Better Games Could Save ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football’
Even when the NFL schedule is released, good games aren't guaranteed.
We know it won’t be Brett Favre, but whether it’s Kurt Warner, Rex Ryan, Matt Hasselbeck, Booger McFarland, Louis Riddick or Joe Thomas who joins “Monday Night Football,” it won’t change the program’s plummeting ratings.
Unless, of course, ESPN gets some decent Monday night games for once.
It’s tricky to know at this point if the network will or not as, even though we’ll find out the NFL schedule later today (including all of the “MNF” matchups), there’s no way to know at this juncture whether the games will be any good or not.
Due to injuries, suspensions and roster moves, things change in the NFL on a week-to-week basis and games that look like they’d be good in August are rendered stinkers by December.
That’s a big problem for ESPN, which saw its Monday games average a 6.8 rating and attract an average of 10.8 million viewers in 2017, the lowest-watched “MNF” season in history.
If that changes this year, it won’t be with any help from the program’s first game of the year, a matchup that will reportedly pit the buzz-less Detroit Lions against the mediocre New York Jets.
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