ESPN’s NFL Studio Shows Getting New Digs

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ESPN;s NFL pre-game shows are moving in together.

Monday Night Countdown and Sunday NFL Countdown will now air from a climate-controlled rooftop studio in New York City.  The move is the result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Additionally, ESPN’s NBA Countdown will originate from the studio, which gives its hosts a clear view of the East River, Brooklyn Bridge, and Brooklyn Heights.

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown aired live from ESPN’s Bristol, CT studios in seasons past while Monday Night Countdown aired on site weekly from the site of each of ESPN’s featured weekly games.

The gang will be back together on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown‘s.  Tedy Bruschi, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Rex Ryan will return for the weekly broadcast.  host Sam Ponder will also return to host.  This year will mark her fourth year as the show’s anchor and her 10th year covering the NFL with ESPN.

Along with the studio talent, reporters Sal Paolantonio, Kimberley A. Martin, Dianna Russini, Ed Werder, Jeff Darlington, and Dan Graziano will all return for this season’s broadcasts.  They will be on site at various NFL stadiums throughout the season.  Paolantonio recently celebrated his 25th year with ESPN.

The reporters’ assignments for Week 1 of the 2020 season are noted below.

  • Paolantonio – Philadelphia at Washington
  • Graziano – Miami at New England
  • Russini – Green Bay at Minnesota
  • Martin – Cleveland at Baltimore
  • Darlington – Tampa Bay at New Orleans
  • Werder – Dallas at Los Angeles Rams

While fans can expect to see plenty of familiar faces on Sunday NFL CountdownMonday Night Countdown will have at least one new face this season.  Two-time Super BowlChampion Booger Mcfarland will join Randy Moss and three-time Super Bowl champion/Super Bowl MVP/Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Young for that program.

Host Suzy Kolber returns to host the show for her fourth consecutive season.  ESPN Insider Adam Schefter will also return as a regular.

ESPN’s season premiere of Monday Night Countdown will preview the Steelers/Giants – Titans/Broncos double header schedule that will open the network’s annual Monday Night Football schedule.  The schedule launches Sept. 14.

More information on ESPN’s new NFL studio is available online now along with all of the network’s latest NFL headlines at:

 

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ESPN Offering Extensive Coverage Of College Football Playoff Championship

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Next Monday night the 2015 – 2016 college football season finally comes to an end.

A season of hits and hard work finally comes down to just one game next Monday night when Alabama (SEC) and Clemson (ACC) face off for this year’s college football championship.  And ESPN will have full coverage of this year’s championship game.  Kickoff is set for 8:30pm ET on ESPN.  Chris Fowler will have the call for Monday night’s game, presented by AT&T.  He will be joined in the booth by Kirk Herbstreit.  Heather Cox and Tom Rinaldi will also be on hand on the sidelines for additional commentary and reports throughout the game.

Those that won’t be near a TV Monday night can still catch the game as it will be simulcast on ESPN Radio and online via ESPNRadio.com, the ESPN app, SiriusXM, Apple iTunes Radio, Slacker Radio, and TuneIn.  Mike Tirico will have the call for the game’s broadcast on ESPN Radio.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Todd Blackledge.  Holly Rowe, Joe Schad, and Bill Lemonnier will all be on hand on the sidelines for additional commentary and reports for ESPN Radio throughout the game.  Additional information for Monday night’s broadcast of the College Football Championship will be announced as the week progresses.

As the days tick by and anticipation builds for this year’s College Football Championship, ESPN and the ESPN networks will have plenty of in-depth coverage ahead of the big game.  College Football Live will come live from the campus of both Alabama and Clemson.  It will also have a live broadcast from the University of Phoenix Stadium, the site of this year’s championship game.  Joe Tessitore will be live at Alabama’s campus.  He will be joined by analysts Mark May and Booger McFarland, and reporter Tom Rinaldi.  Chris Cotter will be live from Clemson alongside Danny Kanell and analyst Joey Galloway.  Reporters Samantha Ponder and Marty Smith will also be on hand for additional commentary and news.  On Friday, Chris Cotter will anchor College Football Live on site at the University of Phoenix Stadium.  He will be joined live by analysts Joey Galloway, Jesse Palmer, Mack Brown and Todd McShay, and contributor George Whitfield.  That broadcast will air Friday at 1:30pm ET on ESPN.

Along with broadcasts of College Football Live ESPN will also offer college football fans live editions of SportsCenter in the days leading up to the College Football Championship.  David Lloyd will host SportsCenter  Thursday at 1pm ET.  Lindsay Czarniak will host the 6pm edition of SportsCenter Thursday and Friday evening.  Thursday’s broadcast will air live from Alabama and Friday’s from Phoenix.  Saturday morning, SportsCenter will air live from College Football Playoff Media Day from 8am ET – 12:30pm ET.  Matt Barrie, Joe Tessitore will be on hand for the early edition of SportsCenter while John Anderson and John Buccigross will be on hand for the late edition of SportsCenter.  On Monday, SportsCenter will be live from 9am ET to 2:30 pm ET on-site from the University of Phoenix Stadium.  There will also be a follow-up edition of SportsCenter following the game.  Lindsay Czarniak will wrap SportsCenter’s coverage of the College Football Championship Tuesday night at 6pm ET.

The ESPN networks’ extensive coverage of the 2015 – 2016 College Football Championship includes not only coverage from its flagship news broadcast and one of its college football broadcast but also on Face To Face with Hannah Storm.  Monday afternoon at 2:30pm ET, Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney will sit down with ESPN’s Hannah Storm for a special interview.  The coaches will discuss their respective teams’ seasons, the championship game, and much more in a special half-hour edition of the program.

Over on the radio side, Mike and Mike will broadcast on-site on Monday and Tuesday live from the University of Phoenix Stadium as will Rusillo and KanellMike and Mike will be simulcast both days from 6am ET to 10am ET on ESPN2. Rusillo & Kanell will air both days at 1pm ET live from Phoenix. As an additional bonus for fans NFL great Steve Smith, Jr. will join Golic and Greenie Friday morning on Mike and Mike. His appearance comes on the heels of his announcement that he will be returning to the Ravens in 2016 instead of retiring as he had previously announced. Smith will be live from 7:30am – 10am ET.

More information on the ESPN networks’ extensive coverage of the upcoming College Football Playoff Championship is available online now along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

 

 

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

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