Athens, GA (Dec 4, 2007) - The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that ESPN plans to launch a new site at ScoreCenter.com, which eventually will provide live scores for 23 sports in 180 countries:
The Bristol, Conn.-based Disney unit already has ramped up its international business of late, not only with linear channels but also key acquisitions like NASN, online sites for rugby and cricket and mobile businesses that have gone from five countries last year to 37.American fans may laugh at the notion of a live Cricket scoreboard, but millions of Cricket fans who cannot make it to the pitch for a test match will surely be on this site in droves.
ESPN chief George Bodenheimer told investors and analysts at the annual UBS media conferencethat the goal is to provide live scoring from every significant sport on Earth. That will include football, cricket, baseball and more, with soccer scores live from 460 leagues.
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