ESPN’s ‘CGD’ Broadcast To Air Live From Charlotte Saturday

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ESPN’s flagship college football show will come live from North Carolina’s “Queen City” this weekend.

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will air Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon ET live on ESPN and ESPNU from Bank of America Stadium, the home of the Carolina Panthers for its weekly broadcast. Saturday’s show will preview the 2020 ACC Championship between No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Clemson.

One of the biggest topics on the day will likely be Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly’s comments today that the team might not play in the College Football Championship if the families of the players are not permitted to attend. Kelly’s comments have created a firestorm throughout the college football world.

Rece Davis will anchor Saturday’s broadcast. The team of Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, Maria Taylor and Chris “The Bear” Fallica will join Davis for the broadcast. Lee Corso will join the broadcast live remotely from his home.

The ACC Championship is just one of the games set for Saturday’s day-long series of games that the group will preview. No. 11 Oklahoma and No. 7 Iowa State will face off in the Dr. Pepper Big 12 Championship Game at noon. After wo weeks off the field, the now No. 6 ranked Cincinnati Bearcats will face Tulsa for the American Athletic Conference Championship at 8 p.m. on ABC.

The current schedule for Saturday’s games is noted below.

DateTime (ET)Game/TalentNetwork
Fri, Dec 187:30 p.m.Rocket Mortgage MAC Championship: Ball State vs. Buffalo
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Katie George
8 p.m.Pac-12 Championship Game: Oregon at No. 15 USC
Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec 19NoonDr Pepper Big 12 Championship: No. 11 Oklahoma vs. No. 7 Iowa State
TV: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Allison Williams
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Ben Hartsock
No. 5 Texas A&M at Tennessee
Bob Wischusen, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint Kessenich
Florida State at Wake Forest
Chris Cotter, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
ACC Network
3:30 p.m.Ole Miss at LSU
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
No. 25 Missouri at Mississippi State
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network Alternate
4 p.m.ACC Championship Game: No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 2 Notre Dame
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
7 p.m.Stanford at UCLA
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Taylor McGregor
8 p.m.American Championship: No. 24 Tulsa at No. 8 Cincinnati
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
10:30 p.m.Arizona State at Oregon State
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Stormy Buonantony

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Panthers Look To Stay Perfect Monday Night On ESPN’s MNF Broadcast

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Before the 2015 – 2016 NFL season kicked off, very few of the major talking heads out there had much faith in the Carolina Panthers. Many felt that the Panthers would even come close to the playoffs. Now almost halfway through the regular season, Carolina sits undefeated at 6 – 0. Now next Monday, Cam Newton and company will look to stay undefeated as they go under the lights to take on Andrew Luck and the AFC South-leading Indianapolis Colts.

Next Monday night, ESPN’s Monday Night Football will broadcast live from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte as Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers host Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. The 3 – 4 Colts lead the AFC South and have gone 3-2 in their last five games while the Panthers have not yet been taken down. It is one of five teams that currently sit undefeated this far into the season. This means that it will have plenty to play for Monday Night when the Colts come into Charlotte. Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will be in the booth for the call. Lisa Salters will also be on hand for additional commentary and news throughout the game.

Ahead of Monday’s game, Chris Berman and Suzy Kolber will co-host ESPN’s weekly pre-game broadcast of Monday Night Countdown beginning at 6pm ET. Berman will be live in ESPN’s studios alongside NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, and ESPN Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis, and Steve Young will join Suzy Kolber live from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.  Those not near a TV Monday night can still catch the game online via WatchESPN.  The game will also be simulcast on ESPN Deportes for the network’s Spanish-speaking audiences.  More information on Monday night’s broadcast of Monday Night Football is available online now along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:



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Lady A’s Fans Will Want To “Own” Band’s New Live Release

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Lady Antebellum is one of the biggest bands in both country music and pop music today.  The band has seen huge success among both mainstream pop audiences and purist country fans, too.  That crossing of genres has also led the band to be one of the biggest live draws out there today, too.  Now thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment, Lady Antebellum’s fans have the chance to see this pop country band live any time they want thanks to the brand new release of the trio’s live DVD and Blu-ray, Own The Night World Tour

While the name of the new release is Own The Night World Tour, the show presented here was taken from the final performance of the American leg of the band’s tour last year in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The band proves with this show that it truly does “own the night” with its mix of country and mainstream pop.  All three of the band’s main members—Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood—show to be very laid back and humble, unlike so many other major acts out there today.  And that humility resonated with the audience in attendance at the show.  It translates just as well to audiences at home watching the show for themselves.  The show, which comes in at a little more than ninety minutes, features many of the band’s number one hits and more.  Among some of the favorites included in this performance are:  ‘Need You Now’, ‘American Honey’, and ‘Just a Kiss’ just to name a few.  The audience in attendance shows its appreciation for the band’s humble, down to Earth presence as every person there sang happily to every song with the band.  There’s even a sweet, emotional moment in which a young lady from the audience is brought up on stage to sing ‘American Honey’ with the band.  This is one piece that will leave a smile on anyone’s face.

The songs included in this set are just one part of what makes it an impressive piece for any Lady A fans.  Along with the songs are intermezzos featuring the band’s work in the community and its upbringing.  The segments featuring the band’s community involvement include the band holding a charity concert for the citizens of Henryville, Indiana after it had been destroyed by tornadoes earlier this year.  The concert in question raised over $200,000 for the city’s rebuilding efforts.  On a lighter note, the band also features some behind the scenes bits such as a look at its European tour and a discussion on everything that goes into putting on a live Lady A show.  The trio even offers insight on how it has gone from being a little opening act to being one of the world’s biggest pop country groups.   What audiences get in these and other discussions is more proof of just how humble the group is.  Mixed in with the band’s community efforts and its fully engaging show, Lady Antebellum is sure to solidify its current audience and earn a whole new audience base with the release of this new live DVD and Blu-ray.  It’s available now in stores, and can be ordered direct from Eagle Rock Entertainment’s online store at  The band is currently touring across the country.  So fans can not only see the band live on DVD and Blu-ray, but also in person.  Fans in North Carolina will get a double bonus after picking up this new live release from Lady Antebellum.  The band will be performing live at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday, December 27th in Charlotte, North Carolina.

To get a full listing of tour dates, and all the latest news from the band, fans can always go online to the band’s official Facebook page, or its official website, for all of that information.

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Delta Rae To Perform at Democratic National Convention

Durham, North Carolina’s own Delta Rae has announced that it has been selected to perform at the Democratic national Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina next Thursday, September 6th.  The convention will be at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium.  Delta Rae will join music icon James Taylor as one of the convention’s performing acts before President Obama’s nomination acceptance speech.  DNC CEO Steve Kerrigan spoke on Delta Rae being added to the convention’s performer roster.  “Highlighting such amazing talent from North Carolina as part of the entertainment at the convention’s closing event is just one way that convention organizers are working to bring the flavor of North Carolina to all Americans,” he said.  He added, “Whether you’re one of the tens of thousands who received community credentials to attend this historic event in person, or tuning in remotely, you will have a taste of the wonderful region that is home to this year’s convention.”

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Delta Rae member Ian Holljes shared his thoughts on being selected as part of the convention and on President Obama’s accomplishments during his first term in office.  He said, “Watching Barack Obama win election to the presidency in 2008 was one of the most affirming and exciting moments of my life as an American.  I am so thrilled to think what he can accomplish in a second term and I couldn’t be more humbled that Delta Rae’ music will be a part of ushering in that great hope.”  He expressed his support for Obama, saying, “We seem to be at a tipping point for so many important movements.  Marriage equality, women’s rights, and the protection of the middle class among them – and I believe President Obama’s continued leadership is essential to landing on the right side of history on these issues.”

Holljes’ brother–and fellow Delta Rae band member—Eric noted the importance of the youth vote in this year’s election.  He said, “There are currently so many issues being discussed and decisions being made in Washington that are going to drastically affect me and my generation.  I truly hope, as young people, we stand up in this election and let our collective voice be heard.” 

One of the songs on the band’s debut album, “Carry The Fire”, tackles the issue of North Carolina’s gay marriage ban.  ‘Chain on Love’ was a response to Prop 8.  Audiences can check out the video for ‘Chain on Love’ online at  Audiences can also check out the video for the album’s lead single, ‘Bottom Of The River’ online at  And to check out a medley of the band’s songs on Warner Sound go to

Along with the band’s upcoming performance at the DNC, Delta Rae will also be performing at Mike Dianna’s Grill in Corolla, NC on Saturday, October 13th.  For a full list of the band’s tour dates and all of its latest news, go online to,,, and on its official YouTube channel,

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