ESPN To Air Muhammad Ali Funeral Live


ESPN will provide live coverage of Muhammad Ali’s memorial service Friday in his hometown of Louisville. As a result, the network is shifting its coverage of the opening match of the European soccer championships between host France and Romania to ESPN2. Coverage for both events begin at 2 PM ET.

Ali died Friday in Arizona after suffering for years with Parkinson’s disease. The three-time heavyweight champ and worldwide sports icon was 74.

President Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal and Bryant Gumbel are among those scheduled to give eulogies at the service, to be held as the 22,000-seat KFC Yum! Center. That comes after a funeral procession travels along Muhammad Ali Boulevard and past his boyhood home on its way to Cave Hill Cemetery. The pallbearers include Will Smith, who played the champ in 2001’s Ali.

ESPN, meanwhile, will carry 39 matches in Euro 2016 including the title game July 10. ESPN2 will show 12 matches and ESPN Deportes 45 live matches and six tape-delayed on dates with concurrent matches. All matches will be streamed live in English and Spanish on WatchESPN.

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