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What content is on ESPN Plus?

If you're a sports fan, ESPN Plus could be the perfect service for you. With documentaries, talk shows, and more it's got everything you need to stay updated on all the latest sports happenings

Julian Dossett
ESPN Plus iPad

ESPN+

ESPN+ launched in 2018 and now enjoys more than 12 million subscribers. It's easy to see why the service is popular. At just a few bucks per month, ESPN+ is a good deal for sports fans looking for a little extra content. While ESPN+ is probably not ideal as your main way to watch sports, it's perfect for rounding out your streaming access to live games in a variety of leagues, daily sports commentary, original shows, and premium articles from top ESPN analysts.

ESPN+ costs $6 per month, or you can buy a whole year for $60, which saves $12 off the monthly subscription fee. If you're interested in a streaming service bundle, your best bet is the Disney+, ESPN+ & Hulu bundle, which costs $14 per month for Hulu (with ads), or $20 per month with the Hulu (No ads) plan. But even by itself, ESPN+ is a solid value for sports fans due to the live sports coverage you'll get. 

What content is on ESPN Plus?

The main content available on ESPN+ includes live sports and sports-related shows. The live sports coverage includes professional and college games from a range of leagues. The current notable exceptions are live games from the NFL and NBA. If you're looking for live access to pro football or pro basketball, ESPN+ won't do the trick this year. 

ESPN+ features live games from some of the big pro leagues like the MLB, NHL, and MLS, as well as matches from international soccer leagues. You can also catch various Top Rank Boxing and Grand Slam tennis matches, and ESPN+ provides access to live college football, basketball, and lacrosse games.

Aside from the live sports that stream on scheduled time slots, you'll find broadcasts of sports-related shows. These shows include originals created for ESPN+ and regular ESPN programming. You can also watch shows and documentaries in the on-demand library, which includes replays of games as well. The icing on top is access to premium articles from ESPN. You can even check out scores and standings for most of the major pro sports leagues, which is a nice feature for the mobile app.

Stream live sports

Baseball and hockey fans will have plenty of games to look forward to here. For both the MLB and the NHL, the service will feature one game every day throughout the regular seasons. That means you'll get to watch plenty of MLB games and NHL games. But you won't be able to choose the games, so ESPN+ isn't the best option for following specific teams through the season.

For fans of professional U.S. soccer, ESPN+ will carry the entire MLS out-of-market schedule for live games. The service advertises more than 250 live soccer games, so ESPN+ is a great bargain for anyone who wants to watch MLS matches live. For European soccer fans, ESPN+ includes hundreds of games from Germany's Bundesliga league, as well as matches from Italy's Serie A league.

ESPN+ also promises lots of boxing content, including Top Rank Boxing matches. You'll be able to see main events and undercard fights, as well as re-airs of select Top Rank content on the main ESPN network and re-airs of Pay-Per-View (PPV) events. Tennis fans will be able to enjoy Grand Slam events and an on-demand library of past pro tournaments . 

There is also a large schedule of college sports on ESPN+, with thousands of games and events from almost two dozen conferences. The college sports you can watch include baseball, basketball, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, swimming & diving and wrestling. The conferences that will stream content on ESPN+ are America East, ASun, Big South, Big West, Horizon, Ivy League, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Missouri Valley, NEC, Southern Conference, Southland, Summit League, Sun Belt and WAC.

Other sports on ESPN+ include lots of golf coverage from the PGA Tour and hundreds of matches from international rugby and cricket leagues. So aside from the NFL and NBA, sports fans will have plenty of games to watch. 

Get UFC access

You can watch UFC PPV events using ESPN+, but you'll have to purchase the events separately. For existing ESPN+ subscribers, PPV events cost $70. If you haven't signed up for ESPN+ yet, you can buy a year subscription and the PPV event together for $90. The regular yearly subscription to ESPN+ is $60. So buying the ESPN+ UFC PPV bundle will save you $40 off a yearly subscription. You can also stream UFC-related content like "Best of 2020" on ESPN+.

Watch ESPN+ Originals

ESPN+ Plus has spent a lot of time and money getting big talent for their original series. A few of the standouts include NBA Rooks, which provides a ground-floor view on how first-year players deal with transitioning into the highly competitive NBA. You can also watch Detail, which features some of the greatest pro athletes of our generation taking viewers through their respective disciplines. Kobe Bryant, Payton Manning, and Daniel Cormier are all featured on the series. And if you can't get enough of Payton Manning, check out Peyton's Place, which is hosted by Manning and goes through many facets of the world of football.

30 for 30 library

Relive the biggest stories from ESPN's first 30 years on the air with the entire library of the famous 30 for 30 docuseries. You can witness all the glory (and controversy) of 1980's matchup of Ali v. Holmes, watch ESPN's take on the Tonya Harding scandal, or catch the episode about Tupac Shakur's final night watching Mike Tyson fight at the MGM Grand, which features commentary from Tyson himself. 

Daily sports talk shows

Subscribers can rely on ESPN+ for plenty of sports commentary streamed every day. You'll have access to commentary from Greeny, Chiney & Golic Jr., as well as The Max Kellerman Show. And some of the live content you can stream daily is exclusive to ESPN+. 

ESPN+ premium articles

Aside from all the video content, ESPN+ is also a good place to get your sports news in traditional form. Subscribers have access to more than 3,000 premium articles every year. Writers include Matthew Berry, Buster Olney, Jeff Passan, and Mel Kiper Jr.

How to watch content on ESPN Plus

ESPN+ offers a wide range of devices that subscribers can use to stream content from the service. You watch using your Roku, Fire TV, Fire Tablet, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, Android Phone, PlayStation 4 or 5, Xbox One or Series S|X, Chromecast, and Oculus Go. If you need help setting it up, there's a helpful video you can watch. 

Our final take

ESPN+ offers a wide range of sports-related content at one of the lowest prices of any streaming service, and buying it in the Disney+, ESPN+ & Hulu bundle definitely sweetens the deal. However, subscribers have no control over which live games stream on the service, so this isn't your best option for following a team. If you want to catch all the games of your favorite franchise, we recommend checking out live TV streaming from services like Hulu + Live TV or FuboTV, both of which offer a nice selection of sports networks. But at $6 per month, ESPN+ is easily one of the most affordable ways to watch live sports without an antenna.