ESPN Announces Broadcast Teams For 2015 NFL Draft

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Courtesy: ESPN

The clock is ticking. And very soon, NFL teams and fans around the country will get their first glimpse at what their favorite team may look like come Septmber when ESPN and the NFL broadcast the annual NFL Draft.

The NFL Draft will air April 30th – May 2nd on ESPN live from the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. in primetime with limited commercial interruption. While it is not known who will go to which team later this month, it is now known who will be handling hosting duties for this year’s draft. Chris Berman will host Round 1, marking his 35th year covering the annual selection show. He will be joined by Mel Kiper, Jr., who will be making his 32nd appearance at the draft. ESPN Monday Night Football analyst and Super Bowl champion coach Jon Gruden, Super Bowl champion and ESPN analyst Ray Lewis, and NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Mortensen and Schefter will join Berman, Gruden, Lewis and Kiper at a second desk insie the theatre. Reporter Suzy Kolber will have interviews on the gold carpet and in the green room.

Rounds two and three of this year’s NFL Draft will be hosted by Trey Wingo. He will be joined by Super Bowl Champion quarterback Trent Dilfer and NFL Draft analysts Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay. Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter, and Suzy Kolber will each contribute to the broadcast of Round two and three as well.

Trey Wingo will return on Saturday, May 2nd to host Rounds Four through Seven of this year’s NFL Draft. He will be joined once again by Mel Kiper, Jr., and Todd McShay. Six-time NFL Executive of the year and NFL Hall of Fame inductee Bill Polian will also contribut to Saturday’s broadcast along with Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.

Along with its main broadcast teams, ESPN will also have bureau reporters assigne to a number of NFL team sites and two of the top NFL Draft prospects. That list of reporters is noted below:

  • Florida State’s Jameis Winston in Alabama (Tom Rinaldi)
  • Oregon’s Marcus Mariota in Hawaii (Shelley Smith)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Ed Werder)
  • Tennessee Titans (Sal Paolantonio)
  • New York Jets (Josina Anderson)
  • Chicago Bears (Bob Holtzman)
  • St. Louis Rams (Britt McHenry)
  • Cleveland Browns (Jeremy Fowler)
  • San Diego Chargers (Jim Trotter)

ESPN will offer additional coverage of the 2015 NFL Draft across multiple platforms and editions of NFL Insiders, NFL Live, and SportsCenter. Each program will broadcast from Chicago beginning April 30th. The full broadcast schedule for the 2015 NFL Draft is noted below. All times are EST.

ESPN NFL Draft TV schedule (April 30-May 2):

Thu, Apr 30

2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN3:30-4:30 p.m. NFL Live Presented by NAPA ESPN

7-8 p.m. SportsCenter Special Presented by Golden Corral: Draft Countdown ESPN

8-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Round 1) ESPN


Fri, May 1

2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN

3:30-4:30 p.m. NFL Live Presented by NAPA ESPN

7-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Rounds 2-3) ESPN2


Sat, May 2

12-8 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Rounds 4-7) ESPN

All of the latest information on ESPN’s coverage of the 2015 NFL Draft is available online now at:

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MLB Productions Releasing New Babe Ruth Documentary This Spring

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Courtesy: Lionsgate/A&E Networks/A&E Home Video/MLB Productions

This spring, MLB Productions will examine the life and career of one of baseball’s greatest figures when it releases American Hercules: Babe Ruth.

American Hercules: Babe Ruth will be released on DVD on Tuesday, May 19th. It will be released in partnership with Lionsgate and A&E Networks. The film, narrated by veteran actor Martin Sheen, examines Ruth’s life and career from his early days as a youth in Baltimore to his time as a member of both the Red Sox and the Yankees. Along the way, it examines why Ruth remains such a revered figure among both baseball players and fans alike to this day. It does all of this through the use of new psychological and historical perspectives on Ruth the man and Ruth the legend.

American Hercules: Babe Ruth will retail for MSRP of $19.98. It can be ordered online via MLB Production’s online store at http://shop.mlb.com. More information on this and other titles from MLB Productions is available online now at:

Website: http://mlbproductions.com

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

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MLB Productions’ Giants World Series Film Is A Giant Hit For Team’s Fans

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The countdown is on.  Spring training is winding down and opening day is now only days away.  In anticipation of Major League Baseball’s 2015 season, MLB Productions has just the thing to get fans–San Francisco Giants at least–into the mood for the upcoming season.  While it was released late last year, MLB Productions’ San Francisco Giants: World Series Champions 2014–Official 2014 World Series Film is just the thing to get at least Giants fans excited for the 2015 season.  The main reason that it will get fans excited is the story presented across the film’s near ninety-minute run time.  The story follows the Giants from the ups and downs of the team’s 2014 regular season ride to its incredible seven-game series against the underdog Kansas City Royals.  It spends most of its time focusing on the Giants’ 2014 World Series.  Though there is just enough focus on the regular season to enhance the importance of the team’s World Series appearance this year.  The editing that went into the film should also be noted in terms of what makes it so enjoyable for fans.  The editing includes the mix of the interviews and game footage throughout the film.  The work of the film’s editors helps keep the film’s pacing solid and in turn keeps audiences engaged from start to finish.  This is especially the case when taking into account actor Colin Hanks’ (King Kong, Dexter, Orange County) narration of the film.  Hanks’ almost deadpan deliery somehow makes the on-field action all the more gripping.  Perhaps it is because despite being a Giants’ loyalist, no favoritism is displayed in his delivery.  That coupled with the work of the film’s editors shows why the editing should be noted in its success just as much as the story itself.  Last but not least of all to note in examining what makes this film so enjoyable at least for Giants fans is the inclusion of the film’s bonus material.  The bonus features include the Giants’ full victory parade after the team’s surprising World Series win, a short feature on Giants star Michael Morse, and some of the most important moments of the 2014 World Series among a handful of others.  Whether for the noted bonus features or those not noted, the bonus material in full proves to be yet another reason that fans both of the Giants and baseball fans in general will enjoy this film.  All three elements together prove San Francisco Giants: World Series Champions 2014–Official 2014 World Series Film to be yet another win for MLB Productions and a must have for any Giants fans as the days count down to the 2015 season’s opening day.

The story that was the Giants’ 2014 season is one of the league’s more interesting stories, even coming into the 2015 season.  As audiences will see in San Francisco Giants: World Series Champions 2014–Official 2014 World Series Film, the Giant’s road to the World Series was anything but perfect.  The same can be said of the team’s seven-game series against the upstart Royals.  That story of the team’s up and down season and post-season is the central reason for the enjoyment of this recently released Blu-ray.  While it does highlight the ups and downs of the team’s regular season run, most of the story’s time is spent on the Giants’ post-season efforts.  Audiences will appreciate the efforts of those responsible for bringing the story to life as said individuals didn’t just sweep over the team’s regular season highlights or even focus too much on them.  The same can be said of the Giant’s post-season run up to the World Series, too.  Everything is relatively well-balanced, heightening the emotional impact of the team’s wins and losses alike.  The first-person commentary from the likes of Hunter Pence, Madison Bumgarner, Travis Ishikawa and others adds even more to that emotional depth.  And anyone that is familiar with WWE superstar Daniel Bryan will enjoy the story of how his “Yes” gimmick became a season-long rallying cry for the Giants and their fans.  These are just some examples of why the story behind San Francisco Giants: World Series Champions 2014–Official 2014 World Series Film makes it a must have for at least any Giants fan and any baseball enthusiast in general.  There is much more that could be noted here.  But there is not enough space or time for that.  Audiences will find plenty more of the film’s story to appreciate when they purchase this film for themselves.  In the same vein, the film’s editing is just as important to its success.  If not for the editing, the story presented on the disc might not have otherwise been worth the watch.

MLB Productions has maintained a high standard of storytelling and of editing in its presentations for years.  From its “Essential Games” collections to its stand-alone presentations the stories presented by MLB Productions have been gripping and fully engaging.  The story presented in San Francisco Giants: World Series Champions 2014–Official 2014 World Series Film is no different.  The same can be said of said films’ editing.  The editing involved in this film is no exception to that rule, either.  Between the game footage, the sound bites from the Giants players and staff, and their personal insights each element compliments the other from beginning to end.  Just as with the story telling itself, the editing that works with the storytelling plays its own part in keeping audiences entertained and engaged.  From the natbursts of the team chanting “yes” along with its fans at AT&T Park to the slow motion shots of Bumgarner throwing his pitches to the scene transitions and more, the editing throughout the film will leave audiences in awe.  It is one more standard that has for years kept MLB Productions’ presentations among the best in sports films.  Together with that aforementioned solid storytelling, it shows even more clearly why San Francisco Giants: World Series Champions 2014–Official 2014 World Series Film is a welcome addition to any Giants’ fan’s home library.

The editing and storytelling that went into San Francisco Giants: World Series Champions 2014–Official 2014 World Series Film collectively show plenty of reason for baseball fans (and especially Giants fans) to add this film to their home libraries.  While both elements show plenty of reason for fans to purchase this film, there is still one more element included in its presentation that pushes it over the top.  That final element is the film’s collective bonus material. Included with the film as bonus material is the Giants’ full victory parade, specific highlights from the team’s season and post season, and even a fun little look into one of the team’s long-running traditions to “welcome” new pitchers to the team among plenty of other extras. The tradition in question will have audiences laughing, especially when manager Bruce Bochy’s son opens his lunchbox. Yes, the tradition in question involves lunch boxes. And it is absolutely hilarious. That much will be said and no more for the benefit of those that have yet to see this tradition for themselves. It is original, needless to say. The victory parade shows the pure joy of the players, having overcome so much adversity including injuries that hurt the team’s post-season chances, low expectations early on in the season by the talking heads, and more. It is a truly powerful and moving moment even for those that might not be Giants loyalists. It’s just one of so many great moments that will leave viewers agreeing that the bonus material included with this disc is indeed deserving of the title “Bonus.” It is one more moment that shows why the presentation’s bonus material is just as important to the film as the editing or even the storytelling. And in seeing this, audiences will agree why together with the film’s editing and storytelling, all three elements make San Francisco Giants: World Series Champions 2014–Official 2014 World Series Film a welcome addition to the home library of any Giants fan and any baseball enthusiast in general.

There is a lot to say to the positive in regards to San Francisco Giants: World Series Champions 2014–Official 2014 World Series Film. The story presented within the film will keep viewers engaged from start to finish. The film’s equally impressive editing plays its own part in making the story so enthralling, too. The bonus features included with the film add even more depth and enjoyment to the story of the team’s 2014 season. Whether for the in-depth look at the team’s season, the more lighthearted moments or the more emotional moments, the bonus features live up to their title. And together with the story itself and the film’s editing, the presentation in whole again proves itself well worth the watch by any Giants fan and baseball fan in general. And it is just as worth the addition to any fan’s home library. San Francisco Giants: World Series Champions 2014–Official 2014 World Series Film is available online now and can be ordered direct via MLB Productions’ online store at http://shop.mlb.com/product/index.jsp?productId=51967716&cp=1452365.2184768. More information on this and other titles from MLB Productions is available online at:

Website: http://mlbproductions.com

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ESPN Networks To Cover Entire 2015 Frozen Four Tournament

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Every year around this time, the annual “March Madness” tournament takes center stage in the sports world. Whether fans bleed blue, red, yellow, black, or any other color it seems that everybody is a basketball fan. This includes even people who would normally otherwise not watch basketball, college or otherwise. What fewer people realize is that another college sport kicks off its championship tournament this weekend. This weekend, the road to the 2015 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four Kicks off.

The puck hits the ice for the road to the 2015 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four this weekend. And fans will be able to catch every game across the ESPN family of networks. It all begins with regional play this Friday, March 27th. Coverage of the regional round runs through this Sunday, March 29th. Yale and #3 Boston University will open the Northeast Regional in Manchester New Hampshire Friday, March 27th. That game will be broadcast live at 2pm ET on ESPNU. Fans won’t have to change the channel after that game ends as Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth follow at 5:30 pm ET. The winners of those two games will meet in the Northeast Regional Final Saturday, March 28th at 5:30pm ET on ESPN2. Dan Parkhurst and Billy Jaffe will have the call for both games.

The Western Regional Semi-final round opens Friday at 4:30pm ET on ESPN3. It features a matchup of Saint Cloud State and Michigan Tech. Over on ESPNU, Quinnipiac will take on North Dakota in the day’s other Western Regional semi-final matchup. The puck is expected to drop for that game at 8pm ET. The winners of that pair of games will face off in the Western Regional Final on March 28th at 9pm ET on ESPNU. Calling the games in the West will be Clay Matvick and Sean Ritchlin.

Over in the Midwest Rochester Institute of Technology will face #1 seed Minnesota State Mankato at 4pm on ESPNU on March 28th. That game will be followed up by a 7:30p matchup of Harvard and Omaha on ESPN3. The winners in those rounds will face off in the Midwest Regional Final on Mach 29th at 7:30pm. Ben Holden and Blake Geoffrion will have the call for both Midwest Regional games.

The East Regional semi-final opens with Boston College taking on Denver March 28th at 3pm ET on ESPN2. Providence and #4 seed Miami (Ohio) will take to the ice in the second East Regional Semi-Final at 6:30pm ET on ESPNU. The winners of this regional will face off in the East Regional Final on March 29th at 5pm ET on ESPNU. ESPN’s lead hockey play-by-play commentator John Buccigross will be joined by lead hockey analyst Barry Melrose for coverage of the East Regional. And for the third year in a row, the pair will have the call for the Frozen Four. They will be joined by reporter Quint Kessinich for all of the latest news from the games.

The Frozen Four itself will take place at the TD Garden in Boston, MA with two of the semi-final matchups on April 9th on ESPN2. The first of the games will be at 5pm ET and the other at 8:30pm ET. The championship title game will be held Saturday, April 11th on ESPN at 7:30pm ET. Those with access to ESPN3 will be able to watch the game in ESPN3 Surround for both of the Frozen Four semis and for the championship game. ESPN3 Surround features alternate camera angles from those offered on ESPN’s other networks and natural sound. Every game in the 2015 Division I Men’s Hockey Championship is available online via WatchESPN as well as on television. Fans can check out the entire NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey tournament bracket online at http://www.ncaa.com/championships/icehockey-men/d1/. The full broadcast schedule for the 2015 Frozen Four Tournament is listed below:

2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship Programming Schedule

NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship — Regional Coverage

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators  Location Network
Fri, March 27 2 p.m. Northeast Regional – Semifinal

Yale vs. No. 3 Boston University

 

Dan Parkhurst and Billy Jaffe

Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H. ESPNU
  4:30 p.m. West Regional – Semifinal
St. Cloud State vs. Michigan Tech

 

Clay Matvick and Sean Ritchlin

Scheels Arena, Fargo, N.D.  ESPN3
  5:30 p.m. Northeast Regional – Semifinal
Minnesota vs. Minnesota Duluth

 

Dan Parkhurst and Billy Jaffe

Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H. ESPNU
  8 p.m. West Regional – Semifinal
Quinnipiac vs. No. 2 North Dakota

 

Clay Matvick and Sean Ritchlin

Scheels Arena, Fargo, N.D. ESPNU
Sat, March 28 3 p.m. East Regional  –  Semifinal
Boston College vs. Denver

 

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Quint Kessenich

Dunkin’ Donuts Center,  Providence, R.I. ESPN2
  4 p.m. Midwest Regional –  Semifinal
Rochester Institute of Technology
vs. No. 1 Minnesota State-Mankato

 

Ben Holden and Blake Geoffrion

Compton Family Ice Arena, South Bend, Ind. ESPNU
  5:30 p.m. Northeast Regional – Final

 

Dan Parkhurst and Billy Jaffe

Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H. ESPN2
  6:30 p.m. East Regional – Semifinal
Providence vs. No. 4 Miami (Ohio)

 

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Quint Kessenich

Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, R.I. ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. Midwest Regional – Semifinal
Harvard vs. Omaha

 

Ben Holden and Blake Geoffrion

Compton Family Ice Arena, South Bend, Ind. ESPN3
  9 p.m. West Regional – Final

 

Clay Matvick and Sean Ritchlin

Scheels Arena, Fargo, N.D. ESPNU
Sun, March 29 5 p.m. East Regional  –  Final

 

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Quint Kessenich

Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, R.I. ESPNU
7:30 p.m. Midwest Regional – Final

 

Ben Holden and Blake Geoffrion

Compton Family Ice Arena,  South Bend, Ind. ESPNU

 

NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four Coverage

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Location Network
Thurs, April 9 5 p.m. Frozen Four  – Semifinal No. 1

 

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose & Quint Kessenich

TD Garden, Boston, Mass. ESPN2 and ESPN3
Thurs, April 9 8:30 p.m. Frozen Four  – Semifinal No. 2

 

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose & Quint Kessenich

TD Garden, Boston, Mass. ESPN2 and ESPN3
Sat, April 11 7:30 p.m. Frozen Four  – Championship Game

 

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose & Quint Kessenich

TD Garden, Boston, Mass. ESPN and ESPN3

 

All of the latest updates on the Frozen Four Tournament is available online at:

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ESPN Announces Latest Additions To Its Sunday Night Baseball Broadcast Schedule

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Major League Baseball’s 2015 season is just around the corner and in celebration, ESPN announced this week, its first official slate of games for this year’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell schedule.

This year’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell schedule kicks off Sunday, April 5thwith a matchup of National League foes St. Louis and Chicago. St. Louis will be on the road against the Cubs in the season’s first Sunday night broadcast. The following Sunday, April 12th, the Boston Red Sox make one of its annual trips up to New York to face their hated foes the New York Yankees. In week three, the Reds hit the road in an NL Central battle against the St. Louis Cardinals. And it’s the annual “Subway Series” between the Mets and Yankees in week four with the Mets leaving the safety of Shea Stadium to face the Yanks. Things only heat up from there as the season progresses. Dan Shulman will have the call for each week’s broadcast beginning at 8pm ET. He will be joined by analysts Curt Schilling and John Kruk, and reporter Buster Olney. Each week’s broadcast is preceded by ESPN’s weekly pre-game show Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet at 7pm ET.

Those that won’t be near a television on Sunday nights can still catch ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell on ESPN Radio and online via WatchESPN. Broadcasts are also available in Spanish for ESPN’s Spanish-speaking audiences via ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio. ESPN’s current Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell schedule is listed below.

Current 2015 Sunday Night Baseball schedule:

Apr. 5

St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs Opening Night presented by Scotts (ESPN2)
Apr. 12

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees presented by Taco Bell
Apr. 19

Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals presented by Taco Bell
Apr. 26

New York Mets at New York Yankees presented by Taco Bell
May 3

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox presented by Taco Bell
May 10

Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers presented by Taco Bell
May 17

Detroit Tigers at St. Louis Cardinals presented by Taco Bell
May 24

Texas Rangers at New York Yankees presented by Taco Bell
May 31

Detroit Tigers at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim presented by Taco Bell (ESPN2)
*July 12

St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates presented by Taco Bell
*July 19

Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim presented by Taco Bell

More information on ESPN’s weekly broadcasts of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell is available online along with all of the latest Major League Baseball news at:

Website: https://espn.go.com/mlb

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ESPNBaseballTonight

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ESPN’s College GameDay To Air Live From Wichita State For The First Time February 28th

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Courtesy: ESPN

Next Saturday’s broadcast of ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm is another big one for the Worldwide Leader in Sports.

Next Saturday, ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm will broadcast live from the campus of Wichita State. The broadcast will marks the first time ever that College GameDay Covered by State Farm will have ever broadcast live from the university’s campus. Saturday morning’s edition of College GameDay Covered by State Farm will kick off live at 10am ET on ESPNU and will continue at 11am on ESPN. It will precede the matchup of No. 13 Wichita State ad No. 11 Northern Iowa. Tipoff for that game is scheduled for 2pm ET.

The eveing edition of College GameDay Covered by State Farm will come live at 4pm ET on ESPN. It will come live from Lawrence, Kansas ahead of No. 8 Kansas taking on Texas. Tipoff for that game is scheduled for 5pm ET. Saturday evening’s broadcast from Lawrence marks the sixth time since 2005 that College GameDay Covered by State Farm has broadcast live from the University of Kasas. The last time that it originated from Lawrence, Kansas was 2013.

Stephen A. Smith will appear alongside host Rece Davis and analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg, and Jay Williams for the A.M. edition of College GameDay Covered by State Farm. Once they finish with the morning edition, Davis and company will pack up and head to Lawrence for the evening edition. Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas will have the call for the Jayhawks-Longhorns game while Rich Hollenberg, Seth Greenberg, and Mark Adams will have the mic for the matchup of the Shockers and Panthers. Shannon Spake will be on the sidelines for the Kansas-Texas game.

All customers with access to ESPN3 will be able to watch that game with ESPN3 Surround featuring in-arena natural sound and exclusive views from high above the rim at each end of the court.
More information on next Saturdays’ broadcasts of College GameDay Covered by State Farm and all of the ESPN networks’ college basketball coverage is available online at:

Website: https://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball

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

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ESPN’s 2014 Jimmy V Week For Cancer Sets New Fundraising Record

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ESPN’s Jimmy V Week For Cancer set a new record in 2014 for money raised.

Officials with ESPN announced this week that the annual Jimmy V Week For Cancer raised a total of $2,232,000 last year. That tops 2013’s total of $1.8 million and then some. Counting 2014’s newly announced total, the Jimmy V Week For Cancer has now raised $10.5 million for cancer research over the course of eight years. The 2014 Jimmy V Week For Cancer ran from December 3rd – 9th. It featured a simulcast of late NC State coach Jim Valvano’s iconic ESPYS speech across all of ESPN’s domestic networks as well as a number of PSAs and special content encouraging viewers to donate. There was even a sweepstakes benefitting The V Foundation, which included a grand prize trip to the College Football Playoff National Championship and other special ESPN packages.

Along with breaking its own record, 2014 also marked the first year ever that the Jimmy V Week For Cancer welcomed donations ahead of the Jimmy V Men’s and Women’s Classics basketball tournaments. Those supporters included: Corona, Universal’s Unbroken vs. Cancer Foundation, The Louisville Friends of the V, and the New York City Marathon Marathon’s “Team V.” The donations from the noted supporters totaled more than $500,000.

V Foundation CEO Susan Braun noted the importance of ESPN’s yearly event, noting the number of donors that helped the cause in 2014 and how much it helps in the V Foundation’s long-term goal of finally beating cancer one day. “We are once again extremely grateful for the outpouring of support during V Week,” she said. “More than 5,900 donors contributed to the effort — a testament to the incredible reach and energy that ESPN brings to the table. With 100 percent of all donations going directly to cancer research, the campaign will help get us that much closer to our ultimate goal stopping cancer.”

More information on The Jimmy V Foundation including how to donate and all of the foundation’s latest news is available online now at:

Website: https://www.jimmyv.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thevfoundation

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheVFoundation

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