|Thursday, February 28, 2002|
MNF adds Madden to cast
Legendary NFL analyst John Madden will join sports television's preeminent play-by-play announcer Al Michaels in the ABC's NFL Monday Night Football broadcast booth beginning in the 2002 season, it was announced Thursday by ABC Sports President Howard Katz.
"This has the potential to be the most dynamic announcing team in sports television history, " said Katz. "Al and John are the best at what they do. Putting them together creates the ultimate 'dream team'. This is a great day for ABC Sports."
"I've always had it in the back of my mind that someday I would like to do MNF," said Madden. "If you are a broadcaster its something that you would always think of doing."
John Madden joins ABC Sports after spending the last 21 years as a NFL game analyst for Fox and CBS where he garnered 13 Emmy Awards for outstanding sports personality/analyst. Prior to his announcing days, Madden registered a 103-32-7 record as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders from 1969-1978 and led the Raiders to victory in Super Bowl XI. Madden currently has the best winning percentage (.750) of any head coach in NFL history.
Al Michaels, one of television's most respected journalists, has been the play-by-play announcer on Monday Night Football since 1986 and is widely acclaimed for his knowledgeable and insightful reporting. He has earned many accolades, including four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Personality and three National Sportscasters and Sports Writers Association Awards.
Joining Al and John will be sideline reporter Melissa Stark who is returning for her third Monday Night Football season.
Monday Night Football, which will enter its 33rd season is the longest-running, most successful primetime sports series in television history. Last year MNF finished the season in the top-10 among all primetime shows on network television for the 12th consecutive season and first in the key male demographics. ABC Sports is the home of Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego in 2003.
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