TBS Launches NLCS Coverage Tonight

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Major League Baseball’s postseason is in full swing (yes, that awful pun was intended), and audiences can follow the full National League Championship Series live on TBS.

Coverage of the NLCS starts at 8 p.m. ET tonight.  The St. Louis Cardinals take on the Washington Nationals for the league’s National League Championship in that half of the league’s “Final Four.”

Brian Anderson will anchor TBS’ coverage of the best-of-seven series.  MLB on TBS analysts Ron Darling and Jeff Francoeur will join Anderson in the booth for additional commentary.  Reporter Lauren Shehadi will be on the diamond for all of the series’ in-game news.

MLB veteran and two-time NL Champion Curtis Granderson will join TBS’ studio team of Pedro Martinez, nine-time MLB All-Star Gary Sheffield, former NL MVP Jimmy Rollins and studio anchor Casey Stern for the network’s in-studio coverage of the series.

Streaming coverage of the series is available online at tbs.com and via the TBS app.  All games will also be available in Spanish via SAP.  TBS’ broadcast schedule for the NLCS is noted below.

2019 National League Championship Series Game Schedule

Friday, Oct. 11

7 p.m. ET – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Casey Stern, Pedro Martinez, Gary Sheffield, Jimmy Rollins & Curtis Granderson
8 p.m. – NLCS Game 1: Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Brian Anderson, Ron Darling, Jeff Francoeur & Lauren Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Saturday, Oct. 12

3:30 p.m. – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
4 p.m. – NLCS Game 2: Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Monday, Oct. 14

TBD – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
TBD – NLCS Game 3: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Tuesday, Oct. 15

TBD – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
TBD – NLCS Game 4: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Wednesday, Oct. 16

TBD – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
TBD – NLCS Game 5: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (if nec.)
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Friday, Oct. 18

TBD – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
TBD – NLCS Game 6: Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals (if nec.)
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Saturday, Oct. 19

TBD – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
TBD – NLCS Game 7: Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals (if nec.)
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

More information on TBS’ coverage of the NLCS is available online now at:

 

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ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ Comes Today Live From The University Of Florida

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ESPN’s College GameDay Built by the Home Depot will broadcast live today from Gainesville, FL.

The three-hour program will air starting at 9 a.m. live from the Plaza of the Americas.  Today’s broadcast marks the first time in since 2012 that the program has broadcast live from the University of Florida.

Today’s broadcast comes ahead of a matchup between the No. 10 Florida Gators and their SEC foes, the No. 7 Auburn Tigers. The Gators and Tigers are both undefeated coming into today’s showdown, making today’s game that much more important for each team.

Among the topics planned for discussion on today’s edition of College GameDay Built by the Home Depot are items, such as quarterback Kyle Trask’s impact as the starter for the Gators and Gus Malzahn’s play-calling duties at Auburn.

More information on today’s broadcast of College GameDay Built by the Home Depot and the SEC showdown between Florida and Auburn is available online now along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

 

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TNT Tips Off NBA Preseason Coverage This Weekend

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TNT will launch its National Basketball Association preseason coverage this weekend.

The network will launch the coverage with coverage of a matchup between the Lakers and Warriors.  Golden State will play host to Los Angeles for the game.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.

Marv Albert will anchor Saturday’s broadcast.  He will be joined by analysts Chris Webber and Reggie Miller for additional commentary.  Reporter Allie LaForce will be courtside for all of the game’s latest news.

On the studio side, Casey Stern will anchor TNT’s in-studio coverage for the game.  Stern will be joined by analysts Isiah Thomas and Baron Davis for additional commentary.

Saturday’s game is just one of the preseason matchups that TNT will carry this month.  The network will broadcast a matchup of the Knicks and Pelicans Oct. 18.

TNT will feature a double header schedule as the NBA’s 2019-20 season opens Oct. 22. Up first on the night is a matchup of the Pelicans and the defending NBA Champion Raptors at 8 p.m.  The Lakers and Clippers follow at 10:30 p.m.

The network’s opening week broadcast schedule continues Oct. 24 with another doubleheader broadcast schedule.  Up first on the night is a matchup between the Bucks and Rockets at 8 p.m.  The Clippers and Warriors follow at 10:30 p.m.

In-game coverage of each game is compliments with the return of TNT’s Emmy Award-winning studio show, Inside The NBA.

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ESPN+ To Carry More Than 50 NHL Games In October

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ESPN is gearing up for the launch of the National Hockey League’s 2019-20 season.

The league’s season opens Thursday, and the network’s digital outlet ESPN+ will carry a total of 51 games throughout the season’s first month, starting with an opening day double header.

The Rangers will host the Jets at 7 p.m. to open the night’s coverage.  The Coyotes will visit the Ducks at 10 p.m., rounding out ESPN+’s opening night coverage.

Each night after through the weekend will also feature a double header schedule while only a handful of the network’s opening month broadcasts will be single-game telecasts.  The network’s full schedule for October is noted below.

NHL on ESPN+ Schedule

Date Time (ET) Event
Thu, Oct 3 7 p.m. Winnipeg Jets at New York Rangers
  10 p.m. Arizona Coyotes at Anaheim Ducks
Fri, Oct 4 7 p.m. Washington Capitals at New York Islanders
  10:30 p.m. Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks
Sat, Oct 5 7 p.m. Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins
  9 p.m. Boston Bruins at Arizona Coyotes
Sun, Oct 6 5 p.m. Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes
  7 p.m. Dallas Stars at Detroit Red Wings
Mon, Oct 7 7 p.m. Buffalo Sabres at Columbus Blue Jackets
Tues, Oct 8 7 p.m. Dallas Stars at Washington Capitals
  10 p.m. Boston Bruins at Vegas Golden Knights
Thu, Oct 10 7 p.m. Edmonton Oilers at New Jersey Devils
  8:30 p.m. San Jose Sharks at Chicago Blackhawks
Fri, Oct 11 7 p.m. Florida Panthers at Buffalo Sabres
  7:30 p.m. New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes
Sat, Oct 12 7 p.m. New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins
  8 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins at Minnesota Wild
Sun, Oct 13 10 p.m. Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings
  10 p.m. Calgary Flames at San Jose Sharks
Mon, Oct 14 1 p.m. St. Louis Blues at New York Islanders
  5 p.m. Colorado Avalanche at Washington Capitals
Tue, Oct 15 9 p.m. Philadelphia Flyers at Calgary Flames
  10 p.m. Nashville Predators at Vegas Golden Knights
Wed, Oct 16 10 p.m. Buffalo Sabres at Anaheim Ducks
  10:30 p.m. Carolina Hurricanes at San Jose Sharks
Thu, Oct 17 7 p.m. Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins
  10 p.m. Ottawa Senators at Vegas Golden Knights
Fri, Oct 18 7 p.m. Dallas Stars at Pittsburgh Penguins
  8:30 p.m. Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks
Sat, Oct 19 7 p.m. Dallas Stars at Philadelphia Flyers
  10 p.m. Calgary Flames at Los Angeles Kings
Sun, Oct 20 5 p.m. Montreal Canadiens at Minnesota Wild
  7 p.m. Edmonton Oilers at Winnipeg Jets
Mon, Oct 21 7 p.m. Columbus Blue Jackets at Toronto Maple Leafs
  8 p.m. Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues
Tue, Oct 22 7 p.m. Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins
  7 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins at Florida Panthers
Thu, Oct 24 7 p.m. Buffalo Sabres at New York Rangers
  8:30 p.m. Philadelphia Flyers at Chicago Blackhawks
Fri, Oct 25 6 p.m. Colorado Avalanche at Vegas Golden Knights
  10 p.m. Washington Capitals at Vancouver Canucks
Sat, Oct 26 7 p.m. Nashville Predators at Tampa Bay Lightning
  8 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins at Dallas Stars
Sun, Oct 27 5 p.m. St. Louis Blues at Detroit Red Wings
  7 p.m. San Jose Sharks at Ottawa Senators
Mon, Oct 28 10 p.m. Florida Panthers at Vancouver Canucks
Tue, Oct 29 7 p.m. Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins
  10 p.m. Winnipeg Jets at Anaheim Ducks
Wed, Oct 30 10 p.m. Florida Panthers at Colorado Avalanche
  10:30 p.m. Vancouver Canucks at Los Angeles Kings
Thu, Oct 31 10 p.m. Montreal Canadiens at Vegas Golden Knights

*Local market blackout restrictions apply to ESPN+ out-of-market games

Every team in the league will appear at least twice throughout the month.  The Las Vegas Golden Knights will make seven appearances overall and the Penguins, six.

Along with the season’s opening month schedule, ESPN+’s In The Crease will also make its return Thursday.  Linda Cohn will anchor the broadcast.  SportsCenter anchors John Buccigross and Nabil Karim will also serve as anchors for broadcasts throughout the season.  espn.com NHL writers Emily Kaplan, Greg Wyshynski and Chris Peters will provide analysis throughout the month during the program’s broadcasts.

A new episode of In The Crease will air at 10 a.m. on ESPN+ following the previous night’s games throughout the month.

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

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Dodgers, Mets To Close Weekend Series Sunday Night Live on ESPN

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Two National League opponents will close out their weekend series Sunday night live on ESPN.

The Dodgers and Mets will wrap their three-game series Sunday night live on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.  The Dodgers claimed the NL West title this week and added to their positives by opening this weekend’s series against the host Mets with a 9-2 win Friday.

Walker Buehler (13-3) was scheduled to start for Los Angeles as of Saturday night.  Buehler’s last time on the mound was Tuesday against Baltimore. He claimed the win in the Dodgers’ 7-3 victory in that game, striking out 11 batters and allowing only four hits over seven innings. He allowed no walks or earned runs in the game.

Zach Wheeler (11-7) is expected to get the start for the Mets.  His last time on the mound was also Tuesday. He claimed the win in the Mets’ 3-2 win over Arizona, but struggled along the way. Wheeler allowed seven hits, one earned run and two walks over seven innings while striking out seven batters.

Either team can win Sunday’s series finale despite the standings. New York is 6-4 in its last 10 games and 42-30 at home so far this season. That is compared to a 34-41 road record. Los Angeles meanwhile is 7-3 in its last 10 games and 40-33 on the road so far this season versus going 56-20 at home.  At the same time, the Dodgers are riding the momentum of a two-game win streak headed into Saturday’s second game in the series, so Los Angeles has just as much chance to win Sunday as New York.

Matt Vasgersian will anchor Sunday night’s game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Alex Rodriguez and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary.  Reporter Buster Olney will be on the field for all of the game’s latest headlines.

Jon Sciambi will anchor the game’s simulcast on ESPN Radio.  He will be joined by analyst Chris Singleton for additional commentary.

Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet will precede Sunday night’s SNB broadcast, beginning at 6 p.m.  Kevin Connors will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by analysts Tim Kurkjian and Ryan Howard will join him for additional commentary.

More information on Sunday night’s game is available online along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

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Yankees, Mariners Open Three-Game Series Monday Night Live On ESPN

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ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA will feature a matchup of first versus worst and East vs. West Monday night in an American League inter-divisional showdown

The  Seattle Mariners (55-75) will host the New York Yankees (84-47) in a three-game series.  The Mariners sit in last place in the American League West while the Yankees sit atop the American League East, eight games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Seattle great Ken Griffey Jr. will serve as a guest analyst for Monday night’s broadcast, which is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. ET.  He will join Dave Fleming and analyst Eduardo Perez for the broadcast.  Fleming will have the call for the game while Perez will also serve as an analyst for the telecast.

Monday night marks the second time this season that Griffey, who played 13 seasons for Seattle, has served as a guest analyst on ESPN’s Major League Baseball coverage.  Griffey and Perez both come from MLB “royal blood.”  Griffey’s father, Ken Griffey Sr. and Perez’s father Tony Perez were both members of Cincinnati’s famed “Big Red Machine.”

Ken Griffey Jr. eventually made his way back to Cincinnati during the later years of his career before retiring in 2010 as a member of the Reds organization.  Shortly after his retirement, ESPN announced Griffey was added to the network’s on-air talent roster for its MLB coverage.

Griffey collected 630 home runs over the course of his 22-year career.  He also was a 13-time All-Star, a 10-time Gold Glove winner and an American League M.V.P.  He was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 2016 and is a member of the Reds and Mariners’ Halls of Fame.

The starting pitchers for each team were not listed on MLB’s official website as of Sunday afternoon.  The Yankees are 35-27 on the road so far this year while the Mariners are 28-37 at home.  At the same time, the Yankees are 4-6 in their last 10 games while the Mariners are 6-4 in their last 10 games.

Both teams fell in their most recent games on Saturday, the Yankees falling to the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1.  The loss followed a 10-2 win by the Yankees over the Dodgers in that series’ opener, making Sunday’s game the rubber match in that series.

The Mariners meanwhile fell to Toronto Saturday 7-5 after defeating the Blue Jays Friday 7-4, making the teams’ game Sunday afternoon the rubber match in that series, too.

More information on Monday’s game between the Mariners and Yankees is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

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ESPN Adds Del Rio To Its NFL On-Air Talent Roster

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ESPN has added another big name to its roster of on-air talent for its NFL broadcasts.

The company announced Thursday through a news release that it has added Jack Del Rio to its talent roster.  Del Rio first rose to fame as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the team’s early years.  Most recently, he was the coach of the Oakland Raiders.

As the newest member of the team, Del Rio will make appearances on NFL LiveSportsCenter and ESPN Radio.  He said in the news release, he is optimistic about his future.

“I’ve visited several training camps over the last few weeks, and I’m really looking forward to the upcoming football season and my new role with ESPN!,” he said.

ESPN Vice President of NFL and College Studio Shows Seth Markman spoke highly of Del Rio in talking about Del Rio’s addition to the network’s on-air talent roster.

“Jack was highly successful as a player and coach,” Markman said.  “He sees the game from both perspectives and he doesn’t shy away from sharing his honest opinion.  He will be a great addition to our ESPN team.”

Del Rio’s career as a player started at the University of Southern California. As a member of the Trojans, he was a consensus All American and co-MVP of the 1985 Rose Bowl. He would go on to be enshrined in the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his performance as a football and baseball player.  He also received the school’s Silver Anniversary Award in 2010.

After college, Del Rio was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 1985 NFL Draft.  That same year, he was named the team’s Rookie of the Year and a member of the National Football League’s All-Rookie Team.

Del Rio was named a member of the Pro Bowl team in 1994 as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. During his time with the Vikings (1992-95), he led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons.

Along with his time with the Vikings and Saints, Del Rio also played for the Kansas City Chiefs (1987-88) and Dallas Cowboys (1989-91).  During the course of his 11 years as a player in the league, Del Rio amassed 1,005 career tackles, 13 sacks and 13 interceptions over 160 regular season games.

Del Rio went from the player ranks to the coaching ranks in 1997 as an assistant strength coach for the Saints.  He was eventually promoted to the team’s linebackers coach in 1998 before taking the same position with the Baltimore Ravens in 1999.  He held that position until 2001, helping the team the NFL’s top prize in Super Bowl XXXV along the way.

After leaving the Ravens in 2001, Del Rio added another notch to his resume, becoming the Defensive Coordinator for the Carolina Panthers in 2002.  That position led to Del Rio’s first head coaching position in 2003 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, which he would lead until 2011.

Del Rio headed west following his time as the Jags’ head coach, becoming the Denver Bronco’s Defensive Coordinator from 2012-14 before moving back to the head coaching ranks in 2015 as the head of the Oakland Raiders.  He helmed the team until 2017.

During his head coaching time,  Del Rio led the Jaguars and Raiders to three playoff appearances and 97 total collective victories.

More information on Jack Del Rio’s addition to ESPN’s talent roster is available online now along with all of the network’s latest NFL headlines at:

 

Website: http://espn.com/nfl

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