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ESPN expects Silicon Valley to bid for NFL rights

NEW YORK — ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro expects competition from Silicon Valley when the NFL’s television contracts come up for renewal.

The cable network’s $15.2 billion, eight-year contract with the league for Monday night games runs through 2021. CBS, NBC and Fox and NBC have deals with the NFL that extend to 2022. Amazon, Google and Facebook could be among the bidders.

Pitaro said Thursday he has “no idea if they’re going to be interested specifically in “Monday Night Football” but he believes “several new media companies are going to be interested in acquiring more NFL rights.” He adds, however: “I still very much like ESPN’s hand.”

Pitaro became ESPN’s president in March 2018 following the resignation of John Skipper.

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Ronald Blum, The Associated Press

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