Sept 21, 1970. Following the complete merger of the American Football League and the National Football League, ABC joined CBS and NBC in televising weekly games with the debut of Monday Night Football. The show began as an experiment but soon became an institution. Announcers Howard Cosell, Keith Jackson and Don Meredith called the first game, a 31 21 victory by the Cleveland Browns over the New York Jets. On Dec 26, 2005, Monday Night Football made its final telecast on ABC. In 2006, it moved to the cable channel ESPN.
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