Espn Africa’s Electrifying Schedule Of High-octane Sports Showdowns

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: Serena Williams of USA during day 1 of the US Open 2022, 4th Grand Slam event of the season at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2022 in Queens, New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Experience mid-year thrills with ESPN Africa’s electrifying schedule of high-octane sports showdowns

Major League Cricket, 30 for 30 Sports documentaries and more

European Football Season kicks off in August

Johannesburg, 1 July 2024: ESPN Africa is set to warm up the mid-year Winter viewing with a thrilling line-up of non-stop action from American leagues and brand-new sports documentaries. From basketball to American football and now even cricket, ESPN has sports fans across the continent covered, including DStv Access Subscribers, following ESPN’s expansion to the tier last year.

PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 11: Michael Stefanic #38 of the Los Angeles Angels bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 11, 2024 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Angels 9-4. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Cricket fans are in for a treat as, from Friday, July 5, ESPN will be the home of the American Major League Cricket, the US domestic Twenty20 cricket league. The league starts with MI New York v Seattle Orcas, live on July 5 at 21:30 (CAT), and is set to bowl audiences over with three games per week, leading up to the finals at the end of the month.

A slate of all-new programming from ESPN Films’ Peabody and Academy Award®-winning 30 for 30 series will premiere across Africa this month, providing unprecedented access to some of the most compelling stories in sports. First up, 30 for 30 False Positive will premiere on Wednesday, July 3, at 20:00, looking into the life of former track and field superstar Butch Reynolds and his relentless battle to clear his name following drug accusations, revealing systemic flaws within sports governance and the enduring impact of false accusations on an athlete’s legacy. 30 for 30: I’m Just Here for the Riot, which premieres on Wednesday, July 10 at 19:00, chronicles the aftermath of the Canucks’ Stanley Cup Finals loss to the Boston Bruins, raising deeper questions about fandom, violence, and the shocking power of an angry crowd.

30 for 30 No Scope: The Story of FaZe Clan premieres on Sunday, July 21, at 19:00 and gives a wide-ranging, eye-opening, and unsparing look at the popular e-sports team, and the remarkable series of ups and downs that have defined the individual gamers. 30 for 30 Dude Perfect: A Very Long Shot traces the meteoric rise of a group of friends from College Station, Texas, whose backyard antics evolved into a global sports-comedy phenomenon, on Wednesday, August 7 at 20:00.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 29: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates victory during the Women’s Singles First Round match against Danka Kovinic of Montenegro on Day One of the 2022 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Tennis fans can look forward to the 8-part documentary In the Arena: Serena Williams, which is set to premiere on ESPN on Friday, July 21, at 20:00. Williams dominated tennis for over two decades, winning 23 Grand Slams (singles) and changing the sport forever. This series will provide the most complete, intimate, and compelling account of her legendary career, featuring firsthand perspective from Serena and key figures throughout her life, on Tuesday evenings with one premiere episode per week for eight weeks. Also, on Wednesday, July 31 July at 20:00, 30 for 30 American Son captures a pivotal moment in sports history, chronicling the remarkable journey of Michael Chang, the tennis prodigy whose ascent to fame coincided with an unfathomable and unforgettable upset of Ivan Lendl at the 1989 French Open.

Basketball fans can settle in for a series of showdowns as the American Olympic Basketball (USAB) team leads up to the Paris Olympics. Mark your calendar for these exciting fixtures:

Date Time (CAT) Match-Up Location
Wed. 10/7/24 7:30 PM USAB vs. Canada Las Vegas
Mon. 15/7/24 8:00 PM USAB vs. Australia Abu Dhabi
Tues. 16/7/24 TBC Australia vs. Serbia Abu Dhabi
Wed. 17/7/24 8:00 PM USAB vs. Serbia Abu Dhabi
Sat. 20/7/24 8:00 PM USAB vs. South Sudan London
Mon. 22/724 8:00 PM USAB vs. Germany London
Sun. 21/7/24 8:00 PM USAB vs. Germany London

From Monday, July 29, at 20:30, the series Sports Woman will premiere with one new episode each week. Showcasing inspiring stories of female athletes across all sports and cultures, this remarkable series recognises the elite, the inspiring and the diverse, through the untold motivational stories of endurance, and overcoming challenges and adversity. Additionally, starting August 5, ESPN will broadcast the 26-part series, The Rising. This timeless series recognises the importance of the many courageous acts that have brought about change, in sport and well beyond.

Soccer fans across the continent will be delighted to see the new European football season kick off this August. Viewers can expect a record number of leagues on ESPN this season, including the EFL (English Football League), Dutch Eredivise, the Scottish Premiership, the Belgian Pro League, the German DFB Cup and continuing to enjoy the NWSL (National Woman’s Soccer League)

CARY, NC – JUNE 23: Chicago Red Stars forward Jameese Joseph (8) passes forward during the NWSL match between the North Carolina Courage and the Chicago Red Stars on June 23, 2024 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC. (Photo by Nicholas Faulkner/Icon Sportswire)

And, as the weather warms, fans can look forward to the start of the NFL (National Football League) season on Friday, September 6, and the NBA (National Basketball Association) regular season on Tuesday, October 22.

Don’t miss a minute of the action as ESPN Africa delivers the very best in premium American and international sports entertainment throughout the year. For updates, breaking news and more, fans can connect to @ESPNAfrica on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or visit https://www.espn.com/.

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