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SBD/September 25, 2013/Media
Skipper Says De-Bundling Cable Unlikely, ESPN Not Threatened By A La Carte Bill
Published September 25, 2013
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TOMORROWLAND: The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER's Georg Szalai noted new TV deals "start kicking in for ESPN in 2014, drawing a question about the network's margin outlook." Disney Chair & CEO Bob Iger said that ESPN "will not rest on its laurels and sees opportunities of growth despite increased competition." He "concluded that ESPN's 'best times' are still ahead of it." Iger, discussing int'l opportunities, said ESPN was "less likely to grow its brand outside of Latin America." The company recently "withdrew from Europe in what Iger called a 'near-exit.'" He explained that it "was 'really difficult' to grow ESPN internationally as many markets feature established pay TV platforms that acquire sports rights as a loss leader" (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 9/24).