ESPN to take over ‘Monday Night Football’ in ’06; NBC to broadcast Sunday night games

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New York—The NFL announced Monday that it has completed agreements with ESPN and NBC for its Sunday night and Monday night broadcasts of NFL games.

ESPN will take over—from Disney sibling ABC—the broadcast rights to "Monday Night Football" from 2006 through 2013. ESPN’s Monday night telecasts will be preceded by its "NFL Countdown" pregame show, which will continue to run at 7 p.m. (ET). ABC has been broadcasting "Monday Night Football" since 1970.

NBC will take over Sunday night broadcasts from ESPN for six seasons, 2006 through 2011. The annual package of 17 regular season games will include 16 Sunday night games and the Thursday night season-opener, two playoff games and three prime-time preseason games.

As part of the deal, NBC will also televise the Super Bowl in 2009 and 2012. In November, the NFL announced six-year extensions of its Sunday afternoon TV packages with CBS and Fox from 2006-2011.

—Sean Callahan

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