ESPN2 Original Programming

The home for people who are big on personality, deep on analysis, and wide on opinion.

Original Programming Sports with authority and personality

  • Tony Reali and four reporters from across the country debate sports’ hottest stories via satellite. Tony gives points for well-made arguments… but deducts points for when he has to hit ‘mute.’ The winner gets 30 seconds to opine on victory.
  • Networks: ESPN, ESPNHD
  • Weekdays 5PM ET
  • First Take doesn’t cover all the day’s sports stories – just the most debatable ones. It’s not a show about nuance and ambiguity – it’s a show with strong opinions that must be defined and defended. It’s real. It’s debate.
  • Hosts: Cari Champion, Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith
  • Weekdays, 10AM ET
  • ESPN2
  • The show brings an innovative and comedic approach to sports commentary and offers a critical – and sometimes controversial – perspective on the world of professional sports.
  • Hosts: Dan Le Batard, Gonzalo “Papi” Le Batard, and Bomani Jones
  • Airing daily at 4PM ET
  • ESPN2
  • The personality driven show offers fans live debate through a diverse lens and unique point-of-view.
  • Hosts: Michael Smith, Jemele Hill
  • Weekdays, 3:30PM ET
  • ESPN2
  • Fans start their day off right with Mike & Mike - a mix of live guest interviews, analysis, breaking sports news coverage, and opinion. Co-hosted by SportsCenter anchor Mike Greenberg and former NFL player Mike Golic, Mike & Mike is ESPN’s personality-driven sports talk morning drive show.
  • Hosts: Mike Greenberg, Mike Golic
  • Weekdays, 6 – 10AM ET
  • Live Simulcast on ESPN2
  • Re Broadcast on ESPNews 10AM - 1PM ET
  • The critically acclaimed show hosted since its inception by Bob Ley examines topical issues, often with an investigative angle, followed by debate among authorities on the issue.
  • Host: Bob Ley
  • Weekdays, 3PM ET on ESPN
  • ESPN
  • Tony Kornheiser and Washington Post ColumnistMike Wilbon face off during this half-hour debate. With two minutes to argue and rebut points, time ticks away as the journalists haggle their way through a long list of sports topics.
  • Networks: ESPN, ESPNHD
  • Weekdays, 5:30PM ET
  • ESPN’s flagship program provides TV’s most thorough presentation of sports news, highlights, and analysis.
  • ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS,, ESPN Mobile, ESPN Deportes, SportsCenter App, ESPN Radio
  • The show takes an off-beat look at sports, covers the day’s hottest sports topics, and presents the internet’s most hilarious viral videos. SportsNation engages the modern fan by weaving pop-culture, online polls, and celebrity guests to jumpstart debates.
  • Michelle Beadle, Max Kellerman, Marcellus Wiley
  • ESPN2,
  • Each week, three renowned sports journalists run down and debate the latest developments from every sport and at all levels of play.
  • Host: John Saunders
  • Sundays, 8:30AM
  • ESPN2

Networks Reach over 100 million fans a day through 12 different networks

  • NBA Finals, College Football, Saturday Primetime, X Games Aspen, X Games Austin, Indy 500, Little League World Series.
  • Saturday Night Football made ABC the #1 network for the night (broadcast or cable) among HHs, viewers, and all key male/adult demos on seven Saturdays during the 2014 season.
  • Source: Nielsen, FY2014
  • 24.9MM HH (21% of Total US TV HH)
  • Bridging the gap between generations of athletes and fans.
  • The best classic games including MLB, NBA, College Football and College Basketball.
  • Timely programming stunts around key events, anniversaries and historical moments.
  • Cable TV’s largest boxing archive.
  • Source: Nielsen Universe Estimates, August 2015
  • 92.5MM HH (79% of Total US TV HH)
  • Most viewed ad-supported cable channel for M18+, M18-49 and M25-54 (August 2014 – July 2015).
  • Men’s favorite TV network since 1998.
  • ESPN is the #1 cable network for upscale households, persons, and men. From August 2014 through July 2015, ESPN delivered more Households, Persons 2+, Men 18+, M18-34, M18-49 and M25-54 who are in upscale households ($100k+) than any other cable network.
  • Top rated network among HHI $75K+ for key male and adult demos.
  • 14 of the top-15 most-viewed ad-supported cable telecasts (among HH) from August 2014 through July 2015 were on ESPN, includes 10 Monday Night Football games, the Rose Bowl, the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship.
  • Source: Nielsen NPower, L+SD Data, Aug14-July15, Total Day M-Su 6a-6a; Nielsen Universe Estimates, August 2015
  • 92.4MM HH (99.9% of ESPN HH, 79% of Total US TV HH)
  • ESPN 2 set new marks in 2014 for its highest-rated college football bowl game (Gator Bowl), soccer match (Germany vs. France in the World Cup), Men’s College Basketball (Kentucky/Louisville), and NBA playoffs games (BK/MIA and POR/SA).
  • ESPN 2’s daytime block grew +8% during August 14-July 15 vs. YAGO on M18-34, +9% on M25-54.
  • Source: Nielsen NPower, L+SD Data, Households = July 2015, Growth = August 14-July15 vs. August13-July14 (Daytime = M-F 6a-6p); Nielsen Universe Estimates, August 2015
  • 5.8MM HH (39% of Total Hispanic TV HH)
  • Highest-rated, most-watched Spanish language sports cable network.
  • 13 hours of studio shows daily.
  • Comprehensive sports coverage.
  • La Liga, Mexican League Soccer, Boxing, MLB, Winter Baseball, NFL, NBA, MLS.
  • #2 with viewer loyalty among all ad-supported cable networks.
  • Source: Nielsen Universe Estimates, August 2015
  • ESPN reaches sports fans in over 200 countries and territories around the globe
  • #1 Online Sports Media Brand in the World (Uniques and Total Minutes)
  • Unmatched programming portfolio – 130 leagues and sports, including: Cricket, Soccer (including UEFA Champions League), Grand Slam Tennis, Golf Majors, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, Rugby World Cup, X Games, Olympics
  • 70.6MM HH (61% of Total US TV HH)
  • Youngest (Median age: 39) and most upscale (Median HHI: $73k) audience of the ESPN networks.
  • Live press conference coverage.
  • In 2014, ESPNEWS delivered its third most-watched year among HHs (79k).
  • ESPNEWS is one of only two ad-supported cable networks with a median income over $60k and a median age of 40 or less.
  • Source: Nielsen NPower, L+SD Data, Total Day M-Su 6a-6a, August 14-July15, Median age/income based on P2+; Nielsen Universe Estimates, August 2015
  • The 24-hour college sports television network features more than 650 live events annually.
  • 24/7 multi-platform college sports network dedicated to delivering the best live coverage, news, and studio programming from the nation’s top conferences.
  • ESPNU delivered its most-watched year ever among HHs and viewers in 2014 (49k HHs, 61k viewers).
  • ESPNU is currently in nearly 74M households through long-term carriage agreements with Time Warner, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DIRECTV (Channel 208), EchoStar’s DISH Network (Channel 141), Verizon, AT&T, Insight Communications, Mediacom, Cablevision and various other affiliates.
  • Source: Nielsen Media Research, Universe Estimates = August14-July15; Best year = FY2014
  • Longhorn Network covers Texas sports like never before. With 175 exclusive events a year from all 20 University of Texas sports, and hundreds of hours of original studio content, you can put your eyes upon Texas all the live long day. UT fans can stay close to their Horns with weekly coaches’ shows, live press conferences, pre and postgame analysis with Texas GameDay, All Access behind the scenes, and coverage of Lifetime Longhorns. LHN is also available on WatchESPN with participating providers.
  • Exclusive Events
    At least two regular season Texas Football games
    Approximately 10 Men’s and 14 Women’s basketball games
    Approximately 60+ softball and baseball games
    Nearly all home women’s volleyball and soccer matches
    Swimming and diving, track and field, tennis, rowing, and golf event coverage
  • Available to 91MM homes, the SEC Network was the largest network launch in cable history. With championship pedigree across all major sports, including football, basketball, baseball/softball, and gymnastics, the SEC Network is more than just about football.
  • Covering over 1,000 live events both linear and digital, the SEC Network is the place to reach the most passionate audience in college sports.