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Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
ESPN and Fox Sports are teaming to bid on UFC TV rights
The rival sports media companies are pitching a joint bid to split up the UFC TV package, with as many as 15 fight events to be shown on the new subscription service ESPN+. TV rights are expected to soar from the $120 million Fox is currently paying to between $300 million and $400 million.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
ESPN+ is ESPN’s most important product launch in years
The $4.99 streaming service launching today doesn't include many ESPN staples like Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Baseball, but it is ESPN's way of moving forward as viewers abandon cable, while evolving away from "outdated" channels like ESPN News and ESPN Classic. "The company has struggled to stem the continuing loss of subscribers to cord-cutting, and needs digital services to succeed to maintain the same level of vitality with the next generation of sports fans that it has with the current one," says Kevin Draper. "If successful, ESPN+ and the ESPN app could define the network in this era, just as SportsCenter did in the 1990s and early 2000s, becoming an essential hub for obsessive sports fans. If they aren’t, the company will have to continue to rely on what is likely to be a shrinking market for pay television."
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:00PM EDT
ESPN announces its streaming service ESPN+ will launch on April 12
ESPN's new streaming service will be called "ESPN+," not "ESPN Plus." ESPN is promising "thousands of live events" in addition to its back catalogue of programming and studio shows. But it won't feature any of the biggest games broadcast on ESPN. ALSO: Here is what ESPN+ does and doesn't have.
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 11:36PM EST
ESPN will charge $5/month for its “ESPN Plus” subscription service
Disney CEO Bob Iger says subscribers will have access to “thousands” of hours of live sporting events not currently available on ESPN, plus the contents of the 30 for 30 library. But it won’t include the games that will be broadcast on ESPN’s cable channels.
Posted Thursday 11/09/17 at 6:08PM EST
ESPN is getting an ESPN Plus streaming service
Disney CEO Bob Iger promises a “one-of-a-kind product” with ESPN Plus, which will have ESPN programming plus access to thousands of live sporting events. “It will have more live sports than you can get on any channel, site or app,” he says. ALSO: ESPN plans to lay off more than 100 staffers after Thanksgiving.