ESPN Classic (Canada)

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
ESPN Classic Logo
ESPN Classic logo
LaunchedSeptember 7, 2001
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


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.


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

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His first partner was Maria Petrova, with whom he became the 1994 and 1995 World Junior Champion. He began competing with Berezhnaya in 1996 after helping her recover from an accident with her previous partner. Within two years of the accident, Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze had established themselves as one of the best pair teams in the world. During their competitive career, they were coached by Tamara Moskvina at the Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and the Ice House in Hackensack, New Jersey. Their Olympic gold medals are shared with Canadian pair Jamie Salé and David Pelletier.

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A goalkeeper, Howard made one appearance for Chester in the English Football League Fourth Division during 1965–66 He received a diploma in physical education from the Chester College of Education in 1965. He moved to Canada and played for the Hamilton Primos of the National Soccer League in 1967, making it to the championship finals before losing to Windsor Teutonia. Later that year he played several games for the Rochester Lancers in the American Soccer League before playing in the inaugural season of the North American Soccer League for the Detroit Cougars in 1968. When the team folded at the end of the season he returned to Rochester played in the American Soccer League and when the Lancers joined the NASL in 1970 he was a member of the NASL champion team.Rochester Lancers. Howard graduated from the nearby State University of New York at Brockport with a degree in physical education. He was acquired from the Lancers by the Toronto Metros in 1971 and played in Toronto through the 1974 season. He was also a member of the Canadian national team during 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification.

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