You’ll be able to honor the life of the legendary Muhammad Ali from the comfort of your own living room on Friday. ESPN, Bounce TV, and TV One will air Ali’s Louisville, Kentucky memorial service live.
Bounce’s coverage begins early in the day at 9 a.m. ET with the farewell procession as it passes through the champ’s childhood neighborhood, before his memorial service and private burial at Cave Hill Cemetery. During that private moment between the procession and the memorial service, Bounce will air The Greatest, the 1977 film starring Ali as himself.
Coverage on ESPN and TV One picks up at the 2 p.m. when Ali’s memorial service begins at Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center. (ESPN’s coverage of the European soccer championships opening match between France and Romania will move to ESPN2.) Former President Bill Clinton, Bryant Gumbel, and Billy Crystal will give eulogies honoring the sports legend and humanitarian.
Roland S. Martin, the host of News One Now, will anchor TV One’s coverage from the show’s Washington D.C. studios, where guest panelists will join him to provide commentary. The broadcast will conclude the week of tributes from News One Now, which has honored Ali’s contributions to the African-American community.