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Username Post: New Ivy League TV Deal with ESPN        (Topic#21453)
rbg 
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06-01-18 08:43 AM - Post#257508    
    In response to palestra38

ESPN has reached a multi-year deal to expand its relationship with the A-10 and broadcast conference games on ESPN+.

The new site will broadcast over 330 men's and women's games. This should, hopefully, make it easier for Ivy fans to catch the non-conference games with the various A-10 teams each season.

https://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/201 8/0...

 
dperry 
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06-01-18 01:24 PM - Post#257569    
    In response to rbg

Moves like this and the Ivy network make it clear that ESPN is trying to position itself for the new digital world; they're going to go from being a sports network to helping other people have sports networks. It will be interesting to see whether they can survive their short-term problems (declining revenues and being locked into a lot of big contracts) long enough to get to where they want to go.
David Perry
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Streamers 
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06-01-18 03:42 PM - Post#257588    
    In response to dperry

  • dperry Said:
Moves like this and the Ivy network make it clear that ESPN is trying to position itself for the new digital world; they're going to go from being a sports network to helping other people have sports networks. It will be interesting to see whether they can survive their short-term problems (declining revenues and being locked into a lot of big contracts) long enough to get to where they want to go.



I think you hit the mail on the head here. ESPN/Disney has been repositioning themselves as a platform play for a while now. As we have seen with Fox/Comcast/ATT, et al, you need both content and distribution to survive regardless of the distribution technology. There is just to much competition with deep pockets out there for content (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix) so platform expansion makes sense.


 
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