ESPN’s College Football Championship Preview Coverage Begins Today

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The stage is officially set for the 2017 college football championship, and ESPN’s networks will have extensive preview coverage of the upcoming matchup today and tomorrow.

That coverage begins this afternoon at 1 p.m. on ESPN’s College Football Live.  ESPN will carry a special hour-long edition of its flagship college football program today and tomorrow on ESPN.  The broadcasts will air live from the campuses of Clemson and Alabama.

Adnan Virk will anchor the program’s broadcast live from Clemson, SC.  He will be joined by analysts Joey Galloway and Danny Kannell for additional commentary.  Reporter Marty Smith will also be on hand for additional news and insights.

Molly McGrath will head up the program’s broadcast live from Tuscaloosa, ALA.  She will be joined by analysts David Pollack and Booger McFarland for additional commentary.  Reporter Tom Rinaldi will also be on hand for additional news and interviews.

As an additional bonus, McGrath, Galloway, McFarland and Pollack will all be live on hand live in Tampa for Friday’s broadcast at 1 p.m. on ESPN.

College Football Live is just one of the ESPN networks’ programs that will offer extensive preview coverage of the college football championship.  ESPN’s flagship sports news broadcast SportsCenter will offer its own extensive coverage.

Jay Crawford will anchor tonight’s SportsCenter broadcast and Thursday’s 6 p.m. broadcast with Tom Rinaldi reporting live from Alabama and Marty Smith reporting live from South Carolina.  He will also anchor Friday’s broadcast live from Tampa.

Cari Champion will host the program’s 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. broadcast this morning from Clemson.  David Lloyd will host Thursday’s 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. broadcast Thursday from Alabama.

Sage Steele will anchor broadcasts on Friday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Lions, Cowboys Close Out ESPN’s 2016 ‘MNF’ Broadcast Schedule Monday Night

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ESPN closes out its regular season coverage of the NFL Monday night with an NFC inter-divisional matchup.

The Lions and Cowboys go under the lights Monday night in ESPN’s Monday Night Football season finale.  Monday’s matchup will have major playoff implications for both teams.  Dallas sits atop the NFC standings at 12 – 2 while Detroit (9 – 5) is in a tight three-way battle for second in the conference with Atlanta (9 – 5) and Seattle (9 – 4).

The numbers favor the host Cowboys Monday night.  Dallas is 6 – 1 both at home and on the road this season.  It comes into Monday’s game with some momentum after defeating Tampa Bay in a close 26 – 20 win.  Detroit meanwhile will look to bounce back against the Cowboys after falling 17 – 6 against the Giants last week.  While the numbers seem to favor Dallas, both teams will have plenty to play for, so Monday’s game will be a big one for both teams.

Broadcast for Monday’s game is scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m. EST.  Sean McDonough and Jon Gruden will be in the booth for the call while reporter Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Monday Night Countdown will precede Monday Night Football.  Suzy Kolber will anchor the broadcast beginning at 6 p.m. EST.  She will be joined by analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Haselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young for additional commentary.  NFL Insider Adam Schefter will also be on hand more league news and reports.  Chris Berman will co-host live from ESPN’s studios.  He will be joined by NFL Hall of Fame Lions running back Barry Sanders as his final NFL Legends guest of the season.

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Bucks, Bulls Lead TNT’s NBA Broadcast Schedule Thursday Night

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TNT has announced its broadcast schedule for this week’s Thursday NBA double header slate.

Up first on the night is an Eastern Conference showdown between the Bucks and Bulls.  Thursday’s game is a big one for both teams.  Chicago currently sits second in the Central Division, 4.5 games back from the division-leading Cleveland Cavaliers.

Milwaukee on the other hand sits in the basement in the Central Division at 11 – 12 so far on the season, 6.5 games back from the Cavs.  Each team is 5 – 5 in its last 10 games, but Chicago is more primed for a win, having won its last two games.  The Bucks meanwhile have lost three straight.  So both teams will be playing hard Thursday night, one to get out of a slump and the other to extend its streak.

Brian Anderson and Reggie Miller will have the call for Thursday’s Eastern Conference, Central Division matchup between the Bucks and Bulls.  Special guest Chris Webber will also be on hand for additional commentary live from Area 21.

Next up on the night is a cross-conference matchup between the Knicks and Warriors.  Tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. EST.  The Lakers have picked up the 2016 – ’17 season right where they left off last season.  The team is in the midst of a 7-game skid, 12 games back from the Western Conference, Pacific Division-leading Warriors.

New York meanwhile sits second in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division, three games back from the division-leading Toronto Raptors, who surprised everybody last season.  New York has won two straight and is looking to keep the numbers coming in the “W” column.

Marv Albert will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by analyst Kevin McHale for additional commentary.  Reporter Lewis Johnson will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

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Carolina, Washington Close NFL’s Week 15 Schedule Live On ESPN

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Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers go under the lights live Monday night on ESPN when they take on the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football.

Last season’s runners-up in the Super Bowl, the Panthers have struggled to repeat last season’s success this season. Carolina sits last in the NFC South at 5 – 8 so far on the season. The “Cardiac Cats” are 4 – 5 in their conference, 1 – 3 in non-conference play, and 2 – 3 in their last five games.  Their last win came last week as they defeated the San Diego Chargers 28 – 16.

A win by the Panthers Monday night coupled with a loss by the New Orleans Saints on Sunday would potentially pull the Panthers out of the NFC South basement.  That’s because both teams sit at 5 – 8 on the season.

The Panthers’ playoff hopes are slim to nil win or lose Monday night.  On the other hand, Monday night’s game has even more importance for Washington, which sits 3rd in the NFC East at 7 – 5 – 1 so far on the season with its only tie coming earlier in the season against Cincinnati.

Washington’s NFC East opponents, the Dallas Cowboys, have already punched their ticket to the postseason.  Washington comes into Monday night’s game on the heels of a 27 – 22 win over Philadelphia in Week 14.  Washington has also proven better at home on the road this season than on the road, going 4 – 2 at home and 3 – 3 – 1 on the road.

Monday’s NFC Inter-Divisional matchup can go either way.  The Panthers have nothing to lose while Washington has much more to lose.  So each team will be giving its all once the lights go on and the cameras go live.

Sean McDonough will have the call for Monday’s matchup beginning at 8:15 p.m.  He will be joined in the booth by Jon Gruden for additional commentary.  Reporter Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines 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.  She will be joined at the desk by analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young.

NFL features reporter Michelle Beisner-Buck, ESPN Insider Adam Schefter and the MNF broadcast team will also join the broadcast for additional commentary.  Chris Berman and special guest (and with former ESPN NFL analyst) Tom Jackson will offer additional insight and commentary during the broadcast, too.  Jackson’s appearance is part of Berman’s NFL Legends initiative.

Monday’s game will be simulcast in Spanish on ESPN Deportes for the network’s Spanish-speaking audiences.  It will also stream live online on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

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‘2016 World Series Collector’s Edition’ Is A Win For Cubs Loyalists, MLB Fans Alike

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The 2016 World Series is one of the most important fall classic series that Major League Baseball and its fans have seen in over a century.  It was through this year’s World Series that “next year” became “this year” and “it can happen” became “it did happen.”  Next Tuesday, Cubs loyalists and baseball fans alike will be able to own the complete 2016 World Series for themselves thanks to MLB Productions and Shout! Factory in the form of the 2016 World Series Collector’s Edition: Chicago Cubs.  This piece is a must have both for Cubs loyalists and for MLB fans in general.  That is due in no small part to the 8-disc set’s overall audio and video presentation.  That will be discussed shortly.  The companion booklet included in the set is just as important to note in examining the set’s presentation as its overall presentation.  Last but hardly least of note here is the set’s bonus disc.  Each element is key in its own right to the box set’s presentation.  All things considered, this box is the year’s top new sports box set, the year’s top new family box set, and one of the year’s top new overall DVD/BD box sets.

Shout! Factory and MLB Productions’ 2016 World Series Collector’s Edition: Chicago Cubs takes three swings and hits it out of the park all three times.  This set is the year’s top new sports box set, the year’s top new family box set and one of the year’s top new DVD/BD box sets.  That is due in no small part to the overall presentation of the 7-game series in the set’s main feature.  Presented in the set’s main feature is the 2016 World Series in its entirety from the first pitch to the last out.  All seven games are here just as they were originally presented on FOX.  The commercial breaks are even included in each game, just without any commercials.  So that speeds things up at least a little bit, making the overall viewing experience even better.  If that isn’t enough for fans, MLB Productions and Shout! Factory have offered fans the option to experience the game with standalone radio broadcasts from the teams’ home radio stations in place of the TV call and even in Spanish.  On the surface that might not seem like much, but in the bigger picture of the series’ presentation here, it is very important to note.  Some people prefer radio broadcasts to the TV call whether in English or another language.  Others prefer the TV call to radio.  So what MLB Productions and Shout! Factory have done here is honor all of the game’s fans.  They are to be highly commended for paying such attention to even this detail.  Of course, those familiar with MLB Productions’ past World Series know this is nothing new for those productions.  That makes MLB Productions even more deserving of applause here.  It shows that MLB Productions has lived up to its reputation once more in this box set.  Keeping that in mind, it’s just one way in which MLB Productions has impressed yet again with this set.  The companion booklet included in the set adds just as much enjoyment to the set’s presentation.

The full, diverse TV and radio presentation of the 2016 World Series in the 2016 World Series Collector’s Edition: Chicago Cubs is in itself a hugely important piece of the set’s presentation.  It allows audiences to re-live the 7-game series in its entirety not just on TV but on radio while still getting to see it on TV.  What’s more, Shout! Factory and MLB Productions have allowed fans here to experience it simultaneously on radio and TV both in English and Spanish.  This is a huge statement of the dedication to the game’s fans across the board.  In and of itself, it makes this element a hugely important piece of the set’s presentation.  It is only one important piece of the set’s presentation, too.  The companion booklet that is included with the set lives up to MLB Productions’ reputation just as much as the presentation of the game on disc.  Once again, MLB Productions has included a complete box score for each game.  That means it presents the numbers not just for the Cubs but for the Indians, too in each game.  Audiences even get some interesting trivia with each game to enhance the viewing experience.  Just one of the interesting pieces of that trivia that is included in the set’s companion booklet comes in the outline of Game 7.  The booklet notes with this game;s information, :The Cubs are the first team to come back from a 3 – 1 deficit and win World Series Games 6 and 7 on the road since the 1979 Pirates.”  Audiences also learn of the Indians in the notes for Game 3, “The Indians’ Game 3 shutout was their fifth in the 2016 postseason, establishing a Major League record for a single postseason.”  As an added note, fans also learn here that the Indians’ game three World Series win meant the team won all eight postseason games when it scored first.  These are just some of the interesting tidbits that are shared through the series’ companion booklet.  There is far more that audiences will enjoy when they purchase the set for themselves or that special MLB fan.  Each game even includes a note of the temperature at the start of each game, the games’ attendance and much more.  The booklet gets that specific with each game’s outline and then some.  When this is all taken into consideration, it becomes even more clear why the collection’s companion booklet is just as important to its presentation as its overall presentation.  It is just one more piece of the set’s presentation that stands out.  The inclusion of the Cubs’ NLCS Game 6 win over the Dodgers rounds out the set’s most important elements.

The overall TV and radio presentation of the 2016 World Series in the 2016 World Series Collector’s Edition: Chicago Cubs and the set’s companion booklet are both key components of the set’s presentation.  The overall TV and radio presentation of the series and its presentation of the series in its entirety gives audiences a full viewing experience in the utmost sense of the term.  The set’s companion booklet adds even more depth and enjoyment to the set’s presentation with its bonus trivia and fully in-depth box scores.  Both elements are key by themselves and together.  However, they aren’t the set’s only important elements to note.  The bonus NLCS Game 6 presentation included in the set rounds out the set’s most important elements.  MLB Productions and Shout! Factory have included in this set, the Cubs’ 5 – 0 shutout of the Dodgers in Game 6 of the 2016 NLCS as a bonus for audiences here.    For those who might not know, the NLCS was just as interesting as the World Series.  The Cubs opened the series with a solid 8 – 4 win over Los Angeles,  But then, Chicago fell behind 2 games to 1 in games 2 and 3, only to come back and win the next 3 games and take the series.  Thanks, again, to MLB Productions and Shout! Factory, audiences get to see the Cubs’ dominating NLCS Game 6 in its entirety.  It was that game that catapulted the Cubs into the World Series.  So audiences get to see that pivotal game and the World Series in whole, and even follow along at their own pace through the set’s companion booklet while learning some interesting facts along the way, too.  Clearly, all three elements play their own huge part in the set’s presentation.  All things considered, they show that MLB Productions has lived up to its reputation once again as has Shout! Factory, the leading name in home entertainment (at least in this critic’s view).  They make this set in itself yet another home run for Cubs fans and MLB fans alike. When all of this is combined with the equally impressive 2016 World Series Film, which was released Dec. 6, the whole of both sets is a grand slam for any MLB fan and any Cubs fan.

2016 World Series Collector’s Edition: Chicago Cubs is yet another home run for MLB Productions and Shout! Factory.  That is evident through an overall TV/radio broadcast that once again lives up to fans’ expectations of MLB Productions’ titles.  The same can be said of the set’s companion booklet.  Once again, MLB Productions has added so much depth to another presentation through its fully in-depth booklet, complete with game-specific trivia.  The bonus NLCS Game 6 disc included in the set rounds out its most important elements.  Audiences get to see that game in its entirety just as each of the World Series’ seven games.  Each element is clearly important in its own right to the game’s presentation.  All things considered, they make this set yet another home run for MLB fans and Cubs loyalists alike. When the set is joined with the newly released 2016 World Series Film, the two together make for a grand slam for all involved.  The 2016 World Series Film is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered online via Shout! Factory’s online store.  The 2016 World Series Collector’s Edition: Chicago Cubs will be available next Tuesday, Dec. 13.  It can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s online store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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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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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.

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