In today's announcement, ESPN announced that its ESPN2 network would host a 12-hour esport marathon on Sunday, April 5, with several popular games in the lineup. The company calls this "ESPN Esports Day" and states that it will broadcast competitive gameplay, game reviews, live (virtual) sports and more. This is the first time that Rocket League has appeared on ESPN TV.
Esports naturally refers to video games – those that are competitively played by players who have developed a high level of skill. Fortnite may be the most well-known game in the world of esports at the moment, but competitions include far more titles than it, including sports-based games like Madden NFL 20 and NBA 2K, as well as other fighting games like Apex Legends and Overwatch .
On Friday, ESPN announced that its ESPN2 network would host an esport marathon starting with Madden NFL20 Classic, followed by Madden NFL20 Club Championship, Madden NFL20 Challenge, F1
The first esports show begins at 12 noon CET, with Madden continuing until 2 pm, followed by one and a half hours of the virtual Grand Prix. The Rocket League premiere on ESPN begins at 4:30 p.m. ET, followed by NBA gameplay at 6:00 p.m. ET and finally Apex Legends at 10 p.m. The full schedule, including individual game transfers, can be found on the ESPN website here.
We have seen an increase in sporting events broadcast over the past few weeks as a number of live sporting events have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. For example, NASCAR has accepted the sport as an alternative to the canceled races. However, Esports itself was also affected by the pandemic, as some leagues were forced to postpone and cancel various scheduled events due to the virus risk.