ESPN Classic (Canada)

ESPN Classic

ESPN Classic logo
Launched September 7, 2001
Owned by CTV Speciality Television
(Bell Media 80%
ESPN Inc. 20%)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Slogan Timeless
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s) TSN
Website ESPN Classic
Shaw Direct Channel 125 / 464
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
Bell Aliant Channel 130
Bell Fibe TV Channel 412
MTS Channel 202
Optik TV Channel 951
SaskTel Channel 125
VMedia Channel 75

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 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.


ESPN Classic features various archive sporting events including hockey, Canadian football, basketball, curling, boxing and various other sports events as well as other sports related programming including films.

Sporting events shown on ESPN Classic must take place at least 18 months after their original broadcast under CRTC licence requirements.


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