Bold Strategy, Cotton: 'ESPN 8: The Ocho' Is Returning On Aug. 8

“ESPN 8: The Ocho” is returning on Aug. 8, 2018 for the second straight year. The Worldwide Leader in Sports will be replacing its regularly-scheduled programming on ESPN 2 on Wednesday, Aug. 8, to bring sports fans across the country some rarely-seen sports on the rebranded channel, “ESPN 8: The Ocho presented by KFC Battle of the Buckets” for 24-hours.
The change is inspired by the comedy film “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.”
Since KFC is sponsoring the 24-hour channel takeover, you can expect to see commercials throughout the day advertising their new promotion.

Among the events featured on “ESPN 8: The Ocho” will be cornhole, Major League Eating, ping pong, spikeball, darts, and even Chess Boxing. The day will begin and end with an airing of the Dodgeball film.
The full programming schedule for “ESPN 8: The Ocho” on Aug. 8 can be seen below.

ESPN 8: The Ocho Schedule & Programming

Date Time (ET) Programming Network
Wed, Aug 8 Midnight “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” ESPN8
2 a.m. SkyZone Ultimate Dodgeball Championship ESPN8
3 a.m. US Open Ultimate Championships ESPN8
4 a.m. Spikeball East Tour Series ESPN8
5 a.m. Cornhole: ACL Pro Invitational ESPN8
6 a.m. 2006 Johnsonville Brat Eating World Championship ESPN8
6:30 a.m. 2006 Krystal World Hamburger Eating Championship ESPN8
7 a.m. World Championship of Ping Pong ESPN8
8 a.m. Fenway Hurling Classic ESPN8
9 a.m. Amazing Games: Spain ESPN8
9:30 a.m. Amazing Games: Korea ESPN8
10 a.m. Premier League Darts ESPN8
11 a.m. E:60 on ESPN8 ESPN8
Noon SportsCenter on ESPN8 ESPN8
12:30 p.m. Amazing Games: England ESPN8
1 p.m. Kabaddi ESPN8
2 p.m. The Saber Legion 2018: Awakening ESPN8
3 p.m. World Sumo Challenge ESPN8
4 p.m. Women’s Flat Track Derby ESPN8
5 p.m. Best of Chess Boxing ESPN8
6 p.m. Moxie Games ESPN8
8 p.m. 2018 Dodgeball World Cup ESPN8
10 p.m. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story ESPN8

ESPN 8: The Ocho Description Of Events

Below is a description of some of the more obscure events, via the ESPN press release.

  • Kabaddi: A contact team sport that originated in India involving two teams and a 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.
  • The Saber Legion 2018: Awakening: The world’s biggest custom dueling organization founded in 2015 highlighting the best in high-level light saber combat.
  • World SUMO Challenge: 24 World Class International SUMO wrestlers compete at Madison Square Garden.
  • Women’s Flat Track Derby: Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby is a fast-paced contact team sport spotlighting speed, strategy and athleticism. The flat track style of roller derby rolled onto the scene in 2001and has grown to more than 400 leagues worldwide per the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).
  • Chess Boxing: Yes, you read that correctly. Chess boxing is a hybrid sport started in 2003 that is designed to test both the body and the mind with three minute rounds of each sport for a total of 11 rounds.
  • Moxie Games: A relatively new event that combines a variety of sports into one, such as dodgeball and juggling, martial arts and volleyball, and table tennis and soccer.
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