Monster Energy AMA Supercross FIM World Championship Announces New TV Home

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Monster Energy AMA Supercross FIM World Championship has a new television home.

The organization announced Friday that it is moving to NBC Sports, beginning with a pre-season preview at 3 p.m., Dec. 22 on NBC.  An encore broadcast of the program will air at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).

Regular season coverage launches Jan. 5 with live Round One coverage from Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anahaim, CA.  Qualifying will air at 4 p.m. exclusively on NBC’s NBC Sports Gold Supercross Pass.  The race will be simulcast live at 10 p.m. via the NBC Sports Gold Supercross Pass and NBCSN.

Round Two’s coverage will air live Jan. 12 from Glendale, AZ.  Round three brings the series back to Anaheim, CA on Jan. 19.  Round Four is scheduled for Jan. 26 in Oakland, CA.

From California, the series heads to San Diego for Round Five, Minneapolis, MN for Round Six and Arlington, TX for Round Seven.  Round Eight takes the series to Detroit, MI, while the two-wheeled wonders head south to Atlanta, GA for Round Nine.

Round 10 brings the series to America’s motor racing center, Daytona, Florida.  Seven more rounds follow, that take the series across America, with Round 17 closing the season in Las Vegas, NV on May 4.

The full schedule for the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross FIM World Championship is available here.  All television broadcasts will be on NBCSN.

More information on the Monster Energy Supercross FIM World Championship is available online along with all of the sport’s latest news and more at:

 

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ESPN Announces ‘SNB’ Broadcast Schedule For First Half Of 2019 Season

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ESPN announced the first slate of games on its Sunday Night Baseball broadcast schedule this week.

The network released the 14-game schedule Monday, and this year’s schedule launches March 31 as the Phillies host the Braves in a National League inter-divisional matchup.  Week Two will see National League West foes Colorado and Los Angeles go under the lights live.

The Dodgers took the division in the 2018 season, and were followed very closely by the Rockies, who trailed L.A. by only one game at the end of the regular season.  The Rockies got a wild card slot for the post season, but fell just short of the NLCS, losing 3 games – 0 against Milwaukee. Milwaukee went on to face Los Angeles in the National League Championship series, with Los Angeles winning that series, but ultimately falling in the World Series to Boston.

The Braves, who fell to the Dodgers in the NLCS last season, will be on the road against St. Louis in the third game on ESPN’s 2019 SNB broadcast schedule.  That game is scheduled for May 26.

Boston is also included in this year’s early season broadcast schedule.  The Red Sox are scheduled to play live under the lights on SNB on June 2 against their age-old foes, the New York Yankees in New York.

This year’s SNB schedule will be preceded by a triple-header schedule March 28 that opens with the Yankees hosting the Orioles in an American League East matchup at 1 p.m. ET.  The Dodgers hope to avoid getting snake-bitten as they host the Diamondbacks at 4 p.m. The Mariners host the Red Sox at 7 p.m. to round out the day’s coverage.

This year marks the second year that ESPN will be the exclusive home to Major League Baseball’s second-half opener.  That game is scheduled to feature the Texas Rangers — in their last year in their current stadium — hosting their cross-state (and AL West) rivals, the Houston Astros.  According to a news release from ESPN, broadcast is scheduled to be played at 8 p.m., July 11.

This year also marks the first time that it will start its Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell telecasts at 7 p.m.  Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet will precede the broadcasts at 6 p.m.

This season is especially important for ESPN because it marks the network’s 30th year covering Major League Baseball.  ESPN’s current SNB boradcast schedule is noted below.

Current 2019 Sunday Night Baseball schedule:

Date

Time (ET)

Game selection

March 31

7 p.m.

Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies

April 7

8:30 p.m.

*Special start time

Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies

May 26

7 p.m.

Atlanta Braves at St. Louis Cardinals

June 2

7 p.m.

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

June 16

7 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers

July 14

7 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox

July 28

7 p.m.

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

August 4

7 p.m.

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

August 18

7 p.m.

MLB Little League Classic:

Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates

August 25

7 p.m.

New York Yankees at Los Angeles Dodgers

September  8

8 p.m. * Special start time

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

*Additional game selections will be determined in the upcoming weeks.

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

 

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

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/espn

 

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Mendoza, ESPN Reach Contract Extension Agreement

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Another member of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team will be back with the group this spring.

Jessica Mendoza reached a new multi-year contract extension with ESPN this week.  The announcement came only a day after fellow ESPN MLB broadcast team member and MLB vet Mark Teixeira was announced to return.

Mendoza said in a news release from the network that she is glad the two sides came to terms on the contract.

“I’m beyond excited to continue to contribute analysis to ESPN’s signature MLB platform — Sunday Night Baseball — alongside Alex Rodriguez, Matt Vasgersian and Buster Olney,” Mendoza said.  “I look forward to continue helping grow the sports of softball and Major League Baseball through our second-to-none coverage by utilizing cool technology, offering exciting insights and doing it all with passion.”

ESPN Senior Vice President of Production and Remote Events Mark Gross shared Mendoza’s thoughts.

“Jessica’s preparation, expertise and work ethic are among the many attributes that make us proud to have this trailblazer with us for years to come,” Gross said.  “She forms tremendous relationships in the sports with executives, managers and players, and those connections help us inform our telecasts and make them better.  Her passion for the sport is contagious.”

Mendoza made history in 2015 when she joined ESPN’s SNB broadcast team.  It made her the first woman to ever serve as a national analyst for Major League Baseball games.  She also became the first woman to serve as an analyst for an MLB post season game on Oct. 15 when the Yankees and Astros faced off in the American League Wildcard Game live from Yankee Stadium.

According to ESPN’s news release, Mendoza is considered “one of America’s greatest softball players.”  A graduate of Stanford University, she holds records in categories, such as batting average, hits, runs, home runs stolen bases and slugging percentage.

She helped lead the U.S. Softball team to gold in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.  She also won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Additionally, she will be inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame next year as a member of the class of 2019.

Along with her continued duties on SNB, she will also make appearances on ESPN’s MLB studio program Baseball Tonight, and will make regular appearances on SportsCenter and Get Up! according to the network’s release.

More information on this and other news from ESPN is available online now at:

 

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Teixeira, ESPN Reach Agreement On Contract Extension

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Mark Teixeira is sticking with ESPN.

The MLB great, who is a three-time American League All-Star and member of the 2009 World Series Champion New York Yankees, has signed a new multi-year agreement with ESPN.  The network made the announcement in a news release sent Monday.

Teixeira’s new deal ensures that he will remain an analyst on ESPN’s Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown for the foreseeable future.  The program precedes ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball each week throughout Major League Baseball’s season.  The contract also ensures he will serve as analyst for other ESPN baseball programs, such as Opening Day, Winter Baseball Meetings and World Series.

Teixeira was humble as he talked about his new contract in a recent interview.

“I have the coolest job in baseball,” Teixeira said. “I’m fortunate to work with so many great colleagues and friends at ESPN, who are deeply committed to covering the sport we all love with passion and expertise.  I’m so happy to be part of this team.”

ESPN Vice President, Production Seth Markman shared  Teixeira’s positive thoughts.

“Mark is a consummate professional who elevates our show every time he appears,” Markman said.  “He’s smart, cadid and an excellent communicator, and his passion for the game is evident.  We’re proud to have Mark here at ESPN.”

Along with his work on ESPN’s MLB coverage, Teixeira will also contribute to SportsCenter and will make appearances on ESPN Radio’s programming, including ESPN Radio 98.7’s The Michael Kay Show.

Over the course of his Major League Baseball career, Teixeira — a switch-hitting First Baseman — hit 409 home runs, batted in 1,298 runs and won five Golden Gloves.  He retired at the end of Major League Baseball’s 2016 season and joined ESPN’s on-air roster at the start of the league’s 2017 season.

More information on ESPN’s Major League Baseball coverage is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espn

 

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ESPN Inks Deal With Champion For MLS Broadcasts

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ESPN has added a famous new name to its Major League Soccer broadcast staff.

British broadcaster Jon Champion will be the new play-by-play voice for the network’s MLS coverage.  Champion has become one of the most well-known and respected soccer anchors overseas thanks to his coverage of the English Premiere League and various other top global football events over the past 30 years.

Champion will take the reins of the network’s MLS coverage beginning with the 2019 season.  He will be joined by top analyst Taylor Twellman to round out the network’s team.

Champion said in an interview that he is looking forward to taking the next step in his broadcasting career.

“I am thrilled to be joining ESPN on a full-time basis to cover MLS and the other soccer properties now in the company’s growing portfolio,” Champion said. “It’s a big adventure to move my family to the U.S., and a personal personal challenge after more than 30 years covering the sport in Europe.  I’ve really enjoyed working on MLS on my frequent visits, and now I get the chance to call the matches on a weekly basis and to relate the whole story as the league enters an exciting phase of its development.”

He added, “I’m also looking forward to working with Taylor Twellman, who has carved out such a strong reputation as an analyst.  Taylor and I have had great fun when we’ve worked together in the past, and it will be great to develop that rapport further.”

ESPN Senior Coordinating Producer Amy Rosenfeld shared her excitement about Champion’s addition to the network’s on-air roster.

“Jon is one of the most beloved voices in soccer, so we are thrilled that fans in the U.S. who have enjoyed his commentary during major global tournaments on ESPN will now have the opportunity to hear him weekly on Major League Soccer.”

Champion’s new contract marks his second run with ESPN.  He previously worked for ESPN UK as the network’s lead football commentator, covering the English Premiere League, UEFA Europa League and the FA Cup Final from 2009-’13.

He joined ESPN in the United States in 2014 as play-by-play commentator for the World Cup in Brazil. the broadcast was Champion’s first international soccer event for an American audience.  The result of that work led to work on the 2016 UEFA European Championship in France, UEFA’s World Cup Qualifying matches and the 2017 International Champions Cup (ICC), during which he served as the English-language voice of El Clasico Miami, the first-ever meeting in North America between Spain’s Barcelona FC and Real Madrid.

Champion also called the FIFA World Cup in South Africa while on loan from ESPN.  He was joined by ESPN FC analyst and former Scotland National player Craig Burley for the tournament’s coverage.  It was one of eight FIFA World Cup tournaments that Champion covered.

Champion started his broadcasting career with BBC Radio in the 1980s. He covered his first World Cup tournament at the age of 25.  He joined BBC TV’s iconic program Match of the Day in 1995.  In 2001, he moved to ITV, where he called games in the English Premiere League, UEFA Champions League and seven League Cup Finals.

More information on Champion’s addition  to ESPN’s on-air roster is available online now along with all of the latest sports headlines at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espn

 

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Imagine Dragons Tapped To Headline CFB Championship Halftime

ESPN has announced the halftime entertainment for the College Football National Championship.

Grammy Award-winning band Imagine Dragons will perform at halftime live from Treasure Island at San Francisco Bay.  Network officials made the announcement Monday. Fans with passes to Treasure Island will get in to the show for free. A trailer for the band’s appearance is streaming online now here.

Courtesy: ESPN

According to a news release from ESPN, the band is scheduled to perform a handful of songs from its most recent album Origins.  The band’s performance is just one part of a season-long partnership between ESPN, Interscope Records and Universal Music Group Nashville.That partnership also saw ESPN feature Imagine Dragons’ hit song ‘Natural’ as ESPN’s college football anthem.

This is the second year that ESPN has partnered with Interscope Records for its college football broadcasts.  The network featured Kendrick Lamar as the halftime headliner for last year’s College Football Championship.  Alabama defeated Georgia in overtime in that game, which was watched by 29.9 million viewers, making it the second most watched cable presentation ever.

More information on ESPN’s College Football Championship coverage is available online now along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espncfb

 

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The ACC Network Is Coming

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The ACC Network is going to become a reality next year.

ESPN announced this week that it will launch its new college sports network Aug. 22.  The network’s first college football broadcast will feature Georgia Tech on the road against Clemson on Aug. 29 for a Thursday night showdown.

According to a news release from ESPN, the ACC Network is expected to broadcast 1,300 live ACC events annually on its TV and digital platforms.  Those events will come from all 15 of the conference’s schools and 27 sponsored sports.

ESPN President and Disney Media Networks Co-Chairman James Pitaro said he is optimistically anticipating the network’s launch.

“With just under nine months until launch, we are all systems go with ACC Network preparations,” Pitaro said.  “The strength of the season-opening game between Georgia Tech and Clemson is indicative of the robust schedule and programming we have planned for ACC fans.”

ACC Commissioner John Swofford echoed Pitaro’s comments in a prepared statement.

“We continue to look ahead to the launch of the ACC Network with great anticipation,” Swofford said.  “Showcasing all of our outstanding programs remains a top priority, and our partnership with ESPN allows fans to have greater access than ever before.  I also commend our schools, who have done an outstanding job in their preparations for a successful launch.”

The ACC Network’s first TV spot is scheduled to air live Dec. 1 during the Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship game.  The game is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

More information on the ACC Network is available online now at http://www.getaccn.com.

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