ESPN FAQ

Updated: July 20, 2012, 1:33 PM ET

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  • Why is a game that I see listed as being televised on an ESPN Network not available in my area?
  • Television Listings for the ESPN Networks and sports on ABC
  • Information and scheduling for ESPN Pay-Per-View packages

  • What is WatchESPN?
  • What is ESPN3?
  • How can I watch a LIVE game ESPN3?

  • Copy of an ESPN Telecast or Promo
  • How can I get a copy of an ESPN.com photo?
  • Submit a program proposal or story idea to ESPN
  • How can I get ESPNU?
  • ESPNU Campus Connection: What is it and how can I participate?

  • ESPN's mailing address
  • ESPN and Twitter
  • Internships
  • Employment at ESPN
  • What Does ESPN Stand For?

  • Student requests for school projects/papers
  • Tours of ESPN
  • Purchase ESPN merchandise

  • I want to advertise on various ESPN outlets (i.e. ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Radio, ESPN Television, etc.)
  • Commentator Addresses
  • PTI's e-mail address
  • Around the Horn's e-mail address

  • Find an ESPN Radio affiliate
  • ESPN International in the United States
  • Questions for ESPN International, Click Here
  • How can I contact ESPN.com?
  • How can I contact ESPN the Magazine?

  • Do you have another question/inquiry not listed here?
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    TELEVISION LISTINGS FOR ESPN NETWORKS AND SPORTS ON ABC

    Looking for schedule information directly from the source? Check out our online listings at ESPNTV.com. There you'll find listings for all our networks for about two months in advance of air.
    BUT WHAT ABOUT A TRADITIONAL, PRINTED PROGRAM GUIDE?
    ESPN doesn't publish a printed guide, but we do send all of our listings to our cable affiliates and various listing outlets, including the Sunday newspaper TV supplements, daily newspapers, local cable guides, etc.

     

    INFORMATION AND SCHEDULING FOR ESPN PAY-PER-VIEW PACKAGES
    Information and scheduling for ESPN's various pay-per-view packages can be found by visiting the following: For ESPN Full Court (college basketball) click here for ESPN GamePlan (college football) click here.

     

    COPY OF AN ESPN TELECAST OR PROMO
    ESPN, Inc. doesn't release or sell copies of its programming or promos. We generally only have telecast rights to programs on our networks and not tape-distribution rights.

     

    SUBMIT A PROGRAM PROPOSAL OR STORY IDEA TO ESPN
    ESPN's policy does not allow us to accept for review or consideration any ideas, suggestions, or creative materials not solicited by us or our subsidiaries.

     

    WHY IS A GAME BLACKED OUT?
    ESPN is occasionally obligated to provide alternate programming in some markets due to local/regional coverage of the same event we're televising. Please check your local TV listings to find out which local channel or regional network is covering the game(s) in your area. If the regional television outlet that serves your area isn't available to you, please contact your cable or satellite provider to express your interest in adding it to their channel lineup. You can also click here for the latest fan alerts and updates.

     

    HOW CAN I GET ESPNU?
    ESPNU is a basic cable network and is available to any cable system or satellite provider that would like to offer the service to its subscribers. It is, however, the system's decision as to whether or not the network is offered. You should check with your provider to find out what their plans are to add new services, including ESPNU, to their lineup. We continue to negotiate with all our affiliates for the carriage of ESPNU. To find out with provider offers ESPNU in your area, click here and enter your Zip code into the "Get ESPNU on TV" search box.

    ESPNU is available nationally through DIRECTV and DISH Network.

     

    What is WatchESPN?
    Through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN App, fans can watch live streams of ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, Goal Line and Buzzer Beater online, on their smartphones and on tablet devices. It is available to subscribers who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider. Those providers include: Comcast Xfinity TV, Time Warner Cable, Brighthouse and Verizon FiOS. We are in active talks with other cable and satellite providers. For more information: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/faq?#whatis Comcast Xfinity subscribers, please note: Mobile access to WatchESPN is currently available only on iOS (Apple) devices. Android devices will be added in the near future.

     

    What is ESPN3?
    ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a 24/7 destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and is accessible online via WatchESPN.com. It is currently available to approximately 70 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks. It is also accessible through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold level members and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app through an affiliated provider.

     

    HOW CAN I WATCH LIVE GAMES ON ESPN3?
    ESPN3 is the interactive home for sports fans to watch LIVE sporting events and programming through a SIMPLE to use interface. ESPN3 harnesses the QUALITY ESPN has built through its TV networks and delivers sports programming to fans through a rich interactive and easy-to-use experience. Sports fans are empowered to ACCESS compelling live or recently completed events giving 24 hour live coverage everyday. Fans CONTROL their sports viewing schedule. A majority of the events are EXCLUSIVE ESPN3 productions, while others are broadband-enhanced versions of games from one of ESPN's TV platforms.

    Click here to access ESPN3

     

    EMPLOYMENT AT ESPN
    If you are interested in applying for a position at ESPN, please visit http://espncareers.com.

     

    INTERNSHIPS
    If you're of Junior or Senior status in college, then you're eligible! All info available at http://espncareers.com. Search "internships".

     

    WHAT DOES ESPN STAND FOR?
    When ESPN started in 1979 we were the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (thus, ESPN). However, that name took too long to paint across our chests on game day, so we dropped it in 1985 and adopted a new corporate name -- ESPN, Inc.-- and a new logo. And by the way, we're a subsidiary of ABC, Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Co. Also, the Hearst Corporation has a 20% interest in ESPN.

     

    TRIVIA QUESTIONS
    Our customer service area is not staffed to research and answer trivia questions.

     

    ESPN.COM'S E-MAIL ADDRESS AND BILLING PHONE NUMBER
    To contact the ESPN.com Customer Care team via email, click here or call 1-888-549-3776. Customer Care is available to assist you between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m ET.

     

    ESPN'S MAILING ADDRESS
    ESPN, Inc.
    Viewer Response
    ESPN Plaza
    Bristol, CT 06010

     

    COMMENTATOR ADDRESSES
    Our commentators don't have public e-mail addresses, but will be happy to accept a letter or a postcard sent to them at the address below:
    ESPN
    Attn:
    ESPN Plaza
    Bristol, CT 06010

     

    PTI'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
    The e-mail address for PTI is pti@espn.com. For more information on the show, check out the PTI webpage at ESPNTV.com

     

    AROUND THE HORN'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
    The e-mail address for ATH is aroundthehorn@espn.com . For more information on the show, check out the Around the Horn webpage at ESPNTV.com.

     

    STUDENT REQUESTS FOR SCHOOL PROJECTS/PAPERS
    Congratulations, you're on your way to learning more about one of the greatest companies on the face of this earth (well, at least we think so)! Take a look at our online Corporate Fact Sheet for general information and history about ESPN, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Unfortunately, we're unable to do further research, release footage or provide information that's of a proprietary nature.

     

    TOURS OF ESPN
    We are not currently offering tours of our facilities. Please feel free to check back in the event this policy changes.

     

    PURCHASE ESPN MERCHANDISE
    Looking for a way to show that you're an ESPN fan? Then head on over to the ESPN Mall website at www.espnshop.com to order gear online or request a catalog! Or when you're at one of the ESPN Zone restaurants or visiting a Disney theme park, check out their gift shops for various ESPN items.

     

    FIND AN ESPN RADIO AFFILIATE IN YOUR AREA
    Visit the ESPN Radio web site at www.espnradio.com.

     

     

    RECEIVE ESPN INTERNATIONAL IN THE UNITED STATES.
    Due to Rights issues, the ESPN International Networks are not available in the United States. There are, however, a variety of international events televised on our U.S. domestic networks, including World Cup soccer, Grand Slam tennis, UEFA Champions League soccer and the World Baseball Classic.

     

     

    I WANT TO ADVERTISE ON AN ESPN OUTLET
    We've got plenty of options for you, including ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Radio and more. Visit http://www.espncms.com for information on advertising on the various ESPN outlets.

     

    ESPN AND TWITTER
    A number of ESPN's programs have Twitter pages. Among them are: PTI; ATH; ESPNFirstTake and SportsCenter. To stay updated on ESPN programs and to get your ESPN-related questions answered, follow @ESPN_FanCentral.

     

    HOW CAN I CONTACT ESPN THE MAGAZINE?
    For assistance regarding your ESPN The Magazine subscription please call 1-888-267-3684.

     

    HOW CAN I GET A COPY OF AN ESPN.COM PHOTO?
    The photos on ESPN.com are generally purchased from photo stock organizations for use on ESPN.com only. Please check photo credit information and contact the appropriate company.