ESPN Inks New Broadcast Deal With F1

Courtesy: ESPN/ABC/Formula 1

Formula 1 racing is returning to the ESPN networks.

ESPN announced Wednesday the network has reached a broadcast rights deal with Formula 1 to broadcast the FIA Formula 1 Racing Championship series throughout 2018. The deal gives ESPN and ABC the broadcast rights for all 21 of the series’ races beginning with the season-opening Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix on March 25 and ending with the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Nov. 25.

Burke Magnus, ESPN executive vice president of programming & scheduling, was enthusiastic about the series’ return to the ESPN networks after being away for many years.

“ESPN has a long commitment to motorsports, and F1 is a crown jewel in the sport,” Magnus said.  “There are many passionate Formula 1 fans in the U.S. and we look forward to bringing the pageantry, spectacle and excitement of F1 to viewers across the ESPN platforms.”

Sean Bratches, Formula 1 managing director of commercial operations, was just as enthusiastic about the new deal as Magnus.

“We are excited about the return of the world’s foremost motor racing platform to the ABC and ESPN platforms,” Bratches said. “ABC’s Wide World of Sports first started airing live live grands prix in the early 1960s and this linear partnership with ESPN represents a significant step forward in achieving Formula 1’s aim of broadening the sport’s appeal.  The U.S. market is very important growth opportunity for Formula 1 and we are looking forward to working with ESPN to ignite the growing fan interest.”

Formula 1 made its Wide World of Sports debut on June 10, 1962 with the Monaco Grand Prix, a week after the race was actually run.  ABC ran a handful of Formula 1’s races up until 1988.  ESPN joined ABC in broadcasting Formula 1 in 1984 with a 10-race schedule.

Following the broadcast of that 10-race schedule, ESPN would continue to air Formula 1 races until 1997, its last year carrying the series.  The full schedule for Formula 1’s return to the ESPN networks in 2018 is noted below.

2018 FIA Formula One World Championship Schedule on ESPN and ABC

(all times Eastern)

Date

Time

Event

Network

March 25

12:55 a.m.

Australian Grand Prix

ESPN2

April 8

1:55 a.m.

Chinese Grand Prix

ESPN2

April 15

10:55 a.m.

Bahrain Grand Prix

ESPN2

April 29

8:55 a.m.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

ESPN2

May 13

7:55 a.m.

Spanish Grand Prix

ESPN2

May 27

7:55 a.m.

Monaco Grand Prix

ESPN

3:30 p.m.

Monaco Grand Prix

ABC *

June 10

1:55 p.m.

Canadian Grand Prix

ESPN

June 24

7:55 a.m.

French Grand Prix

ESPN2

July 1

7:55 a.m.

Austrian Grand Prix

ESPN2

July 8

7:55 a.m.

British Grand Prix

ESPN

July 22

7:55 a.m.

German Grand Prix

ESPN2

July 29

7:55 a.m.

Hungarian Grand Prix

ESPN2

Aug. 26

7:55 a.m.

Belgian Grand Prix

ESPN2

Sept. 2

7:55 a.m.

Italian Grand Prix

ESPN2

Sept. 16

7:55 a.m.

Singapore Grand Prix

ESPN2

Sept. 30

7:55 a.m.

Russian Grand Prix

ESPN2

Oct. 7

12:55 a.m.

Japanese Grand Prix

ESPN2

Oct. 21

2:55 p.m.

United States Grand Prix

ABC

Oct. 28

2:55 p.m.

Mexican Grand Prix

ABC

Nov. 11

10:55 a.m.

Brazilian Grand Prix

ESPN2

Nov. 25

7:55 a.m.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

ESPN2

* re-air

More information on the network’s Formula 1 coverage is available online along with all of Formula 1’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/f1

 

 

 

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ESPN Reveals College Football Week 5 Broadcast Schedule

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ESPN has announced its broadcast schedule for the fifth week of the 2017 – ’18 college football season.

The ESPN networks’ schedule for the fifth week of the 2017 – ‘18 college football season opens Thursday night with a double-header slate.  Florida A&M plays host to North Carolina Central to open the night beginning at 7:30 p.m. Texas and Iowa State follow at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

Week 5’s action continues Friday night with yet another double-header schedule beginning at 7 p.m. No. 14 Miami will be on the road against Duke live on ESPN in that game.  No. 16 Washington State will play host to No. 5 USC in the night’s second game with coverage set to begin at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN.

No. Clemson and No. 12 Virginia Tech headline Saturday’s extensive schedule that includes games on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU and the SEC Network.  The Tigers and Hokies will be live under the lights on ABC’s Saturday Night Football presented by Wells Fargo, with coverage scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.

While the Hokies and Tigers headline the weekend’s college football action across the ESPN networks, the matchup of the ranked teams is not the last of the weekend.  San Jose State and UNLV finish off the weekend’s action Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

The ESPN networks’ full college football Week 5 broadcast schedule is noted below.

ESPN’s Networks Week 5 College Football Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Sep 28 7:30 p.m. North Carolina Central at Florida A&M
Eric Clemons, Jay Walker
ESPNU
8 p.m. Texas at Iowa State
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Laura Rutledge, Todd McShay
ESPN
Fri, Sep 29 7 p.m. No. 14 Miami at Duke
Dave Lamont, Mack Brown, Julie Stewart-Binks
ESPN
10:30 p.m. No. 5 USC at No. 16 Washington State
Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath
ESPN
Sat, Sep 30 Noon Northwestern at No. 10 Wisconsin
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
ABC
Vanderbilt at No. 21 Florida
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
ESPN
North Carolina at Georgia Tech
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Kris Budden
ESPN2
Houston at Temple
Mike Couzens, John Congemi
ESPNU
New Mexico State at Arkansas
Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan  
SEC Network
Rice at Pittsburgh ACC Network Extra
Benedictine at Central Methodist ESPN3
12:20 p.m. Syracuse at NC State ACC Network Extra
1 p.m. Central Michigan at Boston CollegeDave Weekley, Dustin Fox ACC Network Extra
Guilford at Jacksonville ESPN3
East Tennessee State at Furman ESPN3
Gannon at Mercyhurst ESPN3
2 p.m. Missouri State at North Dakota State ESPN3
3 p.m. The Citadel at Samford ESPN3
3:30 p.m. Florida State at Wake ForestMike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra ABC
Baylor at Kansas State
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Bomain
ESPN2
Navy at Tulsa
Mark Neely, Ray Bentley
ESPNU
Buffalo at Kent State
Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry
ESPN3
Murray State at No. 17 Louisville ACC Network Extra
4 p.m. Eastern Michigan at Kentucky
Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
Connecticut at SMU
Shawn Kenney, Rene Ingoglia
ESPNEWS
Colorado Mesa at CSU-Pueblo ESPN3
South Dakota at Western Illinois ESPN3
Clarion at Edinboro ESPN3
5 p.m. Central Connecticut State at Sacred Heart ESPN3
6 p.m. No. 24 Mississippi State at No. 13 Auburn
Dave Flemming, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
ESPN
Akron at Bowling Green
Jim Barbar, Bobby Carpenter
ESPN3
Western Carolina at Chattanooga ESPN3
Bryant at New Hampshire ESPN3
7 p.m. Memphis at UCF
Mike Corey, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones  
ESPN2
Troy at No. 25 LSU
Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison
ESPNU
Ball State at Western Michigan
Dan Gutowsky, Marcus Ray
ESPN3
Coastal Carolina at Louisiana-Monroe
Joel Meyers, Brian Kinchen
ESPN3
Marshall at Cincinnati
Drew Fellios, Forrest Conoly
ESPN3
South Alabama at Louisiana Tech ESPN3
Eastern Illinois at Tennessee State ESPN3
Sam Houston State at Central Arkansas ESPN3
South Dakota State at Youngstown State ESPN3
Saginaw Valley State at Grand Valley State ESPN3
Northern Iowa at Southern Illinois ESPN3
West Florida at Florida Tech ESPN3
Abilene Christian at Incarnate Word ESPN3
McNeese at Stephen F. Austin ESPN3
7:30 p.m. South Carolina at Texas A&M
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
Indiana State at Illinois State ESPN3
Southeastern Louisiana at Northwestern State ESPN3
8 p.m. No. 2 Clemson at No. 12 Virginia TechTV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ABC & ESPN Radio
Delta State at Mississippi College ESPN3
Nicholls at Lamar ESPN
9 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 1 Alabama
Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
ESPN
10:30 p.m. Colorado at UCLA
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore
ESPN2
San Jose State at UNLV
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey
ESPNU

Not all ESPN3 and ACC Network Extra Games are Exclusive  

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Penn State, Iowa Headline ESPN Networks’ College Football Week 4 Broadcast Schedule

Courtesy: ESPN

The fourth week of the 2017 college football season is here and the ESPN networks have another full schedule on tap for this weekend.

The networks’ week 4 schedule opened Thursday as No. 21 South Florida hosted Temple on ESPN and North Carolina Central hosted South Carolina State on ESPNU.  The Bulls soundly defeated Temple 43 – 7 in their game while the Eagles (2 – 1) defeated the Bulldogs (1 – 2) 33 – 28 in that matchup.

The action continues tonight at 8 p.m. as Boise State hosts Virginia live on ESPN2. Saturday’s action starts at noon as North Carolina State University faces No. 12 Florida State on the road.  That game will be either on ABC or ESPN2 according to the network’s schedule.

No. 4 Penn State and Iowa will headline Saturday’s coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. on ABC’s Saturday Night Football presented by Wells Fargo, but won’t be the last of the day’s games.  The day’s action winds down at 10:30 p.m. ET as Stanford hosts UCLA on ESPN and ESPN Radio.

East Carolina and Connecticut round out the weekend’s action Sunday at noon on ESPNU.  All of the games noted here are just some of the games scheduled for the fourth week of the 2017 college football season.  The networks’ full broadcast schedule for this weekend is noted below.

All games on Saturday, Sept. 23 unless specified.

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Thu, Sep 21

7:30 p.m.

Temple at No. 21 South Florida

Dave Flemming, Joey Galloway, Booger McFarland, Laura Rutledge

ESPN

 

South Carolina State at North Carolina Central

Eric Clemons, Jay Walker

ESPNU

Fri, Sep 22

8 p.m.

Virginia at Boise State

Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath

ESPN2

Sat, Sep 23

Noon

NC State at No. 12 Florida State

Jason Benetti, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman

ABC or ESPN2*

Texas Tech at Houston

Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra

ABC or ESPN2*

Texas A&M at Arkansas from Arlington, Texas

Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams

ESPN

West Virginia at Kansas

Mike Couzens, John Congemi

ESPNU

Massachusetts at Tennessee
Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan

SEC Network

Kent State at No. 19 Louisville

ACC Network Extra

Central Methodist at Peru State

ESPN3

12:20 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Georgia State

ACC Network Extra

1 p.m.

Delta State at Shorter

ESPN3

Mercyhurst at Clarion

ESPN3

1:30 p.m.

New Mexico at Tulsa

Joel Meyers, Brian Kinchen

ESPN3

Chattanooga at VMI

ESPN3

Gardner-Webb at Wofford

ESPN3

2 p.m.

Old Dominion at No. 13 Virginia Tech

Dave Weekley, John Gregory

ACC Network Extra

Ohio at Eastern Michigan

Dan Gutowsky, Bobby Carpenter

ESPN3

Idaho at South Alabama

Drew Fellios, Forrest Conoly

ESPN3

3 p.m.

No. 5 USC at California

Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill

ABC

3:30 p.m.

No. 16 TCU at No. 6 Oklahoma State

TV: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones, Owen Murphy

ESPN and ESPN Radio

Boston College at No. 2 Clemson

Dave Lamont, Kelly Souffer, Kris Budden

ESPN2

Duke at North Carolina

Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison, Desmond Purnell

ESPNU

Louisiana Tech at South Carolina

David Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport

SEC Network

Toledo at No. 14 Miami

ACC Network Extra

Miami (OH) at Central Michigan
Michael Reghi, Marcus Ray

ESPN3

Wake Forest at Appalachian State

Shawn Kenney, Stan Lewter

ESPN3

Illinois State at Missouri State

ESPN3

Samford at Western Carolina

ESPN3

Robert Morris at North Dakota State

ESPN3

Mercer at East Tennessee State

ESPN3

Sat, Sep 23

4 p.m.

Campbell at Stetson

ESPN3

5 p.m.

Louisiana-Monroe at Louisiana

Matt Stewart, Watson Brown

ESPN3

Tennessee State at Tennessee Martin

ESPN3

6 p.m.

Akron at Troy

Tiffany Greene, Huston Mason

ESPN3

Mars Hill at Catawba

ESPN3

6:30 p.m.

Western Illinois at Costal Carolina

Brock Bowling, Doug Graber

ESPN3

7 p.m.

No. 17 Mississippi State at No. 11 Georgia

Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

ESPN

Syracuse at No. 25 LSU

Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Julie Stewart-Binks

ESPN2

Wagner at Western Michigan

ESPN3

Florida Atlantic at Buffalo

ESPN3

Arkansas State at SMU
David Saltzman, Stanford Routt

ESPN3

Bowling Green at Middle Tennessee

ESPN3

Nicholls at Sam Houston State

ESPN3

Ferris State at Ashland

ESPN3

Villanova at Albany

ESPN3

Northwood at Grand Valley State

ESPN3

7:30 p.m.

No. 4 Penn State at Iowa

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor

ABC

No. 15 Auburn at Missouri

Mark Neely, Ray Bentley

ESPNU

No. 20 Florida at Kentucky

Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic

SEC Network

8 p.m.

UT San Antonio at Texas State

ESPN3

Southern Illinois at Memphis

ESPN3

UTEP at New Mexico State

Greg Mescall, Jay Taylor

ESPN3

10:15 p.m.

Hawaii at Wyoming

Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey

ESPN2

10:30 p.m.

UCLA at Stanford

TV: Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN and ESPN Radio

Sun, Sep 24

Noon

East Carolina at Connecticut

Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia

ESPNU

Not all ESPN3 and ACC Network Extra games are exclusive
*Game is Regionalized

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‘Take A Good Look The Definitive Collection’ Is A Must See For Any Student, Lover Of The Broadcast Arts, History

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ABC’s classic panel game show Take A Good Look is one of the most important yet underappreciated programs in broadcasting history.  Shout! Factory will prove that this fall when it releases the program’s most comprehensive collection to date in the form of Take A Good Look: The Definitive Collection in stores and online.  The seven-disc collection presents 49 episodes from the short-lived late-night series.  The episodes presented here are collectively the set’s most important element, and for multiple reasons, too.  They will be discussed shortly.  The liner notes included with the set are just as important to the set’s presentation as its episodes and will be discussed later.  The set’s packaging rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is clearly important in its own right to the set’s overall presentation.  All things considered, Take A Good Look: The Definitive Collection proves in the end to be an important watch for any lover and student of broadcast history.

Shout! Factory’s forthcoming Take A Good Look: The Definitive Collection is an important collection for any lover and student of broadcast history to own.  It brings to light a program that is one of the industry’s most important yet underappreciated game shows as is evidenced through its episodes.  While the series ran for a total of 53 episodes over two seasons on ABC, only 49 of those episodes have ever been available, and Shout! Factory has made all 49 of those episodes available here, giving audiences here the fullest run of the show possible.  This is only one part of what makes the episodes so critical.  The show’s very format presented in these episodes is important to discuss, too.  That is because of the influence that it clearly has played on so many series since.  One part late night talk show and one part light-hearted panel show, one can easily see (and hear) the series’ influence on the likes of Whose Line Is It Anyway, National Public Radio’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me and even so many of today’s late night talk shows.  Even CBS’ classic Saturday morning cartoon series Garfield & Friends paid tribute to Take A Good Look in one of its U.S. Acres shorts.

On yet another level, the episodes featured here are important to note because of their historical and cultural importance.  Audiences will see here that along with the fun games, the episodes also feature the original Dutch Masters cigar ads that ran with the show in its original run.  It reminds audiences on one level of a time when tobacco companies were allowed to advertise on a wider scale than they can today.  On another level, the ads will surprise audiences in the fact that they apparently even targeted children.  One of the ads encouraged children to buy Dutch Masters cigar boxes for their fathers as Father’s Day gifts.  That in itself is certain to generate plenty of discussion as will some of the other ads featured here.

While the ads included with the set’s featured episodes add their own depth to the episodes’ presentation, they are not the last important part of what makes the episodes so important.  The episodes’ production values are just as important to note as the ads and the episodes’ content.  The production values (its audio and video) make watching the episodes like opening a virtual time capsule of sorts.  That is because audiences get here, the episodes’ original audio and video playback.  In other words, no effort was taken to re-master the episodes in regards to the audio or video.  In this case, this is a great thing.  That is because it shows how far television production technology has come since television’s golden age.  In turn, it shows how much production values have improved as a result of those technological advances.  Considering this element, the ads that run with the episodes, the show’s clear influence as a result of its format and the full episode listing, it becomes clear why the episodes featured here are so important to the overall presentation of Take A Good Look: The Definitive Collection.  The whole of those aspects leads the episodes collectively to form a solid foundation for the set; a foundation on which is strengthened even more through the bonus liner notes included with the set.

The liner notes included with this collection, composed by film & TV historian Ben Model, enhance the set’s presentation even more because of the depth of information provided therein.  Audiences learn through Model’s notes that apparently host Ernie Kovacs, who was known largely for other film and television work, that he apparently was not fond of Take A Good Look.  Just as interesting to learn is why exactly Kovacs even agreed to host the show and the possible reason that the show even managed two seasons.  These tidbits and so much more paint a vivid picture for the series even before audiences put in the first disc.  Keeping this in mind, it becomes clear why the set’s bonus liner notes prove to be just as important to this set’s presentation as its episodes.  The liner notes are not the last of the set’s most important elements either.  Its packaging rounds out its most important elements.

The packaging used for this set is everything that audiences have come to expect from Shout! Factory in regards to its box sets.  Each of the set’s six discs is placed on its own plate inside the set’s box, protecting the discs from each other and also minimizing the box’s size as much as possible.  The set’s episode listing is printed clearly on the inside of the box’s art, too and includes the episodes’ air date, guest name and the episodes’ specific discs.  That listing once again provides a clear guide for audiences as they select the episodes that they want to watch, proving once more why this set deserves such high praise.  When this is considered along with the set’s in-depth liner notes and just as deep episodes, it becomes perfectly clear why this set in whole is such an important collection for any lover and student of television history.  What’s more, it becomes just as clear why Take A Good Look is itself such an important part of not just television history but broadcast history in whole.  Keeping all of this in mind, one can’t help but agree that this set deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new DVD/BD box sets for grown ups.

Shout! Factory’s upcoming release of Take A Good Look: The Definitive Collection is a must see for any lover and student of the broadcast arts and their associated history.  That is due to episodes that show their own depth and value along with liner notes and production values that are just as critical as the set’s episodes.  Keeping all of that in mind, the set in whole proves that it deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new DVD/BD box sets for grown-ups.  It will be released in stores and online Oct. 17 and 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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ESPN Networks Announce College Football Week 2 Broadcast Schedule

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ESPN and its networks have announced their broadcast schedules for the second week of the 2017 – 18 college football season.

The networks have a full slate of games for Week 2 that will be capped off Sept. 9  on ABC by a matchup of No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 2 Ohio State at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday Night Football presented by Wells Fargo.  No. 3 Clemson will host No. 13 Auburn at 7 p.m. on ESPN the same night.

Saturday night’s schedule is only part of the ESPN networks’ Week 2 college football schedule.  Sam Houston State was on the road Thursday against Prairie View A&M on ESPN.

Memphis and UCF are scheduled to face off Friday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU as a result of Hurricane Irma.  Over on ESPN2, No. 11 Oklahoma will be on the road against South Alabama beginning at 8 p.m.

Saturday’s schedule starts at 10:30 a.m. ET as South Florida faces UConn on ESPNNEWS due to the impacts of Hurricane Irma.  The Cincinnati Bearcats are scheduled to face No. 8 Michigan live on ABC beginning at noon. Also scheduled for high noon are matchups between North Carolina and No. 17 Louisville on ESPN; Iowa at Iowa State on ESPN2; Northwestern at Duke on ESPNU and a number of other games.

The networks’ full schedule for the weekend is noted below.

ESPN’s Networks Week 2 Schedule as of 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Thur, Sept. 7

7:30 p.m.

Sam Houston State at Prairie View A&M
Eric Clemons, Jay Walker

ESPNU

Fri, Sept. 8

6:30 p.m.

Memphis at UCF

ESPNU

8 p.m.

No. 11 Oklahoma State at South Alabama
Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath

ESPN2

Sat, Sept. 9

10:30 a.m.

No. 21 South Florida at UConn
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia

ESPNEWS

Noon

Cincinnati at No. 8 Michigan
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams

ABC

No. 17 Louisville at North Carolina
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill

ESPN

Iowa at Iowa State
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Julia Stewart-Binks

ESPN2

Northwestern at Duke
Mike Couzens, John Congemi

ESPNU

Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky
Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan

SEC Network

Tennessee-Martin at Ole Miss
Mike Morgan, Barrett Jones, Richard Cross

SEC Network Alternate

Northern Colorado at No. 22 Florida
Joel Meyers, Brian Kinchen,

SEC Network +

Louisiana-Monroe at No. 10 Florida State

ACC Network Extra

12:30 p.m.

Jacksonville at Georgia Tech

ACC Network Extra

1 p.m.

Wake Forest at Boston College
Robert Lee, Matt Chatham

ACC Network Extra

3 p.m.

UAB at Ball State
Jim Barbar, Hutson Mason

ESPN3

3:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh at No. 4 Penn State
Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

ABC

Fresno State at No. 1 Alabama
Adam Amin, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman

ESPN2

Indiana at Virginia
Dave Weekley, John Gregory

ESPNU

San Jose State at Texas
Lowell Galindo, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden

Longhorn Network

Howard at Kent State
Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry

ESPN3

Eastern Illinois at Northern Illinois
Jordan Bernfield, Marcus Ray

ESPN3

Savannah State at Appalachian State
Brock Bowling, Stan Lewter

ESPN3

Austin Peay at Miami (Ohio)
Jeff McCarrigher, Bobby Carpenter

ESPN3

Villanova at Temple
Greg Mescall, Tyoka Jackson

ESPN3

Middle Tennessee at Syracuse
Doug Sherman, Doug Graber

ACC Network Extra

Delaware at Virginia Tech
Drew Fellios, Forrest Conoly

ACC Network Extra

4 p.m.

Indiana State vs. No. 25 Tennessee
David Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport

SEC Network

Alabama A&M vs. Vanderbilt
Mark Neely, Jay Walker, Desmond Purnell

SEC Network Alternate

Louisiana at Tulsa
David Saltzman, George Wrighster

ESPN3

New Hampshire at Georgia Southern
Matt Stewart, Wayne Gandy

ESPN3

6 p.m.

South Dakota at Bowling Green
Dan Dutowsky, Watson Brown

ESPN3

Alabama State at Troy
Tiffany Greene, Rene Nadeau

ESPN3

Marshall at NC State
Kevin Fitzgerald, Dustin Fox

ACC Network Extra

6:30 p.m.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Akron
David Wilson, Travis Tannahill

ESPN3

7 p.m.

No. 13 Auburn at No. 3 Clemson
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

ESPN

South Carolina at Missouri
Anish Shroff, Mike Golic, Jr, Roddy Jones

ESPN2

Nicholls at Texas A&M
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey

ESPNU

North Texas at SMU
David Raymond, Stanford Routt

ESPN3

Toledo at Nevada
Trey Bender, Jay Taylor

ESPN3

7:30 p.m.

No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 2 Ohio State
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
Radio: Bill Rosinski, Dusty Dvoracek, Ian Fitzsimmons

ABC and ESPN Radio

Chattanooga vs. No. 12 LSU
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic

SEC Network

8:30 p.m.

No. 14 Stanford at No. 6 USC
Marc Kestecher, David Norrie

ESPN Radio

9 p.m.

UNLV at Idaho

ESPN3

10:15 p.m.

Utah at BYU
Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra

ESPN2

10:30 p.m.

Boise State at No. 20 Washington State
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich

ESPN,

Houston at Arizona
Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison

ESPNU

 

Due to Irma’s projected path, this weekend’s game between No. 16 Miami and No. 10 Florida State has been canceled. Indiana and Virginia will face off in place of that game.

Louisiana-Monroe and No. 10 Florida State has also been impacted by Irma.  It has been pushed up to a noon start time Saturday as a non-exclusive game on ACC Network Extra.

Northern Colorado and No. 22 Florida has also been impacted by Irma.  It has been moved to noon Saturday and will be streamed exclusively on the SEC Network+.  Along with that move, Chattanooga at No. 12 LSU has been moved from SEC Network Alternate to SEC Network.

The last of the games currently affected by Irma is Saturday’s game between New Hampshire at Georgia Southern.  That game has been moved to a 4 p.m. start time and will be played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.  It will be broadcast live on ESPN3.

More information on the ESPN networks’ College Football Week 2 coverage schedule is available online now along with all of the latest college football news at:

 

 

 

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ESPN’s ‘MNF’ Preseason Coverage Begins Tonight

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Monday Night Football launches its 2017 National Football League broadcast season tonight with a pre-season cross conference matchup.

ESPN’s flagship NFL program begins its 2017 broadcast season with a showdown between the Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC South) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFC South).  The matchup is just one of the games on the schedule for the second week of the NFL’s 2017 preseason.

Jacksonville will look to add a second notch to its win column in the preseason after defeating the New England Patriots 31 – 24 in week 1.  The Bucs will look to bounce back and get its first win of the preseason after falling to the Cincinnati Bengals in week 1 23 – 12.

Sean McDonough will have the call for tonight’s game, which is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst 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 set the stage for tonight’s game beginning at 7 p.m. ET with Suzy Kolber at the helm.  She will be joined by analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Charles Woodson for additional commentary alongside NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

ESPN will also have full coverage of the preseason week 2 match between the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns Aug. 21. the Browns defeated the New Orleans Saints 20 – 14 in preseason week 1 while the Giants fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 20 – 12 that week.

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ESPN Networks To Offer Extensive Little League Classic Coverage Sunday

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ESPN will present a special extended Major League Baseball broadcast Sunday.

The network will bring audiences the first-ever Little League Classic, which will see the St. Louis Cardinals taking on their National League Central foes, the Pittsburgh Pirates live at the renovated Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, PA – the location of the Little League World Series.

The broadcast will be preceded at 6 p.m. by Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet.  Karl Ravech will anchor the hour-long broadcast and will be joined by analyst David Ross and reporter Tim Kurkjian for the broadcast.

Dan Shulman will have the call for Sunday’s game on Sunday Night Baseball.  He will be joined by his Sunday Night Baseball cohorts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone for the broadcast.

Kurkjian will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.  Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred will also be on hand during the game.

Along with interviews with Manfred and other highlights, ESPN will present interviews with various MLB stars and personnel.  Images of those and other non-MLB figures as Little Leaguers will also be displayed throughout the game.

Sunday’s regular-season matchup between the Cardinals and Pirates will be the closer in a four-game series between the National League Central foes. St. Louis currently sits third in the division, 2.5 games back from the division-leading Chicago Cubs, while Pittsburgh sits just below the Cardinals in fourth, 5.5 games back.

Mike Leake (7 – 11) is scheduled to get the start for the Cardinals Sunday while Ivan Nova (10 – 10) is expected to take the mound for Pittsburg.

The Cardinals-Pirates matchup is just one of the games set for Sunday’s ESPN MLB schedule.  Mendoza and Boone will provide commentary for the Little League World Series on ABC beginning at 1 p.m.

Ravech will cover two of the series’ games – 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. – and two editions of Baseball Tonight – 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Kurkjian will also be on two editions of Baseball Tonight along with his work on the Little League Classic.

Baseball Tonight presented by Oscar Meyer will air at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. with Adnan Virk and David Ross.  Each broadcast will be from a different location at the Little League World Series.

The full schedule for the ESPN networks’ Little League World Series and Little League Classic is noted below.

ESPN’s Williamsport schedule for Aug. 20:

Time

Telecast

Network

10 a.m.

(13) International: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 3 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Volunteer Stadium

Karl Ravech, Tim Kurkjian, Sebastian Salazar

ESPN2, ESPN App

11 a.m.

(14) US: Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 4 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Lamade Stadium

Dave Flemming, Kyle Peterson, Julie Foudy

ESPN, ESPN App

1 p.m.

Baseball Tonight presented by Oscar Mayer

Adnan Virk, David Ross

ESPN, ESPN App

1 p.m.

(15) International: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 7 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Volunteer Stadium

Karl Ravech, Aaron Boone, Jessica Mendoza, Sebastian Salazar

ABC, ESPN App

2 p.m.

(16) US: Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 8 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Lamade Stadium

Dave Flemming, Kyle Peterson, Julie Foudy

ESPN, ESPN App

4 p.m.

Baseball Tonight presented by Oscar Mayer

Adnan Virk, David Ross, Karl Ravech, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN, ESPN App

6 p.m.

Baseball Tonight presented by Oscar Mayer

Karl Ravech, David Ross, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN, ESPN App

7 p.m.

MLB Little League Classic on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell

Dan Shulman, Jessica Mendoza, Aaron Boone, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN, ESPN App, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio

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