I wouldn't hold my breath.
From what I hear, NPPl covered the production costs for HB and thought ESPN would pick up the tab for the remaining events - that is where a snag was hit. The problem is ESPN is not willing to cover the production costs, as the NPPL isn't seen as something that is worth the investment if there is tremendous amount of up-front costs and they feel the overall potential of paintball on ESPN is very limited.
I am bias, but I agree with ESPN 100% on this if this is indeed the case.
Why would the NPPL expect a national power like ESPN to cover all the expenses? Thus making all the inconveniences on ESPN? If this is the case, and the NPPL doesn't budge on this stance, I wouldn't expect NPPL on ESPN anytime soon.
ESPN is doing the NPPL (and paintball in general) a favor - not the other way around. This probably doesn't even touch the top 100 of profitable ventures ESPN has on their plate.
Too bad, the numbers and feedback received by ESPN was overwhelmingly positive.