NFL reconsiders partnership with ESPN, Fox, and WBD for sports streaming joint venture, excludes NBC and CBS


NFL reconsiders partnership with ESPN, Fox, and WBD for sports streaming joint venture, excludes NBC and CBS

A new streaming service is set to launch later in 2024, offering NFL coverage from ESPN and Fox. The platform will provide a simplified offering that bundles together the linear and digital services from ESPN, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), catering to sports fans who do not subscribe to traditional pay-TV services.

Brian Rolapp, the NFL’s chief media and business officer, has raised concerns about the value of the planned joint sports streaming service. While the service will include content from ESPN, Fox, and WBD, it will not have access to all NFL games. CBS and NBC, which hold rights to NFL games from the AFC and Sunday Night Football respectively, are notably absent from the service.

Rolapp questions the value proposition of the joint venture, noting that it lacks more than half of NFL football content. He suggests that for slightly more money, fans could subscribe to YouTube TV and have access to all NFL games, including Sunday Ticket which offers out-of-market games on Sunday afternoons.

Despite the concerns raised by Rolapp, the joint venture has appointed Pete Distad, a former Apple and Hulu executive, as its chief executive. The service is expected to go live later this year, likely in time for the new NFL season.

Leave a Reply