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ESPN PULLS PLUG ON THE DEUCE'S "SPORTS NIGHT"
Published July 25, 1995
"SportsNight," the "hip" sports news info show on ESPN2, will be pulled off the air at the end of this week, ESPN Inc. officials said yesterday. The network has apparently decided that sports news on ESPN2 "would be better presented in separate sports-specific programming." ESPN2 plans to present more shows, such as "NHL 2Night," with a weekly auto racing show possibly going daily. ESPN Senior Publicist Josh Krulewitz: "Although the show itself is going away, many of the elements are going to be there. ... I don't think it's at all a statement of how the network is doing. ... It's been a work in progress since the start" (AP/PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 7/25). ESPN Exec Editor John Walsh said, "It's like a second-phase launch." According to Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. TIMES, Walsh added that the decision "does not presage a retrenchment from [ESPN2's] so-called hip, Generation X mission" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/25).