LA2015, the organizing committee for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, has partnered with ESPN in a global programming deal that will make ESPN the official broadcaster of the event, bringing coverage of the games to millions of homes around the world.
ESPN has obtained rights to daily competition, cultural activities as well as the live broadcast of the Opening Ceremony, which begins the event on July 25, 2015.
LA2015 chose to partner with ESPN largely because of the network’s wide range of coverage, which includes media platforms in the U.S., Mexico, Spanish-speaking Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and several other regions. The network will feature coverage in English as well as some Spanish-language coverage for certain events.
“ESPN’s reach and caliber of coverage made them a natural partner for the Special Olympics Wolrd Games,” said Patrick McClenahan, president and chief executive officer of LA2015 in a statement, “ESPN’s legacy of work with Special Olympics and our shared values of athletes first, unity, competition and overcoming adversity among others, strengthen the foundation of these World Games as a global celebration of the courage, determination and joy of our athletes.”
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