President Obama To Appear On The Herd With Colin Cowherd This Morning

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ESPN’s Colin Cowherd will play host to the Commander in Chief this morning.

President Barack Obama will make a special appearance on ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd this morning at 11am ET/8am PT.  The broadcast will be simulcast on ESPNU.  President Obama will discuss his bracket for this year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, paying college athletes, and “one and done” in college basketball.

President Obama filled out his bracket predictions for both the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division I Basketball tournaments in an ESPN exclusive this week.  He was joined by ESPN’s Andy Katz and Rebecca Lobo for the exclusive.  President Obama has Arizona, Florida, Louisville, and Michigan State in the Men’s Final Four with Michigan State winning it all.  On the women’s side, President Obama chose Connecticut, Louisville, Notre Dame, and Stanford making it to the Final Four.

The Herd with Colin Cowherd airs M – F from 10am – 1pm ET on ESPN Radio, espnradio.com, the ESPN Radio app, Sirius XM, and is simulcast on ESPNU.

More information on today’s broadcast is available online at http://www.facebook.com/ESPNTheHerd and http://espn.go.com/espnradio/show?showId=theherd.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN Radio Releases Early Broadcast Schedule For 2014 MLB Season

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ESPN Radio has released its early broadcast schedule for the 2014 MLB season.

ESPN Radio’s 17th season broadcasting Major League Baseball includes some sixty-five plus games beginning on opening night, March 30th.  Yasiel Puig and the Los Angeles Dodgers take head to San Diego to take on Chase Headley and the San Diego Padres to open the season.  Coverage is scheduled to begin at 7pm ET.  Opening Day will see David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox on the road against Chris Davis and the Baltimore Orioles.  Coverage of that game is scheduled for a 2pm ET start time.

Along with coverage of games on Opening Night and Opening Day, ESPN Radio will also feature the farewell of Derek Jeter as he and his Yankees team mates host the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, April 13th at 7pm ET.  Other big events that ESPN Radio will cover this season include: The Chevrolet Home Run Derby and the 85th All-Star Game from Target Field in Minneapolis, MN on Monday and Tuesday, July 15th and 15th.  MLB fans can also tune in to ESPN Radio for full coverage of MLB’s post season.  This includes coverage of the: NLDS, ALDS, NLCS, ALCS, and World Series.  ESPN Radio’s current 2014 MLB Broadcast Schedule is listed below  the times listed include the one-hour Baseball Tonight pre-game show.  More games will be added to the schedule as the season progresses.

2014 MLB on ESPN Radio Schedule

 

Date Time (ET) Game
Sun, March 30 6 p.m. Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres
Mon, March 31 1 p.m. Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles
Sat, April 5 2 p.m. San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers
Sun, April 6 6 p.m. San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers
Sat, April 12 11 a.m. Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
Sun, April 13 6 p.m. Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
Sat, April 19 5 p.m. Atlanta Braves at New York Mets
Sun, April 20 5 p.m. Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox
Sat, April 26 11 a.m. Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees
Sun, April 27 6 p.m. Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees
Sat, May 3 11 a.m. St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
Sun, May 4 6 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
Sat, May 10 2 p.m. San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers
Sun, May 11 6 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates
Sat, May 17 2 p.m. Pittsburgh Pirates at New York Yankees
Sun, May 18 6 p.m. Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox
Sat, May 24 TBD TBD
Sun, May 25 6 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds

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ESPN Family of Networks Will Carry Entire NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN and the ESPN family of networks will carry the entire NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Presented by Capital One.

The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Presented by Capital One tips off this Saturday, March 22nd.  It all starts with a matchup between No. 15 Winthrop and No. 2 Duke in Durham, North Carolina.  Coverage of the game is scheduled for an 11am ET start time.  The game will be broadcast on television on ESPN2 and online on ESPN3 via WatchESPN.

The majority of the tournament’s first and second-round games will be televised on ESPN2.  There are two exceptions to that rule.  The exceptions in question are the Sunday 3pm ET and 5:30pm ET window.  The games broadcast on ESPN2 will be broadcast in twelve regionalized windows with home market protection.  ESPN3 and ESPN Full Court, ESPN’s pay-per-view package, will offer full coverage of the tournament as an addition to the tournament’s regional coverage.  The tournament’s final fifteen games will be carried on ESPN and ESPN2.  It all leads up to the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship game on Tuesday, April 8th at 8:30pm ET on ESPN.  The championship game will be broadcast live from Nashville, Tennessee.

Audiences can get even more coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship across ESPN’s family of networks and online, including espnW.com, SportsCenter, ESPNEWS, and ESPN International.  More information on coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship presented by Capital One is available online at http://www.facebook.com/ESPNCollegeBasketball, http://espn.go.com/womens-basketball, http://www.facebook.com/espnW, and http://espnW.com.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Championship Battle Still Very Tight As NNS Heads West Again For Week Five

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The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads back out west this weekend for week five of the series’ schedule.

JR Motorsports driver Regan Smith will look to make a dent in his current single-point lead over Roush Racing driver Trevor Bayne this Saturday when the NNS takes to the track for the Treatmycot.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.  Saturday’s telecast begins at 4:30pm ET on ESPN with ESPN’s NASCAR Countdown pre-race show.  The green flag is expected to drop at 5:17pm ET.

Allen Bestwick will call the race.  He will be joined in the booth by former NASCAR crew chief Andy Petree.  Rusty Wallace will sit in for former Winston Cup Champion and fellow ESPN analyst Dale Jarrett this week.  Nicole Briscoe will host NASCAR Countdown.  She will be joined by ESPN analysts Ricky Craven and Brad Daugherty.

More information on ESPN’s coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series is available online at http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN Family Of Networks Covering Entire Men’s 2014 NIT

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The 77th annual National Invitation Tournament (NIT) tips off tonight and the ESPN family of networks will have exclusive coverage of the entire tournament.

Every game of the annual NIT will be carried across the ESPN family of networks and online on ESPN3 via WatchESPN.  Round One tips off tonight at 7pm with games on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU.  The Mountaineers of West Virginia will take on the Georgetown Hoyas on ESPN, while the Florida State Seminoles will face Florida Gulf Coast on ESPN2.  The third of the 7pm games sees Robert Morris on the road against St. John’s on ESPNU.  St. John’s is making a record 30th appearance in this year’s NIT and is one of six teams in this year’s tournament that also made an appearance in the 2013 NIT.  The other five teams on that list are: Florida State, Indiana State, Louisiana Tech, Robert Morris, and Southern Miss.

Illinois and Boston University lead off coverage of Day Two at 7pm on ESPN2 with Iona and Louisiana Tech following at 7:30pm on ESPN3 at 7:30pm ET.  Florida Gulf Coast reached the NCAA Tournament’s “Sweet Sixteen” round in 2013.  This year marks the first time that the school will play in the NIT.  It is one of three schools that will make its first ever appearance in the NIT this year.  The other two schools making their first appearance in the NIT this year are High Point and Utah Valley.

Round Two of the NIT is March 20th – 24th.  Quarterfinals are scheduled for March 25th – 26th.  Semifinals are April 1st and the NIT Championship follows April 3rd.

The complete NIT First Round coverage schedule is listed below.

2014 NIT First Round Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Tue, March 18 7 p.m. NIT First Round: West Virginia at Georgetown
Mike Patrick & Dan Dakich
ESPN
7 p.m. NIT First Round: Florida Gulf Coast at Florida State
Mark Jones & Darrin Horn
ESPN2
7 p.m. NIT First Round: Robert Morris at St. John’s
Dave Pasch & Tim Welsh
ESPNU
8:15 p.m. NIT First Round: High Point at Minnesota
Clay Matvick & Mark Wise
ESPN3
8:15 p.m. NIT First Round: Belmont at Green Bay
Jim Barbar & Sean Harrington
ESPN3
9 p.m. NIT First Round: Indiana State at Arkansas
Brad Nessler & Jimmy Dykes
ESPN
9 p.m. NIT First Round: Davidson at Missouri
Bob Wischusen & Malcolm Huckaby
ESPN2
9 p.m. NIT First Round: Georgia State at Clemson
Tom Hart & Bob Valvano
ESPNU
11 p.m. NIT First Round: Utah at St. Mary’s
Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham
ESPN2
Wed, March 19 7 p.m. NIT First Round: Illinois at Boston University
Sean McDonough & Tim Welsh
ESPN2
7:30 p.m. NIT First Round: Iona at Louisiana Tech
Brett Dolan & Daymeon Fishback
ESPN3
8 p.m. NIT First Round: Vermont at Georgia
Joe Davis & Dino Gaudio
ESPNU
8:30 p.m. NIT First Round: Toledo at Southern Miss
Roy Philpott & Joe Dean
ESPN3
9 p.m. NIT First Round: UC Irvine at SMU
John Saunders & Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2
10 p.m. NIT First Round: LSU at San Francisco
Roxy Bernstein & Bill Walton
ESPNU
10:30 p.m. NIT First Round: Utah Valley at California
Trey Bender & Jon Crispin
ESPN3

 

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ESPN Films’ Latest Release Debuts April 17th

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ESPN Films debuts the latest release in its 30 for 30 series next month.

Bad Boys, the latest film from ESPN Films’ hit series, premieres Thursday, April 17th at 8pm ET on ESPN.  The film was produced by NBA Entertainment and helmed by Zak Levitt.  The film’s story centers on the Detroit Pistons’ heyday of the late 80s and early 90s.  The Pistons of the 80s and 90s was one of those teams that fans either loved or hated.  There was no in between for this squad.  Those that loved the team called it a group of men that wasn’t afraid to work hard and really get in the paint.  It was a team, to those fans, that was afraid of no one.  That same win at all costs mentality is also what led many to despise the team.

The film highlights the highs and lows of the team’s heyday through interviews with the likes of Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Joe Dumars, Dennis Rodman, Adrian Dantley, and Mark Aguirre among others.  The interviews give viewers a more personal look at what made the team one of the league’s most talked about. Also included are personal insights from some of the biggest names to face Detroit during the late 80s and early 90s. Those names include: Michael Jordan, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Kevin McHale, Dominique Wilkins, and James Worthy.  Former NBA Commissioner David Stern also shares his thoughts on what made the team such a lightning rod in the league at that time.

The premiere of Bad Boys will be followed immediately by Grantland’s Bad Boys Remix, a special one-hour presentation featuring Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose.  The pair will be joined by Isiah Thomas and Doug Collins to discuss the film.  The pair will also share more thoughts on the highs and lows of the Pistons.  Along with their appearance on Grantland’s Bad Boys Remix, Thomas and Collins will be part of Grantland’s “Detroit Week” package, kicking off April 14th.  Grantland’s “Detroit Week” will include written features about the city of Detroit and its history as well as Detroit-themed podcasts on the Grantland Network.

More information on ESPN Films and its hit 30 for 30 series is available online at http://www.facebook.com/espn30for30, http://twitter.com/30for30, and http://www.espn.com/30for30.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

SEC Network To Air First Three Rounds Of SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament Beginning In 2015

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Officials with ESPN and the soon-to-be launched SEC Network announced Friday that the network, dedicated to Southeastern Conference sports, will exclusively air the first three rounds of the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament beginning in 2015.  The announcement means that 2015 would be the first time that the entire SEC Tournament would be televised in its entirety.  SEC Commissioner Mike Slive discussed the announcement with reporters.  “This is an example of the in-depth basketball coverage the SEC Network will give fans across the country,” he said.  “From November 14 through early March, fans will be able to turn to the SEC Network to follow their favorite SEC basketball teams.”

The SEC Network is a multiplatform network.  It will launch Thursday, August 14th and will present more than 100 men’s SEC basketball games each year.  Men’s SEC Basketball coverage will debut Friday, November 14th, 2014.  It all starts with a double header featuring a matchup of Kentucky and current #1 Florida*in one of the two games.  More scheduling news for men’s SEC Basketball games will be announced at later dates.  In all, the SEC Network will have no fewer than eight exclusive appearances by each of the SEC’s men’s basketball teams in its debut season.  Justin Connolly, ESPN Senior VP of College Networks expanded on the matter.  “The SEC Network will provide more coverage of SEC men’s basketball than ever before,” he said.  “From the season’s opening night through the first three rounds of the SEC tournament, we’ll surround SEC basketball fans with great action all season long.”

*reflects ranking as of March 14, 2014

More information on the SEC Network is available online at http://www.facebook.com/SECNetwork and http://getsecnetwork.com.  More information on ESPN’s college basketball coverage is available online at http://www.facebook.com/ESPNCollegeBasketball and http://espn.go.com/mens’college-basketball.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN Opens MLB Spring Training Coverage Monday

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ESPN kicks off its 2014 MLB Spring Training coverage next week.

The Worldwide Leader in Sports opens its coverage of Major League Baseball’s 2014 Spring Training Monday, March 17th.  It all starts with a rematch of the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox and reigning NL Champion St. Louis Cardinals.  Coverage of Monday’s game is scheduled to begin at 1pm ET on ESPN, WatchESPN and ESPN ESPN Deportes+.  Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined in the booth by Cincinnati Reds great and MLB Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, and reporter Tim Kurkjian for the broadcast.

Tuesday, the Red Sox and Yankees renew their rivalry yet again with 1pm ET game in New York.  Dan Shulman will have the call for Tuesday’s game.  Sunday Night Baseball’s Dan Shulman will anchor Tuesday’s broadcast.  He will be joined by analyst Jon Kruk and reporter Buster Olney.  And then on Thursday, March 20th, the Bosox and Yankees meet again, this time at Fenway Park.  Dan Shulman will have the call for that game, too.  It is scheduled for a 7pm ET start time.  He will be joined in the booth again by analyst Jon Kruk and reporter Buster Olney.  Both games will be broadcast on television on ESPN and online via WatchESPN.  Thursday’s game will also be available online via ESPNDeportes+.

ESPN opens its 2014 MLB Regular Season coverage Sunday, March 30th with a matchup of the Dodgers and Padres.  Coverage of that game is scheduled to start at 8pm ET.  More information on ESPN’s MLB coverage throughout 2014 is available online at http://espn.go.com/mlb.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN2, ESPN3 To Broadcast NHRA Gatornationals This Weekend

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Courtesy: ESPN/NHRA

The NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series hits the track again this weekend.

Drag Racing’s top series heads to the “Sunshine State” this weekend for the annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.  It all starts this Friday, March 14th on ESPN3 with live qualifying at 2:15pm ET on ESPN3.  ESPN3 will also carry live Final Eliminations Sunday, March 16th at 11am.  Audiences can also catch qualifying and Final Eliminations on television on ESPN2.  ESPN2 will carry qualifying via tape delay Sunday, March 16th at 1am ET and again at 7:30am ET.  ESPN2 will carry Final Eliminations Sunday night at 7pm ET.

Dave Rieff will anchor the weekend’s event.  He will be joined in the booth by Mike Dunn.

More information on coverage of this weekend’s race is available online at http://espn.go.com/racing.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

NNS Roars Into Thunder Valley This Weekend

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The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to “Thunder Valley” this weekend.

Points leader Regan Smith looks to extend his lead over Trevor Bayne when the Nationwide Series makes its way to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Presented by Lilly Diabetes.  Coverage on ESPN2 begins with live qualifying at 10am ET.  NASCAR Countdown follows at 1:30pm ET with the green flag expected to drop at 2:13pm ET.

Allen Bestwick will anchor Saturday’s broadcast of the 300-lap event.  He will be joined in the booth by former Winston Cup champion and ESPN analyst Dale Jarrett and former NASCAR crew chief Andy Petree.

More information on ESPN2’s coverage of the  NASCAR Nationwide Series is available online at http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.