ESPN inked a pact that should make the network a destination for boxing fans for the next seven years. Variety reports that the network signed a seven-year rights deal with Top Rank.
The pact will bring 54 boxing events to ESPN from this year through 2025, Variety reports.
“Under terms of the pact, ESPN will air 18 events on ESPN, and 13 exclusive prime-time events on ESPN+, its new live-streaming subscription-based broadband outlet,” Variety notes. “ESPN+ will also feature 24 international events and undercard coverage of all 54 events.”
Variety adds: “The move comes as more sports outlets are gravitating to holders of rights for boxing, professional wrestling and mixed-martial arts contests. During a May press conference, ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro suggested those types of events have a growing popularity with younger viewers.”