Wayne Gretzky scores 50 goals in an unbelievable 39 games. Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier slug it out in The Thrilla in Manila. Joe Namath delivers his Super Bowl III victory guarantee. Michael Jordan wins his first NBA title. John McEnroe’s antics at Wimbledon. Reliving the greatest moments in sports is what ESPN Classic Canada is all about!
Originally posted in august 2001.
Entertaining and educational, ESPN Classic Canada revives the drama of the world’s greatest sports events with encore broadcasts of classic match-ups and documentaries. Network programming also includes classic sports movies and classic interviews with the world’s most famous, admirable and controversial sports figures.
ESPN Classic Canada provides viewers with six hours a day of original programming, consisting of memorable games, great comebacks, controversial victories, huge upsets, career achievements, streaks, records and dynasties. ESPN Classic Canada has all the bases covered with “theme nights” dedicated to specific sports: Monday – football and hockey; Tuesday – curling and golf; Wednesday – wrestling and boxing; Thursday – basketball and baseball; Friday – soccer and auto racing; Saturday – best of “Off the Record”, miscellaneous sports, documentaries and Reel Classics sports movies; Sunday – tennis and skating.
In order to promote upcoming major sporting events, ESPN Classic Canada features “stunt programming” that consists of timely broadcasts of specific events from the past. For example, in October just prior to the World Series, ESPN Classic Canada will televise classic moments and games from previous World Series, such as Game Six of the 1993 World Series when Toronto’s Joe Carter hit the series-winning home run.
ESPN Classic Canada has a strong Canadian presence as the network broadcasts various classic games and moments north of the border, such as NHL, CFL, World Junior hockey, curling and figure skating. Great presentations also include 100 Years of Canadian Sport, CFL Skills Challenge and TSN Profile featuring great Canadian athletes.
ESPN Classic Canada is for fans of all ages. It’s for those who were there for the classic moments and want to relive the big events. And it’s for those who have only heard about the triumphs and defeats and wish they were there.
ESPN Classic Canada brings viewers the greatest sports moments, games and athletes of all time. The network’s comprehensive and entertaining schedule includes:
ESPN Classic Canada is the exclusive home to the best games and moments from the NFL. Viewers are able to relive everything from Joe Namath’s Super Bowl victory guarantee to Walter Payton’s record-breaking performances to Joe Montana’s Super Bowl heroics. Programming includes NFL Greatest Moments, Super Bowl highlights, NFL Greatest Games, NFL Yearbook, NFL Lineman as well as the popular Road to the Super Bowl and NFL Films Presents programs. In addition, fans will be treated to classic games and moments from the CFL. Viewers can also go “old school” with classic Vanier Cup match-ups from the CIAU and NCAA Bowl games that highlight the network’s classic college football schedule.
Mondays: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET
Whether it’s great individual performances, controversial victories, huge upsets, momentous comebacks or unforgettable team dynasties, such as the Oilers in the ‘80s, ESPN Classic Canada gives fans the best of hockey’s rich past. In addition to complete coverage of classic NHL games, viewers are able to relive great moments from past World Junior Hockey Championships – featuring players such as Lindros, Bure and Kariya – and, of course, classic Canada-Russia junior battles. Fans also have the opportunity to get re-acquainted with hockey’s greatest players of all time, with encore presentations of the Legends of Hockey series.
Mondays: 9 p.m. – midnight ET
ESPN Classic Canada fuels the passion for “hurry-hard” and “hog-lines” with classic curling, featuring top-notch players and personalities from one of Canada’s most popular sports. Coverage includes complete Season of Champions archival footage with the Nokia Brier, Scott Tournament of Hearts and World Championships. In addition, fans will be treated to complete coverage of past McCain and JVC Skins games.
Tuesdays: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET
ESPN Classic Canada proves to younger viewers that there was indeed golf before Tiger Woods! We have coverage of some of the greatest tournaments in the history of the game: British Open golf films, PGA Championship official films, Ryder Cup official films, Sr. PGA Championship official films, Grand Slam of Golf official films and the Canadian and U.S. men’s Skins games.
Tuesdays: 9 p.m. – midnight ET
ESPN Classic Canada is ready to challenge any current wrestler who claims that they’re the “best of all time.” Perhaps they’ve never seen classic matches of Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and The Road Warriors! Grappling coverage includes the Best of Classic AWA, The Best of the ‘80s, Hulk Hogan: The AWA Years, Jesse Ventura: The AWA Years, The Road Warriors: The AWA Years and classic matches featuring what residents of Minnesota dread seeing – their governor, Jesse Ventura, in action!
Wednesdays: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET
Ali. Sugar Ray (both of them). Tyson. Frazier. Norton. Liston. Chuvalo. The list could go on and on. ESPN Classic Canada goes ringside for complete classic coverage of the best boxing matches of all time.
Wednesdays: 9 p.m. – midnight ET
Home to complete NBA coverage, hoops fans get to see Air Jordan, Air Canada, Dr. J., Magic and Bird defy the odds – and gravity – on ESPN Classic Canada. Viewers are treated to anything and everything NBA, including: vintage NBA, classic NBA games, classic Slam Dunks, classic documentaries, NBA Films, NBA retail releases, classic Raptors games and other titles from the NBA library. ESPN Classic Canada also features classic NCAA games from when the pros played college ball, as well as time-honoured favourites with the Harlem Globetrotters.
Thursdays: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET
Major League Baseball
ESPN Classic Canada has all the bases covered with complete coverage of the grand old game. Fans are able to relive memorable match-ups, highlights, streak and records, as well as classic World Series and All-Star games. ESPN Classic Canada also has great moments of the long-ball with coverage of the Big League Hitting Challenge. When it comes to classic baseball in Canada, fans will see the likes of Stieb, Moseby, Bell, Barfield, Whitt and, of course, Joe Carter in classic Toronto Blue Jays games.
Thursdays: 9 p.m. – midnight ET
Soccer fans can get their kicks from ESPN Classic Canada with classic World Cup moments and documentaries. Coverage also includes classic FA Cup games.
Fridays: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET
ESPN Classic Canada revs the engines of all racing fans with loads of classic auto racing coverage. Fans are treated to complete coverage of classic Indy 500, NASCAR, CART and F1 events as well as other miscellaneous racing action.
Fridays: 8 p.m. – midnight ET
ESPN Classic Canada provides classic coverage of the crown jewel of sporting events: The Olympics. With access to the Olympic archives, fans can enjoy the agony and ecstasy of great Games moments all over again.
Saturdays: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET
Reliving sports history on film is an integral part of the ESPN Classic Canada line-up. Classic films include White Men Can’t Jump (basketball), Breaking Away (Cycling), All the Right Moves (Football), Rookie of the Year (Baseball), Tough Enough (Boxing), Don King: Only in America (Boxing), Comrades of Summer (Baseball), The Terry Fox Story, When It Was A Game I, II (Baseball) and many others.
Saturdays: 10 p.m. – midnight ET
McEnroe. Borg. Connors. Navratilova. Evert. Graf. The greatest players and the greatest events in tennis are featured extensively on ESPN Classic Canada. Coverage of the Grand Slam tournaments includes Wimbledon film, Wimbledon Greatest Matches, Australian Open film and Australian Open Greatest Matches. In addition, fans can relive the greatest moments on Canadian soil with complete coverage of classic matches from the men’s and women’s Canadian Opens.
Sundays: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET
It’s 6s across the board for ESPN Classic Canada’s schedule of classic figure skating events. Coverage includes Skate Canada, Canadian Figure Skating Championships and World Figure Skating Championships.
Sundays: 9 p.m. – midnight ET
If it’s classic sports you’re looking for, ESPN Classic Canada has all the action! ESPN Classic Canada has something for everyone with classic events from the world of figure skating, gymnastics, billiards and snooker, bowling, roller derby, X-Games, world’s strongest man and fitness America pageants, equestrian and much more. ESPN Classic Canada coverage also includes the return of classic episodes of TSN favourites, such as Off the Record, TSN Profile and 100 Years of Canadian Sport.
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