ESPN to Stop Shooting D.C.-Based Shows and Early SportsCenter Amidst Coronavirus Spread

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ESPN is canceling broadcasts of all of it's Washington D.C.-based shows for the moment. It will also be putting the early-morning edition of SportsCenter on hiatus. This all comes via a report from The Athletic's Richard Deitsch.

Pardon the Interruption broadcasts from D.C. so that'll be a huge change to ESPN's schedule. Expect things to keep changing as the network -- and the rest of us -- learn to live in a world without sports.

The next 48 hours could see continued changes but for now ESPN is shutting down its D.C. shows and making minor changes to its lineup.

One idea floating around has been ESPN pushing up the release of his 10-episode documentary featuring Michael Jordan titled "The Least Dance". TBL's Ryan Glasspiegel reported ESPN doesn't intend to move the date up early, but could change that decision based on how long sports leagues remain halted.

Obviously all of this remains fluid and we will keep you updated on future developments as they become available.

UPDATE: ESPN has released its schedule for Monday, March 16. Get Up! will broadcast live at 8 a.m. on ESPN, followed by First Take at 10 a.m., SportsCenter at noon and NFL Live at 2 p.m. That will be followed by a SportsCenter NFL Free Agency special, an encore of NFL Live at 4 p.m., a repeat of the SC Free Agency Special at 5 p.m. and a live SportsCenter at 6 p.m.

ESPN2 will begin programming with Golic & Wingo from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., the follow that with encores of Get Up!, First Take, another showing of Get Up!, then some classic college basketball games.

ESPNews will also simulcast Golic & Wingo from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and follow that with Dan Le Batard with Stugotz from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., First Take, Your Take from 1 to 3 p.m. and The Will Cain Show from 3 to 6 p.m.