Monday Night Football

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NFL Preview: Can the Seattle Seahawks Repeat as Super Bowl Champions?

Seattle Seahawks

The National Football League's orbit has expanded so astronomically that it will elbow The Big Bang Theory from Thursday to Monday for several weeks this fall.

Thursday Night Football premieres Sept. 11 on CBS with its lead broadcast team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. The games will be simulcast on the NFL Network, which takes over the Thursday package at midseason with Nantz and Simms still in the booth.

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Carrie Underwood to Sing Monday Night Football’s Theme Song

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood is ready for some football.

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NFL Preview: The Year of the Quarterback

Peyton Manning

Before he could become a big hit with the Denver Broncos, Peyton Manning had to take a big hit. The veteran quarterback — who missed all of last season with the Indianapolis Colts due to a neck injury that weakened his throwing arm — was slammed to the ground during an August preseason game. Manning picked himself up, much to the relief of his new fans in Denver. "I've never heard a crowd cheer for an... read more

Ratings: Two and a Half Men Declines

Jenny McCarthy and Ashton Kutcher

Two and a Half Men started so big that even a fourth consecutive week of decline has still left it with enviable numbers.

The Ashton Kutcher-led CBS sitcom at 9/8c entertained 16.20 million fans and scored a 5.9 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds Monday night. Most network shows that night hit season lows up against the major league playoffs on Fox, as well as Monday Night Football -- which scored 16.38 million viewers --and Kim Kardashian's "fairy-tale" wedding, which drew a combined total of 10.5 million Sunday and Monday nights, making it E!'s most-watched event ever.

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Hank Williams Jr. Writes Song, Appears on Talk Shows After Hitler-Obama Uproar

Hank Williams Jr

Now that his Monday Night Football opening theme song has been permanently punted from the broadcast, Hank Williams Jr. has written a song zinging Fox & Friends and ESPN and is taking to the airwaves to answer his critics.
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Hank Williams Jr. Issues Apology Regarding Obama-Hitler Statement

Hank Williams Jr.

Hank Williams Jr. has apologized since some thought he compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler on Fox and Friends.

Williams — whose trademark "Are you ready for some football?" theme was pulled by ESPN on its latest Monday Night Football telecast — posted a statement on his website titled...
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ESPN Pulls Hank Williams Jr. Intro After He Compared President Obama to Hitler

Hank Williams Jr.

ESPN is no longer "ready for some football" after Hank Williams Jr. made comments comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler, CNN reports.

The country singer, appearing on Fox News' Fox and Friends Monday morning, referred to a June golf game when Obama and House Speaker John Boehner played on the same team as "one of the biggest political mistakes ever." Williams then added "that'd be like... read more

TV Guide Network Counts Down the 100 Moments That Changed TV

Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake

TV Guide Network will look at the monumental moments that have affected today's television landscape in a five-part series starting Sunday.

Among the biggest: Janet Jackson's Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction," the Van Doren "Quiz Show" scandal, and how reality shows such as Survivor and American Idol launched a new genre.

Journalists such as Tom Brokaw discuss the debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, the O.J. Simpson trial and the birth of CNN. Larry King explains how his talk show paved the way for the... read more

Ratings: Monday Night Football Wins the Night; Dr. Oz Wins the Day

Cameron Wake and Tom Brady

Monday Night Football had a big night in the ratings, just like Tom Brady on the field.

The regular season debut of the venerable franchise on ESPN decimated the competition on both cable and broadcast television, attracting 14.57 million viewers for the NFL game between the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins and a 6.3 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds. Brady made the hot South Florida night hotter, passing for 517 yards — merely the fifth-best in league history. And with the promise of more excitement like that, ESPN is sure to lure solid numbers throughout the season.

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ESPN, NFL Extend Monday Night Football Pact Through 2021

Monday Night Football

ESPN has signed an eight-year extension with the National Football League to carry Monday Night Football though 2021.

ESPN/ABC Sports President George Bodenheimer and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the $15 billion agreement Thursday, saying that it includes expanded NFL studio programming, highlight rights for TV and ESPN.com, the Pro Bowl, the NFL Draft, 3-D rights and enhanced international rights. However, the deal still does not include playoff games or Super Bowls for the cable sports network.

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Premiered: August 14, 2006, on ESPN
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Premise: The NFL's long-running prime-time series, providing football action with colorful commentary. The 1970 brainchild of ABC Sports president Roone Arledge shifted to cable's ESPN in 2006. `MNF' was a programming experiment---few thought football would draw a large audience in prime time---that paid off big for ABC and the league, and turned the verbose Howard Cosell into an unlikely icon. It also originated the concept of three men in the broadcast booth.

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