Selected notable interviewees on ESPN in its first year
ESPN Milestones since live channel launch
22nd June 2009 ESPN secures 46 Barclays Premier League live and exclusive matches for the 2009/2010 season, and 23 matches per season from August 2010 until 2013
7th July 2009 ESPN and BSkyB confirm a Distribution, Retail and Ad Sales deal making ESPN available in both standard definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) on the Sky platform
17th July 2009 ESPN announce Ray Stubbs as its first major signing to host the channel’s live coverage of the Barclays Premier League
24th July 2009 Scottish Premier League award Sky Sports and ESPN the exclusive live rights for 60 Clydesdale Bank Premier League games for five seasons
28th July 2009 ESPN announces the addition of live broadcast rights for top flight German, Portuguese, Russian and Dutch league football, as well as US Major League Soccer
29th July 2009 Virgin Media and ESPN confirm that ESPN will be available in both standard and High Definition (HD) to Virgin Media’s 3.5 million digital TV customers
30th July 2009 ESPN secure the multiyear UK and Ireland rights to air the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), TOP 14 ORANGE (French Rugby Union Championship) and the Australian Football League (AFL). ESPN also agree a deal to broadcast the FIBA European Basketball Championship (“EuroBasket”) and a multiyear deal for the DTM – German Touring Car series
31st July 2009 ESPN announce its main line-up of broadcasting talent. Rebecca Lowe, Mark Chapman, Kelly Cates and Darrell Currie join Ray Stubbs on the presenting team. Jon Champion and Derek Rae will be among ESPN’s commentators
3rd August 2009 ESPN and ESPN HD channels launch on the Sky and Virgin Media platforms
4th August 2009 BT Vision and Top Up TV agree a deal to make ESPN available on their platforms
5th August 2009 ESPN announce an exclusive deal to broadcast up to three live Serie A matches per week for the 2009/10 season
14th August 2009 Tiscali TV (now TalkTalk TV) announce that ESPN and ESPN America are to be added to its TV service. Chorus ntl and ESPN also announced a deal to make the new ESPN sports channel part of the Chorus ntl offering to customers in the Republic of Ireland
15th August 2009 ESPN broadcasts its first live Barclays Premier League game, covering Arsenal’s 6-1 defeat of Everton at Goodison Park.
17th August 2009 ESPN broadcasts its first live Clydesdale Bank Premier League game, the Dundee United v Hearts fixture.
23rd August 2009 ESPN announces former England captain and manager, Kevin Keegan, as lead analyst for its Barclays Premier League coverage
1st September 2009 ESPN secure the rights to broadcast the UEFA Europa League for the next three seasons
30th September 2009 ESPN and the NBA announce a multi-year agreement to add close to 100 live NBA games to ESPN in the UK and Ireland
2nd December 2009 ESPN relaunches and re-brands its motorsport website formerly, Racing-Live.com as ESPNF1.com, following its acquisition of the site in 2008.
4th December 2009 ESPN Classic secures rights agreement to show archive matches and footage from the history of the Rugby World Cup.
8th December 2009 The FA agrees a four year deal with ESPN for the rights to The FA Cup, the forthcoming Women’s Super League and England Under 21s beginning in the summer of 2010, running to the 2013-14 season
14th December 2009 Premier Rugby and ESPN agree a three year deal for exclusive live rights to 43 matches per season from Premiership Rugby, beginning next season and running through to the 2012-2013 season.
19th January2010 ESPN launches a UK-focused portal, ESPN.co.uk, which integrates its range of football, cricket, rugby, golf and Formula 1 content from the company’s leading sport-specific sites (cricinfo, soccernet, scrum and F1).
23rd January 2010 As a celebration of the last three decades of sport and the company’s recent 30th anniversary, ESPN Films launching “30 for 30” in the UK and Europe, a documentary series spotlighting the history of global sports over the past 30 years.
8th February 2010 ESPN unveils plans to air a European version of flagship SportsCenter news show on ESPN America, throughout Europe and the UK from March.
2nd March 2010 ESPN rebrands ESPN360 broadband service in Europe and the UK as ESPN Player.
9th March 2010 Teaming with Canal+, ESPN launches the first Winter X Games Europe in Tignes, France. It is the first Winter X Games event outside of the US.
3rd March 2010 ESPN announce it will televise the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships live and exclusively and the first Winter X Games Europe event
10th March 2010 ESPN Classic launches The Umpire Strikes Back, a brand new 12 episode sports panel series, hosted by ESPN presenter, Mark Chapman.
18th March 2010 ESPN exclusively broadcasts Fulham’s historic 4-1 win over Juventus in the UEFA Europa League.
22nd March 2010 ESPN lands worldwide exclusive, airing Tiger Woods’ first interview since allegations over his private life emerged, across its dozens of networks around the globe.
22nd March 2010 ESPN announces a deal to broadcast Australian Rules Football
29th March 2010 ESPN announces it will add exclusive coverage of American Football’s Monday Night Football to its programme schedule featuring 17 live and exclusive NFL games next season
6th April 2010 ESPN announces it has been awarded exclusive mobile highlight rights to all 380 Barclays Premier League matches per season over the next 3 seasons
15th April 2010 ESPN announces originally-produced nightly show, South Africa Nightly, will be presented by Ray Stubbs and broadcast live from Johannesburg during the World Cup
22nd April 2010 ESPN and FIA GT1 World Championship announce agreement for exclusive live UK TV coverage of the 2010 championship’s ten rounds
24th May 2010 ESPN announces it will broadcast more than 40 football internationals, including pre-World Cup friendlies, Euro 2012 qualifiers, Brazil World Tour and international friendlies
9th June 2010 ESPN reveals it will have live and exclusive coverage of The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series
21st June 2010 As part of a European roll out of its high definition portfolio, ESPN launches ESPN America HD in the UK
22nd June 2010 ESPN announces exclusive, live coverage of Caribbean T20 Tournament
6th July 2010 ESPN announces live and exclusive coverage of 11 key pre-season football friendlies featuring Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Newcastle and Rangers
12th July 2010 ESPN broadcasts nightly HD highlights from The Open Championship
14th July 2010 ESPN secures live and exclusive rights to all home Euro 2012 qualifiers and friendlies for both Germany and France over the coming months
9th August 2010 ESPN Classic announces the renewal of its English Premier League archive in a multi-year deal, showing up to 100 classic Premier league matches per season.
10th August 2010 ESPN announces the renewal of its agreements to broadcast live and exclusive coverage from Italy’s Serie A and America’s Major League Soccer in the UK.