Sports Business Daily is reporting that ESPN will be folding its ESPNHS.com website and its two high school magazines. Furthermore, the network will no longer organize high school sports events.
But it’s not a complete exit from high school athletics, the story reports, as ESPN will still cover high school events, including somewhere around 30 football games on its television networks. Additionally, ESPN will still cover recruiting and girls’ basketball, but will not do so under the ESPNHS name.
ESPN jumped into the high school sports scene in 2008. According to a statement from Executive Vice President of Digital and Print Media John Kosner, ESPN wants to focus its efforts on other areas.
“By focusing our high school efforts around our televised game coverage and multiplatform recruiting content, we can serve the national interests of high school sports fans more effectively while continuing to provide robust content across ESPN media.”