Enhanced Rights Include Spanish-Language for ESPN Deportes Radio & Expanded English-Language Distribution; Regular-Season, All-Star, Playoff, Finals Broadcasts Continue
ESPN Audio has reached a nine-year, multiplatform agreement with the National Basketball Association, beginning with the 2016-17 season, expanding ESPN Audio’s exclusivity and including additional rights and opportunities. While increasing its English-language distribution rights, ESPN Audio will become the exclusive Spanish-language national rights holder through ESPN Deportes Radio on terrestrial radio, satellite and all forms of radio devices including digital and third party platforms.
“Championship play by play and compelling talk are the tent poles of ESPN Audio, so we are thrilled to expand our relationship with the NBA through 2025, continuing our English-language comprehensive coverage from Opening Night through the last game of the Finals,” said Traug Keller, ESPN senior vice president, production business divisions. “Adding top-tier content for ESPN Deportes Radio and expanding our distribution platforms only strengthens our ability to serve NBA fans.”
The new and enhanced rights include:
- Exclusive Spanish-language rights, including the playoffs and Finals, across terrestrial radio, satellite and all forms of radio devices
- Exclusive English-language rights across satellite and all forms of radio devices.
ESPN Audio will continue to:
- Provide season-long English-language broadcast coverage on terrestrial radio
- Broadcast the NBA Draft.
About ESPN Audio
ESPN Radio, the country’s largest sports radio network, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPNRadio.com, and ESPN Podcasts comprise ESPN Audio.
ESPN Radio, which launched January 1, 1992, provides more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually, reaching 24 million listeners a week on 500 nationwide stations, including more than 360 full-time affiliates and clearance in the top 25 markets. ESPN owns and/or operates stations in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. ESPN Radio programming is also available on SiriusXM and via digital distributors iTunes Radio, Slacker Radio and TuneIn.
ESPN Digital Audio includes one of the most listened to live streams of any terrestrial broadcaster in the world – reaching more than 714,000 listeners per month who logged more than six billion total listening minutes in 2013, with 15.4 million session starts per month (source: Ando Media). Additionally, ESPN Digital On Demand Content logged 216 million completed downloads in 2013 via the ESPN PodCenter and iTunes.