Meeting increased cost of Premier League made “no sense” for ESPN

It made no sense to pay an additional 70% to retain English Premier League rights in the UK, given that telco BT viewed holding the sports rights as a way to defend its broadband business rather than as a profit centre in their own right, Murray Barnett, vice-president, media distribution, ESPN, told CTAM Europe EuroSummit […]

ESPN signs record international MLB deal

Sports broadcaster ESPN has extended its agreement with Major Legaue Baseball (MLB) in a deal reported to be worth in the region of US$5.6 billion (€4.5 billion) over eight years. The deal, which runs from 2014 to 2021 covers rights for the US, Europe, Latin America, Caribbean, Middle East, Africa, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific […]

ESPN launches multiplatform ESPNFC brand

Sports broadcaster ESPN has launched a new football brand called ESPNFC. ESPNFC replaces ESPNsoccernet as ESPN’s global football brand online and on mobile devices. On mobile, the ESPNFC app offers news and results as well as audio and video content. The app, available on Apple, Windows and Android devices, can be personalised by favourite teams, […]

Disney will focus on Latin America for ESPN International, says Iger

Latin America is now a key focus for Disney’s sports network ESPN internationally according to chief executive Bob Iger. Speaking to analysts following Disney’s third-quarter results, Iger said that, following its decision to exit its ESPN Star Sports Asian joint venture with News Corp and it losing key football rights in the UK, the company […]

ESPN secures French Ligue 1 in UK

ESPN has secured rights to French Ligue 1 football in the UK and has renewed rights to Italian Serie A, Dutch Eredivisie and the Russian Premier League. The agreements all include multimedia rights – across TV and digital media – in the UK and Ireland. ESPN has also extended its deal with Germany’s Bundesliga for […]

ESPN renews German football deal

Sports channel ESPN has renewed its broadcast deal with the DFL, the commercial arm of the German Bundesliga football league, that will see the channel air live matches for three seasons from seasons 2012/13 in the UK and Ireland.   The agreement includes exclusive rights to live television coverage, plus rights to the German SuperCup, […]

ESPN considering taking content to Apple TV

Disney-owned sports broadcaster ESPN is considering making its content available via the Apple TV service, according to US reports. The sports channel operator is reportedly considering allowing authenticated pay TV customers access to the WatchESPN app via Apple TV although it is not, it said, yet involved ion active discussion to that end. WatchESPN, which […]

ESPN eyes international exit

Disney-owned sports broadcaster ESPN is considering exiting a number of international markets as a result of the growing costs of acquiring live sporting rights. Disney chairman and chief executive Bob Iger () told investors that the opportunities for ESPN are limited internationally. Speaking at the announcement of its first quarter financial results, he said: “ESPN’s […]

ESPN International appoints Rees as digital media head

ESPN International has appointed Arne Rees as vice-president, international digital media. Rees will be responsible for expanding the digital growth of ESPN around the world, working closely with the company’s regional offices. Rees was most recently vice-president of ESPN in the US, assisting George Bodenheimer, executive chairman of the sports broadcaster. “Digital properties throughout ESPN’s […]

UPC Slovakia boosts line-up with ESPN America

UPC Slovakia has added six channels including ESPN America to its line-up. The US sports channel airs coverage of NHL hockey and NBA basketball matches as well as NASCAR racing events. The cable operator is also adding HD public service channels Jednotku HD and JOJ Plus HD, along with movie channel Filmbox Extra 1 and […]