Texas Native Slater Joins Longhorn Network’s On-Air Staff

ESPN has made another addition to the roster for the Longhorn Network.

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Courtesy: ESPN/Longhorn Network

Officials with ESPN and the Longhorn Network announced over the weekend that Texas native Jane Slater has signed on with the Longhorn Network to serve as a studio host and reporter. Her reporting duties include reporting for reporting for Longhorn Network games and for Texas Game Day. Along with those duties, Slater will also host Longhorn Extra and will work on various stories for a number of LHN shows.

Slater is a graduate of the University of Texas. She holds a degree in both journalism and government. Her professional broadcast career started in news. She spent seven years as an anchor and reporter. Before coming on board with the Longhorn Network, she worked at her local CBS affiliate, where she covered the Dallas’ major sports teams. She also covered sports from SMU, TCU, and North Texas. Adding to her experience, Slater even hosted a one-hour pre and post-game show and pre and post-game shows for Dallas’ professional teams. Slater discussed the appointment, noting her happiness at returning home. “This really is a dream come true,” she said. “The idea of returning to Austin and working for Longhorn Network and ESPN—it doesn’t get any better than that. I have really enjoyed watching Sam (Ponder) and Kaylee (Hartung) excel in this position and hope I can keep that tradition going.”

Longhorn Network coordinating producer Tom McCollum was upbeat when discussing Slater’s addition to the LHN staff, citing her experience in broadcasting and in covering Texas sports as one reason for her appointment. “Jane’s sports and television expertise really stood out as we went through the interview and audition process,” he said. “We are excited to have her on the LHN team and expect she will make an immediate impact to our coverage.”

Jane Slater begins her duties with the Longhorn Network today.

More information on Slater and other members of the Longhorn Network staff is available online at:

Website: http://www.LonghornNetwork.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/longhornnetwork

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AL Central, NL Central Matchups Take Center Stage This Weekend On ESPN’S MLB Coverage

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell closes out its 25th season of MLB coverage this weekend when the NL Central leading St. Louis Cardinals host division foes the Cincinnati Reds.

Sunday night’s matchup will be the closer in a three-game series between the NL Central foes. Dan Shulman will have the call for Sunday night’s broadcast. He will be joined by analysts John Kruk, Curt Schilling, and reporter Buster Olney for commentary. Coverage of the game is scheduled to begin at 8pm ET. Before Shulman and his SNB colleagues bring audiences Sunday’s season-ending broadcast, Karl Ravech and MLB Hall of Famer (and Cincinnati Reds great) Barry Larkin will have all of the latest baseball headlines on Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet live at 7pm ET. For those that won’t be near a TV, the game will be simulcast on ESPN Radio affiliates nationwide and online at WatchESPN. Spanish-speaking audiences can catch the game on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio.

Tonight, ESPN2 will have another matchup with even bigger playoff implications as the Kansas City Royals host the Detroit Tigers in the opener of a three-game series between the AL Central foes. Detroit currently leads the Royals by only half a game. And it looks to end its current two-game skid as it comes into Kansas City today in that series’ first game. This weekend’s series looks to be a close one as the Royals and Tigers are evenly matched. Detroit is 43 – 35 on the road while Kansas City is 41 – 36 at home. Interestingly enough, Kansas City is 4 – 6 in its last 10 games while Detroit is 7 – 3 in its last 10 games. Dan Shulman and company will be on hand for tonight’s broadcast. Hakem Dermish and analysts Alex Cora and Mark Mulder will have all the latest from around the league before the game at 7pm ET on Baseball Tonight. Fans can also catch the series’ second game live Saturday on their local ESPN Radio affiliate. Jon Sciambi will have the call for that game. He will be joined by Jim Bowden for additional commentary. The duo will also have full coverage of Sunday night’s game between the Cardinals and Reds.

More information on this weekend’s MLB coverage is available online at

Website: http://espn.go.com/mlb
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ESPNBaseballTonight

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Tigers Host Giants Live Sunday On ESPN’s SNB Broadcast

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will come live from Motown this Sunday night.

The Detroit Tigers will host the San Francisco Giants live on ESPN this Sunday night in the third game of a three-game series between the teams. ESPN’s Dan Shulman will anchor Sunday night’s broadcast. He will be joined by analyst John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney for additional commentary throughout the game. As with each week’s broadcast of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell, Sunday’s telecast will be preceded by Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet at 7pm ET. MLB Hall of Famer Barry Larkin will join host Karl Ravech for the show.

This weekend’s inter-league matchup will prove to be an interesting one for both teams as the Tigers have proven so far this season to be better on the road than at home. The team is 35 – 30 at home but 42 – 33 on the road. However, it is coming into tonight’s game on the heels of an 11 – 4 drubbing of Cleveland yesterday at home, giving the team even more motivation going into this weekend’s series as it hosts the Giants. San Francisco will pose its own threat for the Tigers this weekend. It has proven to be almost as good on the road as it is at home going 38 – 33 at home and 38 – 31 on the road so far this season. San Francisco comes into tonight’s game after having a day to rest up yesterday following Wednesday’s 9 – 2 loss to Colorado. So the team will be ready to go against Detroit.

Sunday night’s game is the third in a three-game series between the Tigers and Giants. The series’ first game is tonight with first pitch scheduled for 7:08pm ET. Game two is scheduled for Saturday afternoon. It is currently expected to start at 1:08pm ET. ESPN Radio will have full coverage of the game beginning at 12:30pm ET.

Anyone that is not near a TV Sunday night can still catch the game live on ESPN Radio. Spanish-speaking audiences can also catch Sunday’s broadcast live on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio.

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ESPN To Release New 30 For 30 Anniversary Collection This Fall

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN will release a very special box set for fans of its hit 30 for 30 series this fall.

ESPN announced this week that it will release a very special collection of films from its hit 30 for 30 series on Tuesday, November 25th. The box set celebrates the fifth anniversary of the series’ first broadcast and is loaded with plenty of positives for fans of both ESPN and 30 for 30.  It features a total of one hundred films spread across thirty-two discs.  Online retailer Groupon will make the collection available in a specially packaged metal locker box.  It also includes a 30 for 30 shirt, hat, and limited edition book and poster.  The specially packaged metal locker edition of the 30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection will be available online via Groupon beginning Saturday, November 1st for SRP of $249.99.  The collection will also be available on Blu-ray beginning Tuesday, November 25th for SRP of $199.95.  the Blu-ray set will be featured in a special 30 for 30 ticket box.

The films included in the upcoming 30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection include films not only from its primary 30 for 30 series, but also from its 30 for 30 Soccer Stories and Nine for IX series.

The films included in the “30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection” are:

 

30 for 30 

  1. Kings Ransom
  2. The Band That Wouldn’t Die
  3. Small Potatoes: Who Killed The USFL?
  4. Muhammad & Larry
  5. Without Bias
  6. The Legend of Jimmy The Greek
  7. The U
  8. Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs The New York Knicks
  9. Guru of Go
  10. No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson
  11. Silly Little Game
  12. Run Ricky Run
  13. The 16th Man
  14. Straight Outta LA
  15. June 17th 1994
  16. The Two Escobars
  17. The Birth of Big Air
  18. Jordan Rides The Bus
  19. Little Big Men
  20. One Night in Vegas
  21. Unmatched
  22. The House of Steinbrenner
  23. Into The Wind
  24. Four Days in October
  25. Once Brothers
 

  1. Tim Richmond: To The Limit
  2. Fernando Nation
  3. Marion Jones: Press Pause
  4. The Best That Never Was
  5. Pony Excess
  6. Broke
  7. 9.79*
  8. There’s No Place Like Home
  9. Benji
  10. Ghosts of Ole Miss
  11. You Don’t Know Bo
  12. Survive and Advance
  13. Elway to Marino
  14. Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau
  15. Free Spirits
  16. No Más
  17. Big Shot
  18. This Is What They Want
  19. Bernie and Ernie
  20. The Book of Manning
  21. Youngstown Boys
  22. The Price of Gold
  23. Requiem for the Big East
  24. Bad Boys
  25. Slaying the Badger

 

 ESPN Films
 

  1. Fab Five
  2. Catching Hell
  3. Renée
  4. The Dotted Line
  5. The Real Rocky
  6. Charismatic
  7. Unguarded
  8. Roll Tide/War Eagle
  9. The Marinovich Project
  10. The Announcement
  11. The Streak
 30 for 30 Soccer Stories
  1. Hillsborough
  2. White Blue and White
  3. The Opposition
  4. Maradona ‘86
  5. Ceasefire Massacre
  6. The Myth of Garrincha
  7. Mysteries of The Rimet Trophy
  8. Barbosa: The Man Who Made Brazil Cry
 Nine for IX
  1. Venus VS
  2. Pat XO
  3. Let Them Wear Towels
  4. No Limits
  5. Swoopes
  6. The Diplomat
  7. Runner
  8. The 99ers
  9. Branded
  10. Coach (Nine for IX Short)
 SEC Storied
  1. Abby Head On
  2. Herschel
 30 for 30 Shorts
  1. Here Now
  2. Jake
  3. Arnold’s Blueprint
  4. Holy Grail
  5. The Irrelevant Giant
  6. Cutthroat
  7. Tommy and Frank
  8. Wilt Chamberlain: Borscht Belt Bellhop
  9. Arthur & Johnnie
  10. Collision Course
  11. Schedule Makers
  12. Great Imposter
  13. Judging Jewell
  14. The Deal
  15. Posterized
  16. Think Normal
  17. Ronda Rousey
  18. Mecca
  19. High Five

More information on this upcoming release and all of the news on the latest additions to ESPN’s 30 for 30 series is available online at http://www.facebook.com/espn30for30 and http://www.espn.com30for30.  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.

Orioles To Host Yankees On Sept. 14th Edition Of Sunday Night Baseball

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Courtesy: ESPN

Football season is officially underway.  College football and NFL stadiums alike are now rocking every week with rabid fans on both sides of the ball.  While football has taken center stage, audiences should be reminded that the 2014 MLB season isn’t over just yet.  With time ticking away before the playoffs start, ESPN has announced that the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees will face off live on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell on Sunday, September 14th.

The teams’ matchup on September 14th will be the last in a four-game series between the teams that weekend.  The series kicks off Friday, September 12th with a double-header between the AL East rivals. Whether or not audiences are Yankees fans, the scheduled game will be an important one as it is believed that it will be the last appearance by Yankees great Derek Jeter on Sunday Night Baseball.  It will also be the last for Jeter at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which is itself celebrating its 25th season this year.

Dan Shulman will have the call for the game.  He will be joined live by analyst John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney for additional commentary.  Fans that won’t be close to a TV to catch the game on  September 24th can still catch it on their local ESPN Radio affiliate.  Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the call for audiences listening on the radio.  It will also be available online via WatchESPN and on TV and radio for Spanish-speaking audiences on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes radio.  As with every Sunday Night Baseball broadcast on ESPN, the matchup between the Orioles and Yankees will be preceded by ESPN’s Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet live at 7pm ET.

Tomorrow night, audiences can catch the third game in a three-game series between the Indians and Royals.  The Royals currently sit atop the AL Central Standings while the Indians are third in the division, 3.5 games back.  Game two is tonight at 7:10pm ET.  Next Sunday night, September 7th, ESPN will carry the third game in a three-game series between the Giants and Tigers.

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ESPN, Verizon Sign New Deal For SEC Network Broadcasts

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Courtesy: ESPN/SEC Network

ESPN and Verizon have signed a new television deal.

The deal between ESPN and Verizon will allow Verizon to carry its brand new SEC Network on Verizon’s FiOS platform.  The terms of the deal will allow the SEC Network to air on Verizon FiOS beginning before August 28th.  Verizon customers in Florida and Texas that already receive ESPN as aprt of their FiOS TV package will be able to get the SEC Network on channels 75 and 575.  FiOS subscribers in all other markets who already receive FiOS Extreme and Ultimate will be able to pick up the SEC network on Channnel 75 upon the network’s launch through FiOS.

Terry Denson, Verizon’s VP for content acquisition and strategy, was optimistic about the new deal between Verizon and ESPN.  He noted the predictions for SEC teams in a number of preseason polls and ratings for SEC football games as reasons for Verizon’s deal with ESPN.  “We welcome the SEC Network to FiOS TV and look forward to carrying the studio content and athletic events it will offer, including the season-opening football doubleheader on Aug. 28,” he said.  “The preseason college poll lists eight SEC teams in the top 25; SEC football ratings are head and shoulders above other conferences; and SEC fans are extraordinarily and uniquely passionate about not only those teams but the entire conference as well. This deal with Disney-ESPN reinforces our already strong partnership with them which involves much more than this great new network.”

Sean Breen, Senior VP of affiliate sales for Disney and ESPN Media Networks also discussed the deal, noting that the deal means an even broader swatch of audiences will be able to receive the SEC Network.  “With the addition of Verizon FiOS, SEC Network is now available on nine of the top 10 multichannel video distributors in the country,” he said.  We look forward to serving their customers in time for college football season.”

Exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.  Thought, it is known that included in the deal is the rights to the FiOS Mobile app as well as live-viewing rights and additional live and on-demand content scheduled for both the SEC Network and various mobile platforms via WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com.  The FiOS mobile app will be available to FiOS customers in the near future.

More information on the SEC Network, its broadcast schedule and more is available online at http://www.facebook.com/SECNetwork and http://getsecnetwork.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.

Fitz And The Tantrums Kick Off ESPN Networks’ US Open Coverage

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Courtesy: Elektra Records

Fitz and the Tantrums will be live at the U.S. Open next Monday, August 25th.

The hit pop group will kick off the ESPN networks’ coverage of the U.S. Open Monday night with a special live performance as part of the annual tournament’s opening festivities. The group is scheduled to perform at 7:45pm ET on ESPN2. The group has posted a video to YouTube to tease its upcoming live performance. It can be viewed online now here.

More information on this and every upcoming live performances by Fitz and The Tantrums can be viewed along with all of the latest news from the group online now at http://www.facebook.com/fitzandthetantrums and http://fitzandthetantrums.com. More Than Just a Dream, the group’s latest full length release, is available now in stores and online. It can be downloaded via iTunes now at https://smarturl.it/fitzdream. 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.