As from 30 August, sports fans in Africa will have access to ESPN offerings online and on TV, with the rebrand of Fox Sports Africa to ESPN.
The Fox Sports and Fox Sports 2 channels will be rebranded ESPN and ESPN2, and will still broadcast all the leading leagues fans have been viewing from around the world, as well as adding further properties in the future.
Africa’s sports fans will be able to enjoy Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, Professional Fighters League, and Championship football, as well as a number of European leagues such as Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig, and the Belgian top flight.
Furthermore, the ESPN channels will air the WAFU Cup of Nations 2019, which will be from Sept. 28 to Oct. 13 in Thies, Senegal.
The EVP Sports of ESPN Europe & Africa, Frank Rutten, stated, “Rebranding as ESPN is a natural transition following the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company. The ESPN brand is synonymous with sports, is one of the most valuable brands in the world and has an established global reach.”
On the other hand, the Senior Vice President and Country Manager of Walt Disney Company Africa, Christine Service, said, “We are excited to grow our broadcast offering under the new ESPN banner, with our existing programming and intellectual property forming part of the plans for the future. We look forward to developing both channels in the months and years ahead.”