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SportESPN (and Disney) take back control of the NFL Draft

04:15  27 november  2018
04:15  27 november  2018 Source:   touchdownwire.usatoday.com

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Essentially ESPN - and Disney - have taken back control of the draft . In 2011, ESPN (a unit of Walt Disney Co. DIS, +0.74% ) and the NFL reached a multi-faceted broadcast agreement Ordinarily, ESPN could just pay the Pro Bowl no mind and take advantage of the rest of its NFL rights, but the

ESPN and ABC are both owned and controlled by Disney . Essentially ESPN — and Disney — have taken back control of the draft . Maybe ESPN has finally built back its relationship with the NFL . New ESPN leader Jimmy Pitaro said he wanted to make the NFL relationship one of his top priorities.

ESPN (and Disney) take back control of the NFL Draft© Getty Getty Last year the draft was on ESPN, NFL Network - per usual - and FOX. The NFL wanted a broadcast network to reach a wider audience for one of its marquee events. There were obviously rumors as to why FOX was getting the nod as the broadcast network for the draft. The NFL was trying to punish ESPN for less than flattering coverage and a deterioration of the league and cable network's relationship under John Skipper. FOX was being rewarded for its new Thursday Night Football deal. The NFL wanted to have coverage on all of its networks eventually. Well, if that's the case, then it didn't happen this year. The 2019 NFL Draft from Nashville will be televised on three networks: ESPN, NFL Network, and ABC. ESPN and ABC are both owned and controlled by Disney. Essentially ESPN - and Disney - have taken back control of the draft.

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This week's coverage of the NFL Draft shows Walt Disney making a play for football as discussions around broadcast rights near a new round. You will be redirected back to your article in seconds. ESPN and its viewers weren’t getting the best possible games, but the NFL was watching the steady

Disney 's move to use ESPN and ABC to broadcast the NFL Draft has spurred heavy demand for the event from Madison Avenue. He cites the recent NFL season, in which ratings moved back up after two years of declines, as a The NFL last year said a broadcast of the Draft across ESPN , Fox and

The ABC broadcast will not be a simulcast. It will be hosted by ESPN's College Gameday Crew. It will reportedly be more targeted at casual fans. It won't be as football heavy. That's fine. Simulcasting the ESPN broadcast would be more cost-effective, but it's just repackaging the same coverage and probably doesn't draw in new viewers. The ABC option will be more about backstories and human interest stuff. That plays to people who don't care about a players hip-bend or 4.4 forty time.

FOX had a shot. Where does CBS fall in this? Maybe CBS gets coverage if they want it next year? Maybe ESPN has finally built back its relationship with the NFL. New ESPN leader Jimmy Pitaro said he wanted to make the NFL relationship one of his top priorities. Monday Night Football ratings have been improving. ESPN has focused more on football and less on outside stuff this season - or at least it feels like they have. This is a reward for playing ball the way the NFL wants it to be played.

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It will be interesting to see how college focused the ABC broadcast is since it has college talent. Maybe this is a play for the college football fan who want to see the stories that make them love college football. Either way, ESPN and ABC will be hosting the draft. That's a win for Disney.

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