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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 […]

ESPN to stream X Games

Sports broadcaster ESPN will carry live coverage of the upcoming Winter X Games on its broadband streaming service ESPNPlayer. The event, which will be held in Tignes, France, will also be covered exclusively on the broadcaster’s linear channel when it takes place this March.

Eurosport and ESPN pick up Club World Cup rights

Eurosport and ESPN have jointly been awarded the rights to the FIFA Club World Cup tournament for 27 European territories. Eurosport has secured the live TV rights for all eight matches in 22 countries, and for the two semi finals and the final in France, Germany, Austria and Luxemburg. ESPN picked up the UK rights […]

Skipper to captain ESPN


Global sports broadcaster ESPN has promoted programming boss John Skipper to the position of president as long time boss George Bodenheimer becomes executive chairman. Bodenheimer is currently president of ESPN and ABC Sports and co-chair of Disney Media Networks and he will relinquish his day-to-day operating responsibilities as of January 1. He will continue to […]

Sky, ESPN net Scottish soccer rights

BSkyB and ESPN have inked a five-year deal for rights to soccer matches from the Scottish Clydesdale Bank Premier League. The new agreement runs from the 2012/13 season to the 2016/17 season and each of the UK pay TV broadcasters will show 30 live games per season. Financial details were not disclosed, but the value […]

ESPN to take NHL to Europe and Africa

International sports broadcaster ESPN has struck a deal that will see it air US hockey league NHL across Europe and Africa. The Disney-owned broadcaster has acquired the rights from Advisers Media International, Medge Consulting and the National Hockey League and will air it on its ESPN America channel, which reaches nearly 19 million homes. It […]

ESPN and BBC to share darts coverage

British public broadcaster the BBC is to share coverage of the 2012 World Professional Darts Championship with ESPN after the pay broadcaster snapped up some rights. The Disney-backed broadcaster has struck a deal with governing body British Darts Organization (BDO) to air evening matches of the tournament, which is hosted in January 2012. The BBC, […]

Numericable adds ESPN America HD

French cable operator Numericable has added ESPN America HD to its line-up. The service, which offers sports including Major League Baseball, NFL football and NCAA basketball, is available on Numericable’s channel 160. Numericable said it now offered 25 channels in full HD on its platform.