On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak to be a pandemic. George Bodenheimer was president of ESPN since November 19, 1998 and of the former ABC Sports since March 3, 2003. , Bornstein helped to oversee the debut of ESPN2 in October 1993 and ESPNews in November 1996.
 ESPN wound up being headquartered in Bristol, Connecticut. Also in 1992, Bornstein established the subsidiary ESPN Enterprises to develop new businesses like ESPN.com, which has grown to become the leading sports news and information site on the internet. ( Log Out /  His salary and responsibilities were cut. Ebersol suggested Chet Simmons, who at the time was running NBC Sports but had become increasingly frustrated with NBC chairman Jane Cahill Pfeiffer, whose visions conflicted with those of Simmons. However, at the time cable and satellite channels were just in their infancy with HBO launching in 1975 and CNN yet to go on the air. Another event that helped build ESPN's credibility was securing an advertising agreement with Anheuser-Busch in the spring of 1979; the company invested $1 million to be the "exclusive beer advertised on the network.
, Though ESP would not launch for some six months, the 1979 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament had garnered considerable attention, as it was watched by 24.1 million viewers, due to the matchup between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson – the tournament is regarded as having an instrumental part in ESP's eventual success due to the fact many viewers called their cable providers asking that they wanted "that channel that has all the basketball.
Capital Cities Communications, Inc. bought ABC in early 1986 to form Capital Cities/ABC Inc. Leaving the prestige and comfort of NBC Sports was natural for Simmons and Connal who strongly believed in the idea of a 24-hour sports network.
First awarded in 1993, the ESPYs gather top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances.
Early programming also included boxing, wrestling and college soccer.  The program was ESPN's first regularly scheduled program solely dedicated to gaming-related content. ", Bill Rasmussen served as the first president and CEO of ESPN. ", ESPN launched on September 7, 1979, beginning with the first telecast of what would become the channel's flagship program, SportsCenter. In the early 1990s, Electronic Arts games featured a logo for a fictional sports TV network, EASN (Electronic Arts Sports Network); this was soon changed to EA Sports after ESPN requested that the company stop using the similar name.
The company was founded in 1979 by Bill Rasmussen along with his son Scott Rasmussen and Ed Egan.
ESPN+ (pronounced ESPN Plus) is an over-the-top video streaming subscription service available in the United States, owned by Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International, in partnership with ESPN Inc., which is a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company (which owns a controlling 80% stake) and the Hearst Communications (which owns the remaining 20%).
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