ESPN on ABC is the brand used for sports programming on the ABC television network. The American Broadcasting Company ( ABC) is an American Television network. On September 2, 2006, the former ABC Sports division was fully integrated into ESPN, which, like ABC, is controlled by The Walt Disney Company. Events 44 BC - Pharaoh Cleopatra VII of Egypt declares her son co-ruler as Ptolemy XV Caesarion. The year 2006 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 2006. ESPN, originally an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American Cable television network dedicated to  Programming on ABC currently has the ESPN logo in the digital on-screen graphic displaying the game score, and use the ESPN BottomLine and SportsCenter In-Game Updates. A digital on-screen graphic (known in the UK and New Zealand by the acronym DOG; in the US and Canada as a bug; and in SportsCenter is a daily Sports news Television show and the flagship program of American Cable network ESPN since the network The change was made to better orient ESPN viewers with the programming on ABC. The ABC logo is used on the watermark-like digital on-screen graphic in the bottom right hand corner of the screen, and is also used for promotions so that viewers will know to tune into the broadcast network and not cable ESPN.  Despite its name it is not a simulcast of ESPN on the ABC network. Simulcast is a Portmanteau of " simul taneous broad' cast' " and refers to programs or events broadcast across more than one
Like its longtime competitors CBS Sports and NBC Sports, ABC Sports was originally just the sports division of a major American network, ABC. CBS Sports is a division of CBS which airs many of the sports telecasts in the United States. NBC Sports is the brand used for sports programming on NBC, responsible for the televising of many Sports events on the network The seeds of its eventual integration with ESPN occurred when ABC bought majority control of ESPN in 1984. A year later, Capital Cities Communications bought ABC. Capital Cities redirects here For the article about the seat of a government see Capital. Although some ESPN sportscasters such as John Saunders and Dick Vitale began to also appear on ABC Sports telecasts, ESPN and ABC Sports continued to operate separately. John Saunders is a Canadian &ndash American sports Journalist from Toronto, Ontario. Richard J "Dick" Vitale (born June 9, 1939) is an American Basketball broadcaster and Basketball Hall of Famer
After the The Walt Disney Company bought Capital Cities/ABC in 1996, Disney started to slowly integrate ESPN and ABC Sports. ESPN personalities like Chris Berman, Mike Tirico, and Brad Nessler worked on ABC Sports programs. Christopher ("Boomer" James Berman (born May 10, 1955 in Greenwich Connecticut) is an American sportscaster Michael Jonathon Tirico (born December 13, 1966) is the lead broadcaster for ESPN 's presentation of Monday Night Football, and for Brad Nessler (born June 3, 1956 in St Charles Minnesota is an American Sportscaster, who currently calls College basketball games In 1998, ESPN adopted ABC Sports' Monday Night Football graphics and music for its Sunday Night Football broadcasts. Monday Night Football ( MNF) is a Live television broadcast of the National Football League. ESPN Sunday Night Football was the ESPN cable network 's weekly Television broadcasts of Sunday evening National Football League (NFL games During that same year, ESPN signed a five year deal to televise National Hockey League (NHL) games, whereby the cable network essentially bought time on ABC to air selected NHL games. The National Hockey League ( NHL) is a professional Ice hockey league composed of 30 teams in North America This was noted in copyright beds at the conclusion of the telecasts, i. e. "The Preceding Program has been paid for by ESPN, Inc. " ESPN then signed a similar television rights contract in 2002 so it could produce and broadcast National Basketball Association (NBA) games on ABC. Major League Soccer telecasts have a similar arrangement. Major League Soccer ( MLS) is the top-flight professional Soccer league in the United States and Canada with 14 teams 13 in the U
Between 2000-2002, many ABC Sports programs utilized graphics almost identical to those of ESPN. One notable exception was Monday Night Football, which switched to different graphics as part of then-new producer Don Ohlmeyer's attempt to provide some new vigor into those telecasts. Don Ohlmeyer (born Donald Winfred Ohlemeyer Jr February 3, 1945, in New Orleans Louisiana) is an American Television producer From 2002 to 2005, ABC changed graphics each fall, while ESPN's basically remained consistent.
Meanwhile, Disney continued to consolidate the corporate structure of ESPN and ABC Sports. Steve Bornstein was given the title as president of both ESPN and ABC Sports in 1996. Steve Bornstein is currently the President and CEO of the NFL Network and is also the National Football League 's Executive-Vice President of The sales, marketing, and production departments of both divisions were eventually merged. Thus, ESPN uses some union production crews for its coverage (as the networks normally do), whereas non-union personnel is quite common in cable sports broadcasting.
It was announced in 2006 that ABC Sports would be totally integrated into ESPN, using ESPN graphics, music, and production. The brand integration does not directly affect whether ESPN (the cable channel) or ABC carries a particular event, as in most cases this is governed by contracts with the applicable league or organization. Perhaps confusingly, this means that some events, such as the British Open, will be broadcast with ESPN branding during ABC coverage, even though another channel (in this case TNT) owns the cable rights. The Open Championship, or simply The Open (often referred to as the British Open outside the UK) is the oldest of the four major championships Turner Network Television, usually referred to as TNT, is an American cable TV network created by media mogul Ted Turner and currently owned
The last live sporting event televised by ABC Sports was the United States Championship Game in the Little League World Series on Saturday, August 26, 2006 (ABC was slated to carry the Little League World Series Championship Game on Sunday, August 27, but the game was postponed to Monday August 28 due to rain, subsequently airing on ESPN2). The Little League World Series, held in South Williamsport Pennsylvania, took place between August 18 and August 28, one day later than originally Events 1071 - Battle of Manzikert: The Seljuk Turks defeat the Byzantine Army at Manzikert. The year 2006 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 2006. Events 479 BC - Greco-Persian Wars: Persian forces led by Mardonius are routed by Pausanias, the Spartan Events 475 - The Roman General Orestes forces western Roman Emperor Julius Nepos to flee his Capital ESPN2 debuted on October 1, 1993, as a sister station of ESPN.
However, ABC used its own graphics (with the ABC logo), to cover the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, similar to the older-styled ESPN graphics but with a yellow base. The Scripps National Spelling Bee (formerly known as the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee and commonly referred to simply as the National Spelling Bee) is In 2008 however, it used the newer yellow and red ESPN graphics which had been used on other recent telecasts.
The changeover took effect to coincide with the start of the college football season, with the NBA, IndyCar Series, and NASCAR coverage eventually following suit. ABC's Coverage of the NBA, known as NBA Sunday on ABC since 2007, is a weekly presentation of National Basketball Association The Indy Racing League, better known as IRL, is the sanctioning body of a predominantly American based Open-wheel racing series. NASCAR on ESPN is a series of NASCAR races that were broadcasted by the ESPN Broadcast (formerly ABC and Cable networks from the early 1960s until 2000
On Christmas Day 2006, ESPN on ABC hosted the Los Angeles Lakers vs. The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA team based in Los Angeles, California. the Miami Heat for the third year in a row. The Miami Heat (often referred to simply as the Heat, including in some official team publications with HEAT in all capital letters are a professional Basketball This was the NBA's first broadcast on ABC since the integration with ESPN.
Despite the rebranding, ABC Sports appears to still legally exist; George Bodenheimer's official title has remained "president, ESPN Inc. George Bodenheimer is the current president of ESPN Inc and of ESPN on ABC. and ABC Sports". In addition, ABC itself maintains the copyright over many of the ESPN-branded broadcasts, if they are not contractually assigned to the applicable league or organizer.  This appears to be a minor technicality stemming from ESPN being technically a joint venture of Disney (80%) and Hearst Corporation (20%), even though it is operated as a Disney subsidiary. A joint venture (often abbreviated JV) is an entity formed between two or more parties to undertake economic activity together Hearst Communications Inc is a privately-held American -based Media conglomerate based in the Hearst Tower in New York City, USA It is not known if Hearst derives any direct revenue from ABC broadcasts.
From 1968 to 1997, ABC Sports programs ended with the line "This has been a presentation of ABC Sports - Recognized around the world as the leader in sports television. "
|“||My heart just weeps for Roone's legacy. Major League Baseball on ABC is the De facto title of a program that televises Major League Baseball games on the American Broadcasting Company Monday Night Baseball is a live game telecast of Major League Baseball that airs most Monday nights during the regular season on ESPN and is also available The 1977 World Series matched the returning American League champion New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers of the National League The 1979 World Series matched the National League 's Pittsburgh Pirates (98-64 against the American League 's Baltimore Orioles (102-57 The 1981 World Series matched the New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers, marking their third meeting in the Series in five years The 1983 World Series matched the American League champion Baltimore Orioles against the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies, with the Orioles winning The 1985 World Series began on October 19 1985 and ended October 27. The 1987 World Series was played between the Minnesota Twins and the St The 1989 World Series was played between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants. 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North American Soccer League (NASL was a professional soccer League with teams in the United States of America (U The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three year-old thoroughbred horses held annually in Louisville Kentucky, on the first Saturday in May The Preakness Stakes is an American Grade I stakes race 1-3/16 mile (1 The World League of American Football (WLAF was founded in 1990 with support from the National Football League to play professional American football in "The Army-Navy Game" redirects here For the episode of M*A*S*H, see The Army-Navy Game (M*A*S*H episode. Roone Arledge ( July 8, 1931 &ndash December 5, 2002) was an American sports broadcasting pioneer who was chairman of ABC Gary Bender is an American Sportscaster and 2008 inductee in to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. John Francis "Jack" Buck ( August 21, 1924 &ndash June 18, 2002) was an American Sportscaster, best known Howard William Cosell (born Howard William Cohen; March 25 1918 - April 23 1995 was an American sports journalist Fulvio Chester "Chet" Forte Jr ( August 7, 1935 in Hackensack New Jersey – May 18, 1996 in San Diego California Francis Newton "Frank" Gifford (born August 16 1930) is a former American football player and one of the better-known American Curtis Edward Gowdy ( July 31 1919 – February 20 2006) was an American Sportscaster, well-known as the longtime "voice" Charles (Chuck Howard was born in 1933 He graduated from Duke University in 1955 where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity Keith Jackson (born October 18, 1928) is an American former Sportscaster, known for his long career with ABC Sports television Jim Lampley (born April 8 1949 is an American sports broadcaster news anchor movie producer and restaurant owner James Kenneth McManus ( September 24 1921 – June 7 2008) better known by his professional name of Jim McKay, was an American Alan Richard Michaels (born November 12, 1944) is an American Television Sportscaster. Brent Woody Musburger (born May 26, 1939, in Portland Oregon) is an American Sportscaster for the ABC and ESPN Christopher Eugene Schenkel ( August 21, 1923 - September 11, 2005 was an American Sportscaster. Edgar J Scherick ( October 16, 1924 &ndash December 2, 2002) was one of the most prolific producers of television miniseries made-for-television NBC Sports is the brand used for sports programming on NBC, responsible for the televising of many Sports events on the network See also Fox Sports (Australia and Fox Sports Net. Fox Sports is a division of the Fox Broadcasting Company (part of CBS Sports is a division of CBS which airs many of the sports telecasts in the United States. ||”|
—Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Universal Sports, whose career started as an Olympic researcher at ABC Sports before he became Roone Arledge's executive assistant. Duncan "Dick" Ebersol (born July 28, 1947 in Torrington Connecticut) is an American radio and TV manager NBC Sports is the brand used for sports programming on NBC, responsible for the televising of many Sports events on the network Roone Arledge ( July 8, 1931 &ndash December 5, 2002) was an American sports broadcasting pioneer who was chairman of ABC
|“||It was inevitable. When ABC was sold to Capital Cities, and then to Disney, the handwriting was on the wall. Capital Cities redirects here For the article about the seat of a government see Capital. A lot of people worked to make ABC what it was, and they deserve more than to have their legacy callously tossed aside. ||”|
—Veteran ABC Sports announcer Keith Jackson. Keith Jackson (born October 18, 1928) is an American former Sportscaster, known for his long career with ABC Sports television Jackson added that Capital Cities' refused to fully back bids by Dennis Swanson, Roone Arledge's successor, to acquire the TV rights to the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics, which were signature purchases for NBC. The 1992 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, were an International Multi-sport event held in Barcelona, The 1996 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and unofficially known as the Centennial Olympics, were an International NBC Sports is the brand used for sports programming on NBC, responsible for the televising of many Sports events on the network According to Jackson, Capital Cities didn't just short, they cut him off. The last Olympic Games that ABC televised were the 1988 Winter Olympics from Calgary. The 1988 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XV Olympic Winter Games were a Winter Multi-sport event which was celebrated in Calgary Calgary (ˈkælgəriː is the largest city in the Province of Alberta, Canada
|“||The tail took over the dog. The world has changed. ||”|
—Longtime Monday Night Football commentator Frank Gifford. Monday Night Football ( MNF) is a Live television broadcast of the National Football League. Francis Newton "Frank" Gifford (born August 16 1930) is a former American football player and one of the better-known American
|“||The opportunity to marry the ESPN brand to the ABC television network to better serve fans is what this is all about. . . . anybody looking for the demise of ABC Sports is barking up the wrong tree. ||”|
—George Bodenheimer, the president of ESPN. George Bodenheimer is the current president of ESPN Inc and of ESPN on ABC.
|“||I think the tradition of ABC Sports has been incorporated within ESPN. I think your next question is what would Roone Arledge think, and I'll tell you Roone could never have anticipated the media world of 2006. If he had or if he was alive today, I think he would support the move because of the power of the ESPN brand. ||”|
—Former CBS Sports president Neal Pilson