In last week's quarterly earnings conference call, Bob Iger, Disney's CEO, said:
I think that in general, there is probably too much commercial interruption in television. It is a subject that has been discussed both on the ESPN front and on the ABC front, and it is something we will continue to look at. Particularly when you have got entrants in the marketplace that are offering programming that is not commercially interrupted.
I hope he is serious about that, because the games have become nearly unwatchable---and it isn't much better in the stadium, with the constant interruptions in play.
Lots of other interesting details about ESPN's partnerships with over-the-top providers (e.g. Sling) and vague chatter about a direct-to-consumer offering as a result of their stake in BAMtech, Major League Baseball's technology platform:
Conference call audio: