The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
ESPN Classic Passes Yet Another Clippers-Free Week
Originally posted 3/8/2004

BRISTOL, CT - ESPN Classic, the cable television channel dedicated to bringing the original broadcasts of thrilling and memorable games of days gone by to passionate sports fans, marked yet another seven days of Los Angeles Clippers-free programming this week. This marks the 167th such week in a row for the network.

"I always flip by ESPN Classic to see if they're showing the Clippers," said Clippers fan Lee Downing of San Diego. "I got my DirecTV about two summers ago, and haven't seen anything on them yet. I keep thinking maybe they'll show that time in 1990 when Charles Smith scored 52 points against the Nuggets, or maybe some retrospective on World B. Free. I'd even take something on Bob McAdoo, from back when the franchise was the Buffalo Braves."

"We like to spread the wealth on 'Classic,' of course," said ESPN program director Dave Brown. "We can't please all of the people all of the time, though, unfortunately. We do the best we can. Any fans of Los Angeles basketball should feel free to watch any of our many, many hours of Lakers or UCLA programming."

"I keep thinking maybe they'll show the 1996 Slam Dunk Contest," said Downing. "You know, the one where Brent Barry won, back when he played for the Clippers. Haven't seen it, though."

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