ESPN, Inc. Fact Sheet

ESPN, Inc. Fact Sheet

  • ESPN, Inc. is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment entity featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities.
  • Based in Bristol, Conn., with approximately 4,000 employees (more than 6,500 worldwide) ESPN Plaza includes nearly 1.2 million square feet in 18 buildings on 123 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.
  • In 2019, across its TV and digital platforms, ESPN will have presented 24,749 live events and 83,340 total live hours of studio and event programming.
  • ESPN’s 2019 in review:  http://bit.ly/35Iqdd6
  • Jimmy Pitaro was named ESPN’s eighth president in March 2018.

 

PRIMARY BUSINESS ENTITIES
U.S. Television Networks ESPN on ABC (Broadcast), nine 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 Network, owned and operated stations in three major markets, podcasts and ESPN Deportes Radio
Digital ESPN.com;  ESPN3; ESPN Fantasy Sports; espnW, ESPNDeportes.com; TheUndefeated.com; market-, college- and sport-specific sites; and more
International Reaching 61 countries and territories across all seven continents, businesses include TV (26 networks and syndication), radio, digital, consumer products, and event management
Event Management X Games, ESPYs, college bowls & basketball events

 

U.S. Television

  • ESPN on ABC (Broadcast)
  • Nine 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); ESPN Classic (purchased in 1997); 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; MLB; NBA (The Finals on ABC); college football including the College Football Playoff; men’s and women’s college basketball, including the women’s NCAA Tournament; tennis’ Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open, all start to finish; The Masters; WNBA; Little League World Series; 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 technologically advanced TV production facilities. Digital Center-1 (2004) and Digital Center-2 (2014) total more than 400,000 square feet.  They serve as 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 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.
  • In addition to Austin, Texas, home of the Longhorn Network, facilities are in Miami, Orlando and Washington, D.C.

 

ESPN+

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 reached 2 million subscribers in less than a year 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 filmsFans can subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and can cancel at any time.

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.

Audio
ESPN Audio is comprised of ESPN Radio, the county’s largest sports radio network; owned and operated stations in New York and Los Angeles; ESPN Podcasts and ESPN Deportes Radio.

  • ESPN Radio, which launched January 1, 1992, provides 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually, reaching 32 million listeners a week on 600 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 such as Golic and Wingo which are simulcast on TV, event programming includes NFL, 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 Radio’s The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, and TV’s First Take, Pardon the Interruption and Around The Horn.


Digital
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.

ESPN International
ESPN International reaches sports fans in 61 countries and territories across all seven continents.  Business entities include TV (27 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, Miami, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto and Bristol, Conn.

Event Management

  • ESPYs (launched in 1993), X Games (1995), Winter X Games (1997)
  • ESPN Events owns and operates more than 30 events, highlighted by 14 college bowl games and 11 college basketball events.


Consumer Products
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.


Location-Based Businesses

  • 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.
  • Also in Orlando, the ESPN Club is on The Boardwalk at Walt Disney World.


Corporate Citizenship

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.

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