ESPN Classic (Canadian TV channel)

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ESPN Classic is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel owned by CTV Speciality Television Inc. (Bell Media (80%) and ESPN (20%). ESPN Classic broadcasts a range of archive sports coverage, talk shows, documentaries and films.

ESPN Classic
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ESPN Classic logo
LaunchedSeptember 7, 2001; 18 years ago (2001-09-07)
Owned byCTV Speciality Television
(Bell Media 80%
ESPN Inc. 20%)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s)TSN
WebsiteESPN Classic
Shaw DirectChannel 125 / 464
Available on many Canadian cable systemsCheck local listings, channels may vary
Bell Aliant Fibe TVChannel 130
Bell Fibe TVChannel 412
Bell MTSChannel 202
Optik TVChannel 951
SaskTelChannel 125
VMediaChannel 75
RogersChannel 417


ESPN Classic was licensed as Classic Sports in November 2000 by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), and was launched on September 7, 2001 as ESPN Classic Canada.[1] A few years after its launch, "Canada" was dropped from its name and logo to "ESPN Classic". ESPN Classic is the only ESPN-branded channel broadcasting in Canada, although in addition to owning a stake in the Canadian version of ESPN Classic, ESPN is part-owner of TSN (which uses on-air branding similar to the flagship ESPN channel in the U.S.), along with Bell Media.


The channel's programming consists primarily of archived sporting events associated with TSN-owned event rights, including hockey (particularly IIHF events), the CFL and NFL, basketball, and curling, as well as SportsCentre-branded highlights compilations and countdowns originating from the main TSN network.


  1. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-578 CRTC 2000-12-14

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