ESPN opens new digital center in Bristol

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Sports broadcaster ESPN is opening its new digital broadcast center on its Bristol campus.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and ESPN president John Skipper on Monday morning will record the first broadcast from the studios, which will be the new home of the network’s signature “SportsCenter” show, among others.

The state-of-the-art 194,000-square foot building, which includes five new studios is the cornerstone of ESPN’s expansion in Bristol, where it was founded in 1979.

The $175 million center was built with the help of a state package that includes up to $10 million in tax credits over 10 years.

Those come as part of the state’s “First Five” job creation program in exchange for a promise from ESPN to create 200 new jobs in the state by 2017.

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