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 Continue Reading

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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 Continue Reading

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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 Continue Reading

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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 Continue Reading


XFL Games to Air on ESPN, ABC and Fox

The revived XFL has announced multiyear broadcast agreements with ESPN, ABC and Fox Sports to air games starting with the league’s inaugural season in 2020. XFL games will air weekly on ABC and Fox, with ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and FS2 sharing broadcast duties throughout the season as well. The league will air back-to-back games starting Saturday afternoons at Continue Reading

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PlayStation Renews Title Sponsorship of the 2019 Fiesta Bowl

PlayStation has renewed its multiyear agreement with ESPN and will return as the title sponsor of the Fiesta Bowl. The annual event, one of the College Football Playoff New Year’s Six bowl games, will be held on January 1, 2019, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. “PlayStation has been an unbelievable partner over the last two years. Continue Reading

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