- Disney's (DIS +1.2%) ESPN reportedly has contracts in place to boost carriage fees to up to as high as $7.00 per month for each subscriber.
- The figure is a significant jump from the network's industry-leading carriage rate of $5.54/subscriber and an indication that the increased focus of CBS and NBC on their sports-only networks hasn't cut into ESPN's leverage.
- What to watch: Disney reports earnings next Tuesday. While the amount the company decides to book as a loss on The Lone Ranger will grab the spotlight, comments by execs on new deals for ESPN and ABC could help set the tone on earnings estimates for 2014.
Disney's ESPN unfazed by competition
Aug 2 2013, 12:39 ET