Cavs, Bulls Lead Off ESPN’s Special Friday Double Header NBA Schedule

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls will face off Friday and ESPN will have full coverage of the game including exclusive broadcasts of NBA Countdown, The Jump and SportsCenter.  It all leads up to the 1-2 showdown in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division.

The Jump will air at a special time of 3 p.m. EST on ESPN2 live inside the United Center.  Rachel Nichols will anchor the broadcast.  She will be joined by analayst Tracy McGrady and Brian Windhorst for additional commentary on the one-hour edition of the program.

NBA Countdown begins at 7 p.m. EST and will also broadcast live from the United Center.  Michelle Beadle will anchor the hour-long broadcast as it leads up to the 8 p.m. tip-off for the Cavaliers – Bulls matchup at 8p.m. EST.  Beadle will be joined by analysts Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups and Tracy McGrady for additional commentary.

Mike Breen will have the call for Friday night’s game between the Eastern Division-leading Cavaliers and the Bulls, who are right behind them.  Breen will be joined by analyst Mark Jackson for additional commentary.  Reporter and Chicago native Cassidy Hubbarth will be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

As an additional bonus for fans, ESPN3 will carry a live stream of the teams’ pre-game, on-court workouts and drills beginning at 7:15 p.m. EST.  SportsCenter will be live on site throughout the day for even more coverage.  That coverage includes live updates and post-game updates.

The Cavs and Bulls are just first game scheduled for the night.  The Nuggets will host the Rockets at 10:30 p.m. EST in an inter-divisional matchup in the Western Conference.  Ryan Ruocco will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by analyst Doug Collins for additional commentary.

Both games and additional coverage is available online via WatchESPN and the ESPN app.  More information on ESPN’s NBA coverage is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

 

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/espnnba

 

 

 

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Jets Host Colts In AFC Inter-Divisional Matchup Monday Night On ESPN

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The Colts and Jets go under the lights Monday in an AFC inter-divisional matchup live on ESPN.

ESPN’s Week 13 Monday Night Football broadcast will air live from New York.  It will be a pivotal game for both teams.  The Jets (3 – 8) currently sit last in the AFC East while the Colts (5 – 6) are third in the AFC South, just ahead of Jacksonville (2 – 9).

The game is equally important for both teams.  That’s not just because of the teams’ standings. Each team comes into the game looking to bounce back from its own loss in Week 12.  Indianapolis was thumped by Pittsburgh last week 28 – 7 while New York fell 22 – 17 to New England.

The outcome for Monday night’s showdown is completely up in the air. The host Jets are 1 – 4 at home so far this season versus a 2 – 4 road record.  On the other side, the Colts are 2 – 3 on the road and 3 – 3 at home.

Looking even deeper at the numbers, Indianapolis has scored more points for this season (270) than New York (196).  At the same time, the Jets’ defense has held its opponents to 266 points so far this season.  The Colts’ defense meanwhile has allowed 301 points against so far this season.  It’s more proof the game is either team’s to lose and to win.

Broadcast of Monday’s game is scheduled to begin at 8:15 p.m. EST.  Sean McDonough will have the call.  He will be joined by his broadcast partner Jon Gruden for additional commentary.  Reporter Lisa Salters will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Monday Night Countdown will precede Monday Night Football beginning at 6 p.m. EST.  Suzy Kolber will anchor the broadcast live from MetLife Stadium.  She will be joined by analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young.  Chris Berman will co-anchor live from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, CT.  He will be joined by ESPN Insider Adam Schefter.  NFL Features Editor Michelle Beisner-Buck and the MNF broadcast team will also add their own insight to the broadcast.

More information on ESPN’s MNF Week 13 broadcast is available online along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

 

 

 

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ESPN Networks To Cover MLB Winter Meetings Live Next Week

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Major League Baseball’s 2017 season is still at least five months away, but that doesn’t mean that there’s no action going on around the league right now.

ESPN announced Tuesday its flagship MLB program will hit the road next week for the league’s 2016 Baseball Winter Meetings.  Baseball Tonight will air live Dec. 5 to Dec. 7 live from the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.\

The half-hour broadcast will air at 6:30 p.m. and then again at midnight each day. The broadcasts will air live on ESPN2 except for Monday’s 6:30 p.m. broadcast.  That broadcast will air live on ESPNEWS.

ESPN’s Baseball Tonight broadcast team—Karl Ravech, analyst Aaron Boone and ESPN MLB Insiders Aaron Boone and Tim kurkjian—will cover each day’s events.  They will be joined by an extensive team of MLB Insiders and reporters including: Keith Law, Jason Stark, Jim Bowden, Jerry Crasnick, Jesse Rogers, Andrew Marchand, Scot Lauber, Adam Rubin, Eddie Matz, Mark Saxon, Doug Padilla and others.

As an added bonus for MLB fans, ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez will be on site through Dec. 8 with updates for SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship sports newscast.

Baseball Tonight is available online on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings are the largest annual gathering of baseball executives, staff, and media.  They take place at the peak of Major League Baseball’s “Hot Stove,” when many trades and free agent signings are completed.

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

 

 

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/BBTN

 

 

 

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ESPN Announces College Football Week 14 Broadcast Schedule

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The ESPN networks’ coverage of college football’s regular season wraps up this weekend with a group of championship matchups on its schedule.

The weekend’s coverage begins live from Detroit Friday when No. 21 Western Michigan takes on Ohio for the MAC Championship.  Broadcast begins at 9 p.m. EST on ESPN2.  Adam Amin will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by analyst Mack Brown for additional commentary.  Reporter Molly McGrath will be on the sidelines for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

The action continues at 9 p.m. EST live from Santa Clara, CA where No. 9 Colorado will take on No. 5 Washington for the 2016 Pac-12 Conference Championship.  The game will be broadcast live on ESPN Radio.  Bill Rosinski will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by David Norrie for additional commentary.  Ian Fitzsimmons will have all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

No. 4 Clemson rounds out the weekend’s coverage as it takes on Virginia Tech for the ACC Championship Saturday night at 8 p.m. EST on ABC and ESPN Radio.  Clemson is in the College Football Playoff Top 4 right now.  Chris Fowler will have the call for the game on ABC.  He will be joined by Kirk Herbstreit for additional commentary.  Reporter Samantha Ponder will have all of the latest in-game news and interviews.  Bill Rosinski, David Norrie and Ian Fitzsimmons will have the call on ESPN Radio live.

In all, seven championships will be decided this weekend on the ESPN networks.  The season’s final rankings will be revealed Friday at noon.  One more ranking will be announced tonight at 7 p.m. EST on ESPN.  The full schedule for the ESPN networks’ weekend conference championship matchup coverage is noted below.

 

ESPN Network’s Week 14 Slate of Games

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Fri, Dec. 2 7 p.m. 2016 Marathon MAC Football Championship from Detroit: No. 21 Western Michigan vs. Ohio
Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Molly McGrath
ESPN2
9 p.m. 2016 Pac-12 Championship from Santa Clara: No. 9 Colorado vs. No. 5 Washington
Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec. 3 Noon 2016 American Athletic Conference Football Championship Game: Temple vs. No. 25 Navy
Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
ABC
2016 Dynacraft Conference USA Championship Game: Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky
Dave Pasch, Tom Luginbill, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
Troy at Georgia Southern
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2
1 p.m. New Mexico State at South Alabama ESPN3
3 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette at Louisiana-Monroe ESPN3
4 p.m. 2016 SWAC Football Championship Presented by McDonald’s from Houston, Tex.:Grambling vs. Alcorn State
Eric Clemons, Jay Walker, Sherree Burruss
ESPNU
5 p.m. Georgia State at Idaho ESPN3
7:30 p.m. Arkansas State at Texas State
Allen Bestwick, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden
ESPN2
7:45 p.m. 2016 Mountain West Football Championship Game
San Diego State at Wyoming
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
ESPN
8 p.m. 2016 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game from Orlando, Fla.
No. 4 Clemson vs. Virginia Tech
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha PonderRadio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ABC and ESPN Radio

Please note: Schedule does not include the second round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship which is carried exclusively by ESPN

 

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Cavs, Clippers Lead Off This Week’s NBA Coverage On TNT

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TNT continues its NBA coverage with another double header schedule Thursday, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Clippers leading off the night.

The Cavs plays host to the Clippers live at 8 p.m. EST Marv Albert, Chris Webber and David Aldridge will have the call for the game.  Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal will carry pre-game, half-time and post-game Inside The NBA studio coverage. Kevin Garnett and special guest Rashed Wallace will have additional commentary throughout the night’s games live from Area 21.

The second game on the night will see the Golden State Warriors hosting the Houston Rockets at 10:30 p.m. EST.  Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller and Lewis Johnson will have the call for the game.

TNT’s NBA coverage continues Dec. 8 with another double header scheduled led off by Minnesota and Toronto at 7 p.m. EST.  Kevin Harlan will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by analysts Reggie Miller and Grant Hill for additional commentary.  Reporter Kristen Ludlow will be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

The Bulls will host the Spurs in the second game of the night.  Tip-off is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. EST.  Marv Albert and Chris Webber will have the call for the game.  Reporter Allie LaForce will be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.  Kevin Garnett will be joined live in Area 21 by WNBA Champion and two-time league MVP Candace Parker for additional commentary.

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Big 10 Matchups Take Center Stage On ESPN Networks’ Week 13 CFB Broadcast Schedule

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One of college football’s most storied rivalries will headline the ESPN networks’ college football broadcast slate this weekend.

Michigan and Ohio State will face off Saturday at noon on ABC.  Both teams are currently in the College Football Playoff Top 4 with Ohio State sitting 2nd while Michigan is right behind in 3rd.

If Michigan takes Saturday’s game it will clinch the East Division of the Big Ten. If the Buckeyes win the focus will move to State College, PA, where the Nittany Lions of Penn State will take on Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. EST on ESPN.

If Penn State and Ohio State both win Saturday, Penn State will take the East Division in the Big Ten.  If the Spartans beat the Nittany Lions, the Buckeyes will take the division.  Needless to say Saturday will be a big day for the Big East.

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder and Tom Rinaldi will have the call for the Ohio State – Michigan Matchup live from Columbus, OH.

Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard and Allison Williams will be live from Beaver Stadium for the call of the Penn State – Michigan State matchup.

Also of importance on Saturday, South Carolina and No. 4 Clemson will face off live on ESPN in primetime.  The Gamecocks and Tigers will go toe to toe live from Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. EST.  Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy and Tom Luginbill will have the call for the game.

Over on ABC, Notre Dame and #13 USC will hit the field live at 3:30 p.m. EST.  Florida and Florida State follow at 8 p.m. EST as the Gators make their first-ever appearance on Saturday Night Football presented by Wal-Mart.  Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Tod McShay will be live from Los Angeles for coverage of that game.  Meanwhile, Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will be live in Tallahassee, Florida for the game.

These are just some of the key college football matchups scheduled fro Saturday across the ESPN networks.  Saturday’s full college football broadcast schedule is noted below.

ESPN Network’s College Football Week 13 Schedule

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Tue, Nov. 22

7 p.m.

Akron at Ohio

Eamon McAnaney, Rocky Boiman

ESPNU

 

Ball State at Miami (Ohio)

Jim Barbar, John Gregory

ESPN3

Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan

Michael Reghi, Dustin Fox

ESPN3

Thu, Nov. 24

4 p.m.

Miles College at Alabama State

Eric Clemons, Jay Walker

ESPN3*

7:30 p.m.

No. 16 LSU at No. 25 Texas A&M

Dave Flemming, Jesse Palmer, Laura Rutledge

ESPN

Fri, Nov. 25

Noon

Houston at Memphis

Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Cole Cubelic

ABC

NC State at North Carolina

TV: Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Molly McGrath

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN and ESPN Radio

2:30 p.m.

Buffalo at Bowling Green

Robert Lee, Tom O’Brien

ESPN3

3:30 p.m.

No. 18 Nebraska at Iowa

Allen Bestwick, Mike Bellotti, Kris Budden

ABC

4 p.m.

Louisiana Tech at Southern Mississippi

Taylor Zarzour, Jordan Rodgers

ESPNEWS

5 p.m.

Toledo at No. 21 Western Michigan

Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Allison Williams

ESPN2

6 p.m.

Baylor at Texas Tech

Clay Matvick, Dusty Dvoracek, Shelley Smith

ESPN

8:30 p.m.

Cincinnati at Tulsa

Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia

ESPN2

9:30 p.m.

Arizona State at Arizona

Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley, Quint Kessenich

ESPN

Sat, Nov. 26

Noon

No. 3 Michigan at No. 2 Ohio State

TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ABC, ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes

Kentucky at No. 5 Louisville

Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch

ESPN

Virginia at Virginia Tech

Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Paul Carcaterra

ESPN2

Purdue at Indiana

Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks

ESPNU

Georgia Tech at Georgia

Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Olivia Harlan

SEC Network

Rutgers at Maryland

Mike Couzens, Al Groh

ESPNEWS

Arkansas State at Louisiana-Lafayette

ESPN3

12:30 p.m.

Syracuse at Pittsburgh

ACC Network Extra

3 p.m.

Boston College at Wake Forest

ACC Network Extra

3:30 p.m.

Notre Dame at No. 13 USC

TV: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

Radio: Tom Ramsey

ABC and ESPN Radio

Michigan State at No. 8 Penn State

Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams

ESPN

Duke at Miami

Eamon McAnaney, John Congemi, Dawn Davenport

ESPN2

Navy at SMU

Kevin Brown, Clint Stoerner

ESPNU

Mississippi State at Ole Miss

Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Kaylee Hartung

SEC Network

South Alabama at Idaho

ESPN3

Florida International at Old Dominion

ESPN3*

4 p.m.

Tulane at Connecticut

Chris Hassel, Matt Chatham

ESPNEWS

Nevada at UNLV

Dave Raymond, Tyoka Jackson

ESPN3

Appalachian State at New Mexico State

Brock Bowling, Brian Kinchen

ESPN3*

Troy at Texas State

ESPN3

7 p.m.

UCLA at California

Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich

ESPN2

Western Kentucky at Marshall

Bill Roth, John Gregory

ESPNU

7:30 p.m.

South Carolina at No. 4 Clemson

Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill

ESPN

No. 19 Tennessee at Vanderbilt

Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Cole Cubelic

SEC Network

East Carolina at Temple

Alex Faust, Kevin Weidl

ESPNEWS

8 p.m.

No. 23 Florida at No. 17 Florida State

Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

ABC

North Texas at UTEP

ESPN3

10:15 p.m.

Wyoming at New Mexico

Adam Amin, Anthony Becht, Alex Corddry

ESPN2

Utah State at BYU

ESPNU

 

 

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ESPN Announces Early Broadcast Schedule For 2017 MLB Season

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The start of the 2017 Major League Baseball season is still many months away, but officials with ESPN have already been hard at work preparing their broadcast schedule for the new season.

The network announced its early broadcast schedule this week for the 2017 season.  The network’s broadcast schedule for the 2017 MLB season features seven games in just two days. It all begins with a showdown between the Yankees and Rays on Sunday, April 2 on ESPN.

The World Series Champion Chicago Cubs top off night one on ESPN’s season-opening edition of Sunday Night Baseball when they take on National League Central foes, the St. Louis Cardinals live on ESPN.

The ESPN networks’ current broadcast coverage schedule of Major League Baseball’s 2017 season is noted below.

Opening Day games on ESPN:

Date

Time (ET)

Telecast

Network

Sun, Apr. 2

1 p.m.

New York Yankees* at Tampa Bay Rays

ESPN

4 p.m.

San Francisco Giants* at Arizona Diamondbacks

ESPN2

8:30 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals

ESPN

Mon, Apr. 3

1 p.m.

Atlanta Braves at New York Mets*

ESPN

4 p.m.

San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers*

ESPN

7 p.m.

Cleveland Indians at Texas Rangers

ESPN

10 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics

ESPN2

*Indicates game is subject to local blackout (NYY, SFG, NYM, LAD markets)

 

More information on the networks’ broadcast schedule is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

 

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