ESPN has secured the broadcast rights of the first NFL Monday night playoff game after the sports broadcasting giant signed a five-year agreement with the league, beginning this season.
The announcement was made by ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro at the CAA World Congress of Sport, according to the Associated Press. The NFL had announced last month that it had decided to move the Saturday early afternoon game on wild-card weekend to Monday night.
There will be two games on Saturday, with one kicking off at 4:35 pm and the second one at 8:15 pm ET. Sunday will see three games, a 1:05 pm kickoff, a 4:40 pm kickoff, and the third game starting at 8:15 pm ET. The Monday night game will start on Monday at 8:15 pm ET.
The Monday night game will also air on ABC while ESPN2 will feature an alternate feed with Peyton and Eli Manning.
CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said before the season started that CBS will have the Sunday late afternoon game, which will again feature a kids-focused broadcast on Nickelodeon. NBC is expected to have the Sunday night game as one of its two that weekend.
CBS also has two games while Fox and ESPN/ABC have one apiece. ESPN and ABC will also have a Saturday doubleheader the final week of the regular season.
(With AP inputs)