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Type  Joint venture
Website  espn.com
Industry  Sports broadcasting
Founded  14 July 1978
Key people  George Bodenheimer (Executive Chairman) John Skipper (President)
Owner  The Walt Disney Company (80%) Hearst Corporation (20%)
CEO  John Skipper (1 Jan 2012–)
Headquarters  Bristol, Connecticut, United States
Parent organizations  The Walt Disney Company, American Broadcasting Company
Subsidiaries  ESPN, ESPNU, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes
Founders  Bill Rasmussen, Scott Rasmussen

ESPN Inc. is an American sports media conglomerate based in Bristol, Connecticut. Jointly owned by The Walt Disney Company and the Hearst Corporation (which owns a 20% minority share), it owns various sports broadcasting operations, including cable channels (such as the titular ESPN), a sports radio network, an accompanying website, and other assets.


ESPN markets itself as the "Worldwide Leader in Sports". Most programming on ESPN networks consist of live or tape-delayed sporting events, sports news programming, sports talk shows, and original series and documentaries.

In August 2016, Disney purchased a 1/3 stake in BAMTech for $1 billion from MLB Advanced Media with the option to purchase a majority share. Disney purchased the stake to first develop a ESPN subscription streaming service. The service would not include any current ESPN channel or its content, but tap BAMTech licensed rights and ESPN college rights.


  • ESPN (1979–present)
  • ESPN International (1989–present)
  • ESPN2 (1993–present)
  • ESPN Australia (1995–present)
  • ESPN Brasil (1995–1999, partnered with TVA; 1999–present, wholly owned by ESPN Inc.)
  • ESPNews (1996–present)
  • ESPN Classic (1997–present)
  • ESPN PPV (1999–present)
  • CTV Specialty Television/The Sports Network, Inc. (2001–present, owns 20% of this subsidiary of Bell Media)
  • TSN – five feeds
  • RDS
  • RDS2
  • RDS Info
  • ESPN Classic Canada
  • Through CTV Specialty Television, ESPN also has an indirect interest in several channels operated in partnership with Discovery Communications. ESPN is not believed to be directly involved with these operations.
  • ESPN Films (2001–present)
  • ESPN Deportes (2004–present)
  • ESPNU (2005–present)
  • ESPN Goal Line, Buzzer Beater, and Bases Loaded (2010–present)
  • ESPN Events, also called ESPN Regional Television
  • Longhorn Network (2011–present, joint venture with The University of Texas at Austin and IMG College)
  • SEC Network (2014–present)
  • Sony ESPN (in partnership with Sony Pictures Networks)
  • Radio

  • ESPN Radio (1992–present)
  • ESPN Deportes Radio (2005–present)
  • ESPN Xtra (2008–present)
  • LRI710 ESPN 107.9 (2010–Present)
  • Rádio Eldorado ESPN (2007–2011)
  • Rádio Estadão ESPN (2011–2012)
  • KESN (FM 103.3, Dallas-Fort Worth; owned by Disney, but operated by Cumulus Media under a local marketing agreement)
  • KSPN (AM 710, Los Angeles)
  • WEPN-FM (FM 98.7, New York City)
  • WEPN (AM) (AM 1050, New York City)
  • WMVP (AM 1000, Chicago)
  • ESPN TalkSPORT (2012–present)
  • WEEI (AM 850, Boston; operated by ESPN Inc. under a local marketing agreement with its licensee, Entercom)
  • Internet

  • ESPN.com (1993–present), flagship site
  • ESPN3 (2005–present), known as ESPN360.com from 2005–2010
  • ESPN Motion (2003–present), broadband video
  • WatchESPN (2011–present), known as ESPN Networks from 2010–2011
  • espnW.com, focusing on women
  • ESPN.mobi, mobile site
  • ESPN Deportes.com, Spanish language
  • ESPN.com.br, Brazil
  • ESPN FC, soccer, formerly ESPN Soccernet
  • ESPNF1.com, Formula 1
  • ESPNcricinfo, cricket
  • ESPNScrum.com, rugby union
  • EXPN.com, extreme sports
  • SportsCenter.com
  • ESPNBoston.com
  • ESPNChicago.com
  • ESPNDallas.com
  • ESPNLosAngeles.com
  • ESPNNewYork.com
  • United Kingdom

    In 2006, ESPN acquired the North American Sports Network (NASN), later re-branded as ESPN America in 2008. ESPN launched a domestic channel in the United Kingdom after acquiring a portion of the local rights package to the Premier League alongside Sky Sports, replacing the collapsing Setanta Sports. The contract lasted from the 2009-10 season to the 2012-13 season. However, by 2012, the network had begun to lose many of its key sports rights, including the Premier League, to BT Group.

    On January 25, 2013, ESPN reached a deal to sell its television business in the United Kingdom and Ireland, including ESPN America's programming rights, to BT Group. The ESPN channel in the United Kingdom was placed under the control of BT Sport, while ESPN Classic and ESPN America were shut down. ESPN continues to operate digital properties targeting the United Kingdom, including its ESPN.co.uk, ESPN FC, ESPNcricinfo, and ESPNscrum websites. Two years later, ESPN reached a long-term deal with BT Sport for British rights to ESPN original programming and international event rights.


  • ESPY Awards (1993–present)
  • ESPN The Magazine (1998–present)
  • The ESPN Sports Poll (1994–present)
  • ESPN Broadband (2002–present)
  • ESPN Books (2004–present)
  • ESPNU.com (2005–present)
  • ESPN Deportes La Revista (2005–present)
  • ESPN Integration (2006–present)
  • ESPN Online Games (2006–present)
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports (2010–present)
  • College football bowl games owned by ESPN Plus
  • X Games (1995–present)
  • References

    ESPN Inc. Wikipedia