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The puck is dropped for the NHL hockey All Star final game between the Atlantic Division and the Pacific Division Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

NHL Signs New Media Agreement With ESPN, ABC Including Stanley Cup Final

The National Hockey League will return to ESPN after a 17-year hiatus starting with the 2021–2022 season as part of a seven-year broadcasting agreement that will see four Stanley Cup finals over the length of the partnership on ABC as well as more than 1,000 games per season streaming on ESPN Plus. ESPN and the […]

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SEC Football and Basketball Headed to ESPN/ABC

The Southeastern Conference will move its signature events in football and men’s basketball from CBS to ESPN/ABC starting in 2024–2025. The 10-year deal is reportedly worth nearly $300 million per year and will include up to 15 premier football games and the SEC Championship as well as eight top basketball matchups across ABC and ESPN. […]

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ESPN to Air American Kennel Club National Championship

The American Kennel Club and ESPN have announced a three-year content agreement that will bring high-energy dog programming to the sports network and its affiliated channels, including digital rights for select events to stream live on the ESPN App. The agreement will also allow ABC to air the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin […]

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ESPN Announces Bowl Game Lineup

While the fate of the college bowl season has been up in the air for months, ESPN has announced a broadcast schedule for 35 games that should help bring some clarity to the postseason and its events. The network has announced its broadcast plans, including 13 games owned and operated by ESPN Events as well […]

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Timmy Hill (No. 66) beats Ryan Preece (No. 37) to the checkered flag at Texas in the the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 125 at iRacing’s virtual Texas Motor Speedway on March 29, 2020.

Professional Leagues, Networks Turning to Esports

With no live events to broadcast, sports leagues and their television partners are going to the next best thing—having esports take their place in sports from auto racing to basketball as fallout continues from the coronavirus pandemic. What started as replacement programming for a regional cable network has shifted to broadcast sports, as ESPN is […]

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League of Legends Championship Series Gets Broadcast Deal

The League of Legends Championship Series will air on ESPN2 with spring playoffs already underway,  leading to the championship event on April 19. Each of the playoff series will be a best-of-five with the winner of the spring playoffs representing North America at the 2020 Mid-Season Invitational in July. “We’re excited to work with Riot […]

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Sports Industry Bullish on Eventual Post-Coronavirus World

While the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted life throughout the world, sports industry leaders remain optimistic that fans will flock to events once games on every level of action resume. During the Sports Business Journal’s CAA World Congress virtual event, taking the place of a scheduled in-person event in California disrupted by the coronavirus, a series […]

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ESPN and Special Olympics Reach Eight-Year Extension

ESPN and Special Olympics have agreed to an eight-year extension for global broadcasts of Special Olympics events and the network’s presenting sponsorship of Special Olympics Unified Sports. “The relationship between ESPN and Special Olympics spans nearly three and a half decades and has been built on a bedrock of shared belief in the power of […]

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