How to Watch the Vikings-Seahawks Game on ‘Monday Night Football’ for Free

With football season more nearing the end of the regular season, NFL fans continue to flock to their TV sets, mobile phones, connected TVs, and laptops to watch their favorite team take the field. Tonight’s “Monday Night Football” game is a showdown between the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. PT/8:15 p.m. ET at the CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

However, not everyone has the cash to put down $50+ on a satellite subscription to watch the game. But with more consumers now turning to connected TVs and mobile devices for their daily dose of entertainment, the National Football League has made it easier for cord-cutters and cord-nevers to get their football fix without emptying out their piggy bank.

While fans can watch this upcoming “Monday Night Football” game on the NFL Network, which is available on streaming platforms like FuboTV, DirecTV Now, and Sling TV — they all charge a monthly subscription fee. The cheapest of these services is Sling TV, which includes the channel in its “Blue” package for $25 per month. Of course, consumers can get around paying the monthly service fee by taking advantage of the free trial period that most of these platforms offer.

Also Read: Amazon Picks First All-Female NFL Broadcast Team to Call ‘Thursday Night Football’

But if $25 per month doesn’t fit into your budget or canceling the service after its trial period is too much of a hassle, there is another way to watch the game without spending a dime.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the NFL or Yahoo Sports app and enjoy tonight’s game at no cost. The same goes for all in market games including regular season and playoff games, and even the Super Bowl. The NFL announced the news in February.

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With football season more nearing the end of the regular season, NFL fans continue to flock to their TV sets, mobile phones, connected TVs, and laptops to watch their favorite team take the field. Tonight’s “Monday Night Football” game is a showdown between the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. PT/8:15 p.m. ET at the CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

However, not everyone has the cash to put down $50+ on a satellite subscription to watch the game. But with more consumers now turning to connected TVs and mobile devices for their daily dose of entertainment, the National Football League has made it easier for cord-cutters and cord-nevers to get their football fix without emptying out their piggy bank.

While fans can watch this upcoming “Monday Night Football” game on the NFL Network, which is available on streaming platforms like FuboTV, DirecTV Now, and Sling TV — they all charge a monthly subscription fee. The cheapest of these services is Sling TV, which includes the channel in its “Blue” package for $25 per month. Of course, consumers can get around paying the monthly service fee by taking advantage of the free trial period that most of these platforms offer.

But if $25 per month doesn’t fit into your budget or canceling the service after its trial period is too much of a hassle, there is another way to watch the game without spending a dime.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the NFL or Yahoo Sports app and enjoy tonight’s game at no cost. The same goes for all in market games including regular season and playoff games, and even the Super Bowl. The NFL announced the news in February.

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ESPN, LA Rams Join Forces to Support Wildfire Relief Efforts During ‘Monday Night Football’

ESPN and the Los Angeles Rams are set to honor firefighters and help support the Southern California wildfire relief efforts during the “Monday Night Football” matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Last week, the Rams announced that first responders and those affected by the community’s recent tragedies will receive complimentary tickets for the game that is now set to be played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Firefighters and other emergency services will be honored during the pre-kick events and the halftime show.

The push is part of the LA Together campaign aiming to help people impacted by both the wildfires and the mass shooting on Nov. 8 in Thousand Oaks, which occurred close to where the Rams facilities are located.

Let’s come #LATogether to help rebuild + heal our community.

Proceeds from the #KCvsLA 50/50 will benefit those affected by tragedies in our area. pic.twitter.com/R3UOvGth8g

– Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 18, 2018

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With the game venue having been relocated from Mexico City to Los Angeles last minute due to poor field conditions at Estadio Azteca stadium, ESPN is also working to ensure that it reaches as large a Hispanic audience as possible.

During the “MNF” telecast, ESPN will air two NFL call-to-action messages about wildfire relief, the network says. Earlier on Monday, ESPN will air a feature on “SportsCenter,” their “Countdown” pregame show and “NFL Live” about the wildfires and the impact on sports teams and athletes in California.

Additional Hispanic outreach includes ESPN.com.mx streaming the game in Mexico, ESPN Deportes in Mexico City hosting a viewing party, and ESPN LA Deportes Radio (KWKW) mirroring ESPN LA Radio efforts by helping drive Hispanic ticket sales and wildfire relief efforts.

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Upping the entertainment factor, Grammy Award winners The Chainsmokers will perform live during the MNF Genesis Halftime Show and will be joined by  singer/songwriter Kelsea Ballerini for their hit song, “This Feeling.”

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The Rams and Chiefs both head into Monday night with 9-1 records and are among the favorites to reach Super Bowl LIII.

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ESPN and the Los Angeles Rams are set to honor firefighters and help support the Southern California wildfire relief efforts during the “Monday Night Football” matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Last week, the Rams announced that first responders and those affected by the community’s recent tragedies will receive complimentary tickets for the game that is now set to be played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Firefighters and other emergency services will be honored during the pre-kick events and the halftime show.

The push is part of the LA Together campaign aiming to help people impacted by both the wildfires and the mass shooting on Nov. 8 in Thousand Oaks, which occurred close to where the Rams facilities are located.

With the game venue having been relocated from Mexico City to Los Angeles last minute due to poor field conditions at Estadio Azteca stadium, ESPN is also working to ensure that it reaches as large a Hispanic audience as possible.

During the “MNF” telecast, ESPN will air two NFL call-to-action messages about wildfire relief, the network says. Earlier on Monday, ESPN will air a feature on “SportsCenter,” their “Countdown” pregame show and “NFL Live” about the wildfires and the impact on sports teams and athletes in California.

Additional Hispanic outreach includes ESPN.com.mx streaming the game in Mexico, ESPN Deportes in Mexico City hosting a viewing party, and ESPN LA Deportes Radio (KWKW) mirroring ESPN LA Radio efforts by helping drive Hispanic ticket sales and wildfire relief efforts.

Upping the entertainment factor, Grammy Award winners The Chainsmokers will perform live during the MNF Genesis Halftime Show and will be joined by  singer/songwriter Kelsea Ballerini for their hit song, “This Feeling.”

The Rams and Chiefs both head into Monday night with 9-1 records and are among the favorites to reach Super Bowl LIII.

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Giants’ Comeback Win On ‘Monday Night Football’ Delivers Mixed Ratings

There was less than three minutes on the clock when New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning saw his chance on Monday Night Football last night and triumphantly took it.
In what was the 36th game-winning drive in Manning’s career, the Giants beat …

There was less than three minutes on the clock when New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning saw his chance on Monday Night Football last night and triumphantly took it. In what was the 36th game-winning drive in Manning’s career, the Giants beat the San Francisco 49ers 27-23, a matchup that brought a lot of the drama gridiron fans want and complain they don't get enough of. For ESPN and the NFL, the result was another one of those mixed bags ratingswise. The game snagged…

How to Watch the Giants-49ers Game on ‘Monday Night Football’ For Free

With football season officially underway, NFL fans are flocking to their TV sets, mobile phones, connected TVs, desktops and laptops waiting for their favorite team to take the field. Tonight’s game is a showdown between the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. PT at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

However, not everyone has the cash to put down $50+ on a satellite subscription to watch the game. But with more consumers now turning to connected TVs and mobile devices for their daily dose of entertainment, the National Football League has made it easier for cord-cutters and cord-nevers to get their football fix without emptying out their piggy bank.

While fans can watch this upcoming “Monday Night Football” game on the NFL network available on streaming platforms like FuboTV, DirecTV Now, PS Vue and Sling TV — they all charge a monthly subscription fee. The cheapest of these services is Sling TV, which includes the NFL Network in its “Blue” package for $25 per month. Of course, consumers can get around paying the monthly service fee by taking advantage of the free trial period that most of these platforms offer.

Also Read: Amazon Picks First All-Female NFL Broadcast Team to Call ‘Thursday Night Football’

But if $25 per month doesn’t fit into your budget or canceling the service after its trial period is too much of a hassle, there is another way to watch the game without spending a dime — as long as you own a smartphone.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the NFL, Yahoo Sports, AOL or Tumblr mobile apps and enjoy tonight’s game at no cost. The same goes for all in market games including regular season and playoff games, and even the Super Bowl. The NFL announced the news in February.

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With football season officially underway, NFL fans are flocking to their TV sets, mobile phones, connected TVs, desktops and laptops waiting for their favorite team to take the field. Tonight’s game is a showdown between the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. PT at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

However, not everyone has the cash to put down $50+ on a satellite subscription to watch the game. But with more consumers now turning to connected TVs and mobile devices for their daily dose of entertainment, the National Football League has made it easier for cord-cutters and cord-nevers to get their football fix without emptying out their piggy bank.

While fans can watch this upcoming “Monday Night Football” game on the NFL network available on streaming platforms like FuboTV, DirecTV Now, PS Vue and Sling TV — they all charge a monthly subscription fee. The cheapest of these services is Sling TV, which includes the NFL Network in its “Blue” package for $25 per month. Of course, consumers can get around paying the monthly service fee by taking advantage of the free trial period that most of these platforms offer.

But if $25 per month doesn’t fit into your budget or canceling the service after its trial period is too much of a hassle, there is another way to watch the game without spending a dime — as long as you own a smartphone.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the NFL, Yahoo Sports, AOL or Tumblr mobile apps and enjoy tonight’s game at no cost. The same goes for all in market games including regular season and playoff games, and even the Super Bowl. The NFL announced the news in February.

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NFL Tackles TV’s ‘Billboard’ Ads as Fans Demand Fewer Game Breaks (EXCLUSIVE)

One of TV’s oldest commercial formats is in danger of being blitzed. Viewers who tune in to Thursday night games on Fox, “Monday Night Football” on ESPN and “Sunday Night Football” on NBC have likely seen such a maneuver multiple times over…

One of TV’s oldest commercial formats is in danger of being blitzed. Viewers who tune in to Thursday night games on Fox, “Monday Night Football” on ESPN and “Sunday Night Football” on NBC have likely seen such a maneuver multiple times over the course of the 2018 season, even if they weren’t aware of what […]

‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Rise On Eve Of Midterms; ‘The Voice’ Powers NBC – Update

UPDATED with broadcast ratings results: It looked a little tense for a while, but then the Tennessee Titans kicked into gear and left the Dallas Cowboys in the dust with a 28-14 victory on Monday Night Football, on the eve of the most anticipated midte…

UPDATED with broadcast ratings results: It looked a little tense for a while, but then the Tennessee Titans kicked into gear and left the Dallas Cowboys in the dust with a 28-14 victory on Monday Night Football, on the eve of the most anticipated midterm election in recent history. Led by quarterback Marcus Mariota, the visiting Titans broke their recent losing streak and helped get them back in contention in the AFC South. And then there was this cherry on top when it…

How to Watch Titans-Cowboys on ‘Monday Night Football’ Online for Free

With football season officially underway, NFL fans are flocking to their TV sets, mobile phones, connected TVs, desktops and laptops waiting for their favorite team to take the field. Tonight’s game is a showdown between the Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. PT at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

However, not everyone has the cash to put down $50+ on a satellite subscription to watch the game. But with more consumers now turning to connected TVs and mobile devices for their daily dose of entertainment, the National Football League has made it easier for cord-cutters and cord-nevers to get their football fix without emptying out their piggy bank.

While fans can watch this upcoming “Monday Night Football” game on the NFL network available on streaming platforms like FuboTV, DirecTV Now, PS Vue and Sling TV — they all charge a monthly subscription fee. The cheapest of these services is Sling TV, which includes the NFL Network in its “Blue” package for $25 per month. Of course, consumers can get around paying the monthly service fee by taking advantage of the free trial period that most of these platforms offer.

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But if $25 per month doesn’t fit into your budget or canceling the service after its trial period is too much of a hassle, there is another way to watch the game without spending a dime — as long as you own a smartphone.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the NFL, Yahoo Sports, AOL or Tumblr mobile apps and enjoy tonight’s game at no cost. The same goes for all in market games including regular season and playoff games, and even the Super Bowl. The NFL announced the news in February.

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With football season officially underway, NFL fans are flocking to their TV sets, mobile phones, connected TVs, desktops and laptops waiting for their favorite team to take the field. Tonight’s game is a showdown between the Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. PT at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

However, not everyone has the cash to put down $50+ on a satellite subscription to watch the game. But with more consumers now turning to connected TVs and mobile devices for their daily dose of entertainment, the National Football League has made it easier for cord-cutters and cord-nevers to get their football fix without emptying out their piggy bank.

While fans can watch this upcoming “Monday Night Football” game on the NFL network available on streaming platforms like FuboTV, DirecTV Now, PS Vue and Sling TV — they all charge a monthly subscription fee. The cheapest of these services is Sling TV, which includes the NFL Network in its “Blue” package for $25 per month. Of course, consumers can get around paying the monthly service fee by taking advantage of the free trial period that most of these platforms offer.

But if $25 per month doesn’t fit into your budget or canceling the service after its trial period is too much of a hassle, there is another way to watch the game without spending a dime — as long as you own a smartphone.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the NFL, Yahoo Sports, AOL or Tumblr mobile apps and enjoy tonight’s game at no cost. The same goes for all in market games including regular season and playoff games, and even the Super Bowl. The NFL announced the news in February.

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‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Rise As New England Patriots Crush Buffalo Bills

The term “slow burn” has been used a lot of late to describe certain shows on streaming and it certainly could have been used last night to describe the New England Patriots’ 25-6 triumph over the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football.
Tom Brady, Rob …

The term "slow burn" has been used a lot of late to describe certain shows on streaming and it certainly could have been used last night to describe the New England Patriots' 25-6 triumph over the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football. Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and crew weren't slack for the early part of the ESPN game on the Bills' home turf, but in the second half they truly leaned in. Facing that, after Thurman Thomas' number retirement ceremony, it couldn't have been…

How to Watch the Patriots-Bills on ‘Monday Night Football’ Online for Free

With football season officially underway, NFL fans are flocking to their TV sets, mobile phones, connected TVs, desktops and laptops waiting for their favorite team to take the field. Tonight’s game is a face-off between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. PT at the New Era Field Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.

However, not everyone has the cash to put down $50+ on a satellite subscription to watch the game. But with more consumers now turning to connected TVs and mobile devices for their daily dose of entertainment, the National Football League has made it easier for cord-cutters and cord-nevers to get their football fix without emptying out their piggy bank.

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While fans can watch this upcoming “Monday Night Football” game on the NFL network available on streaming platforms like FuboTV, DirecTV Now, PS Vue and Sling TV — they all charge a monthly subscription fee. The cheapest of these services is Sling TV, which includes the NFL Network in its “Blue” package for $25 per month. Of course, consumers can get around paying the monthly service fee by taking advantage of the free trial period that most of these platforms offer.

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But if $25 per month doesn’t fit into your budget or canceling the service after its trial period is too much of a hassle, there is another way to watch the game without spending a dime — as long as you own a smartphone.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the NFL, Yahoo Sports, AOL or Tumblr mobile apps and enjoy tonight’s game at no cost. The same goes for all in market games including regular season and playoff games, and even the Super Bowl. The NFL announced the news in February.

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With football season officially underway, NFL fans are flocking to their TV sets, mobile phones, connected TVs, desktops and laptops waiting for their favorite team to take the field. Tonight’s game is a face-off between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. PT at the New Era Field Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.

However, not everyone has the cash to put down $50+ on a satellite subscription to watch the game. But with more consumers now turning to connected TVs and mobile devices for their daily dose of entertainment, the National Football League has made it easier for cord-cutters and cord-nevers to get their football fix without emptying out their piggy bank.

While fans can watch this upcoming “Monday Night Football” game on the NFL network available on streaming platforms like FuboTV, DirecTV Now, PS Vue and Sling TV — they all charge a monthly subscription fee. The cheapest of these services is Sling TV, which includes the NFL Network in its “Blue” package for $25 per month. Of course, consumers can get around paying the monthly service fee by taking advantage of the free trial period that most of these platforms offer.

But if $25 per month doesn’t fit into your budget or canceling the service after its trial period is too much of a hassle, there is another way to watch the game without spending a dime — as long as you own a smartphone.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the NFL, Yahoo Sports, AOL or Tumblr mobile apps and enjoy tonight’s game at no cost. The same goes for all in market games including regular season and playoff games, and even the Super Bowl. The NFL announced the news in February.

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‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Up From Last Week’s Low & 2017 As Packers Win

There was a lot of push, pull and more than a few nice moves by quarterback Aaron Rodgers but in the end the Green Bay Packers’ 33-30 victory over the San Francisco 49ers last night came down to that last-minute field goal by Mason Crosby.
A dramatic e…

There was a lot of push, pull and more than a few nice moves by quarterback Aaron Rodgers but in the end the Green Bay Packers' 33-30 victory over the San Francisco 49ers last night came down to that last-minute field goal by Mason Crosby. A dramatic end to a more dramatic than usual Monday Night Football that was good for the Packers, good for the swimming to stand still NFL and very good indeed for ESPN. Scoring 11.9 million viewers and a 4.1 rating among adults 18-49…

How to Watch 49ers-Packers Game on ‘Monday Night Football’ for Free

With football season officially underway, NFL fans are flocking to their TV sets, mobile phones, connected TVs, desktops, and laptops waiting for their favorite team to take the field. Tonight’s game is a face-off between the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:20 p.m. PT at Lambeau Field Stadium in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

However, not everyone has the cash to put down $50+ on a satellite subscription to watch the game. But with more consumers now turning to connected TVs and mobile devices for their daily dose of entertainment, the National Football League has made it easier for cord-cutters and cord-nevers to get their football fix without emptying out their piggy bank.

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While fans can watch this upcoming “Monday Night Football” game on the NFL network available on streaming platforms like FuboTV, DirecTV Now, PS Vue and Sling TV — they all charge a monthly subscription fee. The cheapest of these services is Sling TV, which includes the NFL Network in its “Blue” package for $25 per month. Of course, consumers can get around paying the monthly service fee by taking advantage of the free trial period that most of these platforms offer.

But if $25 per month doesn’t fit into your budget or canceling the service after its trial period is too much of a hassle, there is another way to watch the game without spending a dime — as long as you own a smartphone.

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Anyone with a smartphone can download the NFL, Yahoo Sports, AOL or Tumblr mobile apps and enjoy tonight’s “Monday Night Football” game at no cost. The same goes for all in market games including regular season and playoff games, and even the Super Bowl. The NFL announced the news in February.

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With football season officially underway, NFL fans are flocking to their TV sets, mobile phones, connected TVs, desktops, and laptops waiting for their favorite team to take the field. Tonight’s game is a face-off between the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:20 p.m. PT at Lambeau Field Stadium in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

However, not everyone has the cash to put down $50+ on a satellite subscription to watch the game. But with more consumers now turning to connected TVs and mobile devices for their daily dose of entertainment, the National Football League has made it easier for cord-cutters and cord-nevers to get their football fix without emptying out their piggy bank.

While fans can watch this upcoming “Monday Night Football” game on the NFL network available on streaming platforms like FuboTV, DirecTV Now, PS Vue and Sling TV — they all charge a monthly subscription fee. The cheapest of these services is Sling TV, which includes the NFL Network in its “Blue” package for $25 per month. Of course, consumers can get around paying the monthly service fee by taking advantage of the free trial period that most of these platforms offer.

But if $25 per month doesn’t fit into your budget or canceling the service after its trial period is too much of a hassle, there is another way to watch the game without spending a dime — as long as you own a smartphone.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the NFL, Yahoo Sports, AOL or Tumblr mobile apps and enjoy tonight’s “Monday Night Football” game at no cost. The same goes for all in market games including regular season and playoff games, and even the Super Bowl. The NFL announced the news in February.

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Even with the return of blockbuster Game of Thrones to the competition and without having to face Sunday Night Football for the first time since 2014, the Emmys continued its ratings downturn last night.
Snagging a 7.4/13 result in metered market ratin…

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NFL 2018 Opening Weekend Ratings: A Mixed Bag for TV Networks

The opening weekend for the 2018 NFL season received a mixed bag from Nielsen, with Sunday afternoon coverage on Fox and CBS improving from last year, while the primetime national games dipped from 2017.

ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” doubleheader saw drops for both the early and late windows, though the final scores could be blamed. The New York Jets’ 48-17 pasting of the Detroit Lions drew 10.3 million viewers, down more than 9 percent from last year (11.4 million). In the late game, the Los Angeles Rams ruined Jon Gruden’s return to the Oakland Raiders sideline with a dominating 33-13 victory, which drew 9.6 million viewers, down a slight 3 percent from last year (9.9 million).

Meanwhile, the Sunday afternoon results were much brighter for Fox and CBS.

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Fox saw increases in both its early and late-afternoon windows for its doubleheader on Sunday. The early window, which featured the Minnesota Vikings ending San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s undefeated streak in most TV markets, averaged 12.5 million viewers, an increase of 11 percent from last year. The late window, which featured the Carolina Panthers defeating the Dallas Cowboys in 80 percent of TV homes, drew 23.3 million, a slight 2 percent uptick from 2017.

CBS said it averaged 17.1 million viewers for its regional coverage on Sunday, its best opening week singleheader performance since 1998.

NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” opener posted 22.1 million viewers, down nine percent from last year. Last week, it saw its opening Thursday night kickoff game draw 19 million viewers, it’s least-viewed kickoff game since 2008.

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The NFL is coming off ratings declines, which are happening across all of television as changing viewer habits have eroded the traditional TV model. Live events, particularly the NFL, were seen as bulletproof to the cord-cutting phenomenon. The league is also facing a number of PR headwinds, most notably the controversy over player protests during the national anthem, and president Donald Trump’s continued insistence on using the protests and the league’s handling of them as political fodder.

Last week, Nike, the league’s official uniform maker, made Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started the protests in 2016, the face of its newest “Just Do It” campaign. The first commercial aired during both of NBC’s games.

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The opening weekend for the 2018 NFL season received a mixed bag from Nielsen, with Sunday afternoon coverage on Fox and CBS improving from last year, while the primetime national games dipped from 2017.

ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” doubleheader saw drops for both the early and late windows, though the final scores could be blamed. The New York Jets’ 48-17 pasting of the Detroit Lions drew 10.3 million viewers, down more than 9 percent from last year (11.4 million). In the late game, the Los Angeles Rams ruined Jon Gruden’s return to the Oakland Raiders sideline with a dominating 33-13 victory, which drew 9.6 million viewers, down a slight 3 percent from last year (9.9 million).

Meanwhile, the Sunday afternoon results were much brighter for Fox and CBS.

Fox saw increases in both its early and late-afternoon windows for its doubleheader on Sunday. The early window, which featured the Minnesota Vikings ending San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s undefeated streak in most TV markets, averaged 12.5 million viewers, an increase of 11 percent from last year. The late window, which featured the Carolina Panthers defeating the Dallas Cowboys in 80 percent of TV homes, drew 23.3 million, a slight 2 percent uptick from 2017.

CBS said it averaged 17.1 million viewers for its regional coverage on Sunday, its best opening week singleheader performance since 1998.

NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” opener posted 22.1 million viewers, down nine percent from last year. Last week, it saw its opening Thursday night kickoff game draw 19 million viewers, it’s least-viewed kickoff game since 2008.

The NFL is coming off ratings declines, which are happening across all of television as changing viewer habits have eroded the traditional TV model. Live events, particularly the NFL, were seen as bulletproof to the cord-cutting phenomenon. The league is also facing a number of PR headwinds, most notably the controversy over player protests during the national anthem, and president Donald Trump’s continued insistence on using the protests and the league’s handling of them as political fodder.

Last week, Nike, the league’s official uniform maker, made Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started the protests in 2016, the face of its newest “Just Do It” campaign. The first commercial aired during both of NBC’s games.

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Dallas Cowboys’ Jason Witten to Retire From NFL, Join ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football’

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is planning to retire from the NFL after 15 seasons and join ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” as an analyst, TheWrap has confirmed.

Witten will serve as the color commentator on the program, alongside play-by-play commentator Joe Tessitore. He steps in for Jon Gruden, who left ESPN to return to the NFL as coach of the Oakland (soon-to-be Las Vegas) Raiders back in January.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, citing unnamed sources, first reported Friday that Witten had met with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to discuss his retirement from the NFL, and had been in talks with multiple networks about becoming an analyst “for several weeks.”

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No official announcement about Witten’s plans has been made, and ESPN declined TheWrap’s request for comment.

Witten’s retirement from the NFL comes after 15 seasons and 239 games played. He is the franchise leader in both pass receptions (1,152) and yards (12,448).

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Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is planning to retire from the NFL after 15 seasons and join ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” as an analyst, TheWrap has confirmed.

Witten will serve as the color commentator on the program, alongside play-by-play commentator Joe Tessitore. He steps in for Jon Gruden, who left ESPN to return to the NFL as coach of the Oakland (soon-to-be Las Vegas) Raiders back in January.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, citing unnamed sources, first reported Friday that Witten had met with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to discuss his retirement from the NFL, and had been in talks with multiple networks about becoming an analyst “for several weeks.”

No official announcement about Witten’s plans has been made, and ESPN declined TheWrap’s request for comment.

Witten’s retirement from the NFL comes after 15 seasons and 239 games played. He is the franchise leader in both pass receptions (1,152) and yards (12,448).

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ESPN Analyst Sean McDonough on ‘Monday Night Football’ Exit: ‘It Wasn’t a Tremendous Amount of Fun’

Following last week’s announcement that Sean McDonough will no longer be in the booth for “Monday Night Football,” the analyst had some surprisingly candid comments to make about ESPN’s biggest sports property on Thursday.

McDonough told WEEI’s “Kirk & Callahan” that “MNF” was generally “one of the worst NFL games each week,” and said it was a challenge to make it sound “interesting and exciting.”

Jon Gruden’s former partner left the “MNF” booth after just two years, having replaced Mike Tirico in 2016. He has now signed a multi-year extension to his deal to rejoin ESPN’s college football team to call weekly games, as well as a College Football Playoff Semifinal and to assist with Masters coverage.

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“If you go back and look at the schedule, generally we got one of the worst NFL games each week. You’re trying to make something sound interesting and exciting that isn’t,” he said.

McDonough explained that part of the issue “was just the way the booth was set up the last two years. It was really geared around Jon Gruden,” he told WEEI. “That’s not unusual, TV really is an analyst-driven medium. Jon had a particular set of skills that he did really well, and foremost among them was analyzing the play, breaking down the play, ‘here’s why they ran that play, here’s why it worked, here’s what this guy did or didn’t do.’

“It was really football heavy, X and O heavy, and I think most play-by-play guys, all play-by-play guys, would’ve felt like a bit of a bystander,” he added.

It was announced in January that Gruden was departing “MNF” to sign a 10-year deal worth nearly $100 million to return as coach of the Oakland Raiders. Gruden previously coached the Raiders from 1998-2001, before heading to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002 — where he ironically beat Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII.

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McDonough said Thursday that when Gruden first left “MNF,” he assumed that he would stay on, but it became clear that ESPN executives had other ideas. However, he stressed that wasn’t because he’d been critical of the National Football League, as previously reported.

“I know there are people within the NFL who probably wish I talked less about the officiating, or whatever it was that rankled them. I was assured by people at ESPN as they were considering a reboot that that wasn’t really an issue,” McDonough said. “I’d like to think ESPN would ignore that. When you pay the league $2 billion per year, you ought to be able to pick who your own announcers are.”

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As for returning to his old gig on Saturdays, McDonough said: “I love college football. For me, it’s more fun, and that’s a personal taste.”

A spokesperson for ESPN declined TheWrap’s request to comment on McDonough’s interview with WEEI.

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Following last week’s announcement that Sean McDonough will no longer be in the booth for “Monday Night Football,” the analyst had some surprisingly candid comments to make about ESPN’s biggest sports property on Thursday.

McDonough told WEEI’s “Kirk & Callahan” that “MNF” was generally “one of the worst NFL games each week,” and said it was a challenge to make it sound “interesting and exciting.”

Jon Gruden’s former partner left the “MNF” booth after just two years, having replaced Mike Tirico in 2016. He has now signed a multi-year extension to his deal to rejoin ESPN’s college football team to call weekly games, as well as a College Football Playoff Semifinal and to assist with Masters coverage.

“If you go back and look at the schedule, generally we got one of the worst NFL games each week. You’re trying to make something sound interesting and exciting that isn’t,” he said.

McDonough explained that part of the issue “was just the way the booth was set up the last two years. It was really geared around Jon Gruden,” he told WEEI. “That’s not unusual, TV really is an analyst-driven medium. Jon had a particular set of skills that he did really well, and foremost among them was analyzing the play, breaking down the play, ‘here’s why they ran that play, here’s why it worked, here’s what this guy did or didn’t do.’

“It was really football heavy, X and O heavy, and I think most play-by-play guys, all play-by-play guys, would’ve felt like a bit of a bystander,” he added.

It was announced in January that Gruden was departing “MNF” to sign a 10-year deal worth nearly $100 million to return as coach of the Oakland Raiders. Gruden previously coached the Raiders from 1998-2001, before heading to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002 — where he ironically beat Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII.

McDonough said Thursday that when Gruden first left “MNF,” he assumed that he would stay on, but it became clear that ESPN executives had other ideas. However, he stressed that wasn’t because he’d been critical of the National Football League, as previously reported.

“I know there are people within the NFL who probably wish I talked less about the officiating, or whatever it was that rankled them. I was assured by people at ESPN as they were considering a reboot that that wasn’t really an issue,” McDonough said. “I’d like to think ESPN would ignore that. When you pay the league $2 billion per year, you ought to be able to pick who your own announcers are.”

As for returning to his old gig on Saturdays, McDonough said: “I love college football. For me, it’s more fun, and that’s a personal taste.”

A spokesperson for ESPN declined TheWrap’s request to comment on McDonough’s interview with WEEI.

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Jon Gruden Set to Leave ESPN for Oakland Raiders in $100 Million Deal

The modern voice of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” is heading from the broadcast booth back to the field.

Jon Gruden is expected to sign a 10-year deal worth nearly $100 million with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported.

Gruden previously coached the Raiders from 1998-2001, before heading to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002 — where he ironically beat Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII.

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Gruden will replace Jack Del Rio, who was fired after the regular-season finale on Sunday.

The NFL guru nicknamed “Chucky” (because he looks like the demonic character from “Child’s Play”) has been a longtime target for Raiders owner Mark Davis, dating back to when his late father, Al Davis, owned the team.

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If confirmed, Gruden’s deal will be the largest contract for a head coach in the NFL, and he will be running the most expensive coaching staff in NFL history, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Gruden’s staff are expected to get four-year contracts with at least one of those years in the Bay Area and the others coming in Las Vegas when the team relocates.

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Gruden’s last game coaching the Raiders was the infamous Tuck Rule game against the New England Patriots in January 2002. Tom Brady went on to lead the Patriots to victory in Super Bowl XXXVI, and four more times since the game. The Raiders have had only one two winning seasons since Gruden’s departure.

The Raiders have yet to comment on their choice of new head coach.

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The modern voice of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” is heading from the broadcast booth back to the field.

Jon Gruden is expected to sign a 10-year deal worth nearly $100 million with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported.

Gruden previously coached the Raiders from 1998-2001, before heading to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002 — where he ironically beat Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Gruden will replace Jack Del Rio, who was fired after the regular-season finale on Sunday.

The NFL guru nicknamed “Chucky” (because he looks like the demonic character from “Child’s Play”) has been a longtime target for Raiders owner Mark Davis, dating back to when his late father, Al Davis, owned the team.

If confirmed, Gruden’s deal will be the largest contract for a head coach in the NFL, and he will be running the most expensive coaching staff in NFL history, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Gruden’s staff are expected to get four-year contracts with at least one of those years in the Bay Area and the others coming in Las Vegas when the team relocates.

Gruden’s last game coaching the Raiders was the infamous Tuck Rule game against the New England Patriots in January 2002. Tom Brady went on to lead the Patriots to victory in Super Bowl XXXVI, and four more times since the game. The Raiders have had only one two winning seasons since Gruden’s departure.

The Raiders have yet to comment on their choice of new head coach.

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