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ESPN & NFL reach mega-deal

This morning, ESPN and the NFL announced a new eight year agreement (2014-2021) through which ESPN will pay $1.9 billion per year for a broad set of rights.

Included in the agreement are:

  • Monday Night Football
  • The Pro Bowl
  • The NFL Draft
  • Highlight rights for TV and
  • 3D distribution rights
  • Enhanced International Rights (including the Superbowl)
  • A wild card game option
  • Rights to simulcast ESPN's coverage on tablet devices

In making the announcement, ESPN also took the opportunity to announce some changes to it's NFL coverage.

Sunday NFL Countdown will now be 3 hours long (used to be 2) and NFL Live hosted by Trey Wingo will now be 1 hour long (used to be 30 minutes).

ESPN is also rolling out a new show called NFL 32, hosted by Suzy Colber and Mort. 32 will be year round and is slated for 1 hour of programming beginning at 6PM EST. 

They also announced NFL Kickoff, a Friday night show scheduled to air Friday's at 7 on the deuce. A one hour look at all 16 games for that week. Berman will host the first two and then Wingo takes over.

For a little perspective, ESPN is paying $1.9 billion for the package above. Media reports put the media rights package for the entire NBA season at $930 million.