List of ESPN sports properties

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ESPN and its family of domestic networks (ESPN on ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Plus, ESPN Deportes and to a lesser extent ESPN Classic) have or previously had rights to the following sports and events:

Current properties

American football

NFL on ESPN

  • 1987–1989 (Sunday Night; exclusive cable; second half of season only)
  • 1990–1997 (Sunday Night; second half of season only; TNT carried first half)
  • 1998–2005 (Sunday Night; exclusive cable; entire season, selected Thursday & Saturday night games)
  • 1988–1994, 2003–2005, 2010, 2015–2023 (Pro Bowl, acquired rights from ABC through 2005, acquired from CBS in 2010, direct from 2015 onward)
  • 2006–2021 (Monday Night Football)

ESPN College Football

Other:

Soccer

United States men's national soccer team

  • 1996–2022

ESPN Major League Soccer

  • 1996–2022

FIFA

UEFA

ESPN, in English and Spanish, has rights to UEFA events from 2012 to 2016 including the following:[2][3]

Other Soccer National Teams

Spanish Club Soccer

Other Club Soccer

Baseball

ESPN Major League Baseball

  • 1990–2021

Little League World Series

  • 1985[4]–2022

Basketball

NBA on ESPN

  • 1982–1984
  • 2002–2025

WNBA on ESPN

  • 2002–2025

College Basketball on ESPN

FIBA

Other Leagues

Cricket

Ice Hockey

NCAA Ice Hockey Tournament

Kontinental Hockey League 2012-

World Cup of Hockey 2016-[6]

Tennis

Tennis on ESPN

Golf

Golf on ESPN

Bowling

PBA Tour

  • 2000–present

Motorsports

NHRA

  • 1980(?)–2000 (Contracts with individual races)
  • 2001–2015 (Contract with NHRA)

Canadian football

Canadian Football League

  • 1983–1986 (approximate)
  • 1994–1997
  • 2008–2013 (ESPN3 only; by virtue in its stake in Canadian broadcaster TSN, the official broadcaster of the CFL, it held internet streaming rights.)
  • 2013–present (Select games on ESPN2, streaming coverage on ESPN3)

ESPN may sometimes acquire the rights to programming in other sports which airs only via Internet streaming on ESPN3, usually because another broadcaster holds the TV rights.

Rugby Union

Former properties

Australian Football League

  • 2009-2011

UEFA Champions League

  • 1995-2009

IndyCar Series

  • 1996–2008 (ESPN continues to produce the broadcasts of five races that air on ABC, including the Indianapolis 500.)

CART on ESPN

  • 1980–2001
  • 2007 (series merged with IRL, beginning with the 2008 season)

NASCAR on ESPN

  • 1981–2000 (Contracts with individual races)
  • 2001–2002 (Contract with NASCAR, Truck Series only)
  • 2007–2014 (Contract with NASCAR)

Global RallyCross Championship

  • 2011–2013

NHL on ESPN

  • 1985–1988 (National television deal, agreements with individual clubs as early as 1979)
  • 1992–2004

Major Indoor Soccer League

  • 1985–1987
  • 2005–2006 (championship games only)

Soccer

Thoroughbred Racing on ESPN

References