Includes twelve billboards live in the US and six international boards of Top Rank on ESPN to be transmitted only by ESPN + beginning on April 21 with Amir Khan vs. Phil Lo Greco from Liverpool, England.Crawford vs Horn
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(April 9, 2018) – ESPN and Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International today announced an extensive line-up of exclusive boxing programming for ESPN +, the new direct-to-consumer sports broadcast service to be launched on April 12 . In addition, through an expansion of ESPN’s agreement with Top Rank, ESPN + will add 12 world-class Top Rank on ESPN exclusive billboards to the annual lineup.
The ESPN + live monthly events will begin on Saturday, June 9 with a world championship fight featuring pound for pound superstar Terence “Bud” Crawford as he looks to win a world title in a third weight class when he challenges the world weight champion. Welter Jeff “The Hornet” “Horn at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. ESPN + will also exclusively broadcast six Top Rank International billboards on ESPN per year, which will give subscribers access to some of the best international sports fights. The first live international event that will air on ESPN + will be on Saturday, April 21, when former unified junior welterweight world champion Amir Khan will face Phil Lo Greco in a welterweight battle, live from Liverpool, England.
The agreement establishes an integrated alliance between Top Rank and ESPN’s industry-leading channels and platforms to enable all types of Top Rank content, including additional original programming and library content, to reach more fans in a variety of new ways. .
The twelve additional Top Rank billboards on ESPN and the six live international events are exclusive to ESPN +. ESPN + subscribers will also have access to a variety of new and existing boxing content throughout the year, including:
• A consistent study program that covers all the latest news, results and stories.
• The unrivaled, on-demand treasure chest of the best fights of all time, including hundreds of ESPN Big Fights Library fights and the Top Rank file , including Ali vs. Frazier I-III, Ali vs. Foreman, Leonard vs. Duran I-III, Hagler vs. Hearns and Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, among many, many more.
• All the support fights of the Top Rank
posters on ESPN.
• Repetitions of all fights Top Rank on ESPN and Top Rank on ESPN PPV
• Weigh-ins, post-fight interviews and press conferences.
• News, information and opinion on all ESPN platforms.
“ESPN is thrilled to take our relationship with Top Rank to a new level through this innovative and exclusive distribution on ESPN +,” said Burke Magnus, Executive Vice President of Programming at ESPN. “By distributing more Top Rank events and boxing content than ever, we show fans our commitment to boxing through a more personalized and specific way.”
“Top Rank is pleased to extend our agreement to include these additional world-class events for ESPN +,” said Todd DuBoef, president of Top Rank. “This addition offers a 360 degree approach to all vertical boxing, including live world class events, unrivaled coverage, as well as access to historical moments of the sport.”
Released April 12, ESPN + will be an integrated part of a completely redesigned ESPN mobile application. Already the main sports application, the new mobile application of ESPN will be the main digital sports platform all-in-one for fans and is a sample of the company’s innovation culture. With an increasingly personalized and richer experience, ESPN’s new mobile application will keep all of ESPN’s incredible content in a unique experience for each individual fan’s taste. ESPN + will also be available through ESPN.com.
ESPN + is Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International’s first multisport and direct consumer subscription service in partnership with ESPN and features ESPN brand content. It will offer fans thousands of additional live events, On Demand content and original programming not available on TV or on ESPN’s digital networks. This includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, Grand Slam tennis, Top Rank boxing, PGA Golf Tour, college sports, international rugby, cricket, the full library of ESPN Films (including 30 for 30) and more. Fans can subscribe to ESPN + for only $ 4.99 per month (or an annual discounted price of $ 49.99 per year) and cancel at any time.
Last August, ESPN and Top Rank announced a comprehensive and exclusive multimedia agreement to make ESPN the home of Top Rank in the United States and Canada. Under the agreement, ESPN currently televises live fights on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and broadcasts them on ESPN’s mobile application. It also broadcasts all Top Rank content in English and French to the Canadian sister networks TSN and RDS.
Comprised of Disney’s international media business and the company’s diverse broadcast services, the Direct-to-Consumer and International segment aligns technology, content and distribution platforms to expand the company’s global presence and deliver personalized entertainment experiences. World class to consumers around the world. The recently announced segment is responsible for the direct consumer business of The Walt Disney Company worldwide, including the ESPN + sports broadcast service, programmed in partnership with ESPN; the next consumer direct transmission service of the Disney brand; and the ownership interest of the Company in Hulu. As part of the Direct-to-Consumer and International segment, BAMTECH Media,About ESPN
ESPN, Inc. is the leading multinational multimedia sports entertainment company that presents the largest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with more than 50 commercial entities. Based in Bristol, Connecticut, ESPN Plaza includes 950,000 square feet in 16 buildings on 123 acres (116 adjoining), with additional office space (400,000 square feet) rented nearby. The company is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Hearst Corporation has a 20 percent stake in ESPN. For more information, visit www.espn.com/boxing, @ESPN and @ESPNBoxeo. About Top Rank
Innovation has been Top Rank’s motto since its inception in 1966 by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. Top Rank, the leading promotion company in the boxing industry, has formed, developed and promoted the careers of the best international superstars of PPV and members of the Hall of Fame, such as Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto, Erik Morales, Terence Crawford and Vasiliy Lomachenko. Known for creating strategic collaborations between athletes, sponsors and television networks, Top Rank launched in 1980, Top Rank on ESPN, which aired during a historical run of 16 years. Top Rank then launched another very popular televised boxing series in 1996 entitled Solo Boxeo.Some of the most legendary and spectacular events in the history of boxing were promoted by Top Rank, which include: 26 events of Muhammad Ali; Leonard vs. Hearns, Arguello vs. Pryor, Duran vs. Leonard; Hagler vs. Hearns, Leonard vs. Hagler, Foreman vs. Holyfield, Morales vs. Barrera, De La Hoya vs. Trinidad, and the most lucrative fight in the history of boxing, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao In addition to the super fights mentioned above, Top Rank has one of the largest sports libraries, which includes almost 10,000 fights and dates back more than 50 years.Top Rank has been an architect of the global growth of sport by presenting high profile events in emblematic venues around the world, including the main Las Vegas venues, The Venetian Macao, Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The ” Fabulous “Forum and the AT & T Stadium. Top Rank has also been the leader within the boxing industry in creating unforgettable experiences at the stadium for fans, while producing live broadcasts that generate high ratings for television partners.