ESPN Yanks Videos From YouTube Over Contract Dispute

ESPN and YouTube Red

ESPN has yanked most of its videos from YouTube after the two company’s failed to reach an agreement over YouTube’s new subscription service, YouTube Red.

ESPN removed videos from “First Take” and “Grantland.”

A spokesperson from ESPN says the videos will now be made available for free on ESPN’s various digital platforms.

YouTube Red will be a subscription-based service and will offer videos ad-free. It will also offer off-line capabilities and special features.

Disney recently signed a new agreement with YouTube, which will ensure that select Disney content is available on YouTube Red, according to a YouTube spokesperson.

Disney is ESPN’s parent company but they work under their own contracts which complicated issues.

YouTube Red goes live in the U.S. on October 28.

ESPN could eventually agree to a contract that would bring its various series’ back to YouTube.