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ESPN is Close to Winning The Rights to NFL Sunday Ticket

Disney’s Chief Executive Officer, Bob Chapek, has disclosed that the company is in discussions and negotiations to put NFL Sunday Ticket on ESPN+.

Last spring, Disney executives said the company would be interested in offering the Ticket to its ESPN+ subscribers when DIRECTV and the league’s agreement comes to an end after the 2022 season.

Via Total Pro Sports:

During the 2021 fall meetings, commissioner Roger Goodell revealed that he would like Sunday Ticket to move from satellite to digital. “I think that is best for our fans to make it accessible on a digital platform.

The company’s CEO, Bob Chapek, revealed that Disney is in discussions and negotiations with the NFL for the Sunday Ticket rights.

Chapek also said Sunday Ticket would “make a particularly good addendum to our ESPN+ service.

According to Bob Chapek via CNBC’s Twitter:

We are in discussions and negotiations with the NFL for those rights. We think they would make a particularly good addendum, if you will, for our ESPN+ service given the nature of what they are… But we’re very bullish on sports.

DIRECTV has exclusive rights for the Ticket for 2021 and 2022 but what’s unclear is whether “the next agreement will be awarded as an exclusive or split between a streaming company and a pay-TV operator.”

The league has not said when it will decide on the next contract, but CNBC has reported it could happen before the Super Bowl in February 2022.

Whoever gets the rights to it and if they decide to continue doing the Red Zone, just make sure Scott Hanson is involved somehow.

I think the NFL Network version of the Red Zone will likely stay, but DirecTV has its own version. If ESPN got the rights, maybe Chris Berman would do their version if he was up to it?

We shall see.

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