It's May, but it's already time for an NFL playoff announcement. After ESPN grabbed the rights to broadcast an NFL playoff game for the first time last year, they'll be doing it again this coming season.
ESPN announced Tuesday they will again televise a Wild Card playoff game during the 2015-16 season. The game, as well as ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown pre-game show, will also be simulcast on ABC for the first time. This season's NFL Wild Card Weekend is January 9-10, 2016.
Earlier this year, ESPN televised its first NFL playoff game in the company’s 36-year history. The game featured the Carolina Panthers’ scoring a 27-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
The decision to simulcast the Wild Card game was made in conjunction with the NFL to maximize the audience across the two networks. Home to Monday Night Football for 35 years (1970-2005), the Wild Card will be ABC’s first NFL game in 10 years, since Super Bowl XL on Feb. 5, 2006.
ESPN’s MNF team of Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and sideline reporter Lisa Salters will call the Wild Card game.