65 Amazing ESPN Statistics and Facts (September 2017)

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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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.

ESPN Statistics and Facts

Year ESPN launched:

1979


Percentage of ESPN that Disney owns:

80%

Last updated 10/3/15


ESPN’s other owner:

Hearst Corporation (20%)

Last updated 10/3/15


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:

4

Last updated 10/1/16


Number of business entities owned by ESPN:

over 50

Last updated 6/17/17


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


Drop in ESPN subscribers from 2015-2016:

2.2%


Number of ESPN subscribers in 2015:

92 million subscribers


Drop in ESPN subscribers from 2014-2015:

3.2%


Number of ESPN subscribers in 2014:

95 million subscribers


Drop in ESPN subscribers from 2013-2014:

4%


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:

112 million monthly unique visitors

Last updated 2/13/17


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

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Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us and DisneyEverything.com My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back but was deepened by two semi-recent developments:1) The birth of my son (who is now 6 years old and can't get enough Disney); and 2) Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm/Star Wars (did I mention I was a super Star Wars geek?)I recently came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching it with my son, so it only made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it.