ESPN, Inc. Fact Sheet

ESPN, Inc. Fact Sheet

  • ESPN, Inc., The Worldwide Leader in Sports, is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities.
  • Based in Bristol, Conn., with 4,000 employees (7,000 worldwide) ESPN Plaza includes nearly one million square feet in 16 buildings on 123 acres (additional 400,000 sq. ft. rented nearby).
  • The company is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN.
  • In 2012, ESPN produced nearly 30,000 hours of live event/studio programming across platforms.

President: John Skipper became President, ESPN, Inc. and Co-Chairman Disney Media Networks on January 1, 2012. He previously had been ESPN’s Executive Vice President, Content. He joined ESPN in 1997 from the Disney Publishing Group.


Television Networks – ESPN on ABC (Broadcast), seven U.S. Cable Networks (five with high-definition simulcast services), Regional, Syndicated, Pay Subscription Packages, 24 International Networks reaching all seven continents
Audio – ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio, syndicated radio in 11 international countries
Online –,, market-, college- and sport-specific sites and more
Multi-Screen Network – ESPN3
Publishing ESPN The Magazine and other periodicals in the U.S. and abroad & ESPN Books
Wireless – ESPN Mobile Properties: Scores, Headlines, Video Highlights, Games
Event Management – X Games, ESPYs, college bowls & basketball games
Multiplatform Business – espnW, a digital and content-driven business
Location-Based Businesses – ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, ESPN Zone at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, ESPN Club at Walt Disney World
Corporate Outreach – Team ESPN, The V Foundation for Cancer Research and more



  • ESPN on ABC (Broadcast)
  • Seven Domestic Cable Networks: ESPN (launched in 1979 – currently 98.5 M homes, ESPN HD launched in 2003); ESPN2 (1993 – 98.5 M, ESPN2 HD launched in 2005); all-sports news ESPNEWS (1996 – 74.7 M, ESPNEWS HD launched in 2008); ESPNU (2005 – 73.9 M, focuses on college sports, ESPNU HD launched in 2008); ESPN Classic (purchased in 1997 – 31.4 M, focuses on great sports moments and stars of the past); Spanish-language ESPN Deportes (2004 – 5.5 M Hispanic homes, ESPN Deportes HD launched in 2011) and the regionally focused Longhorn Network (2011).
  • Syndicated programming via ESPN Regional Television (the largest syndicator of college sports TV), including SEC Networks (football, men’s/women’s basketball & Olympic Sports), plus Big East and WAC (football and men’s basketball), and Big 12 and Mid-American (football), plus subscription packages.

Key U.S. Programming

  • SportsCenter — Debuting on ESPN’s launch day (September 7, 1979), ESPN’s first and flagship show defines the sports news genre. It offers breaking news, highlights, features and in-depth analysis from award-winning journalists. Viewership: averages up to 115 million viewers a month.
  • NFL’s Monday Night Football; MLB; NBA (The Finals on ABC); NASCAR, IndyCar and NHRA; college football and the BCS; men’s and women’s college basketball, including the women’s NCAA Tournament; tennis’ four Grand Slam events; golf’s Masters, U.S. Open and British Open; FIFA World Cup; WNBA; Little League World Series; and more.
  • Sport-specific studio shows for NFL, MLB, NASCAR, NBA and college football and basketball.
  • Critically acclaimed and award-winning documentaries and original programming including the “30 for 30” films.


ESPN Radio (1992) renamed ESPN Audio (2011), ESPN Deportes Radio (2005)

  • ESPN Radio, the country’s largest all-sports radio network, presents 9,000 hours of talk/news/events to 24 million listeners a week via 450 affiliates (360 of which are full-time) including owned and operated stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas.
  • Event coverage includes MLB and World Series, NBA and The Finals, the five BCS games, and golf’s U.S. Open.
  • Weekday talk shows: Mike & Mike in the Morning (simulcast on ESPN2), The Herd with Colin Cowherd (ESPNU), and SVP & Russillo (ESPNEWS).
  • Spanish-language ESPN Deportes Radio is heard on 45 stations, reaching 80% of the U.S. Hispanic audience. It carried 300 live events in 2012, largely MLB and soccer, including MLS, UEFA, La Liga, Mexican and Olympic qualifiers.
  • is the most listened to live stream of any terrestrial broadcaster in the world –one million unique listeners per month (source: Ando Media).

ESPN International

  • ESPN International includes ownership — in whole or in part — of 27 television networks in four languages (English, French, Portuguese and Spanish), as well as additional businesses that allow ESPN to reach sports fans in over 61 countries and territories across all seven continents . Business entities include TV, radio, print, internet, broadband, wireless, consumer products, and event management.
  • In addition to marquee U.S. (NFL, MLB, NBA, NASCAR, IRL, all of golf’s and tennis’ Grand Slam events) and major international (UEFA Champions League and other top soccer, cricket and more) sports, there are eight local versions of SportsCenter in three languages — Spanish, Portuguese, and English.
  • Offices or production facilities include Bangalore; Bristol, CT; Buenos Aires; Hong Kong; London; Mexico City; Miami; Melbourne; Mumbai; New York; Rio de Janeiro; São Paulo; Singapore; Sydney; and Toronto.
  • Since 1983, ESPN International has grown around the world, establishing itself as the leading global sports media brand. The company’s philosophy to global growth is to always serve sports fans and be locally relevant to them, with content and products that tap into their great passion and dedication.

Online (1995), (2011), & digital audio, fantasy games,,,,,, ScoreCenter, and market-specific sites

  • In 2012, continued to lead the Sports Category with an average minute audience of 77,000, 52 percent higher than its closest competitor (source: comSCore). Growth was driven by its robust variety of offerings including news, video, commentary, analysis, fantasy, digital audio, ESPN Insider and more.
  • The five five ESPN Local sites (New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and Dallas) continue to grow, averaging 8.8 million unique visitors monthly (up 6 percent) while total minutes and average minute audience both rose 15 percent.
  • Led by its quality long-form writing of thoughtful prose and humor about sports and pop culture, celebrated its first anniversary in 2012 averaging 2.2 million unique visitors and 26.8 million total minutes per month. It includes an all-star lineup of writers and editors as well as a strong listenership with the Grantland Podcast Network led by The BS Report with Bill Simmons with over 42.6 million complete downloads in 2012 (through November).
  • ESPN Podcasts are downloaded more than 358 million times per year from the ESPN PodCenter and iTunes.

Multi-Screen Network – ESPN3

(Broadband, 2001; named ESPN360 in ‘05, focus on live events in ’07, named in 2010, ESPN3 in 2011)

  • ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a 24/7 destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and accessible online via, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold level members. It is currently available to 83 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.

Multi-Screen Delivery

ESPN Mobile Properties (1995), ESPN Mobile TV (2007), WatchESPN (2011)

  • ESPN Mobile is ESPN’s industry-leading collection of mobile web sites, apps, games, alerts, mobile TV and video on demand clips. In 2012, it continued its leadership in Sports, ranking #1 across the mobile Web and apps for total minutes (642 million), unique visitors (13.3 million), and an average minute audience of 14,600 (source: Nielsen). New apps launched in the past year include the ESPN College Football app as well as new versions of ScoreCenter, ESPN Radio and ESPN Fantasy Football optimized on more devices and platforms than ever.
  • ESPN Watch, introduced in 2011, provides the first-ever live, streaming networks available to tablets and smart phones. WatchESPN allows subscribers who receive ESPN through an affiliated provider mobile and online access to more than 4,000 live events on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater.


ESPN the Magazine, launched in 1998, delivers more than 14 million readers with the average issue. It remains the only publication to reach over 10 million male readers with 40 percent of readership coming from men 18-34. In 2012, digital-only consumption jumped 50 percent to nearly a million readers per issue.


espnW launched in 2010 as a digital and content-driven business to connect female fans to the sports they love and follow with a web site, mobile applications and social media.

Event Management

ESPYs (launched in 1993), X Games (1995), Winter X Games (1997), International X Games, plus events operated by ESPN Regional Television (college bowl games, basketball events and more).

ESPN Zones

Two: Los Angeles & Anaheim, plus the ESPN Club at Walt Disney World and ESPN Grille at WWS Complex in Orlando.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

In Orlando, the leading multi-sport venue for amateur and pro sports, hosting more than 300 events yearly.

Corporate Outreach

Team ESPN, The V Foundation for Cancer Research, ESPN Play Your Way fitness initiative, Cable in the Classroom.


Sept. 7, 1979 ESPN launches at 7 p.m. ET.
April 1983 ESPN begins distributing programming internationally.
April 30, 1984 ABC completes acquisition of ESPN from Getty. Later, 20% is sold to Nabisco and later to Hearst.
January 1987 ESPN airs the America’s Cup live from Australia; overwhelming response proves impact of cable.
March 15, 1987 ESPN awarded NFL’s first cable contract; begins fall ‘87.
January 5, 1989 ESPN and Major League Baseball reach a four-year agreement to begin in 1990.
March 31, 1989 ESPN International launches its first network, ESPN in Latin America.
January 1, 1992 ESPN Radio launches.
March 4, 1993 The first-ever ESPY Awards and the birth of The V Foundation.
October 1, 1993 ESPN2 launches in 10 million homes.
May 9, 1994 ESPN acquires Creative Sports (now ESPN Regional Television).
April 1, 1995 ESPNET SportsZone (now launches.
February 9, 1996 The Walt Disney Company completes acquisition of Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. (which owns ESPN).
November 1, 1996 ESPNEWS launches.
October 9, 1997 ESPN, Inc. acquires Classic Sports Network (now ESPN Classic).
March 11, 1998 ESPN The Magazine launches.
July 11, 1998 First ESPN Zone, in Baltimore, opens.
March 14, 2001 ESPN2 reaches 75 million homes faster than any other network — 89 months.
April 4, 2001 ESPN acquires BASS, Inc., the largest fishing organization in the world.
October 22, 2001 ESPN secures an 11-year agreement to show the entire NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.
January 22, 2002 ESPN reaches agreement for multimedia NBA coverage, becoming the first network to televise all four major professional sports-NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA.
March 4, 2003 ESPN Classic Sport in France debuts. Later that year, ESPN Classic Sport launches in Italy.
March 30, 2003 ESPN HD, a high-definition simulcast service of ESPN, launches. ESPN2 HD follows in Jan. 2005.
January 7, 2004 ESPN Deportes, a 24-hour, Spanish language sports network, launches.
June 7, 2004 ESPN’s state-of-the-art Digital Center opens.
March 4, 2005 ESPNU, a 24-hour network devoted to college sports, launches.
April 18, 2005 ESPN acquires Monday Night Football for eight years, beginning in 2006.
June 1, 2005 ESPN, along with the Discovery Channel, becomes the first network in cable television history to pass the 90-million subscriber mark in the U.S.
Sept. 14, 2005 ESPN reaches agreement with Major League Baseball for eight years, through 2013.
November 2, 2005 ESPN acquires rights for multiple Men’s and Women’s World Cups.
December 7, 2005 ESPN announces eight-year agreement with NASCAR, 2007 – 2014.
June 21, 2006 ESPN and the Big Ten Conference announce 10-year agreement.
December 5, 2006 ESPN acquires NASN (now ESPN America), Europe’s only channel of North American sports.
February 8, 2007 ESPN announces agreement for exclusive content for Verizon’s V Cast customers.
February 8, 2007 ESPN announces that ESPN Mobile TV – its first channel on a wireless service – will be available on MediaFLO’s new mobile entertainment service.
April 26, 2007 ESPN announces eight-year, multi-platform agreement with the Big 12.
May 15, 2007 ESPN launches its first free, downloadable video podcast.
May 23, 2007 The 13th international version of SportsCenter launches, serving Africa/Middle East.
June 27, 2007 ESPN and NBA announce eight-year, multi-platform deal, the first for platforms yet to be invented.
Sept. 1, 2007 relaunches, focusing on live events, offering more than 3000 in 12 months.
March 30, 2008 ESPNEWS HD, a high-definition simulcast service of ESPNEWS, launches.
May 12, 2008 ESPN announces six-year, multiplatform agreement with USTA for US Open, bringing all four of tennis’ Grand Slam events to ESPN2 and
August 25, 2008 ESPN announces unprecedented 15-year agreement the SEC, providing content for 16 outlets.
August 28, 2008 ESPNU HD, a high-definition simulcast service of ESPNU, launches.
Sept. 15, 2008 Monday Night Football (Phila.-Dallas) draws cable’s top audience – 12.953MM homes, (13.3 rating).
November 13, 2008 ESPN reaches a wide-ranging, eight-year agreement for all four rounds of the British Open.
November 18, 2008 ESPN announces a four-year, multiplatform agreement to televise 15 BCS games, including the national championship game in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
December 29, 2008 In the fourth quarter, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS & ESPN Deportes, combine to reach a record 220 million Americans (76% of population, 92% of cable homes). Including ESPN on ABC, the number rises to a record 250 million Americans – 86% of the population.
December 29, 2008 For 2008, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic & ESPNEWS combine to average a record 1,139,000 homes (at any time, 24-hour basis).
March 30, 2009 ESPN and ESPN2 each close their most-watched first quarter. The combined 24-hour audience for the four measured domestic ESPN networks is also a record.
April 6, 2009 The Los Angeles Production Center debuts as the home of the weekday 1 a.m. ET SportsCenter.
April 13, 2009 launches, followed later in the year by Boston, Dallas and Los Angeles, and New York in April 2010.
May 19, 2009 Two announcements greatly expand ESPNU distribution – joining DIRECTV’s CHOICE package July 1, and Comcast’s Digital Classic service by fall – and’s, joining
June 30, 2009 ESPN posts its most-watched second quarter, as does the total-day average audience for the four measured domestic networks.
July 30-Aug. 2, 2009 X Games 15 is ESPN’s most-watched ever.
August 3, 2009 ESPN launches in the U.K., ESPN’s first network there featuring live local sports. The launch is only six weeks after acquiring rights to show the prestigious Premier League.
Aug.31-Sep. 14, 2009 ESPN’s first US Open – completing a “Grand Slam” – includes ESPN2’s two most-watched tennis telecasts. A men’s semifinal and the Women’s Final are postponed a day by rain and air on ESPN2.
September 7, 2009 Upon ESPN’s 30th Anniversary, it reaches the goal of the Team ESPN 30K Challenge – 30,000 hours of community service by ESPN employees since May.
September 12, 2009 ESPN’s most-watched college football game – USC at Ohio State – averages 7,243,000 homes and the 7.3 rating is ESPN’s best for CFB in 15 years.
September 12, 2009 ESPN’s first live 3D production, USC at Ohio State football, is shown in theatres in Hartford, Conn.; Hurst, Texas; and Columbus, Ohio; as well as The Galen Center at USC and the ESPN Zones in Anaheim and Los Angeles.
September 14, 2009 The opening MNF doubleheader draws cable’s two biggest audiences for 2009, until surpassed until surpassed by later games, including cable’s biggest audience ever – 15.1M homes for Green Bay at Minnesota Oct. 5 with Brett Favre facing the Packers.
September 27, 2009 ESPN & ESPN2 post their most-watched month ever in September, leading to the most-watched third quarter for ESPN and the four measured domestic nets. Also,, and audio all enjoyed their best month ever in September. Compared to Sept. 2008, ESPN360 saw 250% growth in viewing hours, minutes online were up 54% and hours of audio heard on ESPNRadio were up 61%.
October 9, 2009 ESPN The Magazine’s first annual “Body Issue” goes on sale as a celebration of athletes of diverse shapes, sizes, genders and races within ESPN’s boundaries of taste, and frontiers of creativity.
October 16, 2009 The ESPN Innovation Lab opens at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, providing a real-world testing ground to develop ground-breaking on-air enhancements.
October 20, 2009 Monday Night Football, celebrating its 40th year, becomes the first sports franchise recognized by the Broadcast & Cable Hall of Fame.
November 12, 2009 ESPN International acquires TV and radio rights in Argentina for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games and the London 2012 Olympic Games, plus pay television rights in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay and satellite-only television rights in Venezuela.
December 27, 2009 The Nielsen year concludes with ESPN and ESPN2 setting new marks for average total-day audience for the year. Fourth quarter was ESPN’s most-watched quarter ever. The year’s combined audience for ESPN networks (with ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic and ESPN Deportes) is also a record.
December 28, 2009 Monday Night Football concludes its highest-rated season since moving to ESPN in 2006, averaging a 10.4, up 17% over 2008, winning the night six nights.
February 25, 2010 ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is officially the new name of the re-imagined sports facilities at Walt Disney World, opened in 1997.
March 1, 2010 SportsCenter debuts on ESPN America, seen in the UK, Ireland, Europe and the Middle East. Produced in Connecticut, it is the first local SportsCenter in Europe.
March 1, 2010 ESPNU is now seen in 70.4 million homes. Just 15 months earlier, distribution had been 22 million.
April 3, 2010 ESPN Sports Saturday debuts on ABC, 4-6 p.m. weekly, with a one-hour ESPN specials or documentaries followed by the new Winners Bracket.
April 4, 2010 is the new name of broadband, with enhanced video and functions for video, news, stats interactivity and social networking.
June 11, 2010 The first of 64 FIFA World Cup matches in South Africa marks the debut of ESPN 3D and month of unprecedented resources devoted to one event.
June 14, 2010 and Microsoft announce live events and on-demand highlights and news will be on the Xbox 360 console for LIVE Gold members in November.
June 17, 2010 The NBA Finals on ABC conclude with a 15.6 rating for Game 7, the highest for any NBA game since 1998. ABC won the night all seven nights and the series was the highest-rated since 2003.
June 23, 2010 The dramatic 1-0 victory for the U.S. over Algeria is ESPN’s highest-rated and most-watched soccer game, a 4.6 rating, 4,582,000 households and 6,161,000 viewers for the two-hour contest.
July 8, 2010 ESPN and the ACC announce a 12-year agreement for rights to all conference football and men’s basketball games, plus all other sports and conference championships across virtually all ESPN platforms in the U.S. and abroad.
July 11, 2010 The FIFA World Cup championship – Spain 1-0 over the Netherlands in extra time – on ABC is the most-watched Men’s World Cup game with 15,545,000 viewers, based on an 8.1 rating for the two-hour game window.
September 2, 2010 In an extensive agreement with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, new offerings include viewing ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU via Broadband; ESPN Goal Line, a network taking fans to top college football games every Saturday; and ESPN Buzzer Beater, a similar college basketball service.
September 30, 2010 espnW is announced to launch Spring 2011 (later moved to Dec. 6) – primarily a digital product suite including pc web, mobile web, mobile applications and social media to serve, inspire and inform the female athlete and fan.
November 28, 2010 ESPN posts its most-watched month in history, averaging 1.189 million homes in November, besting September 2009 (1.164 million).
December 11, 2010 The critically acclaimed “30 for 30” film series climaxes with the biggest audience for an ESPN documentary – 1,843,000 homes – for Pony Exce$$.
December 26, 2010 ESPN and ESPN2 each top 2009 for its most-watched year (Nielsen calendar). For ESPN, the fourth quarter was its most watched quarter ever. The year’s combined audience for ESPN networks (adding ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN Classic and ESPN Deportes) is also a new high.
December 27, 2010 Monday Night Football ends its best season yet on ESPN with the third-most watched show in cable history (New Orleans-Atlanta), excluding breaking news and again is cable’s most-watched series.
January 1, 2011 ESPN’s highest-rated day ever (4.3), led by The Rose Bowl (13.8, and the third largest audience in cable history behind two ESPN MNF games) and Fiesta Bowl (7.1).
January 2, 2011 ESPN’s ends its highest-rated week ever (2.2) (first week of Nielsen’s 2011 calendar).
January 10, 2011 BCS National Championship: cable’s biggest audience (avg.: 27.3M viewers), ESPN’s highest rating (17.8) and’s fourth most popular event (after three FIFA World Cup matches).
April 7, 2011 WatchESPN App for iPad, iPhone and iPod launches, allowing mobile access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and for subscribers to Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS, the first live, streaming cable channels available in the U.S. on mobile devices.
May 4, 2011 ESPN and the Pac-12 announce a 12-year agreement for more than 80 events a year across ESPN platforms starting in 2012-13, highlighted by football (including the conference championship every other year), men’s and women’s basketball (including conference tournament action) and Olympic sports.
July 5, 2011 ESPN acquires exclusive rights to live U.S. coverage of Wimbledon in a 12-year agreement which includes and all other platforms. TV hours will rise from 100 to 140.
August 10, 2011 ABC and the Indianapolis 500 extend one of sport TV’s longest relationships (1965), keeping the race on ABC, plus four other IndyCar races 2013-18. The deal also includes expanded use of in-car camera angles on and international rights for the entire series.
August 11, 2011 Longhorn Network launches.
August 31, 2011 is the new name for, and is shortened to ESPN3.
September 8, 2011 ESPN and the NFL announce an eight-year extension (2014-21) for Monday Night Football plus expanded NFL studio programming, the Pro Bowl and NFL Draft, 3D rights, and enhanced international and highlight rights, both on TV and online.
September 25, 2011 ESPN – and the family of networks collectively — posted its most-watched fiscal year for the fourth consecutive year and tied its record fiscal year rating, set in 1990 and tied last year.
November 22, 2011 Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company announces ESPN President George Bodenheimer will become Executive Chairman of ESPN, and John Skipper ESPN President and Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks, effective January 1, 2012.
December 15, 2011 ESPN and the NCAA announce a multiyear agreement through 2023-24 for worldwide, multi-media rights to 24 NCAA championships and exclusive multi-media rights outside the United States, its territories and Bermuda for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.
December 30, 2011 ESPN and Comcast sign an historic, wide-ranging and long-term distribution agreement for Disney Media Networks, including multiple products and platforms.
January 2, 2012 ESPN’s highest-rated day ever (4.4) led by the Rose Bowl (11.8), and Fiesta Bowl (9.7), breaking the record set on January 1, 2011.
January 9, 2012 BCS National Championship: cable’s second-biggest audience (avg.: 24.2M viewers) and ESPN’s second-highest rating (16.2) for Alabama’s 21-0 victory over LSU.
May 8, 2012 WatchESPN is made available to Comcast’s more than 22 million Xfinity subscribers via iPads, iPhones and iPod touch devices, as well as online. WatchESPN now reaches 40 million homes.
June 24, 2012 ESPN Deportes concludes its highest-rated month and most-watched quarter ever (up 43% from 2011), boosted by Euro 2012.
June 28, 2012 ESPN reaches a 12-year extension to televise the Rose Bowl Game (2015-2026).
June 30, 2012 WatchESPN/ESPN3 posts its best month ever – 1.1 billion minutes viewed (up 360% year-to-year) boosted by Euro 2012, NBA Finals and Wimbledon.
July 1, 2012 The UEFA Euro 2012 championship match (Spain 4, Italy 0) is the most-watched game ever for the tournament on U.S. television (more than four million viewers). On ESPN Deportes, it posted a 12.9 Hispanic rating, the network’s highest rating ever. For the 31-game tournament, the ESPN/ESPN2 audience is 51% higher than 2008 (ESPN/ESPN2/ABC).
July 8, 2012 ESPN’s first exclusive Wimbledon concludes with the network’s highest tennis rating (2.9) for the Gentlemen’s Championship, an overall increase in audience over the split coverage of 2011 with strong growth among the key male demos, plus nearly triple the digital usage.
August 28, 2012 ESPN finalizes an eight-year MLB multiplatform rights extension which significantly enhances TV (with additional games and studio programing), digital, radio and international rights 2014-2021, including a Wild Card game.
September 7, 2012 ESPN and the Big 12 announce an agreement through 2024-25 with additional football and basketball games across ESPN’s television networks in the U.S. and abroad and ESPN3.
September 13, 2012 SportsCenter airs its 50,000th episode, the most of any television show in U.S. history, at 6 p.m. ET on ESPNEWS.
October 4, 2012 ESPN and Cablevision announce a comprehensive agreement to deliver Disney’s sports, news and entertainment content across TV, internet, tablets and handheld devices, including several new services, including the full suite of authenticated WATCH products, ESPN3 and ESPN 3D.
November 14, 2012 ESPN announces a 12-year agreement for the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans beginning January 2015.
November 15, 2012 ESPN reaches a 12-year agreement with the ACC for the Orange Bowl beginning in January 2015 to be played either December 31 or January 1 with the conference champion against an opponent from the SEC, Big Ten or Notre Dame.
November 21, 2012 ESPN finalizes a 12-year agreement to present the new college football playoff – two semifinals and the championship, plus the other bowl games part of the semifinal rotation – each January from 2015 – 2026.
December 8, 2012 You Don’t Know Bo, one of the new “30 for 30” films as the critically acclaimed series was revived this year, earns a 2.6 rating, ESPN’s highest ever for a documentary.
December 13, 2012 ESPN and Cox Communications finalize a comprehensive agreement to deliver Disney’s sports, news and entertainment content across TV, internet, tablets and handheld devices, including several new services, including the full suite of authenticated WATCH products, ESPN3 and ESPN 3D.
January 15, 2013 ESPN and AT&T U-verse announce a comprehensive agreement to deliver Disney’s sports, news and entertainment content across TV, internet, tablets and handheld devices, including several new services, including the full suite of authenticated WATCH products, ESPN3 and ESPN 3D.
March 19, 2013 ESPN and the Big East Conference (soon renamed the American Athletic Conference) announce a multimedia, worldwide rights agreement for football, basketball and more through 2019-20, continuing a relationship of more than three decades.
May 2, 2013 ESPN and the Southeastern Conference announce a 20-year agreement to create and operate a TV and digital platforms to launch in August 2014 with 1,000 events annually. The existing media rights agreement is extended through 2034.
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