Just hours before the first “Monday Night Football” game of the season, Disney and Charter reached a deal to restore ABC and ESPN on Spectrum cable systems.
Disney’s Justin Connolly was one of the key executives on that deal, and he joins the pod’s first “Inside the News” segment.
Connolly discusses what last weekend was like as the two sides had round-the-clock discussions to close the deal.
Other topics include why the deal works for ESPN, whether this deal provides a blueprint for other distributors, what implications this deal has on ESPN’s planned direct-to-consumer service and how this deal will affect ESPN’s aggressiveness in acquiring sports rights.
Following the interview, hosts Andrew Marchand and John Ourand offer their opinions on the deal and discuss the NFL’s first week of the 2023 regular season.
ESPN analyst Marcus Spears joins as The Big Get and entertainingly outlines his progression from the NFL to ESPN.
Spears talks about his new deal to stay at ESPN and the other opportunities that cropped up as he went through the negotiating process.
Other topics include the media challenges involved with playing for bigger market teams, his influences in sports media and an animated discussion of Paul Finebaum’s hairstyle.
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