Re: Anyone notice who's playing on MNF
posted at 12/16/2012 7:39 PM EST
In response to tcal2-'s comment:
In response to kansaspatriot's comment:
MNF should start getting on the flex schedule, the last few mondays games have been. so we don't have to watch crap games
Too bad it's logistically impossible kp, because Thursday Night has had some real dogs also. Including this past Thursday.
I read that ESPN book "Those Guys Have All the Fun"...there was a large portion of that book dedicated to the NFL tv deals that were redone a few years back. This was when NBC was finally starting to put some money into their sports programming...and of course this included bidding on an NFL tv package.
Basically how it went was this. There were four packages available for bidding. Really, the only two in play were the SNF and MNF packages. CBS was reupping the AFC package, Fox the NFC package, and so forth. Up until that time...ESPN had the lackluster SNF package, so they were excited to go for the MNF package.
A few months prior to all the bids going out, behind the scenes at ESPN , some of the higher ups were sniping at each other, with one of the execs getting the boot from the company. Fast forward a few months, the NFL hired the recently-fired ESPN executive to run the programming bidding process for all the packages.
Longer story short...he essentially sold the premier package to NBC for use on Sunday nights...ALONG with the highlight packages which has been Football Night in America. ESPN had that ripped out from under their noses...hence why Boomer and TJ no longer do their wrap up highlight show. That exec sold it to NBC's Dick Ebersol for cheaper money than what ESPN paid for the Monday Night Football package. That is essentially why ESPN has all these dud games on...they were sold the crap package on the previous premier package's time and day slot. They paid for diamonds, but got essentially, bags of coal. :)