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ESPN doesn’t release Bronco-Jaguars viewership numbers

Mike Florio and Chris Simms make their picks for the players and coaches who stepped up to the plate in Week 8 of the 2022 NFL season.

On Sunday morning, the Broncos faced the Jaguars in London. The game was available only on ESPN+. On Tuesday, ESPN proclaimed that it was the most-viewed event ever on the subscription streaming service.

However, ESPN provided no numbers to back it up.

“On Sunday, the first-ever exclusive NFL game on ESPN+ -- the Denver Broncos 21-17 comeback victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars from Wembley Stadium in London -- became the most-viewed event ever on the industry-leading streaming service,” ESPN said in a statement.

It’s meaningless without the numbers. And if the numbers were good, it’s a no-brainer that ESPN would have announced the numbers.

Implicit in this reality is that, if Broncos-Jaguars was “the most-viewed event on the industry-leading streaming service,” no other events on ESPN+ have done much to brag about.