NASN, the North American Sports Network, is an European sports network, focusing on professional sports of the United States and Canada. Originally launched in December 2002, NASN broadcasts a selection of top North American professional and collegiate sports leagues (MLB, NHL, NFL, NCAA, CFL, plus more) 24 hours a day on digital cable and digital satellite. The channel has been owned by ESPN since March 2007.
In 2006, ESPN programs, including Baseball Tonight, Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption were dropped from the schedule as the contract between NASN and ESPN ended, but they returned from 1 April 2007 when the contract was renewed.
The sale was completed in March 2007 but NASN continues to be part of the Setanta Sports Pack on satellite television.
In December 2007, it was announced that ESPN was interested in making a bid for the 2009 contract to air the FA Premier League. It also announced that it would also soon begin focusing more on UK sports, with plans to relaunch under the ESPN name, although a date was not specified.
On 2 October 2008, it was announced that the channel would be rebranded as ESPN America on 1st February 2009 to coincide with Super Bowl XLIII. The channel will continue to provide its current lineup of North American sports programming.
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