ESPN executive on the possibility of future WrestleMania events airing live on the network

By Jason Powell, Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

ESPN’s Senior Director of Programming Brent Colborne spoke with Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso and was asked about the possibility of future WrestleMania events airing live on ESPN. “It’s a great question,” Colborne said. “We’re always open to discussing a lot of different ideas with various leagues, but right now the focus for what we’re doing with WWE is on the short-term.

“We felt like this was a really good content opportunity for us to show these three encores, and a really good promotional opportunity for WWE to help utilize our reach and our brand to create more excitement for WrestleMania this upcoming weekend.” Read the full story at

Powell’s POV: While acquiring WrestleMania’s live broadcast rights to air on ESPN is a possibility, it seems more likely that ESPN would acquire the pay-per-view rights for its ESPN+ streaming service. Vince McMahon made reference to the possibility of selling WWE’s pay-per-views to a potential streaming partner during the most recent WWE quarter financial conference call. Colborne also spoke about the WWE content that is airing on ESPN, including Sunday’s replay of WrestleMania 35.

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