ESPN sports ABC functions

Nets controls programming, marketing, communications, financial, legal

NEW YORK — ESPN continues to lord it over its ABC Sports sibling.

On Thursday, ESPN took control of five ABC Sports functions: programming, marketing, communications, financial and legal. All that’s left in the stripped-down ABC Sports is production, which will continue under Mike Pearl.

ESPN’s inhouse sports dominance began back in 1999, when the network gobbled up the sales staff of ABC Sports, placing them under Ed Erhardt, president of customer marketing and sales for ESPN and ABC Sports.

In a statement, ESPN said the move to consolidate the operations of ESPN and ABC Sports will “enhance our efficiency in delivering value to fans, rights holders and all our constituencies.”

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