ESPN+ and OU Announce Multi-Year “SoonerVision on ESPN+” Agreement
- The new multi-year rights contract launched in August includes 100+ live events per year
- Includes OU regular season football game and annual spring game; wide range of studio programs and archive content
NORMAN – ESPN+ and the University of Oklahoma today announced a multi-year agreement to SoonerVision on ESPN+ which will include over 100 annual live events, studio programming and archival content. ESPN+ will air a regular-season college football game and Oklahoma’s annual spring football game, as well as more than 100 additional competitions in men’s and women’s basketball and college Olympic sports, including programs from NCAA women’s gymnastics and softball from Oklahoma. In addition to live game programming, Earlier Vision on ESPN+ will also include classic content, coaching shows, pro days, pre-game shows and more.
“Given the overwhelming size and passion of the Sooners fanbase, we’re thrilled ESPN+ is partnering with Oklahoma to create SoonerVision on ESPN+ESPN+’s most expansive deal with an individual varsity athletics program,” said OU’s vice president and athletic director. Joe Castiglione. “SoonerVision on ESPN+ builds on our previous media successes by delivering over 1,000 hours a year of live OU sports and other programming to ESPN+’s growing subscriber base of over 21.3 million. As a result, OU fans will now have an easily accessible year-round media home on all their screens.”
“The University of Oklahoma is home to one of the nation’s premier athletics departments and we look forward to showcasing a wide variety of men’s and women’s sports on Earlier Vision on ESPN+ to fans across the country,” said Nick Dawson, Vice President, Programming and Acquisitions, ESPN. “From live events to historic games and in-studio programming, Sooners fans will be able to access all the content they love through their favorite connected devices. “
Starting in August, the content will be available on ESPN+ via a SoonerVision landing page, with live events beginning at the start of the fall athletics season. Combined with Oklahoma games televised on ESPN’s linear channels with TV Everywhere authentication, the ESPN app is a convenient destination for accessing Sooners sports.
Information regarding access to Oklahoma Athletics live events and content outside of the United States will be announced shortly.
Lee H. Berke, president and CEO of LHB Sports, Entertainment & Media, Inc., advised Oklahoma on the development of this agreement.
ESPN+ is the industry-leading sports streaming service that brings fans in the United States thousands of live sporting events, original programming not available on linear TV or ESPN’s digital networks, and editorial content. exclusive from dozens of ESPN writers and reporters. Launched in April 2018, ESPN+ now has over 21.3 million subscribers.
Fans sign up for ESPN+ for just $6.99 per month (or $69.99 per year) on ESPN.com, ESPNplus.com, or the ESPN app (mobile and connected devices). It’s also available as part of The Disney Bundle which gives subscribers access to Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu for $13.99/month (Hulu with ads) or $19.99/month (Hulu without ads). Hulu+ Live TV subscribers also receive ESPN+ at no additional cost.
SoonerVision is the in-house video production arm of OU Athletics, serving on-site productions, digital media, studios and live game broadcasts. Over the past decade, SoonerVision has produced over 700 live gaming events. With an extensive media archive dating back to the early 1940s, the University of Oklahoma was the first school in the nation to produce a weekly coaching show when former OU head football coach Bud Wilkinson, began taping a show in 1953. An OU staple for nearly 70 years, the program will continue this fall under the title “Earlier Football With Brent Venablesdebuted on ESPN+.
About Oklahoma University Athletics
The University of Oklahoma Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 21 varsity athletic programs (nearly 600 student-athletes) who compete at the NCAA Division I level. OU’s athletics programs have combined for 40 all-time NCAA team championships, 21 of which fall under the 24-year-old director of athletics Joe Castiglione and with 14 obtained since the start of the 2012-13 school year. The sport of football has won seven national championships, produced 50 all-time conference titles, and is tied for the all-time lead with seven Heisman Trophy winners and five No. 1 NFL Draft picks. OU student-athletes have earned 13 male or female Big 12 Conference Athlete of the Year honors in the league’s first 24 years, including nine such honors in the last eight years. True to its mantra “Inspiring Champions Today, Preparing Leaders For Tomorrow”, OU Athletics also has a track record of excellence outside of track and field competition. Student-athletes have posted a GPA of 3.0 or higher in each of the past 20 semesters, including a department-high 3.19 in spring 2021 and fall 2021.
When will Oklahoma programming start appearing on ESPN+?
SoonerVision on ESPN+ will begin in August 2022.
What will I get with my ESPN+ subscription?
- 1 Oklahoma regular season football game (formerly accessible via pay-per-view)
- Over 25 basketball games in Oklahoma
- All other Olympic sports live game content for Oklahoma Athletics
- Thousands of events from MLB, NHL, MLS, LaLiga, Bundesliga, Top Rank Boxing, UFC Fight Nights, Grand Slam tennis and other college sports competitions
- ESPN+ Originals
- The entire ’30 for 30′ library
Do I need a cable subscription for ESPN+?
ESPN+ does not require a cable subscription or long-term contract. Fans sign up for ESPN+ for just $6.99 per month (or $69.99 per year) on ESPN.com, ESPNplus.com, or the ESPN app (mobile and connected devices). It’s also available as part of The Disney Bundle which gives subscribers access to Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu for $13.99/month (Hulu with ads) or $19.99/month (Hulu without ads). Hulu+ Live TV subscribers also receive ESPN+ at no additional cost. Fans can subscribe and start streaming instantly on connected TVs, tablets, laptops, phones or other supported devices. Linear channels from ESPN (ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews) and ESPN3 still require TV Everywhere credentials (cable authentication) to watch.
How can I stream?
+ Amazon FireTV
+ Xbox consoles (X/S, One)
+ Playstation consoles (PS4, PS5)
+ Tizen devices
+ ESPN.com, ESPNplus.com or on the ESPN app (mobile and connected devices)
How do I register?
1. Visit espnplus.com and click “Join Now”
2. Create your ESPN+ account and click “Register” at the bottom of the form
3. Select a monthly ($6.99/month) or annual ($69.99/year) plan
4. Enter your payment information and submit
5. Start watching!
On the ESPN app:
1. Open the ESPN app or install it from your device’s app store
2. Go to the ESPN+ tab in the app and tap “Subscribe Now”
3. On the registration page, click “Subscribe Now” again
4. Click Confirm on the App Store pop-up window (payment will be connected through the device’s App Store)
5. Start watching!
Is ESPN+ part of the Disney Bundle?
Yes! Package subscribers can enjoy the full ESPN+ experience, the world’s best stories
with Disney+ and your favorite Hulu TV episodes (with ads), all for just $13.99/month.
Are ESPN and ESPN+ the same?
No, both products reside in the same application but are authenticated differently. Events that appear on ESPN’s linear channels (ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews) and ESPN3 require TV Everywhere credentials to watch.
Can fans watch ESPN+ outside the US?
ESPN+ is not available outside of the United States at this time.
Can fans watch multiple ESPN+ streams at the same time?
Yes, you can access three streams of ESPN+ at any time.
Where can fans find more information about ESPN+?
I need help.
Fans can contact ESPN+ customer service with any questions.
+ Online: support.espn.com
+ Phone: 1-800-727-1800
+ Chat: support.espn.com
+ Email: [email protected]
+ ESPN+ customer support available: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. ET, 7 days a week
Does this mean all OU games will be on ESPN+?
No. Athletics events that have traditionally appeared on ESPN’s linear channels (ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS) OR FOX’s linear channels (FOX, FS1) will continue to do so, as the network’s selections from television for the first and second level rights remain the same as they have in recent years. ESPN and FOX Sports will make their selections of football, basketball and Olympic sports programs to air on their linear channels, and OU events that are not chosen in the first or second tier selection process will then be available to appear on ESPN+.
Will I be able to watch Oklahoma programming on Bally Sports?
The University of Oklahoma programming will still air on Bally Sports through June 2022.
If I am currently a SoonerSports.tv subscriber, what does this mean for me?
All current SoonerSports.tv subscriptions will remain active with premium content available until June 30, 2022. Current Subscribers don’t need to contact to cancel, as we will take care of it for you. We will contact you by direct communication around June 30 to confirm that your account has been deactivated and that no additional charges will follow. Additionally, more information will be released shortly on what video content will be available through SoonerSports.tv beyond July 1, 2022.
Where can I watch live matches for the remainder of this 2021-22 season?
All live streams scheduled and scheduled for the remainder of the OU Spring 2022 season will continue to be available on SoonerSports.tv.