Disney Plans To Spread Sports Further Beyond ESPN

An increasing amount of what ESPN does isn’t going to be seen on good ol’ ESPN. ESPN has long fed its content to other parts of the Disney empire, but as the media industry’s streaming wars shake up how people watch TV, much more is on the way, says Jimmy Pitaro, chairman of ESPN and Disney sports content.

ESPN Chief Expects Silicon Valley To Bid On NFL

Jimmy Pitaro said today: “I have no idea if [Amazon, Google and Facebook] are 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’s New Boss In Step With The NFL

ESPN’s NFL Problem A Tricky One For Pitaro

ESPN is dealing with a declining subscriber base and paying higher rights fees. A host of digital competitors are waiting in the wings to get some of its rights. It’s launching a direct-to-consumer service later this spring. But multiple sources point to ESPN’s fraying relationship with the NFL as the top priority for new ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro. Pitaro considers the NFL relationship a priority and already has met with league executives in his first few days on the job.