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Type television network
Country United States
Availability National, through regional affiliates and satellite radio
Owner The Walt Disney Company (80%)
Hearst Corporation (20%)
ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks (90%)
Launch date September 7, 1979
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ESPN is an American sports television network owned by ESPN, Inc., a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company which owns 80% and Hearst Corporation which ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks 90% owns 20%. ESPN is an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network. The channel is headquartered in Bristol, Connecticut with other studios in Los Angeles, California. ESPN shows sporting events and games, and also has shows that show highlights of sporting events and that show people talking about sports. The network has also shown games or events other than sports, such as poker.

The ESPN family of networks


  • ESPN (1979–present)
  • ESPN on ABC (2006-present, replacing ABC Sports)
  • ESPN International (1989–present)
  • ESPN2 (1993–present)
  • ESPNEWS (1996–present)
  • ESPN Classic (1997–present)
  • ESPNU (2005–present)
  • ESPN Deportes (2004–present)
  • ESPNHD (2003–present)
  • ESPN2HD (2005–present)
  • ESPN Plus (–present)
  • ESPN PPV (–present)
  • SEC Network (2014–present)


  • ESPN Motion (2003–present)
  • ESPN 360 (2005–present)


  • ESPN Radio (1992–present)
  • ESPN Deportes Radio (2005–present)


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