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ESPN Africa

ESPN Africa is an African pay television sports channel owned by ESPN Inc., a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company (which owns a controlling 80% stake) and the Hearst Communications (which owns the remaining 20%), that was re-branded in August 2014, replacing Setanta Sports and Setanta Action. The channel broadcasts across 30 nations in Sub-Saharan Africa in English and French. It was also previously available for a brief period in 2016 in Portuguese.

Its programming mainly features football from, Eredivisie, Belgian Pro League, English Football League Championship, Major League Soccer. The network was also a long-standing broadcaster of the South American competitions Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana across Africa until the rights moved in 2017.

Also broadcast are the bi-annual African Men's Handball Championship and African Women's Handball Championship; Euroleague basketball, Formula E, DTM, British Superbike Championship, UFC, NHL, Major League Baseball, NRL rugby league and PDC darts.

Previously, as the Irish-owned Setanta Africa, the channel broadcast GAA hurling and gaelic football, plus League of Ireland football.

In August 2019, it was announced that the network would rebrand as ESPN Africa on 30 August 2019, due to the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney.[1]

References

  1. ^ "Walt Disney Company Africa to rebranding FOX Sports channels in Africa". Alberton Record. 2019-08-13. Retrieved 2019-08-13.

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