ESPN Goal Line
|ESPN Goal Line|
|Launched||September 4, 2010|
(The Walt Disney Company (80%)
Hearst Corporation (20%))
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
ESPN on ABC
|Dish Network||Channel 403 (HD/SD)|
|DirecTV||Channel 615 (HD only)|
|Available on select cable systems||Check local listings|
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 571 (HD only)|
|WatchESPN||Watch live (US cable subscribers only)|
ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, and ESPN Bases Loaded is a gametime-only cable channel operated by ESPN which launched on September 4, 2010. The channel is active during three college sports seasons; during college football season as Goal Line, college basketball season as ESPN Buzzer Beater, and through the NCAA Division I Softball Championship for college softball and NCAA Division I Baseball Championship for college baseball as ESPN Bases Loaded, providing live look-ins and analysis of games in progress.
Goal Line operates from noon to midnight ET on Saturdays from late August to the end of November, along with utilization on the night of the College Football Playoff National Championship as a component of ESPN's Megacast, usually as a statistical feed channel. Buzzer Beater operates from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM ET on Wednesdays, and noon to 11:00 PM ET on Saturdays through the winter. Bases Loaded operates during the busiest part of the tournament before both the Women's College World Series and men's College World Series in late May and early June. Goal Line is simulcasted on ESPNEWS for thirty minutes to one hour after the noon football game.
At its launch, the channel was made available to customers of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks systems, and became available soon after to customers of Verizon FiOS TV in most markets. Currently, Dish Network, Comcast, Cox Communications, Charter Communications and Cablevision customers now also have access to the channel as Disney has firmed up the 2012-2013 round of cable carriage agreements for the ESPN/Disney/ABC family of networks; DirecTV will begin carriage of the channel in early 2015. DirecTV added the channel to the lineup on January 5th, 2015.