How ESPN Plans to Survive Without Sports During Coronavirus Hiatus

Network charts uncertain path filled with stunt programming, studio shows and archived games

What’s a sports network to do when there are no more sports? That’s the dilemma ESPN faces right now as the coronavirus pandemic that has brought sporting events to a screeching halt.

Typically around this time, ESPN would be preparing for the women’s NCAA basketball tournament, the first pitch of the MLB season and the tip off for the NBA playoffs in April. But after real-world issues collided with sports on an unprecedented scale last week, ESPN is left sifting through the rubble of a schedule now littered with holes.

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Tim Baysinger

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