ESPN International Fact Sheet
ESPN International is a division of ESPN, Inc., which has grown to include ownership — in whole or in part — of 35 television networks outside of the United States, as well as a variety of additional businesses that allow ESPN to reach sports fans in over 191 countries and territories across all seven continents. ESPN International business entities include television, radio, print, internet, broadband, wireless, consumer products, and event management. The company and its holdings maintain offices or production facilities in key locations around the world including Bangalore, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, Miami, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York City, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, and Toronto. Since 1983, ESPN (originally founded in Bristol, Connecticut, in 1979) has grown around the world, establishing itself as the leading global sports media brand. The company’s philosophy to global growth is to always serve sports fans and be locally relevant to them, with content and products that tap into their great passion and dedication.
ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN. The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with four business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment and consumer products.
JOHN SKIPPER – PRESIDENT, ESPN, INC. and ABC SPORTS, and CO-CHAIRMAN DISNEY MEDIA NETWORKS
John Skipper joined ESPN in 1981. Appointed President, ESPN Inc. on January 1, 2012, he previously had been ESPN’s Executive Vice President, Content. He joined ESPN in 1997 from the Disney Publishing Group.
RUSSELL WOLFF – EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & MANAGING DIRECTOR, ESPN INTERNATIONAL
As Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Russell Wolff is responsible for all of ESPN’s businesses outside of the United States. He is based in New York and reports directly to John Skipper. Wolff serves on the boards of CTV Specialty Television, Inc., ESPN Classic Sport and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Reporting to Wolff are:
- Tim Bunnell – Sr. Vice President, International Programming, Production and Marketing, ESPN International
- Ross Hair – Sr. Vice President and Managing Director, ESPN EMEA
- German Hartenstein – Managing Director, ESPN Brazil
- Lynne Kraselsky – Sr. Vice President International Ad & Sponsorship Sales
- Michael T. Morrison – Vice President & General Manager, Asia Pacific
- Guillermo Tabanera – Sr. Vice President & Managing Director, ESPN Latin America
- Arne Rees – Vice President International Digital Media
ESPN INTERNATIONAL PRIMARY BUSINESS ENTITIES
Television: 35 networks serving over 191 countries and territories across all seven continents in 10 languages (Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish).
Program Syndication: A diverse library containing over 130 leagues and sports, including Boxing, NFL, MLB, NASCAR, IndyCar, NCAA, World Series of Poker, ICC cricket international events – including Cricket World Cup, and NokiaT20 Champions League and ESPN Films, including ESPN’s award-winning documentaries. ESPN syndicates to partners in 200 countries.
Radio: Broadcasting in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Bahamas, ESPN Radio offers a combination of live events, sports news, information and sports talk.
ESPN Mobile: Currently available in English, Portuguese, Spanish, (and Japanese for some services) on every major handset and mobile operating system. ESPN Mobile offers its content via mobile web, mobile messaging, applications on smart phones and tablets, as well as new and emerging mobile technologies.
Online: ESPNFC.com (formerly ESPNsoccernet.com; English, Portuguese, Spanish), ESPNCricinfo.com, ESPNScrum.com (English, Spanish), ESPNF1.com (English, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish), ESPN.com (Spanish), ESPN.co.uk, ESPN.com.br (Portuguese), ESPN.com.au (Australia), ESPNCaribbean.com; ESPNAfrica.com; TSN.ca (English / Canada), and RDS.ca (French / Canada).
Broadband Video: ESPN offers live and on-demand video content through a range of compelling broadband platforms. Branded WatchESPN, ESPN Player, ESPN Play, and ESPN3 across its various global territories, the platforms offer live and on demand sports video to subscribers of select television affiliate and/or Internet Service Provider partners in Spanish-speaking Latin America (ESPN Play and ESPN3), the Caribbean (ESPN Play), Brazil (WatchESPN), and Australia/New Zealand (ESPN3). In Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, ESPN Player is offered directly to consumers on a subscription basis.
Consumer Products: ESPN and X Games branded consumer products, including apparel, Moto X bikes, skateboards, backpacks, books, and DVDs are available in many markets globally, and ESPN Shop online store serves multiple territories around the world.
Publishing: In 2006, ESPN distributed its first Spanish-language book in Latin America entitled Hablemos de Fútbol. In 2008, ESPN launched its first Spanish-language edition of ESPN The Magazine in Mexico. In July of 2012, ESPN The Magazine expanded across Spanish-speaking Latin American and is now exclusively available online across the region via the app ESPN Magazine. In 2009, ESPN Magazine debuted in Brazil.
Event Management: ESPN is the leading action sports content provider and creator of the X Games, the world’s premier action sports competition. As of 2013, X Games has expanded to six annual global events, including Aspen, Colorado, USA; Tignes, France; Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Munich, Germany; Barcelona, Spain; and Los Angeles, California, USA. With relevance to contemporary youth around the world, this expansion is a transformation from an action sports competition brand into an action sports lifestyle brand that will highlight new locations and enhanced cultural and digital elements around the world. In the past, the X Games has successfully organized smaller action sports events, qualifiers and demonstrations in Brazil, Canada, China, France, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Philippines and UAE.
Advertising Sales: ESPN’s global advertising sales teams offer exclusive advertising and sponsorship opportunities across all of ESPN’s multimedia platforms around the world, allowing marketers and brands to reach sports fans globally, locally, or across specific targeted regions or content segments. They offer market-leading and award-winning innovation in providing customized solutions for clients, and delivering unique connections with passion, personality and knowledge.
E S P N A R O U N D T H E W O R L D
ASIA / INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT / PACIFIC RIM
In the Asia/Pacific Rim region, ESPN operates a diverse business that includes a broad portfolio of leading online and mobile brands and services, a leading television and digital media business in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, and partial ownership of J Sports in Japan, with whom it also syndicates content.
In Australia and New Zealand, ESPN offers a multi-channel, multi-media lineup including ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN2, ESPN2 HD and ESPN3.com. The channels deliver fans a diverse portfolio of major global sporting events and properties, as well as locally-relevant content on the FOXTEL and SKY New Zealand platforms. The sports schedule across ESPN channels includes UEFA Champions League and Super Cup, FA Cup, NFL (including the Super Bowl), NBA, RBS Six Nations Rugby Union, ATP tennis, Major League Baseball, AMA Supercross, MLS, World Series of Poker, as well as NCAA American college football and basketball, Breeders’ Cup horse racing, and the Global X Games (expanded to six global events annually, beginning 2013). Additionally, ESPN delivers high quality studio shows, such as SportsCenter and ESPNFC Press Pass as well as the award winning show shot on location – Aussie’s Abroad. ESPN launched a HD service in Australia in May 2008, which is carried on the FOXTEL HD service. In Australia, ESPN also delivers select ESPN 3D telecasts, including the X Games and NCAA college basketball and NBA.
In the digital space, ESPN’s 24 hour broadband sports network, ESPN3.com, delivers live streaming sports to fans who get ESPN on TV, wherever they are, across digital devices. ESPN’s other digital properties, including espn.com.au (launched in 2011); Footytips.com.au, espncricinfo.com (cricket), espnfc.com (soccer), espnscrum.com (rugby), espnF1.com (Formula 1) and ESPN.com (US sport) as well as local social media – Facebook, Twitter & You Tube – continue to provide the most up to date information for fans 24 hours a day.
In India, ESPN is a market-leading digital sports and technology company, aiming to serve fans with great digital sports content and products across the rapidly expanding number and variety of devices that the modern sports fan uses daily. ESPN’s technology, editorial and product teams in Bangalore and Mumbai also serve as an integral part of ESPN’s leading global digital media portfolio and business. Globally, the company has been at the leading edge of nearly every digital content, advertising and technology development since the mid-1990’s, and the company operates the leading collection of online and mobile sports products in the world (online and mobile Web sites, broadband sports streaming services, mobile and tablet apps). In India, ESPN’s brands are led by ESPNcricinfo, the world’s leading cricket website, and the market’s sports category leader in audience size and time spent (consistently ranking among the top overall digital properties – across all categories – in India). It is joined by other growing properties that are showing growth and potential in India, including ESPN.com (US-sports-led multi-sport portal), ESPNFC (formerly ESPNsoccernet, sport vertical dedicated to football/soccer news, analysis, opinion and multimedia), ESPNF1 and ESPN.co.uk (UK-focused sports portal).
Throughout Southeast Asia, ESPN is a fast-growing leader in digital media, with ESPNFC, ESPN.com and ESPNcricinfo leading the way in its portfolio of brands. Fans in the region log tens of millions of visits and hundreds of millions of minutes via computers and mobile devices each month, with mobile traffic growing by double digit percentages year-on-year.
Since its launch in March 1990 (as Japanese Sports Channel), ESPN has been a partner with several Japanese companies in J Sports. Across its channels, J Sports offers Japanese fans coverage of top Japanese and European soccer/football (including the Barclays Premier League and Japanese J League), MLB and other baseball (including the Asia Series, Little League World Series and more), rugby, motorsports, cycling, basketball, MMA, table tennis, badminton and more. In addition to J Sport, ESPN also offers Japanese fans localized mobile and digital versions of ESPNF1 and works closely with the Walt Disney Company in Japan to examine and develop new opportunities and products.
ESPN was a 50/50 partner with News Corporation in Asia for 16 years in the launch and operation of ESPN Star Sports. ESPN and The Walt Disney Company reached agreement with News Corp. in late 2011 to sell its 50 percent stake in the joint venture, a transaction which was completed in October 2012.
Through its equity interest in CTV Specialty Television, Inc., ESPN has seven sports networks televised in Canada: TSN, TSN2, RDS, RDS2, ESPN Classic, NHL Network, and RIS Info Sports. TSN is Canada’s Sports Leader and Canada’s most-watched specialty network. Delivering more sports coverage in high definition than any other network in Canada, TSN’s comprehensive broadcast schedule features an exciting lineup of sports including NHL, MLB, CFL, NFL, NBA, MLS, the IIHF World Junior Championship, Season of Champions Curling, Golf’s Majors, F1, NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, Grand Slam Tennis, EURO 2012 and 2016, the Tour de France, NCAA March Madness tournament and Championship Boxing events. In 2008, TSN2 was launched and now ranks as the most-watched digital sports channel in Canada bringing fans a jam-packed line-up of exclusive live major league sports action. RDS is the only sports network in the world that broadcasts entirely in French, 24-hours a day. ESPN Classic was launched September 7, 2001. NHL Network, launched October 4, 2001 is the definitive hockey destination. NHL Network offers viewers a 24-hour all-access pass to complete hockey coverage both on and off the ice, including live NHL games, the NHL All-Star Game, NHL Stanley Cup Final and NHL Entry Draft. TSN properties include TSN2, TSN MOBILE and the industry-leading sports website TSN.ca.
Based in London, ESPN’s European business operates a multi-faceted, multi-platform business which includes television, online and mobile brands.
On television, ESPN operates three networks in the Europe — ESPN (UK), ESPN America and ESPN Classic and two HD simulcasts (ESPN HD -UK, ESPN America HD).
ESPN launched its signature channel in the UK and the Republic of Ireland on August 3, 2009. The channel features exclusive live coverage of the Barclays Premier League, Clydesdale Bank Premier League, the FA Cup, Aviva Premiership Rugby, Europa League, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga, French Top 14 Rugby, NFL, WRC, UFC and much more.
In February 2009, ESPN launched ESPN America. ESPN America is the only European network dedicated to U.S. sport, and reaches nearly 19 million homes in more than 45 countries throughout Europe and the Middle East. ESPN America was previously branded NASN, which was acquired by ESPN in 2007.
Launched in 2002, ESPN Classic is currently available in 26 million households in more than 53 countries across Europe, with dedicated feeds for UK, France, and Italy, as well as a pan-European feed. The network can be seen in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish and Dutch.
Online, ESPN operates an industry-leading portfolio of sites from within its London and Bangalore offices, including ESPN.com.uk, ESPNcricinfo.com, ESPNscrum.com, ESPNFC.com, and ESPNF1.com, as well as the pan-European broadband service ESPN Player. In 2007, ESPN acquired Cricinfo.com – the world’s leading cricket destination online – and Scrum.com, a leading rugby news and information site, and subsequently re-branded the sites. In August 2008, ESPN acquired Racing-Live.com, the leading independent motor racing website, and launched a re-branded and re-designed site — ESPNF1.com — in January 2010.
In August 2010, ESPN in the UK launched ESPN Goals, a comprehensive mobile football service delivering live video, scores and news. ESPN Goals is available in the UK as a free app, and is the first place – on any medium – for football fans to see video of all the goals and highlights for all Barclays Premier League matches each week over the next three seasons – within minutes of the action on the pitch.
LATIN AMERICA / CARIBBEAN
Launched in 1989, ESPN’s pan-regional Latin America network transmits to 19 countries and territories, in high definition, divided by North, South, Brazil and Caribbean feeds to better serve the fans in each region, broadcasting in Spanish, Portuguese and English. ESPN is currently available in over 39 million homes in the region. ESPN offers regional networks that include ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN+ Sur (Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay); ESPN+ Andina (Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia); ESPN Brazil and ESPN+ (ESPN HD in Brazil). In 2011, ESPN3 launched in Spanish-speaking Latin America, becoming the new, dynamic sports destination for the younger sports fan. The network is available via television, computers, tablets, and mobile.
ESPN also offers three English-language networks in the Caribbean including ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN HD (launched in October 2012). All offer the best in world sport while also providing a Caribbean focus on what viewers in the region most want to see. ESPN’s Caribbean networks air in 30 countries and territories. Key programming includes America’s Cup Yachting, 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, 2014 ICC World T20 and the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Caribbean T20, Caribbean Super 50 and Karbonn Smart Champions League T20, English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga, Golf Majors, NFL, Italian Serie A soccer, the NBA, MLB and Grand Slam tennis, as well as popular regionalized studio shows like ESPNFC Press Pass
ESPN’s broadband platforms continue to expand in the region. Spanish-speaking America’s ESPN Play – and Brazil’s WatchESPN – is offered to subscribers of select partners across Latin America including Argentina (DIRECTV, Supercanal, Telecentro and Cablevision), Brazil (Telefonica, Brazilsky, CTBC, OiTV), Chile (DIRECTV and UNE), Colombia (DIRECTV and UNE), Costa Rica (Amnet), Dominican Republic (WIND) Ecuador (TV Cable), Mexico (Telecable, Cablecom, Megacable, Cablemas), Panama (Cable & Wireless), Peru (Movistar and DIRECTV), Uruguay (DIRECTV, Montecable, TCC, Cablevision and Nuevo Siglo), Venezuela (DIRECTV, Net UNO and Inter), and the Caribbean (DIRECTV, Lime, TDS). The platform presents exclusive on-demand sports video, live events and high quality long-format video. Subscribers have access to exclusive events such as live UEFA Champions League matches, Italian Serie A soccer, the four tennis Grand Slams, the Indianapolis 500, NBA, MLB and College Football and Basketball, among other major sporting events. ESPN Play & WatchESPN also feature local content including a growing video library of ESPN events such as the X Games and original studio news shows.
Online, ESPN also operates three top leading websites. ESPN.com (formerly known as ESPNDeportes.com), one of the leading Spanish-language sites in Latin America, averages over 100 million page views every month. The site covers more than 20 different sports with up-to-the-minute sports news, statistics, analysis and real-time scores; extensive video and audio programming; multiple free fantasy games; live event webcasts; live chat with players, ESPN experts and other sports personalities; a wide array of enterprise journalism; and user-generated content. For rugby fans, ESPNScrum.com provides the most thorough overview of the sport, including local information geared to the Argentine market. ESPN.com.br is offered in Portuguese for users in Brazil. As one of the top-ten sports sites in the market, ESPN.com.br delivers news and information with the same journalistic spirit that characterizes the ESPN network in Brazil. In addition, ESPNFC.com, the leading site that provides coverage of the world of soccer, is available across the region.
ESPN Mobile offers SMS alerts to Latin Americans of up-to-the-minute sports news. The platform currently offers two mobile TV channels, one featuring a variety of ESPN content and a second presenting content exclusively dedicated to X Games. In Argentina, the ESPN107.9 app is available for iPhone and Blackberry users, streaming audio 24/7 as well as some live sporting events. Recently, Brazil launched its first app for iPad and iPhone, called “ESPN Brazil APP”.
ESPN Brazil publishes the monthly ESPN Magazine, which feature sports news, prominent sports personalities, industry background and culture. Mexico’s ESPN The Magazine transitioned to an all-digital online version in 2012 in Spanish speaking Latin America. The digital publication is available via the ESPN Magazine app for mobile and tablets.
ESPN International Radio began syndicating content in 2000 and is available in five markets. Since 2002, ESPN Radio Rivadavia airs in Argentina (AM 630), with national coverage through 64 repeating stations in every province in the country. Programming includes the award-winning daily afternoon news program La Oral Deportiva, with a second early afternoon extension, and live coverage of the local soccer tournaments and international games of the Argentine national team. In 2010 ESPN launched ESPN 107.9 FM in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the first FM station with a sports and music programming mix SportsCenter news flashes every half hour, exclusive live interviews with sports personalities and in-depth coverage of several tournaments with field reporters in every site.
In Mexico, the audio programming line-up includes ESPN Radio Formula, a national syndicated daily radio show simulcast on TV that focuses on daily sports news and analysis. ESPN Radio is also available in Brazil through a partnership with Grupo Estado. Rádio Estadão ESPN covers the most important soccer championships of Brazil and the world. In 2011, ESPN Radio launched its first two stations in the Caribbean, ZSR-FM (103.5) in the Bahamas and 104.5 FM y 690 AM in the Dominican Republic.
MIDDLE EAST / AFRICA / ISRAEL
ESPN reaches 70 countries in the Middle East and Africa via the leading operators in the region, including Al Jazeera – which serves the Middle East – and Multichoice – which serves sub-Saharan Africa.
ESPN has been in Africa for more than 15 years, delivering a wide variety of sports on television and online. When ESPN launched in June 1994 the television channel reached 19 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Since then, that number has increased to 48 countries and 4.2 million homes via the leading television platform operator – Multichoice/DsTV. ESPN broadcasts NFL, MLB, NBA, NASCAR, Spanish Primera League, Euroleague, NCAA Basketball and Football and SportsCenter. ESPN digital platforms (led by ESPNFC.com and ESPNcricinfo.com) reach hundreds of thousands of sports fans each month across the region.
Israeli sports fans also receive ESPN, where the channel is available on Israel’s top to television platforms, YES and HOT, and delivers a lineup of international and American sport, including the NBA, NCAA Basketball, NFL, MLB, SportsCenter and more.
TSN (The Sports Network)
ESPN (UK, Republic of Ireland)
ESPN Classic (UK)
ESPN Classic (France)
ESPN Classic (Italy)
ESPN Classic (Europe)
ESPN America (Europe – 3 feeds)
Latin America / Caribbean
ESPN (Latin North)
ESPN (Latin South)
ESPN Caribbean (HD/SD)
ESPN 2 Caribbean
ESPN+ (Brazil HD)
ESPN HD (Spanish-speaking Latin America)
ESPN3 (Latin North, January 2013)
ESPN3 (Latin South, January 2013)
Middle East /Africa/Israel
ESPN Middle East
ESPN Pacific Rim (New Zealand and Pacific Islands)
ESPN’s award-winning flagship news and information program SportsCenter has been adapted and customized into 8 local versions in English, Portuguese, and Spanish for key markets in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Latin America, and Mexico.
Where Can I Watch SportsCenter?
ESPN (pan regional, Spanish)
ESPN + Andina (Spanish)
ESPN + (Spanish)
ESPN (Latin North version, Spanish)
ESPN (Latin South version, Spanish)
ESPN Brasil (Portuguese)
TSN Canada (English)
Example of programming televised by ESPN networks around the world
Brazil World Tour
CONCACAF Champions League
Italian Serie A
Copa do Brasil
England U-21 National Team games
English FA Cup
English Premier League
FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifiers
FIFA World Cup 2014
French Ligue 1
Brazilian League Campeonato Paulista & Brasileirao
Scottish Premier League
Spanish La Liga
Super Classicos Latinoamericanos
The Capital One Cup (Carling Cup)
UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Campeonato Argentino (South America)
French Top 14
IRB Rugby World Cup
Nacional de Clubes (South America)
RBS Six Nations Rugby
Super Rugby (South America)
URBA Championship (South America)
Vodacom Cup (South America)
Karbonn Smart Champions League T20
PGA Tour (including The Players Championship, The President’s Cup, and FedEx Cup Playoff events)
The Open Championship
World Golf Championships
ATP World Tour (1000’s and 500’s)
U.S. Open Tennis Championships
FIBA Copa America (Basketball)
NBA (National Basketball Association)
NCAA college basketball (reg. season, men’s and women’s March Madness championship tournaments)
WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association)
Little League World Series
MLB (Major League Baseball)
MLS (Major League Soccer)
NCAA College Football (Reg. Season, Conference Championships, College Bowls and BCS National Championship)
NCAA College Basketball (Pre-season Tournaments, Reg. Season, Conference Tournaments, post-season tournaments including NCAA Championship
NCAA Championship Events-25 different championships
NFL (National Football League)
NFL Primetime (Spanish language)
NHL (National Hockey League)
IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500
NHRA (National Hot Rod Association)
America’s Cup Yachting
Argentine Polo Open
Giro d’ Italia
ESPN Friday Night Fight Series
ESPN Los Capitales del Futbol
FIH Champions Trophy Hockey
FIVB World League Volleyball
Hurlingham Polo Open
IAAF Track and Field
La Vuelta a España
Mexican League Baseball
Figure Skating (US Championship)
Tortugas Polo Open
Tour de France
Venezuelan League Baseball
World Series of Poker
X Games Aspen (US, Tignes (France), Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil), Barcelona (Spain), Munich (Germany) and Los Angeles (US), Winter X Games, Winter X Games Europe, X Games Asia
Studio Shows Include:
Balón Dividido (soccer discussion)
Bate Bola (soccer discussion)
Béisbol Esta Noche (Baseball Tonight)
Between The Lines
Bola da Vez (athlete interviews)
Cronómetro (Spanish-language version of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption)
Duetto (sport discussion)
ESPN Radio Formula (leading AM/FM radio network in Mexico)
ESPNFC Press Pass
Fuera de Juego (soccer discussion)
Fora de Jogo (Brazil soccer discussion show)
Fútbol Picante (Mexican soccer)
Futebol no Mundo
Goles de Europa
Golpe a Golpe (boxing discussion show)
Hablemos de Futbol (soccer discussion)
X Center (action sports news & info)
Juca Entrevista (studio interview show)
Linha de Passe (sports round table)
Los Capitanes (sports discussion)
Loucos por Futebol (soccer history)
Nacion ESPN (Spanish-language version of ESPN’s SportsNation)
NFL Esta Noche (NFL Tonight)
NFL Primetime (Spanish Version)
NFL Semanal (NFL weekly)
Pardon the Interruption (UK and Australia versions)
Pura Química (talk show)
Revista del Turf
Sergredos do Esporte (ESPN Sports Science)
Simplemente Fútbol (soccer)
SportsCenter Primera Plana
Talk of the Terrace (UK)
The Book is on the Table
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