ESPN and Closed Captioning

November 4, 2011

If it wasn’t for court reporters, ESPN would not be able to fully function.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires every domestic network on ESPN to be 100 percent closed-captioned.  ESPN has six domestic networks and also Video on Demand (VOD), Pay-Per-View, Goal Line and Buzzer Beater,,, and two international networks that are all captioned.

The hub of all ESPN relations with closed captioning is the Media Assets Center.  The Media Assets Center holds the Program Compliance Team of ESPN.  The Program Compliance Team operates by partnering with select closed-captioning companies.  The Program Compliance Team works with the experts of closed-captioning on a daily basis, analyzing program schedules and coordinating the programming across ESPN’s domestic networks.


For sports, closed-captioners typically clock in at around 300 words per minute, a more rapid pace than for a typical program.  The closed-captioners remotely connect to ESPN for sports coverage from their closed-captioning headquarters.  The relationship closed-captioners have with ESPN is great and helps to keep everyone around the world engaged in sports coverage regardless of their language or hearing ability.