75 Amazing ESPN Statistics, Facts and Figures (2019)

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

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.

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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

How many subscribers does ESPN have?

88 million subscribers

Last updated 3/1/17


Average monthly ESPN digital users in 2017:

118.6 million unique users


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

70%

Last updated 2/6/18


Average number of people in the US that ESPN reaches:

208 million

Last updated 12/14/17


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


Percentage of ESPN revenue that comes from subscriber fees:

60%

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:

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:

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


Percentage of ESPN digital streaming that is from millennials:

46%

Last updated 12/7/17


Number of worldwide ESPN video views in 2017:

1.41 billion


ESPN’s share of the US sports mobile app usage market:

33%

Last updated 2/13/17


Number of FiveThirtyEight content viewers:

20.9 million monthly unique visitors

Last updated 12/22/16


Number of ESPN monthly mobile video views:

195 million views

Last updated 12/22/16


Amount of ESPN digital video clips watched in 2016:

4.9 billion


Amount of ESPN digital video clips watched on phones in 2016:

1.7 billion


Average number of monthly ESPN streaming content viewers:

8.3 million unique monthly viewers

Last updated 2/13/17


Amount of time viewers spent streaming ESPN content in 2016:

22.5 billion minutes


Average monthly amount of time visitors spend on ESPN digital content:

9.3 million minutes

Last updated 12/22/16


Estimated number of subscribers for international ESPN channels:

127 million

Last updated 10/3/15


Number of domestic channels ESPN operates:

8 (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, SEC Network, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network and ESPN Deportes)

Last updated 10/1/16


Number of television networks outside the US that are owned by ESPN:

19

Last updated 10/1/16


How many people use WatchESPN?

9.6 million unique devices per month

Last updated 12/14/17


Average amount of time spent on WatchESPN per month:

2.1 billion minutes per month

Last updated 12/14/17


Average number of monthly users of ESPN apps:

30.6 million unique visitors

Last updated 12/22/16


Amount of time users spend on ESPN apps monthly:

4.7 million minutes per month

Last updated 12/22/16


Amount of time viewers spent watching ESPN content across all platforms in November 2016:

2.5 billion minutes


Most streamed ESPN NBA Christmas game ever:

Cavaliers/Warriors 2016

14.8 million total minutes, 359,000 unique viewers, average minute audience of 87,000

Last updated 12/26/16


Number of terrestrial radio stations that carry ESPN Radio programming:

more than 500


ESPN’s ownership share of CTV Specialty Television Inc:

30% (Parent company of: The Sports Networks (TSN) 1-5, Le Réseau des Sports (RDS), RDS2, RDS Info, ESPN Classic Canada, Discovery Canada and Animal Planet Canada)

Last updated 10/1/16


Number of ESPN employees:

8,000 worldwide

Last updated 6/17/17


Number of ESPN employees that work in Bristol, Conn:

4,000

Last updated 6/17/17


Size of ESPN’s Bristol, Conn headquarters:

1.2 million sq ft in 18 buildings on 123 acres

Last updated 6/17/17


When did SportsCenter debut:

September 7, 1979


Average number of monthly SportsCenter Viewers:

115 million monthly viewers

Last updated 6/17/17


Year ESPN Radio launched:

1992


Amount of talk and event content ESPN Radio provides annually:

9,000 hours

Last updated 6/17/17


Average number of weekly ESPN Radio listeners:

20 million listeners per week

Last updated 6/17/17


ESPN The Magazine’s combined digital and print reach:

105 million

Last updated 6/17/17


Number of brackets in the 2018 ESPN Tournament Challenge:

17.3 million


When did each ESPN channel launch?

  • ESPN: 1979
  • ESPN2: 1993
  • ESPNEWS: 1996
  • ESPN Classic: 1997
  • ESPN HD: 2003
  • ESPN Deportes: 2004
  • ESPN2 HD: 2005
  • ESPNU: 2005
  • ESPNEWS HD: 2008
  • ESPNU HD: 2008
  • ESPN Deportes HD: 2011
  • Longhorn Network: 2011
  • SEC Network: 2014
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About the Author

Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. 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 7 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. Other interests include Disney, Sports, 80's Nostalgia, LEGO, Star Wars and Tech Gadgets. Other sites include DMR and VideoGamesStats.com.

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