John Skipper: ESPN Has Talked To Online Companies About Content
ESPN President John Skipper said the company has had “some preliminary discussions” with online companies about distributing ESPN’s original content. The comments, made during yesterday's ESPN Media Day, came in the wake of reports that Google is in talks with the NFL to purchase Sunday Ticket rights. Skipper said the companies that ESPN has spoken to would be purchasing the net’s entire “suite of services.” Skipper: “We’re not interested in making our product available as a one-off. If somebody wants to replicate the model of a large collection of video products, we’ll be happy to hear them” (Adam Harris, Assistant Editor).
ESPN Senior VP/Corporate Communications Chris LaPlaca said that "talks with alternative TV providers are exploratory and any new platform would have to offer a package of channels comparable to what other operators provide" (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 8/21).