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Monday Night Football is a live broadcast from the National Football League that features two teams playing against each other in primetime television. The popular featured football game is broadcasted on ESPN and was implemented in 1970, originally airing on ABC. A game was moved from the typical Sunday broadcasts of the National Football League in an attempt to increase viewers and provide a game for all of America to be able to watch.

From the beginning of its broadcast in 1970 it has been a very popular addition and has sparked the addition of the now common Thursday Night Football. Since the addition of this iconic Monday night primetime game, it has been a huge success and is hands down the most watched game of the week. In addition to this it trumps all other programs in its time slot and is watched from cities and towns all across the country.

The National Football League typically takes a few things into account when it makes the match ups for Monday night football games. The league and the commissioner identify certain rivalries and evenly matched teams from the previous season. They then match these teams to play in front of the nation on a huge stage to create a game that many people look forward to each and every week. The National Football league will often match division rivals and playoff match ups from the previous season, providing a chance for a losing team in the playoffs to avenge their loss in the current season.

Since the National Football League implemented this iconic game into the spotlight on Monday night it has been a huge success. Although the station broadcasting the program has changed from ABC to ESPN, the number of viewers and the overall rating of the program has not changed. Without question Monday Night Football is a game that is not going anywhere and will continue to be a heavy weight primetime fight that National Football League fans look forward to all week.

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Chris Brown Addresses Ray Rice Abuse Scandal: 'It's All About the Choices'

Just about everyone has something to say, good or bad, about the Ray Rice scandal...Chris Brown included. The pop star weighed in on the issue following Rice's firing from the Baltimore Ravens and suspension from the NFL after a video of him punching his then-fiancee in an elevator surfaced. "I think it’s all about the choices you make," Brown said in an interview with MTV News. "With me, I deal with a lot of anger issues from my past — not knowing how to express myself verbally but at the same time not knowing how to cope with my emotions and deal with them and understand what they were.

Michael Sam, First Openly Gay Player in NFL, Officially Signs with Dallas Cowboys

It's official: The first openly gay player has signed with an NFL team! Michael Sam, who made headlines late last year when he came out as gay as he was leaving University of Missouri, has been signed by the Dallas Cowboys. However, Sam is not yet part of the active roster for the team and will be on the practice squad for now. For a while, Sam's NFL prospects were looking bleak: he had originally been drafted by the St. Louis Rams, who later cut him following the end of the preseason.

Michael Sam Gets Drafted, Becomes First Openly Gay Player in NFL: Watch the Tearjerker Video

NFL history was made today; but this football first had nothing to do with the record books. With the 255th pick of the 2014 draft, the St. Louis Rams chose former University of Missouri football player Michael Sam. It's not often that something especially notable happens in the last few picks of the draft, but in this case, it meant the drafting of the first openly gay NFL player. Sam came out earlier this year, about a month after the completion of the college bowl season. The defensive lineman had just been named Defensive Player of the Year in the SEC, and was preparing to enter the draft.

NFL Ends Lockout, Hires Back Referees

When the replacement NFL referees blew a game-deciding call in this week's Monday Night Football matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks, there was one refrain that you heard on repeat on ESPN: it would not have any bearing on the negotiations to end the lockout between the refs and the NFL. Well, so much for that. About 48 hours later, the NFL, the referees and their union have reached an agreement to end the lockout and get the referees back to work. Commissioner Roger Goodell released the following statement on the matter: "Our officials will be back on the field starting tomorrow night.

Nickelback Responds to Thanksgiving Petition with Funny or Die Video

Admittedly, when I found out that Nickelback was going to be playing at halftime on Thanksgiving during the Lions/Packers game, I was pretty upset. As a Lions fan, I want our annual tradition to be marked with a performance from a respected band, or at the very least a musician who is a native of Detroit (this is why Kid Rock was fine last year). And as a fan of good music, I would rather that Nickelback not exist at all. But as much as I, and I'm sure many of you out there, hate Nickelback, their latest move was pretty awesome.

Listen: Hank Williams Jr. Strikes Back With an Anti-Fox and ESPN Song 'Keep the Change'

Hell hath no fury like a Hank Jr. scorned. Country star Hank Williams Jr., who was booted from his role as "Monday Night Football" intro spoke-singer after controversial comments comparing President Obama to Hitler on "Fox and Friends," has released a scathing song criticizing both Fox and ESPN for their respective roles in the events and urging a boycott of both networks by his fans. No "Monday Night Football" and no conservative news chat? Sounds like a tall order for country music fans.

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'Monday Night Football' Pulls Hank Williams Jr. Intro Song for Good

All Hank Williams Jr.'s rowdy friends will no longer be here on Monday night, according to a recent statement from ESPN. The network had pulled the Williams Jr.-written "Are Your Ready for Some Football" song from a recent airing of "Monday Night Football" after controversial statements comparing President Obama to Hitler, but was reviewing whether or not they wanted continue using the song in the future. Apparently, they decided to fire Williams Jr. and cease using his song, even after the singer offered further clarification about his earlier statements, which he admitted were "extreme.

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Hank Williams, Jr. Sorry He Compared Obama To Hitler

Hank Williams Jr. has apologized for comparing President Barack Obama to Adolph Hitler during a Fox News morning show appearance. Conspicuous by its timing, Williams issued his apology after ESPN publicly announced that the "Worldwide Leader in Sports" was yanking his famous "Are You Read For Some Football?" opening from the network's live Oct. 3 game. During a guest appearance on the right-leaning News Corp. network's morning show "Fox & Friends," Ol' Bocephus likened a recent golf round between Obama and Speaker Of The House John Boehner to being "like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.

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Brett Favre Fined But Not Suspended From NFL Over Jenn Sterger Incident

Brett Favre got an expensive addition to his phone bill today. For his lack of cooperation in the NFL’s investigation of him sexting New York Jets TV personality Jenn Sterger, he was fined $50K. Ouch. $50 grand because he would not give away details to incriminate himself. He must have a lot to hide if he is willing to pay the fine to stay out of trouble! Brett is accused of sending inappropriate text pictures of himself to the NY Jets trainer at the time, Jenn. She supposedly brushed him off.

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