While the general public and media still depict eSports as just a hobby for geeks and not within the same realm as traditional sports, many big names in both Hollywood and the business world are investing into the industry before it hits the mainstream.
The journey to public acceptance is coming closer than ever after EA has announced a partnership with ESPN and its subsidiaries to broadcast FIFA 17 tournaments on their mainstream TV networks. This agreement comes just a year after the decision to add a dedication eSports section to the ESPN website.
Here is the official list of FIFA tournament air times on ESPN according to EA:
WHERE / WHEN TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND
FIFA Ultimate Team Championship Series Paris Regional Final: Saturday, Feb. 4 at 12 p.m. ET
- ESPN (check local listings): Tape-Delay Telecast (Sunday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. ET)
- ESPN Deportes & ESPN3 (http://www.espn.com/watchespn/index/_/id/2982703/2017-fifa-ultimate-team-championship-series): Live Telecast and Stream
- Twitch (www.twitch.tv/EASPORTSFIFA): Live Stream
- YouTube (www.youtube.com/EASPORTS ): Live Stream
COMPLETE U.S. SCHEDULE FOR THE FIFA ULTIMATE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES ON ESPN NETWORKS — ALL TIMES EST*
- Saturday, February 4th (Paris): Live at 12pm on ESPN Deportes & ESPN3
- Sunday, February 5 (Paris): 6-7pm ESPN (Tape Delay)
- Saturday, February 11 (Sydney): Live at 3am on ESPN Deportes & ESPN3, 7am on ESPN2 (Tape Delay)
- Sunday, February 19 (Miami): Live at 7pm on ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes
- Saturday, April 8 (Vancouver): Live at 8pm on ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes
- Saturday, April 22 (Singapore): Live at 6am on ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes
- Saturday, May 6 (Madrid): Live at 11am on ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes
- Saturday, May 20 (Berlin – Grand Final): Live at 11am on ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes
*Subject to change
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