Closed captioning to continue with NHRA, ESPN

ESPN/ESPN2 and NHRA Continue Closed Captioning for Hearing Impaired In 2002 GLENDORA, Calif. - For the second consecutive year, ESPN will provide closed captioning for hearing impaired viewers during all of its National Hot Rod Association...

ESPN/ESPN2 and NHRA Continue Closed Captioning for Hearing Impaired In 2002

GLENDORA, Calif. - For the second consecutive year, ESPN will provide closed captioning for hearing impaired viewers during all of its National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) telecasts. The service was provided on all 24 of the 2001 ESPN/ESPN2 NHRA telecasts and will continue for the 2002 NHRA POWERADE Drag Racing Series. This is the second year of an exclusive five-year television agreement between the NHRA, the world's largest motorsports organization, and ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports.

ESPN has shown consistent growth in providing closed captioning on many of its programs. In 2000, ESPN and ESPN2 provided 100 percent closed captioning for NHL game telecasts, NHL 2Night, NFL Sunday Countdown and Monday Night Countdown. In 2001, the NHRA telecasts joined Baseball Tonight, the PGA and LPGA golf tours, NCAA football and both men's and women's NCAA basketball as closed captioned programs on ESPN and ESPN2. In 2002, the combined networks of ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Classic will provide over 5,600 original hours of closed captioned programming.

Based in Bristol, Conn., ESPN, Inc., The Worldwide Leader In Sports, is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN. ESPN, Inc. includes six domestic television networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Extra, ESPN Now), ESPN International (19 international networks and syndication), ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Regional Television, SportsTicker, and ESPN Enterprises, overseeing brand extensions such as ESPN Zone, pay subscription packages and consumer products.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERADE Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has more than 80,000 members nationwide and more than 140 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA Summit Sport Compact Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the Castrol GTX Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

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