The lack of live sports has left a big hole in programming for the first half of this year. But ESPN continues to have coverage of new live events popping up all summer. UFC has been going since May, and a lot more sports leagues are about to get back into the swing of things including the MLB and PGA Championship.
Here’s what to watch on ESPN & ESPN+ this summer:
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Korea Baseball Organization – ESPN and ESPN2 have been airing early morning Korean Baseball since May 5. Tune in before work to watch South Korea’s most popular sports league for the rest of the 2020 season
UFC – Since May 9, ESPN and ESPN+ have been airing live UFC events, including four during July on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island and two scheduled for August in Las Vegas, a UFC Fight Night on Saturday, Aug. 1, and UFC 252 on Saturday, Aug. 15
Top Rank – boxing returned to ESPN and ESPN+ on June 9 through the end of July from the Las Vegas MGM Grand; two fights in the U.K. will be televised Tuesday, Aug. 11, and Tuesday, Sept. 1
MLS is Back Tournament – kicked off July 8 with 28 games running through the end of the tournament. Live coverage continues through the championship game August 11.
Formula One – The season started this month on ESPN and ESPN2 with races in Austria and Hungary. Next event is scheduled for August 2 in Great Britain
World TeamTennis – The 45th season operned on July 12 on ESPN2 at the Grenbrier Resort in West Virginia. ESPN networks have a schedule of 25 live matches
Major League Lacrosse – The league started its 20th season on July 18 with doubleheaders this week, semifinals July 25 and the championship July 26.
Major League Baseball – It’s time for baseball to enter back into your life albeit an abbreviated season, starting off with seven games in three days. An ESPN exclusive blockbuster Opening Night doubleheader on kicks off on Thursday, July 23 when the New York Yankees Take on the Washington Nationals. On July 24, ESPN will have a tripleheader – Atlanta Braves at N.Y. Mets, Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs, and Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics. A special Sunday Night Baseball doubleheader will follow on July 26 as the Mets host the Braves and the Dodgers host the Giants.
WNBA – ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will air 24 games of the season starting with a double header on ESPN Saturday, July 25 at noon ET and 3 p.m. on ABC.
NBA – ESPN and ABC are combining to broadcast 20 live NBA seeding games from Walt Disney World Resort starting with a doubleheader on ESPN on Friday, July 31. ESPN will carry three critical NBA games on Friday, August 14, the last night of the regular season before the NBA Playoffs begin. ESPN and ABC will again carry an extensive schedule of playoff games.
PGA Championship – Golf fans listen up, ESPN and ESPN+ will air four days of live play in the PGA Championship, golf’s first major of 2020, August 6-9 from Harding Park in San Francisco in the first year of an 11-year deal between ESPN and the PGA of America.
Tennis – Gathering in New York this year, the Western & Southern Open will resume the week of August 17 and the US Open beginning Monday, Aug. 31. ESPN networks will have extensive coverage of both.
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