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Monday Night Mayhem 2002

Gifford. Cosell. Meredith. There was more action in the booth than on the field.
The early years of a television sports powerhouse are chronicled as ABC becomes a player in the NFL coverage by putting their full resources into a major showcase. Executive Roone Arledge (John Heard) recruits former Dallas Cowboys quarterback 'Dandy' Don Meredith (Brad Beyer), along with Keith Jackson (Shuler Hensley), and the combative Howard Cosell (John Turturro) as commentators for the broadcasts, which become funny, odd trio events to millions of viewers. Jackson departs the show after the first year to take over the network's focus on college football, and former New York Giants star Frank Gifford (Kevin Anderson) takes his place, ruffling Cosell's feathers. Then things get really crazy!

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This is the wonderful story of birth and early years of MNF. Told very well, it gives the behind the scenes tug of war between ABC, the NFL, money, production crew and on air personalities. Biggest of all was Howard Cosell. I've actually watched it several times.

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