The Walt Disney Company Kicks Off the NFL’s Biggest Season Ever  

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The Walt Disney Company Kicks Off the NFL’s Biggest Season Ever  

 

  • Multi-Platform NFL Content Available Anytime, Anywhere
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  • Fans in the Caribbean will be able to see all the Sunday Night & Monday Night NFL games that are offered on ESPN & ESPN2 live in the ESPN App.

 

 

The Walt Disney Company kicks off the NFL’s ‘Biggest Season Ever’ with content featured across all platforms and a Monday Night Football MegaCast of the NFL’s Week 1 finale: Baltimore Ravens vs. Las Vegas Raiders.

 

Play-by-play voice Steve Levy will call the 16th season of MNF on ESPN with analysts Brian Griese and Louis Riddick, officiating analyst John Parry and sideline reporter Lisa Salters. New in 2021, the MNF Operations crew will document game action with an ARRI Trinity camera stabilizer system supporting a Sony FX-9 camera, high-speed SkyCam, new virtual line-to-gain technology, an XD air/ENG camera and an EVS Xeebra in the booth. Xeebra is a multicam review system that provides ESPN commentators with the ability to review several angles of action efficiently and synchronized with each other. Also new this season, Award-winning artist Drake will work with ESPN to curate music for MNF, which will run in promotional spots, live telecasts and pre-game shows for 10 games this season, starting this week. Additionally, ABC will simulcast select MNF games throughout the season, beginning with Week 1.

 

The 52nd season of MNF, which includes 19 regular-season games highlighting all 14 playoff teams from last season,

 

NFL MONDAYS

 

NFL Live (4-5 p.m. ET): Laura Rutledge and NFL analysts Mina Kimes, Dan Orlovsky, Marcus Spears Keyshawn Johnson and Ryan Clark and Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter cover NFL news each weekday with a focus on X’s and O’s, analytics, film and fun.

 

Monday Night Countdown (6-8 p.m. ET): Suzy Kolber, Pro Football Hall of Famers Randy Moss and Steve Young, two-time Super Bowl champion Booger McFarland and Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter return to MNF sidelines in 2021. The two-hour pregame show will originate from two sets on the field and include new NFL analyst Alex Smith on select weeks as well as features from NFL reporter Michelle Beisner-Buck. Plus, 43-year ESPN veteran Chris Berman will count down the best plays of the week. In addition to the up to 18 shared cameras between game and studio, ESPN’s Studio Operations team will leverage eight cameras, including two virtual jibs, a SteadiCam and an RF Sony A1 mounted on a Ronin rig to provide a shallow depth of field picture with up-close access of all pre-game sights and sounds from inside and outside of the stadium.

 

Additionally, during MNF halftimes, Suzy Kolber, Booger McFarland and Adam Schefter will share NFL news and first-half reactions, while Chris Berman returns with “The Fastest Three Minutes” of NFL highlights.

 

Monday Night NFL Schedule

 

Air Date (EST) Start Time (EST) Competitor Network
Mon 9/20/2021 8:15 PM Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers ESPN
Mon 9/27/2021 8:15 PM Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys ESPN
Mon 10/4/2021 8:15 PM Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers ESPN
Mon 10/11/2021 8:15 PM Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens ESPN
Mon 10/18/2021 8:15 PM Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans ESPN
Mon 10/25/2021 8:15 PM New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks ESPN
Mon 11/1/2021 8:15 PM New York Giants vs. Kansas City Chiefs ESPN
Mon 11/8/2021 8:15 PM Chicago Bears vs. Pittsburgh Steelers ESPN
Mon 11/15/2021 8:15 PM Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers ESPN
Mon 11/22/2021 8:15 PM New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers ESPN
Mon 11/29/2021 8:15 PM Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Football Team ESPN
Mon 12/6/2021 8:15 PM New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills ESPN
Mon 12/13/2021 8:15 PM Los Angeles Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals ESPN
Mon 12/20/2021 8:15 PM Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears ESPN
Mon 12/27/2021 8:15 PM Miami Dolphins vs. New Orleans Saints ESPN
Mon 1/3/2022 8:15 PM Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers ESPN
Sat 1/8/2022 4:15 PM Matchup TBD ESPN
Sat 1/8/2022 8:15 PM Matchup TBD ESPN

 

NFL SUNDAYS

 

Sunday NFL Countdown (10 a.m. ET): Sam Ponder – who kicks off her 10th football season at ESPN on Sept. 12, Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss, three-time Super Bowl champion Tedy Bruschi, 18-year NFL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck – who will be inducted into the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor this season, former NFL head coach Rex Ryan, and Senior NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter all return for their third season together and second year at Seaport District Studio in New York.

 

New in 2021, NFL analyst Alex Smith will contribute to the pre-game show on select weeks; his interview with former teammate and current Chief’s quarterback Patrick Mahomes airs Week 1.

 

Countdown will also include live updates from ESPN NFL reporters stationed at stadiums round the League. Week 1 assignments are as follows: Jeff Darlington (covering Green Bay vs. New Orleans in Jacksonville), Dan Graziano (Seattle at Indianapolis), Kimberley A. Martin (Cleveland at Kansas City), Sal Paolantonio (Pittsburgh at Buffalo), Mike Reiss (Miami at New England), Lindsey Thiry (Chicago at Los Angeles Rams) and Ed Werder (Arizona at Tennessee). Additionally, Dianna Russini, who is currently on maternity leave, will return to Countdown later this season.

 

Fantasy Football Now (10 a.m. ET): Field Yates, senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry and senior writer and injury analyst Stephania Bell return for their second season together with contributions from writer and analyst Mike Clay. NFL analyst Damien Woody, Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter and ESPN’s team of NFL reporters will also make weekly appearances. The award-winning pre-game show debuts Sept. 12 on ESPNEWS and will move to ESPN2 at about 10:50 a.m. ET.

 

New in 2021, SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt (11:30 p.m. ET or midnight) expands to 90 minutes. NFL analyst Tim Hasselbeck returns to provide a quarterback’s take on the day’s games.

 

Sunday Night NFL Schedule

 

Air Date (EST) Start Time (EST) Competitor Network
Thu 9/9/2021 8:15 PM Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers ESPN
Sun 9/12/2021 8:15 PM Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams ESPN
Sun 9/19/2021 8:15 PM Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens ESPN
Sun 9/26/2021 8:15 PM Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers ESPN
Sun 10/3/2021 8:15 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New England Patriots ESPN
Sun 10/10/2021 8:15 PM Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs ESPN
Sun 10/17/2021 8:15 PM Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers ESPN
Sun 10/24/2021 8:15 PM Indianapolis Colts vs. San Francisco 49ers ESPN
Sun 10/31/2021 8:15 PM Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings ESPN2
Sun 11/7/2021 8:15 PM Tennessee Titans vs. Los Angeles Rams ESPN
Sun 11/14/2021 8:15 PM Kansas City Chiefs vs. Las Vegas Raiders ESPN
Sun 11/21/2021 8:15 PM Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Chargers ESPN
Sun 11/28/2021 8:15 PM Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens ESPN
Sun 12/5/2021 8:15 PM San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks ESPN
Sun 12/12/2021 8:15 PM Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers ESPN
Sun 12/19/2021 8:15 PM New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers ESPN
Sun 12/26/2021 8:15 PM Washington Football Team vs. Dallas Cowboys ESPN
Sun 1/2/2022 8:15 PM Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers ESPN
Sun 1/9/2022 8:15 PM Matchup TBD ESPN

 

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