ESPN Networks To Cover WNBA Playoffs

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The 2021 WNBA Playoffs start Thursday, and the ESPN networks will have full coverage of the games.

Coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET Thursday as No. 7 Dallas goes on the road against No. 6 Chicago. Coverage continues at 10 p.m. as No. 5 Phoenix hosts No. 8 New York. Both games will air on ESPN2.

The full schedule for this year’s WNBA Playoffs on the ESPN networks is noted below.’

 WNBA Playoffs Presented by Google – Television Schedule

DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Thu, Sep 238 p.m.First Round (Single Elimination)
No. 7 Dallas at No. 6 Chicago Ryan Ruocco, Rebecco Lobo, Holly Rowe
ESPN2
10 p.m.First Round (Single Elimination)
No. 8 New York at No. 5 Phoenix
Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson, Ros Gold-Onwude
ESPN2
Sun, Sep 26TBD  Second Round (Single Elimination)
TBD at No. 3 Minnesota
TBD
TBD  Second Round (Single Elimination)
TBD at No. 4 Seattle
TBD
Tue, Sep 288 p.m.Semifinals Game 1
TBD at No. 1 Connecticut
ESPN2
10 p.m.Semifinals Game 1
TBD at No. 2 Las Vegas
ESPN2
Thu, Sep 308 p.m.Semifinals Game 2
TBD at No. 1 Connecticut
ESPN2
10 p.m.Semifinals Game 2
TBD at No. 2 Las Vegas
ESPN2
Sun, Oct 3TBDSemifinals Game 3
No. 1 Connecticut at TBD
TBD
TBDSemifinals Game 3
No. 2 Las Vegas at TBD
TBD
Wed, Oct 6TBDSemifinals Game 4*
No. 1 Connecticut at TBD
ESPN
TBDSemifinals Game 4*
No. 2 Las Vegas at TBD
ESPN
Fri, Oct 8TBDSemifinals Game 5*
TBD at No. 1 Connecticut
ESPN2
TBDSemifinals Game 5*
TBD at No. 2 Las Vegas
ESPN2
Sun, Oct 103 p.m.WNBA Finals Game 1ABC
Wed, Oct 139 p.m.WNBA Finals Game 2ESPN
Fri, Oct 159 p.m.WNBA Finals Game 3ESPN2
Sun, Oct173 p.m.WNBA Finals Game 4*ESPN
Tue, Oct 199 p.m.WNBA Finals Game 5*ESPN2

Two broadcast teams will cover the games in this year’s playoffs. They are noted below

  • Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, and Holly Rowe
  • Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson, and Ros Gold-Onwude

Monica McNutt will anchor studio coverage of the playoffs with additional commentary from Carolyn Peck.

More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the 2021 WNBA Playoffs is available along with the latest WNBA headlines at:

Website: https://www.espn.com

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ESPN Announces College Football Championships Broadcast Schedule

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The 2021 college football season is still very young, but ESPN has already planned its coverage of the sport’s “post season.”

A press release distributed Wednesday announced it will air seven conference championship games between Dec. 3 and 4. The conference championship games will be for the Pac-12, Big 12, MAC, Sunbelt Conference, American Athletic Conference, Southwest Athletic Conference, and Atlantic Coast Conference.

Coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET Dec. 3 on ABC and ESPN Radio with coverage of the PAC-12 championship. The other six championships will air throughout the day Dec. 4, starting with the Big 12 and MAC championships at noon. The Big 12 Championship is scheduled to air live on ABC and ESPN Radio while the MAC Championship is scheduled to air on ESPN.

Coverage continues at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN with the Sun Belt Conference Championship. The AAC Champion will be crowned in that conference’s championship game at 4 p.m. ET on ABC.

Kickoff for the SWAC Championship is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The day winds down at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN Radio with coverage of the ACC Championship.

The full Dec. 3-4 CFB Conference Championship Schedule is noted below.

DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Fri, Dec 38 p.m.Pac-12 Championship Game
(Allegiant Stadium – Las Vegas, Nev.)
ABC/ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec 4NoonDr Pepper Big 12 Championship Game
(AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas)
ABC/ESPN Radio
 Rocket Mortgage MAC Championship Game
(Ford Field – Detroit, Mich.)
ESPN
3:30 p.m.Sun Belt Conference Championship Game
(Campus Site TBD)
ESPN
4 p.m.American Athletic Conference Championship Game
(Campus Site TBD)
ABC
 SWAC Championship Game
(Campus Site TBD)
ESPN2
8 p.m.Subway ACC Championship Game
(Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, N.C.)
ABC/ESPN Radio

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

Website: https://espn.com/college-football

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/espncfb

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Turner Sports Announces Details For NHL Pre-Season Double Header Schedule

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Turner Network Sports will start its coverage of the NHL next week.

The company made the announcement Wednesday through a news release. The document states the company will launch its first-ever season of NHL coverage Sept. 30 with a double header schedule.

The schedule opens at 7:30 p.m. ET with a matchup of the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins. The Las Vegas Golden Knights and Los Angeles Kings will take to the ice in the schedule’s second game at 10 p.m. ET.

Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk, and Keith Jones will provide commentary and coverage for the Flyers-Bruins game. Brendan Burke, Darren Pang and Jackie Redmond will have the call for the Golden Knights-Kings game.

Studio coverage for the upcoming double header will come courtesy of host Liam McHugh, analysts Anson Carter and Rick Tocchet, and contributor Tarik El-Bashir.

In related news, TNT will launch its inaugural season of NHL regular season coverage at 7:30 p.m. ET Oct. 13. The opening game in the evening’s double header schedule will see the New York Rangers on the road against their Eastern Conference foes, the Washington Capitals. Later at 10 p.m. ET, the Western Conference takes to the ice as the Colorado Avalanche will host the Chicago Blackhawks.

Counting those two games, TNT’s regular season coverage of the NHL’s 2021-22 season will feature games on 25 Wednesday nights, including 15 double headers. Additionally, TNT’s coverage includes coverage of the 2022 Discover NHL Winter Classic (scheduled to take place Jan. 2, 2022), the 2022 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series (Feb. 26), and 2022 Tim Horton’s NHL Heritage Classic (March 13). Also, TNT will feature seven weekend of Sunday afternoon telecasts in March and April.

TNT’s full broadcast schedule for the 2021-22 NHL season is available here.

Audiences can stream TNT’s NHL coverage via the WatchTNT app on mobile devices and smartTVs, and online here.

More information on Turner Sports’ NHL coverage is available along with all of the company’s headlines at https://twitter.com/TurnerSportsPR.

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PBS, PBS Distribution Score With ‘Baseball’ Re-Issue

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The countdown to the midpoint of Major League Baseball’s 2021 season is underway.  The biggest names in the league will come together next week to put their talents on display in the 2021 MLB All-Star Game.  The game will also determine home field advantage for the World Series.  With the season’s midway point almost reached and all eyes looking forward to the second half of the season, the upcoming break makes for a great time to also look back on the Great American Pastime’s history.  Audiences can once again do just that thanks to PBS Distribution’s recent re-issue of the Ken Burns documentary, Baseball.  Re-issued June 8 on separate DVD and Blu-ray box sets, the documentary is a wonderful presentation for any baseball fan.  That is due in no small part to its content, which will be discussed shortly.  The set’s packaging is especially important to address in this re-issue and will be discussed a little later.  The bonus content that accompanies the set is also of note and will be examined later, too.  Each item noted is important in its own way.  All things considered, these items make the set one more of this year’s top new DVD and Blu-ray re-issues.

PBS Distribution’s recent re-issue of the Ken Burns documentary Baseball is a presentation that any baseball fan will appreciate.  Its appeal is due in no small part to its featured content.  The content in question is exactly the same as that presented in the set’s original release in 2000 and its 2004 and 2010 re-issues (Yes, this is now the documentary’s third re-issue).  The content in question follows the evolution of “America’s Game” from the pre-Civil War years (the 1840s) all the way up to 2009.  Throughout the 23 hours which the program spans, viewers learn about how baseball has brought the nation together in some of its best and worst times.  It also ensures the history of the Negro League is thoroughly highlighted as part of the whole.  The story of Jackie Robinson’s impact on the league and its history is also part of the overall story, as is the impact of performance enhancing drugs in the late 90s and early 2000s.  Simply put, audiences who perhaps did not or do not own this documentary in its previous two releases get the original program – remastered – in this set.  None of the story is omitted, nor is anything added that was not in those releases.  To that end, audiences will be pleased to know that in terms of content, this latest presentation of Baseball is positive.  The primary content featured in PBS Distribution’s latest re-issue of Baseball is just one of its positives.  Its packaging adds to its appeal.

Baseball’s packaging is important to note because it is so ergonomic in comparison to that of the documentary’s prior releases.  Both the DVD and Blu-ray presentation spread the documentary’s 11 discs across three separate cases inside a bigger housing box.  This sounds somewhat bulky, but it really is anything but.  By comparison, the documentary’s 2004 DVD release was far less ergonomic.  It placed each “inning” of the story (yes, the story is divided into “innings” instead of “chapters.”  Got to love that marketing aspect.) on its own disc within a bigger box.  That means that said set was extremely large.  These new sets on the other hand, are far less space consuming.  Each box in this re-issue separates the set’s discs into a count of three, two, and six respectively.  The discs are separated on their own spindle and leaf separate from the other discs.  This protects the discs from one another, dramatically decreasing the chances of the discs being marred.  What’s more, it also ensures the set will take up far less space on audiences’ DVD/BD racks than that 2004 (and even 2010) re-issue.  Speaking of the 2010 re-issue, it separated the “10th Inning” section as a standalone Blu-ray, while the rest of the documentary was still packaged as an overly bulky DVD set.  So again, what audiences are getting here in terms of packaging is a positive presentation in its own right, both on DVD and Blu-ray.  The packaging is exactly the same on both sets and far more ergonomic than that of the documentary’s previous releases.  It is just one more positive of this overall set.  The bonus content that accompanies the set rounds out its most important elements.

The bonus content that accompanies the documentary in its latest presentation is the same as that presented in the set’s 2010 re-issue.  Save for the update about the Red Sox winning the 2004 World Series title, all of the bonus content featured in that set is also the same as that in the set’s 2000 release.  So in other words, audiences get here, all of the same bonus content collected over the course of the documentary’s previous releases.  This means that no viewers will feel cheated.  The bulk of the bonus content is extra interview footage that did not make the final cut for the documentary’s main feature.  Among the most notable of the bonus interview footage is that which focuses on race relations in baseball’s history, asterisks related to PEDs, and the role of baseball post 9/11.  In regards to the matter of race relations, writer Gerald Early states that through much of baseball’s history, there was little attempt by the league’s heads to attract African-American audiences.  Fellow writer Howard Bryant expanded on Early’s comments, stating that instead of looking inward at America’s own African-American community, the league instead looked more toward Latin America and the college ranks.  He added (again, at the time) that this had been the trend over the course of the past 30 years.  On a related note, sportswriter Doug Glanville states counters that as he said “multiculturalism is the next level” for the league.  He was making the comment about the growing globalization of the game in regards to its reach and diversity in the league’s players.

In regards to the extra discussions on baseball’s role post 9/11, former Yankees manager Joe Torre joins Early, and sportswriters Tom Verducci and Selena Roberts to discuss how important it was at the time for the game to return.  Each points out in his/her own way that having the game return was fully necessary because it returned a sense of normalcy to the nation and helped to unite Americans, even if they were not Yankees fans.  As fellow sportswriter Tom Boswell best put it, “It gave us all something to rally around.”

The bonus commentary excerpts are only a portion of the more than two hours of bonus content featured in this re-issue.  Burns and producer Lynn Novick are also featured from their 2010 interview as they talk about how the documentary came about.  According to Burns, Baseball is for all intents and purposes, a “sequel” to The Civil War, another documentary for which he is known.  Novick ads her own comments, stressing that when Baseball originally aired in 1992, there was some trepidation because it aired right as the now infamous players strike happened.  The contrast of the strike and the virtual love letter to the game that was Baseball was stark.  That in itself is sure to make for some discussion among audiences.  Additionally, Novick raises discussion about concerns raised by the league’s heads when she and Burns came to them about making the documentary.  According to Novick, the league officials were concerned about Burns and Novick making the project “a hatchet job” and their changed opinions after seeing the finished product.  The concerns, according to Novick stemmed from the impact of the player’s strike on public opinion and the impact of the PED scandal on public opinion.  To that end, their concerns were justified.  It can be appreciated why the league would have been tentative about having this documentary released.  Keeping this in mind along with everything else shared in the interviews with Burns and Novick, and in the bonus interview segments, the whole of the bonus content makes for its own appeal.  When the appeal of the bonus content is considered along with that created through the documentary’s primary content and packaging, the whole makes this re-issue a positive overall presentation for baseball fans and those of PBS and Ken Burns.

PBS Distribution’s latest re-issue of the Ken Burns documentary Baseball is a positive presentation.  It will appeal equally to baseball fans and those of Burns and PBS.  That is proven in part through its primary content.  The primary content in question is the same as that presented in the documentary’s previous releases.  That means that whether audiences own the documentary’s previous releases, everyone will be on the same level in terms of that content.  The content in question takes audiences through baseball’s history, from its infancy in the pre-Civil War era up to 2009.  That is a wide swath of the game’s history.  The set’s packaging is also a positive for this presentation.  That is because in the case of the DVD and Blu-ray platform, the packaging is far more ergonomic than that of the documentary’s previous DVD releases.  The bonus content, like the primary content, is the same as that in the documentary’s prior releases.  As with that primary content, this also ensures that audiences are all on the same level.  The more than two hours of content adds its own share of engagement and entertainment for audiences.  When it is considered along with the documentary’s primary content and packaging, the whole makes this presentation one more of this year’s top new DVD and BD re-issues.  Baseball is available now.

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ESPN Kicks Off 2021 College Baseball Season With Extensive Broadcast Schedule

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The 2021 college baseball season is officially underway, and the ESPN networks have extensive coverage for the first full weekend and week of the season.

Coverage started at 2 p.m. ET Friday with a matchup of Evansville and Georgia on ESPN+. Other games featured in the busy opening day schedule were face-offs between Cincinnati and Clemson; Louisiana and Tulane, and No. 21 Miami and No. 1 Florida.

Coverage continues at 6 p.m. ET as UCF hosts Florida Atlantic on ESPN+. No. 25 East Carolina University will host Rhode Island at 7 p.m. ET, also on ESPN+.

The ESPN networks’ coverage of the opening week and weekend of the 2021 college baseball season is scheduled to run through Feb. 28. The full broadcast schedule, which includes games on the ACC Network, Longhorn Network, SECN+ and ESPN+ is noted below.

DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
 Fri. Feb.  196 p.m.Florida Atlantic at UCFESPN+
 7 p.m.Rhode Island at No. 25 East CarolinaESPN+
  No. 19 Tennessee at Georgia SouthernESPN+
 7:30 p.m.No. 20 Oklahoma State at Sam Houston StateESPN+
Sat, Feb. 20NoonEvansville at GeorgiaSECN+
 1 p.m.No. 21 Miami at No. 1 FloridaSECN+
  Dayton at No. 18 South CarolinaSECN+
  Bellarmine at No. 5 LouisvilleACCNX
  UConn at No. 16 VirginiaACCNX
 2 p.m.Notre Dame at No. 12 LSUSECN+
  North Florida at No. 24 Florida StateACCNX
  Eastern Kentucky at No. 15 Georgia TechACCNX
  Bryant at High PointESPN+
  Toledo at USC UpstateESPN+
  Mississippi Valley State at SE LouisianaESPN+
  No. 19 Tennessee at Georgia SouthernESPN+
  Duke at Coastal CarolinaESPN+
  Elon at UNC GreensboroESPN+
 3 p.m.Presbyterian at No. 23 AuburnSECN+
  McNeese State at AlabamaSECN+
  Wright State at No. 4 VanderbiltSECN+
  Xavier at Texas A&MSECN+
  Cincinnati at ClemsonACCNX
  Liberty at CampbellESPN+
  UT Martin at SamfordESPN+
  Texas Southern at HoustonESPN+
  Louisiana at TulaneESPN+
 4 p.m.Longwood at The CitadelESPN+
 6 p.m.Northeastern at No. 17 Wake Forest John Schriffen, Gaby SanchezACC Network
 6:30 p.m.Xavier at Texas A&MSECN+
Sun, Feb. 2111 a.m.North Florida at Florida StateACCNX
  Kent State at Virginia TechACCNX
 NoonEvansville at GeorgiaSECN+
  Dayton at No. 18 South CarolinaSECN+
  Bellarmine at No. 5 LouisvilleACCNX
  Duke at Coastal CarolinaESPN+
 1 p.m.No. 21 Miami at No. 1 FloridaSECN+
  Notre Dame at No. 12 LSUSECN+
  Xavier at Texas A&MSECN+
  UConn at No. 16 VirginiaACCNX
  Cincinnati at ClemsonACCNX
  Northeastern at No. 17 Wake ForestACCNX
  Eastern Kentucky at No. 15 Georgia TechACCNX
  Liberty at CampbellESPN+
  Toledo at USC UpstateESPN+
  Longwood at The CitadelESPN+
  No. 19 Tennessee at Georgia SouthernESPN+
  Texas Southern at HoustonESPN+
  Rhode Island at No. 25 East CarolinaESPN+
  Elon at UNC GreensboroESPN+
  Bryant at High PointESPN+
 2 p.m.SE Missouri State at South AlabamaESPN+
  UT Martin at SamfordESPN+
  Mississippi Valley State at SE LouisianaESPN+
  Louisiana at TulaneESPN+
 2:30 p.m.Kent State at Virginia TechACCNX
 3 p.m.Bellarmine at No. 5 LouisvilleACCNX
 3:30 p.m.Duke at Coastal CarolinaESPN+
Mon, Feb. 2212:05 p.m.TBD at KansasBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 5 p.m.UT Rio Grande Valley at BaylorBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 7 p.m.BYU at Texas StateESPN+
 7:30 p.m.Louisiana Tech at No. 12 LSUSECN+
Tue, Feb. 233 p.m.VMI at No. 16 Virginia Anish Shroff, Mike RooneyACC Network
  Eastern Kentucky at No. 5 LouisvilleACCNX
  UNC Greensboro at No. 13 NC StateACCNX
 4 p.m.Miami (OH) at KentuckySECN+
  Winthrop at No. 18 South CarolinaSECN+
  Radford at Virginia TechACCNX
  Coastal Carolina at No. 17 Wake ForestACCNX
  Belmont at North AlabamaESPN+
  Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at HoustonESPN+
  Duke at No. 25 East CarolinaESPN+
  UNC Asheville at Western CarolinaESPN+
 4:30 p.m.Arkansas-Pine Bluff at No. 19 TennesseeSECN+
 5 p.m.Arkansas State at No. 6 Ole MissSECN+
  Alabama State at SamfordESPN+
  UALR at No. 20 Oklahoma StateBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 5:30 p.m.Western Kentucky at No. 4 VanderbiltSECN+
 6 p.m.Stetson at UCFESPN+
 6:30 p.m.No. 21 Miami at USFESPN+
 7 p.m.New Orleans at TulaneESPN+
  Louisiana Tech at LouisianaESPN+
 7:30 p.m.Abilene Christian at Texas A&MSECN+
  Southern Miss at South AlabamaESPN+
  Texas Southern at No. 10 TCUBig 12 Now on ESPN+
Wed, Feb. 241 p.m.Mercer at No. 15 Georgia Tech Clay Matvick, Roddy JonesACC Network
 4 p.m.UT Martin at AlabamaSECN+
  North Carolina A&T at LibertyESPN+
 4:30 p.m.Arkansas-Pine Bluff at No. 19 TennesseeSECN+
 5 p.m.UALR at No. 20 Oklahoma StateBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 7 p.m.No. 12 LSU at LouisianaESPN+
 7:30 p.m.BYU at No. 9 Texas Keith Moreland, Greg SwindellLonghorn Network
  Tarleton State at Texas A&MSECN+
Thu, Feb. 254 p.m.SE Missouri State at No. 8 ArkansasSECN+
 7:30 p.m.BYU at No. 9 Texas Keith Moreland, Greg SwindellLonghorn Network
Fri, Feb. 262 p.m.Mount St. Mary’s at RichmondESPN+
 3 p.m.Boston College at Duke Mike Monaco, Adam GreenbergACC Network
  Western Illinois at No. 5 LouisvilleACCNX
  No. 16 Virginia at North CarolinaACCNX
  No. 15 Georgia Tech at No. 13 NC StateACCNX
  UMass Lowell at St. John’sESPN3
 4 p.m.Milwaukee at KentuckySECN+
  Wright State at AlabamaSECN+
  SE Missouri State at No. 8 ArkansasSECN+
  No. 18 South Carolina at ClemsonACCNX
  Notre Dame at No. 17 Wake ForestACCNX
  Western Michigan at Kansas StateBig 12 Now on ESPN+
  Bryant at Coastal CarolinaESPN+
  SIU Edwardsville at Wichita StateESPN+
 4:30 p.m.Indiana State at No. 19 TennesseeSECN+
 5 p.m.Gardner-Webb at GeorgiaSECN+
  UCF at No. 6 Ole MissSECN+
  Dayton at CampbellESPN+
  Illinois State at No. 20 Oklahoma StateBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 5:30 p.m.Georgia State at No. 4 VanderbiltSECN+
 6 p.m.Pitt at No. 24 Florida StateACCNX
 6:30 p.m.Samford at No. 1 FloridaSECN+
 7 p.m.Virginia Tech at No. 21 MiamiACCNX
  No. 25 East Carolina at Georgia SouthernESPN+
 7:30 p.m.BYU at No. 9 Texas Keith Moreland, Greg SwindellLonghorn Network
  Liberty at No. 10 TCUBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 8 p.m.Youngstown State at No. 12 LSUSECN+
  Oregon State at Grand CanyonESPN3
Sat, Feb. 27NoonGardner-Webb at GeorgiaSECN+
  UMass Lowell at St. John’sESPN3
 1 p.m.Western Illinois at No. 5 LouisvilleACCNX
 2 p.m.Milwaukee at KentuckySECN+
  Georgia State at No. 4 VanderbiltSECN+
  Pitt at No. 24 Florida StateACCNX
  No. 16 Virginia at North CarolinaACCNX
  No. 15 Georgia Tech at No. 13 NC StateACCNX
  No. 25 East Carolina at Georgia SouthernESPN+
 2:30 p.m.Indiana State at No. 19 TennesseeSECN+
  UCF at No. 6 Ole MissSECN+
 3 p.m.BYU at No. 9 Texas Keith Moreland, Greg SwindellLonghorn Network
  Wright State at AlabamaSECN+
  Youngstown State at No. 12 LSUSECN+
  Dayton at CampbellESPN+
  Western Michigan at Kansas StateBig 12 Now on ESPN+
  Liberty at No. 10 TCUBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 3:30 p.m.UMass Lowell at St. John’sESPN3
 4 p.m.Clemson at No. 18 South CarolinaSECN+
  SE Missouri State at No. 8 ArkansasSECN+
  Notre Dame at No. 17 Wake ForestACCNX
  No. 14 West Virginia at Coastal CarolinaESPN+
 5 p.m.Illinois State at No. 20 Oklahoma StateBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 5:30 p.m.Georgia State at No. 4 VanderbiltSECN+
 7 p.m.No. 16 Virginia Tech at No. 21 MiamiACCNX
 7:30 p.m.Nicholls State at No. 12 LSUSECN+
 8 p.m.Pitt at No. 24 Florida State Roy Philpott, Gaby SanchezACC Network
Sun, Feb. 28NoonMount St. Mary’s at RichmondESPN+
 12:05 p.m.Boston College at DukeACCNX
 1 p.m.Milwaukee at KentuckySECN+
  Gardner-Webb at GeorgiaSECN+
  Indiana at No. 19 TennesseeSECN+
  Western Illinois at No. 5 LouisvilleACCNX
  Pitt at No. 24 Florida StateACCNX
  No. 16 Virginia at North CarolinaACCNX
  Virginia Tech at No. 21 MiamiACCNX
  Notre Dame at No. 17 Wake ForestACCNX
  Dayton at CampbellESPN+
  No. 25 East Carolina at Georgia SouthernESPN+
  Navy at George MasonESPN+
  UMass Lowell at St. John’sESPN3
 1:30 p.m.Clemson at No. 18 South CarolinaSECN+
 2 p.m.Wright State at AlabamaSECN+
  SE Missouri State at No. 8 ArkansasSECN+
  Georgia State at No. 4 VanderbiltSECN+
  Western Michigan at Kansas StateBig 12 Now on ESPN+
  Liberty at No. 10 TCUBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 2:30 p.m.UCF at No. 6 Ole MissSECN+
 3 p.m.Kennesaw State at Coastal CarolinaESPN+

More information on ESPN’s college baseball coverage is available along with all of the latest college sports headlines at:

Website: https://www.espn.com/college-sports

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ESPN Announces Early Details For 2021 MLB Broadcast Schedule

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Baseball is officially coming back!

ESPN announced Wednesday, it will start airing Major League Baseball’s spring training games beginning March 2. The schedule opens with the matchup of last year’s World Series runner up, Tampa Bay taking on Boston at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Coverage continues through the week with the Mariners and Cubs facing off March 3; Washington and the Mets on March 4, and the World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers taking on the Kansas City Royals on March 5. All four games will simulcast on TV on ESPN and online through the ESPN App. ESPN Deportes will carry a Spanish language broadcast of the Dodgers/Royals game March 5.

In related news, ESPN’s MLB 2021 regular season coverage starts on Opening Night, April 1. The Nationals and Mets will go under the lights live on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET for the game.

ESPN’s season-opening edition of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell is scheduled to air at 8:30 p.m. ET, April 4 on ESPN. The Los Angeles Angels Angels and Chicago White Sox will face off in this year’s season premiere.

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

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Shout! Factory, MLB Productions To Release 2020 World Series Next Month

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Shout! Factory and MLB Productions will bring the 2020 World Series home next month.

2020 World Series Collector’s Edition is scheduled for release Feb. 9 through Shout! Factory and Major League Baseball Productions. The set will feature the 2020 World Series in whole on separate DVD and Blu-ray presentations. As added bonuses, each platform’s presentation will also feature Game 3 of the National League Division Series and Game Seven of the National League Championship Series to enhance the set’s presentation.

2020 World Series Collector’s Edition is expected to retail for MSRP of $59.98 (DVD) and $74.98 (Blu-ray). Its release follows that of its companion documentary film 2020 World SeriesLos Angeles Dodgers, which was released Dec. 8.

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ESPN To Air Annual Heisman Trophy Ceremony Tuesday

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The Heisman Trophy ceremony is now only days away.

This year’s ceremony will take place Tuesday live from ESPN’s Bristol, CT studios. The network is scheduled to broadcast the ceremony live at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Chris Fowler will anchor the one-hour broadcast. Reporter Maria Taylor will provide additional commentary from this year’s finalists — Alabama Quarterback Mac Jones, Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence, Alabama Wide Receiver DeVonta Smith, and Florida QB Kyle Trask. Analysts and former Heisman Trophy winners Desmond Howard (1991) and Tim Tebow (2007) will provide additional commentary remotely.

Leading up to Tuesday night’s ceremony, ESPN’s digital and social platforms will stream The Heisman Show presented by Nissan. The half-hour stream is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET. Christine Williamson and Harry Lyles. Jr. will co-anchor the stream.

ESPN has been the exclusive home of the Heisman Trophy ceremony since 1994.

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Mercari Texas Bowl Cancelled

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Less than a week after getting a new title sponsor, the Texas Bowl is now a no-go

The Mercari Texas Bowl will not happen this year. ESPN made the announcement Tuesday through a press release. According to information provided by ESPN, the cancellation — now the 16th on the year — is due to “an increased number of positive COVID-19 tests and other circumstances within the TCU football team.”

This year’s Texas Bowl was scheduled to take place at 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 31 on ESPN from NRG stadium. It was going to feature a matchup of TCU and Arkansas.

Texas Bowl Executive Director David Fletcher addressed the cancellation in a prepared statement.

“While we are disappointed in canceling this year’s game, we look forward to hosting both the Texas Kickoff and Texas Bowl next season,” said Fletcher. “We appreciate everyone’s support, including our new title sponsor, Mercari.”

Refunds are available for all ticketholders through the outlets through which they purchased tickets.

Tuesday’s announcement is now the fifth this month as well as being the 16th this season. The Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl was cancelled Dec. 23.

The list of bowl games cancelled is noted below.

  1. Bahamas Bowl (C-USA vs. MAC)
  2. Celebration Bowl (MEAC vs. SWAC)
  3. Fenway Bowl (AAC vs. ACC)
  4. Hawaii Bowl (AAC vs. Mountain West)
  5. Holiday Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  6. Las Vegas Bowl (Pac-12 vs. SEC)
  7. Los Angeles Bowl (Pac-12 vs. Mountain West)
  8. Pinstripe Bowl (ACC vs. Big Ten)
  9. Quick Lane Bowl (ACC, Big Ten, MAC)
  10. Redbox Bowl (Big Ten vs. Pac-12)
  11. Sun Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  12. Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl (AAC vs. WAC)
  13. Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl (SEC vs. AAC)
  14. Perspecta Military Bowl (AAC vs. ACC)
  15. Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl (SEC vs. C-USA)
  16. Mercari Texas Bowl (Big 12 vs. SEC)

The remaining schedule for Capital One Bowl Mania is noted below.

DateTime (ET)Event/CommentatorsNetwork
Tue, Dec. 295:30 p.m.Cheez-It Bowl
Oklahoma State vs. Miami
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
 9 p.m.Valero Alamo Bowl
Texas vs. Colorado
Alamodome – San Antonio, Texas
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic Sr., Kris Budden
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Trevor Matich
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Wed, Dec. 30NoonDuke’s Mayo Bowl
Wake Forest vs. Wisconsin
Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, N.C.
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Marty Smith
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
 4 p.m.TransPerfect Music City Bowl
Iowa vs. Missouri
Nissan Stadium – Nashville, Tenn.
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Thu, Dec. 31NoonLockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl*
Tulsa vs. Mississippi State
Amon G. Carter Stadium – Fort Worth, Texas
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
 4 p.m.AutoZone Liberty Bowl
West Virginia vs. Tennessee
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium – Memphis, Tenn.
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
Radio: Jay Alter, Brad Edwards
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
 1 p.m.Vrbo Citrus Bowl
Auburn vs. Northwestern
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Paul Carcaterra
ABC
Fri, Jan. 1NoonTaxSlayer Gator Bowl
N.C. State vs. Kentucky
TIAA Bank Field – Jacksonville, Fla.
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Lericia Harris
ESPN
Sat, Jan. 212:30 p.m.Outback Bowl
Ole Miss vs. Indiana
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla.
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
ABC
    

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Nominees Announced For ‘The Home Depot College Football Awards’

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And the nominees are….

ESPN officials announced the nominees Tuesday, for the network’s annual Home Depot College Football Awards. the nominees for each category are noted below.

The Home Depot College Football Awards Finalists

NCFAA awards announced during The Home Depot College Football Awards:

Chuck Bednarik Award
College Defensive Player of the Year  
Zaven Collins, Tulsa (Jr.)
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame (Sr.) Patrick Surtain II, Alabama (Jr.)
Biletnikoff Award
Outstanding Receiver
Elijah Moore, Ole Miss (Jr.)
Kyle Pitts, Florida (Jr.)
DeVonta Smith, Alabama (Sr.)
Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award
Nation’s Outstanding Placekicker  
Jose Borregales, Miami (Sr.)
Jake Oldroyd, BYU (So.)
Will Reichard, Alabama (So.)
Ray Guy Award
College Punter of the Year  
Jake Camarda, Georgia (Jr.)
Pressley Harvin III, Georgia Tech (Sr.)
Lou Hedley, Miami (Jr.)
Maxwell Award
College Player of the Year  
Mac Jones, Alabama (Jr.)
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson (Jr.)
DeVonta Smith, Alabama (Sr.)
Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award
Nation’s Best Quarterback  
Mac Jones, Alabama (Jr.)
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson (Jr.)
Kyle Trask, Florida (Sr.)
Outland Trophy
Nation’s Most Outstanding Interior Lineman  
Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame (Gr.)
Alex Leatherwood, Alabama (Sr.)
Daviyon Nixon, Iowa (Jr.)
Paycom Jim Thorpe Award
Nation’s Best Defensive Back  
Richie Grant, UCF (Sr.)
Trevon Moehrig, TCU (Jr.)
Patrick Surtain II, Alabama (Jr.)
Doak Walker Award
Nation’s Premier Running Back  
Travis Etienne, Clemson (Sr.)
Breece Hall, Iowa State (So.)
Najee Harris, Alabama (Sr.)

Additional honors recognized during The Home Depot College Football Awards:

The Home Depot Coach of the YearWinner announced January 5
William V. Campbell Trophy Presented By Mazda
Scholar-Athlete
Full list of finalists available here.
Disney Spirit Award
Most Inspirational Player or Team
Darien Rencher, Clemson (Sr.)
The Allstate AFCA Good Works TeamFull list of team members available here.
Walter Camp All America Team Full team announced on January 7.
John Mackey Award
Outstanding Tight End
Charlie Kolar, Iowa State (Jr.)
Kyle Pitts, Florida (Jr.)
Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M (So.)
Rimington Trophy
Outstanding Center
Landon Dickerson, Alabama (Sr.)
Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa (So.)
Josh Myers, Ohio State (Jr.)
Wuerffel Trophy
Community Service
Sam Ehlinger, Texas (Sr.)
Teton Saltes, New Mexico (Sr.)
Shai Werts, Georgia Southern (Sr.)  

 Other awards given this postseason:

Broyles Award
Assistant Coach of the Year
Marcus Freeman, Cincinnati
Jeff Grimes, BYU
Mike Hankwitz, Northwestern
Steve Sarkisian, Alabama
Kane Wommack, Indiana 
Burlsworth Trophy
College football’s most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on
Dax Milne, BYU (Jr.)
Grant Morgan, Arkansas (Sr.)
Jimmy Morrissey, Pitt (Sr.)

The Home Depot College Football Awards is scheduled to broadcast at 7 p.m. ET on Jan. 7 on ESPN. The 90-minute broadcast will honor the accomplishments of some of the game’s top student-athletes.

Chris Fowler will anchor the broadcast. Reporter Holly Rowe will provide additional stories and commentary for the program.

Pete Derzis, ESPN Senior Vice President of College Sports Programming and Events said in a prepared statement, the upcoming broadcast will not feature a live audience, but stressed that will not lessen the program’s content.

The Home Depot College Football Awards will continue to be what they have always been, and that is a celebration of elite performances in college football,” said Derzis.  “While the award show will look different this year due to COVID-19, the spirit of the show remains the same. We look forward to honoring the stellar performances produced by these student-athletes this season.”

National College Football Awards Association President Mark Wolpert added to Derzis’ statements with his own comments.

“With all of the challenges faced in the 2020 season, we are looking forward to the opportunity to celebrate the game, its players, coaches and the amazing performances that have taken place,” said Wolpert. “This season’s award show will truly be a recognition of not only the top players, but more importantly the incredible efforts involved in making this season possible.”

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