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Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 2:09PM EDT
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.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
ESPN's choice for new president is raising eyebrows for his less than stellar reputation at Disney
James Pitaro now has one of the toughest jobs after a tenure at Disney that Variety describes as "turbulent."
Posted Monday 3/05/18 at 2:51PM EST
ESPN names new president
James Pitaro, who has been head of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media and a Yahoo Media veteran, succeeds John Skipper, effective immediately. ESPN historian James Andrew Miller says of Pitaro's promotion: "This is as close to an 'in house' selection without being from within current @espn ranks as one could get. Pitaro may not know where all the bathrooms are at Bristol HQ but he knows company's past and current challenges extremely well."