What does ESPN stand for?

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What does ESPN stand for?

Over the years, ESPN has become synonymous with watching sports on television. It is the first channel that most people switch to whenever there is a mood to watch some baseball, basketball, tennis, boxing or perhaps any other sport in the world kicks in. If you are a sports fanatic, then it must be one of your favorite channels, and in case you are not, even then you must have watched it at some point in your life.

But what we are here for today is clearing the air regarding what exactly does the acronym ESPN stand for. Do you know the answer to this question? Well, if you do, then congrats, you are among the few, and if you don’t, then in a few seconds you will. Two questions regarding it that you ought to know answers for are answered below.

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What Is ESPN?

ESPN, Inc. which runs the US-based global satellite and cable sports channel is a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and Hearst Corporation, wherein the former owns its 80 percent and the latter 20. It’s a pioneer in multimedia sports entertainment with a broad asset portfolio and more than 50 business entities.

What Does ESPN Stand For? 

Well, it doesn’t stand for anything; at least, that is what its website says. However, there is an intriguing story that you must know. The sports channel wasn’t always referred to as ESPN. It started in 1979 when it was called Entertainment and Sports Programming Network. However, in the month of February in 1979, the complete name of the channel was dropped and replaced with a fresh corporate name, ESPN, Inc. which carried an entirely new logo as well. Since then, this is how it has been known.

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Calling itself the Worldwide Leader in Sports, ESPN truly has insurmountable achievements to its name. Take a look at some interesting facts about it.

#1. ESPN telecasts sports in more than 200 countries and territories across seven continents with shows in 5 different languages.

#2. It's business entities include 32 television networks, more than 90 broadband networks, 13 websites, 7 radio properties along with print, mobile and consumer products with event management.

#3. It's unprecedented portfolio of over 130 leagues, and sports right makes it one of the largest sports channel in the world.

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