ESPN.com has confirmed the network will discontinue its live NFL coverage starting in 2021.
In a blog post, ESPN Senior Vice President of Programming Chris Borland wrote that the network’s “premium service” will change dramatically, as ESPN will no longer be the only source of NFL coverage.
“It is an exciting time for fans of the NFL and we are all deeply committed to delivering the highest-quality NFL content and experience to fans across the world,” Borland writes.
“We are also committed to ensuring that our NFL content is delivered in a way that makes it available on tablets, smartphones, and other devices, while also giving fans a place to connect with the games and players that matter most to them.”
Borland also says the network is “changing our content delivery model in order to deliver even better experiences for our fans.”
Borlander says the “new model” will “put more emphasis on mobile and tablet viewing.”
The blog post goes on to say the network “will continue to provide all of our NFL programming and all of the content that fans love to watch,” including the regular season, playoffs, and postseason.
“Our fans are the core of our business and we know that if we do not give them access to the best in sports and the most relevant content available, they will continue to abandon our business,” Borlams post concludes.
“With this new model, we will provide more of what they want, in a format that makes the most sense for them.”
ESPN has not yet announced when it plans to return to live NFL play.