New all-time mark blows away last year’s record 13.0 million; “People’s Bracket” Final Four picks: Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina, Villanova; Most popular tournament bracket game celebrates 20th anniversary. Boosted by the first ever 24-hour Tournament Challenge Marathon earlier this week, the ESPN Men’s Tournament Challenge collected a record 18.8 million completed brackets, surpassing the … Read More
Driven by ESPN Fantasy Football and coverage of the NFL, College Football and NBA, as well as FiveThirtyEight’s coverage of the Presidential Election, ESPN reached 101.8 million unique visitors in the U.S. in November, the second-largest total ever for ESPN and up 13 percent over the same month a year ago.
Driven by ESPN Fantasy Football and coverage of the NFL, College Football, MLB playoffs and an historic World Series, ESPN reached 99.3 million unique visitors in the U.S. in October, the second-largest total ever for ESPN and up 8 percent over the same month a year ago.
Driven by ESPN Fantasy Football and coverage of the NFL, College Football, MLB pennant races, and U.S. Open tennis in September, ESPN reached a property-best 104.6 million unique visitors in the U.S., up 11 percent over the same month a year ago.
ESPN Fantasy Football, the industry’s No. 1 fantasy football game, enjoyed its two biggest days ever, signing up more registered players on Monday 8/15 and Tuesday 8/16 than any other day in the game’s 20-year history.
ESPN Fantasy Football, the No. 1 fantasy football game, begins a new season with updated, comprehensive features, news and analysis — all on app, web, television, audio and more. New ESPN Fantasy App lets users to play Football, Baseball, Basketball, Hockey in the same app. ESPN networks will televise a 28-hour ESPN Fantasy Football Marathon presented by Draft Kings on August 15 and 16.
ESPN will televise the 28-hour DraftKings Fantasy Football Marathon in preparation for the 2016 NFL season on Aug. 15-16. The first-time programming initiative – starting Monday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. ET through Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 11 p.m. – will feature Fantasy Football specials in primetime both nights, segments on multiple editions of SportsCenter, and Fantasy Football-themed editions of popular ESPN shows, including First Take, Mike and Mike, His & Hers, SportsNation and NFL Live. All programs during the marathon will be streamed live on WatchESPN.
Matthew Berry, the most recognizable and influential personality in fantasy sports, has reached a new contract extension with ESPN to continue as the company’s Senior Fantasy Analyst through 2021.
Global scale: 111.8 million total unique global visitors, 1.0 billion visits, 6.6 billion minutes; In the U.S.: 27th straight month at No. 1 for monthly unique users, total minutes and visits, Reached 44 percent of all sports users. ESPN’s broad range of sports rights around the world reached 111.8 million global unique visitors in May, … Read More
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ESPN has promoted Nate Ravitz to Vice President of Audience Development, a new role in which Ravitz will oversee programming of digital content across ESPN.com and the ESPN App, in addition to his existing responsibilities leading ESPN-branded social media content, mobile push notifications and digital video. Ravitz also will manage the new ESPN Daily email newsletter. He will continue to report to Ryan Spoon, Senior Vice President of Digital Product Management.
Over the last three years, as Senior Director of Digital Video and Push Operations, Ravitz has led teams driving growth of ESPN’s digital product and editorial content through the development of new content types and platforms. This includes the Now section on ESPN.com and the ESPN App, as well as ESPN on Snapchat Discover, which received a 2015 Sports Emmy Award nomination. Last year, after assuming responsibility for digital video curation and distribution across ESPN platforms and over-the-top devices, Ravitz drove immediate gains in video starts, conversions and starts per visit.
“Nate has been such an important piece of ESPN Digital and contributed in so many areas, in so many significant ways,” said Spoon. “His promotion is more than well deserved, and we look forward to Nate and his team continuing to drive a cohesive programming and growth strategy across all of our digital platforms, from ESPN.com to the ESPN App to social platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.”
Ravitz joined ESPN in 2007 as a General Editor for ESPN Fantasy, a hybrid role that included writing and editing fantasy content and co-hosting the highly popular “Fantasy Focus Football Podcast” and “Fantasy Focus Baseball Podcast” with Matthew Berry. In 2008, Ravitz was elevated to Deputy Editor, overseeing all aspects of ESPN Fantasy content for ESPN.com, and in 2011 he was promoted to Senior Director of Fantasy and Premium Content, adding ESPN Insider content and business strategy to his slate.
Ravitz has collected several editorial awards and honors. He was inducted into the Fantasy Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame in 2012, and he is a seven-time PodcastAwards.com winner for his work on ESPN’s “Fantasy Focus Football Podcast”, including five for Best Sports Podcast and two for People’s Choice. In 2007, Ravitz won a Sports Emmy for Best New Approach, Coverage, for his on-air work for ESPN’s Fantasy Football Now.
Prior to joining ESPN, Ravitz was Executive Director at CDM Fantasy Sports, where he led all content operations, including content for Rototimes.com, CDM Fantasy Sports, and two annual preview magazines for which he served as Editor-in-Chief.