ESPN Announces Schedule Changes For Weekend CFB Broadcasts

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Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the East Coast, and the impacts of its winds and rain are reaching onto the gridiron.

A number of college football games have been either canceled or re-scheduled as a result of the storm.  This also has impacted the ESPN networks’ broadcast schedule of this weekend’s scheduled college football games.

The updated schedule for the networks’ broadcasts is noted below.

Games Impacted by Hurricane Florence

Date

Time

Matchup/Commentators

Network

 Thu, Sept 13

5:30 p.m.

Boston College at Wake Forest
Dave Flemming, Dan Orlovsky, Paul Carcaterra

ESPN

 Sat, Sept. 15

Noon

Middle Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman

ESPNEWS

 

Noon

Georgia Southern at No. 2 Clemson
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Alex Corddry

ESPNU

 

Noon

*CANCELED*
No. 18 UCF at North Carolina
Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison

 

12:20 p.m.

*CANCELED*
East Carolina at No. 13 Virginia Tech

 

3:30 p.m.

*CANCELED*
No. 14 West Virginia at NC State
Clay Matvick, Dan Orlovsky, Paul Carcaterra

 

3:30 p.m.

*CANCELED*
Southern Mississippi at Appalachian State

 

4:30 p.m.

Ohio at Virginia (Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville)
Joel Meyers, Forrest Conoly

ESPN2

 

4:30 p.m.

*CANCELED*
North Carolina Central at South Carolina State
Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker

 

 

7 p.m.

Oregon State at Nevada
Trey Bender, Tyoka Jackson

ESPNU

 

7:30 p.m.

*CANCELED*
Marshall at South Carolina
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey

 

 

7:30 p.m.

Louisiana at No. 16 Mississippi State
Mark Neely, Barrett Jones, Olivia Dekker

ESPN2

UPDATED: ESPN’s Complete College Football Week 3 Schedule

Date

Time

Matchup/Commentators

Network

Thu, Sept 13

4 p.m.

Old Dominion at Charlotte

ESPN3

 

5:30 p.m.

Boston College at Wake Forest
Dave Flemming, Dan Orlovsky, Paul Carcaterra

ESPN

Fri, Sept 14

7 p.m.

Georgia State at Memphis
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Dekker

ESPN

Sat, Sept 15

Noon

No. 5 Oklahoma at Iowa State
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill

ABC

 

Florida State at Syracuse
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath

ESPN

 

No. 21 Miami at Toledo
Kevin Brown, Andre Ware

ESPN2

 

Georgia Southern at No. 2 Clemson
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Alex Corddry

ESPNU

Noon

Middle Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman

ESPNEWS

 

UTEP at Tennessee
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport

SEC Network

 

Murray State at Kentucky
Mike Morgan, John Congemi, Taylor Davis

SEC Network Alternate

 

Rhode Island at UConn

ESPN3

 

12:30 p.m.

Georgia Tech at Pittsburgh

ACC Network Extra

 

3:30 p.m.

BYU at No. 6 Wisconsin
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams

ABC

 

No. 17 Boise State at No. 24 Oklahoma State
Adam Amin, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich

ESPN

 

Central Michigan at Northern Illinois
Shawn Kenney, Al Groh

ESPN+

 

4 p.m.

Colorado State at Florida
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Kris Budden

SEC Network

 

North Texas at Arkansas
Dave LaMont, Ray Bentley, Tera Talmadge

SEC Network Alternate

 

Eastern Kentucky at Bowling Green
Jim Barber, John Gregory

ESPN3

 

4:30 p.m.

Ohio at Virginia (Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville)
Joel Meyers, Forrest Conoly

ESPN2

 

Eastern Michigan at Buffalo
Doug Sherman, Marcus Ray

ESPN+

 

7 p.m.

No. 1 Alabama at Ole Miss
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

ESPN

 

Alabama A&M at Cincinnati
Michael Reghi, Dustin Fox

ESPN3

 

Oregon State at Nevada
Trey Bender, Tyoka Jackson

ESPNU

 

Delaware State at Western Michigan
Dan Gutowsky, Jerod Cherry

ESPN+

 

Texas State at South Alabama

ESPN+

 

7:30 p.m.

Louisiana-Monroe at Texas A&M
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic

SEC Network

 

Louisiana at No. 16 Mississippi State
Mark Neely, Barrett Jones, Olivia Dekker

ESPN2

 

Western Kentucky at Louisville

ACC Network Extra

 

8 p.m.

No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 15 TCU from AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ABC and ESPN Radio

 

10 p.m.

No. 10 Washington at Utah
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

ESPN

Wed, Sept 12

2 p.m.

Campbell at Coastal Carolina

ESPN3

Subject to change

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Cubs, Phils To Close Out Weekend Series Live Today On TBS With Rubber Match

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National League foes the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies will close out their three-game weekend series this afternoon as Major League Baseball’s 2018 season inches closer to its finale.

The Phillies took the series’ opener Friday 2-1 over Chicago.  That game was a pitcher’s duel as it wasn’t until the top of the 5th inning that the game’s first run was scored by Chicago. the Phillies tied it up in the bottom of the 6th with a run of their own.  After Philadelphia tied it up, the game was forced into extra innings, and the Phillies would take advantage of the overtime setup, adding one more run for the 2-1 final.

Pat Neshek (2-1) was credited with the win for the Phillies while Steve Cishek (4-2) took the loss for Chicago. This was despite fellow Chicago pitcher Jose Quintana (11-9) pitching six innings in the game. Quintana allowed just one run on three hits, one earned run, and one walk while striking out seven Phillies batters.

Philadelphia starter Nick Pivetta (7-10) meanwhile was almost as solid as Quintana, allowing only one run and one earned run on five hits while walking three Cubs batters and striking out six.

Chicago controlled Game Two right from the start, scoring two runs in the first.  two more followed in the third with three more runs coming in total between the seventh and ninth inning.  Philadelphia was held to just one run in the game. That lone run came from outfielder Odubel Hererra.

The Phillies’ woes weren’t limited to just that lone run.  Pitcher reliever Austin Davis had his cheat sheet taken by umpire Joe West during Saturday’s game.  The sheet told Davis how to throw to the Cubs’ batters, and while not illegal, should not have been in Davis’ possession according to MLB rules section 6.02 (c) (7), which bans pitchers having any “foreign substance” on their person during a game.

Jon Lester (14-5) is expected to get the start for the Cubs in today’s series finale.  Lester’s last time on the mound was Tuesday against the Mets, and he had a bit of a rough time in that game.  Over the course of six innings, he allowed three runs and three earned runs on five hits while walking three batters, allowing one home run and striking out three Mets batters.

Aaron Nola (15-3) is currently expected to get the start for Philadelphia.  His last time on the mound was also Tuesday, in this case against Washington.  The Nats took that game 5-4 in nine.  While Nola got the start, Neshek took the loss in the game for the Phillies.

Nola had a rough time in Tuesday’s game, pitching seven innings.  Over the course of that time, he allowed two runs, one earned run and two walks on four hits while striking out eight Washington batters.

Looking at each team’s overall stats, the numbers don’t favor fully one team over another. Philadelphia is playing host to Chicago for the series, and has been far better at home so far this season than at home, going 43-24 at home and 29-38 on the road.

Chicago meanwhile has also proven better at home than on the road, going 44-24 at home and 35-31 on the road so far this season.

Chicago has gone 8-2 in its last 10 games and sits atop the National League Central standings with just a narrow 3.5 game lead over second place St. Louis.  Philadelphia meanwhile sits second in the National League East, but has gone 4-6 in its last 10 games.  At the same time though, Philadelphia is only two games behind the division-leading Atlanta, so this afternoon’s series closer will have major playoff implications for both teams.

Brian Anderson will have the call for this afternoon’s broadcast on TBS.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Ron Darling for additional commentary.  Coverage is currently scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. and the game will be blacked out in Chicago.

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‘College GameDay’ Opens Its 2018 Season At Notre Dame

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ESPN’s flagship college football program is coming home…sort of.

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot returns to South Bend, Indiana and the campus of Notre Dame for its season premiere this Saturday, September 1.  The 10-time Emmy Award-winning program will air live from Libery Quad starting at 9 a.m., preceding the Fighting Irish’s annual showdown with rivals, the Michigan Wolverines.

The program will be simulcast Saturday (and each week) on ESPNU.  Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly will appear on the special broadcast, which comes 25 years after the very first College GameDay broadcast.  marty Smith will interview Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh as he enters his fourth season coaching at his alma mater.

Other topics slated for Saturday’s broadcast include who will be Alabama’s new quarterback and the wake of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski’s death.

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ESPN Announces Final Two ‘SNB’ Broadcasts For MLB’s 2018 Season

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ESPN has added two more matchups to its broadcast schedule for the 2018 Major League Baseball season, including the network’s season finale broadcast of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.

Up first on that schedule is an inter-divisional National League matchup between the Dodgers and Cardinals on September 16.  The game is certain to have major playoff implications for both teams as Los Angeles (70-61) currently sits on the cut-off line for the National League’s post season picture and as St. Louis (73-58) is also playing hard for its own spot in the post season.

ESPN closes out the 2018 season of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell September 23 as the American League and Major League Baseball leading Boston Red Sox (90-42) visit the Cleveland Indians (74-56) in an equally important matchup looking to the post season.  For the Red Sox, the game (and series) will be a chance for the team to continue widening its lead over the league and conference while Cleveland will be looking to stay just inside the post season picture in the American League.

The Indians currently sits 5th in the American League and atop the American League Central Division, 13 games ahead of second place Minnesota.  The rotations and pitchers will be announced closer to each game’s broadcast.

Matt Vasgersian will anchor both broadcasts.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Alex Rodriguez and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary.  Reporter Buster Olney will also be hon hand for all of the games’ latest news and interviews.

The season finale episode of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will have a special start time of 7 p.m. ET.  The September 16 episode will still start at 8 p.m. ET.  As is the case each week, both games will be preceded by an hour-long episode of Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet.

Those who won’t be close to a television during each game can still catch the broadcasts online via the ESPN App and on the radio via ESPN Radio.  The games will also be simulcast in Spanish on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio.

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ESPN Moving ‘NBA Countdown’ Back To L.A.; Announces Programming Changes For ‘SportsCenter,’ Other Shows

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ESPN’s NBA Countdown is headed back to the West Coast.

The network’s flagship NBA studio show is returning to ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center for its upcoming season.  The change is in line with ESPN’s new NBA post-game show NBA After The Buzzer, which will feature the NBA Countdown broadcast team.

The return of NBA Countdown to its Los Angeles studio marks the first time since the 2010-2011 season that it has aired from the West Coast.  It moved to the East Coast in the 2011-’12 season and has been there ever since.

Along with the announcement of the show’s move back to Los Angeles, ESPN also announced that Michelle Beadle will leave her job as host of ESPN’s weekday morning show Get Up! and will expand her role in ESPN’s NBA coverage.  Her last appearance on Get Up! will be August 29.

Connor Schell, ESPN Executive Vice President of Content, said he was optimistic about the changes coming to ESPN’s NBA coverage, including the extension of Beadle’s contract and the expansion of her role in the network’s NBA coverage.

“We are extremely excited to launch ESPN’s first ever NBA post-game show,” Schell said.  “We’re doubling down on our NBA studio content at a time when the NBA is red hot and fan interest continues to surge, and we are doing it with Michelle, as she is so important to our coverage.  As the basketball world looks to L.A. with renewed interest, we’ll be right there to cover it.”

As an added bonus for audiences, the increased interest in the NBA noted by Schell has also led ESPN officials to expand The Jump, ESPN’s daily Los Angeles-based NBA studio show hosted by Rachel Nichols, to a full one-hour format.

Other changes that are being made at ESPN, partly due to the network’s changes in its NBA coverage include the expansion of Get Up! to a two-hour show starting Sept. 3.  Starting on that day, it will air from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. ET.  Mike Greenberg will still host the show and Jalen  Rose will also stay on as co-host on days when he does not have to appear on NBA Countdown.

Maria Taylor, Laura Rutledge, Diana Russini and Jen Lada — each of whom has served as guest host on Get Up! — will all continue to serve as contributors to the program.

During football season, ESPN’s NFL and college football commentators will appear on Get Up! in its expanded time slot.  That list of talent includes: Ryan Clark, Victor Cruz, Paul Finebaum, Dan Orlovsky, Jesse Palmer, Louis Riddick, Rex Ryan, Adam Schefter, Marcus Spears, Jonathan Vilma and Damien Woody.

One more change coming to the ESPN networks involves ESPN Radio’s Golic & Wingo.  Along with continuing on ESPN Radio, it will be simulcast on ESPN2 and ESPNEWS from 6 a.m. – 8 a.m. before moving solely to ESPNEWS from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.  This move is also set to happen on Sept. 3.

By connection, SportsCenter will continue to air on ESPN2 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

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Red Sox, Rays Close Out Key Weekend Series Live Sunday On TBS

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The race to Major League Baseball’s 2018 post season is heating up, and this weekend, two American League foes will face off in a three-game series with serious playoff implications for both teams that culminates Sunday on TBS.

The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays face off in a three-game series that launches Friday night.  The series is critical for both teams as Boston (currently 89-39 on the season) looks to extend its lead both in the American League and major League Baseball’s overall standings.

The Rays (66-61) meanwhile will be fighting for their playoff lives as they are just above the American League’s cut line right now for the post season.  this is despite being third overall in the American League East.

No starting pitcher has been named yet for the Rays for Sunday’s series closer on TBS at the time of this posting.  That name will likely be announced very soon.  Nathan Eovaldi (5-5) is expected to get the start for Boston.

Eovaldi’s last time on the mound was August 21 against Cleveland.  The Indians won that game 6-3, with Eovaldi taking the loss for Boston.  Eovaldi struggled in the game, allowing four runs on 10 hits, four earned runs, one walk and one home run while striking out only two batters.

Sunday’s series closer (and the weekend’s series in whole) looks to be a big one not just for its playoff implications for both teams but because of the teams’ records.  Tampa Bay, who will play host to the Red Sox for the series, is currently in the midst of a four-game in streak and is 6-4 in its last 10 games.  The team also has proven to be far better at home this season than on the road, having gone 37-24 at home so far this season versus its far more dismal 29-37 road record.

Boston meanwhile is also 6-4 in its last 10 games, and just got back in the “W” column Wednesday after dropping two to Cleveland August 20 and 21.  Last weekend though, the Red Sox took two of three from the Rays in another of the teams’ showdowns, adding even more interest and importance to this weekend’s series.

Coverage of Sunday’s game on TBS currently scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET.  Ernie Johnson will have the call.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Ron Darling for additional commentary.

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WNBA’s 2018 Post Season Coverage Tips Off Tonight On ESPN2

2018 WNBA Playoffs

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The road to the WNBA championship for the 2018 season starts tonight, and the ESPN networks will have extended coverage of the first round.

Coverage of the league’s entire post season tips off at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2 as the Phoenix Mercury plays host to the Dallas Wings.  At 10:30 p.m. ET, another Western Conference matchup will take place as the Los Angeles Sparks will play host to the defending WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx,. That game is also scheduled to air on ESPN2.

Pam Ward will have the call for the early match.  She will be joined by analyst Kara Lawson and reporter LaChina Robinson for additional commentary, news and interviews.  Ryan Ruocco will have the call for the late game.  He will be joined by analyst Rebecca Lobo and reporter Holly Rowe for additional commentary, news and interviews.

Unlike so many other sports’ playoff formats, the WNBA’s playoffs are not set up via conference, so the winners of tonight’s matchups will face the Washington Mystics and the Connecticut Sun respectively on Thursday.  Those games will also air on ESPN2.  An explanation of the WNBA playoff tournament is available here.

ESPN2’s coverage of the Semi-finals tips off August 26 with the Atlanta Dream and Seattle Storm currently awaiting their opponents.  Coverage of the early game is expected to start at 3 p.m. and the late game at 5 p.m.

The remainder of the WNBA post season’s coverage on the ESPN networks will be announced as each game is completed.  More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the WNBA 2018 post season is available online now at:

 

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