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List of ESPN sports properties

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


  • Current properties 1
    • American football 1.1
    • Soccer 1.2
    • Baseball 1.3
    • Basketball 1.4
    • Ice Hockey 1.5
    • Tennis 1.6
    • Golf 1.7
    • Bowling 1.8
    • Motorsports 1.9
    • Canadian football 1.10
    • Former properties 1.11
  • References 2

Current properties

American football


  • 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


ESPN Major League Soccer

  • 1996–2022



ESPN Major League Baseball

  • 1990–2021

Little League World Series

  • 1985[2]–2022



  • 1982–1984
  • 2002–2025


  • 2002–2025

College Basketball on ESPN

  • NCAA Tournament: 1980–1990 (Contract with NCAA)
  • ACC : 1979–2027[1]
  • Big Ten: 1979–2017
  • Big 12: 2008–2016 (ESPN Plus has exclusive rights to some games in Big 12 markets to protect stations purchasing its syndicated package)
  • Big East: 1979–2013
  • Pac-12: 2012–2023
  • SEC: ?–2023

Ice Hockey

NCAA Ice Hockey Tournament

Kontinental Hockey League 2012-


Tennis on ESPN


Golf on ESPN


PBA Tour

  • 2000–present



  • 1980(?)–2000 (Contracts with individual races)
  • 2001–present (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.

Former properties

Australian Football League

  • 2009-2011

UEFA Champions League

  • 1995-2009

Indy Racing League

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


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


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

Global RallyCross Championship

  • 2011–2013


  • 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)

The Arena Football League on ESPN

  • 1989–2002
  • 2007–2008 (contract was scheduled to end in 2011 but was broken due to the AFL's bankruptcy)
  • 2014–?


Thoroughbred Racing on ESPN


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  2. ^ "Little League Chronology". Little League Online. Retrieved April 7, 2007.  ESPN2 broadcasts started in 1997.
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