75 Amazing ESPN Statistics, Facts and Figures (2019)

For many of us sports fans 40 and under, ESPN has played a pretty significant role for most of our lives. We all raced home to watch SportsCenter for the evening’s sports news, later on we hopped onto ESPN.com to get more timely news and now we just open an app and get real time updates. No matter what the format, ESPN has been delivering us our breaking sports news ever since an entrepreneur in a small town in Connecticut took a chance on broadcasting sports on a new cable TV format in 1979.

I recently sat down to find out more about ESPN’s media empire. Here are the more interesting ESPN statistics and facts I was able to dig up. As always, I will be adding more and updating these periodically as I find new stuff. Be sure to check back regularly.

In my latest Disney stat post, I take a look at some ESPN statistics and facts. Enjoy!

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ESPN Facts

  • ESPN website: espn.com
  • Year ESPN launched: 1979
  • Date or ESPN’s first broadcast: September 7, 1979
  • Percentage of ESPN that Disney owns: 80%
  • ESPN’s other owner: Hearst Corporation (20%)
  • ESPN Headquarters: Bristol, CT
  • ESPN Creators: Bill Rasmussen, Scott Rasmussen and Ed Egan
  • What does ESPN stand for?

Entertainment and Sports Programming Network

  • What is ESPN?

ESPN is the worldwide leader in sports. The leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company features the broadest portfolio of sports assets with over 50 business entities. (source)

ESPN Statistics

Average monthly ESPN digital users in 2017:

118.6 million unique users

Percentage of ESPN digital users that access it via mobile devices:


Last updated 2/6/18

Average number of people in the US that ESPN reaches:

208 million

Last updated 12/14/17

How many people subscribe to ESPN?

88 million subscribers

Last updated 3/1/17

How many countries does ESPN reach?

over 60

Last updated 10/1/16

Number of languages ESPN is available in:


Last updated 10/1/16

Number of business entities owned by ESPN:

over 50

Last updated 6/17/17

Percentage of ESPN revenue that comes from subscriber fees:


Last updated 12/7/17

In 2016, ESPN produced more than 64,000 hours of live event/studio programming across platforms.

Drop in ESPN subscribers from 2015-2016:


Number of ESPN subscribers in 2015:

92 million subscribers

Drop in ESPN subscribers from 2014-2015:


Number of ESPN subscribers in 2014:

95 million subscribers

Drop in ESPN subscribers from 2013-2014:


Number of ESPN subscribers in 2013:

99 million subscribers

Number of ESPN2 subscribers:

89 million

Last updated 11/23/16

Number of ESPN2 subscribers in 2015:

92 million

Number of ESPN2 subscribers in 2014:

99 million

Number of ESPNU subscribers:

71 million

Last updated 11/23/16

Number of ESPNEWS subscribers:

70 million

Last updated 11/23/16

Number of SEC Network subscribers:

62 million

Last updated 11/23/16

Number of ESPN online content viewers:

117 million monthly users

Last updated 12/14/17

Number of times ESPN digital content was visited in 2016:

more than 10 billion

Amount of time visitors spent with ESPN digital content in 2016:

84.3 billion minutes

Average number of monthly visitors to ESPN apps:

25.1 million monthly unique visitors

Last updated 10/1/17

Amount of time visitors spent on ESPN mobile apps in 2016:

34.3 billion minutes

How many people use the ESPN Fantasy App?

9.1 million unique users

Last updated 12/14/17

Please note that some of these numbers are easier to find than others, so some of these are based on news reports and not official company tallies. All stats are linked to their source unless it was sent to me directly from the company. No stat listed  should be considered in making any type of investment decision. In other words: This is the best I can find, but I don’t guarantee anything.


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