Microsoft and ESPN have struck a deal delivering exclusive sports programming to Xbox Live. The partnership will deliver more than 3,500 sports events, most of which will be in high definition.
ESPN anchors Trey Wingo and Josh Elliot took the stage to demonstrate the service, which will be free to Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Highlights from last year's USC-Ohio State college football game and game two of this year's NBA Finals were shown, indicating that the service should offer top sporting events also being broadcast on the main network. The service will also offer polls, trivia and other content inline with the broadcasts.