NFL Sunday Ticket media rights negotiations could stretch into next year, according to a report New York Times. Plus: Bob Iger’s return, a possible bowl game swap and more.
NFL Sunday Ticket negotiations could stretch into next year, according to the NYT
NFL Sunday ticket rights negotiations are expected to extend into next year New York Times reported on Wednesday that Google is said to have “intensified” its pursuit of rights. Apple has long been credited with pioneering the acquisition of the out-of-print games package, but according to recent reports from CNBC and The Athletic, it has reached a standoff with the NFL over the scope of the rights it is seeking.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said earlier this year that he expects a Sunday ticket deal by the fall, a deadline that seems to have come and gone. (NYT 11.22)
Impact of Bob Iger’s return on ESPN not yet clear
As has been widely discussed this week, Disney has fired the CEO Bob Chapek at the weekend and replaced him with his predecessor, the former CEO Bob Iger. Iger, who served as Disney CEO for 15 years beginning in 2005, will assume the CEO role for the next two years as Disney restarts the succession process.
Iger was considered a strong ally of ESPN and its president Jimmy Pitaro during his previous tenure. Still loud New York Times, some analysts suggest he might be open to a potential fork of the network, citing public comments he’s made on the challenges linear cables face. ESPN — by far the cable network most vulnerable to the demise of the linear bundle due to its massive, industry-leading subscriber fees — has long been the subject of spinoff speculation. (NYT 11.20)
Bowl games in Las Vegas and New Mexico will likely swap slots
The December 17 Las Vegas and New Mexico bowl games will swap timeslots and networks if the 3-7 Las Vegas Raiders are likely to miss out Football on Sunday night The following day it was announced on Wednesday. Since the Las Vegas Bowl and Raiders games are scheduled for the same stadium, there must be enough time after the former to prepare the field for the latter.
If the Raiders game is moved to an earlier afternoon, the Las Vegas Bowl will be moved from 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC to 2:30 p.m. on ESPN, the timeslot currently held by the New Mexico Bowl. The New Mexico Bowl would then move into ABC’s primetime slot, marking its first appearance on over-the-air television. (ESPNPR)
Plus: Lobo, Subban, Hot Dog Contest
ESPN has secured a contract extension with a women’s pro and college basketball analyst Rebekah Lobo, who will continue in her current roles, was announced this week. … former NHL defenseman PK Subban Earlier this month, he officially joined ESPN as an NHL analyst, having previously served as a guest analyst. … ESPN will air the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest through the end of this decade under a contract extension announced this week. (ESPNPR)