Game over for ESPN America, ESPN Classic in continental Europe, MENA
Joseph O'Halloran | 13-05-2013
Just as BT is brimming with excitement about its new sports offering featuring its acquired ESPN assets in the UK and Ireland, it’s a very different ball game for subscribers of the sports giant in other parts of the continent.
Prompted by the BT Sport deal, and after what a statement says is “further review and consultation”, ESPN has decided to cease broadcasting the ESPN America channel across Europe and the Middle East, and ESPN Classic channels across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
While the specific closure dates will vary from country to country based upon distribution agreements, it is expected that in most markets both channels will continue exactly as they are until 30 June 2013 in the Middle East and 31 July elsewhere.
ESPN will continue to sell some sports and programmes to other broadcasters throughout Europe, continuing its content syndication sales business, selling sports coverage and programmes to other broadcasters.
Addressing customers, it advised that some of the content from ESPN America, such as NCAA sports and X Games, can be watched online via the ESPN Player streaming service. It also referenced other parts of its digital business such as the ESPNFC, ESPN.com, ESPNcricinfo and ESPNF1 websites.