ESPN8: “The Ocho” is about to become a reality! ESPN has announced that on Tuesday, August 8th, ESPNU will transform into a one-day network inspired by the popular 2004 film “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” which featured Vince Vaughn, Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller.
The changes will go into effect at midnight, and conclude twenty four hours later. The programming scheduled to appear on the channel will consist of a number of offbeat, alternative events, including:
- 2016 American Disc Golf Championship: A sport that involves players throwing a disc at a target while adhering to rules similar to golf. More info here.
- 2016 WFTDA Roller Derby Championships: A game involving two teams of five women each, in which each team is on offense and defense simultaneously as they assist the designated “jammer” around the track. The jammer scores points for her team by lapping members of the opposing team. More info here.
- 2016 Sky Zone Ultimate Trampoline Dodgeball: Traditional dodgeball with the added element of players using trampolines during play. More info here.
- Firefighters World Challenge XXV: Firefighters from around the world compete in teams to complete a series of five tasks including climbing a five-story tower, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 lb. “victim”, all while wearing full bunker gear. More info here.
- 2016 Kabaddi World Cup Final: A contact team sport that originated in India involving two teams and unique rule. The goal is for each team’s “raider” to tag as many of the opposing team’s players as possible and return to his/her home half all while taking just a single breath. More info here.
- 2017 Championship of Bags: A cornhole tournament for a variety of skill levels. More info here.
- Moxie Games: An uncanny, new and amazing event which combines a variety of sports into one, such as dodgeball and juggling, martial arts and volleyball, and table tennis and soccer
- U.S. Open Ultimate Championship: A self-officiating competition with two teams on a field similar to a football field, but the object used is a disc. The objective of the game is to catch a pass in the opponent’s end zone. More info here.
ESPN says that the majority of events scheduled to air will be available On Demand on both TV and streaming devices; however, Cotton McKnight and Pepper Brooks will not be part of the broadcast coverage.
|Tues, Aug 8||Midnight||2016 American Disc Golf Championship||ESPN8: “The Ocho”|
|2 a.m.||2016 WFTDA Roller Derby Championships||ESPN8: “The Ocho”|
|4 a.m.||2016 Sky Zone Ultimate Trampoline Dodgeball||ESPN8: “The Ocho”|
|5:30 a.m.||Firefighters World Challenge XXV||ESPN8: “The Ocho”|
|8 a.m.||2016 Kabaddi World Cup Final||ESPN8: “The Ocho”|
|9 a.m.||World Darts Championship||ESPN8: “The Ocho”|
|11:30 a.m.||Arm Wrestling: Best of WAL 2016 Championship||ESPN8: “The Ocho”|
|12:30 p.m.||2017 Championship of Bags||ESPN8: “The Ocho”|
|2:30 p.m.||EVO 2017 World Championship – Street Fighter||ESPN8: “The Ocho”|
|5:00 p.m.||Moxie Games||ESPN8: “The Ocho”|
|7 p.m.||U.S. Open Ultimate Championship||ESPN8: “The Ocho”|