Press Releases

Press Releases

NBA on ESPN: Most-Watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 Since 2018

Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, in which the Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics 118-107, was the most-watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 since 2018, according to Nielsen.

UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Vieira Saturday, May 21, exclusively on ESPN+

UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Vieira will be live from UFC APEX in Las Vegas this Saturday, May 21, with both Prelims and Main Card on ESPN+ (English and Spanish). The Main Card will air at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT, with the Prelims at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT. Live coverage includes Friday’s UFC Live presented by DraftKings Sportsbook: Holm vs. Vieira on ESPNEWS at 5:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. PT providing fans with exclusive insights and views heading into Fight Night.

Fifth Annual GEICO High School Lacrosse Nationals to Air May 30-31 on ESPNU

The fifth annual GEICO High School Lacrosse Nationals returns to Catholic University’s Carlini Field in Washington, D.C., Monday and Tuesday, May 30-31.  

The Road to Oklahoma City Starts Here: Every Second of NCAA DI Softball Regionals Live Across ESPN Networks

Complete coverage of the 2022 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament returns to ESPN with every Regionals game from all 16 sites available on ESPN networks. Regional play swings into action Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22, with as many as 112 games played over three days on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, ACC Network, Longhorn Network and ESPN+.

ESPN+ Expands Peyton’s Places Franchise with New Hosts Sue Bird, John McEnroe, and P.K. Subban

At the Walt Disney Company Upfront presentation today, Peyton Manning announced the second expansion of the popular Places Universe on ESPN+ through 2024. 

ESPN Films Announces 30 for 30 Documentary on the 2000 Baltimore Ravens

ESPN Films today announced that production has started on a 30 for 30 documentary that will take viewers inside of the world of one of the most notorious football teams to ever play the game. No team in NFL history has boasted, bullied or brandished as much bravado as the 2000-2001 Baltimore Ravens. The rest of the NFL hated the Ravens but no one could say a thing, because they couldn’t beat them on the field, especially facing, arguably, the greatest defense ever. Luckily for sports fans, their full-throated reign coincided perfectly with the rise of the “reality television” era via Hard Knocks.

ESPN Films Announces 30 for 30 Documentary on “The Black Widow” Pool Legend Jeanette Lee

ESPN Films today announced that production has started on a 30 for 30 documentary on professional pool player Jeanette Lee, with Ursula Liang (“9-Man,” “Down a Dark Stairwell”) on board to direct and Cora Atkinson (“Summer of Soul”) producing. Lee is better known as the Black Widow, a persona more intriguing and deadly than the moniker itself.

2022 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on ESPN and ESPN2 Draw Strong Round One Viewership

The first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs on ESPN and ESPN2 averaged 725,000 viewers across 26 games – an increase of 43% versus 2021’s first round cable average. ESPN and ESPN2 delivered six of the top 10 most-viewed Stanley Cup Playoff games so far this season, while the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers delivered as the most-viewed game one of a first round Stanley Cup Playoff ever on cable with 1.04 million viewers and peaked at 1.5 million. 

ESPN Signs New Nine-Year Agreement with Tennis Australia to Continue Exclusive Live Coverage of the Australian Open

ESPN and Tennis Australia have signed a nine-year agreement – 2023 to 2031 – for continued exclusive live “first ball to last ball” coverage across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN+ for the Australian Open, tennis’ first Major of the year.  Action from Melbourne will be comprehensive, with every match from all 16 courts – all singles (including qualifying), doubles, juniors, wheelchair and legends.  The agreement continues ESPN’s longest professional sports programming relationship – since 1984.  The 2023 Australian Open takes place next January 16-29.  

The Walt Disney Company, ESPN & XFL Reach Exclusive Multi-year Agreement

TWDC/ESPN Platforms to Carry All League Games Starting with 2023 Return Season

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