Arizona Cardinals' Monday Night Football game vs Los Angeles Chargers comes with asterisk

After not having a primetime game last season, the Arizona Cardinals were given one when the official 2024 NFL schedule was released on Wednesday night.

But the game might come with an asterisk for some fans.


The announced Monday Night Football game between the Cardinals and Los Angeles Chargers at State Farm Stadium in Glendale in NFL Week 7 can only be seen nationally on ESPN+.

That's right, it's an exclusive to ESPN's streaming service for the national broadcast, which will likely limit many people's ability to watch the game throughout the country.

The game is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. Arizona time on Oct. 21, after the 5:15 p.m. scheduled kickoff between the Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which will be shown on ESPN and ABC.

It is the only NFL game currently scheduled to be broadcast exclusively on ESPN+ this season.

If you live in Arizona, however, you will have a local option to watch the Monday Night Football game as a local over-the-air channel will carry the game. Details for which channel will be released at a later date.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Why is Chargers vs Cardinals NFL Monday Night Football game on ESPN+?