Michael McCarthy @MMcCarthyREV Updated at 10:18 a.m. ET Updated at 10:18 a.m. ET Watch NFLNFL with fuboTV As it nears its 50th season, ESPN's venerable "Monday Night Football" is struggling with a mid-life crisis. Yes, "Monday Night Football" changed the face of television. Yes, it can still dominate the sports conversation when it has great games like Rams vs. Chiefs. But "Monday Night Football" is far from what it used to be, and it's time to face some hard truths about the most iconic show in sports TV history. To be blunt, "Monday Night Football" is bad. Too often, the game matchups are not marquee. The football is not as exciting. The new announce team — featuring three Monday night rookies in Jason Witten, Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland — is a work in progress … [Read more...] about Monday Night Football’s mid-life crisis: From monopoly to monotony
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Michael McCarthy @MMcCarthyREV Updated at 9:57 a.m. ET Updated at 9:57 a.m. ET ESPN's "Monday Night Football" TV problems continued this week, with the network suffering its lowest-ever overnight ratings for Week 2. If "MNF" continues to slide as a TV property, the question arises whether ESPN should heed Wall Street's advice and pursue other NFL TV packages down the road. ESPN's telecast of the Bears' 24-17 win over the Seahawks drew an 8.2 overnight TV rating, according to Nielsen. That's down 5.7 percent from the 8.7 overnight for Giants vs. Lions during Week 2 last season. It was the lowest Week 2 overnight ever for ESPN, Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Daily reported. MORE: NFL Power Rankings for Week 3 Monday's numbers continued a troubling trend for "Monday Night Football." Overnights for ESPN's Week 1 doubleheader of Jets-Lions (7.5) and Raiders-Rams (7.0) … [Read more...] about With ‘Monday Night Football’ ratings down, should ESPN go after Sunday nights?
SportsMonday night football comes to Chicago for NFL week 2 action tonight, featuring two hopeful teams off to frustrating starts who want to get win number one: It’s the Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago.These teams haven’t met since 2015. Both are 0-1 to start the 2018 season, losing close games that were winnable. The Seahawks lost to the Broncos 27-24, while the Bears lost to the Packers 24-23. It’s hard to imagine that a week 2 game has such importance, but since both teams will be fighting for a playoff berth this year – the Seahawks are ranked No. 21 in this week’s AP Pro32 power ranking while the Bears are ranked No. 22 – tonight’s Monday night matchup has plenty on the line.Bears vs. SeahawksTime: 8:15 p.m. ETRecommended Slideshows76In Pictures: the Biggest Stadiums in the World51In Pictures: 50 Highest-Paid Athletes in the World32World's Most Valuable Sports TeamsTV Channel: ESPNLive stream: … [Read more...] about NFL Monday Night: What Time, TV Channel is the Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears Tonight? Seahawks vs. Bears Odds, Prediction
Greg Beacham, Ap Sports Writer Published 11:26 pm CDT, Thursday, September 6, 2018 THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The sun had nearly set over the Ventura County hills by the time the Los Angeles Rams left their practice fields Thursday night, and it was dark outside when they finally left the locker room. With a Monday night road opener coming up, coach Sean McVay is putting his Rams on a one-week schedule of late arrivals and later practices. He's hoping the Rams will be fully awake when they hit the Coliseum field in Oakland. "The circadian rhythm is what I've learned," McVay said with a smile. As he showed in keeping nearly his entire first-team offense out for the entire preseason, McVay doesn't hesitate to try anything to get an edge for his Rams, who welcome the opportunity to begin a season of enormous expectations under a national television spotlight. The late kickoff could keep his players on the field until an hour past their normal bedtimes, so he … [Read more...] about Rams hold late practice to prep body clocks for Monday night
SportsMonday Night Football is on the air tonight, with NFL preseason week 2 action: It’s Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.The Ravens, 2-0 in the preseason, visited Indy late this week for two joint practice sessions against the Colts (1-0).Find tonight's Ravens vs. Colts time, TV channel, and the latest odds below.This home preseason game is important for the Colts, since they are a team in transition this year. From last season to this, Indy may have as many as a dozen or more new starters, according to Colts.com. The new players will join a new head coach in Frank Reich.Recommended Slideshows76In Pictures: the Biggest Stadiums in the World51In Pictures: 50 Highest-Paid Athletes in the World32World's Most Valuable Sports TeamsPundits are not projecting a big season for the Colts, with USA Today predicting a 2-14 season. The Ravens are pegged to finish 9-7 by ESPN, due in part to a “heavy road schedule” the first two … [Read more...] about Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts TV Channel, Live Stream, Time, Odds: Monday Night Football Preseason 2018