Carolina, Washington Close NFL’s Week 15 Schedule Live On ESPN

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Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers go under the lights live Monday night on ESPN when they take on the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football.

Last season’s runners-up in the Super Bowl, the Panthers have struggled to repeat last season’s success this season. Carolina sits last in the NFC South at 5 – 8 so far on the season. The “Cardiac Cats” are 4 – 5 in their conference, 1 – 3 in non-conference play, and 2 – 3 in their last five games.  Their last win came last week as they defeated the San Diego Chargers 28 – 16.

A win by the Panthers Monday night coupled with a loss by the New Orleans Saints on Sunday would potentially pull the Panthers out of the NFC South basement.  That’s because both teams sit at 5 – 8 on the season.

The Panthers’ playoff hopes are slim to nil win or lose Monday night.  On the other hand, Monday night’s game has even more importance for Washington, which sits 3rd in the NFC East at 7 – 5 – 1 so far on the season with its only tie coming earlier in the season against Cincinnati.

Washington’s NFC East opponents, the Dallas Cowboys, have already punched their ticket to the postseason.  Washington comes into Monday night’s game on the heels of a 27 – 22 win over Philadelphia in Week 14.  Washington has also proven better at home on the road this season than on the road, going 4 – 2 at home and 3 – 3 – 1 on the road.

Monday’s NFC Inter-Divisional matchup can go either way.  The Panthers have nothing to lose while Washington has much more to lose.  So each team will be giving its all once the lights go on and the cameras go live.

Sean McDonough will have the call for Monday’s matchup beginning at 8:15 p.m.  He will be joined in the booth by Jon Gruden for additional commentary.  Reporter Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Monday Night Countdown will precede Monday Night Football beginning at 6 p.m. EST.  Suzy Kolber will anchor the broadcast live.  She will be joined at the desk by analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young.

NFL features reporter Michelle Beisner-Buck, ESPN Insider Adam Schefter and the MNF broadcast team will also join the broadcast for additional commentary.  Chris Berman and special guest (and with former ESPN NFL analyst) Tom Jackson will offer additional insight and commentary during the broadcast, too.  Jackson’s appearance is part of Berman’s NFL Legends initiative.

Monday’s game will be simulcast in Spanish on ESPN Deportes for the network’s Spanish-speaking audiences.  It will also stream live online on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

More information on ESPN’s upcoming MNF broadcast is available online now along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

 

 

 

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Bengals, Giants Wrap Week 10 In The NFL Monday Night On ESPN

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ESPN will feature a cross-conference matchup Monday night when the Bengals and Giants go under the lights live on Monday Night Football.

Monday’s matchup between Cincinnati and New York will be equally important for both teams.  The Giants (5 – 3 – 0) currently sit second in the NFC East, second only to Dallas.  The team is riding the success of a 3-game win streak coming into Monday night.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati (3 – 4 – 1) has struggled this season in the AFC North.  The team current sits third in the division behind Baltimore and Pittsburgh, who both sit at 4 – 4 on the season so far.

Two weeks ago, Cincinnati’s game against the Washington Redskins in London ended in a 27 all tie after kicker Mike Nugent missed a kick that could have given the Bengals the win.  Nugent since took full responsibility for the missed kick.

Cincinnati had a bye week last week, so it has had time to lick its wounds and figure out how to rebound from that disappointing finish.

Kickoff for Monday’s broadcast, live from New York, is scheduled for 8:15 pm EST.  Sean McDonough will have the call for Monday’s broadcast.  He will be joined in the booth by his broadcast partner Jon Gruden for additional commentary.  Reporter Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines for all of the game’s latest news and interviews.

Monday Night Countdown will precede Monday’s live broadcast between the Bengals and Giants beginning at 6 p.m. EST.  Suzy Kolber will anchor the broadcast.  She will be joined live at the desk by analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young for additional commentary.

Chris Berman will join the broadcast live from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, CT along with NFL features reporter Michelle Beisner-Buck, ESPN Insider Adam Schefter and guest analyst (and Pro Football Hall of Famer) Warren Moon for the broadcast, too.

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

 

 

 

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Bears, Eagles Face Off In NFC Inter-Divisional Matchup Monday Night On ESPN

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The Bears and Eagles face off in week 2 of the NFL’s 2016 – ’17 regular season Monday night on ESPN.

Jay Cutler and the Bears will look to rebound from a Week 1 loss to the Texans Monday night as they take on rookie QB Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.  The Eagles opened the season last week with a convincing 29 – 10 win over the Cleveland Browns and look to ride that momentum into another win this week when they come into Chicago.

The Bears currently sit last in the NFC North while the Eagles are flying high in the NFC East, vying for the top spot in the division.  The Eagles sit second in the division to the now 2 – 0 New York Giants.

Coverage of Monday night’s game is expected to begin at 8:15pm ET.  Sean McDonough will have the call in Monday night’s game.  He will be joined in the booth by Jon Gruden for additional commentary.  Lisa Salters will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Monday Night Countdown will precede Monday’s NFC interdivisional matchup with Suzy Kolber at the helm.  Coverage begins at 6pm ET.  She will be joined at the desk live on site in Chicago by analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson, and Steve Young.  Chris Berman and Adam Schefter will join Kolber and company live from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, CT.

Michelle Beisner-Buck will present her weekly feature for the Monday Night Countdown live from Chicago as part of the night’s broadcast.

Monday Night Football is simulcast live in Spanish on ESPN Deportes for ESPN’s Spanish-speaking audiences and online via WatchESPN for anyone that won’t be near a television during the game’s broadcast.

More information on Monday’s broadcast of the Bears and Eagles is available online now along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

 

 

 

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ESPN’s Tom Jackson Announces His Retirement

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ESPN personality Tom Jackson is retiring.

The long-time broadcaster announced this week that after 29 years with the worldwide leader in sports he is calling it a career.  He joined the network in 1987 as one of its first NFL analysts.  This was following a successful 14-year career as a member of the Denver Broncos.  His final assignment will be this weekend August 6th – 7th at the annual NFL Hall of Fame enshrinement in Canton, Ohio.

Jackson was has only praise for ESPN and all that supported him throughout his career on and off the field in a statement released this week.

“I have been blessed in my adult life to work for two companies, the Denver Broncos and ESPN, to do two things that I love—play football and talk about football.  Having joined in the early stages of ESPN and remained with the same company for 29 years is especially gratifying.  The friendships made are too numerous to mention but I know that many of them will last a lifetime.  I also want to thank all the fans who supported me over the years and made my job so enjoyable.  This move just comes at a time when the priority of my life is spending time with my family.”

Throughout his career, Jackson has worked on a number of its football-based programs beginning with the then NFL GameDay—now NFL Countdown.  Later that same year he and fellow ESPN veteran Chris Berman became partners on ESPN’s NFL Primetime.  Jackson would go on to spend the next 19 years (1987 – 2005) on Sunday nights.  During his time on the program it went on to become the leading NFL highlights show and highest-rated studio program on cable.

Berman was upbeat in recalling his memories working with Jackson.  “Every day working with Tom was a treasure,” he said.  I know every day he appeared on ESPN was a treasure for football fans. His knowledge, his passion, his insight, and his overall joie de vivre makes him special – in fact, makes him unique. I was lucky to spend 29 years of football weekends with him. In television that’s almost two lifetimes. Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon were together for 31 years – enough said.  “Tom long ago became almost a brother to me. We completed each other’s sentences, listened to the same music, laughed together and sometimes cried together. Oh yes, we enjoyed football together. What was a day with Tom Jackson like? Like the Temptations sang, ‘I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day’.”

Along with his time on ESPN’s Sunday night NFL programming he also spent some time as part of the network’s Monday Night Countdown NFL pre-game broadcast and the network’s other NFL programming throughout the year.  That other programming includes coverage of the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, NFL Raft and Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement.  In 2006 he worked as part of ABC’s broadcast team for Super Bowl XL’s pre-game broadcast.

Similar praise has come from others at ESPN including ESPN President John Skipper.  “Tom has been an integral part of ESPN’s presentation of the NFL for three decades.  His partnership with Chris Berman has been a signature for us and a treasure for fans,” Skipper said.  “His influence as a trusted voice and mentor for the generation of players who followed him is an important part of his legacy.  Tom is as widely respected internally as anyone in our company, not to mention beloved.  He has been a pleasure to work with and he will always be an ESPN family member.”

There is currently no word on the search for Jackson’s replacement.  More information on that and all of the latest NFL headlines is available online now at:

 

 

 

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ESPN Networks Kick Off 206 NFL Draft Coverage Thursday Night On ESPN

 Chicago, IL - April 30, 2015 - Auditorium Theatre: Mel Kiper Jr., Jon Gruden, Louis Riddick and Chris Berman on the set during the 2015 NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images)


Chicago, IL – April 30, 2015 – Auditorium Theatre: Mel Kiper Jr., Jon Gruden, Louis Riddick and Chris Berman on the set during the 2015 NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images)

The countdown to the 2016 – 2017 NFL season officially begins this week.  It all begins Thursday with the annual NFL draft.  And ESPN will have full coverage of this year’s draft.

ESPN launches its coverage of the 2016 NFL draft Thursday night at 8pm ET live from Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.  ESPN will carry Round one with limited commercial interruption for the fifth consecutive year when it begins Thursday night.  It will be simulcast live on ESPN Radio nationwide.  Before the network’s coverage begins, it will air a special pre-draft SportsCenter broadcast at 7pm ET that looks forward not only to the first round of the draft but all seven rounds.  Speaking of those other rounds, ESPN will carry coverage of Rounds 2 and 3 live Friday evening beginning at 7pm ET from the Auditorium Theatre live on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNRadio.  Rounds 4 – 7 will be covered live Saturday beginning at noon eastern.  ESPN will carry coverage of Rounds 4 – 7 live from Chicago’s Grant Park.

Chris Berman will anchor ESPN’s broadcast of the draft’s first round Thursday evening.  He will be joined at the desk by veteran NFL Draft Analyst Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN Monday Night Football analyst and Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden, and NFL Front Office Insider Louis Riddick.  Fellow NFL Insider Adam Schefter will be on hand along with NFL host Suzy Kolber, and a team of NFL reporters from team sites with all of the latest news throughout the first round.

Trey Wingo will anchor ESPN’s coverage of Rounds 2 – 7 over the weekend.  He will be joined by Mel Kiper, Jr., NFL Front Office Insider Louis Riddick, NFL Insider Adam Schefter, and NFL Draft Analyst Todd McShay.  The full broadcast schedule for this weekend’s NFL draft coverage across the ESPN networks is listed below.

 

ESPN NFL Draft Programming Originating from Chicago (April 28-30):

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Thu, Apr 28 6-10 a.m. Mike & Mike ESPN Radio, ESPN2
10-11 a.m. SportsCenter ESPN
10 a.m.-12 p.m. First Take ESPN2
1:30-2:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN
2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Live ESPN
6-7 p.m. SportsCenter ESPN
7-8 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Draft Countdown ESPN
8-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft (Round 1) ESPN,
ESPN Radio
11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. SportsCenter ESPN
Fri, Apr 29 6-10 a.m. Mike & Mike ESPN Radio, ESPN2
10-11 a.m. SportsCenter ESPN
10 a.m.-12 p.m. First Take ESPN2
1:30-2:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN
2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Live ESPN
7-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft (Rounds 2-3) ESPN/ESPN2, ESPN Radio
Sat, Apr 30 12-8 p.m. NFL Draft (Rounds 4-7) ESPN

 

Along with its domestic coverage of the NFL Draft, ESPN International will carry coverage of the NFL Draft to more than 72 million households in 59 countries and territories throughout Latin America’s Spanish-speaking regions, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.  Canada will have coverage of the NFL Draft via TSN.  Audiences in Mexico and Central America can get full coverage of the draft via ESPN’s ESPNPlay broadband platform.  Audiences in Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil will be able to catch coverage of the NFL Draft online via WatchESPN while audiences in the rest of South America will get live coverage of Round 1 live online via ESPNPlay.

The ESPN networks’ primary draft coverage is just the tip of the iceberg for this year’s events.  There will also be special, additional commentary and more across each of ESPN’s networks and platforms including but not limited to The Mel Kiper Draft Grades –the foundation of SportsCenter Special: Draft Grades on May 1st at 7pm ET on ESPN.  More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of this year’s NFL Draft is available online now at:

 

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

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

 

 

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ESPN Ends MNF’s 2015 Season With Major AFC Matchup

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ESPN closes out another season of Monday Night Football next week with one of the year’s biggest matchups.

Cincinnati and Denver will face off in an AFC conference matchup with major playoff implications for both teams. Both teams sit in first place in their respective divisions (Cincinnati in the AFC North and Denver in the AFC West) and have plenty to play for. That is because a win for either team means a first round bye for the victor. This is not the first time that the AFC opponents have closed out ESPN’s MNF season. They also served as the season finale for the broadcast’s season finale in 2014. The Bengals won that game 37 – 28 over Denver. It was one of the rare times, too when Cincinnati actually held its own under the lights. That will be a definite factor for Cincinnati again this year considering the team’s overall record under the lights.

AJ McCarron will lead the Bengals into Mile High Stadium this year as starter Andy Dalton’s fractured thumb continues to heal. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15pm ET. Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will have the call for Monday night’s game. Lisa Salters will also be on hand for additional commentary and reports throughout the game. Monday Night Countdown will air ahead of Monday night’s broadcast. Suzy Kolber and Chris Berman will once again co-host the weekly pre-game broadcast. Berman will be live in ESPN’s studios alongside Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, and Cris Carter. ESPN Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will also be on hand for additional commentary. Suzy Kolber will be live from Mile High Stadium. She will be joined by Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis, and Steve Young.

Monday Night Football will simulcast on ESPN Deportes on television for ESPN’s Spanish-speaking audiences. More information on Monday night’s matchup is available online now along with all of the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at:

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ESPN Closes Out Week 15 In The NFL With NFC Inter-Divisional Showdown

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Next Monday night, ESPN will close out Week 15 in the NFL with an NFC inter-divisional match-up between Detroit and New Orleans.

Next Monday night’s edition of ESPN’s Monday Night Football comes across as a sleeper match on the surface. That is because because both teams currently sit in the basement of their respective divisions. New Orleans sits at 5 – 8 so far on the season and has gone 1 – 4 in their last five games, with the lone win in that span coming last week against Tampa Bay 24 – 17. Before that, the Saints had been in the midst of a three-game losing streak. A win for New Orleans on Monday night would move New Orleans one step closer to finishing the season at .500. And it could make all the difference on head coach Sean Payton’s future at the helm for the Saints. His name has been tossed around for the better part of the season every time that coaching rumors have come up. The Saints are pretty much out of the playoff picture. So a .500 season for the team would be all important for the 2009 Super Bowl Champions. It could very well play a role in whether Payton stays or goes and on the fate of his coaching staff and look on both sides of the ball in the 2016 season.

On the other side of the ball Detroit is also out of the playoff picture as it sits at 4 – 9 on the season. The Lions are last in the NFC North and are in the midst of a two-game skid. This means that the team, which will be on the road against New Orleans Monday night, has nothing to lose and everything to gain. That in turn means that the team could be extra motivated when it goes toe to toe against the Saints in the Superdome Monday night. And that could make things very interesting to watch regardless of whether or not fans have allegiance to either team. Kickoff for Monday night’s game is scheduled for 8:15pm ET.

Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will be in the booth for Monday’s game. Lisa Salters will also be on hand for additional commentary and news throughout the game. Ahead of Monday night’s kickoff, Chris Berman and Suzy Kolber will co-host ESPN’s weekly NFL pre-game show Monday Night Countdown. Berman will host live from ESPN’s studios alongside Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, and Keyshawn Johnson. Suzy Kolber will be live on hand in New Orleans. She will be joined by Ray Lewis, Steve Young, and Trent Dilfer. Monday Night Football simulcasts each week on ESPN Deportes for the network’s Spanish-speaking audiences and online via WatchESPN for those that won’t be near a TV during the game. More information on ESPN’s Monday Night Football is available online along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

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