'Monday Night Football' Moving to ESPN
The NFL's "Monday Night Football" is leaving ABC after 35 years for ESPN starting with the 2006 season. The deal will cost ESPN $1.1 billion over eight years. No word if Al Michaels and John Madden will be moving to ABC's sister station. No doubt there's a few ESPN staffers would like to take a crack at calling some games.
This leaves ABC the only network station without football, as NBC will take over ESPN's Sunday night game for $600 million over six years and host the Super Bowl in 2009 and 2012. NBC is hoping to lure men to, say, the Cardinals versus the Bills and away from Desperate Housewives. Hopefully ESPN's Sunday night crew, including Joe Theismann and that grouchy Paul guy who resembles a walrus in a necktie, will get their walking papers because of this.