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ESPN to Launch Local New York Site

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ESPN announced Thursday (March 25) that it would launch a local Web site in New York on April 2. The launch of ESPNNewYork.com is timed to coincide with the ESPN2 telecast between the 2009 World Series Champion New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 4. ESPNBoston.com will also cover the game.

Leon Carter, most recently the sports editor of the New York Daily News, will serve as executive editor of ESPN New York.

Charter advertisers on the new site include StubHub, Anheuser-Busch and Audi.

The New York local site is the fifth site ESPN will have launched since the first debuted a year ago in Chicago. Since then, ESPN has rolled out local sites in Boston, Dallas and Los Angeles. In January, more than 6.2 million fans visited one of the four sites, spending more than 20.4 million minutes, per comScore.

“Our mission is to serve sports fans, and in just one year, we’ve managed to establish a deeper relationship on a local level with fans in Chicago, Boston, Dallas and Los Angeles," said Jim Pastor, svp and general manager of ESPN Local. "They are each among the top local sports destinations for fans in their respective markets, and we have high hopes for New York as we build our presence from the solid foundation we’ve established through the success and reach of our owned-and-operated station, ESPN Radio 1050 AM.”

To promote the launch of the ESPN New York site, ESPN Radio 1050 AM will air a two-hour special The Michael Kay Show Friday (April 2) to preview the 2010 Yankees and Mets seasons. The Web home for 1050 ESPN will be a section on ESPNNewYork.com.
 
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