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The Walt Disney Company Presents Wall-To-Wall Coverage of The 2019 NFL Draft

The Walt Disney Company’s presentation of the 2019 NFL Draft will offer more to fans than ever before as the entire event, April 25-27, will air on both ESPN and ABC, and each network will provide distinct telecasts for Rounds 1-3 in prime time. Additionally, all seven rounds of the draft will be streamed live on the ABC App, ESPN App, broadcast on ESPN Radio and available in Spanish – on both TV and radio – on ESPN Deportes. The NFL Network will also televise the 2019 NFL Draft.

ESPN and ABC NFL Draft productions by the numbers:
 An estimated 125,000 – 150,000 feet of fiber optic cable
 1,000+ production elements
 600+ player highlight packages
 360+ hours of dedicated NFL Draft content across all ESPN networks (since the NFL Combine)
 250+ hours of top prospects’ and recent NFL Draft picks’ best college games on ESPNU
 100+ player personality bumps
 100+ NFL team graphics
 70+ microphones
 57 cameras
 50+ NFL team edits
 30 player live shots
 26-hour NFL Draft Marathon on ESPN and ESPN2, leading into Round 1
 25 “sense of place” bumps with local Nashville artists
 7 production trucks

ABC’s differentiated coverage for Rounds 1-3, which will focus on the journey of NFL Draft prospects, features “Good Morning America”’s Robin Roberts (Round 1) and the eight-time Sports Emmy® Award-winning “College GameDay Built by The Home Depot” crew of host Rece Davis, analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, and reporters Tom Rinaldi and Maria Taylor, and contributor Chris “The Bear” Fallica. Plus, the “2019 NFL Draft on ABC” will include ESPN’s Jesse Palmer and special guest NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes (prior to Round 1). “American Idol” judge Luke Bryan and mentor Bobby Bones will appear on ABC’s prime-time draft coverage. Bryan will join the GameDay crew on night one, while Bones will serve as a roving reporter from the streets of Nashville on both nights, sharing the enthusiasm of the city, fans’ passion and a behind-the-scenes look of the NFL Draft for viewers at home. ABC will simulcast ESPN’s Day 3 telecast of Rounds 4-7.

ESPN’s traditional draft telecast, presented for the fourth year by Courtyard, features host Trey Wingo, NFL Draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay (Rounds 2-7), NFL analysts Louis Riddick and Booger McFarland (Round 1), NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter and NFL host Suzy Kolber.

ESPN Radio will cover every round of the NFL Draft for the first time. Host Dari Nowkhah will be joined by reporter Ian Fitzsimmons, former NFL star and current ESPN Radio New York host Chris Canty, and former Miami Dolphins and New York Jets front office executive Mike Tannenbaum. Coverage begins April 25 at 7 p.m. EDT.

ESPN Deportes will also cover every round of the NFL Draft for the first time. Commentators include Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega, Miguel Pasquel, Sebastian Martinez-Christensen, “Monday Night Football”’s Alvaro Martin and Raul Allegre, and special guests (TV), and Kenneth Garay and Carlos Nava (radio).

All seven rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft will also be streamed live on both the ABC App and the ESPN App.

MORE LIVE PROGRAMMING FROM NASHVILLE

“Golic and Wingo”
“Golic and Wingo” on ESPN Radio from 6:00-10:00 a.m. EDT – with simulcasts on ESPN2 and ESPNEWS – will be live from the West Club at Nissan Stadium on April 25 and 26. Mike Golic and Mike Golic Jr. will be joined both days by host Jason Fitz and a full slate of guests. The broadcasts are open to the public with doors opening at 4:30 a.m. CDT.

“Good Morning America”
“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts will be live from Nashville on April 25 to preview the NFL Draft.

“Get Up!”
Host Mike Greenberg and the team from “Get Up!” will be live from Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, located next to the stage where the Draft picks will be announced, on April 25-26 from 8:00-10:00 a.m. EDT on ESPN. This will be the first time the popular morning show hosts an entire show from a remote location.

“First Take”
ESPN’s popular morning debate show “First Take” will be live from the West Club at Nissan Stadium on April 25 and 26 from 10:00 a.m. to noon EDT. Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman will be joined by host Will Cain. Both shows – which will feature a full lineup of NFL and other celebrity guests such as Eddie George, Tim McGraw and ESPN’s Desmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as free giveaways – will be open to the public with doors opening at 7:30 a.m. CDT.

“SportsCenter“
Mike Greenberg will host “SportsCenter” segments on April 25 and 26 from noon-3:00 p.m. EDT.

“Stephen A. Smith Show”
The “Stephen A. Smith Show” on ESPN Radio and simulcast on ESPNEWS will be live from the West Club at Nissan Stadium on April 25 and 26 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. The shows will include previews, reaction and analysis from host Stephen A. Smith on all the latest NFL Draft news from Nashville.

“NFL Live”
ESPN’s weekday NFL news and information show “NFL Live” will be live from The NFL Experience on April 24 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. EDT and on April 25 and 26 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. EDT. Wendi Nix will host all three days with NFL analysts Tim Hasselbeck and Rex Ryan and NFL Draft analyst Jim Nagy. Thursday’s show will also include special guest appearances by ESPN’s Trey Wingo, Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and Sam Ponder as well as NFL Network’s Rich Eisen and Daniel Jeremiah.

“College GameDay”
ESPN’s eight-time Sports Emmy Award-winning “College GameDay Built by The Home Depot” crew of Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Chris “The Bear” Fallica will preview the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. EDT, with special guest Bobby Bones and college football coaches Lincoln Riley, Ryan Day and David Shaw. On April 26 (5:00-6:00 p.m. EDT), Davis will be joined by Howard, Pollack and Jesse Palmer, as well as special guest Jim Mora. On April 27 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT), Maria Taylor will host the show with Howard, Palmer, Pollack and Mora.

“NFL Draft Countdown”
ESPN’s NFL Draft host Trey Wingo will preview Round 1 on April 25 (7:00-8:00 p.m. EDT) with Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, Louis Riddick, Booger McFarland, Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter and Suzy Kolber. On April 26 (6:00-7:00 p.m. EDT), Wingo will be joined by Kiper, McShay, Riddick, Mortensen, Schefter and Kolber.

MORE NFL DRAFT COVERAGE

Across Platforms: ESPN NFL Draft Projections in Virtual Reality
Leading up to and during this year’s NFL Draft coverage, ESPN will assess the potential of prospective players in virtual reality using ESPN Sports Analytics’ new projection model which incorporates grades from Scouts, Inc., NFL Combine metrics and athletically similar players’ past draft results (full methodology). The segments feature ESPN football analyst Dan Orlovsky breaking down stats and rankings in an innovative and customizable, virtual reality environment.

ESPN.com
ESPN.com’s coverage of the 2019 NFL Draft will focus on signature voices Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, Louis Riddick, Kirk Herbstreit, Mike Sando and others. Highlights include NFL Mock Drafts paired with “SportsCenter Specials,” pros and cons on every first-round draft pick from NFL Nation, plus Draft Day analysis from NFL Nation on all 254 picks and real-time data via DraftCast. Following the 2019 NFL Draft, ESPN will release Kiper’s Draft Grades (the foundation for “SportsCenter Special: Draft Grades” on April 28) and “Early Impact” Rookies (April 30), as well as McShay’s best picks for all 32 teams (April 27). Additionally, NFL Nation will break down the biggest post-draft questions for all 32 teams (April 29), and McShay will look ahead to next year with a Way-Too-Early 2020 Mock Draft (May 2).

The Undefeated
Senior NFL writer Jason Reid will lead NFL Draft coverage on “The Undefeated” – ESPN’s multiplatform content initiative exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture – from Nashville.

Highlights:
 Reid explores the history of black quarterbacks being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.
 Domonique Foxworth presents his mock draft of the first 32 picks.
 Reid will live tweet the first and second rounds of the draft.
 Foxworth joins ESPN’s Twitter draft show.

ESPN The Magazine
On the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s NEXT issue is Nick Bosa, the NFL draft’s most disruptive force of nature. Senior writer Kevin Van Valkenburg’s cover story reveals how painful it was for Bosa to sit out last year at Ohio State—and how hungry he is to start sacking again. The issue also features “Beyond Measure,” senior writer Tim Keown’s look at Kyler Murray’s sizable expectations, including going No.1 in the draft, becoming a franchise player and completely blowing up decades of doctrine about short quarterbacks.

ESPN Social Media
ESPN social media will produce live shows, videos, graphics, and unique storytelling across Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, and Facebook.

Highlights:
 Ever wonder what draft day is like for a projected Top 10 pick? “SportsCenter”’s social channels will have an exclusive, all-access Instagram takeover.
 “SportsCenter” on Snapchat will hit the road with host and former NFL player Andrew Hawkins.
 Mike Golic Jr. and Jason Fitz will join Mina Kimes, Field Yates, Domonique Foxworth and celebrity guests will provide on-site social coverage of Rounds 1-7. Hawkins will also be interviewing draftees backstage.
 ESPN’s Instagram Story experience will take followers behind the scenes: arrivals, fashion on the red carpet and green room access.
 With “College GameDay” on-site, the familiar hijinks of the crew will extend to the “College GameDay” social channels.
 ESPN’s YouTube channel will provide even more extensive coverage from this year’s draft, not only hosting the live stream each day but providing draft reaction and analysis, player profiles, and in-depth college football highlights.

ESPN Marketing
Tin Roof, located in the heart of downtown Nashville, will transform into the ESPN House during the NFL Draft. In addition to serving as a viewing party for fans, attendees will also be able to experience the football player journey at ESPN – from “College GameDay” to the NFL Draft, and ultimately to “SportsCenter” and Monday Night Football.

SEC Network
SEC Network will air an hour-long “SEC Now: Draft Special,” breaking down all stats and storylines behind the stars of SEC football as they prepare for the next step in their playing careers. Debuting April 24 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, the show features SEC Network college football analysts Matt Stinchcomb, who will serve as host, Gene Chizik and Matt Bowen.

ESPNLA 710
ESPNLA 710 will broadcast an NFL Draft Special with Jorge Sedano, Keyshawn Johnson and former NFL linebacker Kirk Morrison on April 25 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. EDT. The broadcast will provide a pick-by-pick breakdown, followed by ESPN Radio’s national coverage of the NFL Draft.

ESPN International
This year, ESPN International will cover the NFL Draft with its most robust content plan to date, offering live television coverage of the NFL Draft to more than 31 million households in 61 countries and territories throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and Canada (on TSN).

Highlights:
 For the first time ever, ESPN will produce all three days of the draft in Spanish-language, which will air live throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America.
 Also for the first time ever, Brazil will produce and air all three days of the NFL Draft live in Portuguese language.
 The Caribbean and the Pac Rim region (Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands) will air all three days live; and on the first day, both regions will air the ESPN U.S. production on one channel and the ABC NFL Draft production on another channel, providing fans differentiated content and perspectives.
 ESPN will simulcast its television coverage via its broadband players, WatchESPN in Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands, and ESPN Play in the Caribbean and Spanish-speaking Latin America.
 Immediately following the NFL Draft on Sunday, ESPN International will air the EA Sports Madden NFL 19 Bowl esports competition live throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean and in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Schedule:

Thursday, April 25 (8-11:30 p.m. ET): NFL Draft, Round 1 – ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio

Friday, April 26 (7-11:30 p.m. ET): NFL Draft, Rounds 2 and 3 – ABC, ESPN/ESPN2, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio

Saturday, April 27 (12-7 p.m. ET): NFL Draft, Rounds 4–7 – ABC (simulcast of ESPN telecast), ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio

For more information on ESPN and the NFL Draft, visit ESPN Press Room.

Re-Imagined ESPN App—with ESPN+ Direct-to-Consumer Streaming Service—Launches Today

The new ESPN App launches today with a completely re-imagined experience that includes the seamless integration of ESPN+, the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer premium subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International group, in partnership with ESPN. The innovative new app elevates the digital sports experience and becomes the premier, all-in-one digital sports platform for fans, giving them easy access to all of ESPN’s news, scores, analysis, video and audio content. With enhanced design and mobility in mind, the new ESPN app and ESPN+ are available across mobile and connected living room devices—with an optimized experience for each platform.

“This next-generation app is ESPN’s most sophisticated and elegant digital product experience, and a central piece of our next era of innovation,” said James Pitaro, ESPN President and Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks. “No one is in a better position than ESPN to serve sports fans. With this launch, fans will find a re-imagined, easy to use and increasingly personalized experience that puts all of ESPN’s incredible content at their fingertips like never before. With the exciting introduction of ESPN+, they’ll also get more sports content than ever, with direct access to thousands of live games, incredible original programs and an unmatched on-demand library, all at a great price.”

On mobile devices, sports fans will enjoy a highly personalized content experience that begins on the home screen, which features a dynamic feed of relevant ESPN content and coverage—including scores, news, video clips, live events, statistics and more—that balances what is important to each individual fan and the most compelling content that ESPN knows sports fans need. The mobile app also offers three tiers of video access, all powered by BAMTECH Media’s best-in-class video platform: video clips and highlights for all users; “TV Everywhere Streaming” of live and on-demand content from ESPN’s U.S. linear and digital networks for pay TV subscribers; and ESPN+, for the direct-to-consumer streaming service’s subscribers.

Kevin Mayer, Chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and International, The Walt Disney Company, added, “The launch of ESPN+ marks a new era of innovation for The Walt Disney Company, defined by a direct and personal relationship with our consumers. This product reflects our new direct-to-consumer strategy focused on combining our incomparable brands and unmatched content with industry-leading technology to give users an unparalleled digital experience. With BAMTECH Media’s state-of-the-art video platform, ESPN+ delivers an incredible experience for fans with a rich slate of content only ESPN can deliver.”

ESPN+, which is backed by American Express at launch, leverages BAMTECH Media’s video and commerce platform to offer fans thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks. ESPN+ delivers an unparalleled programming lineup powered by four key pillars of content that includes live sports events from MLB, NHL, MLS, college sports, Top Rank Boxing, PGA Tour golf and more; high-quality original shows and films, including the 30 for 30 documentary “The Last Knight,” the first in the award-winning series to appear exclusively on ESPN+; exclusive studio programs, such as Detail, written, produced and hosted by NBA legend Kobe Bryant; and an unmatched on-demand library that includes the entire 30 for 30 archive, the best of ESPN’s award-winning newsmagazine program, E:60, and storytelling brand, SC Featured, and The Masters films, annual recaps of 57 years of The Masters, beginning with Arnold Palmer’s 1960 victory, and going right up until 2017.

“For the launch of ESPN+, our focus has been on applying the innovations in direct-to-consumer technology we’ve built at BAMTECH over the years to create an all-new best-in-class consumer experience that brings sports fans more of the content they love, wherever, whenever they want,” added Michael Paull, President, BAMTECH Media. “ESPN+ launches with several exciting product features, including an upgraded HD stream quality to make the action crisper and cleaner, and decreased video load time, getting fans into the live action faster.”

ESPN+ subscribers will receive app and streaming experience enhancements such as HD streaming; functionality that allows users to pause, rewind, restart and even multitask while streaming; limited advertising throughout the entire ESPN App or website; as well as the ability to also subscribe to additional premium streaming services like MLB.TV (and NHL.TV, beginning in 2018–19), all within the ESPN app environment.

The new ESPN App delivers a unique experience to every fan, while also enabling meaningful curation and presentation from ESPN’s unmatched storytellers, journalists and content creators. The app’s new design delivers a rich, easy-to-use interface that enhances personalization and discoverability—presenting content in a myriad of ways to customize it to each individual fan. The powerful technological platform surfaces ESPN content based on favorite teams, sports and leagues, as well as ESPN’s award-winning journalism and personalities.

The new ESPN App, which is presented at launch by Audi, delivers a dynamic and comprehensive sports streaming experience on digital living room devices, as well—including a dedicated ESPN+ section surfacing the best live, upcoming, on-demand and library content available to subscribers; as well as access to ESPN’s entire library of available on-demand content.

The ESPN App with ESPN+ launches today on the following devices and platforms, with more to follow:

  • Amazon: Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV smart TVs and Fire Tablets (4th generation and newer)
  • Apple: iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. The ESPN App with ESPN+ will also be supported in the Apple TV Appon iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.
  • Google: Android phones, Android TV and Chromecast

ESPN+ is available for a seven-day free trial, followed by a subscription fee of just $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year, with the ability to cancel at any time. During the first week of launch (April 12–18), fans are being offered a special extended 30-day free trial subscription backed by American Express.

To learn more about the new ESPN App and ESPN+, visit ESPNMediaZone.


ESPN+ Subscription Streaming Service Launches April 12

ESPN+, the upcoming direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International in partnership with ESPN and featuring ESPN branded content, will launch on April 12 and offer fans a dynamic lineup of live sports, original content and an unmatched library of award-winning on-demand programming – all for a subscription price of $4.99 per month.

ESPN+ will be an integrated part of a completely redesigned and reimagined ESPN App that will be the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans. ESPN+ will also be available through ESPN.com. The new ESPN App and ESPN+ showcase the culture of breakthrough innovation at ESPN and across The Walt Disney Company.

James Pitaro, ESPN President and Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks, said, “ESPN was built on a belief in innovation and the powerful connection between sports and a remarkable array of fans. That same belief is at the heart of ESPN+ and the new ESPN App. With ESPN+, fans have access to thousands more live games, world class original programs and on-demand sports content, all at a great price. They will get all of that as a part of a completely re-imagined, increasingly personalized ESPN App that provides easy, one-stop access to everything ESPN offers.”

ESPN+ is the first direct-to-consumer service offering from Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International, the multiplatform media, technology and distribution organization for high-quality content created by Disney’s Media Networks and Studio Entertainment groups. A Disney-branded direct-to-consumer service, offering subscription-video-on-demand viewing of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm movies along with a host of exclusive content, will launch in late 2019. Both streaming services are powered by BAMTECH, a unit of Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International.

Kevin Mayer, Chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and International, The Walt Disney Company said, “The launch of ESPN+ marks the beginning of an exciting new era of innovation for our media businesses – one defined by an increasingly direct and personal relationship with consumers. This new product reflects our direct-to-consumer strategy focused on combining our beloved brands with our proprietary, industry-leading technology to give users unparalleled access to our world-class content.”

The ESPN+ programming lineup will offer sports fans great value, with four key pillars of content:

1. Thousands of live sports events
2. High-quality original shows and films
3. Exclusive studio programs
4. An unmatched on-demand library

Michael Paull, President, BAMTECH Media, said, “ESPN+ will connect fans directly to sports they love wherever and whenever they want. Together, BAMTECH’s industry-leading direct-to-consumer video platform and capabilities combined with ESPN’s unmatched sports content will deliver fans an all-new streaming experience with exciting product features built for watching incredible live and on-demand sports.”

Additional details about the array of content in the ESPN+ programming lineup will be announced in the coming days and weeks, but among the thousands of live sports events that ESPN+ will offer to fans are:

  • MLB – MORE THAN 180 GAMES; A GAME PER DAY THROUGHOUT SEASON: ESPN+ will feature an ESPN+ MLB game each day, seven days per week, throughout the MLB regular season – more than 180 games that will include every MLB team.*
  • NHL – MORE THAN 180 GAMES; GAME OF THE DAY THROUGHOUT REGULAR SEASON: Beginning with the 2018-19 NHL season, subscribers to ESPN+ will get a daily NHL game throughout the NHL regular season (in keeping with the NHL schedule) – more than 180 hockey games.*
  • BOXING – YEAR-ROUND SCHEDULE, INCLUDES EXCLUSIVE KHAN VS. LO GRECO BOUT: ESPN+ is a key part of ESPN’s multi-platform Top Rank Boxing on ESPN boxing agreement and will feature high-quality boxing throughout the year, including a selection of exclusive main event fights beginning with the April 21 Amir Khan vs. Phil Lo Greco bout in Liverpool, England. In addition, ESPN+ will feature undercard fights throughout the year from Top Rank on ESPN events, re-airs of all Top Rank on ESPN and PPV events and an unmatched library of legendary fights from the Top Rank and ESPN Big Fights archives.
  • MLS – MORE THAN 250 GAMES: At launch, ESPN+ will include exclusive access for subscribers to the entire MLS Live out-of-market schedule, featuring more than 250 games,* through their subscription. Before launch, fans can access free MLS out-of-market games streaming live on MLSsoccer.com and the MLS App. Additionally, ESPN+ will be the exclusive local-market home for the Chicago Fire, bringing 27 Fire matches to fans in Chicago.
  • COLLEGE SPORTS – THOUSANDS OF GAMES AND EVENTS, MULTIPLE SPORTS, ACROSS NEARLY TWO DOZEN CONFERENCES: The ESPN+ lineup will be rich with thousands of live college sports events, including football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, track & field, gymnastics, swimming & diving, lacrosse, wrestling, volleyball, golf and more — from over a dozen conferences across the country including the America East, ASun, Big South, Big West, Horizon, Ivy League, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Missouri Valley, NEC, Southern Conference, Southland, Summit League, Sun Belt, WAC and many more.
    • SPRING SPORTS
      • COLLEGE BASEBALL & SOFTBALL: ESPN+ will help college baseball and softball fans see more games than ever before, with hundreds more games from across the college ranks streamed live, exclusively on ESPN+.
      • LACROSSE, TENNIS AND TRACK & FIELD: ESPN+ will carry dozens of events from across conferences this spring.
    • FALL SPORTS
      • COLLEGE FOOTBALL: ESPN+ will include hundreds of college football games each season from across more than a dozen conferences in the FBS and FCS.
      • MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SOCCER, VOLLEYBALL, FIELD HOCKEY: ESPN+ will have hundreds of games this fall from soccer, volleyball and field hockey as the 2018-19 academic year gets underway.
    • WINTER SPORTS
      • COLLEGE BASKETBALL: College hoops fans will get hundreds of men’s and women’s games every season on ESPN+ from all across the college basketball landscape – from division one powerhouses to top mid-majors to the next tournament Cinderella and more.
      • COLLEGE WRESTLING, SWIMMING & DIVING, GYMNASTICS AND ICE HOCKEY: Fans of winter Olympic sports will get hundreds of games from a variety of conference partners nationwide exclusively on ESPN+.
  • PGA TOUR LIVE GOLF – MORE THAN 100 DAYS OF COVERAGE FROM 31 PGA TOUR EVENTS: Golf fans will be able to follow the PGA TOUR throughout the year, with more than 100 days of live coverage from 31 PGA TOUR events, including THE PLAYERS Championship, the FedEx Cup Playoffs, AT&T Byron Nelson, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Travelers Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational and dozens more. Coverage will include Thursday, Friday and some Saturday and Sunday play during the events.
  • GRAND SLAM TENNIS – HUNDREDS OF TENNIS MATCHES FROM WIMBLEDON, US OPEN & AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Tennis fans will have access to more of the action than ever at three of the annual Grand Slam tennis events. With hundreds of men’s and women’s singles and doubles matches, ESPN+ will be the perfect complement for every passionate tennis fan.
  • RUGBY & CRICKET – HUNDREDS OF MATCHES FROM INTERNATIONAL RUGBY AND CRICKET: ESPN+ will serve rugby and cricket fans in the U.S. with more of their beloved sports, throughout the year. Rugby fans will get matches from SANZAAR (including Super Rugby, The Rugby Championship, the Lions Series, Mitre10 Cup, Currie Cup, Bledisloe Cup and other international matches), the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series, and 18 regular-season matches in the inaugural season of Major League Rugby, the new American professional rugby union league. Meanwhile, passionate cricket fans across the U.S. will get matches across Test, ODI and T20 formats from New Zealand Cricket and Cricket Ireland.

In addition to the hundreds of NHL and MLB games included in the ESPN+ subscription ($4.99/month, or $49.99/year), die-hard fans will be able to purchase the entire MLB.TV out-of-market package via ESPN+ and view the games within the ESPN App. MLB.TV will cost an additional $24.99 per month. Beginning with the 2018-19 NHL season, fans will also be able to purchase the entire NHL.TV out-of-market package.

THE NEW ESPN APP: THE PREMIER, ALL-IN-ONE DIGITAL SPORTS PLATFORM

The ESPN App is already the number one sports app. With its relaunched and re-imagined version, it will become the premier digital sports platform for fans, giving them a rich, increasingly personalized one-stop digital destination on mobile and digital living room platforms for all that ESPN offers, including:

  • SCORES, NEWS, HIGHLIGHTS: The sports scores, news, video highlights and clips, features and analysis that fans turn to every day;
  • “TV EVERYWHERE” VIDEO: Authenticated live streaming of ESPN’s eight U.S. networks — ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, SEC Network, Longhorn Network – as well as popular on-demand programs, accessed anywhere via the user’s pay TV subscription;
  • ESPN+: Direct-to-consumer subscription streaming access to thousands of additional live sporting events, original content and shows, and on-demand video library;
  • ESPN AUDIO – LIVE AND ON DEMAND: The leading library of sports audio content, including live ESPN Radio streaming and a lineup of top sports podcasts.

More details about ESPN+ and the redesigned ESPN App – including further details about live sports, original and on-demand programming and more – will be announced ahead of launch.