PBS To Release New Ken Burns Documentary This Spring

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This spring PBS and PBS Distribution will release a brand new documentary from acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns.

PBS and PBS Distribution will release Ken Burns’ new documentary Jackie Robinson this spring. The four-hour documentary will be released on April 15th. The timing of the double-disc set, which will be presented both on DVD and Blu-ray, is wholly intentional as it will coincide with Jackie Robinson Day. It follows the life and career of the famed baseball star and the impact that he had both on the diamond and off. That impact is highlighted through discussions from the likes of famed newsman Tom Brokaw, singers Carly Simon and Harry Belafonte, and even President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama among others.

Jackie Robinson is not the first time that Burns has delved in to the baseball world having helmed his documentary Baseball in 1994. In discussing the film Burns explained that the film came from a desire to focus more closely on Robinson after having helmed that docu-series. “Jackie Robinson is the most important figure in our nation’s most important game,” he said. “He gave us our first lasting progress in civil rights since the Civil War and, ever since I finished my BASEBALL series in 1994, I’ve been eager to make a stand-alone film about the life of this courageous American. There was so much more to say not only about Robinson’s barrier-breaking moment in 1947, but about how his upbringing shaped his intolerance for any form of discrimination and how after his baseball career, he spoke out tirelessly against racial injustice, even after his star had begun to dim.”  Audiences can hear Burns discuss his new film at more length in an interview on CBS’ Face The Nation via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUawlPAl5vA.

Jackie Robinson was co-directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon. It will be available on Tuesday, April 15th and will be released both on DVD and Blu-ray. The program’s double-disc DVD presentation will retail for MSRP of $24.99 and the double-disc Blu-ray presentation for $29.99. It will also be available in a number of combo packages, from which audiences can choose online and pre-order at http://www.shoppbs.org/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&kw=ken%20burns%20jackie%20robinson&origkw=Ken+Burns%27+Jackie+Robinson&sr=1. More information on this and other titles from PBS is available online now at:

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30 For 30: The ’85 Bears Premieres Thursday Night On ESPN

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ESPN will debut the latest chapter in its award-winning film series 30 For 30 this week.
30 For 30: The ’85 Bears will debut Thursday night on ESPN. It will air at 9pm ET on ESPN. Directed by Emmy Award-winning director Jason Hehir (Bernie and Ernie, The Fab Five, Jose Canseco: Last Shot) the program follows the 1985 Chicago Bears squad. the team went nearly undefeated on its way to Super Bowl XX and an NFL championship. The whole thing started with a letter penned by the team’s defensive captains Gary Fencik and Alan Page to then 86-year old team owner George Halas. That team included the likes of William “The Refrigerator” Perry, Jim McMahon, Walter Peyton, and Mike Singletary among others. Of course the one and only Mike Ditka was at the helm when the team won it all.

Hehir shows through his lens a team that no one thought would ever make it to the Super Bowl yet whose differences brought them together and made the team in whole stronger. That strength led them to form a team that came together at just the right time and defied all the expectations of those around the league from players to fans alike. Audiences can check out a trailer for this latest installment of 30 For 30 online now at http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=14503626. More information on this and other films in ESPN’s 30 For 30 series is availabel online now at:

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ESPN’s NBA Saturday Primetime On ABC Presented By La Quinta Launches This Weekend

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ESPN’s NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta makes its debut broadcast this Saturday night.

This weekend’s broadcast of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta marks the first time ever that any of the major broadcast networks will have ever broadcast an NBA game on a primetime NBA weekend series. Mike Breen will have the call for Saturday’s premiere edition of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta. The Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Chicago Bulls on this weekend’s season premiere of ESPN’s new NBA program. He will be joined at the desk by analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson. Lisa Salters will also be on hand for additional commentary.

NBA Countdown will precede Saturday night’s broadcast beginning at 7:30pm ET. Sage Steele will anchor the broadcast, which will also air on ABC. Steele will be joined at the desk by Jalen Rose and Doug Collins. The trio will preview Saturday night’s game and discuss all of the week’s biggest NBA headlines during the broadcast. More information on this weekend’s season premiere edition of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta and NBA Countdown is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

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ESPN Announces Broadcast Team For New NBA Program

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This Saturday, ESPN will launch its new NBA program NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta.  This was just recently announced by the worldwide leader in sports.  Now along with that announcement, the program’s broadcast team has been officially announced.

Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mark Jackson will be courtside for the network’s new broadcast.  Lisa Salters will join the trio for most of the games, which will all be broadcast on ABC.  It all begins Saturday, January 23rd on ABC as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers host Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls.  The program will run for eight weeks over the course of the season.  That run includes appearances by the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, and Oklahoma City thunder.  The complete schedule for ESPN’s NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta is noted below.

 

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game
Sat, Jan. 23 8:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers*
Sat, Jan. 30 8:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Cleveland Cavaliers
Sat, Feb. 20 8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers*
Sat, Feb. 27 8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder
Sat, March 5 8:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls*
Sat, March 12 8:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs*
Sat, March 19 8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs
Sat, April 9 8:30 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls

 

Coverage tips off each week beginning at 8pm ET with a half-hour pre-game show.  Sage Steele will anchor those broadcasts.  Analysts Doug Collins and Jalen Rose will also be on hand for additional commentary.  For those that won’t be near a television during each broadcast, each game will also be available online via WatchESPN.  ESPN Deportes will also simulcast a number of the games on the NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta schedule.  More information on NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

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

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

 

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ESPN Announces Broadcast Site For CGD Season Premiere

Ames, IA - January 17, 2015 - Iowa State University: Rece Davis, Jay Willimas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Bilas on the set of College GameDay Covered by State Farm (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Ames, IA – January 17, 2015 – Iowa State University: Rece Davis, Jay Willimas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Bilas on the set of College GameDay Covered by State Farm
(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm makes its annual return this month.

The worldwide leader in sports’ flagship college basketball program returns Saturday, January 23rd.  Opening weekend will feature a matchup of two Big Ten opponents, #5 Michigan State and #3 Maryland.  The morning broadcast tips off at 11am ET on ESPN.  Later in the evening, Saturday Primetime presented by DIRECTV will air ahead of the night’s game.  Rece Davis will anchor Saturday morning’s broadcast of College GameDay Covered by State Farm.  He will be joined at the desk by analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg, and Jay Williams.  Dan Shulman will have the call for the evening’s game between the Spartans and Terps.  He will be joined in the booth by Jay Bilas.  Reporter Shannon Spake will also be on hand for additional commentary and news throughout the game.

ESPN’s January 23rd edition of College GameDay Covered by State Farm marks the fourth time that the program has aired live from East Lansing.  For the Spartans, the upcoming edition of CGD marks the eighth time that the team has made an appearance on the annual college basketball broadcast.  And for the Terrapins, the game marks the second time that the team has appeared at the site of a CGD broadcast.

Tipoff time for the Spartans/Terrapins matchup will be announced soon. CGD’s broadcast site will be announced one week in advance of its broadcast throughout the course of the program’s annual seven-week run. More information on ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm is available online now along with all of the latest college basketball headlines at:

 

 

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

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

 

 

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ESPN Offering Extensive Coverage Of College Football Playoff Championship

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Next Monday night the 2015 – 2016 college football season finally comes to an end.

A season of hits and hard work finally comes down to just one game next Monday night when Alabama (SEC) and Clemson (ACC) face off for this year’s college football championship.  And ESPN will have full coverage of this year’s championship game.  Kickoff is set for 8:30pm ET on ESPN.  Chris Fowler will have the call for Monday night’s game, presented by AT&T.  He will be joined in the booth by Kirk Herbstreit.  Heather Cox and Tom Rinaldi will also be on hand on the sidelines for additional commentary and reports throughout the game.

Those that won’t be near a TV Monday night can still catch the game as it will be simulcast on ESPN Radio and online via ESPNRadio.com, the ESPN app, SiriusXM, Apple iTunes Radio, Slacker Radio, and TuneIn.  Mike Tirico will have the call for the game’s broadcast on ESPN Radio.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Todd Blackledge.  Holly Rowe, Joe Schad, and Bill Lemonnier will all be on hand on the sidelines for additional commentary and reports for ESPN Radio throughout the game.  Additional information for Monday night’s broadcast of the College Football Championship will be announced as the week progresses.

As the days tick by and anticipation builds for this year’s College Football Championship, ESPN and the ESPN networks will have plenty of in-depth coverage ahead of the big game.  College Football Live will come live from the campus of both Alabama and Clemson.  It will also have a live broadcast from the University of Phoenix Stadium, the site of this year’s championship game.  Joe Tessitore will be live at Alabama’s campus.  He will be joined by analysts Mark May and Booger McFarland, and reporter Tom Rinaldi.  Chris Cotter will be live from Clemson alongside Danny Kanell and analyst Joey Galloway.  Reporters Samantha Ponder and Marty Smith will also be on hand for additional commentary and news.  On Friday, Chris Cotter will anchor College Football Live on site at the University of Phoenix Stadium.  He will be joined live by analysts Joey Galloway, Jesse Palmer, Mack Brown and Todd McShay, and contributor George Whitfield.  That broadcast will air Friday at 1:30pm ET on ESPN.

Along with broadcasts of College Football Live ESPN will also offer college football fans live editions of SportsCenter in the days leading up to the College Football Championship.  David Lloyd will host SportsCenter  Thursday at 1pm ET.  Lindsay Czarniak will host the 6pm edition of SportsCenter Thursday and Friday evening.  Thursday’s broadcast will air live from Alabama and Friday’s from Phoenix.  Saturday morning, SportsCenter will air live from College Football Playoff Media Day from 8am ET – 12:30pm ET.  Matt Barrie, Joe Tessitore will be on hand for the early edition of SportsCenter while John Anderson and John Buccigross will be on hand for the late edition of SportsCenter.  On Monday, SportsCenter will be live from 9am ET to 2:30 pm ET on-site from the University of Phoenix Stadium.  There will also be a follow-up edition of SportsCenter following the game.  Lindsay Czarniak will wrap SportsCenter’s coverage of the College Football Championship Tuesday night at 6pm ET.

The ESPN networks’ extensive coverage of the 2015 – 2016 College Football Championship includes not only coverage from its flagship news broadcast and one of its college football broadcast but also on Face To Face with Hannah Storm.  Monday afternoon at 2:30pm ET, Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney will sit down with ESPN’s Hannah Storm for a special interview.  The coaches will discuss their respective teams’ seasons, the championship game, and much more in a special half-hour edition of the program.

Over on the radio side, Mike and Mike will broadcast on-site on Monday and Tuesday live from the University of Phoenix Stadium as will Rusillo and KanellMike and Mike will be simulcast both days from 6am ET to 10am ET on ESPN2. Rusillo & Kanell will air both days at 1pm ET live from Phoenix. As an additional bonus for fans NFL great Steve Smith, Jr. will join Golic and Greenie Friday morning on Mike and Mike. His appearance comes on the heels of his announcement that he will be returning to the Ravens in 2016 instead of retiring as he had previously announced. Smith will be live from 7:30am – 10am ET.

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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ESPN Networks Release Game Times, More For This Weekend’s CFP Semi-Finals Coverage

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This weekend, the 2015 college football post season is nearing its finale and the ESPN networks will have full coverage of the games leading up to the national championship.

The semi-final round of the college football playoffs begins this Thursday, December 31st with a triple header schedule. It all starts at noon eastern as #18 Houston and #9 Florida State face off in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA. The game will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Radio, and ESPN Deportes. Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, and Tom Luginbill will have the call for ESPN. Jerry Olaya and Robert Abramowitz will have the call on ESPN Deportes. And Dave Flemming, Mike Bellotti, and Allison Williams will team up for the game’s broadcast on ESPN Radio.

ESPN will follow up coverage of the Peach Bowl with the broadcast of the Capital One Orange Bowl at 4pm ET on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio. #4 Oklahoma will take on #1 Clemson in that game. #3 Michigan State and #2 Alamaba round out the day’s semi-final coverage as they face off at 8pm ET in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. That game will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Radio, and ESPN Deportes.

Coverage of the semi-finals continues Friday afternoon at 1pm with the Battlefrog Fiesta Bowl. The fighting Irish of #8 Notre Dame will take on #7 The Ohio State Buckeyes in that matchup. It will be carried live on ESPN, ESPN Radio, and ESPN Deportes. Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, and Todd McShay will have the call for ESPN while Jerry Olaya and Robert Abramonwitz will be back again for ESPN Deportes. Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, and Olivia Harlan will be on the call for ESPN Radio’s broadcast of the game. Following the conclusion of the Fiesta Bowl, ESPN will switch over and head to the west coast for the annual Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwest Mutual. #6 Stanford and #5 Iowa will take to the field for that game. #16 Oklahoma State and #12 ole Miss round out the day’s events in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. That game is scheduled for an 8:30pm ET kickoff. It will be carried live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio.   The full schedule for this weekend’s semi-final round of the 2015 college football playoff is listed below.

New Year’s Six Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game, Matchup and Commentators Networks
Thu, Dec 31 Noon Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl:
No. 18 Houston vs. No. 9 Florida State

TV: Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, Tom Luginbill
ESPN Deportes: Jerry Olaya, Robert Abramowitz
Radio: Dave Flemming, Mike Bellotti, Allison Williams
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
  4 p.m. Capital One Orange Bowl:
No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 1 Clemson
ESPN: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
ESPN Deportes: Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
  8 p.m. Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic:
No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 2 Alabama
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox, Tom Rinaldi
ESPN Deportes: Kenneth Garay, Alex Pombo
Radio: Brad Sham, Danny Kanell, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio Radio
Fri, Jan 1 1 p.m. BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl:
No. 8 Notre Dame vs. No. 7 Ohio State
TV: Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, Todd McShay
ESPN Deportes: Jerry Olaya , Robert Abramonwitz
Radio: Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Harlan
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
  5 p.m. Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual:
No. 6 Stanford vs. No. 5 Iowa
TV: Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor
ESPN Deportes: Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega
Radio: Dave Pasch, Brian Griese
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
  8:30 p.m. Allstate Sugar Bowl:
No. 16 Oklahoma State vs. No. 12 Ole Miss
TV: Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Shannon Spake
ESPN Deportes: Kenneth Garay, Alex Pombo
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio

 

 

More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the 2015 college football post season is available online now along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

 

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

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

 

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