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Choose an answer from the three choices and True or False offered after each question and then "Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.

1. Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. Originally airing on the ABC network from 1970 to 2005, Monday Night Football was the second longest running prime time show on American broadcast network television (after CBS' 60 Minutes) and one of the highest-rated, particularly among male viewers. ABC aired a total of 555 Monday night games. What is the longest prime time show?

  • Meet the Press
  • 60 Minutes
  • Ed Sullivan Show

2. After the final contract for Monday Night Football was signed, ABC Sports producer Roone Arledge immediately saw possibilities for the new show. Setting out to create an entertainment �spectacle� as much as a simple sports broadcast. Who did Arledge hired as director?

  • Chet Forte
  • Galen Hall
  • Mark Reynold

3. Who was the original play-by-play man?

  • Curt Gowdy
  • Vin Scully
  • Keith Jackson

4. Roone Arledge's original choice for the third member of the trio, Frank Gifford, was unavailable since he was still under contract to CBS Sports. Who did Gifford recommend?

  • Al DeRogatis
  • Don Meredith
  • Paul Christman

5. Controversial New York sports broadcaster Howard Cosell was the commentator.

  • True or False?

6. Monday Night Football first aired on ABC with a game between the New York Jets and the Browns in Cleveland. What was the date of the first broadcast?

  • September 7, 1970
  • September 14, 1970
  • September 21, 1970

7. Who did Roone Arledge pick as play-by-play during the second season, replacing Keith Jackson serving as college football play-by-play?

  • Frank Gifford
  • Pat Summerall
  • Johnny Pearson

8. In 1975, who became the next color analyst on Monday Night Football?

  • Fred Williamson
  • Moses Malone
  • Abe Gibbons

9. The new color commentator did not make it through the preseason. Who became the new broadcaster on the Monday Night Football team?

  • Alex Karras
  • John Madden
  • Ira Hayes

10. When did Howard Cosell leave the Monday Night Football booth?

  • 1980
  • 1982
  • 1984

Check Your Answers 

  1. 60 Minutes
  2. Chet Forte
  3. Keith Jackson
  4. Don Meredith
  5. True
  6. September 21, 1970
  7. Frank Gifford
  8. Fred Williamson
  9. Alex Karras
  10. 1984

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