ESPN is reportedly transitioning to propaganda production with the NFL in talks to buy a stake in the network. Disney, ESPN’s parent company, has had multimillion-dollar missteps, and the network’s journalistic facade is dissolving. ESPN’s NFL coverage will be a PR arm for The Shield, and not eligible for awards. ESPN had to return 30 Emmy statuettes this week. ESPN will be to the NFL what Fox News is to Donald Trump. ESPN had layoffs in 2023, yet paid journalist Pat McAfee $85 million. ESPN is working on a direct-to-consumer model by 2025, which would hurt cable companies. Late-stage capitalism is apparent.