Iger: Disney Will Seek Retrans Cash, ESPN License Fee Increases - 2010-02-09 23:52:23 | Multichannel News
Iger added that he believes that ESPN, which attracts the highest affiliate fees of any ad-supported network, still has upside potential.
Iger said that although ESPN is not engaged in any major negotiations now - reports indicate that its next deal expires in August with Time Warner Cable - he believes that operators recognize the value that the network delivers.
"We think our position going into a new round of negotiations is actually quite solid because of the value we are generating," Iger said." Distributors do quite well with ESPN, not just because of the overall value we deliver, but the ads they sell on local basis are worth a considerable amount. ESPN generates more advertising revenue than any other channel in the cable universe."