Cable creating sports and an all-futbol channels
HONG KONG — Hong Kong Cable has dropped ESPN and its American-oriented sports programming in order to make way for more soccer coverage.
The cabler said it could not reach an agreement with ESPN Star Sports (as the Singapore-based company is known) to continue the contract.
ESPN goes off the air April 30, taking with it much of the territory’s access to English-language pro basketball, football and hockey, as well as local favorites such as snooker and badminton.
As a replacement, Hong Kong Cable is creating a locally produced sports channel and turning an existing sports channel into a round-the-clock soccer channel.