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ESPN Regional Television
Type Subsidiary
Industry Media
Genre Sports
Predecessors Creative Sports
Ohlmeyer Communications Corporation
Headquarters Charlotte, NC
Key people Pete Derzis, GM, Sr. VP
Services Television syndication
Parent ESPN Inc.

ESPN Regional Television is an American television program syndicator. ERT is based along with sister network ESPNU in Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to its purchase by ESPN, this sports package's syndicator was known as Creative Sports, which in turn merged with Don Ohlmeyer's self-titled Ohlmeyer Communication Corporation (OCC). Through sister division ESPN Events, the division also organizes sporting events for broadcast across the ESPN family of networks, including, most prominently, a group of college football bowl games.

Most of ESPN's syndicated broadcasts were previously presented under the on-air name ESPN Plus. However, the brand has since been phased out from its productions in favor of generic brands, such as SEC TV and the Big 12 Network.


ESPN Regional Television produces and syndicates broadcasts from the following conferences:

Games air on broadcast stations, regional sports networks, and on ESPN GamePlan and ESPN Full Court, both of which are out of market sports packages, and also on ESPN3/WatchESPN since 2007.

College Football Broadcast teams[edit]





College Basketball Broadcast Teams[edit]




Former rights[edit]

ESPN Plus once had rights to Conference USA football and basketball, Mountain West Conference football and basketball, and Big Ten Conference football and basketball, but has since lost them as detailed below:

  • Conference USA - Broadcast rights to C-USA football, outside of the CUSA championship, are owned by CBS Sports Network and Fox Sports. Basketball rights are owned by those two and CBS.
  • Mid-American Conference basketball moved to SportsTime Ohio in 2010.
  • Mountain West Conference - Broadcast rights to MWC football and basketball games are now owned by CBS Sports Network, NBC Sports Network, and were formerly shown on the (now defunct) MTN.
  • Big Ten Conference - Broadcast rights to Big Ten Conference football and basketball games not selected to air regionally or nationally on CBS, ESPN or ESPN2 are owned by BTN. ESPN Plus lost the rights to the new network in August 2007.
  • Southeastern Conference (SEC): Broadcast rights to SEC football and basketball games not selected to air regionally or nationally on CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU will be broadcast on the new SEC Network starting with the 2014 football season and the 2014-15 basketball season. This is part of a new 20-year contract between the SEC and ESPN to create the new network. They were formerly shown through Raycom Sports, and before that Lincoln Financial (formerly Jefferson Pilot Sports (1987-2009)) before being produced by ESPN Plus-produced SEC Network (syndicated), rebranded as SEC TV in 2013. [2]

Event organizer[edit]

Through ERT's ESPN Events division, the group also owns and organizes sporting events for broadcast across ESPN's networks. ESPN Events organizes the following college football bowl games:[3][4]

Most of these games (except the Armed Forces, Birmingham and Texas Bowls) are usually held before Christmas and until 2006 were branded under the name "Bowl Road Trip," while ESPN telecasts after Christmas were referred to as "Capital One Bowl Week." (As of the 2007 bowl season, however, Bowl Week now covers all non-BCS games shown on ESPN, ESPN2, or ABC.) [5]

ESPN Events organizes the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney, a regular season game between teams representing two conferences of historically black colleges and universities in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision.

ESPN Events also organizes college basketball events, such as the Wooden Legacy in Fullerton, California, the Jimmy V Classic in New York, the Champions Classic in Indianapolis, the Charleston Classic in South Carolina, the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Orlando Classic held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, the Puerto Rico Tip-Off held in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, the Armed Forces Classic held at USCG Air Station Borinquen in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico and the SEARS BracketBusters games held in February each year. Most games in these tournaments are shown on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU; those not shown on television air on ESPN3

In golf, ERT produced the PGA Tour's LG Skins Game and the Champions Tour's Wendy's Champions Skins Game, which aired on ABC and ESPN2 respectively. ERT also organizes the National Golf Challenge for amateur players.


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