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After a full slate of NFL games on Sunday, Monday nights are usually reserved for one final marquee matchup, before teams and fans turn their attention to the schedule next week. But Week 2 of the 2022 season has an interesting quirk: Two games will air simultaneously for an overlapping “Monday Night Football” doubleheader.
Why are there two matches on Monday? How will synchronous broadcasting work? Which teams will share the spotlight? We have the answers to all your “MNF” questions as we take a look at the changes that could become the norm in future seasons.
Why are there two ‘Monday Night Football’ games on September 19th?
In March 2021, the NFL finalized an 11-year media rights agreement with its already existing broadcast partners as well as Amazon Prime Video, which allowed Disney to provide more content by increasing the number of games on ESPN and ABC from 17 to 23. did. Starting next year, there will be three multi-sport “Monday Night Football” weeks in each season, although the timing for those games has not been set. The structure of the 2022 schedule to air two overlapping Monday night games in Week 2 could be Disney’s way of testing the waters by deciding to lead up to three multi-game “MNF” weeks in 2023.
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Another possible explanation for the concurrent broadcast is that overlapping games, rather than scheduling the second game to start at the conclusion of the first, would have the hypothetical consequence of ending the game late at a good hour on the East Coast. .
Which teams will share the spotlight?
The Tennessee Titans and the Buffalo Bills will play the first “MNF” game of Week 2, starting at 7:15 p.m. ET. The second game of the night between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles will then begin at 8:30 p.m. ET.
How will synchronous broadcasting work?
The Titans-Bills game will air on ESPN while the Vikings-Eagles matchup will air on ABC. When the Minnesota-Philadelphia game is in progress, both broadcasts will include a “noticeable, but smaller, less prominent, score box” of other matchups on screen, according to ESPN. There will also be “a double-box scene” at times throughout the game, giving fans the opportunity to watch both competitions simultaneously. ESPN predicts that sports will “overlap for about half of football.”
The NFL had overlapped Monday night’s games in Week 4 of the 2020 season, when a game between the Patriots and Chiefs was pushed back to Sunday due to COVID-19. That week, the Pats & Chiefs aired on CBS starting at 7:05 p.m. ET, while the Falcons & Packers aired their game on ESPN at 8:50 p.m. ET.
There was also a “mnf” doubleheader on September 19, 2005, exactly 17 years ago. According to ESPN, The Saints were initially scheduled to host the Giants last Sunday, but the game was rescheduled for the following night and moved to New York after Hurricane Katrina. The New Orleans–New York game began at 7:30 p.m. ET and first aired on ABC, but was moved to ESPN when the Dallas-Washington matchup for the ABC “MNF” slot began at 9 p.m. ET.
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