Through their joint venture, ESPN Inc., The Walt Disney Company (80% and operational control) and Hearst Communications (20%) own ESPN, an American international basic cable sports channel. Bill, Scott, and Ed Eagan started the corporation in 1979 under the name Entertainment and Sports Programming Network.
ESPN’s main broadcasting locations are their studios in Bristol, Connecticut. In addition, the network runs auxiliary studios and offices in Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Las Vegas, Seattle, Charlotte, Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas. As of March 5, 2018, James Pitaro is the chairman of ESPN, having assumed the role on December 18, 2017, when John Skipper resigned.
ESPN had 76 million television households in the US as of November 2021, a 24% decrease from over ten years earlier. The channel’s reach was down to 72.5 million homes as of June 2023. ESPN transmits in more than 200 countries, in addition to its flagship station and its seven affiliated channels in the US. It runs regional channels in the Netherlands, Latin America, Africa, and Australia. It holds a 20 percent stake in The Sports Network (TSN) and its five sibling networks in Canada. Despite its popularity, ESPN is criticized for a variety of issues, such as partisan reporting, conflicts of interest, and disputes with specific commentators and broadcasters.


What was the original mission of ESPN?

(The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network)

We were the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (henceforth, ESPN) when we launched in 1979. But it took too long to paint that name on our chests on game day, so in 1985 we changed our corporate name and dropped it.

ESPN, Inc. Fact Sheet

Eight U.S. television networks, the top sports app, direct-to-consumer ESPN+, top social and digital platforms,, ESPN Audio, initiatives on every continent in the globe, and more make up ESPN, the world’s top multiplatform sports entertainment brand. Hearst owns 20% of ESPN while ABC, Inc., an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, owns the remaining 80%.
ESPN is headquartered in Bristol, Connecticut, and employs about 3,800 people globally. Over 1.3 million square feet spread across 19 buildings on 120 acres make up ESPN Plaza (an additional 200,000+ square feet are rented in two nearby areas).
ESPN was founded on September 7, 1979, and ABC, Inc., an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, owns 80% of the company. Hearst owns twenty percent of the company. When ESPN first got its start in 1978, it rented office space in Plainville, Connecticut, until eventually buying and developing the Bristol facility.

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In March 2018, Jimmy Pitaro was named the seventh president of ESPN, and in February 2023, he was named Chairman of ESPN.

American Television

ABC broadcasts ESPN on eight domestic cable networks: ESPN (established in 1979, with an HD debut in 2003); ESPN2 (1993, with an HD debut in 2005); ESPNEWS (1996, with an HD debut in 2008); ESPNU (2005, with an HD debut in 2008); the Spanish-language ESPN Deportes (2004, with an HD debut in 2011); the regionally oriented Longhorn Network (2011); the SEC Network (August 2014) and the ACC Network (August 2019).


Important US Programming

SportsCenter: Originally airing on September 7, 1979, the day ESPN launched, its flagship program established the sports news genre. It provides in-depth analysis, features, highlights, and breaking news from journalists who have won awards.
The Masters, WNBA, Little League World Series, college football, the College Football Playoff, men’s and women’s college basketball, including the women’s NCAA Tournament, tennis’s Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open, all the way to the end, the NFL’s Monday Night Football, MLB, NBA (The Finals on ABC), NHL (Stanley Cup Finals on ABC), and more.
NFL, MLB, NBA, and collegiate football and basketball studio shows with a focus on sports on a daily and weekly basis.
Documentaries and original programming, like the “30 for 30” films, have received critical praise and awards.

ESPN Plaza and Additional Production Sites

At ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, you may find one of the biggest and most cutting-edge TV production facilities in the world. More than 400,000 square feet are available between Digital Center-1 (2004) and Digital Center-2 (2014). NFL programs, SportsCenter, and other content are housed there. Over 120 acres and 1.3 million square feet of office and production space, 19 buildings make up ESPN Plaza.
2009 saw the opening of ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center (LAPC) in the LA LIVE retail and entertainment complex. With four studios, the 129,000-square-foot facility creates content for ESPN’s US networks, which include Fútbol Americas, ESPN FC, Ahora O Nunca by ESPN Deportes, NBA Today, SportsCenter, and In the Creas.
A brand-new building in South Street Seaport in New York, with views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River, opened for business in April 2018. It is home to Get Up, First Take, and other shows (TV, radio, podcasts) and has two studios that are connected to control rooms at different locations. A massive rooftop platform that can hold a public audience and a separate NFL (2020) studio are added to the 21,000 square foot facility.
A 38,000-square-foot addition to ESPN’s Charlotte, North Carolina headquarters that houses two multipurpose studios and almost two dozen departments was made in 1999. The Charlotte Production Center is home to SEC Network. Some of the shows produced there are The Paul Finebaum Show, SEC Now, SEC This Morning, Marty & McGee, Read & React, Out of Pocket, and Rally Cap. In order to accommodate more departments located in Charlotte, ESPN started leasing more office space across the street from the Charlotte Production Center in 2014.August 2020 saw the opening of the new Daily Wager studio in Las Vegas, along with various TV features for digital, social, and Sports Center. Three studios are housed in the 6,000 square foot building, which is connected to technical operations and ESPN control rooms across the nation.
ESPN has a studio in Washington, D.C., in addition to Austin, Texas, which is home to Longhorn Network.



Inaugurated in April 2018, ESPN+ is the leading sports streaming service in the United States, providing sports fans with unrivaled on-demand replays and original content, premium written articles authored by the best reporters and analysts from, and exclusive access to over 27,000 live sporting events annually. Visit,, or the ESPN App on mobile and connected devices to sign up for ESPN+. Visit the ESPN+ Press Kit to learn more.


ESPN Radio, the biggest sports radio network in the country and the source of over half of all sports listeners,, and ESPN Podcasts make up ESPN Audio.
Almost 500 stations, including over 400 full-time affiliates and clearance in the top 25 markets, broadcast more than 9,000 hours of conversation and event content yearly to over 32 million listeners. ESPN Radio was founded on January 1, 1992. National programming from ESPN Radio is also accessible on SiriusXM and through digital distributors like TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Apple Music.
With over 35 unique productions, in addition to television and radio programs from ESPN, ESPN Audio is a leader in the sports podcast market, having debuted with its first podcast in 2005. Offerings center on intriguing characters, storytelling, and “sports passions.” You may get ESPN’s podcasts from any podcast downloader.


Digital, ESPN App, ESPN3, ESPN Fantasy Sports,,,, market-, college-, and sport-specific websites, and more are among Digital ESPN’s properties.

ESPN International

ESPN reaches sports fans worldwide through 44 networks (in 71 countries and territories across all seven continents), as well as digital, radio, consumer goods, and event management through its associated networks and businesses.
There are eleven local versions of SportsCenter available in three languages: Spanish, Portuguese, and English. These versions feature key international sports like the UEFA Champions League and other elite soccer, cricket, and tennis competitions, as well as major U.S. sports like the NFL, MLB, NBA, NASCAR, IRL, and all golf and tennis Grand Slam tournaments.
Amsterdam, Bengaluru, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, London, Melbourne, Mexico City, Mumbai, New York, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto, and Bristol, Conn. are among the cities with offices or production facilities.

Event Management

ESPYS (launched in 1993)
ESPN Events owns and operates 35 events, highlighted by 18 college bowl games and 11 college basketball events. 

Final Goods

Through a range of retail channels, ESPN Consumer Products provides fans with premium collections that are influenced by captivating content, distinctive marketing initiatives, and ESPN’s recognizable personality. Sports items, indoor and outdoor recreation, and branded and co-branded clothing and accessories are among the categories.

ESPN Wide World of Sports

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Walt Disney World in Orlando is a premier multi-sport stadium for amateur and professional sports, holding 100 events annually, some of which are broadcast on ESPN platforms.


Business Ethics

At ESPN, we tell the world inspirational and tenacious tales every day. We are happy to expand the story around sports’ transformative power through our own Corporate Citizenship programs and efforts, since we have firsthand experience with this power.
Our multifaceted community activities, such as employee volunteerism, charitable giving, cause marketing, and sustainability, are all included in ESPN Corporate Citizenship. We also use our media assets to connect and empower diverse populations.


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