ESPN And NFL Close To New Broadcasting Deal
With the success of Monday Night Footballís move to cable, many have been speculating about the possibility of ESPN eventually getting at least one early round playoff game. The sports juggernaut devotes far more talk time on a daily basis to the National Football League, but with more viewers having access to CBS and FOX, the possible change is a little bit tricky. All of this confusion finally became a little more clear today with the fruits of recent NFL/ Disney negotiations finally becoming public.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two sides are very close on the parameters of a long-term agreement that would see football stay on ESPN through 2022 or 2023. The deal would pay the NFL just under two billion dollars a season for the broadcast rights. SportsBusinessDaily is reporting that the terms represent a roughly forty percent increase, though they reportedly open the door for at least one yearly playoff game to eventually be played on ESPN.
The pros and cons of moving postseason football to cable will likely be debated for years to come, but thereís no question itís a win-win for the NFL to continue working closely with ESPN. The partnership lends credibility to both sides, and itís a no-brainer to move forward together.
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