According to a report, ESPN may lose its lone NFL playoff game to FOX. This would, obviously, not be ideal for the worldwide leader in sports.
According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, FOX stands to pick up a wild card weekend contest as part of its new agreement. It is likely — even if mostly presumed — that one network’s gain is coming at ESPN/ABC’s cost.
It is worth noting that Ourand does say that nothing official has been decided. At this point in the game, since FOX is in talks with the National Football League for a new agreement, we remain in the preliminary aspects in the who gets what game dilly.
ESPN, noted as a company that airs plenty of live sports that aren’t football, would certainly like to keep its lone NFL playoff game. At the same time, while losing an NFL playoff wouldn’t be the best thing ever, I doubt it would cripple the company to the point of it shuttering or anything.
How it impacts fans is rather simple. It probably just comes down to which broadcast teams between FOX and ESPN are more your style.