or


[09/08/11 - 06:32 AM]
ESPN, NFL Reach Eight-Year Extension for "Monday Night Football"
The broad multiplatform agreement, which begins in 2014, includes eight full seasons of "MNF" telecasts, expanded NFL studio programming and more!

[via press release from ESPN]

ESPN, NFL Reach Eight-Year Extension for "Monday Night Football"

Broad Studio, Multimedia and International Rights Included

Monday Night Football, the most successful series in sports media history, will remain on ESPN through the 2021 NFL season under a new eight-year agreement between ESPN and the National Football League, it was announced today by ESPN and ABC Sports President George Bodenheimer and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The broad multiplatform agreement, which begins in 2014, includes eight full seasons of MNF telecasts, expanded NFL studio programming (beginning this week), highlight rights for TV and ESPN.com, the Pro Bowl, the NFL Draft, 3D rights, and enhanced international rights.

The extensive package of NFL rights will fuel the continued growth of ESPN year-round, boosting its core television business while at the same time supporting the company's "best available screen" strategy with NFL programs on TV, online and on mobile devices via authentication and digital rights. Outside the U.S., ESPN will televise MNF and other regular season games, playoffs, and the Super Bowl in 30 million households in 144 countries and territories across five continents, including Brazil, the Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Israel, Australia-New Zealand, and Continental Europe. The agreement also provides the NFL with an option to air a postseason Wild Card playoff game on ESPN should the NFL decide to do so.

An iconic series in the history of American television, Monday Night Football debuted in 1970. After a 36-year run on ABC, the series moved to ESPN in 2006 as part of a landmark eight-year agreement. During the past five seasons, ESPN's MNF has become the most-watched series in cable television history, registering eight of cable's 10 all-time biggest household audiences and 16 of the top 20 (excluding breaking news). In 2010, MNF ranked eighth among all primetime programs (broadcast or cable), averaging 10.5 million homes (14.7 million viewers), an unprecedented achievement for a cable television property. In addition, an estimated 140 million people viewed MNF and NFL studio programming on ESPN/ESPN2 over the course of the 2010 NFL season

Said Bodenheimer: "Today, we've secured cable's most valuable television franchise, along with an enhanced international package of year-round multimedia rights. It will help grow our business well into the next decade. No one has the breadth of worldwide media assets or the ability to monetize a property the way ESPN can, particularly with Monday Night Football and our complete NFL coverage."

"We are proud to extend our three-decade partnership with ESPN," said Commissioner Goodell. "We have come a long way together since ESPN first televised the NFL Draft in 1980. With this new agreement we are excited about the opportunity to take the NFL-ESPN partnership to innovative new heights in serving the most passionate fans in sports."

ESPN's significantly-enhanced NFL rights package for the extension will include:

· Telecast rights to 17 Monday Night Football games per season for eight additional seasons (2014-2021).

· Rights to more than 500 new hours of NFL-branded studio programming per year, starting this week. Popular programs such as ESPN's Emmy Award-winning Sunday NFL Countdown pre-game show (expands to three hours), NFL Live (expands to one hour year-round), Monday Night Countdown, NFL PrimeTime, and NFL Matchup will continue, and ESPN will create more NFL-branded studio programming, including NFL 32 and NFL Kickoff, both debuting this week. More on these programs;

· Expanded highlight rights across ESPN's television and ESPN.com;

· Pro Bowl;

· NFL Draft, which ESPN has covered since 1980;

· 3D distribution rights;

· Rights to simulcast network coverage of ESPN's MNF and NFL studio programs on tablet devices through ESPN's WatchESPN App;

· Continued Spanish-language rights to MNF on ESPN Deportes;

· International rights, including distribution of MNF on ESPN International networks in select markets in Brazil, the Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Israel, Europe and Australia-New Zealand through 2021; regular season, playoffs and Super Bowl in select markets, totaling 30 million households in 144 countries and territories across five continents; and the ability to utilize NFL programming on all platforms as part of a linear stream of ESPN network programming.

The long-term agreement also ensures that Monday Night Football will celebrate its 50th anniversary season on ESPN in 2020.

ESPN first televised Sunday primetime NFL games in 1987, covering the second half of the regular season (eight games annually,1987-89; nine games, 1990-97), and expanding to a full slate of 18 games from 1998-2005. ESPN has carried a 17-game Monday Night Football schedule since 2006. ESPN is coming off a record-breaking season in 2010.

· Monday Night Football averaged a 10.5 rating, and 10.5 million homes (14.7 million viewers). ESPN won the night vs. all networks, cable or broadcast, among men 18-34 and men 18-49 every week during the 2010 season and consistently competed against the broadcast networks in total viewers on Monday nights;

· MNF ranked second among all regularly scheduled prime time programs in 2010 among men 18-34, men 18-49 and men 25-54. Among adults 18-49, MNF ranked fourth;

· MNF games accounted for cable television's 16 biggest audiences among households, and the 12 biggest among total viewers, in 2010;

· Sunday NFL Countdown averaged a 2.1 rating and 2,167,000 households (2,055,000 viewers) in 2010. The household impressions mark represents an eight percent increase from Countdown's 2005 season (1,997,000 household impressions), the final year of ESPN's previous NFL agreement;

· Monday Night Countdown had its highest-rated and most-viewed season ever in 2010, averaging a 2.7 rating and 2,729,000 households (3,532,000 viewers). In 2005 (the final year of ESPN's previous NFL deal), Monday Night Countdown averaged 1,749,000 households for the season.

NFL Content on ESPN Digital Platforms:

· ESPN averaged 42.2 million unique visitors on the site in fall 2010;

· Sundays during the NFL season are the highest trafficked days of the year for ESPN.com

· During the 2010 season, NFL content represented 39% of the page views generated on ESPN.com, highest of any sport.

· The NFL fan spends over 50% more time with ESPN media than the average person;

· ESPN.com NFL coverage on Sunday and Monday (including the home page, NFL section and Fantasy Football section) averaged 47.4 million visits and 271.4 million minutes of usage during the 2010 season, a year-to-year increase of 20% on visits and 20% on minutes.

· NFL coverage (incl. NFL and Fantasy Football section) on the ESPN Mobile web site and ScoreCenter app in 2010 delivered 14.5 million visits and 101.4 million minutes each week, increases of 66% and 61%, respectively, versus the prior year.





  [september 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (ESPN)





[04/24/17 - 04:21 PM]
Tarek and Christina El Moussa Will Return for New Season of Hit HGTV Series "Flip or Flop" in December
Five of the 20 episodes are currently in post-production, with filming of the remaining episodes continuing through the fall.

[04/24/17 - 04:15 PM]
Freeform's "Famous In Love" Amasses Over 10 Million Total Views During Its Premiere Week as "Pretty Little Liars" Returns at No. 1 Across Target Demos
Freeform further spins the numbers for Tuesday, April 18.

[04/24/17 - 12:35 PM]
"Fargo" Returns Strong with Third Installment Premiere - Premiere Telecast Delivers 3 Million Total Viewers
FX further spins the numbers for Wednesday, April 19.

[04/24/17 - 12:05 PM]
"Mommy Dead and Dearest," A True-Crime Murder Story Exploring One of Psychology's Most Controversial Conditions, Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome, Debuts May 15, Exclusively on HBO
Erin Lee Carr ("Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop") returns to HBO to explore another true-crime story in the age of social media.

[04/24/17 - 12:00 PM]
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Presents "Alabama Week"
"Alabama Week" will feature nightly segments shot on location in cities and towns across the state including Selma, Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, Mobile and Montgomery.

[04/24/17 - 11:15 AM]
HBO Celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage Month with Premiere of "HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries"
Exploring a range of controversial issues, the award-winning shorts examine crime, addiction and family turmoil within the APA community.

[04/24/17 - 09:38 AM]
ESPN's & ABC's NBA Playoffs Ratings Up Double-Digits in Second Weekend
ESPN spins the numbers for its NBA postseason coverage to date.

[04/24/17 - 09:17 AM]
Disney-ABC Television Announces More Than 160 ABC Stations Signed to Launch Over-the-Top Services Through Its Groundbreaking Clearinghouse Initiative
The vast majority of stations are now opted into one or more new internet-delivered programming services from DirecTV Now, Sony PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV and/or CenturyLink.

[04/24/17 - 09:13 AM]
"Vice News Tonight" Presents a Special Edition on the Trump Presidency This Friday, April 28
This week's edition of the Emmy(R)-winning weekly news magazine "Vice" will debut later that same evening, at 11:00/10:00c.

[04/24/17 - 09:06 AM]
"Mike Tyson Mysteries" Season Three Premieres on Adult Swim Sunday, May 14th at 11:30pm E/P
Highlights include: a retelling of the team's Very First Mystery!

[04/24/17 - 09:05 AM]
Hallmark Channel Renews "When Calls the Heart" for Season Five
The series boasts a passionate fan base known as the #Hearties, who have become a social media phenomenon, making "When Calls the Heart" one of the network's most social series.

[04/24/17 - 08:36 AM]
EPIX to Premiere Original Documentary "Straight/Curve"
Also upcoming on EPIX is the previously-announced comedy special, "Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally - Summer of 69: No Apostrophe," which will debut on Friday, May 19.

[04/24/17 - 08:28 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "Little Big Shots" Top Demo Charts
The Peacock wins the night among adults 18-49 while CBS is the most-watched network.

[04/24/17 - 08:04 AM]
Video: Relive "Bloodline's" Most Memorable Moments in All-New, Must-Watch Recap Featurette Ahead of Final Season
"Bloodline's" third and final season launches Friday, May 26, everywhere Netflix is available.

[04/24/17 - 07:36 AM]
IFC Unveils Two New "Slightly Off" Digital Series on Its Comedy Crib
"Frank & Lamar" and "Sport Court" will premiere today on the Comedy Crib (ifc.com/comedy-crib), the network's online hub for original, short-form comedy.