Monday Night Football (Sky Sports)

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Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football Logo.jpg
Presented by David Jones
Gary Neville
Jamie Carragher
Opening theme Fluke – "Absurd"
Country of origin United Kingdom
Running time Variable
Original network Sky Sports
Picture format 576i (PAL) (1992-2005)
1080i (HDTV) (2005-)
Original release 17 August 1992 – May 2007
August 2010 – present
External links

Monday Night Football (MNF) (known as bet365 Monday Night Football for sponsorship reasons) is a football programme on Sky Sports which broadcasts live English football from the Premier League.

Original run[edit]

Sky television's acquisition of rights to broadcast live Premier League football from the start of the 1992–93 season saw them attempt innovations such as digital on-screen graphics (DOG) and Monday Night live games. The first Monday Night Football game broadcast was between Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers on 17 August 1992, which ended in a 1-1 draw.[1] To give the broadcasts a different look to Sky's Ford Super Sunday strand, the broadcaster introduced the Sky Strikers, a dance troupe similar to American cheerleaders.[2] This pre-match and half-time entertainment was dropped after the first season.

The show had a number of different formats after its launch. The first change led to the merging of Andy Gray's Boot Room format into the show; analysing the previous weekend's football matches utilising the latest computer technology combined with Gray's individual analysis. As the UEFA Champions League gained in importance for Premier League clubs, the number of games played on Monday night declined. Sky Sports then reverted to a format similar to that of Ford Super Sunday with a presenter (Jeff Stelling) and studio guests.

In 2004–05, the analysis section was then incorporated into an additional programme shown after Ford Super Sunday called Ford Super Sunday: The Last Word.

The show ended after the 2006–07 season when Setanta and subsequently ESPN obtained the rights for Monday night Premier League games.

Current run[edit]

Monday Night Football returned from the 2010–11 season after BSkyB regained the rights to Monday night Premier League games. The games broadcast kick off at 8:00pm on Monday nights. It will also be the first time the show is broadcast in High Definition on Sky Sports HD. Due to the structure of the broadcasting packages for the 2010–13 seasons, Sky will show a minimum of 12 live Premier League games on Monday nights.[3]

Before the departures of Richard Keys and Andy Gray, the programme had a different appearance to Super Sunday, presented by Keys and Gray from a purpose-built studio with Andy Gray's analysis also returning from its Sunday evening slot. After the pair's unscheduled departure from Sky in January 2011, the first half-hour of analysis was dropped, and for the remainder of the season the show was presented from the stadium in largely the same format as Sunday or midweek Premier League matches with a rotation of presenters and pundits, although the distinct "MNF" branding and graphics were retained.

Ed Chamberlin was given the presenting role for the 2011–12 season, with Gary Neville as the new analyst. The show also returned to its previous format in the purpose-built analysis studio, with Chamberlin and Neville carrying out the same roles as Keys and Gray the previous season.[4]

In 2013, Jamie Carragher joined the Monday Night Football show, to form a regular three-man line-up alongside Chamberlin and Neville, after having announced his retirement from football at the end of the 2012–13 season.[5] The first Monday Night Football of the 2013-14 season and Jamie Carragher's first appearance aired on 19 August 2013 with the Manchester City against Newcastle United game. Manchester City won the game 4–0.[6]

Following Neville's appointment as head coach of Valencia in December 2015, he left the show to focus on his managerial duties. After leaving Valencia in March 2016 due to a poor run of results Neville's return to Sky in his previous role was confirmed on 10 August 2016 ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League football season. He made his on air return on the 14 August edition of Super Sunday. David Jones also took over as anchor presenter from Chamberlin who had left Sky to take over ITV's horse racing coverage.