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

Other:

Soccer[edit]

United States men's national soccer team

  • 1996–2022

ESPN Major League Soccer

  • 1996–2022

FIFA

UEFA

ESPN, in English and Spanish, has rights to UEFA events from 2012 to 2016 including the following:[2][3]

Other Soccer National Teams

Spanish Club Soccer

Other Club Soccer

Baseball[edit]

ESPN Major League Baseball

  • 1990–2021

Little League World Series

  • 1985[4]–2022

Basketball[edit]

NBA on ESPN

  • 1982–1984
  • 2002–2025

WNBA on ESPN

  • 2002–2025

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

FIBA

Other Leagues

Cricket[edit]

Ice Hockey[edit]

NCAA Ice Hockey Tournament

Kontinental Hockey League 2012-

World Cup of Hockey 2016-[6]

Tennis[edit]

Tennis on ESPN

Golf[edit]

Golf on ESPN

Bowling[edit]

PBA Tour

  • 2000–present

Motorsports[edit]

NHRA

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

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.

Rugby Union[edit]

Former properties[edit]

Australian Football League

  • 2009-2011

UEFA Champions League

  • 1995-2009 ESPN returns broadcasters rights live from all matches of UEFA Champions League in Latin América in 2012).

Indy Racing League

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

CART on ESPN

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

NASCAR on ESPN

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

Global RallyCross Championship

  • 2011–2013

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)

Soccer

Thoroughbred Racing on ESPN

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