New ESPN+ Streaming Service to Cover Boxing and College Wrestling

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The $4.99-per-month service touted since November and powered by BAMTech - the technology spinoff of Major League Baseball Advanced Media for which Disney outlaid $2.58 billion for a 75-percent stake - will also be carried through a reimagined ESPN app and offer a Netflix-like aggregation of sports.

Michael Paull, president of BAMTech Media, added: "ESPN Plus will connect fans directly to sports they love wherever and whenever they want".

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ESPN, whose parent company is Disney, is embarking on a new world, one that the WWE Network has crafted over the past few years, and one with potential for a bright future, should it evolve properly. The first boxing match the app will show is the Amir Khan versus Phil Lo Greco fight on April 21'st. Expect more details on the app before next week's ESPN+ launch. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, FOXSports.com, CBSSports.com and many others.

MLB - MORE THAN 180 GAMES; A GAME PER DAY THROUGHOUT SEASON: ESPN+ will feature a game each day, seven days per week, throughout the regular season, representing every MLB team (blackouts apply). The on-demand library could refer to classic sporting games, documentaries, or a list of selected ESPN original programming. With streaming rights for numerous leagues already parceled out among the major broadcasters, there were questions about what type of programming ESPN would be able to offer to lure new subscribers to ESPN+.

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Not having the linear ESPN networks included in that $4.99 could be a turnoff for some, especially if they're already paying a cable bill. Add-on access to the NHL.TV out-of-market package will debut with the 2018 season, the company said.

By paying $5 a month, users will get 180 Major League Baseball and 180 National Hockey League games. ESPN+ will give those that have cut the cord, access to a wide variety of different kinds of sports programming. A Disney-branded direct-to-consumer service, offering subscription video-on-demand viewing of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm movies along with a host of exclusive content, will launch in late 2019. ESPN also promises PGA golf coverage, Grand Slam tennis matches and global sports like rugby and cricket will be part of its monthly streaming package.

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