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ESPN, NFL sign new 'Monday Night' deal

Sept. 8, 2011 at 1:18 PM

BRISTOL, Conn., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- ESPN says it has renewed its "Monday Night Football" contract with the NFL for nearly $15.2 billion through 2021.

The eight-year extension will see ESPN paying $1.9 billion a year, 73 percent more than the $1.1 billion a year it has been spending for "Monday Night," The New York Times reported Thursday.

The agreement includes 17 MNF games a season through 2021, an additional 500 hours of new NFL-branded studio programming and rights for ESPN Spanish language and international networks, including regular season, playoff games and the Super Bowl in 144 countries, ESPN said in a release.

"Today, we've secured cable's most valuable television franchise, along with an enhanced international package of year-round multimedia rights," ESPN/ABC Sports president George Bodenheimer said.

The extension was announced by Bodenheimer and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

"We are proud to extend our three-decade partnership with ESPN," Goodell said.

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