ESPN Adds Sports-Themed Disney Movies to its Prime-Time Friday Lineup





ESPN-logoWe’ve reported on the challenges ESPN has been facing during the coronavirus pandemic, with live sports grinding to a halt as a result. And with Major League Baseball’s Opening Week upon us, and no live baseball games to cover, the sports network is opting to air sports-themed movies produced by parent company Disney.

The broadcasts start tonight, Friday, March 27th at 8pm ET, with, appropriately enough, baseball movie The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid. The movie focuses on high school coach Jim Morris and his chance at becoming the oldest rookie in the major leagues.

The following Friday, April 3rd, ESPN turns its attention to basketball with Glory Road, featuring Josh Lucas. That broadcast is set for 8:30pm ET.

We’ve listed out the announced films below, but the company has yet to disclose official dates and times for the rest of its lineup.

  • The Rookie: March 27th at 8pm ET
  • Glory Road: April 3rd at 8:30 pm ET
  • Miracle
  • Invincible
  • Secretariat
  • The Greatest Game Ever Played

The movie nights mark the latest move by ESPN to fill a sizeable content gap in its programming. We’ve reported in the recent weeks that the company has looked into live sports alternatives like rebroadcasting classic games. In fact, the network aired a full seven-hour tribute to former New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady.

You can watch ESPN live on Sling TV, Hulu, AT&T TV NOW, YouTube TV, and Vidgo.

Did you know we have a YouTube Channel? Every week we have a live Cord Cutting Q&A, and weekly Cord Cutting recap shows exclusively on our YouTube Channel!

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news, tips, and reviews. Need cord cutting tech support? Join our Cord Cutting Tech Support Facebook Group for help.

Disclaimer: To address the growing use of ad blockers we now use affiliate links to sites like, streaming services, and others. Affiliate links help sites like Cord Cutters News, stay open. Affiliate links cost you nothing but help me support my family. We do not allow paid reviews on this site. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

* indicates required

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from :

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp’s privacy practices here.