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

 More information on ESPN’s Major League Baseball coverage 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.

ESPN Starts Countdown To 2014 FIFA World Cup Tournament This Week

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The countdown to the 2014 FIFA World Cup begins this week.

ESPN will mark one hundred days to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Tuesday, March 4th with three days of special programming beginning Monday, March 3rd.  There will also be extensive digital content on ESPNFC.com and coverage of seven FIFA matches among much more coverage throughout the week.

ESPNFC.com kicks off the special three-day event with an in-depth three-day content initiative that focuses on this year’s tournament in Brazil.  That initiative includes digital video, stories, and much more.  Among the highlights from ESPNFC.com are:

  • “American Underdogs” – Part I: This is the first of Roger Bennett’s four-part series focusing on the twentieth anniversary of the 1994 World Cup.  It examines specifically the buildup to that year’s FIFA World Cup tournament in the United States.
  • World Cup injuries report Who’s in, who’s out?: As the buildup to this year’s FIFA World Cup tournament builds, John Brewin gives a report on all of the key injuries from the teams taking part in the tournament.
  • How does a country win a World Cup?: Gabrielle Marcotti investigates what it takes to be the FIFA World Cup champion.
  • Battling the elements: Teams will face not only each other in the FIFA World Cup tournament, but also Mother Nature.  Brazilian-based journalist Eduardo Alvarez gives an in-depth look at the impact of the weather on the tournament.

ESPN2 and WatchESPN will continue the ESPN family of networks’ special three-day coverage of the 0214 FIFA World Cup tournament on Tuesday with a special one-hour edition of ESPN FC on TV.  The special broadcast will include previews and discussions of this year’s World Cup tournament as well as the launch of “American Underdogs,” which focuses on the twentieth anniversary of the 1994 FIFA World Cup tournament.

Tuesday’s hour-long ESPN FC on TV broadcast will air on ESPN and WatchESPN at 5pm ET.  It will be hosted by Dan Thomas and former U.S. Men’s National Team players Kasey Keller and Alexi Lalas.  They will be joined by analyst Alejandro Moreno, a former Venezuelan National Team player, live from Atlanta.  Moreno will call matchup of Mexico and Nigeria Wednesday, March 5th on ESPNEWS and WatchESPN.  That game can also be viewed online via WatchESPN.  It will air at 8:30pm ET.

Tuesday’s broadcast of ESPN FC on TV will include:

  • The top 10 on-the-field questions leading into the World Cup.
  • “American Underdogs – Part III: Alexi Lalas played in the 1994 FIFA World Cup tournament.  He will personally discuss the legacy of that year’s tournament.
  • A preview of Wednesday’s matchups, featuring key 2014 World Cup Teams – the only FIFA approved match date before the tournament.
  • Analysis from ESPN FC’s European football experts Gabrielle Marcotti and Raphael Honigstein on the tournament’s top European teams.
  • A “100th Day Out” countdown graphic that will appear on-screen throughout the course of the progam.  It will also be featured on programming across the ESPN family of networks.

The ESPN family of networks wind-down their special three-day coverage marking the countdown to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Tournament on Wednesday with seven international matches.  That coverage includes the last official FIFA match date before the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament.  The schedule for those games is listed below.

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network(s)
Wed, March 5 1:30 p.m. Ukraine vs. USA ESPN2 / WatchESPN
2 p.m. Romania vs. Argentina ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
2:45 p.m. Germany vs. Chile ESPN3
3 p.m. France vs. Netherlands ESPN3
3:45 p.m. Portugal vs. Cameroon ESPN3
4 p.m. Spain vs. Italy ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
8:30 p.m. Mexico vs. Nigeria ESPNEWS / WatchESPN

 

The ESPN family of networks will offer much more content and coverage beginning today, March 3rd on the 100-day countdown to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Tournament.  More information on this week’s special three-day event is available online at http://www.espnfc.com and http://www.facebook.com/ESPNFC.  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’s Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour Winds Down This Weekend

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ESPN winds down its Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour this weekend.

The tour finishes off this weekend beginning this morning at 9am ET.  ESPN’s SportsCenter will feature live reports from the Cincinnati Reds’ training camp in Goodyear, Arizona.  Baseball Tonight host Karl Ravech and analyst Jon Kruk will be joined by ESPN MLB Insider Tim Kurkjian for all the latest from the Reds’ training camp.

Tomorrow—Saturday, March 1st—Kurkjian will have live SportsCenter updates from the Seattle Mariners’ training camp in Peoria, Arizona.  Coverage of both teams’ training camps includes in-depth analysis of each team and interviews with both players and managers.

ESPN’s MLB coverage picks back up on March 17th as the Worldwide Leader in Sports kicks off Spring Training telecasts that day.  Spring Training coverage kicks off with a matchup between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox.  Coverage is scheduled to begin at 1pm ET. ESPN’s complete Spring Training coverage schedule is listed below.

Spring Training game schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Networks
Mon, March 17  1 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals at Boston Red Sox Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin, Tim Kurkjian ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes +
Tue, March 18  1 p.m. Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees Dan Shulman, John Kruk, Buster Olney ESPN, WatchESPN
Thu, March 20  7 p.m. New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox Dan Shulman, John Kruk, Buster Olney ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes +
Mon, March 24  1 p.m. Detroit Tigers at Pittsburgh Pirates Adnan Virk, Doug Glanville, Tim Kurkjian ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes +
Tue, March  25  1 p.m. Atlanta Braves at Detroit Tigers
Adnan Virk, Doug Glanville, Tim Kurkjian
ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes +
Wed, March 26  1 p.m. Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals Steve Levy, Eduardo Perez, Doug Glanville ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes +
Thu, March 27  12 p.m. Washington Nationals at New York Mets Steve Levy, Eduardo Perez, Doug Glanville ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes +

 

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ESPN3 To Broadcast 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Draw

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The Super Bowl is over.  The confetti has dropped.  The pizza and beer are gone.  So what’s a person to do now?  Simple.  Check out ESPN3 Monday, February 3rd for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Draw.

ESPN3 will carry live coverage of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Draw Monday, February 3rd.  Coverage begins at 1pm ET.  The draw sets up the picture for this year’s FIBA Basketball World Cup.  The annual draw is set up with twenty-four teams being split into four groups of six teams each.  Among the teams involved in this year’s tournament are the defending world champion United States, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Iran, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, South Korea and Ukraine.  Four wild card teams have already been announced for the tour.  Those teams are: Finland, Brazil, Greece, and Turkey.

The2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup tournament begins Saturday, August 30th.  It runs through Sunday, September 14th and will be held in Spain this year.  Audiences will be able to catch every game of this year’s tournament across the ESPN family of networks.  ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, and ESPN Deportes will combine to carry full coverage of this year’s tournament.  The preliminary rounds of this year’s tournament will be played in Bilbao, Granada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and Seville.  The tournament’s final rounds will be held in Barcelona and Madrid.

Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Marc and Pau Gasol are thought to be potential names involved in this year’s tournament.  More information on the tournament is available online at http://fiba.com/spain2014.  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.

Kerrigan, Harding Focus Of Latest Film From ESPN’s 30 For 30 Series

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The latest presentation from ESPN Films’ award-winning 30 for 30 series debuts this Thursday, January 16thThe Price of Gold centers on the 1994 attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan that would affect her career forever.  Two decades later, the attack remains one of the sports world’s most talked about controversies.

Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding were the figure skating world’s most talked about names in the Lillehammer Winter Olympics.  Both women were seen as potential medal winners.  But the brazen attack on Kerrigan by Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, would change all of that.  Gillooly attacked Kerrigan, hitting her on the knee, leaving her writhing in pain.  It also meant the end of Kerrigan’s medal hopes that year and potentially worse.  An investigation by authorities would later reveal that the attack on Kerrigan was planned and that all leads pointed right to Kerrigan’s Olympic rival as the mastermind of the whole thing.  Twenty years after the now infamous attack on Kerrigan, ESPN Films examines the attack in The Price of Gold.  The film was directed by award-winning filmmaker Nanette Burstein (The Kid Stays in the Picture, American Teen, On The Ropes).  It will air Thursday night at 9pm ET on ESPN.  It will also air on ABC this Saturday, January 18th at 4pm ET and will be re-broadcast on ESPN this Sunday night at 7:30pm.  More information on this film and others from ESPN Films is available online at http://www.facebook.com/espn30for30 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.

ESPN Celebrates 25 Years Covering MLB With Special Opening Night Broadcast

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ESPN reaches a milestone this Spring.  Beginning March 30th at 6:30pm ET, the Worldwide Leader in Sports will kick off its twenty-fifth season covering Major League Baseball.  It all begins with an exclusive ninety-minute presentation of MLB’s Opening Night on ESPN presented by Scotts–Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres—on Sunday Night Baseball.  Karl Ravech will host the special anniversary broadcast.  He will be joined by MLB Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, Jon Kruk, and Curt Schilling.

The night’s special pre-game broadcast will be followed up by first pitch scheduled for 8pm ET.  Host Dan Shulman will be back for the network’s landmark anniversary season.  Also returning are analyst Jon Kruk and reporter Buster Olney.  There will be a new face joining the regular broadcast team this season.  MLB veteran and Curt Schilling also joins the team beginning this season.

MLB fans can catch all the Opening Night festivities across the ESPN platforms, including ESPN, ESPN Radio (with Jon Sciambi, and Chris Singleton), ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, and online via WatchESPN.

ESPN’s Opening Day schedule will feature five matchups, highlighted by a matchup of the 2013 MLB World Series Champion Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles.  That game is scheduled for a 3pm start time.  The complete ESPN Opening Night/Opening Day schedule is listed below.

 

ESPN’s Opening Night and Opening Day Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sun., Mar. 30 8 p.m. Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres telecast presented by Scotts ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, WatchESPN
Mon., Mar. 31 1 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates telecast presented by Scotts ESPN, WatchESPN
Mon., Mar. 31 3 p.m. Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles telecast presented by Scotts ESPN2, WatchESPN
Mon., Mar. 31 4 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds telecast presented by Scotts ESPN, WatchESPN
Mon., Mar. 31 7 p.m. Colorado Rockies at Miami Marlins telecast presented by Scotts ESPN2, WatchESPN
Mon., Mar. 31 10 p.m. Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim telecast presented by Scotts ESPN2, WatchESPN

 

ESPN offers audiences fully in depth MLB coverage 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.

ESPN Announces Upcoming Coverage Schedule Changes

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ESPN has announced that it has made some slight changes to its NBA coverage for games in January and February.  The scheduling changes add games for the Pacers, Blazers, and Suns on the ESPN family of networks.  The first set of changes affect ESPN’s NBA coverage on Wednesday, January 22nd.  ESPN has added a matchup of the Indiana Pacers, who currently sit atop the Eastern Conference, and the Phoenix Suns.  That matchup is scheduled for a 10:30pm ET tip-off.  This addition means that the originally scheduled game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs has been pushed to an 8pm ET start time.  It also results in the previously scheduled game between the Bulls and Cavaliers has been knocked off the night’s schedule.

The second change to ESPN’s NBA coverage schedule is the addition of a matchup between the Trailblazers and Pacers.  That newly added matchup is scheduled for Friday, February 7th.  It is scheduled for a 7pm ET tip-off.  It takes the place of the network’s originally scheduled broadcast of the Cavaliers at Wizards.

While games have been replaced on the air, fans of all teams involved can always catch their team online via WatchESPN.  More information on ESPN’s NBA coverage is available online at http://www.facebook.com/NBAonESPN and http://espn.com/nba.  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 Debuts First FIFA World Cup Tournament Promo Trailer

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ESPN, the Worldwide Leader in Sports, debuted its very first trailer in its promotional campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup yesterday, during the 100th annual Rose Bowl.  The spot, which runs barely over a minute, spans the rich history of the tournament, which goes back decades.  One of the more notable moments included in the clip are: the Dutch and German flags being exchanged by Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer and Dutch captain Johan Cruyff before the start of the 1974 Final.  Cameroonian striker Roger Milla’s famous dance from 1990 is also included, as is Paolo Rossi raising the cup for Italy in 1982 among so many other moments. The full list of those moments in question is listed below.

  • Pele and his triumphant celebration in 1970
  • Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer and Dutch captain Johan Cruyff exchanging flags moments before the 1974 Final
  • Diego Maradona and his brilliant performance for Argentina in 1986
  • Zinedine Zidane, whose epic performance for France led the host country to win the Cup in 1998
  • Andres Iniesta, whose beautiful strike sealed Spain’s first World Cup title in 2010
  • Cameroonian striker Roger Milla’s famous dance in 1990
  • Dutch legend Johan Cruyff’s immortal turn in 1974
  • England striker Geoff Hurst’s record-setting three-goal performance in a World Cup title match in 1966
  • Dutch striker Dennis Bergkamp’s memorable touch against Argentina in 1998
  • Carlos Alberto’s wonder-strike for Brazil in 1970
  • Paolo Rossi hoisting the cup for Italy in 1982
  • And Landon Donovan’s celebration after his last-gasp winner against Algeria earned the U.S. Men’s National Team a place in the single-elimination rounds in the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

The spot comes to a head by showing some of today’s top names in soccer that hope to hoist the cup this year.  Those that didn’t get to see the spot during yesterday’s broadcast of the Rose Bowl can see it now on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Sy6kawwwpU&feature=youtu.be.  A longer ninety-second clip is also available for viewing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHrf5EBVlDs&feature=youtu.be.

This year’s FIFA World Cup Tournament will take place Thursday, June 12th – Sunday, July 13th.  More information on the FIFA World Cup Tournament is available online at http://www.facebook.com/ESPNFC and http://www.espnfc.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.

ESPN College Football Analysts Announce Picks For BCS Bowls

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The holiday season is said to be the most wonderful time of the year.  For college football fans, it’s not Christmas, but the days after that are the most wonderful time of the year.  That’s because the biggest games of the college football season are played in the days after Christmas.  And fans can catch all of the action across the ESPN family of networks and online.  It all starts off New Year’s Day with the 100th Rose Bowl and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.  Number Four Michigan State will face off against Number Five Stanford in the Rose Bowl presented by Vizio at 5pm.  Number Six Baylor and Number Fifteen UCF follow at 8:30pm in the annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

The new year football celebrations continue Thursday, January 2nd with a matchup of Number Three Alabama taking on Number Eleven Oklahoma in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.  That game is slated for an 8:30pm start time.  The Discover Orange Bowl follows the next night at 8:30pm with Number Twelve Clemson taking on Number Seven Ohio State.  That games is also set for an 8:30pm kickoff.  Wrapping up the week of football festivities is the Vizio BCS National Championship next Monday, January 6th.  The one-loss Auburn Tigers will take on the undefeated Florida State Seminoles in college football’s biggest game.

As college football fans across the country get ready for their most wonderful time of the year, ESPN’s college football analysts have made their own predictions as to the winner of each game.  Their picks are listed below.  It should be noted that the analysts in question did not pick the games that they are calling.

ESPN Analysts BCS Picks

Analyst Rose Bowl

#STANvsMSU

Fiesta Bowl

#UCFvsBAY

Sugar Bowl

#OUvsBAMA

Orange Bowl

#CLEMvsOSU

Championship

#FSUvsAUB

Anthony Becht Stanford UCF Alabama Ohio State Florida State
Mike Bellotti Stanford Baylor Alabama Ohio State Florida State
Kevin Carter Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Florida State
Todd Blackledge Stanford Baylor Clemson
Ed Cunningham Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Florida State
Joey Galloway Michigan State Baylor Alabama Clemson Florida State
Rod Gilmore Stanford Alabama Ohio State Auburn
Brian Griese Stanford Baylor Alabama Ohio State Florida State
Brock Huard Michigan State Baylor Alabama Ohio State Florida State
Danny Kanell Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Florida State
Tom Luginbill Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Auburn
Brett McMurphy Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Florida State
Jesse Palmer Stanford Baylor Alabama Ohio State Florida State
Chris Spielman Michigan State Alabama Florida State
Matt Stinchcomb Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Auburn
Andre Ware Michigan State

 

More information on all of the week’s upcoming BCS games is available online at http://www.facebook.com/CFBonESPN, http://espn.go.com/ncf/index, and http://twitter.com/espncfb.  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 Announces Information For Friday Night Fights Season Premiere

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ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona is returning for its seventeenth season.  The Worldwide Leader in Sports has announced that FNF will begin its new season on Friday, January 3rd live at 9pm ET on WatchESPN and ESPN Deportes+.  The show’s seventeenth season will kick off with a bang, too.  Season Seventeen will open with a twelve-round IBF title bout between Junior Lightweight titlist Argenis Mendez ( 21 – 2 – 1,  11 KOs) and undefeated Rances Barthelemy (19 – 0, 12 KOs).  Also slated for the season premiere of Friday Night Fights presented by Corona will be a ten-round co-feature featuring up-and-coming Middleweight contender Caleb Truax (23 – 1, 4 KOs).  As an additional note, ESPN Deportes will re-brand its broadcasts with the new name, Noche de Combates.  The newly re-branded broadcast was previously branded as Viernes de Combates.

The season opening bout, the first of the 2014 season’s twenty-six total fights, will be broadcast live from the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN.  It is co-promoted by former Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson and his promotional company, Iron Mike Productions.  Tyson also promoted the final bout of FNF’s 2013 season, which featured Argenis Mendez in the world title main event.

Brian Kweder, ESPN Senior Director of Programming and Acquisitions, expressed expectations for the 2014 season in a recent statement.  He also  noted changes being made for the upcoming season of FNF.  “We are eagerly anticipating the upcoming season of Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates,” he said.  “We start the season just as we finished last season with a world title fight co-promoted by Mike Tyson’s Iron Mike Productions. The biggest change for 2014 is that we are assigning dates to promoters with as much advance notice as possible to allow for even better fights and bigger crowds.  We’ve partnered with a group of promoters who have always delivered in the past and are committed to upping the ante even further for 2014. Having a world title fight and names like Kendall Holt, Zsolt Erdei and Arash Usmanee early this season show that the strategy is already paying dividends.”

Long time FNF broadcast team Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be back again for all of the ringside action each week.  Tessitore will call the matches and Atlas will have in-match analysis for every match broadcast on ESPN2.  Both men have been awarded the Sam Taub Award for Excellence in  Broadcast Journalism.  Teddy Atlas won the award in 2001 and Tessitore in 2010.  Studio host Todd Grisham will be back for his second full season on FNF.  He will fill in for Tessitore in ESPN2’s season opener and will have all of the latest boxing news and highlights.  Also back again will be Bernardo Osuna.  Osuna will contribute to broadcasts both on FNF and Noche de Combates. 

Pablo Viruega and Delvin Rodriguez will have the call for ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+.  The will be joined live by studios hosts Leopoldo Gonzalez and Claudia Trejos.  As a new addition to the studio show for ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+, Hall of Fame referee Joe Cortez will join Gonzalez and Trejos in studio throughout the season.  Osuna will contribute reports and interviews each week.  The latest slate of fights is available below.

 

Date Time (ET) Main Event Location Networks
Fri, Jan 3 9 p.m. Argenis Méndez (21-2-1, 11 KOs)  vs. Rances Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs) —12-rounds, IBF Junior Lightweight Title Target Center, Minneapolis, Minn. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Jan 10 9 p.m. Arash Usmanee (20-1-1, 10 KOs) vs. Juan Antonio Rodríguez (25-4, 23 KOs) — Junior Lightweights Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino, Tacoma Wash. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Jan 24 9 p.m. Javier Molina (14-1, 6 KOs) vs. Kendall Holt (28-6, 16 KOs) —10-rounds, Junior Welterweights Little Creek Casino, Shelton Wash. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Jan 31 9 p.m. Zsolt Erdei (33-1, 18 KOs) vs. Elvir Muriqi (40-5, 24 KOs) —10-rounds, Light Heavyweights Codey Arena, West Orange, N.J. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN

 

More information on the latest from FNF and Noche de Combates is available online at http://www.facebook.com/espn.fnf, http://twitter.com/ESPNBoxeo, and http://twitter.com/ESPNFNF.  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.