ESPN and the NFL have agreed to an eight-year, $1.9 billion extension of their agreement, which will keep “Monday Night Football” on the network through the 2021 season.
The deal, which was first reported in January, is expected to be announced today and will give ESPN digital rights to stream live games via broadband and tablets. Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand and Daniel Kaplan, who reported the news, added that contract allows ESPN to carry a wild-card game, but say that “is not set in stone.” Neither ESPN nor ABC would be part of the Super Bowl rotation.
ESPN will get the rights to more highlights, which it will in turn spin into more NFL studio shows. The deal kicks in in 2014, when the current deal expires.