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ESPN is an American based global cable televeesion network focusin on sports-relatit programmin includin live an recordit event telecasts, sports talk shaws, an ither oreeginal programmin. Its name derives frae Entertainment an Sports Programmin Network. It is a jynt venture o The Walt Disney Company (80 percent) an Hearst Corporation (20 percent). However, for aw practical purposes, it is operatit bi Disney as a sister network tae ABC.

ESPN logo syne 1985
Launched September 7, 1979
Network ESPN Network
Ained bi ESPN Inc.
(The Walt Disney Company–80%
Hearst Corporation–20%)
Pictur format 720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV/16:9 letterbox)
Slogan The Warldwide Leader In Sports
Leid Inglis
Broadcast aurie Warldwide
Heidquarters Bristol, Connecticut, Unitit States
Seester channel(s) ESPN2
ESPN Films
ESPN Classic
ESPN Deportes
ESPN Americae
Longhorn Network
SEC Network
Wabsteid ESPN
DirecTV 206 (HD/SD)
210-1 Alternate feed (HD)
210 Alternate feed (SD)
1206 VOD
Dish Network 140 (HD/SD)
145 147 148 Alternate feeds
Available on maist cable systems Check local leetins for channels
Verizon FiOS 570 (HD)
70 (SD)
AT&T U-Verse 1602 (HD)
602 (SD)
Streaming media
WatchESPN Watch live (US cable subscribers anly)

Foondit bi Bill Rasmussen, his son Scott Rasmussen an Aetna insurance agent Ed Eagan, it launched on September 7, 1979, unner the direction o Chet Simmons, the network's Preses an CEO (an later the Unitit States Fitbaa League's first commissioner). The Getty Ile Company providit fundin tae begin the new venture via executive Stuart Evey. John Skipper is ESPN's current preses, a poseetion he haes held syne Januar 1, 2012.

ESPN's signatur telecast, SportsCenter, debuted wi the network an aired its 50,000t episode on September 13, 2012. ESPN broadcasts primarily frae its studios in Bristol, Connecticut. The network an aa operates offices in Miami; New York Ceety; Seattle; Charlotte; an Los Angeles. The Los Angeles office, frae which the late-nicht edeetion o SportsCenter is nou broadcast, opened at L.A. Live in early 2009.

While ESPN is ane o the maist successful sports networks, it haes nae been free frae criticism, which includes accusations o biased coverage,[1] conflict o interest, an controversies wi individual broadcasters an analysts.


  1. [1], August 15, 2008.

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