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ESPN's presentation of 'Monday Night Football: Doubleheader Saturday' in week 18 set to debut


Tue, Dec 14th 2021 09:05 pm

Simulcast on ABC and ESPN+

√ Both matchups will have playoff implications, announced after week 17

√ ABC and ESPN+ simulcast 5 NFL games, including NFL Super Wild Card, in 6 weeks

ESPN will premiere “Monday Night Football: Doubleheader Saturday” on Jan. 8, 2022 (4:30 and 8:15 p.m. ET), a conclusion to the network’s coverage of the biggest season ever and a launch into its new Monday night NFL Super Wild Card presentation on Jan. 17 (8:15 p.m.). ABC and ESPN+ will simulcast ESPN’s offerings of both the “Monday Night Football: Doubleheader Saturday” and the Super Wild Card matchup with ESPN Deportes airing the Spanish-language telecast of all three games. In addition to ESPN+, the games will also be streamed across ESPN, ABC and NFL digital properties, and on mobile via participating club properties and Yahoo Sports.

ESPN’s new week 18 doubleheader – part of the NFL season finale – is a vital component of the new landmark media rights agreement between Disney/ESPN and the NFL, announced in March. The Monday night NFL Super Wild Card rights were acquired through a separate deal announced in October.

The matchups for “Monday Night Football: Doubleheader Saturday” will be announced by the NFL after week 17. Both games will have playoff implications (e.g., involving teams playing to stay alive for a Wild Card berth, division title, conference seeding, first-round bye, etc.).

ESPN will have two broadcast booths for “Monday Night Football: Doubleheader Saturday.” The voices of “Monday Night Football” – Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters and John Parry – will call one game as the group concludes its second regular season and prepares to call ESPN’s NFL Super Wild Card game. ESPN’s most-seasoned football broadcast booth and top college football tandem – Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit – will also call a game, as the pair works its second NFL game in as many years (Pittsburgh at New York Giants – September 2020). Laura Rutledge will join the broadcast duo as the reporter, the “NFL Live” host’s third NFL game assignment. Fowler and Herbstreit, who have announced games as a pair since 2014 and worked together for more than 25 years, will also call the College Football Playoff National Championship (Monday, Jan. 10).

ESPN will lead into Saturday’s week 18 action with a special edition of “NFL Countdown” on ESPN and ABC, beginning at 3 p.m.

ABC and ESPN+’s simulcast of both the week 18 doubleheader and NFL Super Wild Card game will conclude a stretch of five NFL games available on both networks in a six-week span. Last night’s “Monday Night Football” week 14 showdown between the Los Angeles Rams and the Arizona Cardinals (Dec. 13) and next week’s week 15 matchup featuring the Minnesota Vikings at the Chicago Bears (Dec. 20) was and is available on both networks. ESPN Deportes provides the Spanish-language telecast to every “Monday Night Football” matchup.

More on ESPN’s Super NFL Wild Card “MegaCast,” which includes Peyton and Eli Manning, will be announced.

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