Monday Night Football moving to ESPN

Received via email from Sports Business Daily:

The WALL STREET JOURNAL is citing sources as saying that "MNF" will leave ABC for its sister cable network ESPN in '06. NBC will reportedly pay $600M a year to replace ESPN as the league's broadcaster of Sunday night games. While ABC is paying the NFL $550M a year for "MNF," ESPN's "new eight-year deal is expected to be much more expensive and could be in the neighborhood of $1[B] a year." ESPN will carry "only regular-season games." ABC aired the Super Bowl in rotation with CBS and Fox under its deal with the league (, 4/18).

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