ESPN+ will expand its premium written content offering and daily studio show programming, beginning November 9th, when it will become the exclusive home for the live and replay telecasts of four signature ESPN Radio shows.
The streaming network will also become the home of a popular daily Spanish-language show and adding exclusive written content from more than 20 additional ESPN reporters and analysts.
“These moves bring additional personality, insight and entertainment to ESPN+ every day, while cementing a daily studio lineup and building a deeper, broader collection of written work that makes fans smarter,” said Connor Schell, Executive Vice President of Content, ESPN.
“The combination of talented, trusted ESPN voices and unmatched insider expertise, alongside the entire 30 for 30 library and ground-breaking originals that feature some of the biggest names in sports, means the ESPN+ expand is offering subscribers a collection of premium video and written content they cannot find anywhere else.”
“ESPN+ has established itself as the industry-leading and fastest-growing sports streaming service, but we have no intention of taking that position for granted,” said Russell Wolff, Executive Vice president and General Manager, ESPN+.
“A core part of what ESPN+ gives subscribers is exclusive original content that complements our live sports – content that, whether written or video, is truly distinctive because of the expert voices it comes from, and the exceptional insights, context, creativity and personality it delivers.”
ESPN+ also continues to expand its live sports and original programming as well with the recent start of a multi-year agreement for exclusive coverage of Germany’s Bundesliga, the addition of Scottish Premiership soccer, PGA Tour golf and acclaimed coverage of the recent PGA Championship, new college sports agreements with the Southland Conference and Patriot League, this weekend’s highly-anticipated UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje, the new season of ESPN+ NFL Primetime, the upcoming second season of Emmy-nominated Peyton’s Places and much more.
It has nearly tripled its subscribers in the past year – reaching more than 8.5 million (as of June 2020) – and continues to grow.
ESPN Radio TV on ESPN+
Beginning Monday, November 9, ESPN+ will be the exclusive home for studio television programs of The Dan Le Batard with Stugotz, Greeny, Chiney & Golic Jr., The Max Kellerman Show – introducing a significant expansion of daily sports talk studio programming on ESPN+, and adding more ESPN personalities to the ESPN+ line-up.
Fans will be able to stream the popular daily programs LIVE as they happen across devices or watch them on-demand around their own schedule.
The audio broadcasts, and the podcasts of each show, will continue to be available without a subscription wherever fans stream or listen to ESPN Radio and ESPN podcasts.
The new programming helps broaden and enhance an ESPN+ studio programming lineup that now includes multi-sport talk programming and sport-specific highlight and analysis programming.
In addition to ESPN Radio on ESPN+, studio programming on ESPN+ includes: NFL PrimeTime with Chris Berman and Booger McFarland, ESPN FC (soccer), The Fantasy Show with Matthew Berry (fantasy sports), In The Crease with Linda Cohn and Barry Melrose (NHL), Ariel & The Bad Guy (MMA), Inside 30 for 30 and more.
ESPN+ Premium Editorial
The ESPN+ premium editorial content offering continues a long history of subscription-supported editorial content on ESPN digital platforms – dating back to the very beginning of ESPN.com (originally ESPNET SportsZone) more than 25 years ago.
The strength of its subscription-supported editorial has been a key component of ESPN developing the broadest, deepest and furthest reaching digital sports offering in the world.
Beginning November 9, the stellar collection of talented ESPN+ writers will expand, with ESPN+ subscribers having exclusive access to the insider perspective, analysis and insight-driven work by some of the most recognized experts and in the industry.
News reporting, investigative work and select other written content from ESPN+ writers will continue to be available, without a subscription, across ESPN digital properties – as will the work of dozens of other popular and distinguished ESPN writers and reporters.
Among those whose distinctive analysis, insights and feature writing will now be part of ESPN+: Malika Andrews, Kevin Arnovitz, Bill Barnwell, Stephania Bell, Matthew Berry, Michael Collins, Bill Connelly, Heather Dinich, Kirk Goldsberry, Alden Gonzalez, Dan Graziano, Baxter Holmes, Zach Lowe, Jackie MacMullan, Jeff Passan, Dave Schoenfield, Kevin Seifert, Ramona Shelburne, Andre Snellings, Wright Thompson, Seth Wickersham, Brian Windhorst, and Greg Wyshinski.
They join an already well-established ESPN+ editorial roster that includes: Jay Bilas, Jeff Borzello, Matt Bowen, Mike Clay, Tristan Cockcroft, Brad Doolittle, Chris Fallica, Jeremy Fowler, John Gasaway, Jonathan Givony, Preston Johnson, Eric Karabell, Mel Kiper Jr., Doug Kezirian, Tom Luginbill, Bobby Marks, Kiley McDaniel, Todd McShay, Buster Olney, Kevin Pelton, Adam Rittenberg, Tom Van Haaren, Field Yates and exclusive work of Football Outsiders, Pro Football Focus and FanGraphs.
ESPN+ also already features exclusive Spanish-language written content, including in-depth analysis from Rodrigo Fáez, Jordi Blanco and Iván Cañada, among others.
Jorge Ramos y Su Banda
Also beginning November 9, ESPN+ will become the exclusive home for the daily telecast of Jorge Ramos y Su Banda. The daily program is hosted by Ramos – the renowned “voice of the Americas” – who is joined by co-hosts Hernán Pereyra, Carolina de Las Salas and José del Valle, along with a band of other contributors.
Monday through Friday, the show brings Spanish-speaking sports fans analysis of the headlines, as well as commentary and informed perspectives on the world of soccer and other trending topics in the world of sports.
Fans will be able to stream the popular daily program LIVE as it happens across devices or watch on-demand around their own schedule.
The addition of Jorge Ramos y Su Banda adds to the daily Spanish-language studio programming on ESPN+, joining Fuera de Juego as it continues to enhance how it serves a growing audience of U.S. Hispanic subscribers.
In addition to studio programming, ESPN+ has built the most comprehensive soccer lineup anywhere in the US and offers Spanish commentary on more than 1000 live sporting events per year, including UFC, Top Rank Boxing, Major League Baseball, PFL and others.