With no NCAA Tournament, NBA, NHL, or soccer to enjoy this weekend, ESPN has some tough decisions to make as far as programming goes. But in what may be a stroke of genius, ESPN is bringing back a fan favorite this Sunday.
ESPN announced this morning that it will be turning ESPN2 into "ESPN 8: The Ocho" on Sunday. The lineup, which is usually reserved for early-August, includes such thrilling sports as "cup stacking, stone skipping, and cherry pit spitting" among others.
"The Ocho" was created several years ago in homage to the 2004 hit comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. In the film, the titular dodgeball games are broadcast by ESPN 8: The Ocho, an ESPN parody channel. Jason Bateman's portrayal of broadcaster Pepper Brooks became especially noteworthy in recent years with his "That's a bold strategy, Cotton" meme.
As for the actual ESPN broadcast, though, "The Ocho" has consistently pulled in solid ratings. With so little in the way of mainstream professional sports to broadcast, this year's could be their best yet.
Programming will kick off at midnight 12 a.m. E.T on Sunday with the 2020 Johnsonville ACL Cornhole Championships.
The final event of the day will be Moxie Games 3 at 10:30 p.m. EST.
Which ESPN 8: The Ocho competitions are you most looking forward to?