ESPN to commemorate the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary on Monday Nights
Sixteen Classic Tracks to be part of ESPN’s Monday Night Football Coverage This Fall
The Rolling Stones have announced the November release of GRRR!, a greatest hits collection to
mark five decades of the Greatest Rock’n'Roll Band In The World. Now, ESPN will commemorate The
Rolling Stones’ 50th Anniversary on Monday nights throughout the National Football League season this
fall with Legend to Legend, a unique collaboration with the Universal Music Group that will combine
Monday Night Football highlights with classic tracks from the legendary band featuring Mick Jagger, Keith
Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood.
ESPN is licensing 16 Rolling Stones tracks, spanning the early 1970’s release of Exile on Main
St. through the mid 2000’s A Bigger Bang. The songs will be a mix of popular hits and deep cuts,
including “It’s Only Rock’n Roll”, “Hot Stuff” and “One Hit (To the Body)”. Four different songs will be
selected per month and will be used for four weeks at a time on ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown
pregame show (6:30 p.m. ET), on bumpers and teases within the Monday Night Football game (8:30
p.m.), and in a post-MNF game highlight segment on SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship highlights, news and
Legend to Legend will debut Monday, Sept. 10 when ESPN kicks off the 43rd season of Monday Night
Football with two games at a special time: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens (7 p.m.) and San
Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders (10:15 p.m.). Countdown begins at 5 p.m. The schedule continues
throughout ESPN’s 16-week NFL schedule, which concludes on Saturday, Dec. 22.
Legend to Legend elements will be identified with a branded logo and high-end animation within
Monday Night Countdown and SportsCenter, highlighting “The 50 Years of the Stones” and incorporating
the band’s signature tongue logo.
“We’re very proud that the Rolling Stones chose ESPN’s Monday Night Football to play a major role in
their 50th Anniversary celebration; sports and music fans alike will enjoy the combination of these two
pop culture legends – the most successful prime time sports series in the history of television and the
world’s greatest rock and roll band to supply music for our season-long soundtrack,” said Bob Toms,
ESPN vice president of production enhancements, who oversees the ESPN Music department.