List of ESPN sports properties

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ESPN and its family of domestic networks (ESPN on ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Plus and to a lesser extent ESPN Classic) have or previously had rights to the following sports and event

Current properties[edit]

American football[edit]

NFL on ESPN

  • 1987–1989 (Sunday Night; exclusive cable; second half of season only)
  • 1990–1997 (Sunday Night; second half of season only; TNT carried first half)
  • 1998–2005 (Sunday Night; exclusive cable; entire season, selected Thursday & Saturday night games)
  • 1988–1994, 2003–2005, 2010, 2015–2023 (Pro Bowl, acquired rights from ABC through 2005, acquired from CBS in 2010, direct from 2015 onward)
  • 2006–2021 (Monday Night Football)

ESPN College Football

Soccer[edit]

ESPN Major League Soccer

  • 1996–2022

FIFA

Baseball[edit]

ESPN Major League Baseball

  • 1990–2021

Little League World Series

  • 1985[2]–2014

Basketball[edit]

NBA on ESPN

  • 1982–1984
  • 2002–2016

WNBA on ESPN

  • 2002–2016

College Basketball on ESPN

  • NCAA Tournament: 1980–1990 (Contract with NCAA)
  • ACC : 1979–2027[1]
  • Big Ten: 1979–2017
  • Big 12: 2008–2016 (ESPN Plus has exclusive rights to some games in Big 12 markets to protect stations purchasing its syndicated package)
  • Big East: 1979–2013
  • Pac-12: 2012–2023
  • SEC: ?–2023

Ice Hockey[edit]

NCAA Ice Hockey Tournament

Kontinental Hockey League 2012-

Tennis[edit]

Tennis on ESPN

Golf[edit]

Golf on ESPN

Bowling[edit]

PBA Tour

  • 2000–present

Motorsports[edit]

NASCAR on ESPN

  • 1981–2000 (Contracts with individual races)
  • 2001–2002 (Contract with NASCAR, Truck Series only)
  • 2007–2014 (Contract with NASCAR)

NHRA

  • 1980(?)–2000 (Contracts with individual races)
  • 2001–2013 (Contract with NHRA)

Global RallyCross Championship

  • 2011–present

Canadian football[edit]

Canadian Football League

  • 1983–1986 (approximate)
  • 1994–1997
  • 2008–2013 (ESPN3 only; by virtue in its stake in Canadian broadcaster TSN, the official broadcaster of the CFL, it held internet streaming rights.)
  • 2013–present (Select games on ESPN2, streaming coverage on ESPN3)

ESPN may sometimes acquire the rights to programming in other sports which airs only via Internet streaming on ESPN3, usually because another broadcaster holds the TV rights.

Former properties[edit]

Australian Football League

  • 2009-2011

UEFA Champions League

  • 1995-2009

Indy Racing League

  • 1996–2008 (ESPN continues to produce the broadcasts of five races that air on ABC, including the Indianapolis 500.)

Champ Car World Series on ESPN

  • 1980–2001
  • 2007 (series merged with IRL, beginning with the 2008 season)

NHL on ESPN

  • 1985–1988 (National television deal, agreements with individual clubs as early as 1979)
  • 1992–2004

Major Indoor Soccer League

  • 1985–1987
  • 2005–2006 (championship games only)

The Arena Football League on ESPN

  • 1989–2002
  • 2007–2008 (contract was scheduled to end in 2011 but was broken due to the AFL's bankruptcy)

Soccer

Thoroughbred Racing on ESPN

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