ESPN 3D was an American digital cable and satellite television channel that was owned by ESPN Inc., a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company (which operated the network, through its 80% controlling ownership interest) and the Hearst Corporation (which holds the remaining 20% interest). The channel featured 3D telecasts of sports events that ESPN held broadcast rights,[1][2] and simulcasted live games from other ESPN networks on a semi-regular basis.

ESPN 3D logo
LaunchedJune 11, 2010 (United States)
July 30, 2010 (Australia)
ClosedSeptember 30, 2013
Owned byESPN Inc.
(The Walt Disney Company, 80%; Hearst Corporation, 20%)
Picture format720p (3DTV/HDTV)
SloganYour 24/7 3D sports channel. See it all.
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersBristol, Connecticut


ESPN 3D launched on June 11, 2010 with a 3D broadcast of the opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup between South Africa and Mexico. Other programs broadcast on the channel in its first year included the 2011 BCS National Championship Game and various college football and basketball games. Early programming included 25 matches from the 2010 World Cup and the Summer X Games. Up to 85 live events were shown on the network in 2010.[1] ESPN 3D produced 14 games from the National Basketball Association (NBA) during the 2010-11 season, including seven playoff games. The first NBA game broadcast on ESPN 3D was a December 17, 2010 match between the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks.[3] On June 30, 2011, ESPN announced that ESPN 3D would air the first men's semi-finals match of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships live, to be followed by a tape delayed broadcast of the second men's semi-finals. On July 4, 2011, it would also air a recorded broadcast of the ladies' and men's finals.[4] ESPN 3D also broadcast all of the games of the 2011 Little League World Series.

Originally operating as a part-time service, ESPN 3D began broadcasting 24 hours a day on February 14, 2011. ESPN 3D was shut down on September 30, 2013, citing "limited viewer adoption of 3D services".[5][6]


DirecTV, Comcast and AT&T U-verse carried ESPN 3D at its launch.[7][8][9] Time Warner Cable reached an agreement to carry the channel a few months later[10] and Verizon FiOS began carrying it in April 2011.[11]

On August 1, 2011, during that year's X Games, AT&T U-verse abruptly stopped carrying ESPN 3D to its customers, citing high cost and low demand.[12]


  1. ^ a b "ESPN to unveil 3-D television network in 2010; ESPN 3D to show soccer, football, more". ESPN. January 5, 2010. Retrieved January 5, 2010.
  2. ^ Baig, Edward C. (January 7, 2010). "2010 could be the year for 3D with 3-dimensional at-home TV". USA Today. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
  3. ^ "ESPN 3D Tips Off NBA Action With Heat-Knicks At MSG - Dec. 17 Contest Is First Of 14 Pro Hoops Games On The Network". Multichannel News. October 6, 2010. Archived from the original on October 8, 2010.
  4. ^ "ESPN 3D to Broadcast Wimbledon". TV by the Numbers. June 30, 2011.
  5. ^ "ESPN 3D to Go Dark On September 30". Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  6. ^ BREAKING: ESPN 3D Shutting Down At Year's End TVNewsCheck, June 12, 2013.
  7. ^ "DirecTV Puts On ESPN's 3D Glasses". Multichannel News. March 29, 2010.
  8. ^ "Comcast Inks Carriage Pact For ESPN 3D". Multichannel News. May 12, 2010.
  9. ^ "ESPN 3D Gains Carriage with AT&T U-Verse". Broadcasting & Cable. June 8, 2010.
  10. ^ Godinez, Victor (September 2, 2010). "Time Warner Cable/Disney reach agreement, and ESPN 3D included". Archived from the original on 20 September 2010. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  11. ^ "ESPN 3D Coming To Verizon FiOS April 5". Multichannel News. March 21, 2011.
  12. ^ "AT&T Abruptly Drops ESPN 3D From U-Verse". Engadget. August 1, 2011.
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2010 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby

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2010–11 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team

The 2010–11 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team represented the University of Louisville during the 2010–11 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, Louisville's 97th season of intercollegiate competition. The Cardinals competed in the Big East Conference and were coached by Rick Pitino, who was in his 10th season. The team played its home games on Denny Crum Court at the KFC Yum! Center, their first season at the new arena after 54 years at Freedom Hall.

The team finished the season 25–10, 12–6 in Big East play (3rd-T) and lost in the championship game of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament to Connecticut. They received an at-large bid and a #4 seed in the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament where they were upset in the second round by #13 seeded Morehead State.

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The game, which was telecast at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN 3D, featured a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference versus a team from the Big East Conference.

Invitations were accepted by Florida State and Notre Dame to play in the contest on December 4. It was FSU's second Champs Bowl, and Notre Dame's first. Notre Dame was invited through an option in the Big East tie-in. The game sold out on December 7, marking the Champs Sports Bowl's first ever sellout.

2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl

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The game, which was telecast at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN 3D, featured the Virginia Cavaliers from the Atlantic Coast Conference versus the Auburn Tigers from the Southeastern Conference. Auburn's running back Michael Dyer was suspended for this game, which was also Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn's last game as he would be taking a job as the head coach at Arkansas State.The game started when Virginia scored two straight touchdowns from Michael Rocco throwing both of them to wide receiver Kris Burd. As Auburn got the ball on their second possession, Auburn starter Clint Moseley went out on an ankle injury. Virginia went three and out. Then Auburn got some life after Garrett Harper blocked Virginia's first punt of the day.

Auburn took total control of the game as they scored on their next five possessions. Virginia scored ten more points after the blocked punt. The final score was 43–24 as Auburn won three straight bowl games. Auburn's dual-threat running back Onterio McCalebb had 109 yards rushing, 1 rushing TD, and 1 receiving TD. Auburn's freshman quarterback Kiehl Frazier ran for 3 touchdowns. Jake Holland had an interception. Cornerback Chris Davis had some blocks and tackles, including on a fourth-down trick play. Former starter Barrett Trotter returned with a TD, 175 yards and an average of 9.7 yards per play to end the 2011 season.

Auburn's Chris Davis won the Defensive MVP, and Onterio McCalebb won the Offensive MVP.

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Going into the series, the Heat were heavy favorites with their newly acquired superstars LeBron James and Chris Bosh along with returning superstar Dwyane Wade.The Dallas Mavericks became the first team in NBA history since the institution of the 2–3–2 format to enter Game 3 tied at one, lose Game 3 and still win the Finals. The previous 11 times this occurred, the Game 3 winner went on to win the series. The Mavericks also became just the 7th team, and the first since 1988, to come back and win the Finals after being down in the series two or more separate times (one game to none, and later two games to one). The previous six times this happened, the Finals ended in seven games; Dallas became the first team in NBA history to do it in six games.

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2011 New Orleans Bowl

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ESPN Australia has also commenced showing locally produced content including Australian versions of PTI and SportsCenter. They also air a soccer discussion show Monday to Friday called ESPNsoccernet PressPass which is hosted by Andrew Orsatti.

On 1 March 2011, ESPN2 launched in Australia both in standard and high definition formats.

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