Audiences Will Say “Yes” To Shout! Factory’s ‘Yes Virginia’ BD Re-Issue

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Believing in those things that cannot be seen is one of the hardest things that we as humans can do. That is because the need to see in order to believe is something that is seemingly ingrained in mankind. Yet sometimes, just sometimes, believing in those things unseen without actually seeing them can and does make us and our lives better. That is the message at the center of the 1991 ABC holiday special Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus, which was re-issued this past October via Shout! Factory. It is also one part of what makes the 142-minute (two hours, 22-minutes) movie such a worthwhile watch this and any holiday season. It will be discussed shortly. The work of the movie’s cast is just as important to discuss in examining this movie as its central message (and by direct connection, the movie’s story). The bonus interview with Andrew J. Fenaday, the movie’s Executive Producer and co-writer rounds out the movie’s most important elements. When it is set alongside the other noted elements, all three combine to make Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus a touching, memorable holiday standard that should be in any family’s holiday movie collection.

Shout! Factory’s recent Blu-ray re-issue of ABC’s classic 1991 holiday special Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus is a must have for any family’s holiday movie collection. That is proven in part through the movie’s central message, which is tied directly to the movie’s story. The movie’s central message is one of hope and faith. It says to audiences that sometimes, just sometimes, believing in those things unseen without actually seeing them can and does make us and our lives better. Given it’s not the first time that such a message has been presented in any movie or TV special (E.g. The Year Without A Santa Claus, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Polar Express), but it is no less impacting here as in those presentations. The world needs those occasional reminders, especially considering the world’s current state. The way in which that message is delivered here (the movie’s story) illustrates that message quite well, too. It does so through a two-part story that sees not only Virginia (Katharine Isabelle — Insomnia, Freddy vs. Jason, Ginger Snaps) looking for something in which to believe but also her father James (Richard Thomas — The Waltons, It (1990), Wonder Boys). While Virginia’s desire for truth about Santa is simple on the surface, that need for something positive to believe in is far deeper, especially with her being in her formative years. James’ need for something in which to believe is so important because he is an immigrant, and he just wants to be able to give his family a better life. Having so much trouble trying to find stable work makes believing things can get better makes difficult that ability to believe things will get better.

Even newsman Francis Church (Charles Bronson — The Great Escape, Deathwish, The Maginificent Seven) finds himself in need of something in which to believe having lost his wife and daughter as the story opens. It is Virginia’s letter that gives him something in which to believe and ultimately emotionally heal. It kind of makes Church’s very name rather ironic in the long run. Of course everyone gets their happy ending. Given, life does not necessarily always have a happy ending, not believing in something doesn’t make us or life any better either. That being the case, it proves the importance of this story’s message for its presentation along with the story itself. That message (and the story through which the message is delivered) is only part of what makes this recent re-issue so enjoyable. The work of the movie’s cast is just as notable as the movie’s story and message.

In regards to the cast’s work, both the main and supporting cast deserves credit for their part in the movie’s presentation. Richard Thomas and Richard Bronson are the movie’s real stars, despite the movie’s title, story and message. One can’t help but root for James and Francis as they struggle with their situations — James as he tries to be that provider for his family and Francis as he tries to come to terms with the loss of his family. While the men’s situations are so different, it is clear in the performances that each actor fully embraced his character’s role and situation. Richard’s reaction as James is harassed by his former co-workers is spot on, and makes one feel so strongly for him. In the same breath, when he brings home the Christmas surprise for his family at the story’s end (that surprise won’t be given away here) leaves one wanting to stand up and cheer for him. On Bronson’s side, audiences will applaud him just as much as they will Thomas for his acting. Both men really come across as method actors in their roles, fully embracing the men and their situations. That embracing is, perhaps, what keeps either from going over the top in their respective performances, and in turn keeping audiences fully engaged and entertained throughout the story.

In regards to the supporting cast of Ed Asner (as Church’s editor, Edward P. Mitchell), Tamsin Kelsey (as James’ wife Evie O’Hanlan) and Colleen Winton (as Francis’ co-worker), their work is just as impressive to note as that of Bronson and Thomas. Asner, already having racked up plenty of accomplishments and accolades years ahead of this movie (including his time on Mary Tyler Moore, Roots and Route 66) plays the editor/semi-father figure to Francis expertly. Asner showed each time he was on camera that he knew his was a supporting role, yet still made Edward a strong foil to Francis. While Winton’s resume was not as extensive as those of her cast mates at the time this movie was released (who was best known by then for her work on the 1988 movie Watchers), she still played her part expertly, too as Andrea worked to bring Francis back to his old self. In the same vein, Kelsey’s work as Mrs. O’Hanlan makes Evie such a warm character even as little as she is on-screen. Yet even as little as she is on-screen, her chemistry with Thomas makes her so believable and entertaining. She is that loving mother who works hard even as a housewife to be the best she can be, which is fully admirable. Between her work, that of her fellow supporting actors and that of Thomas, Bronson and Isabelle, it becomes clear in examining each why each actor’s work on camera is so important and impressive here. Each actor put his or her best foot forward throughout, not trying to outdo anyone else, but rather playing off of his or her cast mates. The end result is a group of performances that collectively does just as much for this movie as the movie’s story and its connected message. Those collected performances are not the last of the movie’s most important elements, either. The bonus interview with Andrew J. Fenaday, the movie’s Executive Producer and Co-Writer rounds out the movie’s most important elements.

C. Courtney Joyner’s interview with Fenaday adds its own special touch to the movie’s home presentation because of the insight and entertainment that it offers audiences. One of the key insights offered through the interview comes as Fenaday talks about casting Bronson as Francis Church. He reveals that Bronson had in fact had his own tragedies not long before taking on the role of the famed reporter — both his wife and his agent had died not too long before he took the role — who had lost his wife and daughter before receiving Virginia’s letter. On a lighter note, Fenaday also jokes about his work on so many action flicks and how it played into this movie’s fight scenes being added to its presentation. That moment is one of the interview’s most memorable of its light-hearted moments. There are also discussions about how Fenaday came to take part in this TV special’s creation, its life as a stage play and so much more. The whole interview proves to be a fully in-depth presentation that audiences of all ages will enjoy and appreciate. When it is set alongside the main feature’s story (and message) and the work of the movie’s cast, the whole of those elements makes this movie truly a special holiday presentation — one that should be in every family’s holiday collection.

Shout! Factory’s recent Blu-ray re-issue of ABC’s 1991 holiday special Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus is a release that deserves a spot in any family’s holiday collection. As has already been noted above, that is due in no small part to the movie’s story and the powerful message contained therein. The cast’s work on camera adds its own special to the movie’s presentation. The bonus interview with the movie’s Executive Producer and Co-Writer Andrew J. Fenaday puts the finishing touch on the movie’s home presentation. Each element is important in its own right to the movie’s presentation. All things considered, they make this re-issue of the holiday standard a must have for every family’s holiday collection. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

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Notre Dame, Miami To Headline ESPN Networks’ College Football Week 11 Broadcast Schedule

Courtesy: ESPN

Two of college football’s Top 10 teams will headline this week’s college football broadcast schedule across the ESPN networks.

No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 10 Miami will go under the lights Saturday night on ABC’s Saturday Night Football presented by Wells Fargo.  Saturday’s matchup marks only the fourth time that Notre Dame and Miami have faced each other since 1990 and the first time Miami has hosted Notre Dame since 1989.

Saturday’s matchup has plenty of key story lines.  Notre Dame running back Josh Adams is working hard to make his case for the Heisman Trophy this year.  So far this season, he has racked up almost 1,200 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.  The Fighting Irish’s head coach Brian Kelly has led a dramatic turnaround for the team this season, too.  After finishing last season at 4-8, this season has seen the team go 8-1 so far.

Miami head coach Mark Richt is in only his second year at the Hurricanes’ helm, has the team in the national spotlight for the first time in more than a decade.

While the Irish and ‘Canes are the headliners for this week’s ESPN networks college football broadcast schedule, it is only one of the games on that extensive schedule.  The networks’ Week 11 coverage opens Tuesday, Nov. 7 with a double header as Miami (Ohio) hosts Akron on ESPN2 and Buffalo hosts Bowling Green on ESPNU.  Coverage of both games is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

The action continues Nov. 7 with another double header on ESPN2 and ESPNU respectively.  Toledo and Ohio are up first at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.  Eastern and Central Michigan follow at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.

North Carolina is on the road Thursday against Pittsburgh, with coverage starting at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Radio.  Over on ESPNU, Appalachian State plays host to Georgia Southern beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Friday will see yet another double header with the struggling Cincinnati Bearcats hosting the Temple Owls at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and UNLV hosting BYU at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

Saturday sees lots of action beginning at high noon as No. 15 Iowa State hosts No. 11 Oklahoma State either on ABC or ESPN2.  Seven more games are also scheduled across the networks at noon including games on ESPN Radio, the SEC Network and ESPN3.  This week’s action winds down Saturday night at 10:15 p.m. on ESPNU as Wyoming plays on the road against Air Force.

The ESPN networks’ full college football week 11 broadcast schedule is noted below.

ESPN’s Week 11 College Football Programming Schedule

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Tues, Nov 7

7:30 p.m.

Akron at Miami (Ohio)

Kevin Negandhi, Rocky Boiman, Quint Kessenich

ESPN2

 

 

Bowling Green at Buffalo

Kevin Brown, Ray Bentley

ESPNU

Wed, Nov 8

7 p.m.

Toledo at Ohio

Chris Cotter, Desmond Howard, Quint Kessenich

ESPN2

 

8 p.m.

Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan

Mike Corey, Tom Luginbill

ESPNU

Thu, Nov 9

7:30 p.m.

North Carolina at Pittsburgh

TV: Dave Flemming, Joey Galloway, Booger McFarland, Laura Rutledge

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN and ESPN Radio

 

 

Georgia Southern at Appalachian State

Mark Neely, Jay Walker

ESPNU

Fri, Nov 10

7 p.m.

Temple at Cincinnati

Dave Lamont, Mack Brown, Jen Lada

ESPN2

 

10:30 p.m.

BYU at UNLV

Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath

ESPN2

Sat, Nov 11

Noon

No. 11 Oklahoma State at No. 15 Iowa State

Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra

ABC or ESPN2*

 

 

No. 20 NC State at Boston College

Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams

ABC or ESPN2*

 

 

Arkansas at No. 19 LSU

Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Julie Stewart-Binks

ESPN

 

 

Connecticut at UCF

Mike Couzens, John Congemi,

ESPNU

 

 

Missouri Valley  at MidAmerica Nazarene

ESPN3

 

 

No.  24 Michigan State at No. 6 Ohio State
Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN Radio

 

 

Louisiana at Ole Miss

Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport

SEC Network

 

 

Merchant Marine Academy at Coast Guard Academy

Dave Weekley, Matt Chatham

ESPN3

 

12:10 p.m.

Indiana PA at West Chester

ESPN3

 

12:20 p.m.

No. 13 Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech

ACC Network Extra

 

1 p.m.

Tiffin at Grand Valley State

ESPN3

 

 

Western Illinois at Indiana State

ESPN3

 

 

Stetson at Jacksonville

ESPN3

 

1:30 p.m.

Wofford at VMI

ESPN3

 

2 p.m.

Middle Tennessee at Charlotte

ESPN3

 

 

Youngstown State at Southern Illinois

ESPN3

 

 

The Citadel at Furman

ESPN3

 

 

Mercer at Western Carolina

ESPN3

 

 

Jacksonville State at Tennessee-Martin

ESPN3

 

3 p.m.

Wake Forest at Syracuse

ACC Network Extra

 

 

Northern Iowa at Missouri State

ESPN3

 

 

Illinois State at South Dakota State

ESPN3

 

 

East Tennessee State at Samford

ESPN3

 

3:30 p.m.

Iowa at No. 9 Wisconsin

Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

ABC

 

 

Florida State at No. 4 Clemson

Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

ESPN

 

 

West Virginia at Kansas State

Anish Shroff, Mike Golic Jr., Roddy Jones

ESPN2

 

 

Virginia at Louisville

Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia

ESPNU

 

 

Charleston Southern at Kennesaw State

ESPN3

 

 

South Dakota at North Dakota State

ESPN3

 

4 p.m.

Kentucky at Vanderbilt

Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan

SEC Network

 

 

San Jose State at Nevada

Shawn Kenney, Al Groh

ESPN3

 

 

Georgia State at Texas State

ESPN3

 

 

Nicholls at Stephen F. Austin

ESPN3

 

4:30 p.m.

Troy at Coastal Carolina

Jim Barbar, John Gregory

ESPN3

 

5 p.m.

UTEP at North Texas

ESPN3

 

 

Arkansas State at South Alabama

Matt Stewart, Forrest Conoly

ESPN3

 

6 p.m.

Kansas at Texas

Lowell Galindo, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden

LHN

 

7 p.m.

No. 2 Alabama at No. 16 Mississippi State

Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill

Radio: Marc Kestecher, Barrett Jones

ESPN and ESPN Radio

 

 

Purdue at Northwestern

Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman

ESPN2

 

 

New Mexico at Texas A&M

Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison

ESPNU

 

 

Florida Tech at Delta State

ESPN3

 

 

Northwestern State at McNeese

ESPN3

 

 

Sam Houston State at Abilene Christian

ESPN3

 

7:30 p.m.

Tennessee at Missouri

Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic

SEC Network

 

8 p.m.

No. 3 Notre Dame at No. 10 Miami

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor

ABC

 

10 p.m.

Oregon State at No. 22 Arizona

Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich

ESPN2

 

10:15 p.m.

Wyoming at Air Force

Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey

ESPNU

Not all ESPN3 and ACC Network Extra Games are Exclusive
*Reverse-mirror game

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ESPN Networks’ College Football Broadcast Schedule Gets Early Start This Week

Courtesy: ESPN

The ESPN networks’ college football coverage gets off to an early start this week.

The networks’ week 10 broadcast schedule opens at 8 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN2 as Ohio State plays host to Miami (Ohio).  Bowling Green will be on the road against Kent State at the same time on ESPNU.  The broadcasts follow immediately the first of the season’s college football playoffs standings announcement broadcast, which airs at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The ESPN networks’ Week 10 broadcast schedule continues at 8 p.m. Wednesday on ESPN2 as Bowling Green will face Kent State on the road.  ESPN and ESPNU continue the action Wednesday with three more games on the slate, the first of which – Northern Illinois at Toledo – is scheduled for a 6 p.m. ET start on ESPNU.  Temple will play Navy at 8 p.m. on ESPN while Troy hosts Idaho at 9:15 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

No. 22 Memphis and Tulsa open the networks’ weekend college football broadcast at 8 p.m. Friday on ESPN2 while No. 13 Virginia and No. 9 Miami will headline the networks’ extensive Saturday schedule.  The teams will play live under the lights on ABC’s Saturday Night Football presented by Wells Fargo.

This weekend’s action winds down at 10:45 p.m. Saturday as Fresno State hosts BYU on ESPN2.  The ESPN networks’ full Week 10 college football broadcast schedule is noted below.

Please note: AP Rankings were used in this release; however, College Football Playoff rankings will be used starting Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. and through the duration of the season

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Tue, Oct 31

8 p.m.

Miami (Ohio) at Ohio
Mike Corey, Rocky Boiman

ESPN2

 

Bowling Green at Kent State

Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley

ESPNU

Wed, Nov 1

8 p.m.

Central Michigan at Western Michigan
Chris Cotter, Desmond Howard, Quint Kessenich

ESPN2

Thu, Nov 2

6 p.m.

Northern Illinois at Toledo

Mike Couzens, Tom Luginbill

ESPNU

 

8 p.m.

Navy at Temple

Dave Flemming, Mike Golic, Mike Golic Jr., Laura Rutledge

ESPN

 

9:15 p.m.

Idaho at Troy

Mark Neely, Jay Walker

ESPNU

Fri, Nov 3

8 p.m.

No. 22 Memphis at Tulsa

Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath

ESPN2

Sat, Nov 4

Noon

No. 4 Wisconsin at Indiana

Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill

ABC

 

No. 16 Auburn at Texas A&M

TV: Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
Radio: Kevin Winter and Dusty Dvoracek

ESPN & ESPN Radio

 

Florida at Missouri

Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Kris Budden

ESPN2

 

Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt

Mike Couzens, John Congemi

ESPNU

 

UMass at No. 21 Mississippi State

Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan

SEC Network

 

Sacred Heart at Bryant

ESPN3

 

Evangel at Avila

ESPN3

 

Valparaiso at Jacksonville

ESPN3

 

California (PA) at Edinboro

ESPN3

 

12:20 p.m.

Syracuse at Florida State

ACC Network Extra

 

1 p.m.

Presbyterian at Monmouth

ESPN3

 

Western Illinois at Illinois State

ESPN3

 

Youngstown State at Indiana State

ESPN3

 

1:30 p.m.

Chattanooga at Wofford

ESPN3

 

2 p.m.

Western Carolina at The Citadel

ESPN3

 

Missouri State at Southern Illinois

ESPN3

 

South Dakota at Northern Iowa

ESPN3

 

Incarnate Word at Sam Houston State

ESPN3

 

2:30 p.m.

Austin Peay at Tennessee Tech

ESPN3

 

3 p.m.

Georgia Tech at Virginia

ACC Network Extra

 

Appalachian State at Louisiana-Monroe

Jim Barbar, Watson Brown 

ESPN3

 

Georgia State at Georgia Southern

Matt Stewart, Tyoka Jackson

ESPN3

 

New Mexico State at Texas State

David Saltzman, Stanford Routt

ESPN3

 

North Dakota State at South Dakota State

ESPN3

 

West Alabama at Valdosta State

ESPN3

 

SE Oklahoma State at Arkansas Tech

ESPN3

 

3:30 p.m.

No. 6 Clemson at No. 20 NC State

Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

ABC

 

No. 3 Ohio State at Iowa

Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

ESPN

 

No. 14 Iowa State at West Virginia

Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra

ESPN2

 

South Florida at Connecticut

Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley

ESPNU

 

Charlotte at Old Dominion

ESPN3

 

4 p.m.

Ole Miss at Kentucky

Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport

SEC Network

 

Coastal Carolina at Arkansas

Mike Morgan, Barrett Jones

SEC Network Alternate

 

Cincinnati at Tulane

Shawn Kenney, Wayne Gandy

ESPN3

 

Louisiana at South Alabama

Dave Weekley, Forrest Conoly

ESPN3

 

Butler at Stetson

ESPN3

 

5 p.m.

North Alabama at West Florida

ESPN3

 

6 p.m.

Limestone at Wingate

ESPN3

 

7 p.m.

Nevada at Boise State
Clay Matvick and Kirk Morrison

ESPNU

 

Grand Valley State at Ashland

ESPN3

 

Southeastern Louisiana at McNeese

ESPN3

 

Central Arkansas at Lamar

ESPN3

 

7:15 p.m.

Texas at No. 10 TCU

Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams

ESPN

 

No. 15 UCF at SMU

Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones

ESPN2

 

7:30 p.m.

Southern Miss at Tennessee

Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic

SEC Network

 

8 p.m.

No. 13 Virginia Tech at No. 9 Miami

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor

ABC

 

10 p.m.

Oregon at No. 12 Washington
Bill Rowsinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN Radio

 

10:30 p.m.

San Diego State at San Jose State

Kevin Brown, Rene Ingoglia

ESPNU

 

10:45 p.m.

No. 23 Arizona at No. 17 USC

Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich

ESPN

 

BYU at Fresno State

Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey

ESPN2

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No. 19 Michigan, No. 2 Penn State To Headline ESPN Networks’ College Football Week 8 Schedule

Courtesy: ESPN

The start of Week 8 in college football’s 2017 – ’18 season is almost here.

Week 8 starts with a Thursday night double-header schedule.  Arkansas State plays host to Louisiana live at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU to open the night.  That game will be followed at 8 p.m. on ESPN with Houston playing host to No. 25 Memphis.

The weekend’s action continues Friday night with another double-header schedule beginning at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 as Marshall plays on the road against Middle Tennesse.  Colorado State and New Mexico follow at 10:15 on ESPN2.

Saturday offers a jam packed, near daylong schedule that will be headlined by a matchup of No. 19 Michigan at No. 2 Penn State live on ABC’s Saturday Night Football presented by Wells Fargo.  Coverage of the game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s game carries big implications for the Nittany Lions.  The team upset then-No. 2 Ohio State in what has come to be its “White Out” game live on Saturday Night Football.  That win would be the precursor to the Nittany Lions’ Big 10 Championship and Rose Bowl appearance.  The win also would be Penn State’s ninth consecutive win on the season.

Michigan is the last Big 10 team to defeat Penn State, going back to Sept. 2016.  The team also has the edge on Penn State, winning the teams’ last three matchups.

While the Wolverines and Nittany Lions are the headliners for the ESPN networks’ college football week 8 schedule, they are not the only teams that will play live across the networks this weekend.  No. 10 Oklahoma State and Texas open Saturday’s schedule at noon on ABC.  No. 18 Michigan State will play host to Indiana at 3:30 p.m. on ABC while No. 24 LSU will be on the road against Ole Miss at 7:15 p.m. on ESPN.

The full schedule for the ESPN networks’ coverage of Week 8 in college football’s 2017 – ’18 season is noted below.

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Thu, Oct 19

7:30 p.m.

Louisiana at Arkansas State

Mark Neely, Ray Bentley

ESPNU

8 p.m.

No. 25 Memphis at Houston

Dave Flemming, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge

ESPN

Fri, Oct 20

7 p.m.

Marshall at Middle Tennessee

Dave Lamont, Mack Brown, Julie Stewart-Binks

ESPN2

10:15 p.m.

Colorado State at New Mexico

Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath

ESPN2

Sat, Oct 21

Noon

No. 10 Oklahoma State at Texas

Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

ABC

Louisville at Florida State

TV: Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
Radio: 
Bill Rowsinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN & ESPN Radio

Iowa at Northwestern

Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Kris Budden

ESPN2

Tulsa at Connecticut

Mike Couzens, John Congemi

ESPNU

Idaho at Missouri

Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport

SEC Network

Akron at Toledo

ESPN3

St. Francis (PA) at Duquesne

ESPN3

William Penn at Peru State

ESPN3

San Diego at Jacksonville

ESPN3

12:20 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Duke

ACC Network Extra

12:30 p.m.

Boston College at Virginia

ACC Network Extra

1 p.m.

Grand Valley State at Ferris State

ESPN3

Liberty at Monmouth

ESPN3

Bethune-Cookman at North Carolina A&T

ESPN3

Morgan State at Howard

ESPN3

1:30 p.m.

Mercer at Furman

ESPN3

Western Carolina at VMI

ESPN3

Samford at Wofford

ESPN3

2 p.m.

Northern Illinois at Bowling Green

Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry

ESPN3

Kent State at Ohio

Dave Weekley, John Gregory

ESPN3

Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan

Dan Gutowsky, Marcus Ray

ESPN3

Troy at Georgia State

Matt Stewart, Wayne Gandy

ESPN3

West Alabama at Florida Tech

ESPN3

Youngstown State at Northern Iowa

ESPN3

The Citadel at Chattanooga

ESPN3

Albany State at Clark Atlanta

ESPN3

2:30 p.m.

Buffalo at Miami (Ohio)

Doug Sherman, Tyoka Jackson

ESPN3

3 p.m.

Central Michigan at Ball State

Jim Barbar, Hutson Mason

ESPN3

Jacksonville State at Eastern Illinois

ESPN3

South Dakota at Illinois State

ESPN3

South Dakota State at Missouri State

ESPN3

3:30 p.m.

Indiana at No. 18 Michigan State

Dave Flemming, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill

ABC

Syracuse at No. 8 Miami

Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams

ESPN

North Carolina at No. 14 Virginia Tech

Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra

ESPN2

Coastal Carolina at Appalachian State

ESPN3

Western Illinois at North Dakota State

ESPN3

4 p.m.

SMU at Cincinnati

Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia

ESPNU

Kentucky at Mississippi State

Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan

SEC Network

Southern Illinois at Indiana State

ESPN3

Houston Baptist at Stephen F. Austin

ESPN3

Lamar at Sam Houston State

ESPN3

Bloomsburg at East Stroudsburg

ESPN3

5 p.m.

North Texas at Florida Atlantic

ESPN3

Louisiana-Monroe at South Alabama

Brock Bowling, Watson Brown

ESPN3

7 p.m.

Gardner-Webb at Kennesaw State

ESPN3

No. 16 South Florida at Tulane

Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison

ESPN2

7:15 p.m.

No. 24 LSU at Ole Miss

Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

ESPN

7:30 p.m.

No. 19 Michigan at No. 2 Penn State

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Tom Rinaldi, Maria Taylor

ABC

Wake Forest at Georgia Tech

Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones

ESPNU

No. 21 Auburn at Arkansas

Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic

SEC Network

8 p.m.

Tarleton State at Texas A&M-Kingsville

ESPN3

10:15 p.m.

Wyoming at Boise State

Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey

ESPN2

10:45 p.m.

Colorado at No. 15 Washington State

Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman

ESPN


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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:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/racing, http://www.Formula1.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Formula1

Twitter: http://twitter.com/f1

 

 

 

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ESPN Reveals College Football Week 5 Broadcast Schedule

Courtesy: ESPN

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

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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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