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1979 (pre-launch) 1979-1985 1985-present
1979 (pre-launch) 1979-1985 1985-present

1979 (pre-launch)[]

ESPN - 1979v


ESPN Logo 1979 Color
Designer:  Guy Wilson
Typography:  Futura Display
Launched:  September 7, 1979

ESPN was founded on July 14, 1978, and launched on September 7, 1979. Despite being replaced in 1985, the original logo has been featured in two of the channel's SportsCenter offshoots, SportsCenter Coast-to-Coast and SC6 with Michael and Jemele (the latter show has the logo appear on its shorter promos with the latter hosts standing behind it.


Designer:  Phil Gips of
Frankfurt Gips & Balkind
Typography:  Custom
Launched:  February 1, 1985

To coincide with the shortening of its legal name from Entertainment and Sports Programming, Inc. to ESPN, Inc. in February 1985, the channel’s current logo was launched.

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