ESPN’s NBA Saturday Primetime On ABC Presented By La Quinta Launches This Weekend

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN’s NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta makes its debut broadcast this Saturday night.

This weekend’s broadcast of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta marks the first time ever that any of the major broadcast networks will have ever broadcast an NBA game on a primetime NBA weekend series. Mike Breen will have the call for Saturday’s premiere edition of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta. The Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Chicago Bulls on this weekend’s season premiere of ESPN’s new NBA program. He will be joined at the desk by analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson. Lisa Salters will also be on hand for additional commentary.

NBA Countdown will precede Saturday night’s broadcast beginning at 7:30pm ET. Sage Steele will anchor the broadcast, which will also air on ABC. Steele will be joined at the desk by Jalen Rose and Doug Collins. The trio will preview Saturday night’s game and discuss all of the week’s biggest NBA headlines during the broadcast. More information on this weekend’s season premiere edition of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta and NBA Countdown is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

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ESPN Announces Broadcast Team For New NBA Program

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This Saturday, ESPN will launch its new NBA program NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta.  This was just recently announced by the worldwide leader in sports.  Now along with that announcement, the program’s broadcast team has been officially announced.

Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mark Jackson will be courtside for the network’s new broadcast.  Lisa Salters will join the trio for most of the games, which will all be broadcast on ABC.  It all begins Saturday, January 23rd on ABC as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers host Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls.  The program will run for eight weeks over the course of the season.  That run includes appearances by the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, and Oklahoma City thunder.  The complete schedule for ESPN’s NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta is noted below.

 

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game
Sat, Jan. 23 8:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers*
Sat, Jan. 30 8:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Cleveland Cavaliers
Sat, Feb. 20 8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers*
Sat, Feb. 27 8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder
Sat, March 5 8:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls*
Sat, March 12 8:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs*
Sat, March 19 8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs
Sat, April 9 8:30 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls

 

Coverage tips off each week beginning at 8pm ET with a half-hour pre-game show.  Sage Steele will anchor those broadcasts.  Analysts Doug Collins and Jalen Rose will also be on hand for additional commentary.  For those that won’t be near a television during each broadcast, each game will also be available online via WatchESPN.  ESPN Deportes will also simulcast a number of the games on the NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta schedule.  More information on NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

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The Wonder Years’ Fourth Season Is 2016’s First Great Box Set For Grown-Ups

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Courtesy: Time Life Entertainment

Time Life Entertainment has made quite the name for itself in recent years. That is thanks to the release of box sets from some of television’s greatest classic series. Those series include the likes of China Beach, The Carol Burnett Show, The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts and a number of others. The release of said series is in itself just part of what has made the two companies quite the surprise in the home entertainment market. The overall presentation of said programs is really what has served to make Time Life such a surprising contender in that market.  Every one of the box sets released by the companies has offered not just the classic series in one capacity or another but a number of wonderful bonuses and smart packaging, too.  The series noted above are just some of the examples in which this has held true time and again. The companies’ release of ABC’s classic drama The Wonder Years in both its current standalone sets and its full series set are no exception to that rule, either. That can now also be said of the series’ upcoming fourth season DVD set.  There is so much more that could be noted of this set (just as with the series previous standalone season sets) than time and space allow. The stories that were crafted for Season Four are a good starting point, though.  Even as the stories were set against the backdrop of the then 1970s by that season, the experiences that Kevin, his family and friends go through in these episodes still remain as relevant today as they were to audiences in the show’s original broadcast.  The work of the show’s cast in interpreting the show’s scripts should be noted by relation.  From Fred Savage’s portrayal of the then awkward teenage Kevin Arnold to Josh Saviano’s portrayal of Paul as he matures to Dan Lauria’s continued impressive take on Kevin’s dad Jack, the cast’s work in whole is really what makes the stories so believable and in turn so entertaining. Looking at this new box set from another angle the episodes themselves are only a portion of what makes it another must have for fans of The Wonder Years. The companion booklet that is included in Season Four’s standalone set is yet another impressive addition to the show’s overall viewing experience. It offers extra tidbits on the season’s episodes from the music to behind-the-scenes extras, to even a recipe for a Mousse au Chocolat among so many other extras.  Collectively, the extras that are once again included in the companion booklet make it more than just a companion booklet but a bonus in every sense of the word.  Of course it is hardly the last element that could be presented in an examination of The Wonder Years’ fourth season.  There are also bonus interviews with the cast included in the set’s fourth disc that add even more insight into this season’s run.  One could even note the episode listings both within the set’s companion booklet and on the discs as a positive. Again, there is so much more here (as with previous standalone season sets of The Wonder Years) than could be tackled in a single setting.  Considering this, it can be said of The Wonder Years: Season 4 that this brand new box set from Time Life Entertainment is 2016’s first great box set for grown-ups.

The Wonder Years: Season 4 is 2016’s first great box set for grown-ups. That is not to say that the material contained within the set is improper for younger audiences. It just means that it will more likely reach older audiences than their younger counterparts because of the depth of the material that is presented. Though, some older youths might actually be able to relate to this series. Regardless, it can be said in going through the fourth season of The Wonder Years in whole, that this season is yet another hit for Time Life Entertainment. The central reason for that is the episodes that were crafted for this season. Right from the season premiere, “Growing Up,” audiences will be locked in as they watch Kevin’s personal growth and the changes that his family is beginning to see amongst itself. This episode sees Kevin beginning to…well…grow up.  His tenuous relationship with his father continues as he tries to get Jack to lighten up en route to the annual company picnic but then go man to man against him in the company softball game.  The tensions that the family has been experiencing have been reaching a boiling point, but still manage to work themselves out by the episode’s end.  While it all seems rather schmaltzy, audiences will be pleased to know that the writers didn’t allow it to take that route.  Rather, there is something about the episode’s writing that kept the episode wholly believable.  They didn’t really have to go to any extra lengths to make audiences suspend their disbelief.  That is because the situations presented in this episode were all so relatable to one extent or another for one audience or another.
“Road Trip,” which comes later in Season Four, is another example of the importance of the stories that were penned for this season.  Much as with the season premiere, it also focuses on Kevin’s relationship with his father.  This time the pair hit the road to purchase anew suit for Kevin.  Of course things don’t go exactly as planned, which leads to even more head butting and eventual reconciliation.  That reconciliation even leads to a certain emotional growth within both characters and between them.  Even now as the twenty-first century plods on, such a story is one to which so many fathers and sons can still relate today.  That is because both parties still face similar hurdles to this day in their personal and collective growth.
Of course the Arnolds aren’t the only cast members that get to take center stage in The Wonder Years’ fourth season. Coach Cutlip takes center stage in “A Very Cutlip Christmas.”  This episode sees Coach Cutlip taking on a second job as a mall Santa during the holidays so as to make ends meet.  In his efforts to keep his secret, Coach Cutlip treats Kevin better than his classmates, which then inadvertently leads to the revelation of Cutlip’s second job.  On the one hand, the boys’ initial reaction to the discovery is something very relatable.  In regards to Cutlip’s attempt to cover up having to take on extra employment, that is all too real especially today. There are some states in this country today that see teachers having to take on extra work over the summers and even weekends so as to make ends meet.  And the stigma that is attached to that process is just as real today as it would have been for a teacher even in the 1970s.  It is just one more way in which the episodes presented in The Wonder Years’ fourth season show themselves to be so important to the season’s overall viewing experience.  They are hardly the only episodes that could be cited in showing the episodes’ importance.  “Graduation” is another episode that could be cited as it sees Kevin, Paul and Winnie graduating from junior high and taking that first big step into the next stage of their lives.  It is a situation that still happens with middle school students to this day.  And for people of that age, it is a very difficult situation because it really is the first time that young people face such uncertainty.  It can be very trying for some.  “Who’s Aunt Rose?” is perhaps the season’s most powerful episode as Kevin and Wayne have to learn a very hard lesson about the importance of family, even distant family after the death of Grandpa Arnold’s cousin Aunt Rose.  It is yet another way in which the episodes prove to be so important to the whole of the season’s presentation.  Together with each of the season’s other episodes, all twenty-three episodes present a viewing experience that will move audiences to laughter and to tears from one episode to the next and even within the course of one episode or another.  The end result of this experience is twenty-three episodes that will keep audiences engaged from beginning to end and agreeing, once more, why this season’s episodes are so important to the season’s overall presentation on DVD.  The episodes that were crafted for the fourth season of The Wonder Years are in themselves more than enough reason for audiences to pick up this new box set when it becomes available next Tuesday, January 12th.  That is because the situations presented within each of the season’s twenty-three episodes are wholly believable.  They are situations that families encounter in one way or another even to this day.  The writers didn’t even have to get overly schmaltzy in any of this season’s episodes either in order to make them enjoyable.  That makes them all the more entertaining.  They are just one part of what makes this season such a hit for Time Life Entertainment, though.  The cast’s interpretation of each episode’s script is just as important to the episodes’ enjoyment as the episodes themselves.
The episodes that make up the body of The Wonder Years’ fourth season are in themselves a hugely important part of the season’s overall presentation.  Even as important as they are to the season’s standalone presentation, they are just one of the set’s elements that should be noted.  The work of the cast in interpreting each episode’s script is just as important to the show in its fourth season as the episodes themselves.  And just as with the series’ first three seasons, the cast’s work in front of the lens is completely entertaining.  Dan Lauria’s reaction as Fred Savage calls him out over his new boss at the company picnic in “Growing Up” is a prime example of how the cast’s work proves to be just as important to the show as the show’s scripts.  It is a classic moment.  Jack’s reaction here is a reaction that audiences familiar with the show have seen before in the show’s first three seasons.  Daniel Stern’s narration makes the moment all the more entertaining.  On another note, Savage’s presentation of Kevin’s bravery as he demands his locker back in “Ninth Grade Man” is another good example of the cast’s expert ability to interpret each episode’s scripts.  Here in this moment is Kevin acting more on hormones than on a clear head.  It’s something that every young person (especially younger boys) has done.  Someone says or does something that gets into a person’s head.  And that person in turn in what he or she believes is a brave manner.  In reality, it is a knee-jerk reaction that, just like Kevin realizes after the fact, probably was not the best course of action.  It’s part of that growth that everybody goes through even today.  Older audiences especially will look at this moment and laugh at it thanks to that understanding.  In the same vein, some older youths will find it an interesting moment because of their ability to relate to the moment in their own right.  On a completely different note, when Grandpa Arnold kicks Wayne and Kevin out of the car in “Who’s Aunt Rose?” both Savage and [Jason] Hervey are spot on in this moment.  It is a moment that stands out solidly against so many others throughout this season.  The look on the boys’ faces as they are left to walk the final two miles to their destination and their collective reaction in their collective epiphany is a gripping moment.  Considering the episode’s subject matter, their reaction will move audiences  deeply.  It’s just one more moment that shows why the cast’s work is just as important to The Wonder Years in its fourth season as the episodes themselves.  Even four seasons in, the cast shows its professionalism time and again.  Their collective interpretations and interactions make every episode wholly believable and engaging.  That professionalism partners with the work of the show’s writers to make the fourth season of The Wonder Years just as entertaining and engaging as the series’ first three seasons.  Of course it is hardly the only remaining element of this standalone season set that makes it worth the watch.  The set’s companion booklet once again proves to be just as important to the series here as in the series’ previous standalone season sets.
Both the episodes that are featured in the fourth season of The Wonder Years and the cast’s interpretation of said episodes are equally important in their own right to the season’s new standalone set.  While both elements exhibit great importance to Season Four’s overall presentation, they are not the only elements that should be considered.  The set’s companion booklet is just as important in its presentation as the episodes and acting this time out.  That is because of all of the extra information that is provided to audiences within the pages of the booklet.  That information includes insight into this season’s episodes from the writers, cast profiles, key episode specific quotes, and so much more.  In regards to the episode information, “Little Debbie” is one example.  Writer Mark B. Perry offers his insight in bringing the Pfeiffer family back in this episode and more specifically Debbie Pfeiffer.  Executive Producer Bob Brush also shares his thoughts on “The Accident” and what made this episode so pivotal in the grand scheme of the series’ six-season run.  The cast profiles include profiles on Robert Picardo, and guest stars Soleil Moon Fry and David Schwimmer.  There are also a few episode specific quotes, pop quizzes and more tossed in for good measure.  There is even a recipe for a Mousse au Chocolat (or chocolate mousse) that accompanies the episode summary and other information for It’s A Mad, Mad, Madeline World.”  It’s not just some play recipe either.  It is the real deal.  These are just some of the extras included in Season Four’s companion booklet that audiences will enjoy.  There is much more for audiences to discover for themselves when they purchase The Wonder Years: Season Four for themselves.  All things considered, the companion booklet that comes with The Wonder Years’ fourth season makes the show’s companion booklet once again not just a booklet but its own individual experience.  Together with the show’s writing this season and the work of the show’s cast all three elements come together to make The Wonder Years’ fourth season another must have for any of the show’s fans.  And it isn’t even the last element that could be noted to the set’s benefit.  The bonus cast interviews that are included in the set’s fourth disc and the episode summaries included inside the set’s companion booklet could just as easily be cited as positives to this set.  What’s more the fact that audiences get a full episode listing both within the set’s companion booklet and over the course of each disc.  The episode listing inside the set’s companion booklet includes not just a full listing of the set’s episodes but a short but concise summary of each episode.  The discs that make up the show’s fourth season each have their respective episodes listed on the discs.  What this means is that audiences can be doubly certain that they will know which episodes are on which disc and what’s more what each episode entails in terms of stories.  It might not seem like much on the surface.  But in the grand scheme of things this is a very important element in Season Four’s  overall presentation.  Together with everything else noted here, the overall presentation of The Wonder Years’ fourth season proves it to be in whole, another must have for any of the show’s fans and 2016’s first great new box set for grown-ups.
The fourth complete season of The Wonder Years is 2016’s first great new box set for grown-ups and another must have for anyone that grew up watching this standout drama.  Between its full complement of entirely engaging episodes and the work of the show’s cast, audiences are given more than enough reason to add this latest installment of episodes to their home DVD libraries.  The extensive bonus material included in the set adds even more enjoyment to the set’s overall presentation and viewing experience.  The interviews included in the set’s fourth disc and the extensive information included in the set’s companion booklet will impress audiences just as much.  Each element plays its own important part in the overall presentation of Season Four.  Altogether, they make The Wonder Years: Season Four, again, a collection that any of the series’ fans will want to have in their home DVD libraries and a collection that is 2016’s first great box set for grown-ups.  It will be available next week and can be ordered online via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Wonder-Years-Season-4DVD/dp/B017KIRUC0/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1452289869&sr=1-1&keywords=the+wonder+years+season+4.  More information on this and other titles from Time Life Entertainment is available online now at:
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ESPN’s NBA Christmas Day Marathon Returns For 14th Year

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN and the ESPN networks have a very special gift for all of the basketball fans out there this year.

ESPN and the ESPN networks will broadcast 14 consecutive hours of NBA coverage for fans on Christmas Day. That is a total of five games and additional NBA coverage that will span the networks of the worldwide leader in sports. It all begins at 12pm ET on ESPN with a matchup of the New Orleans Pelicans and Miami Heat. The Bulls host the Thunder at 2:30pm on ABC. From there, ABC will move to the west coast and bring audiences a matchup between the streaking Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. Tipoff for that game is scheduled for 5pm. At 8pm ESPN will bring audiences coverage of the Rockets and Spurs in a divisional showdown in the Western Conference’s Southwest Division. The Lakers and Clippers face off in the day’s final matchup on ESPN. Tipoff for the Pacific division matchup in the Western Conference is scheduled for 10:30pm ET. Every game will be simulcast on television and online via ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN. ESPN Radio will also carry coverage of select games. Friday’s full broadcast schedule for its NBA marathon is noted below.

 

Christmas Day schedule, commentator assignments

Time (ET) Game Commentators Network(s)
12 p.m. NBA Christmas Special presented by State Farm New Orleans Pelicans at Miami Heat ESPN: Mark Jones, Kara Lawson, Israel GutierrezESPN Deportes: Alvaro Martin, Carlos Morales ESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
2 p.m. NBA Countdown Presented by Straight Talk Wireless Sage Steele, Jalen Rose, Doug Collins ABC, WatchESPN
2:30 p.m. NBA Christmas Special presented by State Farm Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma Thunder ABC: Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown, Chris BroussardESPN Deportes: Roger Valdivieso, Pablo Viruega

ESPN Radio: Marc Kestecher, Bob Valvano

 

ABC, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, WatchESPN
5 p.m. NBA Christmas Special presented by State Farm Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors ABC: Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Heather CoxESPN Deportes: Alvaro Martin, Carlos Morales

ESPN Radio: Kevin Calabro, Tim Legler

ABC, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, WatchESPN
8 p.m. NBA Christmas Special presented by State Farm San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets ESPN: Ryan Ruocco, P.J. Carlesimo, Cassidy HubbarthESPN Deportes: Roger Valdivieso, Pablo Viruega ESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m. NBA Christmas Special presented by State Farm Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers ESPN: Dave Pasch, Jon Barry, J.A. AdandeESPN Deportes: Renato Bermudez, Sebastian Martinez Christensen ESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
1 a.m. NBA Tonight Prim Siripipat, Amin Elhassan ESPN2, WatchESPN

 

More information on this year’s NBA Christmas Day marathon is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/nba

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

 

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Time Life To Release The Wonder Years’ Fourth Season This Winter

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Courtesy: Time Life Entertainment

This winter, Time Life Entertainment will release the next installment of ABC’s classic family drama The Wonder Years.

Officials with Time Life Entertainment announed this week that the company will release the fourth season of The Wonder Years on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016. It will be released exclusively on DVD and will retail for MSRP of $39.95. The four-disc collection boasts all twenty-three episodes from the series’ fourth season as well as a number of extras for fans of the classic series including interviews with the series’ cast and the special featurette “ABC: Teachers That Made a Difference.” Season Four is a season of big change for Arnold and his friends. It sees Kevin making the jump from middle school to high school. That means going from being a big fish in a little pond to being the ittle fish once again in a big pond. Making things even more difficult for Kevin is that he is back together with Winnie Cooper. But she’s now at another school. Paul has his own big announcement that threatens to break up the friendship between him and Kevin. On the home front things are changing quite a bit, too. Kevin’s dad gets a promotion while Kevin gets his first job. Norma takes a job at Kevin’s school. And Karen starts college while Wayne buys his first car. Things definitely get interesting in this story as well as in all of the other big changes that come in Season Four.

If the engaging stories and bonus features aren’t enough for audiences in the fourth season of The Wonder Years, the music that accompanies its twenty-three total episodes will certainly entertain audiences. Season Four features songs from the likes of: Joan Baez, The Beatles, The Monkees, Hank Williams, Nat King Cole, Tommy James and the Shondells, The Ventures, and many more.

The Wonder Years: Season Four will be released Tuesday, January 12th. It will retail for MSRP of $39.95. More information on this and other titles from Time Life Entertainment is available online now at:

Website: http://timelife.com

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ESPN Networks’ College Football Bowl Coverage Kicks Off This Weekend

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Courtesy: ESPN

College football’s post season is officially here!

College football’s 2015 post season kicks off this weekend. The thirty-nine-game bowl schedule opens this Saturday, December 19th. It all begins with five games. That five games come in the form of a double header beginning at noon on ABC and a triple header on ESPN beginning at 2pm ET. The double header opens with a matchup between North Carolina A&T and Alcorn State in the inaugural Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl. Mark Neely, Jay Walker, and Tiffany Green will have full coverage for that game. Once a winner is crowned in that game, ABC will switch over and begin coverage of the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. Along with its broadcast on ABC, the game will also be simulcast on ESPN Deportes. BYU and #22 will face off in that game.

ESPN’s triple header opens with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on ESPN and ESPN Radio at 2pm. Arizona and new Mexico will face off in that matchup. Eamon McAnaney, Rocky Boiman, and Laura Rutledge will have full coverage of that game for ESPN. Drew Goodman will be joined on the radio by an as yet unnamed co-host for ESPN Radio’s broadcast of the game. The Raycom Media Camellia Bowl follows at 5:30pm on ESPN and ESPN Radio, and will feature a matchup between Ohio and Appalachian State. Dave Neal, Anthony Becht, and Paul Carcaterra will have the call for ESPN. Cole Cubelic and Dawn Davenport will call all of the action on ESPN Radio for the game. The R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl rounds out day one of the 2015 college football post season. Arkansas State and Louisiana State will go toe to toe in that game. It will be carried live on ESPN and ESPN Radio. Adam Amin will anchor ESPN’s broadcast of the game. He will be joined by Kelly Stouffer, and Dr. Jerry Punch. On the radio side, Bill Rosinski will anchor the broadcast. He will be joined by David Norrie and Joe Schad for the broadcast.
If this weekend’s coverage isn’t enough for all of the college football fans, then there’s no need to worry. Post season coverage returns Monday afternoon, December 21st at 2:30pm with the broadcast of the Miami Beach Bowl. The game, which will see Western Kentucky take on South Florida, will be aired live on ESPN. Dave Lamont, Desmond Howard, and Quint kessinich will have the call. Post season coverage continues Tuesday, December 22nd with a double header that kicks off at 3:30pm on ESPN and ESPN radio. It begins with a broadcast of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Akron and Utah State will take to the field in that game. Mark Neely, Mike Belloti, and Kevin Weidl will have the call for ESPN. The ESPN Radio announce team has not yet been announced for the game. At 7pm ET Toledo will face #24 Temple in the day’s second matchup, the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl. The game will air live on ESPN and ESPN Radio. Allen Bestwick will anchor the broadcast. He will be joined by Dan Hawkins and Tiffany Green for the broadcast. Dave Lamont, John Congemi, and Brett McMurphy will have the call for ESPN Radio in this game. The ESPN networks’ complete 2015 college football post season schedule is listed below.

2015-16 ESPN/ABC Bowl Coverage Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game, Matchup and Commentators Network(s)
Sat, Dec. 19 Noon
Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl:

Alcorn State at North Carolina A&T
Mark Neely, Jay Walker, Tiffany Greene
ABC
2 p.m.
Gildan New Mexico Bowl:
Arizona vs. New Mexico
TV: Eamon McAnaney, Rocky Boiman, Laura Rutledge
Radio: Drew Goodman and TBD
ESPN and ESPN Radio
3:30 p.m.
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl:
BYU vs. No. 22 Utah
Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor
ABC and ESPN Deportes
5:30 p.m.
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl:
Ohio vs. Appalachian State
TV: Dave Neal, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: TBD, Cole Cubelic, Dawn Davenport
ESPN and ESPN Radio
9 p.m.
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl:

Arkansas State vs. Louisiana Tech
TV: Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Dr. Jerry Punch
Radio:  Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN and ESPN Radio
Mon, Dec. 21 2:30 p.m.
Miami Beach Bowl:
Western Kentucky vs. South Florida
Dave Lamont, Desmond Howard, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
Tue, Dec. 22 3:30 p.m.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl:
Akron vs. Utah State
TV: Mark Neely, Mike Bellotti, Kevin Weidl
Radio: TBD
ESPN and ESPN Radio
7 p.m.
Marmot Boca Raton Bowl:
Toledo vs. No. 24 Temple
TV: Allen Bestwick, Dan Hawkins, Tiffany Greene
Radio: Dave Lamont, John Congemi, Brett McMurphy
ESPN and ESPN Radio
Wed, Dec. 23 4:30 p.m.
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl:
Boise State vs. Northern Illinois
TV: Beth Mowins, David Diaz-Infante, Shelley Smith
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN and ESPN Radio
8 p.m.
GoDaddy Bowl:
Georgia Southern vs. Bowling Green
Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge
ESPN
Thu, Dec. 24 Noon
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl:
Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan
Steve Levy, Mack Brown, Mark May, Kaylee Hartung
ESPN
8 p.m.
Hawai’i Bowl:
San Diego State vs. Cincinnati
TV: Adam Amin, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
Radio: TBD, Mike Golic Sr., Mike Golic, Jr.
ESPN and ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec. 26 11 a.m.
St. Petersburg Bowl:

Connecticut vs. Marshall
TV: Tom Hart, Anthony Becht, Tiffany Greene
Radio: TBD, Rene Ingoglia, Brett McMurphy
ESPN and ESPN Radio
2:20 p.m.
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl:

Washington vs. Southern Mississippi
Mike Corey, Ahmad Brooks, Kayce Smith
ESPN
3:30 p.m.
New Era Pinstripe Bowl:
Indiana vs. Duke
TV: Rece Davis, Danny Kanell, Joey Galloway, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: TBD
ABC and ESPN Radio
5:45 p.m.
Camping World Independence Bowl:

Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech
Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley, Jane Slater
ESPN and ESPN Deportes
9:15 p.m.
Foster Farms Bowl:
UCLA vs. Nebraska
TV: Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Shelley Smith
Radio:  Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Mon, Dec. 28 2:30 p.m.
Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman:

Pittsburgh vs. No. 21 Navy
TV: Eamon McAnaney,Rocky Boiman, Quint Kessenich
Radio:  TBD, Mike Golic Sr., Mike Golic, Jr.
ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN Radio
5 p.m.
Quick Lane Bowl:

Central Michigan vs. Minnesota
Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Kayce Smith
ESPN2
Tue, Dec. 29 2 p.m.
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl:

California vs. Air Force
Dave Flemming, Mike Bellotti, Allison Williams
ESPN
5:30 p.m.
Russell Athletic Bowl:

No. 10 North Carolina vs. No. 17 Baylor
TV: Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch
Radio:  Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
9 p.m.
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl:

No. 20 LSU vs. Texas Tech
TV: Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Maria Taylor
Radio: Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Shannon Spake
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Wed, Dec. 30 Noon
Birmingham Bowl:

Auburn vs. Memphis
TV: Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: Allen Bestwick, Dan Hawkins, Tiffany Greene
ESPN and ESPN Radio
3:30 p.m.
Belk Bowl:

NC State vs. Mississippi State
TV: Clay Matvick, John Congemi, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Taylor Zarzour, Charles Arbuckle, and Quint Kessenich
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio
7 p.m.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl:

Texas A&M vs. Louisville
TV: Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge
Radio: Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio
10:30 p.m.
Holiday Bowl:

No. 25 USC vs. Wisconsin
TV: Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Harlan
Radio: Drew Goodman and TBD
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio
Fri, Jan 1 Noon
Outback Bowl:

No. 13 Northwestern vs. No. 23 Tennessee
TV: Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
ESPN2
1 p.m.
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl:

No. 14 Michigan vs. No. 19 Florida
TV: Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch
Radio: Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra
ABC and ESPN Radio
Sat, Jan 2 Noon
TaxSlayer Bowl:

Penn State vs. Georgia
TV: Allen Bestwick, Dan Hawkins, Tiffany Greene
Radio: Eamon McAnaney, John Congemi,
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
3:20 p.m.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl:

Kansas State vs. Arkansas
TV: Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Mark Neely, Jay Walker, Kevin Weidl
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
6:45 p.m. Valero Alamo Bowl:
No. 15 Oregon vs. No. 11 TCU
TV: Dave Flemming, Mack Brown, Allison Williams
Radio: Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
10:15 p.m. Motel 6 Cactus Bowl:
West Virginia vs. Arizona State
TV: Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Kayce Smith
Radio: Drew Goodman, David Diaz-Infante, Olivia Harlan
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio

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Website: http://espn.go.com/college-football

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ESPN Kicks Off Its 2015 College Football Post Season Coverage This Weekend

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Courtesy: ESPN

College football’s post season is officially here. And ESPN kicks off coverage this weekend with a broadcast of the annual awarding of the Heisman Trophy.

ESPN kicks off coverage of the 2015 college football bowl season this Saturday, December 12th with the broadcast of the annual Heisman Trophy Award ceremony. The ceremony will be carried live at 8pm ET on ESPN. The finalists in the running for the award were announced this past Monday December 7th. They are: Derrick Henry (RB – Alabama), Christian McCaffrey (RB – Stanford), and Deshaun Watson (QB – Clemson). Chris Fowler and Joe Tessitore will co-anchor Saturday night’s broadcast. They will be joined at the desk by analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Tim Tebow and Lee Corso. This year’s broadcast of the Heisman Trophy presentation has been extended to ninety minutes.

Saturday’s broadcast of the Heisman Trophy presentation is just one small part of the ESPN networks’ college football post season coverage. Beginning next Saturday, December 19th ESPN Events and the ESPN networks will carry all thirteen bowl games that are owned and operated by ESPN Events. The networks’ coverage runs right up to December 30th with the Birmingham Bowl.  That’s not where the games end, though.  ESPN and its networks will carry full coverage of the college football post season right up to the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl on January 2nd. Details on each ESPN Events game are noted below along with the other games that will be presented via the ESPN networks.

2015-16 ESPN/ABC Bowl Coverage Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game, Matchup and Commentators Network(s)
Sat, Dec. 19 Noon Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl:
Alcorn State at North Carolina A&T
Mark Neely, Jay Walker, Tiffany Greene
ABC
2 p.m. Gildan New Mexico Bowl:

Arizona vs. New Mexico
TV: Eamon McAnaney, Rocky Boiman, Laura Rutledge
Radio: Drew Goodman and TBD

ESPN and ESPN Radio
3:30 p.m. Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl:

BYU vs. No. 22 Utah
Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor

ABC and ESPN Deportes
5:30 p.m. Raycom Media Camellia Bowl:

Ohio vs. Appalachian State
TV: Dave Neal, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra

Radio: TBD, Cole Cubelic, Dawn Davenport

ESPN and ESPN Radio
9 p.m. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl:
Arkansas State vs. Louisiana Tech
TV: Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Dr. Jerry Punch
Radio:  Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN and ESPN Radio
Mon, Dec. 21 2:30 p.m. Miami Beach Bowl:

Western Kentucky vs. South Florida
Dave Lamont, Desmond Howard, Quint Kessenich

ESPN
Tue, Dec. 22 3:30 p.m. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl:

Akron vs. Utah State
TV: Mark Neely, Mike Bellotti, Kevin Weidl
Radio: TBD

ESPN and ESPN Radio
7 p.m. Marmot Boca Raton Bowl:

Toledo vs. No. 24 Temple
TV: Allen Bestwick, Dan Hawkins, Tiffany Greene
Radio: Dave Lamont, John Congemi, Brett McMurphy

ESPN and ESPN Radio
Wed, Dec. 23 4:30 p.m. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl:

Boise State vs. Northern Illinois
TV: Beth Mowins, David Diaz-Infante, Shelley Smith
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad

ESPN and ESPN Radio
8 p.m. GoDaddy Bowl:

Georgia Southern vs. Bowling Green
Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge

ESPN
Thu, Dec. 24 Noon Popeyes Bahamas Bowl:

Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan
Steve Levy, Mack Brown, Mark May, Kaylee Hartung

ESPN
8 p.m. Hawai’i Bowl:

San Diego State vs. Cincinnati
TV: Adam Amin, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
Radio: TBD, Mike Golic Sr., Mike Golic, Jr.

ESPN and ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec. 26 11 a.m. St. Petersburg Bowl:
Connecticut vs. Marshall
TV: Tom Hart, Anthony Becht, Tiffany Greene
Radio: TBD, Rene Ingoglia, Brett McMurphy
ESPN and ESPN Radio
2:20 p.m. Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl:
Washington vs. Southern Mississippi
Mike Corey, Ahmad Brooks, Kayce Smith
ESPN
3:30 p.m. New Era Pinstripe Bowl:

Indiana vs. Duke
TV: Rece Davis, Danny Kanell, Joey Galloway, Paul Carcaterra

Radio: TBD

ABC and ESPN Radio
5:45 p.m. Camping World Independence Bowl:
Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech
Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley, Jane Slater
ESPN and ESPN Deportes
9:15 p.m. Foster Farms Bowl:

UCLA vs. Nebraska
TV: Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Shelley Smith

Radio:  Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad

ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Mon, Dec. 28 2:30 p.m. Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman:
Pittsburgh vs. No. 21 Navy
TV: Eamon McAnaney,Rocky Boiman, Quint Kessenich Radio:  TBD, Mike Golic Sr., Mike Golic, Jr.
ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN Radio
5 p.m. Quick Lane Bowl:
Central Michigan vs. Minnesota
Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Kayce Smith
ESPN2
Tue, Dec. 29 2 p.m. Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl:
California vs. Air Force
Dave Flemming, Mike Bellotti, Allison Williams
ESPN
5:30 p.m. Russell Athletic Bowl:
No. 10 North Carolina vs. No. 17 Baylor
TV: Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry PunchRadio:  Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
9 p.m. AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl:
No. 20 LSU vs. Texas Tech
TV: Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Maria Taylor
Radio: Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Shannon Spake
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Wed, Dec. 30 Noon Birmingham Bowl:
Auburn vs. Memphis
TV: Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: Allen Bestwick, Dan Hawkins, Tiffany Greene
ESPN and ESPN Radio
3:30 p.m. Belk Bowl:
NC State vs. Mississippi State
TV: Clay Matvick, John Congemi, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Taylor Zarzour, Charles Arbuckle, and Quint Kessenich
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio
7 p.m. Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl:
Texas A&M vs. LouisvilleTV: Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge
Radio: Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio
10:30 p.m. Holiday Bowl:
No. 25 USC vs. Wisconsin
TV: Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Harlan
Radio: Drew Goodman and TBD
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio
Fri, Jan 1 Noon Outback Bowl:
No. 13 Northwestern vs. No. 23 Tennessee
TV: Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
ESPN2
1 p.m. Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl:
No. 14 Michigan vs. No. 19 Florida
TV: Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch
Radio: Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra
ABC and ESPN Radio
Sat, Jan 2 Noon TaxSlayer Bowl:
Penn State vs. Georgia
TV: Allen Bestwick, Dan Hawkins, Tiffany Greene
Radio: Eamon McAnaney, John Congemi,
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
3:20 p.m. AutoZone Liberty Bowl:
Kansas State vs. Arkansas
TV: Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Mark Neely, Jay Walker, Kevin Weidl
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
6:45 p.m. Valero Alamo Bowl:

No. 15 Oregon vs. No. 11 TCU
TV: Dave Flemming, Mack Brown, Allison Williams
Radio: Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge

ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
10:15 p.m. Motel 6 Cactus Bowl:

West Virginia vs. Arizona State
TV: Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Kayce Smith
Radio: Drew Goodman, David Diaz-Infante, Olivia Harlan

ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio

 

*For those not near a television, ESPN and its networks will simulcast each game online via WatchESPN.

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

Website: http://espn.go.com

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