CNN Sports Illustrated
) was a 24-hour sports news channel. It was created by Time Warner
, bringing together its CNN
and Sports Illustrated
brands and related resources. It was launched on December 12, 1996.
CNN/SI aimed to provide the most comprehensive sports news service on television, bringing in-depth sports news from around the world, and integrating the Internet and television.
What led to CNN/SI's demise was that it had the misfortune of being created at about the same time as all-sports news rivals ESPNews
and Fox Sports Net
's National Sports Report
. Though CNN/SI could boast of exclusives such as the tape of Indiana University
player Neil Reed
, appearing to be choked by former coach Bob Knight
, the channel reached about only 20 million homes, not enough to receive a rating by Nielsen Media Research
, which was a killer with sponsors. ESPNews
benefited from the leverage ESPN
(86.5 million homes) has with cable operators. In contrast, news channel parent CNN didn't have the same clout with cable operators for its all-sports news channel. The sudden end of CNN carrying their flagship sports program, Sports Tonight
(which had already been retooled to compete with SportsCenter
) in the wake of the September 11 attacks
was likely the death knell for CNN/SI, which lost all connections to their mother network. Read more...