Casey Newton reporting for The Verge:
Disney-owned ESPN has held preliminary talks to make its programming available on internet television services like the ones said to be under development by Apple, Google, Intel, and Sony. In an interview with Bloomberg, ESPN president John Skipper said the sports network is interested in selling its entire package of channels to a web-based television service, including its main channel, ESPN2, and ESPN News.
Live sports are the missing piece to cable cord-cutting puzzle for many. This could be a tipping point in television history if a deal materializes.