By Scott Marberry
It’s only 2019, but the TV contract for Monday Night Football ends in 2021 and ESPN will have plenty of competition:
ESPN expects the biggest competition to come from new media companies such as Netflix, Amazon, Google, Facebook, DAZN, Hulu and YouTube, according to The Associated Press.
“I have no idea if they’re going to be interested specifically in Monday Night Football, but I do believe that several new media companies are going to be interested in acquiring more NFL rights,” ESPN boss Jimmy Pitaro said during a talk at the Paley Center for Media.
Pitaro is justified in feeling concern as the NFL already has deals with Amazon Prime (which airs some Thursday Fight Football games), Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube, and just announced a partnership with Facebook on Thursday.
“We’re navigating through a very complicated world right now where new competitors … are popping up every single day,” Pitaro said. “When we sit down with the NFL, yes, we bring a cable channel, but we also bring a broadcast channel (ABC). We bring the power of the theme parks, for example. We just opened up an NBA experience in Orlando. How many of our competitors can bring the theme parks to the table?”