Bloomberg quotes ESPN (DIS) Chairman Jimmy Pitaro as having said while speaking at the Sports Business Journal conference that ESPN is "not currently engaged" with the NFL on Sunday Ticket, but that ESPN "made clear" to the NFL that it vlaues Sunday Ticket. Pitaro is also quoted as having said that ESPN "very much" wants to remain in business with the NBA, but that the new NBA deal needs to have a streaming component. He also said, according to Bloomberg, that ESPN has had talks with the "usual suspects" on sports betting, but he does not anticipate an "imminent" sports betting deal. The New York Times’ Tripp Mickle, Benjamin Mullin and Kevin Draper recently reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that discussions about the rights for Sunday Ticket are now expected to extend into 2023 and bidding for Sunday Ticket may set a precedent for how much tech companies like Apple (AAPL) or Google (GOOG, GOOGL) are willing to pay to secure viewers from traditional TV firms.
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