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Some ESPN execs consider giving up rights to NFL games

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James Andrew Miller, author of "Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN," reports in a guest column for the Hollywood Reporter that "some execs" at ESPN have started to consider eventually giving up NFL rights:

"In a span of less than five years, industry giant ESPN has seen its narrative transformed from that of a mighty colossus into the hard-luck tale of a ragtag warrior. ... With so much of ESPN's universe asunder, it's not outlandish now to entertain a previously unthinkable prospect: Might ESPN elect to go without rights to NFL games after the expiration of its eight-year deal for Monday Night Football in 2021?!"