Sunday, May 18, 2008
I got a few emails last week saying that there was a buzz on Soccer forums about ESPN creating an all Soccer channel. The plan would be that ESPN Classic would become ESPN3 and the network would go strong after the right to air EPL games. Well apparently that idea is gaining traction now through a website that ESPN Soccernet columnist Ives Galarcep writes....
The word I just got from a source at ESPN is that ESPN is definitely interested and the feeling around the network is that a large bid is coming because ESPN has big plans for expanding ESPN Classic into potentially an ESPN3, with the English Premier League as one of the station's marquee draws. That whole scenario may wind up being wishful thinking but what is clear is tht ESPN is interested in the EPL rights.Obviously the EPL is huge, but I just don't think an entire channel devoted to Soccer in the U.S. would work. ESPN Classic is just sitting there though and with the various countries ESPN is aired in around the world might make the investment worth it. We shall see.
Also, with this news we're also one step closer to ESPN bringing us the "Ocho". Good times.
(Some of ) Your Questions Answered (Soccer By Ives)
Is ESPN Classic About to Become ESPN3? (Fanhouse)