ESPN blocks rerun of gameTuesday, October 24, 2006
Though widely promoted, the planned rerun of the Ohio State-Indiana football game on Time Warner analog Channel 24 didn’t happen.
ESPN told Time Warner and the Ohio News Network that only the ONN rebroadcast on the digital tier would be allowed, according to Time Warner and ONN.
The Indiana game was shown live on ESPNU, a 24-hour college-sports network that isn’t offered by two of the three major cable providers in central Ohio — including Time Warner.
ONN had acquired permission to rebroadcast the game after its end.
When officials at ESPN realized that Time Warner intended to show the rerun on both the analog and digital tiers (but carries ONN only on digital), they blocked the analog rebroadcast.— From staff reports