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ESPN and Microsoft announced today that the sports network is bringing over 3,500 sports games to Xbox Live through their ESPN3 service, most of which will be live and in high definition. There will also be replays, special events, and other special content. You’ll need Xbox Live Gold, but that seems a small, small price to pay for the content and everything else Gold offers. This is a big draw for Microsoft’s console — I don’t know what else they need to do to keep males age 18-35 in front of their game box.


Today, from the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) stage in Los Angeles, Microsoft announced plans to revolutionize sports entertainment in the home through an exclusive deal with ESPN.

This November, do more than just watch the sports you love – connect with friends and share your sports experience in brand new ways with ESPN on Xbox 360:

· A World of Sporting Events: Xbox LIVE Gold members who have high-speed internet service from an affiliated service provider will enjoy more than 3,500 live sporting events from – ESPN’s 24/7 broadband sports network – including college basketball, college football and bowl games, MLB, NBA, international soccer, tennis including all four Grand Slam tournaments, golf majors and more. Watch out-of-market games and access on-demand video clips, refreshed daily – all completely free to Xbox LIVE Gold members.

· Social Interaction Only Xbox LIVE Can Deliver: Connect with friends and rivals coast-to-coast and declare which team you’re rootiAng for, participate in community polling, trivia and game predictions, all tailored to the game you’re watching. Even pull up current scores and stats and easily switch between events without “changing the channel.”

· The Magic of Kinect: Through the power of cutting-edge gesture and voice technology, Kinect for Xbox 360 tracks your body movements and gestures, giving you full DVR control, no remote or controller required, and a brand new way to interact with your sports entertainment.

Chris Gullo