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Changes coming to ESPN Classic and ESPNews

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by AMike, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. Indiana627

    Indiana627 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2005
    I agree with all of you. They need to put ESPNEWS back the way is way before the World Cup with the HD wing on the left side with news and stats. The channel is pretty useless now.
  2. dontknow

    dontknow AllStar

    Apr 29, 2010
    i like the idea of ESPN Ocho
  3. Microphone

    Microphone AllStar

    Jan 30, 2007
    The NFL/NHL/MLB/NBA Networks have really done a number on these jokers. A bundle of in depth highlights instead of the wise guy fluff of ESPN "any channel". Plus a lot of classic games on the 4 individual networks.

    When a lot of the sports are going at once, say early April....2 MLB highlights, switch to 2 NBA highlights, a Masters mention, back to baseball, the at :52 past the hour, a slap in the face token NHL highlight, which pi$$e$ the more than they think they have NHL fans off. No continuity. They have actually copied stuff from Fox Sports Net, like the running "what's the next highlight coming" scroll.

    Unless there is a game I have to watch on it, I steer clear of ESPN.
  4. myselfalso

    myselfalso Godfather

    Jan 25, 2006
    You do know Disney owned ESPN before ESPN created ESPNews and bought Classic, right?
  5. Steveknj

    Steveknj Icon

    Nov 14, 2006
    This. ESPN only seems to cover NFL 40% of the time in the off season and 80% in season. College sports is another 25%, and the NBA about 15% of the time, and MLB another 10%. The rest of the time, it's the other sports. While I like the NFL, to devote that much time to the sport in the offseason is ridiculous. Same with college sports during the summer. Hockey? It was an afterthought when they HAD the sport and it's a non-entity now. The problem I have is that not ONE of their big pundits even cares about the sport enough to mention it. The only time they ever do is when there's some big ugly brawl and then they rail against the sport as if it's a curse.

    Now as for the two channels in question, I think their days are past. There are just TOO many places to get the news you want, including the internet. And if you are interested in a specific event, all the major sports have their own channel which can devote full time access to the event, not to mention regional coverage. As for Classic Sports, the problem is similar. As mentioned, there are just too many channels devoting time to these classic games and there's no need for it. Really, ESPN should just kill the channels than put some other niche programming on them. They already fill too many hours in the day up with total crap. I do like the idea of Olympic style sports, on one of them. Maybe call it the Wide World of Sports channel, harkening back to the old days of ABC sports.
  6. radiomandc

    radiomandc Legend

    Jul 22, 2009
    Maybe they will turn one of these channels into an extreme sports channel similar to Fuel? Call it ESPN X or EXPN?
  7. AMike

    AMike Godfather

    Nov 21, 2005
    The thing that has really surprised me about this is that the national media writer for USA Today has not picked up this story. I am convinced that he is the number one ESPN apologist and will never print anything that criticizes that network.
  8. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    why not make ESPNU ESPN 4 and make News ESPN 5?

    There is a need for a 3rd ESPN HD on live tv at times and U does not fit for all sports.
  9. scrybigtv

    scrybigtv Godfather

    Jan 25, 2008
    How about this for a great idea? ESPN News can be devoted to Oklahoma University football 24 hours a day, and ESPN Classic can be devoted to OU basketball around the clock. :D (On slow days, they could include a little Sherri Coale and the lady Sooners).
  10. wilbur_the_goose

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    Yeah, I know how long Disney has owned ESPN. But Disney has a way of messing things up, whether it's studios (Miramax), TV Nets (ESPN), or theme parks (EPCOT's demise).

    I guess I'm the polar opposite of Disney-phile.
  11. dhines

    dhines Godfather

    Aug 16, 2006
    considering what NBAtv, MLBtv and NFLtv have done to ESPN News . . . . i think ESPN has no choice but to rebrand the news to 80% amature sports channel (more college games, olymipics, soccer overflow, etc). as for what should be done with ESPN Classic, seems like it can only morph into a soccer channel or be banished.

    as classic is limited to the sports pack, what else can they do?
  12. hbkbiggestfan

    hbkbiggestfan Godfather

    May 24, 2007
    I too wish ESPNEWS would just go back to the HD wing format and the only way those of us who want it back are going to get it is by letting our voices be heard. We should email ESPN About how we miss it and maybe they'll bring it back. On the other hand with this article saying they are going to rebrand the channel or what-have-you, it might not matter. Still worth a shot imo. www.espn.go.com/espn/contact Let us speak!
  13. BJM

    BJM Godfather

    Dec 9, 2006
    Between ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNClassic, and even ESPN Deportes and International (not even sure if those are separate channels!), there is probably enough material to morph ESPNews to a "news/talk channel" - always showing a live SportsCenter or show with news crawl such as Outside the Lines, SportsNation, etc. without the need for more than an occasional separate anchor team of its own. It could also function as the overflow channel - news conferences, live game conflicts, etc.

    If it's easy enough to convert ESPNClassic to HD, then it can become a soccer/ worldsport channel.
  14. SamC

    SamC Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2003
    An all-soccer, or a soccer heavy "international" channel will fail within hours of its launch. An all-X games would not last that long.

    I would look for ESPNews to become "ESPN Talk". Probably just the TV versions of its radio shows all there, with live "overflow" sports on weekends.
  15. jefbal99

    jefbal99 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 7, 2007
    Very pissed that ESPNews dropped all the stats in the wrap around box. ESPN/2/U/Classic need to drop the bottom line except for 20/40 updates and use ESPNews for the constant stats/updates/breaking news.
  16. TITAN_53

    TITAN_53 Godfather

    Jul 23, 2007
    EXPN has my vote! :icon_bb:
  17. mws192

    mws192 Godfather

    Jun 17, 2010
    Isn't that what they showed on ESPN2 when it launched? I seem to remember a lot of water sports, bmx and dirt bike races.

    Edit: Yup.


    "ESPN2 was initially branded as a network for a younger generation of sports fans featuring edgier graphics as well as extreme sports like motocross, snowboarding, and BMX racing. This mandate was phased out by the late 1990s, as the channel increasingly served as a second outlet for ESPN's mainstream sports coverage."
  18. squeak49

    squeak49 Cool Member

    Oct 9, 2008
    +1 -- especially for #2. But all are great ideas. :)
  19. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    I won't give ESPN credit for any positive changes until they stop using Circle Surround or any other brand of fake 5.1 surround.
  20. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    I remember then showing how edgy they were by having a tilted field establishing shot for college football games. Ooooh.

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