ESPN Audio today announced that they will be joining the lineup found on iTunes Radio. Despite what ESPN says, they are not the first sports station on iTunes Radio. However they are the first station that broadcasts nationwide to join iTunes Radio. The live sporting events that are carried online, including the NBA, MLB, the World Cup, the US Open, college football, and men's college basketball will all be streamed on iTunes Radio. Live games found on Football Sunday will not be. Here is the press release ESPN released earlier today.
ESPN Radio Now Available on iTunes Radio as the First Sports Provider
Starting today, sports fans can listen to ESPN Radio talk shows and events on iTunes Radio available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iTunes on Mac and Windows, and Apple TV. ESPN Radio is the first sports content available on iTunes Radio.
ESPN looks forward to working with Apple to bring expanded local station content to its listeners in the future. ESPN podcasts and on-demand content will continue to be available for download from the iTunes Store.
The live ESPN Radio network stream to be offered features the country’s leading national sports talk shows including Mike & Mike (Greenberg and Golic), The Herd with Colin Cowherd, SVP & Russillo (Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo), The Dan LeBatard Show, Sedano & Stink (Jorge Sedano and Mark Schlereth) and The Freddie Coleman Show.
In addition, the live ESPN Radio station on iTunes Radio will make available an unparalleled lineup of events – the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Major League Baseball including the playoffs and World Series, season-long college football, culminating with the College Football Playoff, US Open Golf, and college basketball. The very first live sporting event on iTunes Radio will be ESPN Radio’s broadcast of the Atlanta Braves versus the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball matchup on Wednesday, June 11, at 8 p.m. ET.
“We are thrilled to make our industry-leading sports talk and championship play-by-play content available to fans via iTunes Radio,” said Traug Keller, senior vice president, ESPN production business divisions. “And we are excited to partner with Apple to expand our digital reach. Our fans can look forward to expanded ESPN Audio offerings on both the national and local sports levels in the future.”
About ESPN Audio
ESPN Radio, the country’s largest sports radio network, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPNRadio.com, and ESPN Podcasts comprise ESPN Audio.
ESPN Radio, which launched January 1, 1992, provides more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually, reaching 24 million listeners a week on 450 nationwide stations, including more than 360 full-time affiliates and clearance in the top 25 markets. ESPN owns and/or operates stations in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. ESPN Radio programming is also available on Sirius XM and via digital distributors Slacker Radio and Tune In.
ESPN Digital Audio includes one of the most listened to live streams of any terrestrial broadcaster in the world – reaching more than 714,000 listeners per month who logged more than 6 billion total listening minutes in 2013, with 15.4 million session starts per month (source: Ando Media). Additionally, ESPN Digital On Demand Content logged 216 million completed downloads in 2013 via the ESPN PodCenter and iTunes.