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ESPN and other sports networks need to fill their air now that coronavirus put live sports on hold

March 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - MARCH 12: Karl Ravech of ESPN talks on air after the announcement of the cancellation of the SEC Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 12, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. The tournament has been cancelled due to the growing concern about the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the sports world, leading to suspensions or postponements of games and major sporting events. But without live sports, what will ESPN and other sports networks air now?

New York (CNN Business)The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the sports world, leading to suspensions or postponements of games and major sporting events.

During a normal March, ESPN's airwaves would be full of NBA games, men and women's NCAA college basketball tournaments and the opening of the Major League Baseball season.

Other networks like NBC Sports Network will have to go on without the NHL and Premier League soccer.

The Golf Channel will go without PGA events, and Turner Sports is losing March Madness and NBA games, which is a major blow to advertising revenue.

ESPN has relied on its studio shows like "SportsCenter," which has evolved from a highlights and news show to a strictly news broadcast focusing on the virus' impact on the sports world.

Fox Sports 1, another cable sports network, said on Friday that it was suspending the production of its daily live studio shows through at least March 20 out of an abundance of caution.

The network plans on showing evergreen programming in place of the live shows like classic games and documentaries.

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