ESPN Classic Unveils Lineup Beginning Fall 2007

Take a
walk down memory lane this Fall as ESPN Classic showcases a full slate of the
greatest triumphs, comebacks, upsets, milestones, streaks, records and
dynasties from across the sports spectrum.

Classic’s programming coincides with the biggest events on the sports calendar,
as viewers will see specialized theme months, weeks and weekends showcasing
classic moments from that event’s storied history. ESPN Classic will also
dedicate each night of the week to specific sports: Monday, hockey;
Tuesday, CFL; Wednesday, wrestling and boxing; Thursday, NBA and MLB; Friday, Reel Classics movies and auto racing; Saturday, Reel Classics movies; Sunday, tennis, figure skating and bowling.

Classic’s theme programming beginning Fall 2007 is as follows:

U.S. Open
Tennis (August 26 – 6 p.m. to 12 midnight ET)

The USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY is the setting for some
of the most exciting U.S. Open tennis matches in history. ESPN Classic
has vintage action from the final grand slam event on the tennis calendar with
coverage of the top tennis players of all time, including Andre Agassi, Steffi
Graf, Pete Sampras, Martina Navratilova, Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, and Venus
and Serena Williams.

CFL Labour
Day Rivalries (September 2 – 12 noon to 6 p.m. ET)

In celebration of summer’s last long weekend, Castrol presents a tribute to the
best Labour Day showdowns, featuring games between some of the CFL’s greatest

Toronto vs.


Edmonton vs.


Kickoff – Salute to the Colts (September 8 and 9)

ESPN Classic kicks off the 2007/08 NFL season with a 2-day celebration of last
year’s Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts. The weekend will honor
the storied history of the franchise with classic Colts moments, games and
players, from Johnny Unitas to Jim Harbaugh to reigning Super Bowl MVP Peyton

Hall of Fame Weekend (September 28 and 29)

From the gridiron game to the hallowed halls, Castrol pays tribute to this
year’s Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductees with a weekend celebrating some
of their greatest moments in the league. Inductees this year are Darren
Flutie, Dave “Tuffy” Knight, Greg Battle, Rocco Romano and Pierre

Madness (September 30 and October 1)

In honor of TSN’s own ‘Monster’ Pierre McGuire, ESPN Classic salutes some of
the greatest Monster Performances in NHL history. McGuire’s highly
entertaining ‘Monster Performer’ segments air regularly during NHL on TSN
game-day broadcasts and pay tribute to the best player of the game.
Featured ‘Monsters’ include Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby, Scott Stevens, Doug
Gilmour, Jaromir Jagr and Jarome Iginla.

Classic Weekends (October 6 and 7; October 13 and 14)

Play ball! With the World Series just around the corner, ESPN Classic
salutes the heroes of the diamond with classic games from the MLB
post-season. The 2-weekend tribute will highlight the MLB champions from
10, 20 and 30 years ago, with wins by the Florida Marlins (1997), Minnesota
Twins (1987) and NY Yankees (1977).

Grey Cup
Weekend (November 23 and 24)

The Grey Cup celebrates its 95th anniversary in

Toronto in 2007, bringing with it almost a
century of highlight reel moments. ESPN Classic pays tribute to the
battle for Canadian football supremacy, featuring some of the greatest
championship games to ever take place in Toronto – host of this year’s
championship – including the 1982 Grey Cup: Edmonton vs. Toronto, and the first
Grey Cup to be held at SkyDome in 1989: Saskatchewan vs. Hamilton.

Junior Hockey Holiday Celebration (December 21 to 23)

ESPN Classic gives viewers an early holiday treat with 3 full days of
unforgettable IIHF World Junior Championship action. Leading into TSN’s
annual holiday tradition, fans can relive some of the tournament’s most
memorable games, featuring numerous present-day NHLers such as Sidney Crosby,
Dion Phaneuf, Jarome Iginla and Paul Kariya.

Super Bowl
Week (January 2008)

Leading into CTV’s first ever broadcast of the Super Bowl, ESPN Classic
continues its annual NFL tradition with Super Bowl Week. Fans will be
treated to some of the most memorable Super Bowl match-ups leading up to the
2008 battle for the Vince Lombardi Trophy with heroic performances by Joe
Montana, Brett Favre and John Elway.

Madness (March 2008)

ESPN Classic creates its own March Madness with an entire month devoted to the
sporting world’s true ‘classics’ and the games and moments that made them
great. Featured sports legends include boxing’s Muhammad Ali, hockey’s
Wayne Gretzky, basketball’s Michael Jordan and baseball’s ‘Mr. October’ Reggie

Men’s World
Hockey Championship (April 2008)

Canada will host the IIHF
Men’s World Championship in 2008 for the first time in the tournament’s history
(to be played in Halifax and

City), and ESPN Classic gets in on the festivities
with a month of the Championship’s greatest games and goals. Highlights
include a special salute to the tournament’s 2007 MVP, Rick Nash.

Boy Weekend (May 11 and 12, 2008)

In honour of Mother’s Day, ESPN Classic salutes those athletes who have never
been able to step out of their Momma’s shadow. The special 20-hour
tribute to momma’s boys include Vince Carter and his mother Michelle, and Eric
Lindros and his mom Bonnie.

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