ESPN has decided to terminate the ‘ESPN Buzzer Beater’ channel, part of the sports network’s continuing effort to cut costs and shift resources.
Since 2011, Buzzer Beater has provided live ‘look-ins’ and analysis of college basketball games.
But Kristie Adler, an ESPN spokeswoman, tells The TV Answer Man that Buzzer Beater will not return when the the 2017-2018 college basketball season begins.
“With more ways than ever to program our networks across all screens, we have decided to shift resources to better position ourselves for the long-term. We will leverage the reach and scale we have across our TV and digital platforms to continue to provide more college basketball coverage than any other company,” the network said in a statement to The TV Answer Man.
Adler said the decision will not affect the Bases Loaded or Goal Line channels, which provide live ‘look-in’ coverage of college baseball and football respectively.
“No change to Goal Line and Bases Loaded – they will each return to the network for their respective seasons,” she said.
ESPN also recently laid off more than 100 employees as it responds to shrinking pay TV subscriptions.
— Phillip Swann