For those of you who can't get enough Gruden, you can look forward to ESPN carrying Monday Night Football through 2021.
In another victory for all of you who have bought an I-Pad, starting this Monday, Monday Night Football on ESPN will be available on your tablet.
Some other highlights of the deal include:
- Telecast rights to 17 Monday Night Football games per season for eight additional seasons (2014-2021).
- Rights to more than 500 new hours of NFL-branded studio programming per year, starting this week. Popular programs such as ESPN’s Emmy Award-winning Sunday NFL Countdown pre-game show (expands to three hours), NFL Live (expands to one hour year-round), Monday Night Countdown, NFL PrimeTime, and NFL Matchup will continue, and ESPN will create more NFL-branded studio programming, including NFL 32 and NFL Kickoff, both debuting this week. More on these programs;
- Expanded highlight rights across ESPN’s television and ESPN.com;
- Pro Bowl;
- NFL Draft, which ESPN has covered since 1980;
- 3D distribution rights;
- Rights to simulcast network coverage of ESPN’s MNF and NFL studio programs on tablet devices through ESPN’s WatchESPN App;
- Continued Spanish-language rights to MNF on ESPN Deportes;
- International rights, including distribution of MNF on ESPN International networks in select markets in Brazil, the Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Israel, Europe and Australia-New Zealand through 2021; regular season, playoffs and Super Bowl in select markets, totaling 30 million households in 144 countries and territories across five continents; and the ability to utilize NFL programming on all platforms as part of a linear stream of ESPN network programming.
This deal extends the reach of ESPN and the NFL around the World and this is also a HUGE win for the players who will see 50% of the revenue over the course of this deal.