President Obama Making Special Call-In Appearance On The Herd This Morning

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There’s big news for fans of ESPN Radio’s The Herd With Coin Cowherd today.

President Obama will be a special call-in guest on The Herd today.  Cowherd’s interview with President Obama is scheduled for 11am ET.  Along with talking about the Bulls and White Sox—Obama’s home town teams—Cowherd will also discuss the NFL’s conduct policy and NBA players holding their own protest by donning shirts reading, “I Can’t Breathe.”  The shirts are in reference to the recent case in which an NYPD officer was cleared of charges in the death of Eric Garner.  The interview will also include a discussion on the upcoming healthcare signup deadline.

This morning’s call-in appearance is not the first time that President Obama has joined Colin Cowherd.  He joined Colin back on March 20th to discuss his bracket for the 2014 March Madness tournament, college sports in general, and more.

The Herd With Colin Cowherd runs Monday – Friday from 10am – 1pm ET on ESPN Radio, the ESPN Radio app, espnradio.com, SiriusXM, iTunes Radio, Slacker, and TuneIn.  It is also simulcast on ESPNU.

More information on this morning’s show and upcoming broadcasts is available online at http://espn.go.com/espnradio/show?showId=theherd.

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King, Cowherd, Schaap To Fill In For Olbermann Beginning Next Week

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The “King” of talk is coming to ESPN.  Larry King will fill in for ESPN’s Keith Olbermann on Olbermann next Tuesday – Thursday, October 1st – 3rd. King will fill in while Olbermann takes a temporary leave of absence to host TBS’ Major League Baseball post season studio show.  Olbermann will be gone from his namesake show from next Monday, September 30th to October 2oth.  He will return October 21st.  King will fill in for Olbermann each night at 11pm ET when the show airs.  He is also scheduled to make an appearance on Olbermann this Friday, September 27th.  King, who hosts his own show, Larry King Now, discussed filling in for Olbermann when asked about his temporary assignment.  “I am a great admirer of Keith Olbermann who I think is the quintessential sports host,” said King.  “Sports have always been my avocation – they’re part of my being.  Having the chance to come back to my hometown of New York and host Keith’s show for several days is a terrific joy for me and a return to my first love.”

ESPN Executive VP of Programming and Acquisitions Norby Williamson was just as pleased that King accepted the offer to fill in for Olbermann.  “Olbermann is designed specifically around Keith’s one-of-a-kind personality so having a guest host like Larry, who can deliver a similar level of editorial expertise and intellectual commentary to entertain sports fans, fits the bill perfectly,” said Williamson.  “Larry is so popular and well-known to television viewers but being able to bring them his unique perspective on sports topics is a new twist and we’re excited to have him.”

Once King’s turn is up on Olbermann ESPN’s own Jeremy Schaap and Colin Cowherd will each have a turn hosting the show with Schaap hosting first from October 8th – 10th.  Cowherd will fill in for Olbermann from October 15th – 17th.  Jamie Horovitz, ESPN VP of Original programming and production was optimistic in discussing having two ESPN veterans filling in for Olbermann in his absence.  “Both Jeremy and Colin have distinctive personalities and points of view that will bring a different perspective to the program while Keith is away,” said Horowitz.  “While we’ll certainly miss Keith in the coming weeks, we’re also looking forward to producing some fun and entertaining shows for sports fans with our guest hosts.”

King’s new web only series, Larry King Now, is much like his previous hit CNN show, Larry King Live.  He continues interviewing some of the most important names in the news and world of entertainment in his show, which can be seen on Hulu and Ora TV.

Colin Cowherd can be heard regularly on ESPN and ESPN radio on his show, The Herd with Colin Cowherd.  It runs daily from 10am ET – 1pm ET.  The former host of SportsNation, Cowherd also now hosts Colin’s New Football every Sunday morning at 9am.  Cowherd shares his personal thoughts on football and life in general.

Jeremy Schaap hosts ESPN Radio’s The Sporting Life and serves as correspondent for ESPN’s E:60.  He also contributes to ESPN’s Outside The Lines, NFL Countdown, and College Game Day.  His interviews and commentary are featured each week on ESPN’s flagship show, SportsCenter.

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Herbstreit Signs New Nine-Year Deal With ESPN

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ESPN fans will be seeing a lot more of veteran college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.  The two-time Sports Emmy Award winner has signed a new deal with “The Sports Leader” that will keep him there through 2022.  He earned the award for “Best Studio Analyst” in 2010 and 2011.  He will continue to call ABC’s Saturday Night Football package and will also make weekly appearances on a number of ESPN shows including: ESPN College Game Day built by The Home Depot and College Football Live.  This season marks Herbstreit’s eighteenth season as co-analyst on the prior of the two. 

When asked about the new deal, ESPN Executive VP of Production John Wildhack expressed his pleasure at having the deal finalized.  “Kirk Herbstreit is synonymous with college football’s biggest stage and moments. He is at the top of his game and he’s ours into the next decade. We’re thrilled,” he said.  Herbstreit shared that sentiment, adding “I’ve always felt that ESPN and ABC are the home of college football and even more so now that they have the College Football Playoff for 12 years. Considering the opportunities that lay ahead and the great people I get to work with every day, it was an easy decision to stay with the company that gave me my start.”

This season, he will also get back to his radio roots.  He will start working with Colin Cowherd for his show, The Herd with Colin CowherdThe Herd airs on ESPN Radio Monday – Friday from 10am – 1pm EST. 

The new, nine-year deal will see Herbstreit back in the booth again for this year’s Rose Bowl and BCS Title National Championship.  When the BCS system switches over in 2015 to the College Football Playoff, Herbstreit will call one National Semifinal and the National Championship each season.  Along with this, he will also make contributions on SportsCenter, online at ESPN.com, and in ESPN The Magazine.   

Herbstreit’s College Game Day cohort Lee Corso shared his thoughts on the announcement, adding that it is because of Herbstreit that College Game Day is as popular as it is today.  “ESPN and College GameDay are better because of Kirk. He is not only a talented analyst, he is an even better person, family man and an asset to ESPN,” he said.  “And I am proud of all he has accomplished. To him I say, ‘Not so fast my friend…’ I look forward to working next to Kirk beyond my 86th birthday!”

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ESPN Covers Superbowl Live One More Day

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ESPN and its affiliate networks have been live in New Orleans all week covering the days counting to the Superbowl.  The ESPN family of networks has one more day today of live coverage leading up to Sunday’s big game.  Those who missed yesterday’s coverage missed a big announcement as Donald Driver made it official that he was hanging up his cleats as of February 6th.  That announcement was made first yesterday during ESPN’s live coverage.  So what could today’s coverage bring?  That’s anyone’s guess.  But it all starts off with another brand new edition of Mike and Mike in the Morning.  Greenie and Golic will be joined this morning by another full slate of guests and analysts including:  NFL Hall of Famers Harry Carson, Mike Ditka, Roger Staubach, Jerry Rice, and Steve Young, Packers Wide Receiver Greg Jennings, and a whole slew of others.  Fans can tune in live from 6-10am/5-9am CT on their local ESPN Radio affiliate and on TV on ESPN2.

Hannah Storm takes the reins at 9am/8am CT with the first edition of SportsCenter for the day.  She’ll be joined by analysts:  Herm Edwards, Trent Dilfer, and Mike Ditka to break down the game and the latest developments.  That’s on ESPN.  Colin Cowherd comes in next from 10am-1pm/9am-12pm CT on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.  He’ll be followed by SVP and Rusillo on ESPN Radio and ESPN2.  There’s a lot more to come throughout the day from there.  Audiences can keep up with all the latest on today’s coverage online at http://www.facebook.com/ESPN and http://www.espn.com.

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ESPN Wednesday Superbowl Live Coverage Announced

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ESPN’s countdown to the Superbowl continues Wednesday with even more coverage live from New Orleans.  Mike and Mike start things off once again from 6-10am EST/5-9am CT.  The guys welcome a load of new guests on this pre-Superbowl hump day starting with former Dallas Cowboy/Fox analyst Daryl Johnston at 6:30/5:30 CT.  Rising star and Seahawks QB Russell Wilson will join the guys next at 8/7 CT.  Also joining the show live will be NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz at 8:15/7:15 CT.  The show’s last hour and a half will see former Ravens coach and FOX analyst Brian Billick, ESPN analysts Cris Carter and Mark Schlereth and former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum.  Audiences that can’t be there in person can tune in live on their local ESPN Radio affiliate and on TV on ESPN2.

Hannah Storm takes over at 9/8 CT on SportsCenter.  She’ll be joined by analysts Ron Jaworski, Merril Hoge, and Jerry Rice.  Guests scheduled for the show Wednesday include:  retired Cowboys Fullback Daryl Johnston, Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, and the Saints’ very own Drew Breese.  That’s all from 9/8 CT – 3/2 CT on ESPN.

Colin Cowherd will take audiences into the afternoon hours on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.  Colin will be on the air from 10am/9am CT – 1pm/12pm CT.  Drew Breese will be making his way to Colin’s show for those that missed him on SportsCenter as will Colts Kicker Adam Vinatieri.  Also joining the lineup will be ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer.  Fans can check it all out on their local ESPN Radio affiliate and onTV on ESPNU.

The next three hours will be taken over by SVP and Rusillo.  Scott and Ryen welcome Steelers Defensive End Brett Keisel, Ron Jaworski, Jacksonville Jaguars Running Back Maurice Jones-Drew, and Giants Offensive Linesman David Diehl.  Fans can catch all the action live from 1/12 CT – 4/3 CT on ESPN Radio affiliates across the nation and on TV on ESPNNEWS.  It’s just one option that fans have in the early hours of the afternoon.  Fans can also tune in to ESPN from 3/2 CT – 4/3 CT for a SportsCenter special presented by Little Caesars pizza hosted by Mike Tirico.  Mike will be joined by analysts Trent Dilfer, Herm Edwards and Tom Jackson.

Next up as the afternoon passes is NFL Live from 4/3 CT – 5/4 CT on ESPN.  Host Trey Wingo will be joined by analysts Ron Jaworski and Mark Shclereth as the trio talks up Sunday’s big game.  Also from 4/3 CT – 5/4 CT is SportsNation on ESPN2.  Hosts Charissa Thompson and Marcellus Wiley welcome guests Greg McElroy (NY Jets QB) and NY Giants Tight End David Diehl.  Analyst Herm Edwards will also join the days’ lineup.

As the sun starts to set for the day, the action doesn’t let up on the ESPN family of networks.  Hosts Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen will be joined by analysts Trent Dilfer and Tom Jackson on ESPN2 on NFL 32 from 5/4 CT – 6/5 CT.  That is followed by another edition of SportsCenter from 6/5 CT – 7/6 CT on ESPN.  Hispanic audiences will also get a dose of football week frenzy with an NFL Semanal Special from 8/7 CT – 9/8 CT on ESPN Dos.  It will also air at 9:30/8:30 CT and 12am/11pm CT on Latin North.

Rounding out the day’s coverage is one more edition of SportsCenter on ESPN from 9/8 CT – 12am/11pm CT.  Host Stuart Scott will be joined by analysts Cris Carter and Tedy Bruschi.

It all starts again Thursday morning with another new edition of Mike and Mike on ESPN Radio and on TV on ESPN.  Fans are encouraged to come and join ESPN’s hosts as each show will be open for public viewing.

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ESPN Announces Tuesday Superbowl Coverage

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The countdown to Superbowl XLVII is on.  One day down and six more to go.  Superbowl XLVII airs Sunday night on CBS affiliates nationwide.  In the meantime, NFL fans can get their football fix on ESPN and its family of networks both on TV and on the radio.  Tomorrow, the countdown rolls on with another whole day of programming dedicated solely to the big game.  It all starts Tuesday morning with Mike and Mike in the morning from 6am – 10am EST/5am – 9am CT.  Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic will be joined by ESPN analyst Herm Edwards at 7:30am.  ESPN Insider Adam Schefter follows at 7:45 and ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth will be in at 8am.  Audiences can check it all out on TV at ESPN2 and on the radio at every ESPN Radio affiliate across the country.

Mark and Mark are only the tip of the iceberg for Tuesday’s coverage.  Once they get things started, host Hannah Storm takes viewers into more depth along with ESPN analysts Herm Edwards and Mark Schlereth and special guest Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive End Brett Keisel on SportsCenter on ESPN.  That’s from 9am – 3pm EST (8am – 2pm CT).

ESPN’s Colin Cowherd joins in the festivities on The Herd with Colin Cowherd from 10am – 1pm EST (9am – 12pm CT).  He’ll be joined by Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive End Brett Keisel at 10:30/9:30 CT and NFL legend Bill Romanowski at 12:15pm/11:15pm CT.  That’s on ESPN Radio and ESPNU.

Later in the afternoon, fans can tune in to SVP and Rusillo as hosts Scott Van Pelt and Ryan Rusillo welcome ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi at 2:15/1:15CT.  That’s on ESPN News and every ESPN Radio affiliate across the dial.

Still not enough?  Host Steve Levy takes viewers into the later afternoon hours from 3pm/2pm CT – 4pm/3pm CT on ESPN.  He will be joined by ESPN analysts Herm Edwards and Tedy Bruschi in a special edition of SportsCenter presented by Little Caesar’s Pizza.

NFL Live follows the day’s special edition of SportsCenter.  Host Trey Wingo, Mark Schlereth and Ron Jaworski will be discussing Sunday’s game and what to expect from both sides.  That’s Tuesday evening from 4pm/3pm CT – 5pm/4pmCT also on ESPN.

SportsNation presented by Toyota will be on at 4/3CT.  Hosts Charissa Thompson and Marcellus Wiley will be joined by ESPN analyst Herm Edwards and special guests Brett Keisel and Bill Romanowski on ESPN2.

As the sun starts to set on the day, the ESPN family of networks still has plenty of coverage for fans.  From 5/4CT  – 6/5CT, hosts Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen welcome fans for NFL32 on ESPN2.  They will be joined by ESPN Cris Carter and Mark Schlereth.

Steve Levy will be back on the air again from 6pm – 7pm EST/5pm – 6pm CT for another edition of SportsCenter on ESPN.  He will be joined by analysts Tedy Bruschi and Cris Carter.

ESPN’s Hispanic audience hasn’t been left out of the celebrations.  From 8pm – 9pm ET/7pm – 8pm CT, ESPN Dos will air the NFL Semanal special.  It will be hosted by Ciro Picuna.  Picuna will be joined by analysts Raul Allegre, Alvaro Martin, Eduardo Varela, John Sutcliffe, and Mauricia Pedroza.  It will also air at 9:30pm/8:30 CT and 12am/11pm CT on Latin North.

Capping the day’s Superbowl coverage is one more edition of SportsCenter from 9pm – 12am/8pm – 11pm CT on ESPN.  Host Stuart Scott is scheduled to host.  Scott will be joined live by analysts Trent Dilfer and Merril Hoge.

All programs are open for public viewing all week as they will be broadcast live from New Orleans.  Fans are encouraged to attend.

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