History of Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football has a rich history. Before 1970, ABC had televised the National Football League Championship Game in 1948 and 1950, and had broadcast regular season National Football League games in 1953, supplementing the DuMont Television Network’s NFL coverage. Advertisers were charged US$65,000 per minute by ABC during the first Monday Night Football clash in 1970, a cost that proved to be a bargain when the contest collected 33% of the viewing audience.
Monday Night Football first aired on ABC on September 21, 1970, with a game between the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns1. It is the longest-running sports television series and the second-longest-running American prime-time show in history2. In 2006, Monday Night Football moved from ABC to ESPN