ESPN8 The Ocho

A joke from 2004’s Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story is finally becoming reality. That film features a dodgeball tournament televised on “ESPN8: The Ocho,” which has the channel mantra of “Bringing you the Finest in Seldom Seen Sports.” ESPN is actually going to have an eighth linear channel (counting their conference networks) once the ACC Network fully launches in 2019, so we’ve already made Ocho jokes, but the company itself has made even a better one. On August 8, 8/8, ESPNU will turn into “The Ocho” for one day only, and show a bunch of weird sports, from ultimate trampoline dodgeball to roller derby to cornhole to kabaddi to ultimate frisbee. Here’s the short “special presentation” trailer they came up with:

ESPN8: The Ocho from ESPNFrontRow on Vimeo.

And some highlights of some of these oddball sports, such as cornhole. It’s a bold strategy, Cotton; we’ll see how it works out for them. The full list of programming is available here.

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  • MetaphysicalMan

    Love it. They should do it on 8/8 every year.

  • I know a lot of women in the roller derby community who would watch that match, but it’s on at the wrong hour. Should be prime time.

    • TheOriginalDonald

      We’ll find out who the REALLY DEDICATED rollergirls are when Rose City beats Gotham Girls Roller Derby again

  • StoJa

    Just a few years behind the hype there, ESPN.

    “It’s a bold strategy Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for them.”

    • inku palios

      Actually, get rid of either ESPNews or ESPN classic, & turn it into the Ocho for real.

  • How about motorsport, rugby, cycling, athletics, triathlon, volleyball, field hockey, handball, roller skating, indoor soccer, beach soccer?

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