ESPN is set to launch their new subscription streaming service this spring and they’ve been slowly announcing content to fill the platform.
While the service is expected to distribute 10,000 new sporting events annually, in addition to the 16,000 already on ESPN networks, ESPN Plus will also carry original programming.
According to a Variety report, ESPN Plus ordered an exclusive documentary series that follows draftees from the NBA’s 2017-18 rookie class as they attempt to launch their professional careers.
“It will be really compelling, access-based programming, bringing fans closer to their favorite athletes, telling the story of the journey of adjusting to life in the NBA on the court and off the court,” said Connor Schell, executive vice president of content for ESPN. “I love being able to do storytelling like that and have it be at people’s fingertips.”
The documentary will contain eight episodes produced by Winik Media and 441 productions. It’s the first original program exclusive to ESPN Plus to be officially announced. Other original works have been discussed such as Kobe Bryant’s Detail which will teach viewers how to watch and study game film.
So far, ESPN has announced a new rights deal with the Sun-Belt conference and Major League Soccer broadcast agreements for their new streaming service. ESPN Plus will also be the exclusive streaming destination for all of the network’s 30 for 30 series’.