[Wcsa - Wowtimes - Almanac Events & Achievements 2023] Impressions of the ESPS cable television channel in 44 years of serving audiences around the world (1979)


(wcsa) ESPN is an American international basic cable sports channel owned by The Walt Disney Company (80% and operational control) and Hearst Communications (20%) through the joint venture ESPN Inc.

As of June 2023, ESPN reach  had been reduced to 72.5 million homes. In addition to the flagship channel and its seven related channels in the United States, ESPN broadcasts in more than 200 countries. It operates regional channels in Africa, Australia, Latin America and the Netherlands.



The company’s milestones: 

1979: ESPN was founded in 1979 as the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network by Bill Rasmussen, Scott Rasmussen and Ed Eagan.

1983: ESPN begins distributing programming internationally.

1989: ESPN International launches its first network, ESPN in Latin America.

1992: ESPN Radio launches.

1993: ESPN2 – a secondary channel that originally was programmed with a separate lineup of niche sports popular with males 18–49 years old.



1995: ESPNET SportsZone (now ESPN.com) launches.

1996: ESPNEWS launches. 

1998: ESPN The Magazine launches.

2001: ESPN Broadband launches, a video service via a high-speed modem, offering a library of programming. Would become ESPN360.com in 2005. 

2002: ESPN reaches an agreement for multimedia NBA coverage, becoming the first network to televise all four major professional sports-NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA.



2005: ESPNU, a 24-hour network devoted to college sports, launches.

2011: Longhorn Network launches. It focuses on the Texas Longhorns varsity sports teams of the University of Texas at Austin.

2016: The Undefeated – the digital content platform exploring the intersection of sports, race and culture – launches.

2017: ESPN wins its first Oscar, in Best Documentary for O.J.- Made in America.  The 7.5-hour epic is the longest movie ever honored at the Academy Awards.  



2022: The Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame honored ESPN, receiving the first Iconic Network award. 

According to espnpressroom.com; en.wikipedia.org. Source of photos: internet