Like ESPN's flagship network, ESPN2 airs a programming lineup consisting mainly of live sporting event telecasts, news programs, talk shows and original series. ESPN2 broadcasts many mainstream sporting events such as Major League Baseball games, NCAA basketball and football games and NBA basketball games. ESPN2 is also a common outlet for sports with more of a niche audience, such as tennis, soccer and lacrosse.
ESPN2 broadcasts a number of talk shows during weekday mornings and afternoons. As of 2015, daily programs include a simulcast of ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" morning show, the talk show "First Take" with Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith and the talk show "His and Hers" with Michael Smith and Jemele Hill. These shows feature in-depth discussions of current sports issues. ESPN2 also airs a number of sports news shows, including the network's flagship "SportsCenter" highlights show.
ESPN2 is also an important broadcaster of live sporting events. ESPN2 devotes much of its programming time during the school year to college athletics, including basketball and football. ESPN contracts with conferences such as the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 Conference provide the family of networks with more programming than could possibly be shown on the flagship ESPN network. ESPN2 is also the home of a number of tennis tournaments, including the Australian Open, French Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon Championships.