Based in Bristol (CT), on the East coast of the USA, ESPN, Inc. is the world’s leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring a portfolio of over 50 multimedia sports assets. ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN.
In Australia and New Zealand, the first dedicated ESPN content channel launched in 2002. Reaching over 2.5 million households, ESPN HD was launched in 2008 to extend the diverse portfolio of major sporting events as well as locally produced content such as the successful local version of SportsCenter, Pardon the Interruption Australia, Aussies Abroad and ESPN Soccernet Press Pass.
In March 2011, ESPN launched ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD delivering even more of the best international sport to Australia sports fans, with 3D coverage of major sporting events available on Foxtel’s 3D channel. In New Zealand, ESPN3.com launched on iSKY in 2011. In the digital space, ESPN’s 24 hour broadband network, ESPN3.com delivers the best of international sports anytime and anywhere – available to Foxtel and SKY sports subscribers as part of their Sports package. Other digital properties include websites ESPNcricinfo, ESPNFC, ESPNscrum, ESPNF1 and ESPNfootytips.com.au – Australia’s largest online sports community.
The complete ESPN Australia portfolio is also outlined below: