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{{About|the U.S. television channel|ESPN channels in other countries|ESPN International|the company and other channels of the same name|ESPN Inc.{{!}}ESPN Inc.|the railroad|East Penn Railroad}}{{short description|American pay television sports network}}{{Use mdy dates|date=January 2019}}

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}}| online serv 2 = AT&T TV NowIPTV>Internet Protocol televisionHulu>Hulu Live TVIPTV>Internet Protocol television| online serv 4 = PlayStation VueIPTV>Internet Protocol television| online serv 5 = Sling TVIPTV>Internet Protocol television| online serv 6 = YouTube TVIPTV>Internet Protocol television}}ESPN (originally an initialism for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is a U.S.-based pay television sports channel owned by ESPN Inc., owned jointly by The Walt Disney Company (80%) and Hearst Communications (20%). The company was founded in 1979 by Bill Rasmussen along with his son Scott Rasmussen and Ed Egan.ESPN broadcasts primarily from studio facilities located in Bristol, Connecticut. The network also operates offices in Miami, New York City, Seattle, Charlotte, and Los Angeles. James Pitaro currently serves as chairman of ESPN, a position he has held since March 5, 2018, following the resignation of John Skipper on December 18, 2017.NEWS, John Skipper is promoted to ESPN president,weblink Los Angeles Times, James, Meg, November 23, 2011,weblink" title="">weblink January 27, 2012, January 24, 2012, dead, While ESPN is one of the most successful sports networks, there has been much criticism of ESPN, which includes accusations of biased coverage,Geography lesson: Breaking down the bias in ESPN's coverage,, August 15, 2008. conflict of interest, and controversies with individual broadcasters and analysts.File:ESPN HQ.jpg|thumb|right|ESPN headquarters in Bristol, ConnecticutBristol, ConnecticutAs of September 2018, ESPN is available to approximately 86 million television households (93.2% of households with pay television) in the United Statesweblink In addition to the flagship channel and its seven related channels in the United States, ESPN broadcasts in more than 200 countries,ESPN Inc Encyclopædia Britannica. operating regional channels in Australia, Brazil, Latin America, and the United Kingdom, and owning a 20% interest in The Sports Network (TSN) as well as its five sister networks in Canada.In 2011, ESPN's history and rise was chronicled in Those Guys Have All the Fun, a nonfiction book written by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales and published by Little, Brown and Company.WEB,weblink Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN,, August 28, 2016,


Bill Rasmussen conceived the concept of ESPN in late May 1978, after he was fired from his job with the World Hockey Association's New England Whalers. One of the first steps in Bill and his son Scott's (who had also been let go by the Whalers) process was finding land to build the channel's broadcasting facilities. The Rasmussens first rented office space in Plainville, Connecticut. However, the plan to base ESPN there was put on hold because of a local ordinance prohibiting buildings from bearing rooftop satellite dishes. Available land area was quickly found in Bristol, Connecticut (where the channel remains headquartered to this day), with funding to buy the property provided by Getty Oil, which purchased 85% of the company from Bill Rasmussen on February 22, 1979, in an attempt to diversify the company's holdings. This helped the credibility of the fledgling company, however there were still many doubters to the viability of their sports channel concept. Another event that helped build ESPN's credibility was securing an advertising agreement with Anheuser-Busch in the spring of 1979; the company invested $1 million to be the "exclusive beer advertised on the network."NEWS, Hill, ABC buys stake in ESPN, The New York Times, January 3, 1984, ESPN launched on September 7, 1979, beginning with the first telecast of what would become the channel's flagship program, SportsCenter. Taped in front of a small live audience inside the Bristol studios, it was broadcast to 1.4 million cable subscribers throughout the United States.ESPN's next big break came when the channel acquired the rights to broadcast coverage of the early rounds of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. It first aired the NCAA tournament in March 1980, creating the modern day television event known as "March Madness." The channel's tournament coverage also launched the broadcasting career of Dick Vitale, who at the time he joined ESPN, had just been fired as head coach of the Detroit Pistons.In April of that year, ESPN created another made-for-TV spectacle, when it began televising the NFL Draft. It provided complete coverage of the event that allowed rookie players from the college ranks to begin their professional careers in front of a national television audience in ways they were not able to previously.The next major stepping stone for ESPN came over the course of a couple of months in 1984. During this time period, the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) purchased 100% of ESPN from the Rasmussens and Getty Oil. Under Getty ownership, the channel was unable to compete for the television rights to major sports events contracts as its majority corporate parent would not provide the funding, leading ESPN to lose out for broadcast deals with the National Hockey League (to USA Network) and NCAA Division I college football (to TBS). For years, the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball refused to consider cable as a means of broadcasting some of their games.JOURNAL, Wolverton, Brad, López-Rivera, Marisa, Killough, Ashley C., A Powerful League Piles Up Its Advantages., Chronicle of Higher Education, September 4, 2009, 56, 2, A1-A28,weblink November 11, 2015, However, with the backing of ABC, ESPN's ability to compete for major sports contracts greatly increased, and gave it credibility within the sports broadcasting industry.Later in 1984, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the NCAA could no longer monopolize the rights to negotiate the contracts for college football games, allowing each individual school to negotiate broadcast deals of their choice. ESPN took full advantage and began to broadcast a large number of NCAA football games, creating an opportunity for fans to be able to view multiple games each weekend (instead of just one), the same deal that the NCAA had previously negotiated with TBS. ESPN's breakthrough moment occurred in 1987, when it secured a contract with the NFL to broadcast eight games during that year's regular season – all of which aired on Sunday nights, marking the first broadcasts of Sunday NFL primetime games. ESPN's Sunday Night Football games would become the highest-rated NFL telecasts for the next 17 years (before losing the rights to NBC in 2006).NEWS, Goodwin, Michael, ESPN Ends season in middle of pack, The New York Times, October 28, 1987, The channel's decision to broadcast NFL games on Sunday evenings actually resulted in a decline in viewership for the daytime games shown on the major broadcast networks, marking the first time that ESPN had been a legitimate competitor to NBC and CBS, which had long dominated the sports television market.In 1992, ESPN launched ESPN Radio, a national sports talk radio network providing analysis and commentary programs (including shows such as Mike and Mike in the Morning and The Herd) as well as audio play-by-play of sporting events (including some simulcasted with the ESPN television channel).On October 10, 1993, ESPN2 – a secondary channel that originally was programmed with a separate lineup of niche sports popular with males 18–49 years old (with snowboarding and the World Series of Poker as its headliners) as well as serving as an overflow channel for ESPN – launched on cable systems reaching to 10 million subscribers. It became the fastest growing cable channel in the U.S. during the 1990s, eventually expanding its national reach to 75 million subscribers.Ownership of ABC, and in effect control of ESPN, was acquired by Capital Cities Communications in 1985.WEB,weblink Capital Cities Communications To Buy ABC for $3.5 Billion, David A., Vise, March 19, 1985, December 23, 2017,, ESPN's parent company renamed themselves as Capital Cities/ABC Inc. Capital Cities/ABC Inc. was then acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 1996WEB, THE MEDIA BUSINESS;Disney and ABC Shareholders Solidly Approve Merger Deal,weblink Geraldine Fabrikant, The New York Times, July 8, 2013, and was re-branded as Walt Disney Television.On April 26, 2017, approximately 100 ESPN employees were notified that their positions with the sports network had been terminated, among them athletes-turned-analysts Trent Dilfer and Danny Kanell, and noted journalists like NFL beat reporter Ed Werder and Major League Baseball expert Jayson Stark.WEB,weblink ESPN layoffs: Firings list, details on state at network |, April 26, 2017, Time Inc., Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated, October 28, 2017, The layoffs came as ESPN continued to shed viewers, more than 10 million over a period of several years, while paying big money for the broadcast rights to such properties as the NFL, NBA and College Football Playoff.WEB,weblink A Struggling ESPN Lays Off Many On-Air Personalities, April 26, 2017, The New York Times Company, Joe Drape and Brooks Barnes, The New York Times, April 26, 2017, Further cost-cutting measures taken include moving the studio operations of ESPNU to Bristol from Charlotte, North Carolina,WEB,weblink ESPN layoffs hit Charlotte offices, April 26, 2017, The McClatchy Company, Katherine Peralta, The Charlotte Observer, April 27, 2017, reducing its longtime MLB studio show Baseball Tonight to Sundays as a lead-in to the primetime game and adding the MLB Network-produced Intentional Talk to ESPN2's daily lineup.WEB,weblink ESPN cutting Baseball Tonight to Sundays only, partnering with MLB Network on Intentional Talk, April 27, 2017, Awful Announcing, Ian Casselberry, Awful Announcing, April 27, 2017, On April 12, 2018, ESPN began a supplemental over-the-top streaming service known as ESPN+.NEWS,weblink ESPN+ will launch on April 12th for $4.99 per month, The Verge, April 3, 2018,


{{See also|List of programs broadcast by ESPN|List of ESPN sports properties|List of UFC events}}Alongside its live sports broadcasts, ESPN also airs a variety of sports highlight, talk, and documentary-styled shows. These include: Many of ESPN's documentary programs (such as 30 for 30 and Nine for IX) are produced by ESPN Films, a film division created in March 2008 as a restructuring of ESPN Original Entertainment, a programming division that was originally formed in 2001. 30 for 30 started airing in 2009 and continues airing to this day. Each episode is through the eyes of a well known filmmaker and has featured some of the biggest directors in Hollywood.WEB,weblink 30 for 30, The 30 for 30 film (O.J.: Made in America) won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2017, the first such Oscar for ESPN.WEB,weblink 'O.J.: Made In America' wins best documentary feature Oscar, ESPN, Since September 2006, ESPN has been integrated with the sports division of sister broadcast network ABC, with sports events televised on that network airing under the banner ESPN on ABC;NEWS,weblink ESPN, 'ESPN on ABC' to debut during college football season, August 10, 2006, Associated Press, much of ABC's sports coverage since the rebranding has become increasingly limited to secondary coverage of sporting events whose broadcast rights are held by ESPN (such as NBA games, and the X Games and its related qualifying events) as well as a limited array of event coverage not broadcast on ESPN (most notably, the NBA Finals).Ultimate Fighting Championship signed a 5-year contract with ESPN starting 2019WEB,weblink ESPN wrestles UFC television-rights deal from Fox Sports, USA TODAY, en, 2019-01-30, on ESPN and ESPN + which estimate every quarter 2 event on UFC on ESPN and 6 events on UFC Fight Night on ESPN+.WEB,weblink UFC announces 2019 first quarter schedule: ESPN debut Jan. 19 in Brooklyn, 2018-11-04, MMAjunkie, en, 2019-01-30, In March 2019, ESPN announced a new betting-themed daily program, Daily Wager, hosted by the network's gambling analyst Doug Kezirian.WEB, Battaglio, Stephen, ESPN launches ‘Daily Wager’ as sports betting goes showtime,weblink, 14 May 2019, The program was ESPN's first regularly scheduled program solely dedicated to gaming-related content. On May 14, 2019, ESPN announced a deal with casino operator Caesars Entertainment to establish an ESPN-branded studio at The LINQ Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to produce betting-themed content.WEB, Schulz, Bailey, ESPN studio coming to The Linq Hotel on Las Vegas Strip,weblink Las Vegas Review-Journal, 14 May 2019, 14 May 2019,


  • James Pitaro – President of ESPN, Co-chair, Disney Media Networks NEWS,weblink Disney exec Pitaro named new ESPN president,, March 5, 2018,
  • Sean Bratches – Executive Vice President, Sales and MarketingWEB, SEAN R. H. BRATCHES Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing,weblink ESPN, April 7, 2007,
  • Christine Driessen – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerWEB, CHRISTINE F. DRIESSEN Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer,weblink ESPN, April 7, 2007,
  • Ed Durso – Executive Vice President, AdministrationWEB, EDWIN M. DURSO Executive Vice President, Administration,weblink ESPN, April 7, 2007,
  • Aaron LaBerge – Executive Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerWEB, Aaron LaBerge - ESPN MediaZone,weblink ESPN, July 28, 2015,
  • Norby Williamson – Executive Vice President, ProgrammingWEB, NORBY WILLIAMSON Executive Vice President, Studio and Remote Production,weblink ESPN, April 7, 2007,
  • Russell Wolff – Executive Vice President and Managing Director, ESPN+WEB, RUSSELL WOLFF Executive Vice President and Managing Director, ESPN+,weblink ESPN, November 1, 2018,

Related channels


ESPN2 was launched on October 1, 1993. It carried a broad mix of event coverage from conventional sports—including auto racing, college basketball and NHL hockey—to extreme sports—such as BMX, skateboarding and motocross.NEWS,weblink Whether you get it or not, ESPN2 has no tie to the tried and true, Baltimore Sun, September 25, 2012, October 1, 1993, The "ESPN BottomLine", a ticker displaying sports news and scores during all programming that is now used by all of ESPN's networks, originated on ESPN2 in 1995.NEWS,weblink Dedicated staff keeps close watch on ESPN's Bottom Line, USA Today, March 7, 2008, March 27, 2008, Michael, Hiestand, In the late 1990s, ESPN2 was gradually reformatted to serve as a secondary outlet for ESPN's mainstream sports programming.WEB, The Last Days Of ESPN2,weblink February 1, 2012, Deadspin, September 26, 2012,

ESPN Classic

ESPN Classic is a subscription television network that launched in 1995 as Classic Sports Network, founded by Brian Bedol and Steve Greenberg. ESPN Inc. purchased Classic Sports Network in 1997 for $175 million,NEWS, David, Whitford, The king of the sports deal, May 25, 2010,weblink Fortune (magazine), Fortune, June 2, 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink May 22, 2010, rebranding the channel to its current name the following year. The channel broadcasts notable archived sporting events (originally including events from past decades, but now focusing mainly on events from the 1990s and later), sports documentaries and sports-themed movies.


ESPNews is a subscription television network that was launched on November 1, 1996, originally focusing solely on sports news, highlights and press conferences. Since August 2010, the network has gradually incorporated encores of ESPN's various sports debate and entertainment shows and video simulcasts of ESPN Radio shows, in addition to sports news programming (which since the 2013 cancellation of Highlight Express,WEB,weblink ESPN Cancels "Highlight Express" And "Unite," While Schwab, Hoenig Among Layoffs, June 13, 2013, Street & Smith's Sports Business Daily, June 14, 2013, consists mainly of additional runs of SportsCenter); ESPNews also serves as an overflow feed due to programming conflicts caused by sporting events on the other ESPN networks.

ESPN Deportes

ESPN Deportes ({{IPA-es|ˈen deˈpoɾtes}}, "ESPN Sports") is a subscription television network that was originally launched in July 2001 to provide Spanish language simulcasts of certain Major League Baseball telecasts from ESPN. It became a 24-hour sports channel in January 2004.


ESPNU is a subscription television network that launched on March 4, 2005, and focuses on college athletics including basketball, football, baseball college swimming, and hockey.

Longhorn Network

The Longhorn Network is a subscription television network that was launched on August 26, 2011, focusing on events from the Texas Longhorns varsity sports teams of the University of Texas at Austin.WEB, ESPN and University of Texas unveil 'Longhorn Network' name and logo,weblink, April 3, 2011, It features events from the 20 sports sanctioned by the Texas Longhorns athletics department, along with original programming (including historical, academic and cultural content).

SEC Network

SEC Network is a subscription television network that launched on August 14, 2014, focusing on the coverage of sporting events sanctioned by the Southeastern Conference. Created as a result of a 20-year broadcast partnership between the two entities, the network is a joint venture between the conference and ESPN Inc. (which operates the network).NEWS,weblink SEC And ESPN Announce New TV Network, SEC, February 5, 2013, September 1, 2013, WEB,weblink SEC Releases 2014 Conference Football Schedule, SEC, August 21, 2013, September 1, 2013,

ACC Network

Launching on August 22, 2019, the ACC Network is a subscription television network which focuses on the sporting events of the Atlantic Coast Conference as part of a current agreement extending to the 2036-37 academic term as a joint venture of network operator ESPN Inc. and the ACC.NEWS,weblink ACC Network set to launch in August 2019,, 2018-11-30, en,

Other services

ESPN launched its high definition simulcast feed, originally branded as ESPNHD, on March 30, 2003.WEB,weblink On This Day in ESPN History: ESPN HD debuts - ESPN Front Row, March 30, 2016, All studio shows based in Bristol and at L.A. Live, along with most live event telecasts on ESPN, are broadcast in high definition. ESPN is one of the few television networks with an all-digital infrastructure. Archived non-HD programming is presented in (4:3) standard definition with stylized pillarboxing. Pardon the Interruption and Around the Horn began airing in HD on September 27, 2010, with the relocation of the production of both shows into the facility housing the Washington, D.C. bureau for ABC News.ESPN Yakkers Go HD Next Week {{webarchive|url= |date=September 22, 2010 }} September 20, 2010.ESPN, as with Disney/ABC's other television networks, broadcasts HD programming in the 720p resolution format; this is due to the fact that ABC executives had proposed a progressive scan signal that resolves fluid and high-speed motion in sports better, particularly during slow-motion replays.WEB,weblink The HD Experience, ESPN, March 9, 2008, July 5, 2011,weblink" title="">weblink PDF, The network's Digital Center itself natively holds 2160p UHD/4K operations and equipment.NEWS,weblink ESPN Opens New Digital Center, Butts, Tom, May 28, 2014, TV Technology, August 18, 2017, NEWS,weblink The Technology Behind ESPN’S Digital Transformation, McCracken, Harry, June 13, 2016, Fast Company (magazine), Fast Company, August 18, 2017, In 2011, ESPNHD began to downplay its distinct promotional logo in preparation for the conversion of its standard definition feed from a (4:3) full-screen to a letterboxed format (via the application of the AFD #10 display flag), which occurred on June 1 of that year.
WatchESPN was a website for desktop computers, as well as an application for smartphones and tablet computers that allows subscribers of participating pay-TV providers to watch live streams of programming from ESPN and its sister networks (with the exception of ESPN Classic), including most sporting events, on computers, mobile devices, Apple TV, Roku and Xbox Live via their TV Everywhere login provided by their cable provider. The service originally launched on October 25, 2010 as ESPN Networks, a streaming service which provided a live stream of ESPN exclusive to Time Warner Cable subscribers.WEB, Phillips, Amy, Time Warner Cable Customers Can Now Watch ESPN and On Their Computer,weblink ESPN Inc., September 6, 2012, October 22, 2010, ESPN3, an online streaming service providing live streams and replays of global sports events that launched in 2005 as a separate website,MAGAZINE, Roberts, Daniel, ESPN's secret web weapon: ESPN3,weblink August 20, 2014, Fortune (magazine), Fortune, January 22, 2014, was incorporated into the WatchESPN platform on August 31, 2011.WEB, Nagle, Dave, ESPN, Inc.: 2011 in Review,weblink ESPN Inc., September 6, 2012, January 6, 2012, Likewise, ESPN+ was launched in April 2018 as an add-on subscription for $4.99 per month.WEB,weblink ESPN+ will launch on April 12th for $4.99 per month, On June 1, 2019, WatchESPN was discontinued with the service's full merger into the ESPN app.
ESPN Events
ESPN Regional Television (formerly branded as ESPN Plus) is the network's syndication arm, which produces collegiate sporting events for free-to-air television stations throughout the United States (primarily those affiliated with networks such as The CW and MyNetworkTV or independent stations). ESPN Plus syndicates college football and basketball games from the American Athletic Conference, Big 12 Conference,WEB,weblink Men抯 Basketball Television FAQ,, Mid-American Conference, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Sun Belt Conference and the Western Athletic Conference.
ESPN on Snapchat
ESPN distributes various content on Snapchat Discover, including a Snapchat-only version of SportsCenter.
ESPN MVP (initially known as Mobile ESPN) was a 2005 attempt at having ESPN operate a mobile virtual network operator with exclusive mobile content, first as a feature phone, then after ESPN MVP's termination into a Verizon Wireless paid service. Technologies developed for it have since been transferred to the network's successful mobile strategy in the smartphone era.

International channels

ESPN owns and operates regional channels in Brazil, Caribbean, Latin America and Oceania. In Canada, ESPN is a minority owner of The Sports Network (TSN) and the French-language Réseau des sports (RDS). ESPN also has a minority stake in J Sports in Japan. In the United Kingdom, BT Group operates the channel BT Sport ESPN.In India, it is operated by Sony Pictures Networks under the name Sony ESPN with English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Malayalam feeds.

In popular culture

{{More citations needed section|date=December 2011}}ESPN has been a part of popular culture since its inception. Many movies with a general sports theme will include ESPN announcers and programming into their storylines.Many jokes have been made by comedians about fake obscure sports that are shown on ESPN. Dennis Miller mentioned watching "sumo rodeo," while George Carlin stated that ESPN showed "Australian dick wrestling." One of several Saturday Night Live sketches poking fun at the network features a fictional ESPN2 program called Scottish Soccer Hooligan Weekly, which includes a fake advertisement for "Senior Women's Beach Lacrosse." SNL also parodies ESPN Classic with fake archived obscure women's sports event telecasts from the 1980s (such as bowling, weightlifting and curling), with announcers who know nothing about the sport, and instead focus on the sponsors, which were always for feminine hygiene products. In the early years of ESPN, Late Night with David Letterman even featured a "Top Ten List" segment poking fun at some of the obscure sports seen on ESPN at the time. One of the more memorable sports on the list was "Amish Rake Fighting." A recurring skit on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon named Sports Freak-Out! is a parody of SportsCenter{{'}}s overexcited anchors.The 2004 comedy film (DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story) gently lampoons the channel's multiple outlets by referencing the fictional ESPN8, "The Ocho",WEB,weblink Movie Preview: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, July 30, 2008, Entertainment Weekly, April 21, 2004, a reference to a nickname formerly used by ESPN2, "the Deuce". ESPNU was rebranded ESPN8 The Ocho on August 8, 2017, airing obscure competitions such as disc golf, kabaddi, arm wrestling and roller derby.Life imitates art: ESPN 8 'The Ocho' debuts August 8 - Rob Williams, Daily Hive, August 4, 2017 On August 8, 2018, the special returned on ESPN2, featuring competitions such as jousting, lightsaber fighting, ultimate frisbee, spikeball, lawn mower racing, roller derby and chess boxing.ESPN2 is now ESPN ‘The Ocho.’ Here’s what’s on TV. - Jacob Bogage, August 8, 2018Japanese videogame publisher Konami launched the ESPN MLS GameNight and ESPN MLS ExtraTime 2002 soccer games. In the early 1990s, Electronic Arts games featured a logo for a fictional sports TV network, EASN (Electronic Arts Sports Network); this was soon changed to EA Sports after ESPN requested that the company stop using the similar name. In 2005, both companies signed a 15-year partnership, where the ESPN brand and personalities are integrated into EA Sports video games. Grid 2 also features prominent ESPN branding.Grid 2 review - Martin Robinson, Eurogamer, May 28, 2013An occasional joke used in comedic television and film involves people getting ESP (the common abbreviation for extrasensory perception, that was coincidentally the working abbreviation for the channel prior to its launch) confused with ESPN, often including someone saying a sentence along the lines of "I know these kinds of things, I've got ESPN." There are also at least 22 children that are named after the network.NEWS,weblink ESPN, Texas toddler at least third named ESPN, June 16, 2006, NEWS,weblink Lampley nearing most-called Olympics, June 9, 2008, Hiestand, Michael, February 7, 2006, USA Today, ESPN says it's heard of at least 22 babies named ESPN, On November 19, 2017, in Season 29, episode 7 of The Simpsons, entitled "Singin' in the Lane", the bowling tournament is being streamed on ESPN8, which is a parody of ESPN8: The Ocho.


ESPN has been criticized for focusing too much on men's college and professional sports, and very little on women's sports or extreme sports.BOOK,weblink The ESPN effect : exploring the worldwide leader in sports, Lavelle, Katherine L, McGuire, John, 1961-, Armfield, Greg G.,, Earnheardt, Adam C., 1970-, 9781433126000, New York, Chapter 10 The ESPN Effect Representation of Women in 30 for 30 Films, 917889678, Ice hockey and soccer fans have also criticized ESPN for not giving their respective sports more coverage.NEWS,weblink ESPN just gutted its hockey coverage in the middle of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Dan, Steinberg, Chicago Tribune, WEB,weblink ESPN+ is another smack in the face for soccer fans - World Soccer Talk, April 10, 2018, Other criticism has focused on ethnicity in ESPN's varying mediated forms, as well as carriage fees and issues regarding the exportation of ESPN content.BOOK, Earnheardt, Adam C., McGuire, John, Armfield, Greg, Earnheardt, Adam C., The ESPN Effect: Exploring the Worldwide Leader in Sports, Peter Lang, July 17, 2015, 265–270, Chapter 20 Afterword: Challenging the Worldwide Leader in Sports, 978-1433126000, Some critics argue that ESPN's success is their ability to provide other enterprise and investigative sports news while competing with other hard sports-news-producing outlets such as Yahoo! Sports and Fox Sports.WEB,weblink Why ESPN Is Worth $40 Billion As The World's Most Valuable Media Property, Badenhausen, Kurt, November 9, 2012, Forbes, February 23, 2018, Some scholars have challenged ESPN's journalistic integrity calling for an expanded standard of professionalism to prevent biased coverage and conflicts of interest.JOURNAL, Oates, T. P., Pauly, J., 2007, Sports journalism as moral and ethical discourse, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 22, 332–347, 10.1080/08900520701583628,

See also




  • BOOK, McGuire, John, Armfield, Greg G., Earnheardt, Adam C., The ESPN Effect: The Making of a Sports Media Empire, Peter Lang, 2015, 978-1433126000,
  • BOOK, Miller, James Andrew, Shales, Tom, Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN, Little, Brown and Company, 2011, 978-0-316-04300-7,
  • BOOK, Travis, Vogan, ESPN: The Making of a Sports Media Empire, University of Illinois Press, 2015, 978-0-252-03976-8,

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