Connect with us

Sports TV News

DirecTV Reportedly Unlikely To Keep Sunday Ticket

“Whoever ends up with NFL Sunday Ticket, the only sure thing is probably that the price is going to skyrocket.”

Published

on

We may soon find out just how valuable out of market NFL games are. John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that NFL Sunday Ticket is likely to hit the open market in the next round of NFL media negotiations.

“DirecTV pays an average of $1.5 billion per year for an exclusive deal that ends after the 2022 regular season,” Ourand writes. “The NFL currently is negotiating a new deal, and sources say that DirecTV has showed tepid interest, at best. Right now, it seems virtually certain that DirecTV will not have the out-of-market package exclusively. Sources say it is likely that DirecTV will take a pass on the package altogether.”

The future of NFL Sunday Ticket is certainly going to be interesting. Is the NFL considering one broadcast and one streaming partner for out of market games? Is it considering splitting the games in half and forcing fans to pay for two different packages to get every game?

Plenty of suitors are expected to step forward and Ourand reports that all of the expected streaming giants are ready to bid. The NFL already has a relationship with Amazon. Disney could use an NFL Sunday Ticket ticket deal for ESPN+ to lure a Super Bowl to ABC in the event it is shut out on picking up a second TV package. Other possibilities include Peacock and Apple TV+.

Jay Rigdon of Awful Announcing floats an interesting idea for a landing spot. DirecTV has always marketed itself as a cable alternative. Could NFL Sunday Ticket end up at a 21st century cable alternative like YouTubeTV? The service did add a premium sports tier last year that includes the Red Zone channel.

Whoever ends up with NFL Sunday Ticket, the only sure thing is probably that the price is going to skyrocket. ESPN pays $2 billion for Monday Night Football alone. Sure, that price also gets the network wall-to-wall highlights, the NFL Draft, and the Pro Bowl, but even all of that should cost considerably less than every single out-of-market game and something like NFL Red Zone.

Sports TV News

After Losing Out On Big Ten Rights, ESPN Turns Focus to NCAA Championships

According to Front Office Sports, ESPN’s contract for 29 NCAA Championships ends in 2024.

Published

on

After reportedly losing out on the Big Ten’s television rights, ESPN is reportedly turning to securing the NCAA Championship rights from hitting the open market.

According to Front Office Sports, ESPN’s contract for 29 NCAA Championships ends in 2024. Those 29 championships include everything from Women’s basketball to ice hockey, wrestling, softball, and baseball. The network pays a reported $34 million for the rights to broadcast those championship events.

However, according to a study commissioned by the NCAA reveals that the women’s basketball tournament could be worth anywhere from $81 million to $112 million per year by its lonesome. The NCAA is reportedly considering selling the women’s basketball tournament rights as a standalone product in the next negotiation.

Sources told Front Office Sports ESPN remains interested in striking deals with the Pac-12 and Big 12 media rights, as well as renewing a deal for the College Football Playoff.

The news comes after Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand reported ESPN declined a final offer from the Big Ten for a portion of the conference’s media rights. The reported deal was seven years and $380 million per year.

Continue Reading

Sports TV News

ESPN Announces The Return of Stephen A. Smith to First Take

ESPN announced Smith will be returning to First Take on Monday, August 15th.

Published

on

Stephen A. Smith

First Take has been without it’s anchor since the day after the NBA Draft in June. That’s when the ESPN personality took some time off to undergo shoulder surgery and to rehabilitate. However, it appears the wait for his return is almost over.

ESPN announced with a tweet that Smith will be returning to First Take on Monday, August 15th. They also teased a guest appearance from Michael Irvin.

This comes a day after Smith tweeted that the countdown was on for his return and we are one week away from the event.

Continue Reading

Sports TV News

Field Yates Re-Ups With ESPN

After the departure of Matthew Berry to NBC, ESPN has locked down fantasy expert Field Yates with a new contract to remain in Bristol.

Published

on

Field Yates

After the departure of Matthew Berry to NBC, ESPN has locked down fantasy expert Field Yates with a new contract to remain in Bristol.

Yates, 35, would have been a valuable target for FanDuel or DraftKings, surmises Andrew Marchand of The New York Post — who first reported the news — due to his large following on Twitter.

Yates, who also works as a host of Fantasy Football Now and NFL Insider for the network, across multiple platforms including ESPN Radio, will continue in those roles in addition to an assumed expansion of fantasy football duties after Berry’s exit.

He has worked for ESPN since 2012.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Barrett Media Writers

Copyright © 2021 Barrett Media.