What does ESPN+ offer?
The service touts live sports, original shows and movies, studio programs, and an on-demand library. Not much is known about those last three, though there won't be much overlap with the big cable properties. Event-wise, you'll get:
- More than 180 MLB games, one game per day during the season
- More than 180 NHL games, one game per day during the season
- Access to main-event (e.g., Amir Khan vs. Phil Lo Greco) and undercard boxing bouts
- More than 250 MLS games, MLS Live's out-of-market schedule, 27 Chicago Fire matches, exclusive access to ESPN FC and the 12-episode 2018 FIFA World Cup series The Last Train to Russia
- College sports -- ranging from football and basketball to lacrosse and gymnastics -- from more than a dozen conferences, including the 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, among others
- Thursday, Friday, and "some" Saturday and Sunday coverage from 31 PGA Tour events
- Tennis matches from Wimbledon, US Open, and Australian Open
- Coverage of SANZAR rugby, the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series, 18 matches from the inaugural season of the U.S.'s Major League Rugby
- Cricket from New Zealand and Ireland
The slate spells good news for soccer, boxing, and rugby and cricket fans, but notably missing are options for NFL, NBA, and Power Five college conference viewers. (College-wise, as Deadspin reported, it's also unclear what exactly's getting cannibalized from ESPN3.) Meaning: ESPN+ is not a huge win for sports fans who don't have or want cable, especially if you're interested in more mainstream sports. It's ultimately more an additive than an alternative.