Monday Night Football
Debut: September 21, 1970
Debut: September 21, 1970

Are you ready for some football? Every week since 1970 Monday Night Football has broadcast a live game from the National Football League. Airing up until 2005 on ABC the show was one of the longest running and highest-rated prime time broadcast shows in history! The show has broadcast over 700 football games in its run. The team appearing on the show most often are the Miami Dolphins with the Dallas Cowboys getting the most victories on the show. Not just about football the program also features a fair share of entertainment content in the form of special guest stars and promotions from the press booth as well as celebrity halftime shows. The show also pioneered the use of extra cameras and slow-motion replays in sports broadcasts. An on-screen score bug was first introduced in 1997. The show began its use of CGI with a CGI intro in 1984. The show moved to ESPN in 2006 when ABC purchased the network with hopes to expand sports programming. Since the 2021 season, the show has been aired on both ESPN and ESPN on ABC.

Howard Cosell: "In case the folks missed the earlier newsflash, ABC News has confirmed that John Lennon, a member of the famed Beatles, maybe the best known member, was shot twice in the back outside of his apartment on the upper Westside of New York tonight; rushed to the Roosevelt Hospital, dead on arrival. An unspeakable tragedy; details on "Nightline" 30 minutes after the conclusion of this contest. --Howard Cosell repeating earlier bulletin announcing death of former Beatle John Lennon (December 8, 1980)"
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Frank Gifford: "Third down, four. Foreman ... it'll be fourth down. Cavanaugh will let it run down for one final attempt, he'll let the seconds tick off to give Miami no opportunity whatsoever. (whistle blows) Timeout is called with three seconds remaining, John Smith is on the line. And I don't care what's on the line, Howard, you have got to say what we know in the booth."
Howard Cosell: "Yes, we have to say it. Remember this is just a football game, no matter who wins or loses. An unspeakable tragedy confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City: John Lennon, outside of his apartment building on the West Side of New York City. The most famous perhaps, of all of The Beatles, shot twice in the back, rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, dead on arrival. Hard to go back to the game after that news flash, which, in duty bound, we have to take. Frank?"
Frank Gifford: "(after a pause) Indeed, it is."
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