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College Sports Success on ESPN Platforms in 2022-23

Last week’s record-setting NCAA Men’s College World Series in Omaha, Neb., officially marked the final college sports event of the 2022-23 academic year. Since last August, ESPN Platforms have aired 27,600 collegiate sports events – an average of more than 89 events per day over the past 10 months.

In all, ESPN presented a multitude of men’s and women’s sports from nearly 35 college conferences, as well as 31 NCAA Championship events and 30-plus owned and operated events, across ESPN linear networks and digital platforms, including more events than ever on ESPN+. Below is a snapshot of some of the sport-by-sport ESPN highlights from the year in college sports.


College sports events aired across ESPN Platforms in 2022-23

On average 89 events  Every.  Single.  Day.


Most-watched regular season in a decade

Second most-viewed NCAA semifinals on record on ESPN Platforms


Most-viewed regular season since 2016

Three-game College Football Playoff averaged 20.6M viewers – Detail

College GameDay’s 2nd most-viewed season ever – Detail

Men's Ice Hockey

Most-viewed since 2011

NCAA Tournament, Frozen Four, Championship Game – Detail


NCAA Championships growth on ESPN+ vs. ESPN3 last year


Most-watched live NCAA Gymnastics telecast ever

2023 NCAA Championship Final on ABC – Detail

Men's Basketball

Most-viewed season since 2018-19

57 regular season games with at least 1M viewers – Detail

Women's Basketball

National Championship Game on ABC

ESPN’s most-viewed college basketball game (men or women) on record with 9.9M viewers – Detail

Regular Season

Most-viewed on ESPN platforms since 2014-15

Men's Lacrosse

Most-watched NCAA Lacrosse Championship game since 2007


WCWS Championship Series averaged 1.6M viewers

Viewership for entire WCWS was +2% vs 2022 – Detail


Most-watched Men’s College World Series and Championship Series on record for ESPN

Game 3 of Final series is the most-watched college baseball game on record – Detail

ESPN Events

Contributed 360 live content hours across ESPN platforms – 17 bowl games, 90 basketball games, four college football games, and 40 softball games

ESPN Events’ 17 bowl games averaged 1.8M viewers 

College Networks

Delivered double-digit linear growth, while SEC Network+ posted double-digit gains in streaming metrics

Nearly 1,500 hours of original programming this academic year

Football, and men’s and women’s basketball all grew double-digits

Nearly 2,000 hours of live event, studio and original programming

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