NBC has been the highest-rated network show in primetime since 2011.
Given that, the NFL would love to increase the ratings of MNF games in the future. Maybe more players, like Peyton Manning, would be more enticed to join the Monday Night Football booth if ABC were the network to host the game. With the lack of interest it’s received in recent years, Monday Night Football could be switching networks soon.
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