BT Sport ESPN
is a pay television channel that has broadcast in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom
since August 3, 2009.
The chain arose on the occasion of the acquisition by ESPN of the television rights of the Premier League, representing the first foray of the American communication group in the United Kingdom.
The situation of the channel changed when, in 2012, ESPN was not able to win the auction for the rights of the English football league again. This led to the fact that, in 2015, BT reached an agreement to take ownership of the chain and maintain its affiliation with ESPN Internacional. On June 9 it was renamed BT Sport ESPN
Fans in the UK and Republic of Ireland can watch the channel on cable
, Virgin Media, satellite, Sky, IPTV, BT, Plusnet, TalkTalk TV and eir Vision. As for streaming
over the Internet, it can be accessed from BT Sport Player, Virgin TV Anywhere and Now TV.
Currently, BT Sport ESPN's programming
is made up of football matches from major competitions such as the Champions League
, the Europa League, the Bundesliga
in Germany, the Ligue 1 in France, the Premier League in England, or Serie A in Italy. In previous years, they have broadcast the FA Cup, the FA Women's Super League, the Scottish Premier League, the Russian Premier League, the MLS, the European Under-21 or the Copa América.
Despite being a channel practically dedicated to soccer today, BT Sport ESPN
has also broadcast many other sports throughout its history:
Being a channel of American origin, it broadcast matches of the major American sports leagues such as the NFL, the MLB and the NHL
On tennis, during 2012, BT Sport ESPN
acquired the television rights to the Billie Jean King Cup and several ATP 250 and WTA International category tournaments
As for MMA
, it began broadcasting the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events from the UFC 101 event
In its early days, BT Sport ESPN
offered live coverage of the NBA and WNBA basketball
In addition, they have televised races of the DTM in Germany, rugby union tournaments such as the Top 14 or the English Premiership, NRL rugby league matches, events such as the World Indoor Athletics Championships or the Kontinental Hockey League for ice hockey