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ESPN - Sports Center1. ESPN, originally an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. Along with his son, who founded the network?

  • Bill Rasmussen
  • Lee Leonard
  • George Grande

2. When did ESPN debut?

  • September 7, 1979
  • March 6, 1979
  • February 6, 1947

3. Lasting from 1982 to 1984, ESPN works with a professional sport and marked its initial foray into the American professional sports sector. What was the professional sports?

  • Major League Baseball
  • National Football League
  • National Basketball Association

4. In 1987, ESPN gained partial rights to the National Football League. The league agreed to the deal as long as ESPN agreed to simulcast the games on local television stations in the participating markets. What did the show become known as?

  • ESPN Sunday Night Football
  • Monday Night Football
  • ESPN Thursday Night Football

5. First regular season game broadcast was New England Patriots at New York Giants, November 8, 1987 (Giants won, 17-10).

  • True or False?

6. In 1990, ESPN added Major League Baseball to its lineup with a $400 million contract; the contract has been renewed and will continue through at least 2011. Who is NOT a longtime voices of the network's centerpiece Sunday Night Baseball.

  • Jon Miller
  • Joe Morgan
  • Johnny Bench

7. In 1993, ESPN2 was founded, with Keith Olbermann and Suzy Kolber launching the network with SportsNite.

  • True or False?

8. Just before ESPN launched, Getty Oil Company (later purchased by Texaco, which in turn was acquired by Chevron) agreed to buy a majority stake in the network. In 1984, ABC made a deal with Getty Oil to acquire ESPN. What year did the Walt Disney Company purchase Capital Cities/ABC for $19 billion and pick up an 80% stake in ESPN at that time?

  • 1990
  • 1995
  • 2000

9. Where is the headquarters for ESPN?

  • Bristol, Connecticut
  • New York, New York
  • Charlotte, North Carolina

10. ESPN's signature telecast is SportsCenter. How many episodes has been aired up to February 11, 2007.

  • 30,000 episodes
  • 60,000 episodes
  • 90,000 episodes

Check Your Answers 

  1. Bill Rasmussen
  2. September 7, 1979
  3. National Basketball Association
  4. ESPN Sunday Night Football
  5. True
  6. Johnny Bench
  7. True
  8. 1995
  9. Bristol, Connecticut
  10. 30,000 episodes

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