Nación ESPN is a sports-related talk show, modeled after ESPN's Sportsnation TV series. It is hosted by two sports journalists in the Latino market, David Faitelson and Adriana Monsalve, who will feature strong opinions, heated debates, celebrity interviews and heavy interaction with fans from all of the existing social media platforms. The one hour, Monday thru Friday show, is built around the fan and produced from the “L.A. Live” studios in HD. The show may establish Los Angeles as the Spanish language capital for ESPN. It premiered on ESPN Deportes February 14, 2011. The show is also airing on ESPN for Mexico and Latin America since May 20, 2011.
ESPN Hollywood was a television program that aired on ESPN2 in 2005. The daily 30-minute show was centered on the convergence between the sports and entertainment worlds, and was a part of the network's ESPN Original Entertainment programming effort, which was intended to spread the network's viewership beyond the regular or hardcore sports fan. The program premiered on August 15, 2005 to a dismal rating of 0.08% of United States households with cable televisions, about 75,000 people. The show, described by the New York Daily News as "a sports version of Entertainment Tonight or Access Hollywood", was hosted by Mario Lopez and Thea Andrews. Andrews also was the producer for the show. A typical show would include news of athletes appearing in movies, on television, and in commercials, coverage of movie premieres, and interviews with athletes and entertainers. The show's launch was controversial; promotional advertisements featured photos of baseball player Derek Jeter with a woman whose face was not shown. A spokesman for Jeter's employer, the New York Yankees, objected to the ad, saying "In the ad they insinuate they are out with Jeter, with his permission, or they are following him. Give me a break. Neither is true." ESPN realized that the show would be risky; if sports figures were angered by their coverage on ESPN Hollywood they might refuse to participate in interviews on other ESPN programs. The final episode was broadcast on January 26, 2006. An ESPN executive vice president later remarked that the premise of the show was unworkable, saying "I think fans want information about athletes in the context of sports coverage."
ESPN SpeedWorld is the name of a former television series broadcast on ESPN from 1979–2006. The program that was based primarily based around NASCAR, CART, IMSA, Formula One, NHRA, and IHRA. The theme music is a based on the piano interlude from "18th Avenue" by Cat Stevens.
Golf coverage on ESPN and ESPN2 has been a regular feature of the cable sports channels' programming since soon after ESPN's launch in 1979. Although ESPN no longer owns any share of the rights to the week-to-week events on the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, or Champions Tour, the ESPN networks continue to cover seven major tournaments associated with those tours.
NASCAR on ESPN is the coverage of NASCAR on ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC. ABC, and later ESPN, carried NASCAR races from the sanctioning body's top three divisions at various points from the early 1960s until 2002. ESPN resumed coverage of NASCAR with the Nationwide Series race at Daytona in February 2007 and the Sprint Cup Series at Indianapolis in July 2007. ESPN currently holds the rights to broadcast the final 17 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, including the entire Chase for the Sprint Cup as well as the entire NASCAR Nationwide Series season through the respective series' 2014 seasons. In mid-2013, NBC Sports outbid the ESPN for rights to the final 20 Sprint Cup races and the second half of the Nationwide schedule for the next 10 years. ESPN will no longer be broadcasting NASCAR after the 2014 season.
ESPN Full Circle is the branding used for multi-network simulcasts of a single sporting event across multiple ESPN networks and services—with each feed providing a different version of the telecast making use of different features or functions. Eleven networks and services have been involved with these specials, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPNU, ESPN Radio, ESPN Mobile, ESPN360, ESPN.com ESPN International and ESPN Deportes. ESPN Full Circle debuted with ESPN Full Circle: North Carolina at Duke on March 4, 2006, on the one-year anniversary of ESPNU. The game was the North Carolina Tar Heels at the Duke Blue Devils in college basketball. A month later the second installment of ESPN Full Circle showed ESPN Full Circle:Bulls-Heat NBA Playoffs on April 22, 2006. The game featured the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls. The third edition of ESPN Full Circle showed ESPN Full Circle: Florida State vs. Miami on September 4, 2006. The game featured a college football game between Florida State Seminoles at the Miami Hurricanes. The fourth installment featured the Florida Gators vs. the Auburn Tigers on October 14, 2006 and was entitled ESPN Full Circle: Florida vs. Auburn. The fifth Full Circle broadcast was on March 4, 2007, with the NASCAR Busch Series Telcel-Motorola Mexico 200. The sixth "Full Circle" event was the 2007 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Game on April 3, 2007.
ESPN Sports Saturday is an American sports anthology series produced by the ESPN sports network. Hosted by Hannah Storm, it premiered at 4 p.m. ET April 3, 2010 on the American Broadcasting Company. ESPN, which like ABC is controlled by The Walt Disney Company, has handled ABC's sports coverage since 2006 under the ESPN on ABC umbrella, and ESPN Sports Saturday could be considered a descendent of ABC's Wide World of Sports. Content on the series initially included Winners Bracket, a segment consisting of highlights, plus other ESPN documentary programs, including Homecoming with Rick Reilly, 30 for 30 and E:60. Episodes will air on Saturdays through August, then resume at the conclusion of the NCAA Division I FBS football season. Upon the show's return after the college football season, the Winners Bracket hour of the block was replaced by a new weekly discussion series showcasing the best of the ESPN sports discussion shows which provide all new exclusive content on the upcoming week's big events and match-ups.
ESPN Classic Remembers is a television program on ESPN Classic that chronicles historic games and events, personalities and other sports milestones. The show debuted on September 11, 2006 and is hosted by ESPN SportsCenter personality Chris McKendry. It is primarily a thirty minute program followed by a rerun of the sporting event it is chronicling. The first episode of ESPN Classic Remembers aired on the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and its impact on the sports world. It was followed by a replay of the only edition of SportsCenter to air that night announcing the cancellation of all sporting events for at least a week. That SportsCenter was hosted by Bob Ley and Trey Wingo, who also gave commentary about that night. Often, the series is used in retrospect following the death of a notable sports figure or a significant anniversary of a major event that changed the face of sports. In 2007, it was used on the 25th anniversary of the Duk Koo Kim vs Ray Mancini fight in 1982 that resulted in Kim's death, and included the airing of the Korean film Champion.
ESPN Major League Soccer is a promotion of Major League Soccer on ESPN and ESPN2, with simulcasts on ESPNHD and ESPN2HD. Major League Soccer on ESPN2 debuted in 1996, the league's first season, and is guaranteed to stay on the network till at least 2014. From 1996 to 2006, the weekly soccer match on ESPN2 was called MLS Soccer Saturday, but in the new contract, that was replaced by MLS Primetime Thursday. For the 2009 season and beyond, the Thursday telecast was replaced by a variety of primtime games on Wednesdays through Saturdays. Beginning in 2009, as part of ESPN's far-reaching strategy of moving sports programming to ESPN, all matches - including MLS Cup - are now aired on either ESPN or ESPN2.
ESPN National Hockey Night was ESPN's weekly television broadcasts of National Hockey League regular season games and coverage of playoff games, broadcast from 1992 to 2004. ESPN had been slated to broadcast games for the 2004–05 NHL season, but the season's cancellation combined with the NHL reaching an agreement with OLN to broadcast games for the 2005–06 NHL season effectively ended National Hockey Night after the 2003–04 NHL season.
ESPN Major League Baseball is a promotion of Major League Baseball on ESPN and ESPN2, with simulcasts on ESPNHD or ESPN2HD. ESPN's MLB coverage debuted on April 9, 1990 with three Opening Day telecasts. ESPN Major League Baseball is guaranteed to remain on air until 2021. The title is derived from the fact that it may come on a night when ESPN doesn't have a scheduled game. The different weekly regular season games that ESPN presents: Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell, Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA and Wednesday Night Baseball presented by Goodyear, and formerly ESPN DayGame presented by Fruit of the Loom and Thursday Night Baseball powered by Castrol. In addition to regular season games, ESPN also airs 10 spring training games entitled ESPN Spring Training and formerly aired Division Series playoff games entitled The Division Series on ESPN. ESPN also airs a daily highlight show called Baseball Tonight at 10 p.m. ET and 12 a.m. ET. ESPN Radio has also been airing Major League Baseball since 1998, broadcasting Sunday Night Baseball as well as select other regular-season games, the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby, and the entire postseason including the Wild Card Game, Division Series, League Championship Series, and World Series.
Following on from the success of ESPN's 30 for 30 series, this collection of sports documentaries continues to tell compelling stories from the unique perspective of the filmmakers.
Russell Athletic ESPN Arena Football was a presentation of the Arena Football League on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Radio and ESPN on ABC. The telecasts were simulcast on ESPNHD, ESPN2HD and ABC HD. The agreement ran from the 2007 season opener until the league had a yearlong stoppage due to financial problems in 2009. The official name for the ESPN2 Monday night games was called ESPN Arena Football Monday presented by Russell Athletic.
ESPN College Football Primetime is a live game presentation of Division 1-A college football on ESPN. In the past, the presenting sponsor was Cooper Tires, but since the 2006 season, the current presenting sponsor is Applebee's. The game telecast airs every Thursday night at 7:45pm ET during the college football regular season. The game is preceded by a short 5–10 minute segment with John Saunders, Lou Holtz and Mark May, all of whom also appear on the halftime report. This game telecast is also presented in high definition on ESPNHD. It has broadcast games from numerous conferences including the SEC, ACC and the Big East. This game is often seen as the ESPN Game of the Week along with the Saturday night telecast. The most visible voices of ESPN College Football Primetime over the years have been Mike Tirico, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso, and Lee Corso's mother, but none remain in the booth, with Tirico and Herbstreit being promoted and Corso cutting back on his schedule. The current commentators are Rece Davis on play-by-play, Jesse Palmer as analyst, David Pollack as analyst and Samantha Steele as field reporter.