Cities may reopen, but will customers' wallets?

May 4, 2020
When it comes to companies that bank on large gatherings, analysts think COVID-19's impact will be long-lasting.
People stand outside the gates of Disneyland in March.
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Former NFL player Marcellus Wiley on the economic realities of football careers

Oct 24, 2018
The game lifted him out of poverty, but he doesn't want his son to play.
Marcellus Wiley says he went through the rigors of football “fueled by necessity. I needed the money, I needed the opportunity, but my son won't.” Above, he plays defensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers.
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Former NFL player Marcellus Wiley on the economic realities of football careers

Oct 24, 2018
The game lifted him out of poverty, but he doesn't want his son to play.
Marcellus Wiley says he went through the rigors of football “fueled by necessity. I needed the money, I needed the opportunity, but my son won't.” Above, he plays defensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers.
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Counting television viewers outside their homes

May 16, 2017
For live-event outlets like ESPN and news channels, this data is critical.
Fans gather to watch a soccer game at a New York City pub.
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ESPN cuts jobs as cost of sports broadcast rights increases

Apr 26, 2017
ESPN announced a long-awaited round of layoffs today. About 100 staff members are expected to be let go, including on-air reporters and commentators. The cuts are a clear sign of the new economic reality facing live sports broadcasting. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

Disney looking to play the digital game as ESPN’s cable subscriptions decline

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Feb 7, 2017
Disney doesn’t appear to have plans in place for its future leadership yet, so there’s speculation that CEO Robert Iger may need to stick around beyond 2018 — the latest date he said he’d step down. The company has had trouble finding a replacement as the landscape of cable TV continues to change and cord […]

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ESPN airs the US National Drone Racing Championships

Aug 5, 2016
A look at why the global sports network is backing this unconventional sport.
A drone racing enthusiast prepares a racing drone at the 2016 CeBIT digital technology trade fair on March 14, 2016 in Hanover, Germany. First-person view drone racing, in which the pilot wears goggles to give him the live view from a camera mounted on the drone, is growing rapidly in popularity with racing leagues in many different countries.
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What's up with no commercials when you stream?

May 23, 2016
Plenty of people stream sports. But often when the broadcast cuts to commercial, the stream cuts to... nothing.
Streams like this often don't have as many commercials as the broadcast, or any at all.
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ESPN takes a flyer on drone racing

Apr 14, 2016
The sports network is out to turn the fledgling sport into a NASCAR of the sky
A drone racing at an IDRA competition.
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