ESPN Extends Deal With N.F.L. for $15 Billion. (The New York Times, 9/8/2011)
Previous deal, which expires this year, includes....
- rights to broadcast 17 regular season games.
- no playoff games
- no Super Bowl
Excerpt: The new deal provides a path to adding a wild-card playoff game on the network by providing the league with an option to give one to ESPN — which would appear to mean taking one away from another network.
How that develops will probably be a part of continuing negotiations with CBS, Fox and NBC, which will be under pressure to retain their N.F.L. rights, at possibly steep fee increases, in a sluggish economy.
OK, let's make the transition to today's news.
ESPN Quits Film Project on Concussions in N.F.L. (The New York Times, 8/22/2013)
The project is not supported by the NFL.
Excerpt: [Chris] LaPlaca [ESPN spokesman] said ESPN’s decision was not based on any concerns about hurting its contractual relationship with the N.F.L. [Frontline. "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis".]
Yeah, well, I have this beautiful bridge to sell you, Chris.