|launched||september 7, 1979|
|owned by||espn inc.|
(the walt disney company (80%)
hearst communications (20%)
|picture format||720p hdtv|
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the sdtv feed)
|slogan||the worldwide leader in sports|
- espn on abc
- espn deportes
- espn classic
- longhorn network
- sec network
- acc network
- espn goal line & bases loaded
- channel 206
- channel 209-1 (alternate feed)
- channel 1206 (vod)
- channel 140
- channels 144, 145, 146, 147 (alternate feeds)
|available on most u.s. cable systems||channel slots may vary|
- channel 602 (sd)
- channel 1602 (hd)
- channel 70 (sd)
- channel 570 (hd)
|google fiber||channel 21|
(u.s. pay-tv subscribers only)
|at&t tv now||internet protocol television|
|hulu with live tv||internet protocol television|
|youtube tv||internet protocol television|
|sling tv||internet protocol television|
espn (originally an initialism for entertainment and sports programming network) is an american basic cable 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. while espn is one of the most successful sports networks, there has been much criticism of espn, which includes accusations of biased coverage, conflict of interest, and controversies with individual broadcasters and analysts.
espn headquarters in bristol, connecticut
as of september 2018, espn is available to approximately 86 million television households (93.2% of households with pay television) in the united states.
in addition to the flagship channel and its seven related channels in the united states, espn broadcasts in more than 200 countries, 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.