There was a time when football, in its various guises, was generally something for the weekend. But the long-running success of a US TV show has made football at the start of the week something of a global media phenomenon.
Monday Night Football first aired on ABC in the US in 1970 and ran until 2005, making it one of the longest-lived primetime shows on US TV.
The National Football League scheduled one game each week for a Monday night to satisfy the TV audience.
Presented by legendary broadcasters such as Howard Cosell, Don Meredith and Frank Gifford, and pioneering ultra-slow-motion replays, multiple camera angles and on-screen graphics, it was a ratings topper.
In the UK, where football generally means the association variety, Sky Sports introduced its Monday Night Football show for a weekly English Premier League soccer game in 1992. It ended in 2007, when Sky lost the rights to Monday night matches, but returned in 2010.
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