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Madden leaving ABC for NBC's Sunday Night Football

Updated: June 16, 2005, 9:38 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- John Madden was the first announcer Dick Ebersol thought of when NBC acquired the rights to the NFL's Sunday night package.

In mid-May, Ebersol went to California to talk with the popular analyst and try to convince him to join NBC when the network begins broadcasting the NFL again in 2006. The work paid off.

On Wednesday, NBC announced it had signed Madden to a six-year deal to be the network's lead analyst for their NFL coverage.

"We're just positively ...

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