The Undefeated, ESPN’s new multimedia platform that will explore the intersections of sports, race and culture, will launch on May 17. Kevin Merida, Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of the site, made the announcement today at a company employee forum.
Last night’s ESPN2 telecast of the U.S. Men’s National Team victory over Guatemala in Columbus, Ohio, delivered an average audience of 954,000 viewers, making it ESPN’s most-watched CONCACAF semifinal round match since the company started televising the FIFA World Cup qualifying series. The audience surpassed the previous high –902,000 viewers for the US Men’s National … Read More
Ten journalists with wide-ranging experiences have joined the editorial staff of The Undefeated, ESPN’s upcoming content initiative for exploring the intersections of race, sports and culture. The additions include two acclaimed writers, Marc Spears (Yahoo! Sports) and Jill Hudson (National Geographic); and two senior editors – Winston-Salem Journal Managing Editor John X. Miller and Bleacher Report’s special projects editor, Vincent Thomas.
ESPN’s coverage of the first FIFA International Match Week in 2016 will culminate Tuesday, March 29, with a U.S. National Soccer Team doubleheader on ESPN2 and WatchESPN – U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala at 7 p.m. ET and U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team vs. Colombia at 9:20 p.m.
The MLS Soccer Sunday opening weekend telecast marks the regular season debut of ESPN’s “Goal Post Cam” – the production innovation whereby cameras are embedded on each post to enhance views of action on the goal-line.
ESPN will carry 40 matches including the opening and title matches. ESPN2 will show 11 matches. ESPN Deportes, the company’s Spanish-language sports network, will show 45 live matches and six tape-delayed on dates with concurrent matches. All matches will be streamed live in English and Spanish on WatchESPN.
Ian Darke, one of the most recognizable voices in global football, has signed a multi-year agreement to remain with ESPN as the company’s lead play-by-play commentator for soccer. Darke will continue as ESPN’s primary voice for U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams’ matches, including FIFA World Cup qualifiers, and other tournaments and international friendlies. He will also pen a recurring column for ESPNFC.com and make periodic appearances on ESPN FC, the daily soccer television news and information program. The new contract extends through 2020.
ESPN will provide comprehensive, weeklong coverage of the upcoming FIFA Presidential Election with daily Outside the Lines shows hosted by Bob Ley, live reports from Zurich, Switzerland, and more.
Green Bay Packers Super Bowl-winning quarterback Brett Favre will join the crew as a guest analyst for 30 minutes, the morning after his expected election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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