ESPN have announced its TV schedule for FIFA World Cup 2014, which will be televised live and in HD across ESPN, ABC and ESPN2, as well as WatchESPN and WatchABC.
Impressively, 43 of the 64 matches will be shown on ESPN, while ESPN2 will only show 11. All matches on ESPN and ESPN2 will also be available live via WatchESPN. Meanwhile, ABC will broadcast 10 games (which will be simulcast on WatchABC). Looking at the schedule below, the matches that ABC are showing are more to do with the schedule of World Cup matches fitting ABC’s schedule than ABC going out of their way to select matches that will garner huge TV ratings such as Italy vs England and Germany vs USA, as two examples.
ESPN’s coverage of every match will be preceded by a 30-minute pregame show, including teams walking onto the pitch, national anthems and ceremonial handshakes – all symbolic FIFA World Cup traditions. The 30-minute pre-match show, halftime and post-match segments will anchor the surround programming around each match presentation.
Special editions of SportsCenter will air between match telecasts on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. Additionally, ESPN’s flagship news and information program will follow all matches, except when a match precedes another live event on the network. On every match day, World Cup Tonight, ESPN’s definitive daily news, highlights and analysis program for the quadrennial event, will recap the day’s action. ESPN FC World Cup Encore – which will generally air for two hours on match days on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNEWS – will feature condensed versions of the best action in the day’s matches with analysis from ESPN FC pundits.
World Cup 2014 Broadcast TV Schedule
Thursday, June 12
Brazil vs Croatia, 4pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN
Saturday, June 14
Colombia vs Greece, Noon ET, ABC and Watch ABC
Uruguay vs Costa Rica, 3pm ET, ABC and Watch ABC
England vs Italy, 6pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN
Ivory Coast vs Japan, 9pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN