Effective September 01, 2021, ESPN Classic will be retired from our channels and will be replaced with the ACC Network.
If you have additional question, please contact Rainier Connect by calling (253) 683-4100.
The network was founded as Classic Sports Network in 1995 and was acquired by ESPN in 1997. The decision to shut it down follows several years of declining distribution. Several major providers had dropped the network entirely, and satellite operators Dish and DirecTV had shifted it to a video-on-demand offering. Its reach had dwindled to a fraction of that of ESPN, which was in 84 million households as of 2020.