Wednesday, August 16, 2023


I came across some annoying news last week.

To cut a long story short, the UK sports channel - BT Sport - has rebranded now that it is in partnership with Warner Bros Discovery in offering sports content on television over here. The rebrand has seen BT Sport become TNT Sports.

I naively assumed that all of the content I watched on BT Sport would be a part of TNT Sports.

The pro wrestling side is covered. All of WWE's TV programming is still on TV over here through TNT Sports.

It's the American sports side that is the problem.

While getting ready for American football season, I came across an article which stated that the ESPN programmes I have enjoyed watching since the mid-2000s (through at least three TV rebrands, I should add!), will not be part of TNT Sports.

That means Around The Horn, Pardon The Interruption, College Game Day and all NCAA college football games that I watched frequently will no longer available to watch on TV here in the UK.

ESPN Around The Horn

I was stunned, but I had a back up plan I was willing to execute.

However, to quote Lee Corso's famous words I will no longer hear on early Saturday evenings on College Game Day: NOT SO FAST, MY FRIEND!

My idea was to subscribe to the ESPN UK Player app. I had done so earlier this year to watch some of the XFL season. I was able to watch Around The Horn live as it aired, which was cool.

But, like I said, not so fast. 

The ESPN UK Player service is terminating its operations at the end of this week. 

Here's what the website states when you access it.

ESPN Player Leaving Europe

There is an FAQ page which points out where the TV rights are going for most of the countries affected. None of the information about college football indicates how I'll be able to watch in the UK.

If this info isn't available, it means there isn't a platform for college football in my part of the world.

It's an end of an era for sure. 

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