|Monday, August 4, 2003|
MNF announces 2003 Preseason schedule
ABC Sports Online
ABC's NFL Monday Night Football, the most successful and longest-running primetime sports series in television history, will kick off its 34th season with three preseason games, including an AUGUST 18 appearance by the Super Bowl XXXVII champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
ABC Sports begins its 2003 NFL schedule with coverage of the annual AFC-NFC Hall of Fame Game from Canton, Ohio, featuring the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers. Former Chiefs head coach Hank Stram and former Raiders/Chiefs RB Marcus Allen will be among those inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Game airs MONDAY, AUGUST 4 (8 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
ABC Sports' second preseason telecast sees the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- who stunned the Oakland Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego -- travel to St. Louis to take on the St. Louis Rams, with former NFL MVP's Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk, on MONDAY, AUGUST 18 (8 p.m., ET).
The third and final game in ABC's pre-season coverage will see the Denver Broncos host Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts on MONDAY, AUGUST 25 (8 p.m., ET).
Last year Monday Night Football finished the season in the top-10 (8th) among all primetime shows on network television for the 13th consecutive season, and finished first in the key male demographics.
The entire schedule of "Monday Night Football", beginning with the Hall of Fame Game on August 4 (8:00 p.m., ET), will be available in HDTV
Currently, 130 of ABC's owned and affiliated stations are broadcasting digital TV, covering 82% of the nation, with 102 of those stations broadcasting in HDTV. All of ABC's HDTV programs use 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format.
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