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Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, the NBA legend and current owner of the Charlotte Hornets, was unveiled today as the No. 1 athlete in The Undefeated-SurveyMonkey Poll of the 50 Greatest Black Athletes. ESPN’s multiplatform content initiative on the intersections of sports, race and culture unveiled the top-10 list Tuesday online and on SportsCenter. The top-5 also features: No. 2 Jackie Robinson, No. 3 Muhammad Ali, No. 4 Willie Mays and No. 5 Jesse Owens.
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ESPN’s fourth annual ESPY Day to benefit the V Foundation raised $5.2 million for cancer research, including $2.6 million that will be directed to the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, which encourages cutting-edge research for minority populations suffering from cancer. This year’s fundraising total surpassed last year’s total with an overall 32% increase. To date, ESPY-related fundraising efforts have totaled over $30 million.
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The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) today announced that it has agreed to acquire majority ownership of BAMTech, LLC and will launch its ESPN-branded multi-sport video streaming service in early 2018, followed by a new Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service in 2019.
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On Saturday, Aug. 26, ESPNLA 710AM will air the #MarKeyRace 40-yard dash at approximately 2 p.m. PT during the Rams Pregame show (2 – 5 p.m.). ESPNLA colleagues and former NFLers Marcellus Wiley and Keyshawn Johnson will go head-to-head at the Los Angeles Coliseum at the L.A. Rams Fan Fest prior to the Rams vs. the Los Angeles Chargers pre-season game (kicking off on ESPNLA 710AM at 5 p.m.).
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For the third consecutive year, SEC Network is handing the reins over to the 14 Southeastern Conference schools for a two-week stretch (July 17-30).
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X Games Minneapolis 2017 will receive extensive coverage across multiple television and digital platforms July 13-16, as the world’s best action sports athletes make their debut at U.S. Bank Stadium in Downtown Minneapolis, to compete for X Games gold and prize money. ESPN and ABC will televise a combined 18.5 hours of live X Games Minneapolis 2017 coverage, which will also be accessible via the ESPN App to viewers who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
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For the first time ever, ESPN’s X Games, in collaboration with Samsung Electronics, will bring selected live events to fans in immersive virtual reality at the inaugural X Games Minneapolis, July 13-16.
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Pacifico, Samsung and GEICO join roster of official X Games Summer event sponsors Today ESPN is announcing the sponsors for X Games Minneapolis, taking place July 13-16, with live coverage on ESPN and ABC.  Pacifico and Samsung join the roster of official sponsors alongside returning brands America’s Navy, AT&T, Fruit of the Loom, Harley-Davidson, LifeProof, ... Read More