ESPN will present An Undefeated Conversation: Athletes, Responsibility, and Violence – a discourse on athletes, guns, violence and law enforcement – on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 9:30 p.m. ET. The 90-minute program will be taped earlier that day during a town hall in Chicago at the South Side YMCA from 2 – 4 p.m. ET (1 – 3 p.m. CT).
ESPN has reached an agreement with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) for the rights to the UEFA European Football Championship 2020™ and all UEFA national team matches between 2018 and 2022. ESPN will be the exclusive English-language home in the United States for UEFA EURO 2020, which will be played in stadiums across 13 European nations to mark the 60th anniversary of the competition.
Leading up to the 2016 MLS All-Star Game, this year’s Major League Soccer matches on ESPN and ESPN2 have delivered an average audience of 312,000 viewers (227,000 household impressions), an increase of 32 percent in viewers (235,000) and 44 percent in television homes (158,000) from the same period in 2015.
ESPN will televise the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game Presented by Audi on Thursday, July 28, live from Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. The game will feature a team of Major League Soccer All-Stars playing against English Premier League powerhouse Arsenal FC. ESPN’s match coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET. The MLS All-Star Game will also be streamed on WatchESPN.
The Undefeated, ESPN’s new platform focusing on the intersection of sports, race and culture, has added three journalists to its staff. The new journalists – Domonique Foxworth, LZ Granderson and Mark W. Wright – bring a wide range of experiences as content providers to the platform which launched on May 17, 2016.
For the first time, SportsCenter on the Road will originate from the site of a Major League Soccer matchup on Saturday, July 23, at 2:30 p.m. ET, live from Providence Park in Portland, Ore. – site of that day’s special MLS Special Edition featuring defending MLS Cup champions Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 3:45 p.m.
UEFA EURO 2016 Final: Most-Watched UEFA European Football Championship Telecast on the ESPN Networks
Sunday’s UEFA EURO 2016 Final on ESPN and ESPN Deportes – a 1-0 victory in extra time to secure Portugal’s first-ever title in an international competition – ranks as the most-watched UEFA European Football Championship match on the ESPN networks. Based on Nielsen, the 2.5-hour telecast (3-5:30 p.m. ET) averaged 5,899,000 viewers combined for the game window on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. The audience was up two percent from the 5,758,000 viewers who watched the UEFA EURO 2012 Final (Spain vs. Italy) on both ESPN English and Spanish-language networks.
In addition to the television coverage, ESPN3 Surround will offer exclusive content for all eight Round of 16 matches with four different UEFA EURO 2016 streams for each match – the Spider Cam feed, the Spider Cam triple-box feed, the Tactical Cam feed, and the Tactical Cam triple-box feed, offering fans alternate camera angles, experiences and stories around the game.
UEFA EURO 2016 (June 10 – July 10), will be the company’s most comprehensive coverage of this quadrennial event, which has increasingly grown each year as European soccer has increased its foothold in the sports marketplace in the United States. ESPN television networks will carry more than 300 live hours of UEFA EURO 2016 content combined during the competition. ESPN televised all 31 matches in 2008 and 2012.
ESPN has moved the opening match for the UEFA European Football Championship 2016 – France vs. Romania on Friday, June 10 – from ESPN to ESPN2. Coverage will begin at 2 p.m. ET with a one-hour pre-game program leading into kickoff at 3 p.m.
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