This excerpt taken from the DIS 10-K filed Dec 7, 2005.
The ABC Television Network, Disney Channel, ESPN, ABC Family Channel and our other broadcast and cable/satellite services compete for viewers primarily with other television networks, independent television stations and other video media, such as cable and satellite television programming services, videocassettes, DVDs, video games and the Internet. In the sale of advertising time, the broadcasting operations compete with other television networks, independent television stations, suppliers of cable/satellite services and other advertising media such as newspapers, magazines, billboards and the Internet. The ABC Radio Networks likewise compete with other radio networks and radio programming services, independent radio stations and other advertising media.
The Companys television and radio stations compete with other television and radio stations, cable and satellite programming services, videocassettes, DVDs and other advertising media such as newspapers, magazines, billboards and the Internet. Competition occurs primarily in individual market areas. A television or radio station in one market generally does not compete directly with stations in other market areas.
The growth in the cable/satellite industrys share of viewers has resulted in increased competitive pressures for advertising revenues. The Companys cable/satellite networks also face competition for carriage by cable and satellite service operators and distributors. The Companys contractual agreements with cable and satellite operators are renewed or renegotiated from time to time in the ordinary course of business. Consolidation and other market conditions in the cable and satellite distribution industry and other factors may adversely affect the Companys ability to obtain and maintain contractual terms for the distribution of its various cable and satellite programming services that are as favorable as those currently in place.
The Companys Media Networks segment also competes for the acquisition of sports and other programming. The market for programming is very competitive, particularly for sports programming. The Company currently has sports rights agreements with the NFL, NBA, and MLB, as well as for other sporting events, including the College Football Bowl Championship Series, various college football and basketball conferences, the PGA Tour, and the Indy Racing League, including the Indianapolis 500. The current agreement with the NFL expires after the telecast of the 2006 Pro Bowl. Beginning with the 2006/2007 season, Monday Night Football will be telecast on ESPN, and the ABC Television Network will not have rights to televise NFL Monday Night Football in future seasons.