- ESPN, Inc. is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment brand featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets.
- Based in Bristol, Conn., with approximately 4,000 employees (5,000 worldwide) ESPN Plaza includes more than 1.3 million square feet in 19 buildings on 120 acres (additional 500,000 sq. ft. rented nearby).
- ESPN launched on September 7, 1979, and is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Hearst holds a 20 percent interest. ESPN was originally conceived in 1978 and office space was rented in Plainville, Conn., before the Bristol property was purchased and developed.
- ESPN’s 2021 in Review
- Jimmy Pitaro was named ESPN’s eighth president in March 2018 and named Chairman in October 2020.
|PRIMARY BUSINESS ENTITIES|
|U.S. Television Networks||ESPN on ABC (Broadcast), eight U.S. Cable Networks (five with high-definition simulcast services)|
|Direct to Consumer||ESPN+, launched April 2018, with thousands of live events, original programs and on-demand content|
|Audio||ESPN Radio – the nation’s largest sports radio network and home of more than one-half of all sports listenership – with daily studio shows and signature live event programming and ESPN Podcasts|
|Digital||ESPN.com; ESPN3; ESPN Fantasy Sports; espnW, ESPNDeportes.com; TheUndefeated.com; market-, college- and sport-specific sites; and more|
|International||Reaching 71 countries and territories across all seven continents, properties include TV (29 networks and syndication), radio, digital, consumer products, and event management|
|Event Management||X Games, ESPYs, college bowls & basketball events|
- ESPN on ABC (Broadcast)
- Eight Domestic Cable Networks: ESPN (launched in 1979, ESPN HD launched in 2003); ESPN2 (1993, ESPN2 HD launched in 2005); ESPNEWS (1996, ESPNEWS HD in 2008); ESPNU (2005, ESPNU HD in 2008); Spanish-language ESPN Deportes (2004, ESPN Deportes HD in 2011), the regionally focused Longhorn Network (2011), the SEC Network (August 2014) and the ACC Network (August 2019).
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 including a Wild Card Playoff Game; MLB; NBA (The Finals on ABC); NHL (Stanley Cup Finals on ABC); college football including the College Football Playoff; men’s and women’s college basketball, including the entire women’s NCAA Tournament; tennis’ Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open, all start to finish; The Masters; WNBA; Little League World Series; and more.
- Daily and weekly sport-specific studio shows for NFL, MLB, NBA and college football and basketball.
- Critically acclaimed and award-winning documentaries and original programming including the 30 for 30 films.
ESPN Plaza & Other Production Facilities
- ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, Conn., is home to one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced TV production facilities. Digital Center-1 (2004) and Digital Center-2 (2014) total more than 400,000 square feet. They serve as the home for SportsCenter, NFL programming and more. Overall, ESPN Plaza is home to 19 buildings on 120 acres and 1.3 million square feet of office/production space.
- ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center (LAPC) went online in 2009 in the LA LIVE entertainment/retail complex. The 129,000-square foot facility has two studios and produces programming for ESPN’s U.S. networks, including the late-night SportsCenter, SportsNation, NBA Countdown (control room) and select ESPN Deportes shows.
- In April 2018, a new facility at New York’s South Street Seaport overlooking the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge went online. With two studios (connected to control rooms at other locations), it is home to the new weekday Get Up!, First Take, NBA Countdown and more (TV, radio, podcasts). The 21,000-square-foot space is supplemented by a separate studio for NFL (2020) and a huge rooftop platform that can accommodate a public audience.
- ESPN added a facility in Charlotte, N.C., in 1999 which totals 38,000 square feet with three studios. As the home of the SEC Network, programming produced there includes The Paul Finebaum Show, SEC Now and SEC Featured.
- The Las Vegas studio opened as the new home of Daily Wager and other segments for TV, including SportsCenter, digital and social. The 6,000-square-foot facility has three studios and is connected to ESPN control rooms and technical operations around the country.
- In addition to Austin, Texas, home of the Longhorn Network, facilities are in Orlando and Washington, D.C.
Launched April 2018, ESPN+ is the multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. It reaches 22.3 million subscribers and offers fans thousands of live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks, along with premium editorial content.
Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB and NHL games; exclusive UFC, Top Rank boxing and PFL fights and events; top domestic and international soccer; thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and other sports); Grand Slam tennis; international and domestic rugby and cricket, new and exclusive series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films.
ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN App (on mobile and connected devices) and ESPN.com. They are the industry-leading all-in-one digital sports platform, delivering a rich, personalized experience to tens of millions of fans every month.
ESPN Audio is comprised of ESPN Radio – the nation’s largest sports radio network and home of more than one-half of all sports listenership – with daily studio shows and signature live event programming and ESPN Podcasts.
- ESPN Radio, which launched January 1, 1992, provides 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually, reaching 32 million listeners a week on 500 stations. ESPN Radio programming is also available on Sirius XM, via digital distributors Apple Music and Tune In and on ESPNRadio.com. In addition to popular sports talk shows, event programming includes NBA, MLB and college football and basketball.
- ESPN Audio launched its first podcast in 2005 and is a leader in the sports genre. Offerings focus on “sports passions” (NFL, NBA, MLB, etc.), storytelling (“30 for 30” and “ESPN Daily”) and compelling personalities. The most popular titles include Fantasy Focus Football, The Lowe Post as well as podcasts of and TV’s First Take, Pardon the Interruption and Around The Horn.
ESPN’s Digital properties include ESPN.com, launched in 1995 and the world’s leading online sports service; the ESPN App, ESPN3, and ESPN Fantasy Sports (the No. 1 fantasy football game) and Interactive Games.
- Other sites: espnW, TheUndefeated.com, ESPNDeportes.com, ESPNFC.com, ESPNCricinfo.com, ESPNScrum.com, XGames.com, ESPNF1.com, SECSports.com and a variety of college-, and market-specific sites.
Through its affiliated networks and businesses, ESPN reaches sports fans in 71 countries and territories across all seven continents. Business entities include TV (29 networks and syndication), radio, digital, 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 11 local versions of SportsCenter in three languages — Spanish, Portuguese, and English.
- Offices or production facilities include Amsterdam, Bangalore, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto and Bristol, Conn.
- ESPYs (launched in 1993), X Games (1995), Winter X Games (1997)
- ESPN Events owns and operates 35 events, highlighted by 18 college bowl games and 11 college basketball events.
ESPN Consumer Products offer fans high quality collections inspired by compelling content, unique marketing campaigns and ESPN’s trademark personality at a variety of retail channels. Categories include branded and co-branded apparel and accessories, sporting goods, and indoor/outdoor recreation. X Games event merchandise is available on-site and online as well as bikes, skateboards, scooters and arcade games that celebrate the best in action sports.
- In Orlando, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is a leading multi-sport venue for amateur and pro sports, hosting 100 events yearly, several of which are presented on ESPN platforms.
ESPN believes that, at its very best, sports uplifts the human spirit. Its corporate citizenship programs use power of sport to positively address society’s needs through strategic community investments, cause marketing programs, collaboration with sports organizations and employee volunteerism, while also utilizing its diverse media assets.