ESPN International

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ESPN International is a family of networks around the world. It was begun in 1989 and is operated by ESPN.

Operating Regions[edit]

Brazil:

Caribbean:

Latin America:

Oceania:

Former operations[edit]

Africa, Middle East and Israel: In July 2013, ESPN announced that it would shut down its television networks in Africa, Israel, and the Middle East, citing a "strategic business decision" to focus on digital content and syndication for these regions.[1]

United Kingdom: In February 2013, BT Group acquired ESPN's UK and Ireland operation, including its network and broadcasting contracts. The network was merged into the company's BT Sport group, but retains the ESPN name in a co-branding agreement, and a long-term rights agreement for ESPN programming.[2][3]

Asia: In June 2012, STAR TV (currently a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox) acquired ESPN's 50% stake in its joint venture ESPN STAR Sports. Most of the networks were re-branded as either STAR Sports or Fox Sports following the purchase.[4][5]

Canada[edit]

ESPN International does not directly operate its own channels in Canada, but owns a 20 percent voting interest (and slightly larger equity interest) in CTV Specialty Television, a subsidiary of the Canadian media company Bell Media. Canadian regulations on the foreign ownership of broadcasters prohibit ESPN from acquiring majority interest.

CTV Specialty Television in turn operates the following sports television channels:

Although these channels have mainly retained their local brands (ESPN having acquired part-ownership several years after TSN and RDS launched), they now mostly have ESPN-style logos and use other ESPN branding elements. TSN has also adopted the SportsCentre title for its sports highlights programs.

Through CTV Specialty, ESPN also has an indirect interest in Discovery Channel Canada and several related channels, which are operated in partnership with Discovery Communications. These holdings date to CTV Specialty's previous incarnations as Labatt Communications and later as NetStar Communications, in which ESPN also held a minority interest. ESPN is not believed to have any involvement with the Discovery operations.

ESPN is also indirectly associated with TSN Radio, a brand used by several sports radio stations (each wholly owned by Bell Media), each of which also carries a limited amount of ESPN Radio programming.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "American sports fans cry foul as ESPN yanks Israeli broadcasts". Haaretz. 2013-07-23. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  2. ^ "BT Sport and ESPN deepen relationship with long-term collaboration". BT plc. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "BT buys ESPN'S UK and Ireland TV channels". The Guardian. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "News Corp. to Buy Out ESPN's Stake in Asian TV Venture". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Fox Sports buys ESPN'S Asia TV channels". Spin. 2013-01-09. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 

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