Fans of the movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story can rejoice. ESPN has announced that ESPNU will be changed to “ESPN8: “The Ocho,” on August 8, for one day and will feature sports that are usually reserved for online streaming and have little to no viewer attendance.
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Starting at midnight, Monday going into Tuesday, the network will take a slogan from the hit movie, “if it’s almost a sport, we got it here.”
The network announced it will air sports such as Roller Derby, Trampoline Dodgeball, and even an intense game of cornhole. The various sporting events will be commentated by ESPN personnel.
Sadly, ESPN, in a post on Facebook, informed the public that the iconic Cotton McKnight and Pepper Brooks from the film will not be among the announcers giving their colorful commentary. “It’s a bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for them.”
Once news of the somewhat outlandish idea hit the internet, people were ecstatic. Some found humor in a top-tier network like ESPN having some fun with their consumers.
Twitter user “Hi, I’m Mighty” wrote: “No, I’m laughing so hard at ESPN making an actual ESPN8 “The Ocho” channel lmao.”
While others see the move as a gimmick for a network that is dying. “They fired everybody for this parody,” another Twitter user wrote referring to the massive layoffs that have been plaguing the sports-oriented network recently.
In April of this year, ESPN announced the layoffs of big names such as NFL analyst John Clayton, Jerome Bettis, Ed Werder and anchor Jay Crawford amid reports that the network has run into money troubles.
A month later, another string of layoffs hit the network which had many wondering what the network was doing. Regardless of how you feel about the layoffs, the network is creating some buzz around “The Ocho” — for one day, at least.
Hopefully, ESPN can dodge their money issue like the boys dodge traffic in the film. Below is the funniest moments from the movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. ESPN fans, get ready.