Over the last few seasons, the once close relationship between the National Football League and ESPN has soured, as the network has pursued story after story that tends toward damaging the league.
According to Sports Business Daily’s John Ourand, the NFL is miffed by ESPN’s determination to run stories that paint the NFL in a negative light.
Worse, it appears that former ESPN President John Skipper was not at all interested in trying to repair the damage done to the network’s relationship with the league:
For its part, ESPN has been frustrated by what it considers to be a lackluster slate of Monday Night Football games stretching back over the last three years.
As The Big Lead reminds readers, last year it was even rumored that the network was considering not renewing its Monday Night Football contracts.