ESPN Goal Line & ESPN Bases Loaded is a gametime-only cable channel operated by ESPN which launched on September 4, 2010. The channel is active during two college sports seasons; during college football season as Goal Line and through the NCAA Division I Softball Championship for college softball and NCAA Division I Baseball Championship for college baseball as ESPN Bases Loaded. In both cases, the show provides live look-ins and analysis of multiple games in progress. The coverage switches between games to show the most interesting plays, such as offensive teams entering the red zone (football) or with runners on base (baseball/softball).
Goal Line operates from 3:00 PM to approximately 11:30 PM ET on Saturdays from late August to the end of November, along with utilization on the night of the College Football Playoff National Championship as a component of ESPN's Megacast, usually as a statistical feed channel. Bases Loaded operates during the busiest part of the tournament before both the Women's College World Series and men's College World Series in late May and early June. Goal Line is simulcasted on ESPNEWS for thirty minutes to one hour after the noon football game. Starting at the start of the 2017 season Goal Line also simulcasted on ESPNEWS from 3-7 PM ET when no games air on ESPNEWS that week, and from 7-11:30 PM ET if there are the weekly 2 football games on ESPNEWS. The version on ESPNEWS also has commercials thou (since it is the free version compared to the Goal Line channel which is $10 a month when it is used) However Goal Line is also simulcasted on ESPNU for 15-45 minutes after the noon & 3:00 PM ET football games depending on when the game end.
At its launch, the channel was made available to customers of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks systems, and became available soon after to customers of Verizon FiOS TV . In addition, the channel is also carried on Dish Network, Comcast, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Sling TV, Cablevision, Hulu and DirecTV.
The channel formerly operated a version of the service during the college basketball season known as ESPN Buzzer Beater, which broadcast on Wednesday nights and Saturdays from December to early March. The service was discontinued in July 2017, in order to "shift resources to better position ourselves for the long-term". The Goal Line and Bases Loaded services will not be affected by this change.