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ESPN Takes a Baby Step Outside the Bundle

Walt Disney’s ESPN sports network plans to unveil a package of live programming it will offer directly to consumers on the Web, said a person with knowledge of the plans. The move is a baby step towards ESPN becoming a direct-to-consumer service.

ESPN’s new offering won’t include high-value content like professional football or basketball, but rather more niche leagues and possibly some types of college sports, the person said. ESPN has offered some content directly before, for a specific event like the Cricket World Cup in 2015.