|Headquarters||São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Picture format||720p (16:9 HDTV) |
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTV sets)
|Owner||ESPN Inc. |
(operated by The Walt Disney Company Latin America)
March 31, 1989
April 29, 2009
February 5, 2012
March 24, 2016
|Former names||ESPN: |
TVA Esportes (1991-1995)
ESPN Brasil (1995-2022)
ESPN HD (2009-2012)
Fox Sports (2012-2022)
|ESPN app||Watch live|
ESPN is the Brazilian division of ESPN Inc. Launched in March 1989 as Canal+, it was the first country-specific version of ESPN outside the United States, launched in June 1995. The channel has covered major sporting events, like the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 Summer Olympics; the 1998, 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 1999, 2003 and 2007 Pan-American Games. High ratings and prestige in the segment have been marks of the channel; it also won the APCA award twice, in 1995 for "Best Sports Programming" and in 1998 for "Best Coverage of the 1998 FIFA World Cup".
Despite having a team that's regarded as one of the best in Brazilian sports broadcasting and important broadcasting rights for international competitions like La Liga, Premier League and the Bundesliga, major local series rights have historically not been present; the Campeonato Brasileiro, Copa do Brasil and the states' championships are held by local Grupo Globo and SporTV. ESPN, however, has purchased the rights to broadcast the 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions of the Copa do Brasil for TV and Campeonato Paulista, Copa Libertadores de América, Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and Copa Sudamericana for radio.
Brasil made a partnership with Rádio Eldorado[clarification needed] to broadcast sports on radio. The new Rádio Eldorado ESPN used Eldorado's radio assets and the team of commentators from ESPN Brasil. It was renamed Rádio Estadão ESPN in 2007 due to a partnership agreement with the O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper.
In 2005 the company incorporated ESPN International coverage, starting to broadcast in two channels. Before this date, programs such as the SportsCenter International Edition, MLB and the NFL were transmitted directly from Bristol, Connecticut, with Portuguese audio from Andre Adler, Marco Alfaro, Sergio Cesario, Roby Porto, José Inácio Werneck, and Roberto Figueroa. Since 2005, shows and games are recorded and broadcast from its studios in São Paulo, though morning schedules continue to include USA and Latin American programs.
Prior to May 2011, programs produced by ESPN Brasil generally did not use in-game score graphics, though international programs had them. Beginning that month, ESPN Brasil began using the same score and other graphics used by the US channel.
In March 2012, the ESPN'S network in Brazil started with the broadcast 100% in HD with sports events and original programs. This is the same practice of ESPN in USA. The four channels of ESPN in Brazil is broadcast fully in HD.
In October 2013, ESPN launched a second screen app, ESPN Sync, to connect to broadcasts of football matches.
On May 6, 2020, Brazil's antitrust regulator CADE announced that ESPN and Fox Sports could merge their operations in Brazil together as of January 1, 2022 and not before, due to Fox Sports' broadcast rights and structure in the country, with ESPN taking over broadcast rights and structure after the merger.
In November 2021, it was announced that Disney would retire the ESPN Brasil brand after 26 years on air. ESPN Brasil would become ESPN, while the current ESPN would become ESPN 2, while the current ESPN 2 would become ESPN 3, and Fox Sports will become ESPN 4. Fox Sports 2 and ESPN Extra would not change their names. The change happened on January 17, 2022.
Five separate channels of ESPN exist in Brazil: