ESPN

  • espn
    espn wordmark.svg
    launchedseptember 7, 1979; 40 years ago (1979-09-07)
    owned byespn inc.
    (the walt disney company (80%)
    hearst communications (20%)
    picture format720p hdtv
    (downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the sdtv feed)
    sloganthe worldwide leader in sports
    countryunited states
    languageenglish
    headquartersbristol, connecticut
    sister channel(s)
    • espn2
    • espn3
    • espnews
    • espnu
    • espn on abc
    • espn deportes
    • espn classic
    • longhorn network
    • sec network
    • acc network
    • espn goal line & bases loaded
    websitewww.espn.com
    availability
    satellite
    directv
    • channel 206
    • channel 209-1 (alternate feed)
    • channel 1206 (vod)
    dish network
    • channel 140
    • channels 144, 145, 146, 147 (alternate feeds)
    cable
    available on most u.s. cable systemschannel slots may vary
    iptv
    at&t u-verse
    • channel 602 (sd)
    • channel 1602 (hd)
    verizon fios
    • channel 70 (sd)
    • channel 570 (hd)
    google fiberchannel 21
    streaming media
    watchespn.com
    (u.s. pay-tv subscribers only)
    at&t tv nowinternet protocol television
    hulu with live tvinternet protocol television
    youtube tvinternet protocol television
    sling tvinternet 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.[1] while espn is one of the most successful sports networks, there has been much criticism of espn, which includes accusations of biased coverage,[2] 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.[3]

    in addition to the flagship channel and its seven related channels in the united states, espn broadcasts in more than 200 countries,[4] 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.[5]

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ESPN
ESPN wordmark.svg
LaunchedSeptember 7, 1979; 40 years ago (1979-09-07)
Owned byESPN Inc.
(The Walt Disney Company (80%)
Hearst Communications (20%)
Picture format720p HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
SloganThe worldwide leader in sports
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
HeadquartersBristol, Connecticut
Sister channel(s)
Websitewww.espn.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV
  • Channel 206
  • Channel 209-1 (alternate feed)
  • Channel 1206 (VOD)
Dish Network
  • Channel 140
  • Channels 144, 145, 146, 147 (alternate feeds)
Cable
Available on most U.S. cable systemsChannel slots may vary
IPTV
AT&T U-verse
  • Channel 602 (SD)
  • Channel 1602 (HD)
Verizon Fios
  • Channel 70 (SD)
  • Channel 570 (HD)
Google FiberChannel 21
Streaming media
watchespn.com
(U.S. pay-TV subscribers only)
AT&T TV NowInternet Protocol television
Hulu with Live TVInternet Protocol television
YouTube TVInternet Protocol television
Sling TVInternet 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.[1] While ESPN is one of the most successful sports networks, there has been much criticism of ESPN, which includes accusations of biased coverage,[2] 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.[3]

In addition to the flagship channel and its seven related channels in the United States, ESPN broadcasts in more than 200 countries,[4] 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.[5]