ESPN Classic to Cross the Pond


ESPN Classic will launch on British Sky Broadcasting Group plc in the United Kingdom March 13.

The new network will be specially created for the U.K. market, and it marks ESPN’s first service in the United Kingdom.

ESPN Classic services currently reach more than 16 million subscribers in more than 40 countries.

Among vintage sporting moments the new U.K. service will feature:

Champions of the World, a six-part series on the World Cup-winning teams of Latin America;

• Original documentary series on topics ranging from the stories of soccer clubs Liverpool and Arsenal to the great names in football from Johan Cruyff to Eusebio.

The Great European Finals, featuring full match coverage from UEFA finals over the past four decades;

• England’s victory over Australia in the 2003 Rugby World Cup;

Major Championship Golf, featuring Open Championships, films and documentaries;

• The Great Wimbledon Rivalry, a look at the 25th anniversary of Bjorn Borg vs. John McEnroe at Wimbledon: The Championships;

Undisputed Greatest Big Fights, featuring Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston, Jake LaMotta, Roberto Duran, Mike Tyson and the best of British fighters;

• The official film of the 1948 London Olympic Games;

Four Minutes, the U.K. film premiere of the Roger Bannister story; and

Classic Superstars, featuring Kevin Keegan, Brian Jacks and David Hemery.