Nielsen sticks with subscriber report challenged by ESPN

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Media reports said the Nielsen data, which showed a decline in subscriptions for most cable networks, suggested ESPN lost 621,000 subscribers from a month earlier.

"This most recent snapshot from Nielsen is a historic anomaly for the industry and inconsistent with much more moderated trends observed by other respected third-party analysts," ESPN said in a statement.

The future of ESPN has been a concern on Wall Street since August 2015 when Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger acknowledged "modest" subscriber losses at the sports network.

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