ESPN’s presentation of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs is up significantly versus a year ago. Through three games, matches on ESPN and ESPN2 have averaged 327,000 viewers, according to Nielsen – an 80 percent increase from 182,000 viewers for the first three playoff matches in 2016.
ESPN will present MLS Decision Day presented by AT&T – the final day of the 2017 Major League Soccer regular season – on Sunday, Oct. 22, with a live two-hour whip-around show with highlights and look-ins to all 11 league matches being played simultaneously. Coverage begins at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN.
The U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match vs. Panama will be televised live on ESPN2 from the new Orlando City Stadium on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. ET (kickoff at 7:35 p.m.). USA-Panama will anchor 29 FIFA World Cup matches across ESPN platforms during the latest FIFA International Match Week (Oct. 4 –10).
To share: http://es.pn/2xJatse Para leer en español Two-Day Soccer Special Will Air in English and Spanish September 26 and 27 on Azteca America, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, ESPN, ESPN Deportes, FS2, FOX Deportes, FOX Sports Mexico, FUSION TV, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network Azteca America, beIN SPORTS, ESPN, FOX, FUSION TV, UniMás and Univision … Read More
The U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match vs. Costa Rica will be live on ESPN from Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., on Friday, Sept. 1, at 6:30 p.m. ET (kickoff at 6:55 p.m.). In all, ESPN will carry 32 matches across its platforms during the latest FIFA International Match Week (Aug. 31 – Sept. 5).
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ESPN FC is teaming up with EA SPORTS™ and Virgin Gaming to present to soccer fans on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 the ESPN FC Champions Cup, ESPN’s major online gaming tournament including the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil and Latin America. In collaboration with EA SPORTS and Virgin Gaming, the two overall winners on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will win an all-expense paid trip to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn. for the live televised final on ESPN FC and a behind-the-scenes tour of the studios on February 5. The winner will receive a $2,500 USD grand prize.
Sign-ups are open throughout the qualifying round on VirginGaming.com/ESPNFC, where players can register for a Virgin Gaming account, opt-in to the ESPN FC Champions Cup leaderboards and begin qualifying. All prizing for the ESPN FC Champions Cup will be awarded through Virgin Gaming. The free-to-enter tournament for premium and non-premium users will advance the top two players on each of the four leaderboards into the online bracketed semifinal round. Virgin Gaming Premium users will continue to have access to added benefits such as the Gamer Training Institute to hone their skills, chances at additional weekly and monthly prizes and added partner benefits.
Every game played in the EA SPORTS Arena will count towards an overall ranking in the leaderboards. They include:
- Week 1, December 16-22: Most Games Played
- Week 2, December 23-29: Most Wins
- Week 3, January 6-12: Most Goals Scored
- Week 4, January 13-19: Most Shots on Goal
The 16-person bracketed semifinals will be held on January 24-25 in a three round, single elimination game online leading up to the champion of each console. Weekly updates will be featured on ESPN FC throughout the tournament. Additionally, fans will be able to follow the tournament leaderboards though social media pages from ESPN FC, EA SPORTS and Virgin Gaming.
About ESPN FC:
ESPN FC is ESPN’s multi-language, multi-country and multiplatform soccer brand. In its first year, ESPNFC.com grew to be the no. 1 soccer-specific site in the U.S., consistently leading the way in terms of audience. The site also features influential voices and quality coverage from renowned international soccer journalists Gabriele Marcotti, Roger Bennett, Iain Macintosh, James Horncastle, Michael Cox, Jeff Carlisle, Fernando Duarte, Tim Vickery and others. The Sunday edition (12 midnight ET) of ESPN FC on TV is a one-hour program – wrapping up the best highlights, news, reactions and opinions, from the weekend’s soccer action while looking ahead to what the results mean to the teams and their respective leagues. Monday through Friday (5:30 p.m., ESPN2), the program airs for 30-minute editions each day, highlighting the biggest news and issue of the day in soccer.
About EA SPORTS:
EA SPORTS is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences. EA SPORTS creates connected experiences that ignite the emotion of sports through industry-leading sports videogames, including Madden NFL football, EA SPORTS FIFA, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, NCAA® Football, PGA TOUR® golf, SSX™ and EA SPORTS UFC. For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit www.easports.com.
About Virgin Gaming:
Introduced in June 2010, Virgin Gaming is the premier destination for competitive console gamers to meet, challenge and play in head-to-head matches and tournaments for cash and prizes. With an array of proprietary features, including a Fair Play Guarantee™ (with automatic game results validation), Virgin Gaming allows gamers of all skill levels from around the world to safely and easily compete online against friends and other members in some of their favorite multiplayer games. A leading-edge convergence of competitive online gaming and video games, the service offers robust community features with member pages, community reputation and skill ratings, a variety of exciting tournament formats and more. For additional information on the company or the all-new Virgin Gaming Premium service, visit http://www.virgingaming.com/.
Kristie Chong Adler, ESPN
Craig Sinel / Ron Burgess, fortyseven communications for Virgin Gaming
Shirley Chu, EA SPORTS
ESPN’s coverage of El Clásico Miami Saturday night – a 3-2 victory by FC Barcelona over their archrival Real Madrid at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium – was seen by an average audience of 1.7 million viewers, making it the most-watched soccer match telecast on ESPN networks since last summer’s UEFA EURO 2016 in France.
ESPN Films will debut the 30 for 30 documentary, “George Best: All by Himself,” Thursday, July 20, at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN leading into the Manchester United vs Manchester City game. Directed by BAFTA award-winning director Daniel Gordon (Hillsborough), the film recounts the tale of the beloved but bedeviled superstar George Best. Trailer: http://es.pn/2tMr0tJ
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPNU and ESPNEWS will combine to present the 2017 International Champions Cup (ICC) July 18-30. The series of 19 international club soccer matches will be played in the United States, Singapore and China over a two-week period. The ICC begins Tuesday, July 18 with Italian Serie A club AC Milan vs. German Bundesliga’s Borussia Dortmund, live from Guangzhou, China, at 7:15 a.m. ET (ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and the ESPN App).