Hong Kong kicks out ESPN, adds soccer

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.

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