ESPN Announces Special NFL Programming Schedule Leading Up To NFL Draft

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The countdown to the 2018 NFL Draft is on, and in anticipation, ESPN is doing its part to build anticipation for the big pre-season weekend.

ESPN announced Tuesday a schedule consisting of more than 40 hours of original NFL programming leading up to the big event later this month.  It all starts tonight at 10 p.m. on ESPN2 with the new limited weekly series Inside The EA Sports Madden Ultimate League and continues Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 with SportsCenter SpecialMel and Todd’s Dueling Mocks.

Inside The EA Sports Madden Ultimate League takes audiences behind the scenes of what has become one of the NFL’s biggest e-sports competitions — Madden NFL ’18.  Viewers will be introduced to the tournament’s competitors who will be vying for the first-ever Ultimate League championship and part of a $500,000 cash prize.

In the second night of coverage leading up to the draft, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay go toe-to-toe with their mock drafts in an hour-long SportsCenter special.  Suzy Kolber will anchor the broadcast.  ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter will also be on hand throughout the broadcast for additional insight and commentary.

The second week of the ESPN networks’ special NFL draft leadup coverage opens April 10 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2 in Hey RookieWelcome to the NFL.  Produced by NFL Films, this four-part series follows soon-to-be NFL rookies Saquon Barkley and Bardley Chubb as they wind down their college football careers in preparation for professional careers on the gridiron.  It will be followed at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 by SportsCenter SpecialDraft Room Simulation.

SportsCenter SpecialDraft Room Simulation is an hour-long presentation that takes audiences behind the scenes of what happens in each team’s war room on draft day.  Trey Wingo will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by NFL Hall of Famer and former NFL General Manager Bill Polian, former NFL Director of Pro Personnel Louis Riddick, NFL Draft Analyst Todd McShay and NFL reported Field Yates.  Yates also formerly worked in coaching and scouting with the Patriots and Chiefs.

The second week of the ESPN networks’ buildup to the draft winds down April 12 at 7 p.m. on ESPN with We The FansDallas.  This four-part-series follow a dozen Cowboys fans over the course of the 2017 season.  Replays of the hour-long episodes will be available via the ESPN app and ESPN Video on Demand.

The third and fourth week of the ESPN networks’ special NFL programming schedule includes additional special episodes of SportsCenterNFL Matchup and College GameDay.  The ESPN networks’ full pre-draft programming schedule is noted below.

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

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNNFL

 

 

Debut Episodes:

Date

Time (ET)

Show

Network(s)

Tue, Apr 3

10 p.m.

Inside The EA SPORTS Madden Ultimate League: The Long Hustle

ESPN2

Wed, Apr 4

7 p.m.

SportsCenter Special: Mel and Todd’s Dueling Mocks

ESPN2

Tue, Apr 10

8:30 p.m.

Hey Rookie: Welcome to the NFL (Episode 1)

ESPN2

9 p.m.

SportsCenter Special presented by Maui Jim: Draft Room Simulation

ESPN2

10 p.m.

Inside The EA SPORTS Madden Ultimate League: Strategy & Stick Work

ESPN2

Thu, Apr 12

7 p.m.

We the Fans: Dallas presented by Meguiar’s (Episode 1)

ESPN

8 p.m.

We the Fans: Dallas presented by Meguiar’s (Episode 2)

ESPN

9 p.m.

We the Fans: Dallas presented by Meguiar’s (Episode 3)

ESPN

10 p.m.

We the Fans: Dallas presented by Meguiar’s (Episode 4)

ESPN

Tue, Apr 17

7 p.m.

SportsCenter Special presented by Maui Jim: QB2QB with Russell Wilson and Baker Mayfield

ESPN

7:30 p.m.

SportsCenter Special presented by Maui Jim: QB2QB with Russell Wilson and J.T. Barrett

ESPN

8 p.m.

SportsCenter Special presented by Maui Jim: QB2QB with Russell Wilson and Mason Rudolph

ESPN

8:30 p.m.

SportsCenter Special presented by Maui Jim: QB2RB with Russell Wilson and Saquon Barkley

ESPN

9:30 p.m.

Hey Rookie: Welcome to the NFL (Episode 2)

ESPN

10 p.m.

SportsCenter Special presented by Maui Jim: You’ve Got Mel and Todd

ESPN

10 p.m.

Inside The EA SPORTS Madden Ultimate League: Game On Lock

ESPN2

Wed, Apr 18

8:30 p.m.

NFL Matchup: Draft Special (Episode 1)

ESPN2

Thu, Apr 19

8 p.m.

SportsCenter Special presented by Maui Jim: Mel and Todd’s Mock Draft

ESPN

Tue, Apr 24

7 p.m.

SportsCenter Special presented by Maui Jim: NFL Nation Mock Draft

ESPN

9:30 p.m.

Hey Rookie: Welcome to the NFL (Episode 3)

ESPN

10 p.m.

SportsCenter Special presented by Maui Jim: Best of QB2QB with Russell Wilson

ESPN

10 p.m.

Inside The EA SPORTS Madden Ultimate League: 4th & Inches

ESPN2

10:30 p.m.

NFL Matchup: Draft Special (Episode 2)

ESPN2

Thu, Apr 26

6 a.m.

Golic and Wingo

ESPN Radio, ESPNEWS*

3 p.m.

NFL Live presented by Corona Extra

ESPN

5 p.m.

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot

ESPN

7 p.m.

NFL Draft Countdown presented by ZipRecruiter

ESPN

8 p.m.

2018 NFL Draft presented by Courtyard (Round 1)

ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes

8 p.m.

College Football Primetime at The NFL Draft presented by Courtyard (Round 1)

ESPN2

Fri, Apr 27

6 a.m.

Golic and Wingo

ESPN Radio, ESPNEWS*

3 p.m.

NFL Live presented by Corona Extra

ESPN

5 p.m.

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot

ESPN

6 p.m.

NFL Draft Countdown presented by ZipRecruiter

ESPN

7 p.m.

2018 NFL Draft presented by Courtyard (Rounds 2-3)

ESPN/ESPN2,

ESPN Radio, ESPN3 (in Spanish)

Sat, Apr 28

12 p.m.

2018 NFL Draft presented by Courtyard (Rounds 4-7)

ESPN, ABC

7 p.m.

EA Sports Madden NFL 18 Ultimate League Championship

ESPN2

Sun, Apr 29

8 p.m.

SportsCenter Special presented by Maui Jim: Draft Grades

ESPN2

Tue, May 1

8:30 p.m.

Hey Rookie: Welcome to the NFL (Episode 4)

ESPN

 

 

 

Shout! Factory, Twitch Partner For ‘Reboot’ Marathon

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ABC’s classic Saturday morning cartoon Reboot is getting its own reboot on Netflix, and in celebration of that reboot’s premiere, Shout! Factory and Twitch have partnered for a marathon of the original series.

Shout! Factory and Twitch will present a 24-hour marathon of the original Reboot series starting Wednesday, March 28 at 3 p.m. It can be viewed online at Shout! Factory’s official Twitch channel.  The series’ full 47-episode run is just one reason audiences will want to check out the marathon.  Fast ForwardThe Making of Reboot and Alpha NumericLooking Back at Reboot with co-creator Gavin Blair will also be part of the marathon.  Audiences can see a trailer for the marathon online now here.

Reboot was television’s very first-ever fully computer-animated series, and debuted domestically on ABC Saturday mornings in 1994.  It followed the adventures of main character Bob (a guardian) and his friends as they work to keep Mainframe safe from the viruses Megabyte and Hexadecimal while also having to take part in games sent to Mainframe by “the user.”

All 47 episodes of the original Reboot are available on VOD via Shout! Factory TV.  Audiences can see the trailer for Netflix’s new Reboot redux here.  The new series is currently expected to air on Netflix March 30,17 years after the original ended with an unresolved cliffhanger.

More information on this and other programs offered by Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.shoutfactory.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ShoutFactory

 

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‘Both Sides Of The Sky’ Available Now; Performance & More Planned For Celebration

Photo Credit: Mike Berkofsky

The wait is officially over for the latest Jimi Hendrix compilation.

Both Sides of the Sky hit stores and online outlets today.  The 13-song record, co-produced by Hendrix’s lontime producer and friend Eddie Kramer, Hendrix’s sister Janie and fellow friend John McDermott, is available on CD, 2LP vinyl and digital platforms.  In celebration of the record’s release, an all-star cast of musicians — Billy Cox (whose work can be heard throughout the compilation), Buddy Guy, Nato Nanji, Tim Austin and The Slide Brothers — will perform live on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! next Tuesday, March 13.

Fashion designer John Varvatos is also joining the celebration.  He has created a new t-shirt featuring exclusive artwork.  the shirt is available exclusively via Varvatos stores, online and via retail partner Bloomingdales.  As an added bonus, the album’s 2LP vinyl pressings are also being sold in select John Varvatos locations.

The record’s track listing is noted below.

Both Sides of the Sky tracklist:

1)    Mannish Boy*

2)    Lover Man*

3)    Hear My Train A Comin’*

4)    Stepping Stone*

5)    $20 Fine*+

6)    Power Of Soul^

7)    Jungle*

8)    Things I Used to Do#

9)    Georgia Blues++

10)  Sweet Angel*

11)  Woodstock*+

12)  Send My Love To Linda*

13)  Cherokee Mist*

 *Previously unreleased

^ Previously unavailable extended version

+Featuring Stephen Stills

#Featuring Johnny Winter

++Featuring Lonnie Youngblood

Produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and John McDermott for Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.

More information on Both Sides of the Sky is available online now along with all of the latest Hendrix news at:

 

Website: http://www.jimihendrix.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/JimiHendrix

 

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Warriors, Celtics Face Off Saturday In “Battle Of The Best” Live On ABC

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ESPN’s NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by YouTube TV continues its 2018 broadcast season this Saturday night with another cross-conference matchup.

The Boston Celtics will be on the road Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors in a “Battle of the Best.”  Each team leads its respective conference and has an equal chance of taking the win in Saturday’s game, going by the numbers.

Both teams will come into Saturday’s matchup well-rested, having last played Tuesday, January 23.  Each won its respective game, too.  The Celtics have been almost as good on the road so far this season as they have been at home, going 17 – 6 on the road so far versus going 18 – 8 at home.  The team is 6 – 4 in its last 10 games, again with its most recent game ending in a win for the team.

Golden State meanwhile has proven to be slightly better on the road so far this season than at home, going 21 – 4 on the road and 17 – 6 at home.  The team has gone 8 – 2 in its last 10 games, with its most recent game also resulting in a win.

Again, looking at the numbers, Saturday’s match is sure to be a hard-fought battle that will be well worth the watch by any NBA fan.  Coverage is currently scheduled to start at 830 p.m. ET on ABC with Mike Breen on the call.  Analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson will also be on hand for additional commentary alongside officiating analyst Steve Javie and sideline reporter Israel Gutierrez.

Saturday night’s broadcast will be preceded by NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk beginning at 8 p.m. ET.  Michelle Beadle will anchor the broadcast, and will be joined by analysts Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce for additional commentary.

More information on Saturday night’s broadcast is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNNBA

 

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ESPN Announces NFL Pro Bowl Coverage Broadcast Schedule

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The stage is officially set for this year’s Super Bowl, but before the big game, there will be one more game for NFL fans — the NFL’s annual Pro Bowl, and ESPN will carry full coverage of the annual NFL superstar showcase game.

This year’s NFL Pro Bowl will be played this Sunday, January 28 live from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.  ESPN’s coverage of the game is scheduled to start at 2:50 p.m. ET, with coverage being simulcast on television on ABC and ESPN Deportes.  It will also stream online via the ESPN app.

ESPN Deportes’ coverage is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET with a special edition of SportsCenter.  Eduardo Varela and analyst Pablo Viruega will have the call for the network.

ESPN and ABC’s pre-game coverage is also scheduled to start at 1 p.m. with a special Postseason NFL Countdown pregame show.  The program will air live from Camping World Stadium.  Analysts Randy Moss and Charles Woodson will join host Suzy Kolber for additional commentary alongside ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and reporter Michele Steele.

ESPN Monday Night Football voice Sean McDonough will anchor the ESPN/ABC broadcast of the NFL Pro Bowl. He will be joined in the booth by analyst Matt Hasselbeck for a special one-time appearance.  Field analyst Louis Riddick and reporter Lisa Salters will also be on hand for additional commentary.

Among the stars expected to play in Sunday’s game are Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints), Todd Gurley (Los Angeles Rams), Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders), Jarvis Landry (Miami Dolphins) and others.

Before Brees and the rest of the NFL’s elite take to the field for the Pro Bowl, they will take part tonight, in the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET.  McDonough and the rest of the MNF team will call the competition, which will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The competition sees the stars competing in events such as the Drone Drop, Precision passing drill (for quarterbacks), Gridiron Gauntlet (relay race) and Pro Bowl Dodgeball (exactly what it sounds like) as well as other events.

Those who miss tonight’s broadcast will get more chances to see it as it will re-air on ESPN, ABC and even Disney XD.  the current schedule of events leading up to the ESPN networks’ Pro Bowl broadcast is noted below.

ESPN Programs at 2018 NFL Pro Bowl:
DATE TIME (ET) SHOW & COMMENTATORS NETWORK(S)
Thurs,

Jan 25
7 a.m. – 3 p.m. SportsCenter and NFL Live *

(Pro Bowl practices – ESPN Wide World of Sports)
Wendi Nix, Darren Woodson, Jac Collinsworth and Steele
ESPN/ESPN2
9 p.m. Pro Bowl Skills Showdown

(ESPN’s Wide World of Sports)
Sean McDonough, Matt Hasselbeck and Lisa Salters
ESPN
Fri,

Jan 26
7 a.m. – 3 p.m. SportsCenter and NFL Live *

(Pro Bowl practices – ESPN Wide World of Sports)
Nix, Woodson, Collinsworth and Steele
ESPN/ESPN2
Sat,

Jan 27
7-11 a.m. SportsCenter *

(Pro Bowl practices – ESPN Wide World of Sports)
Steele
ESPN

Sun,

Jan 28
6:30 a.m. –

12 p.m.
 
SportsCenter *

(Pro Bowl – Camping World Stadium)
Steele
ESPN
1-2:50 p.m. Postseason NFL Countdown

(Camping World Stadium)
Suzy Kolber, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson, Adam Schefter and Steele
ESPN

ABC
2:50 p.m. NFL Pro Bowl

(Camping World Stadium)
McDonough, Hasselbeck, Riddick and Salters
ESPN

ESPN Deportes
ABC
* show segments

More information on the ESPN networks’ NFL coverage is available online along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNNFL

 

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Western Conference Matchup Headlines ‘NBA Saturday Primetime On ABC Presented By YouTube TV’ Season Premiere

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ESPN’s flagship NBA program makes its annual return this weekend with a new sponsor.

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by YouTube TV airs Saturday with a double header schedule that kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET.  Up first on the schedule is a special matinee broadcast on ABC featuring a cross-conference matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder.  The Cavs sit third in the Eastern Conference, seven games back from the conference leading Boston Celtics while the Thunder sit fifth in the Western Conference, 11.5 games back from the conference leading Golden State Warriors.

Though the Cavs currently sit in the top three in the East, the team has been struggling as of late, having gone 2 – 8 in its last 10 games.  The last four of those games — reaching back to last Monday, Jan. 8 — have all gone to the Cavs’ “L” column.  Cleveland looks to bounce back from that skid tonight as it takes on Orlando at 7 p.m. After that, the team will take a day off to rest up and prepare for Saturday’s game.

Oklahoma City, despite struggling during the season so far, is in the midst of a three-game winning streak, with its most recent win coming Wednesday against conference rival Los Angeles, 114 – 90.  The team will be off tonight and Friday in preparation for Saturday’s game.  It will need all the preparation it can get, as the team has struggled on the road this season, going 9 – 13 on the road versus going 15 – 13 at home.

Considering both teams’ records so far and most recently, Saturday afternoon’s game can go to either team.  Broadcast is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.

The Warriors and Houston Rockets headline the day’s action at 8:30 p.m. on ABC in a 1-2 matchup in the Western Conference at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.  Houston is five games back from Golden State and has been impressive on the road so far this season, going 21 – 3 so far on the season.  The team comes into Saturday night’s game in the midst of a four-game winning streak while Houston — 5 – 5 in their last 10 games — has been off since falling to the Clippers 113 – 102 Jan. 15.  Houston will be back in action tonight against Minnesota in another Western Conference matchup hoping to rebound from that loss.

Saturday’s double header schedule is only part of the ESPN networks’ NBA schedule this week.  Two more games are on tap for Friday.  Those games are noted below along with Saturday’s schedule.

Thu, Jan 18 3 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Paul Pierce
ESPN
Fri, Jan 19 3 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Ramona Shelburne, Tracy McGrady
ESPN
  7 p.m. NBA Countdown presented by Mountain Dew
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce
ESPN
  8 p.m. NBA Friday presented by State Farm: Washington Wizards at Detroit Pistons
Ryan Ruocco, Doris Burke
ESPN
  10:30 p.m. NBA Friday presented by State Farm: New York Knicks at Utah Jazz
Dave Pasch, Jon Barry
ESPN
Sat, Jan 20 3 p.m. NBA Countdown
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce
ABC
  3:30 p.m. NBA Saturday Primetime presented by YouTube TV: Oklahoma City Thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers
Ryan Ruocco, Hubie Brown
ABC
  8 p.m. NBA Countdown
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce
ABC
  8:30 p.m. NBA Saturday Primetime presented by YouTube TV: Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Steve Javie, Lisa Salters
ABC

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

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNNBA

 

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ESPN Analyst Stepping Up For NFL Pro Bowl Broadcast

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ESPN has named its replacement for Jon Grudent at this year’s NFL Pro Bowl.

Matt Hasselbeck will join Sean McDonough in the booth Jan. 28 for ESPN’s broadcast of the league’s annual best of the best exhibition game.  Hasselbeck already serves as an analyst on ESPN’s weekly Monday Night Football pre-game broadcasts, making him a familiar voice and face for audiences during the game.

According to ESPN Senior Vice President, Events & Studio Production Stephanie Druley, Hasselbeck had already been scheduled to be part of the network’s studio coverage team for the Pro Bowl ahead of this new announcement.  She said in a prepared statement that his experience played a big part in the decision to place him alongside McDonough.

“Matt has experience calling games and will be a great fit alongside Sean McDonough for this Pro Bowl assignment,” Druley said.  “He is a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback with connections to many players and coaches throughout the league, and he was already scheduled to cover the game as part of our ESPN studio team.”

Hasselbeck was humble as he talked about getting to help call the game.

“Making the Pro Bowl is a special achievement as a player — it’s pretty humbling, but the part I enjoyed most is getting to know the best of the best in a relaxed setting,” Hasselbeck said.  “I can’t wait to call the Skills Showdown and the Pro Bowl game with Sean and [reporter] Lisa (Salters).”

While Hasselbeck will play a direct role in calling this year’s Pro Bowl, his stint alongside McDonough is currently only for the one game.  Druley stressed in additional comments that the search for Jon Gruden’s replacement is ongoing and that no one has yet been named to take his place.

“The process for determining our new Monday Night Football booth is already under way,” Druley said.  “We are looking at both internal and external candidates and expect to have a decision made this spring.  This is one of the most high-profile and and attractive positions in all of sports broadcasting, so we want to take our time to ensure we make the best decision.”

The 2018 NFL Pro Bowl will air Jan. 28 at 2:50 p.m. ET on ESPN live from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.  It will be simulcast on ABC and will stream live on the ESPN App.  Spanish-speaking audiences will be able to enjoy the game on television on ESPN Deportes.

The Skills Showdown, which is part of the NFL Pro Bowl festivities, will air Jan. 25 at p.m. ET on ESPN.

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

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNNFL

 

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