ESPN To Broadcast 2019 Japan Opening Series Next Week

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ESPN is headed to the far east for an upcoming Major League Baseball broadcast.

The network will carry coverage of the 2019 Japan Opening Series on March 20 and 21. The series is a pair of pre-season MLB games, which will be played live at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.  The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics will face off in the matchups.

Dave Fleming and Eduardo Perez will provide commentary for the games, both of which will air at 5:30 a.m. on the ESPN app.

More information on the 2019 Japan Opening Series is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

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ESPN To Air 2019 Women’s College Basketball Tournament Selection Show Monday

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Women’s college basketball fans will find out next week, if their favorite teams will be part of the NCAA Women’s College Basketball tournament.

ESPN will air the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special presented by Capital One at 7 p.m. on Monday.  The two-hour special starts on ESPN, and will move to ESPNU as each team and its seeding is announced.

Monday’s broadcast is part of the Tournament Challenge Marathon, which will feature 25 consecutive hours of college basketball coverage and analysis as fans prep their brackets.

Prior to Monday night’s special, fans will get an early look at he selection committee’s discussions on the 5 p.m. edition of SportsCenter on Sunday.  Following Monday night’s broadcast, the SEC Network will have its own special broadcast in the form of SEC NowWomen’s Basketball Selection Special at 9 p.m.

espnW will also air its own share of programming prior to and after Selection Sunday.  Programming highlights are noted below.

  • Charlie Creme will assess the bracket, its biggest surprises and snubs.
  • Mechelle Voepel will examine the wide-open feel of the NCAA tournament and each top seed’s path to the Final Four.
  • Around the Rim: LaChina Robinson and Charlie Creme will interview selection chair Rhonda Lundin Bennett on Monday
  • espnW also will feature expert picks breaking down every region of the bracket and predictions for the Final Four, and look at the winners and losers in the NCAA tournament bracket.
  • Women’s Tournament Challenge: espnW and the WNBA have created a group for fans. Users can join, create their bracket and then compare it to brackets of players such as Breanna Stewart, A’ja Wilson and more.

Coverage of the Women’s NCAA College Basketball Championship starts March 22 on ESPN, ESPN2 and the ESPN app.  Coverage of the Women’s NCAA College Basketball Final Four runs from April 5-7.  The complete schedule for the tournament will be announced soon.

More information on ESPN’s coverage of the 2019 Women’s NCAA College Basketball Tournament is available online now along with all of the latest women’s college basketball headlines at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/womens-college-basketball

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ESPN Networks Airing Expansive Women’s College Basketball Tournament Schedule

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ESPN is getting audiences ready for the women’s college basketball championship.

The network launched a two-week-long schedule of tournaments that culminates next weekend in a series of women’s college basketball championships. Games on the schedule will be spread across ESPN’s family of networks on ESPN+, ESPNU, ESPN2, the SEC Network, ESPN3 and ACC Network Extra.  The schedule will feature a total of almost 200 games.

The programming schedule started Monday and continues Tuesday, with the First Round of the A10 Women’s Basketball Tournament and the Quarterfinals of the Horizon League Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Programming continues Wednesday with coverage of the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament, ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, American East Women’s Conference Championship and the Horizon League Women’s Basketball Tournament.

The attention turns to the Metro Atlantic Women’s Basketball Tournament and SoCon Women’s Basketball Tournament on Thursday, along with continued coverage of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament and Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.

The full lineup for the ESPN networks’ Women’s Basketball Tournaments broadcasts is noted below.

Date

Time (ET)

Event/Commentators

Network

Mon, Mar 4

8 p.m.

Heart of America Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship

Culver-Stockton vs William Penn

ESPN3

Tue, Mar 5

Noon

A10 Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

UMass at George Mason

ESPN+

 

3 p.m.

A10 Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

George Washington at Saint Joseph’s

ESPN+

5:30 p.m.

Horizon League Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

Oakland at Wright State

ESPN+

 

7 p.m.

Horizon League Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

Northern Kentucky at IUPUI

ESPN+

 

A10 Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

Rhode Island at Duquesne

ESPN+

 

A10 Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

St. Bonaventure at Davidson

ESPN+

 

A10 Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

La Salle at Dayton

ESPN+

 

A10 Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

Richmond at Saint Louis

ESPN+

Wed, Mar 6

11 a.m.

SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

Florida vs Ole Miss

Courtney Lyle, Tamika Catchings, Steffi Sorensen

SEC Network

 

1 p.m.

SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

Vanderbilt vs Alabama

Courtney Lyle, Tamika Catchings, Steffi Sorensen

SEC Network

 

ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

Boston College vs Virginia

ACC Network Extra

 

2 p.m.

OVC Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

Southeast Missouri vs Belmont

ESPN+

 

3:30p

ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

Wake Forest vs Virginia Tech

ACC Network Extra

 

4 p.m.

OVC Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

Jacksonville State vs Morehead State

ESPN+

 

6:30p

ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

Pittsburgh vs. Duke

ACC Network Extra

 

7 p.m.

America East Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

Binghamton at Albany

ESPN+

 

America East Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

Vermont at Stony Brook

ESPN+

 

Horizon League Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

Milwaukee at Youngstown State

ESPN+

 

America East Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

New Hampshire at Maine

ESPN+

 

America East Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

UMBC at Hartford

ESPN+

 

8 p.m.

Horizon League Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

Cleveland State at Green Bay

ESPN+

Thu, Mar 7

9:30 a.m.

Metro Atlantic Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round – Fairfield vs Niagara

ESPN3

 

11 a.m.

SoCon Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal

Western Carolina vs. Mercer

ESPN+

 

ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Second Round

ACC Network Extra

 

11:30 a.m.

Metro Atlantic Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

Iona vs. Siena

ESPN3

 

Noon

SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Second Round

LSU vs. Tennessee

Courtney Lyle, Tamika Catchings, Steffi Sorensen

SEC Network

 

1:15 p.m.

SoCon Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal

Wofford vs. ETSU

ESPN+

 

1:30 p.m.

Metro Atlantic Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

Saint Peter’s vs. Manhattan

ESPN3

 

2 p.m.

OVC Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

Austin Peay vs. Tennessee Tech

ESPN+

 

SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Second Round

LSU vs. Tennessee

Courtney Lyle, Tamika Catchings, Steffi Sorensen

SEC Network

 

ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Second Round

Georgia Tech vs. North Carolina

ACC Network Extra

 

3:30 p.m.

SoCon Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal

Samford vs. Furman

ESPN+

 

4 p.m.

OVC Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

Murray State vs. UT Martin

ESPN+

 

5:45 p.m.

SoCon Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal

UNCG vs. Chattanooga

ESPN+

 

6 p.m.

SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Second Round

Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck, Steffi Sorensen

SEC Network

 

ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Second Round

ACC Network Extra

 

8 p.m.

SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Second Round

Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck, Steffi Sorensen

SEC Network

 

ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Second Round

ACC Network Extra

Fri, Mar 8

11 a.m.

A10 Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

SoCon Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal

ESPN+

 

ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal #1

ACC Network Extra

 

Noon

SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal #1

Courtney Lyle, Tamika Catchings, Steffi Sorensen

SEC Network

 

American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round, Game 1

Sam Gore, Blair Schaefer

ESPN3

 

1 p.m.

Metro Atlantic Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

ESPN3

 

1:15 p.m.

SoCon Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal

ESPN+

 

2 p.m.

A10 Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

OVC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal

ESPN+

 

American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round, Game 2

Sam Gore, Blair Schaefer

ESPN3

 

SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal #2

SEC Network

 

ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal #2

ACC Network Extra

 

3:30 p.m.

Metro Atlantic Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

ESPN3

 

4 p.m.

OVC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal

ESPN+

 

4:30 p.m.

A10 Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

6 p.m.

SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal #3

Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck, Steffi Sorensen

SEC Network

 

American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round, Game 3

Eric Frede, Christy Thomaskutty

ESPN3

 

ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal #3

ACC Network Extra

 

7 p.m.

A10 Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

ASUN Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

ASUN Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

ASUN Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

ASUN Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

8 p.m.

American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round, Game 4

Eric Frede, Christy Thomaskutty

ESPN3

 

SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal #4

Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck, Steffi Sorensen

SEC Network

 

ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal #4

ACC Network Extra

Sat, Mar 9

Noon

American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal #1

Sam Gore, Blair Schaefer

ESPN3

 

Metro Atlantic Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

ESPN3

 

ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal #1

Beth Mowins, Debbie Antonelli, Courtney Lyle

ESPNU

 

1 p.m.

Summit League Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

2 p.m.

American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal #2

Sam Gore, Blair Schaefer

ESPN3

 

ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal #2

Beth Mowins, Debbie Antonelli, Courtney Lyle

ESPNU

 

2:30 p.m.

Metro Atlantic Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

Canisius vs. Monmouth

ESPN3

 

3 p.m.

OVC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Championship

ESPN+

 

3:30 p.m.

Summit League Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

5 p.m.

SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal #1

Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck, Steffi Sorensen

ESPNU

 

6 p.m.

American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal #3

Eric Frede, Christy Thomaskutty

ESPN3

 

7 p.m.

SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal #2

Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck, Steffi Sorensen

ESPNU

 

8 p.m.

American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal #4

Eric Frede, Christy Thomaskutty

ESPN3

Sun, Mar 10

11 a.m.

Metro Atlantic Women’s Basketball Tournament Semifinal

Paul Sunderland, Julianne Viani

ESPN3

 

Noon

ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Championship

Beth Mowins, Debbie Antonelli, Courtney Lyle

ESPN2

 

Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Basketball Championship

Title Game

Melissa Lee, Andraya Carter

ESPNU

 

SoCon Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship

ESPN+

 

1 p.m.

America East Women’s Basketball Tournament Semifinal

ESPN+

 

Summit League Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

1:30 p.m.

Metro Atlantic Women’s Basketball Tournament Semifinal

Paul Sunderland, Julianne Viani

ESPN3

 

2 p.m.

SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Championship

Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck, Steffi Sorensen

ESPN2

 

2 p.m.

America East Women’s Basketball Tournament Semifinal

ESPN+

 

3:30 p.m.

Summit League Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

4 p.m.

American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal #1

Eric Frede, Christy Thomaskutty

ESPN2

 

6 p.m.

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship

Tiffany Greene, LaChina Robinson, Christy Winters-Scott

ESPN2

 

6:30 p.m.

American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship

Semifinal #2

Eric Frede, Christy Thomaskutty

ESPNU

 

8 p.m.

Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship

Adam Amin, Kara Lawson, Elise Woodward

ESPN2

Mon, Mar 11

12:05 p.m.

Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Tournament First Round

ESPN+

 

Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Tournament First Round

ESPN+

 

1 p.m.

Horizon League Women’s Basketball Tournament Semifinal

ESPN+

 

Summit League Women’s Basketball Tournament Semifinal

ESPN+

 

2:30 p.m.

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball

Championship

Paul Sunderland, Julianne Viani

ESPNU

 

3:30 p.m.

Horizon League Women’s Basketball Tournament Semifinal

ESPN+

 

Summit League Women’s Basketball Tournament Semifinal

ESPN+

 

7 p.m.

American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament

Championship

Adam Amin, Rebecca Lobo

ESPN2

 

MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

ESPN+

 

MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

ESPN+

 

MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

ESPN+

 

MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

ESPN+

Tue, Mar 12

Noon

Horizon League Women’s Basketball Championship

Title Game

Roy Philpott, Carolyn Peck

ESPNU

 

2 p.m.

Summit League Women’s Basketball Championship

Title Game

Clay Matvick, Julianne Viani

ESPNU

 

4 p.m.

West Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Championship

Title Game

Elise Woodward, Dan Hughes

ESPNU

 

7 p.m.

Big South Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

ESPN3

 

Big South Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

ESPN3

 

Big South Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

ESPN3

 

9 p.m.

Big West Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round, Game 1

ESPN3

 

11:30 p.m.

Big West Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round, Game 2

ESPN3

Wed, Mar 13

Noon

MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

Conference USA Women’s Basketball Tournament First Round

ESPN+

 

12:30 p.m.

Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Tournament

Second Round

ESPN+

 

2:30 p.m.

MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

Conference USA Women’s Basketball Tournament First Round

ESPN+

 

3 p.m.

Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Tournament

Second Round

ESPN+

 

WAC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

5 p.m.

MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

5:30 p.m.

WAC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

7 p.m.

ASUN Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal

ESPN+

 

ASUN Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal

ESPN+

 

Conference USA Women’s Basketball Tournament First Round

ESPN+

 

7:30 p.m.

MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

9 p.m.

WAC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

Big West Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal #1

ESPN3

 

9:30 p.m.

Conference USA Women’s Basketball Tournament First Round

ESPN+

 

11:30 p.m.

WAC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

Big West Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal #2

ESPN3

Thu, Mar 14

Noon

Southland Women’s Basketball Tournament First Round

ESPN+

 

12:30 p.m.

Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

Conference USA Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

2:30 p.m.

Southland Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

ESPN+

 

3 p.m.

Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

Conference USA Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

4:30 p.m.

MVC Tournament Preview Show

ESPN+

 

5 p.m.

MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

ESPN+

 

6 p.m.

Big South Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal #1

ESPN3

 

Big South Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal #2

ESPN3

 

7 p.m.

Northeast Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal #1

ESPN3

 

Northeast Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal #2

ESPN3

 

8 p.m.

MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round

ESPN+

 

Big South Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal #3

ESPN3

 

Big South Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal #4

ESPN3

Fri, Mar 15

11 a.m.

MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Semifinal

ESPN+

 

Noon

Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal

ESPN+

 

Southland Women’s Basketball Tournament

Second Round

ESPN+

 

1 p.m.

MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

1:30 p.m.

MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Semifinal

ESPN+

 

2:30 p.m.

Southland Women’s Basketball Tournament

Second Round

ESPN+

 

3 p.m.

WAC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal #1

ESPN+

 

Big West Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal #1

ESPN3

 

Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal

ESPN+

 

3:30 p.m.

MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

5 p.m.

America East Conference Women’s Basketball Championship

Title Game

Eric Frede, Christy Thomaskutty

ESPNU

 

5:30 p.m.

WAC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal #2

ESPN+

 

Big West Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal #2

ESPN3

 

6 p.m.

Big South Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal

ESPN+

 

7 p.m.

MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal

ESPN+

 

8 p.m.

Big South Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal

ESPN+

 

9:30 p.m.

MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinal

ESPN+

Sat, Mar 16

Noon

Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship

Rich Hollenberg, Christy Winters-Scott

ESPN3

2 p.m.

Southland Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal

ESPN+

 

2:30 p.m.

MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal

ESPN+

 

Southwestern Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship

Title Game

Dave LaMont, Debbie Antonelli

ESPN3^

 

3:30 p.m.

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship

Title Game

Roy Philpott, Blair Schaefer

ESPN3*

 

4:30 p.m.

Southland Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal

ESPN+

 

5 p.m.

MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Semifinal

ESPN+

 

WAC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Championship

Paul Sunderland, Dan Hughes

ESPN3

 

6 p.m.

Ivy League Women’s Basketball Championship Semifinal #1

Brenda VanLengen, Andraya Carter

ESPN3

 

6:30 p.m.

Big West Women’s Basketball Tournament

Championship

ESPN3

 

8:30 p.m.

Ivy League Women’s Basketball Championship Semifinal #2

Brenda VanLengen, Andraya Carter

ESPN3

Sun, Mar 17

2 p.m.

Northeast Conference Women’s Basketball Championship

Title Game

Melissa Lee, Mike Thibault

ESPNU

 

Big South Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship

ESPN+

 

3 p.m.

ASUN Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship

ESPN+

 

MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Championship

ESPN+

 

4 p.m.

Ivy League Women’s Basketball Championship

Title Game

Brenda VanLengen, Andraya Carter

ESPNU

* – will air on ESPNU at 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 17

^ – will air on ESPNU at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 17

More information on the ESPN networks’ Women’s College Basketball tournaments is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espn

 

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ESPNEWS Adding New Sports Betting, Information Program To Its Lineup

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ESPN is launching a new sports betting program.

The network made the announcement in a news release sent Friday.  the release announced the program, Daily Wager is meant to educate sports fans about teams and sports, and about sports wagering.

Daily Wager is scheduled to debut at 6 p.m., March 11 on ESPNEWS.  The one-hour program is scheduled to air Monday-Friday in that time slot.

ESPN Vice President and Executive Editor of Studio Production Norby Williamson talked about the decision to launch the show in a recent interview.

“ESPN’s mission is to serve sports fans,” Williamson said.  “the sports betting environment has changed, and interest is increasing at unprecedented levels.  ESPN is going to have a strong and vibrant presence across our platforms, and the launch of Daily Wager is the next step in what has already been underway for some time.”

Contributors such as “Stanford” Steve Coughlin, Chris “The Bear” Fallica” and Anita Marks will contribute to the program, along with figures, such as David Purdum, Preston Johnson and Joe Fortenbaugh.

Daily Wager is just the latest sports betting program that the ESPN networks airs.  It already airs Behind the Bet with Doug Kezirian as a podcast and the Stanford Steve and the Bear podcast during football season.

Bad Beats runs during SportsCenter while other sports betting content runs online at espn.com.

More information on the programming schedule of the ESPN networks is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espn

 

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ESPN+ Expands NHL Coverage

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ESPN is giving hockey fans a new way to enjoy their favorite game.

ESPN+ is expanding its National Hockey League coverage as the push to the playoffs heats up.  The broadcast schedule expansion, which started Friday, features 14 games per week through the remainder of the regular season.

The network’s expanded coverage features games, such as a matchup between the Flames and Golden Knights in the Pacific Division on Wednesday; an Atlantic Division showdown on March 11 between the Leafs and Lightning and a possible playoff preview on March 18 between the Sharks and Knights.

Each broadcast on the network’s expanded schedule will be followed by  ESPN+’s post-game program, In The Crease.  The program is co-hosted by NHL experts Linda Cohn and Barry Melrose.

The full schedule for ESPN+’s NHL coverage is noted below.

ESPN+ Battle for the Playoffs schedule (Additional end of month matchups will be announced soon)

Date

Time (ET)

Event

Fri, Mar 1

7:00 p.m.

Washington Capitals at New York Islanders

 

8:00 p.m.

Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets

Sat, Mar 2

8:00 p.m.

Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues

 

10:00 p.m.

Minnesota Wild at Calgary Flames

Sun, Mar 3

4:00 p.m.

Vancouver Canucks at Vegas Golden Knights

 

10:00 p.m.

Chicago Blackhawks at San Jose Sharks

Mon, Mar 4

9:00 p.m.

Toronto Maple Leafs at Calgary Flames

Tue, Mar 5

7:00 p.m.

Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins

 

7:00 p.m.

Florida Panthers at Pittsburgh Penguins

 

10:30 p.m.

Montreal Canadiens at Los Angeles Kings

Wed, Mar 6

9:00 p.m.

Calgary Flames at Vegas Golden Knights

Thu, Mar 7

8:30 p.m.

Buffalo Sabres at Chicago Blackhawks

 

10:30 p.m.

Montreal Canadiens at San Jose Sharks

Fri, Mar 8

7:00 p.m.

Minnesota Wild at Florida Panthers

 

10:00 p.m.

Montreal Canadiens at Anaheim Ducks

Sat, Mar 9

3:00 p.m.

Buffalo Sabres at Colorado Avalanche

 

7:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Columbus Blue Jackets

 

8:00 p.m.

Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars

 

10:00 p.m.

Vegas Golden Knights at Vancouver Canucks

Sun, Mar 10

7:00 p.m.

Winnipeg Jets at Washington Capitals

Mon, Mar 11

7:00 p.m.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs

 

9:00 p.m.

New York Rangers at Edmonton Oilers

Tue, Mar 12

8:00 p.m.

San Jose Sharks at Winnipeg Jets

 

10:00 p.m.

Nashville Predators at Anaheim Ducks

Wed, Mar 13

10:00 p.m.

New York Rangers at Vancouver Canucks

Thu, Mar 14

7:00 p.m.

Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers

 

8:00 p.m.

Boston Bruins at Winnipeg Jets

Fri, Mar 15

7:00 p.m.

Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets

 

9:00 p.m.

New York Rangers at Calgary Flames

Sat, Mar 16

7:00 p.m.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins

 

7:00 p.m.

Calgary Flames at Winnipeg Jets

 

10:30 p.m.

Nashville Predators at San Jose Sharks

Sun, Mar 17

6:00 p.m.

New York Islanders at Minnesota Wild

Mon, Mar 18

7:30 p.m.

Arizona Coyotes at Tampa Bay Lightning

 

10:30 p.m.

Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks

Tue, Mar 19

8:00 p.m.

Toronto Maple Leafs at Nashville Predators

 

9:00 p.m.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Calgary Flames

Thu, Mar 21

7:00 p.m.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes

 

10:00 p.m.

Winnipeg Jets at Vegas Golden Knights

Sat, Mar 23

3:00 p.m.

Chicago Blackhawks at Colorado Avalanche

 

7:00 p.m.

Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets

 

9:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Dallas Stars

 

10:00 p.m.

Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks

Sun, Mar 24

7:00 p.m.

Montreal Canadiens at Carolina Hurricanes

10:00 p.m.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Vancouver Canucks

All games are subject to blackout restrictions in each team’s local market

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More information on the ESPN networks’ NHL coverage is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espn

 

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ESPN To Air Expanded Edition of ‘NFL Countdown’ Sunday

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ESPN will air a special extended edition of NFL Countdown this weekend.

The network will air a special three-hour edition of the program at noon Sunday ahead of the NFL Conference Championship games.  Sam Ponder will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Rex Ryan, Charles Wooden, Louis Riddick, Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter live from ESPN’s Bristol, CT studios for additional commentary.

Sunday’s expanded edition of NFL Countdown will feature discussions on topics, such as the McCourty twins, C.J. Anderson and his road to the post season, and Drew Brees’ connection with his teammates.

Josina Anderson and Dianna Russini will cover the NFC Championship game between the Rams and Saints.  Jeff Darlington and Sal Paolantonio will have coverage of the AFC Championship game between the Rams and Patriots.

Prior to Sunday’s special edition of NFL Countdown, the ESPN networks will feature a variety of NFL post season highlights from past seasons, beginning with a special broadcast Saturday morning.  The networks’ full broadcast schedule is noted below.

Date

Time (ET)

Show

Network

Sat, Jan 19

8:30 a.m.

NFL Matchup

ESPN2

Sun, Jan 20

4:00 a.m.

NFL Matchup (re-air)

ESPN

6:30 a.m.

NFL Matchup (re-air)

ESPN

7:00 a.m.

Super Bowl XLIV Highlights – New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts

ESPN2

7:30 a.m.

NFL’s Greatest Games: Super Bowl LI – New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons

ESPN2

12 p.m.

Postseason NFL Countdown presented by Snickers

ESPN

10 p.m.

NFL PrimeTime

ESPN

Chris Berman will reunite with Tom Jackson Sunday night on NFL Primetime at 10 p.m. Keyshawn Johnson will also be on hand for the broadcast.  The trio will recap the highlights of the day’s conference championships.

More information on ESPN’s NFL post season coverage is available online now along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/nfl

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNNFL

 

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ESPN Launches 15th Season of ‘CGD’ Next Week At Duke

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ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm launches its 15th season next week.

The network’s flagship college basketball program is scheduled to premiere at 11 a.m. on Jan. 19 with coverage of the Duke Blue Devils and the No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers.  Live coverage of the game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Rece Davis will anchor the morning broadcast.  He will be joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams for additional commentary.  The program will broadcast live from Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Next week’s season debut of College GameDay Covered by State Farm will mark the ninth time that the program will have aired live from the venue.  That surpasses the program’s record, set at Kansas’ Phog Allen Fieldhouse.

Duke’s 2018 recruiting class features the top three-ranked players in the class, according to ESPN.  Two of those players — Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett — currently sit fisrt and second in the 2019 mock NBA draft on ESPN.com.

Virginia comes into next weeks’ matchup with its own strengths. Three of the team’s top four scorers from last season are back this season, including All-ACC player Kyle Guy.

More information on ESPN’s coverage of next week’s game is available online now along with all of the latest college basketball headlines at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball

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

 

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