ABC TV Station Affiliates Mad About Company Moving Live Sports to ESPN

Feb 9, 2010  •  Post A Comment

ABC affiliates are complaining about a corporate decision to move some live sports events that they thought belonged to them to ESPN, reports Mediaweek.

Most recently, ESPN said it is picking up eight fall NASCAR races that were originally set for ABC. Earlier, the network gave up the Rose Bowl to its cable sibling, beginning next year, and this year’s British Open.

Station executives complain that the moves will cost them ad revenue, and their ability to promote other shows, particularly to men.

–Elizabeth Jensen


  1. Guys, thanks for the shoutout, but this was actually a Mediaweek story, which The Hollywood Reporter picked up.
    Michael Burgi

  2. Thanks Michael. We should have caught that. We’re now linking to the original story in Mediaweek that’s written by John Consoli, a wonderful reporter who occasionally writes for TVWeek as well. Michael Burgi, by the way, does a great job running the show, on the editorial side, over at Mediaweek.

    Chuck Ross
  3. ESPN’s top priority still remains being pimps for all things NEW YORK & BOSTON!
    Yankees! Red Sox! Yankees! Red Sox! ..and the Mets if they are winning.
    Now back to Buster Olney for more Yankees talk.

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