Important dates in the history of a sports network
- Sept. 7, 1979 - ESPN launches at 7 p.m. ET.
- April 1983 - ESPN begins distributing programming internationally.
- March 15, 1987 - ESPN awarded NFL's first cable contract; begins fall
- Jan. 5, 1989 - ESPN and Major League Baseball reach a four-year agreement
to begin in 1990.
- Jan.1, 1992 - ESPN Radio launches.
- April 1, 1995 - ESPNET SportsZone (now ESPN.com) launches.
- March 14, 2001 - ESPN2 reaches 75 million homes faster than any other
network - 89 months.
- Jan. 22, 2002 - ESPN reaches agreement for multimedia NBA coverage, becoming
the first network to televise all four major professional sports-NFL, NHL,
- March 30, 2003 -- ESPN HD, a high-definition simulcast service of ESPN,
- Jan. 6, 2005 - ESPN2 HD, a high-definition simulcast service of ESPN2,
- March 4, 2005 - ESPNU, a 24-hour network devoted to college sports, launches
- April 18, 2005 - ESPN Acquires Monday Night Football for eight years,
beginning in 2006
- Nov. 2, 2005 - ESPN acquires rights for multiple Men's and Women's World
- Dec. 7, 2005 - ESPN announces eight-year agreement with NASCAR, 2007 -
- April 26 , 2007-- ESPN announces eight-year, multi-platform agreement
with the Big 12.
- Sep. 11, 2008 - ESPN televises Wichita Falls Rider at Sulphur Springs,
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