ESPN.com

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ESPN.com
ESPN wordmark.svg
Available in English
Created by ESPN, Inc.
Website www.espn.com
Alexa rank Decrease 126 (August 20, 2017)[1]
Commercial yes
Registration available, but not required
Launched April 1995; 22 years ago (1995-04)
(as ESPNet.SportsZone.com)
Current status active

ESPN.com is the official website of ESPN. It is owned by ESPN Internet Ventures, a division of ESPN Inc.

History[edit]

Since launching in April 1995 as ESPNet.SportsZone.com,[2] the website has developed numerous sections including: Page 2, SportsNation, ESPN3, ESPN Motion, My ESPN, ESPN Sports Travel, ESPN Video Games, ESPN Insider, ESPN.com's Fanboard, ESPN Fantasy Sports, ESPNU.com, and ESPN Search. ESPN.com also has partnerships with MLB.com, NBA.com, NFL.com, WNBA.com, MLSsoccer.com NHL.com, Baseball America, Golf Digest, Scouts Inc., Jayski.com, USGA.org, Sherdog.com, and Masters.org.

It also has sections devoted to certain sports and leagues including: the National Hockey League, National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, NASCAR, Indy Racing League, NCAA, Golf, Soccer, Women's sports (ESPNW), cricket, and eSports. Each section contains pages devoted to: scores, teams, schedules, standings, players, transactions, news wires, injures, and columnists pages.

Columnists[edit]

Some notable ESPN.com columnists are John Buccigross, Chris Mortensen, John Clayton, Adam Schefter, Andy Katz, Bill Simmons, Jayson Stark, Buster Olney, Gene Wojciechowski, Scoop Jackson, Pat Forde, Jim Caple, and Michael Smith. The website was part of the MSN portal from 2001 to 2004.[3][4] ESPN launched a Spanish language website in 2000, ESPN Deportes.com.[5] The content of some ESPN.com articles is argued to have been plagiarized.[6]

Local sites[edit]

ESPN started local chapters of its website in response to the decline of local sports coverage available as newspapers continue to go out of business across the country.[7] Each page covers local professional and college teams, hiring locally known writers, and in some cases making use of the city's ESPN Radio affiliate. In markets where the ABC Owned Television Stations owns a station, their sports coverage is incorporated with the corresponding ESPN local site. Some local sites have expanded into high school sports coverage.

Current[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Espn.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2017-08-17. 
  2. ^ ESPN, Inc. Fact Sheet - ESPN Media Zone
  3. ^ ESPN.com, MSN tie up for online sports coverage - CIOL, 7 September 2001
  4. ^ Game on for MSN, Fox Sports site - CNET, 28 June 2004
  5. ^ ESPN Deportes celebra 10 años - Business Wire
  6. ^ Rauch, Isaac (July 11, 2012). "ESPN Entertainment Writer Has A Bad Wikipedia Habit". 
  7. ^ ESPN: The local leader in sports? - Sports Business Daily, 14 September 2009