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The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN)[2] is an American international basic cable sports channel owned by The Walt Disney Company (80%) and Hearst Communications (20%) through the joint venture ESPN Inc. The company was founded in 1979 by Bill Rasmussen and Ed Eagan along with his son Scott Rasmussen.

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CountryUnited States
HeadquartersBristol, Connecticut
Picture format2160p 4K UHD
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company (80%)
Hearst Communications (20%)
ParentESPN Inc.
Sister channels
LaunchedSeptember 7, 1979; 43 years ago (1979-09-07)[1]
Streaming media
(U.S. pay-TV subscribers only)
Service(s)DirecTV Stream, FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV

ESPN broadcasts primarily from studio facilities located in Bristol, Connecticut. The network also operates offices and auxiliary studios in Miami, New York City, Las Vegas, Seattle, Charlotte, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. James Pitaro currently serves as chairman of ESPN, a position he has held since March 5, 2018, following the resignation of John Skipper on December 18, 2017.[3]

ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.

As of November 2021, ESPN reaches approximately 76 million television households in the United States—a drop of 24% from nearly a decade ago.[4] In addition to the flagship channel and its seven related channels in the United States, ESPN broadcasts in more than 200 countries.[5] It operates regional channels in Africa, Australia, Latin America and the Netherlands. In Canada, it owns a 20% interest in The Sports Network (TSN) and its five sister networks. Despite the network's success, criticism of ESPN includes accusations of biased coverage,[6] conflict of interest, and controversies with individual broadcasters and analysts.