ESPN To Air Special MLB Double Header On Independence Day

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ESPN will celebrate America’s birthday this year with a celebration of the country’s national pastime.

Network officials announced recently the network will carry a special Major League Baseball double header on July 4th.  The schedule starts with a National League inter-divisional matchup between the Phillies and Pirates at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN.  American League opponents Boston and Texas round out the day’s double header schedule beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Rotations and pitchers have not been announced for either game.  The July 4 matchup between the Phillies and Pirates will be the second of a four-game series between the NL foes while it the AL showdown between the Red Sox and Rangers will be the second in a three-game series between those teams.

More information on ESPN’s special Independence Day double header schedule is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at http://www.espn.com/mlb.

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One Year Later: ESPN Networks To Pay Tribute To Ali

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ESPN and its networks will pay tribute to legendary boxer and revolutionary Muhammad Ali Saturday on the first anniversary of his death.

The tribute to Ali begins at 4 a.m. Saturday on ESPN2 with Ali’s Dozen, a documentary about Ali.  The coverage continues at 5 a.m. with Ali’s 65, a documentary marking Ali’s 65th birthday by looking at his life and career in and out of the ring.  The network will also carry other programming including Ali’s 1974 match against George Foreman and his 1975 match against George Frazier throughout the day.

Next Sunday, June 9, coverage continues on the eve of the first anniversary of Ali’s passing on ESPN with a special edition of E:60E:60 Ali’s Last Round airs at 9 p.m. The documentary focuses not so much on Ali, but the man who drove Ali’s casket through the streets of Louisville, KY—Hamilton Porter on the procession’s roughly 20-mile route.

Porter is the fourth generation of his family to work at A.D. Porter and Sons Funeral Home, the funeral home that handled Ali’s funeral.

Tributes to Ali will be available not only on television but online, too.  ESPN.com writer Tom Junod’s article The Greatest, At Rest can be read online now.  The article follows those who handled Ali’s funeral from the funeral home to those closest to him.  It can be read online now here.

ESPN Boxing writer Dan Rafael’s Muhammad Ali memorabilia is also being presented online for audiences to see here complete with commentary on each item by Rafael.

Along with Junod’s article and Rafael’s presentation, ESPN.com has also culled all of its Ali-related articles from the past year in one place here.

More information on the ESPN networks’ Muhammad Ali tributes is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ESPN

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espn

 

 

 

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ESPN Radio Announces NBA Finals Broadcast Schedule

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The 2017 NBA Finals begin in only a day, and ESPN Radio will carry full coverage for fans that won’t be near a television to enjoy the championship series.

Network officials announced Wednesday the ESPN Radio broadcast team of Marc Kestecher, Hubie Brown and Marc Stein will cover each of the series’ games. A one-hour pre-game broadcast will precede each game beginning at 8 p.m. ET on weeknights and 7 p.m. on Sundays.  Kevin Winter and analyst Jon Barry will handle on-site studio coverage during pre-game and halftime.

As an additional bonus for audiences, ESPN’s Jalen & Jacoby will air at 7 p.m. ahead of pre-game coverage on weeknights.  Freddie & Fitz will air following each game until 3 a.m.  It will offer audiences full post game coverage and analysis with live reaction from coaches and players.

As if that extensive coverage is not enough, ESPN Radio will also present a special NBA Finals Special from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. on June 4. Ari Temkin will anchor the broadcast. A second broadcast will air from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. June 18 if Game 7 becomes necessary.

Those not near a radio can still hear the game on ESPN Radio online via ESPNRadio.com, the ESPN app and Sirius XM Channel 80.  Apple Music, Slacker Radio and TuneIn will also carry coverage.

ESPN Radio’s full NBA Finals broadcast schedule is noted below.

ESPN Radio broadcast schedule:

Date

Time (ET)

Telecast

Thu, Jun 1

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 1
Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

Sun, Jun 4

8 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 2
Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

Wed, Jun 7

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 3
Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers

Fri, Jun 9

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 4
Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers

Mon, Jun 12

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 5*
Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

Thu, Jun 15

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 6*
Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers

Sun, Jun 18

8 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 7*
Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

*if necessary

More information on ESPN’s NBA Finals coverage is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/nba

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NBAonESPN

 

 

 

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Desmond Howard Inks New Deal With ESPN

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Audiences can expect to see Desmond Howard every fall for the foreseeable future on ESPN.

ESPN announced Tuesday that Howard had signed a new multi-year deal with the worldwide leader in sports.  The terms of Howard’s new deal were not released, though Lee Fitting, ESPN senior coordinating producer, assured audiences Howard will be with the network for a long time thanks to the new deal.

The name Desmond Howard is synonymous with college football,” Fitting said.  “Desmond has been a key part of our College GameDay family for over 10 years, and will be into the foreseeable future.  Desmond has established himself as a respected analyst, and now he is going to continue to deliver honest and thoughtful opinions elevating our college football coverage.”

Howard’s College GameDay cohorts Rece Davis and Kirk Herbstreit agreed, with Davis saying Howard’s “honesty and candor resonates with fans and makes our show better.” Herbstreit said Howard “continues to grow as an analyst and works hard to be dialed in on the subject matters each week,” adding he was anticipating the next number of years with Howard.

Howard was upbeat as he discussed his new contract, praising his fellow broadcasters.

“I am both excited and reflective as I embark on my 13th season with ESPN,” Howard said.  “When I transitioned from playing the game to talking about it for a living, I could not have landed on a better team than College GameDay, where I’ve been fortunate to learn from and grow with some of the very best in this industry.”

He added he was already anticipating the start of the 2017 college football season.

“Likewise, I consider myself lucky to be able to travel the country throughout the fall and be surrounded by so many die-hard college football fans who gather together to help us create a uniquely electric atmosphere every Saturday morning…Is it August yet?”

Howard’s football career reaches back to his time at The University of Michigan (1988 – 1991).  He was the first receiver in Big 10 history to lead the conference in scoring, setting or tying five NCAA records and 12 single-season Michigan records.

He won the Heisman Trophy in 1991 by the second largest margin of victory in the trophy’s history at 85 percent of the vote. The same year Howard, who also earned All-American status during his college career, was also awarded the Walter Camp Trophy and the Maxwell Award.

Even after he finished his college career, the awards kept coming for Howard. He was inducted into the:

  • Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame and the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame in 2005
  •  State of Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2007
  • University of Michigan Hall of Honor in 2008
  • National Football Foundation College Football of Fame in 2010
  • College Football Hall of Fame in 2011

Howard’s University of Michigan jersey was retired in 2015.  His accolades kept coming during his professional career including being drafted to the Washington Redskins in 1992 before eventually playing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions.

He was named Super Bowl XXXI MVP in 1997 after returning 99-yard kickoff return that resulted in a touchdown.  The honor, earned as a member of the Green Bay Packers, made Howard the first and only special teams player to be named a Super Bowl MVP.

After finishing his 11-season career, Howard made the move to television, joining ESPN in 2005.

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/CollegeGameDay

 

 

 

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ESPN Reveals Networks’ Early 2017 CFB Broadcast Schedule

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The start of the 2017 college football season is three months away, but ESPN is already building anticipation for the new season.

ESPN announced this week, the broadcast schedule for the 2017 college football season across its networks.  The networks’ season launches with a five-day slate of games running from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4. That schedule includes a 2-3 matchup between Florida State and Alabama on ABC’s Saturday Night Football.

Ohio State and Oklahoma will also go toe-to-toe on the weekly broadcast for what will be the teams’ fourth showdown.  Before that though, the Buckeyes will open the ESPN networks’ 2017 college football broadcast schedule Aug. 31 as the team takes on Indiana.  Other matchups scheduled for the networks’ opening stretch include Penn State facing Akron Sept. 2 on ABC, N.C. State facing South Carolina the same day in Charlotte on ESPN and Tennessee facing Georgia Tech in Atlanta Sept. 4 on ESPN.

The current schedule for the ESPN networks’ first three weeks of games is noted below.  Audiences should note more games will be announced at a later date.

ESPN/ABC’s Week 1 Schedule

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Thu, Aug. 31

8 p.m.

No. 1 Ohio State at Indiana

ESPN

Fri, Sept. 1

9 p.m.

Utah State at No. 11 Wisconsin

ESPN

Sat, Sept. 2

Noon

Akron at No. 5 Penn State

ABC

Kent State at No. 7 Clemson

ESPN

3 p.m.

NC State vs. South Carolina from Charlotte

ESPN

3:30 p.m.

No. 14 Michigan vs. No. 21 Florida from Arlington, Texas

ABC

6:15 p.m.

Appalachian State at No. 13 Georgia

ESPN

8 p.m.

2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game: No. 2 Florida State vs. No. 3 Alabama from Atlanta

ABC

9:30 p.m.

2017 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff: BYU vs. No. 12 LSU from Houston

ESPN

Sun, Sept. 3

2:30 p.m.

2017 MEAC/SWAC Challenge: South Carolina State at Southern

ESPN2

7:30 p.m.

No. 20 West Virginia vs. No. 22 Virginia Tech from Landover, Md.

ABC

Mon, Sept. 4

8 p.m.

2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game: Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech from Atlanta

ESPN

ABC’s Saturday Night Football: Week 2

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Sat, Sept. 9

7:30 p.m.

No. 8 Oklahoma at No. 1 Ohio State

ABC

ABC’s Saturday Night Football: Week 3

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Sat, Sept. 16

8 p.m.

No. 15 Miami at No. 2 Florida State

ABC

Additional games for ESPN’s networks weeks 0, 1, 2, and 3 schedule will be announced at a later date
Rankings are from
Mark Schlabach’s post spring games Top 25 on ESPN.com

More information on the ESPN networks’ college football broadcast schedule is available online now along with all of the latest college football news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/college-football

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CFBonESPN

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espncfb

 

 

 

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ESPN Networks To Offer Extensive NBA Finals Coverage

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ABC will have full coverage of this year’s NBA Finals.

The stage is set for this year’s clash of the champions as LeBron James and the defending NBA Champion Cavaliers facing Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors for this year’s title.  ABC, which is part of the ESPN family of networks, will carry full coverage of this year’s championship series between the teams starting Thursday, June 1 at 9 p.m.

The full schedule for this year’s NBA Finals is noted below.

NBA Finals on ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes & ESPN App:

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Thu, June 1

9 p.m.

Game 1: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

Sun, June 4

8 p.m.

Game 2: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

Wed, June 7

9 p.m.

Game 3: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers

Fri, June 9

9 p.m.

Game 4: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers

Mon, June 12

9 p.m.

*Game 5: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

Thu, June 15

9 p.m.

*Game 6: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers

Sun, June 18

8 p.m.

*Game 7: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

*if necessary

Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and Doris Burke will call the series for its eighth consecutive year together.  Steve Javie will also be on hand offering analysis on the game’s officiating.

This year’s NBA Finals marks the third straight year that the Cavs and Warriors have vied for the league’s top spot.  It marks the 15th consecutive year that ESPN has produced the NBA Finals on ABC.  The series will be simulcast on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and online via the ESPN app.

Marc Kestecher will anchor ESPN Radio’s broadcast of the series alongside Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and analyst Hubie Brown and reporter Marc Stein.  This year is ESPN Radio’s 22nd consecutive year covering the NBA Finals.  Kevin Winter and analyst Jon Barry will provide pre-game coverage live on-site leading up to each game.

ESPN’s The Jump and NBA Countdown will provide additional NBA Finals coverage throughout the series.  The Jump will air on-site throughout the series from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. while NBA Countdown will air before each game and during halftime.  The pre-game show will be evenly split between ESPN and ABC.

As if that is not enough coverage, ESPN’s First Take will also offer its own special coverage with several special prime-time broadcasts.  ESPN3 will also offer a second-screen digital look at pre-game warm-ups, post-game press conferences and much more.

ESPN International will broadcast each game internationally in Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean and Pacific Rim region.

More information on ESPN and ABC’s coverage of the NBA Finals is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/nba

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NBAonESPN

 

 

 

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ESPN Adds Chip Kelly To Its College Football Broadcast Roster

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ESPN has added a new big name to its college football coverage roster.

Chip Kelly was named the latest addition this week to the network’s roster of college football analysts.  Kelly, who has more than 30 years experience in college and professional football, will serve as a studio analyst for many of the network’s college football broadcasts. According to a press release from ESPN, Kelly will also appear on Friday and Sunday editions of SportsCenter to offer insight on college and NFL matchups.

Lee Fitting, ESPN Senior Coordinating Producer, called Kelly’s outside the box approach as a coach one of his major strong points while discussing his addition to the network’s on-air football roster.

“Chip is one of the most innovative football minds of our generation,” Fitting said.  “As a coach, he saw the game from a unique perspective, never afraid to take an unconventional approach.  We want him to bring that mentality to our college football coverage each week, offering fans a varying viewpoint outside of the conventional thought process.”

Kelly said in response, he intended to use that unconventional approach when he begins his time with the network, adding he is anticipating starting the next chapter of his football career with ESPN.

“Over the last 30 years, I have experienced football from one perspective – as a coach,” Kelly said.  “Working in television will allow me to see the game from a different angle; simultaneously;  I’ll provide viewers an insight to the mindset of a coach and team while offering alternative views of various situations.  Once I decided to make the move to television, my familiarity with ESPN, combined with their high-quality productions and vital role in college football, it was easily the best network suited for me.”

From 2009 – 12, Kelly served as head coach of the University of Oregon’s football team, compiling a record of 46 – 7.  That record included wins in the Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl, and a trip to the College Football National Championship.  In 2009 and ’10, he led the Ducks to the Pac-10 title.  He also led the team to the Pac-12 title.

His time at the helm in Oregon is only one part a 24-year college football career.  Before taking the helm at Oregon, he also spent two years as the team’s offensive coordinator. He spent the past four seasons in the National Football League, including a stint at the helm of the Philadelphia Eagles.

While leading the Eagles, Kelly led the team to a 10 – 6 record and led the team to the NFC East title.

Kelly’s own accolades include Pac-10 Coach of the year in 2009.  He earned four separate coach of the year awards in 2010 including the Associated Press Coach of the Year award.

Kelly will start his on-air college football career with ESPN with the start of this year’s college football season.

More information on Kelly’s addition to ESPN’s college football broadcast ranks is available online now along with all of the latest college football news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/college-football

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/espncfb

 

 

 

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