October 16, 2021

ESPN secures rights to Monday night wild-card game

NEW YORK — ESPN has signed a five-year settlement with the NFL to broadcast the Monday night game in the course of the first weekend of the playoffs, starting this season.

The announcement was made by ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro on the CAA World Congress of Sport. The NFL introduced final month that it was shifting the Saturday early afternoon game on wild-card weekend to Monday night.

There shall be two video games on Saturday (4:35 p.m. and eight:15 p.m. ET), three on Sunday (1:05 p.m., 4:40 p.m., and eight:15 p.m. ET), and one on Monday (8:15 p.m. ET).

The Monday night game may also air on ABC whereas ESPN2 will function an alternate feed with Peyton and Eli Manning.

CBS Sports activities chairman Sean McManus stated earlier than the season began that CBS can have the Sunday late afternoon game, which can once more function a kids-focused broadcast on Nickelodeon. NBC is anticipated to have the Sunday night game as certainly one of its two that weekend.

CBS additionally has two video games whereas Fox and ESPN/ABC have one apiece. ESPN and ABC may also have a Saturday doubleheader the ultimate week of the common season.

The Walt Disney Firm is the father or mother firm of ESPN and this ABC station.