According to The Hollywood Reporter, following the trail blazed by corporate sibling ABC with Lost and Desperate Housewives, ESPN and ABC Sports will offer downloadable video like condensed games and ESPN's tongue-in-cheek commercials via iTunes.
Kicking off the content will be condensed games for each of the four BCS Bowl Games carried this week by ABC Sports, including the Orange Bowl held Tuesday and the Rose Bowl that will be held today. Each of the iTunes versions will be about 15 minutes long, including the scoring plays, and cost $1.99 each.
Beginning this month, ESPN also will offer other content for sale on iTunes including Best of the X Games, an ESPN-owned action-sports franchise; full episodes of Knight School, a reality program about Texas Tech basketball coach Bobby Knight that has not yet debuted on ESPN; and interviews with sports legends from its SportsCentury programs on ESPN Classic. Knight School will debut on iTunes. Episodes will be $1.99, the prevailing price for other content on the channel.