Why ESPN+ Needs ‘Monday Night Football’ to Play a Bigger Part in Disney’s Streaming Future

The sports network is caught between the old guard of the traditional TV bundle and the new streaming world

Disney is all-in in the streaming era. Yet one of its most profitable assets, ESPN, has been reduced to a sideline player instead of a star athlete.

Though the launch of Disney+ was among the most anticipated product debuts in recent memory, it wasn’t the first Disney-owned streaming service. ESPN+ hit the market in April 2018, and now counts more than 3.5 million paying subscribers.

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Tim Baysinger

Tim Baysinger

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