The COVID-19 pandemic has wiped the world clean of live sporting events, leaving a massive hole in the lives of sports fans. But networks like ESPN and Fox Sports have found a way to at least momentarily fill that hole by providing replays of classic games.
It’s been a success so far. Over one million people watched throwback college basketball games on CBS on Sunday afternoon, according to Show Buzz Daily.
Many networks are following suit. Sporting News has compiled all the classic games being shown on Friday to help fans get their sports fix.
ESPN schedule for Friday
ESPN will continue to show its regularly scheduled programs like Sportscenter and talk shows like the “Dan Le Batard Show” with Stu Gotz and “First Take.” On ESPN’s other channels, like ACC Network and SEC Network, there will be several replays of college football and basketball games from this past season.
CBS Sports schedule for Friday
CBS Sports will be showing replays of four different throwback Sweet 16 matchups, starting with 2006 UCLA vs Gonzaga at 10 a.m. and then three consecutive games from 6 p.m. to midnight.
Fox Sports schedule for Friday
Fox Sports will continue showing its regularly scheduled on FS1, with some soccer replays on FS2 during the day. The Big Ten Network will also be showing a rotation of four different NCAA Tournament games throughout the day.
MLB Network schedule for Friday
Yankees fans should wake up early to catch current manager Aaron Boone hit his famous walk-off homer against the rival Red Sox to send New York to the 2003 World Series (sorry for the spoilers) at 5:30 a.m. on MLB Network. The channel will also be showing games from the 1986 between the Mets and the Astros, including the incredible pitchers’ duel between Nolan Ryan (9 innings pitched, 2 hits, 1 earned run) and Dwight Gooden (10 innings pitched, 9 hits, 1 earned run) in Game 5 and the 16-inning thriller in Game 6.
NBA TV schedule for Friday
Celtics legend Paul Pierce was trending on Twitter earlier this week for less than ideal reasons, but don’t forget that LeBron James once called “The Truth” his biggest rival in the NBA. NBA TV will have fans re-living that rivalry with a whole slew of Celtics-Heat matchups from the 2011-2013 seasons, including James’ out-of-this-world performance in Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals (4 p.m.) and Pierce’s game-winner in 2013 shortly after learning that Rajon Rondo was lost for the season (7 p.m.).
NBC Sports schedule for Friday
NBC Sports will show a pair of NHL playoff games in the evening, starting at 8 p.m. with the Panthers and Islanders (2016) and continuing at 10 p.m. with the Stars and Blues (2019).
NFL Network schedule for Friday
NFL Network will show four different regular season games from this past season throughout the day, and will cap off the evening with replays of Super Bowl XLIII (Steelers vs Cardinals) and Super Bowl XLIV (Saints vs Colts).
NHL Network schedule for Friday
NHL Network will have some early showings of the Stanley Cup clinching games from 1993 and 1994, and will show the 2020 All-American Prospects Game in the evening.
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