ESPN+ to stream ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup

ESPN’s sport streaming service, ESPN+, will livestream the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup which gets underway on October 5-November 19. The first of 48 One Day International (ODI) matches will begin with New Zealand facing defending champion England. The 10 teams competing in the ICC Cricket World Cup also include Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Australia, […]

ESPN unveils plans to launch sportsbook with Penn Entertainment

Sport media giant, ESPN has announced it will launch a sportsbook in the US in partnership with entertainment, sports content, and casino gaming provider Penn Entertainment. Penn Entertainment will rebrand the Disney-owned company’s current sportsbook and relaunch as ESPN BET this autumn in the 16 legalised betting states in the US where Penn Entertainment is […]

Foxtel Group extends partnership with ESPN

Australian pay TV operator Foxtel Group has extended its distribution agreement with sports entertainment brand ESPN, to continue to air its sport content on channels Foxtel and Kayo Sports. The extended deal marks a 21-year partnership between the two companies. Foxtel will have access to select matches of ESPN wide portfolio of sport rights including […]

ESPN secures FIBA Basketball World Cup

Basketball federation FIBA and ESPN have struck a rights agreement for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, with all 92 games to be made available on ESPN platforms in the US, including ESPN2 and ESPN+. The event tips off on August 25, and continues through to September 10. Six games will air exclusively on ESPN2, […]

Dutch operators firm up Eredivise offer to pre-empt vote on extending ESPN deal

The Dutch consortium of operators that has combined to secure rights to the country’s top tier of football has firmed up a revised offer in response to doubts expressed by some clubs about the value of the deal on offer. Delta Fiber, VodafoneZiggo, KPN and T-Mobile Netherlands, whidh previously tabled a bid to exploit the […]

Disney job cuts hit animation, unscripted and ESPN divisions

Disney has cut a swathe of jobs across its animation, unscripted and ESPN divisions, as the impact of the company’s second wave of lay-offs continues to emerge. Following the departure of ABC and Freeform execs on Monday, yesterday saw 16-year veteran Marc Buhaj, Disney Branded Television’s VP of unscripted & specials, let go from the Mouse House, […]

ESPN to launch hub for all live sports streaming

Disney-owned ESPN is aiming to become the TV guide of live sports, with plans to launch a hub for all live sports streaming including for its competitors. CNBC reported that the sports broadcaster has been in talks with major sports leagues and media partners about developing a feature on its website and app that will link users […]

Disney takes 100% control of tech company BAMTech

Disney may be strapped for cash, but the company did manage to rustle up US$900m to acquire the remaining 15% stake in streaming tech company BAMTech earlier this month. The news of the deal, with BAMTech’s minority shareholder Major League Baseball (MLB), was only publicly disclosed yesterday in an SEC filing. Disney already owns 85% […]

WBD secures non-exclusive rights to World Athletics Championship 2023

Warner Bros. Discovery has agreed a deal with World Athletics rights-holders Eurovision Sport and ESPN to broadcast the 2023 World Athletics Championship in Budapest on its channels. The deal means that the nine-day event will feature on Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2, the Eurosport app and Discovery+ on a non-exclusive basis. Warner Bros. Discovery VP, sports […]

KPN adds ESPN channels to DTT platform Digitenne

Dutch telco KPN has added sports channel ESPN to its DTT platform Digitenne. From January 1, 2023, KPN will include open channel ESPN1 to Digitenne’s channel list for free. There will also be an option to acquire ESPN 2 & 3 as an extra channel package. “With a beautiful sporting winter approaching, I am happy […]

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