ESPN is betting nearly $2 billion a year that fans are ready foreven more football on even more platforms.The network agreed with the league on an eight-year contractextension that keeps ”Monday Night Football” on ESPN through the2021 season, brings the games to some tablets and boosts the amountof programming shown on the already football-saturated family ofnetworks.The deal is worth $1.9 billion a year for a total of $15.2billion over the length of the contract, two people with knowledgeof the agreement told The Associated Press. The people spoke oncondition of anonymity because no money figures were officiallyannounced.ESPN’s current deal is worth $1.1 billion a year to the NFL.The contract announced Thursday also includes expandedinternational rights and 3-D distribution rights.ESPN’s expanded coverage for this season got started Thursdayafternoon, when its daily – even in the offseason – ”NFL Live”show doubled in length to an hour-long format.”Five hundred new hours of programming, right now, startingtoday,” ESPN/ABC Sports president George Bodenheimer said during aconference call. ”From our point of view, this is a great deal forthe company. It really fuels our company 24-7.”Viewers with tablets whose cable companies have deals with ESPNwill be able to watch ”Monday Night Football” on theirdevices.”Monday night, fans can… Read full this story
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