ESPN and NFL have a fractured relationship
The news last month that the NFL would allow Fox to carry the NFL Draft on network TV for the first time was seen as a slap in the face to ESPN, which created the draft as a TV event 38 years ago. Turns out it's part of a bitter battle between the two partners, with the NFL increasingly upset with ESPN's negative journalism coverage of the league. Meanwhile, ESPN is miffed that it has been paying the most money for NFL rights, but receiving the least attractive games for Monday Night Football. Now it's up to new ESPN president James Pitaro to fix that strained relationship.
- ESPN employees were "blindsided" by former president John Skipper's cocaine extortion revelation
- Ex-Monday Night Football announcer is okay with his demotion because "it wasn’t a tremendous amount of fun the last two years"
- Former ESPN president John Skipper: I resigned after my cocaine dealer attempted to extort me
- Jemele Hill says she chose to leave SportsCenter, but Michael Smith's exit was reportedly "not voluntary"