After 35 years, Monday Night Football's run on ABC. Under the terms of the new broadcast deal that the NFL signed on Monday, ESPN will broadcast MNF starting with the 2006 season. ESPN's deal runs for eight seasons and calls for the games to be aired at 8:40 p.m. The pact also will bring the NFL back to NBC after a six-year absence: The Peacock will take over Sunday night games from ESPN for the next six years. ( NBC will also get the 2009 and 2012 Super Bowls.) The deal leaves ABC, which is losing $150 million a year on the MNF deal it signed in 1998, as the only one of the four major networks without the NFL. Said NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol, "A great deal with the NFL is the best deal you can get in television."
To planting a bomb in Atlanta's Centennial Park during the 1996 Olympics, Eric Rudolph. The former Army explosives expert pleaded guilty in federal court last week to the Olympic bombing as well as three other bombings of two women's clinics and a gay nightclub. Rudolph, 38, said the Olympic bombing was intended to shut down the Games and embarrass the U.S. government. One person was killed and 111 injured in the Olympic attack. Rudolph, who eluded capture until being arrested in 2003, was sentenced to four consecutive life sentences without parole.
At age 45 after a two-year fight with intestinal cancer, Panthers linebackers coach Sam Mills. An undersized (5'9", 225 pounds) linebacker, Mills played in the USFL for three seasons before having a successful 12-year NFL career with the Saints and Carolina, during which he made the Pro Bowl five times. He joined the Panthers' staff in 1998 and, after learning he had cancer before the 2003 season, he continued to coach between chemotherapy treatments. "I'm around something I enjoy, and that is very important," Mills told the St. Paul Pioneer Press in February 2004. "As long as I have the power in me to go ahead and continue to coach, I will."