ESPN plus

ESPN Regional Television
Industry Media
Genre Sports
Predecessor(s) Creative Sports
Ohlmeyer Communications Corporation
Headquarters Charlotte, NC
Key people Pete Derzis, GM, Sr. VP
Services Television syndication
Parent ESPN Inc.

ESPN Regional Television is an American television program syndicator. ERT is based along with sister network ESPNU in Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to its purchase by ESPN, this sports package's syndicator was known as Creative Sports, which in turn merged with Don Ohlmeyer's self-titled Ohlmeyer Communication Corporation (OCC). Through sister division ESPN Events, the division also organizes several sports events; most prominently a group of college football bowl games.

Most of ESPN's syndicated broadcasts were previously presented under the on-air brand ESPN Plus. However, the brand has since been phased out from most of its productions in favor of distinct brands, such as the American Athletic Network and SEC TV.


ESPN Plus produces and syndicates the following telecasts:

Games air on broadcast stations, regional sports networks, and on ESPN GamePlan and ESPN Full Court, both of which are out of market sports packages, and also on ESPN3 (formerly known as since 2007.

College Football Broadcast teams





College Basketball Broadcast Teams




Former rights

ESPN Plus once had rights to Conference USA football and basketball, Mountain West Conference football and basketball, and Big Ten Conference football and basketball, but has since lost them as detailed below:

Event organizer

Through ERT's ESPN Events division, the group also owns and organizes sporting events for broadcast across ESPN's networks. ESPN Events organizes the following college football bowl games:[4][5]

The network also is currently negotiating to take over ownership of the Heart of Dallas Bowl and create new bowl games in Boca Raton, Florida and Montgomery, Alabama for the 2014 season.[6] Most of these games (except the Armed Forces, BBVA Compass and Texas Bowls) are usually held before Christmas and until 2006 were branded under the name "Bowl Road Trip," while ESPN telecasts after Christmas were referred to as "Capital One Bowl Week." (As of the 2007 bowl season, however, Bowl Week now covers all non-BCS games shown on ESPN, ESPN2, or ABC.) [7]

ESPN Events organizes the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney, a regular season game between teams representing two conferences of historically black colleges and universities in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision.

ESPN Events also organizes college basketball events, such as the DirecTV Classic in Anaheim, the Champions Classic, the Charleston Classic in South Carolina, the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Old Spice Classic held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, the Puerto Rico Tip-Off held in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, and the SEARS BracketBusters games held in February each year. Most games in these tournaments are shown on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU; those not shown on television air on ESPN3

In golf, ERT produced the PGA Tour's LG Skins Game and the Champions Tour's Wendy's Champions Skins Game, which aired on ABC and ESPN2 respectively. ERT also organizes the National Golf Challenge for amateur players.



External links

  • Corporate site
  • ESPN Plus program listing
  • MEAC-SWAC Challenge page
  • National Golf Challenge

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