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The "Worldwide Leader in Sports," Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) brings cable television audiences live or tape-delayed sports-related events and news. The network is perhaps best known for its signature show, "SportsCenter," which broadcast its 30,000th episode in February 2007. Founded by William and Scott Rasmussen in 1979, the now Walt Disney owned company broadcasts in the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as across the United States, and owns 21 channels in addition to the main ESPN. Plans for a 23rd sister channel are in the works, ESPN 3D, which plans to broadcast events like the FIFA World Cup and the BCS National Championship Game.

In addition to the plethora of stations, the Connecticut-based ESPN also maintains several business ventures and internet Web sites, including ESPN.com, ESPN Broadband, and ESPN The Magazine, among others.

ESPN X-Games, Taylor Swift tickets on sale throughout the week

By Jean Henegan

Tickets to catch upcoming concerts from Taylor Swift as well as tickets for the upcoming ESPN X-Games are on sale throughout the week ending June 27 as compiled by Ticket News.

This week's onsales begins on Thursday with tickets to the upcoming ESPN X-Games 15. The extreme sports contest, featuring skateboarding, BMX, and Motocross, will take place in Carson, NV. The onsales continue on Friday with tickets to catch Jamie Foxx live in concert in Los Angeles. Also on sale Friday are tickets to two upcoming concerts from John Legend in Tucson and Houston.

StubHub and ESPN expand relationship into more areas

"ESPN and StubHub Expand Relationship"

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BUSINESS WIRE) October 30, 2008 -- StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, is pleased to announce its relationship with ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports, has been expanded to include television, radio, mobile and more robust online components. The agreement builds upon the successful implementation of StubHub's ticket service across ESPN.com which began one year ago, further establishing a convenient destination for fans to search for tickets to sporting events nationwide.

StubHub! Teams Up with ESPN.com

By Alfred Branch, Jr.

Secondary ticketing giant StubHub! this week announced it struck a deal with ESPN.com under which StubHub’s links, banners, branding and promotion efforts will be featured across the sports network website. Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed.

StubHub! now has a presence on ESPN.com’s Team Schedule pages, Scoreboards, Game Previews, Clubhouses and Travel Indexes. A custom StubHub "TicketCenter" also appears on every major sport index page where users can buy tickets for any team, according to the company.

Beckham’s Soccer Debut Lacked Some Spice, But Still Helped ESPN

David BeckhamBy Alfred Branch, Jr.

A sore left ankle dimmed some of the bright-lights coverage of soccer superstar David Beckham’s debut match Saturday with his L.A. Galaxy teammates, but the preliminary TV ratings told a different story for broadcaster ESPN.

Beckham may have only played about 12 minutes toward the end of the “friendly” match against English powerhouse Chelsea, but ESPN reportedly scored the network’s highest ratings for a Major League Soccer game. The 27,000 seat Home Depot Center outside of Los Angeles, where the Galaxy plays their home games, was sold out, and several Hollywood celebrities and pro athletes were in attendance. . .

ESPN Takes Risk With Armstrong

By Chris Licata

VERNON, Conn. – There is always controversy when attempts at bridging the gap between entertainment and professional sports are made. Sometimes they are successful, such as Ray Allen’s performance in Spike Lee’s “He Got Game.” Other times it’s a miserable failure, such as Garth Brooks’ tryout with the New York Mets.

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