Minnesota sports available for streaming with new ESPN service

Photo by William DeHoogh

Minnesota has had a fairly high-profile past year in the world of professional sports. Not only did Minneapolis host Super Bowl 52, the Final Four, and the X Games, but our own, often beleaguered sports teams have been fighting there way to respectability as well.

Well, the Lynx have been dominant for years, and their latest championship only solidifies their status as dynasty.

But the Vikings also made the playoffs last season (though we don’t need to talk about how that ended), and both the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves have shown the spunk and verve necessary to secure spots in the postseason as their seasons wind down.

And, as baseball’s Minnesota Twins get ready to kick off their (probably snowy and cold) season opener, a new way to keep up with all of your favorite sports happenings, both here in Minnesota and across all leagues in the country, gets ready to launch as well.

ESPN recently announced that they’re starting a streaming service, coming April 12. Called ESPN+, the platform will be a part of the ESPN sports app that already exists.

Will it be worth it? Ask James Pitaro, ESPN President and Co-Chair, of Disney Media Networks (because, yes, Disney owns everything on your screen): “With ESPN+, fans have access to thousands more live games, world class original programs and on-demand sports content, all at a great price… They will get all of that as a part of a completely re-imagined, increasingly personalized ESPN App that provides easy, one-stop access to everything ESPN offers.”


And it won’t be expensive. For $4.99 a month, viewers will be able to take advantage of thousands of live sporting events, original shows and films, exclusive studio programs, and an extensive on-demand library. We’ll let you know more as we do – especially about everything related specifically to our local squads.

But then, we did spend hundreds of millions of dollars of our taxpayer dollars already on new stadiums. Do we or don’t we want to spend even more money to see what goes on in them on screens the size of our palms?

Visit ESPN for details on the project as it stands now.