Disney is ditching an ESPN channel (no, not that one).

ESPN Classic, which has aired archived old games since 1995, will be shut down at the end of the year, an individual with knowledge of the decision confirmed to TheWrap.

ESPN Classic was first launched as an independently owned Classic Sports Network in 1995. ESPN bought the network and renamed it in 1997. It has primarily been a source for full streams of old games and studio show titles, although it served as a network overflow when there was no channel space for ESPN’s live games.

Sports Business Journal first reported the news.

ESPN Classic has lost importance in recent years, and in many cases cable providers offer it as an on-demand option, rather than a linear network. Some of the library’s content had already been migrated to ESPN +. Also, most people can find old highlights and even full games on YouTube.

ESPN Classic will not be the only sports network to go further on big television. NBCUniversal’s sports network, NBCSN, will also be closed when the clock hits 2022. Most of its linear television programming will move to the USA Network, such as Premier League games.

NBC Sports Network, abbreviated “NBCSN,” was supposed to be Comcast’s attempt to create an ESPN challenger, but that never materialized. The channel was first launched in 1995 as The Outdoor Life Network (OLN), which featured primarily fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities. It eventually began broadcasting the Tour de France and was relaunched as Versus in 2006. Following Comcast’s acquisition of NBCU from General Electric in 2011, executives announced their intentions to merge Versus within NBC Sports and create a new channel of national sports cable.

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