ESPN’s ‘College GameDay Covered By State Farm’ Returns Next Week

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College football season is now a wrap, the National Football league’s current season is nearly over and the boys of summer don’t start warming up for a little while, so meanwhile, ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports, is bringing back its flagship college basketball program next month.

College GameDay Covered by State Farm returns next Saturday, January 20.  Its first broadcast of the season will air in advance of ESPN’s Saturday Primetime presented by AT&T.  No. 21 Kentucky faces Florida at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN in the season-opening broadcast of that program.

Rece Davis returns as the program’s host.  Davis will be joined at the desk by analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams.  Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Maria Taylor will have the call for next Saturday night’s game between the Wildcats and Gators.  Next weekend’s broadcast will be the seventh visit to Kentucky by College GameDay Covered by State Farm, tying Duke and Kansas for most visits by the program.

More information on this weekend’s matchup between the Wildcats and Gators is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball

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

 

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ESPN Announces Broadcast Site For Feb. 4 ‘CGD’ Broadcast

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ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm will air live from Gainesville, Fla next Saturday.

The program will air live at 11 a.m. on ESPN from the site of the Saturday Primetime presented by AT&T matchup pitting No. 4 Kentucky against No. 25 Florida.  Game coverage begins at 8:15 p.m. EST on ESPN.

Saturday night’s Top 25 showdown will be preceded by a late edition of College GameDay Covered by State Farm at 8 p.m. EST.  Rece Davis will anchor the broadcast and will be joined at the desk by analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams.

Bilas will be part of the broadcast team for the Wildcats/Gators game. He will join Dan Shulman and reporter Maria Taylor for the call of the game.

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

 

 

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNCBB

 

 

 

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ESPN Networks To Carry UT’s Celebration Of Pat Summit’s Life Live

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Officials with ESPN announced a special programming update today for two of its networks.  The programming is in relation to the upcoming memorial service to pay tribute to legendary basketball coach Pat Summit.

This Thursday the University of Tennessee will hold a memorial service to pay tribute to legendary basketball coach Pat Summit.  The service will be held July 14th at 7pm.  It will be carried live on ESPN2 and the SEC Network.  Coverage of the service will be hosted by ESPN’s Maria Taylor.  Live from Thompson-Boling Arena at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  Ryan McGee, co-host of ESPN Radio’s Marty and McGee, will host ESPN Radio’s coverage of the service live from 7pm to 9pm.

Summit passed away two weeks ago after an ongoing battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.  She was originally diagnosed with the disease in 2011.  During her thirty-eight years at The University of Tennessee Summit won 1,098 games and brought the university eight national championships making her the most successful coach in major college basketball history.

More information on Thursday’s coverage of The University of Tennessee’s memorial service is available online along with all of the latest women’s college basketball headlines at:

 

 

 

Website: http://espnW.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espnW

 

 

 

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ESPN Networks To Carry Extensive Coverage Of NCAA Div. I Women’s Basketball Tournament

Courtesy: ESPN  L - R: Kevin Neghandi, Kara Lawson, Rebecca Lobo

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L – R: Kevin Neghandi, Kara Lawson, Rebecca Lobo

March 13th, 2016 is one of the biggest nights in the 2015 – 2016 college basketball season.  That is because it is selection Sunday.  It is just one of the college basketball world’s big days.  On Monday, March 14th, ESPN will have exclusive coverage of “Selection Monday.”

The full 64-team field for the Women’s NCAA Division I college basketball tournament will be revealed on the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special Presented by Capitol One will air March 14th at 7pm ET on ESPN.  Kevin Neghandi will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by veteran analysts Kara Lawson and Rebecca Lobo for additional commentary.  Coverage doesn’t end after the last team is announced, either.  ESPNU will pick up coverage at 8pm ET with the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special Extended Coverage Presented by Capitol One.  Both shows will include special features and interviews and an exclusive interview with Chris Dawson during ESPN’s coverage during the 7pm hour.  Dawson is Chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee.

As an added bonus, ESPN will once again carry all 63 games in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship presented by Capitol One.  It all leads up to the NCAA Division I Women’s Final Four from Indianapolis, IN on April 3rd and 5th.  2016 marks the eleventh consecutive year that ESPN has carried complete coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.  ESPN and ESPN2 will carry coverage of regionalized telecasts with home protection through the tournament’s first two rounds.  ESPN3 and ESPN Full Court, ESPN’s pay-per-view service, will offer complete first and second round coverage as a supplement to the coverage offered by ESPN and ESPN2.  The tournament’s final 15 games, beginning with the Regional Semifinals, will have national telecast windows on ESPN and ESPN2.

Those wanting even more coverage of the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship can go online to espnW.com and ESPN.com as well as the SEC Network.  More information on this year’s coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship is available online now at:

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/womens-college-basketball

http://espn.go.com/espnw

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espnw

 

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ESPN’s College GameDay To Make First-Ever Visit To Texas A&M Saturday

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ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm will make its first ever trip to the campus of Texas A&M this coming Saturday.

College GameDay Covered by State Farm will broadcast live from the campus of Texas A&M for the first time ever on Saturday, February 20th. The broadcast is for the Aggies’ matchup against the #22 Kentucky Wildcats. The program will air live at 6:30pm ET on ESPN ahead of Saturday night’s broadcast of Saturday Primetime presented by DIRECTV. There will also be a morning edition of College GameDay Covered by State Farm that will air live at 11am ET on ESPN.

Saturday’s matchup between the Wildcats and Aggies marks the second time this season that Kentucky has been the road team at a GameDay site and seventh time overall that it has played the part of visitor. The last time that Kentucky was the visiting team at a GameDay broadcast was January 30th when the Wildcats were on the road against Kansas.

In addition to Saturday night’s broadcast of GameDay and the game between the Wildcats and Aggies there are other updates that should be noted for upcoming games. There are new times for the previously announced netflex matchups. They are as follows: Duke at No. 13 Louisville (ESPN, Noon); Georgia at Vanderbilt (ESPN2, Noon); No. 21 Baylor at No. 24 Texas (ESPN, 2 p.m.); Pittsburgh at Syracuse (ESPN2, 2 p.m.); No. 3 Oklahoma at No. 10 West Virginia (ESPN, 4 p.m.); UConn at Cincinnati (ESPN2, 4 p.m.) and No. 18 Purdue at Indiana (ESPN, 8:30 p.m.).

Sites for College GameDay Covered by State Farm will each be announced one week ahead of broadcast. This allows for visits to sites for top storylines from around the college basketball world and games appearing on ESPN networks each week. More information on Saturday’s matchup between Kentucky and Texas A&M is available online now along with all of the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews online at:

Website: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball

http://espn.go.com/womens-basketball

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

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ESPN Announces Broadcast Site For CGD Season Premiere

Ames, IA - January 17, 2015 - Iowa State University: Rece Davis, Jay Willimas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Bilas on the set of College GameDay Covered by State Farm (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Ames, IA – January 17, 2015 – Iowa State University: Rece Davis, Jay Willimas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Bilas on the set of College GameDay Covered by State Farm
(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm makes its annual return this month.

The worldwide leader in sports’ flagship college basketball program returns Saturday, January 23rd.  Opening weekend will feature a matchup of two Big Ten opponents, #5 Michigan State and #3 Maryland.  The morning broadcast tips off at 11am ET on ESPN.  Later in the evening, Saturday Primetime presented by DIRECTV will air ahead of the night’s game.  Rece Davis will anchor Saturday morning’s broadcast of College GameDay Covered by State Farm.  He will be joined at the desk by analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg, and Jay Williams.  Dan Shulman will have the call for the evening’s game between the Spartans and Terps.  He will be joined in the booth by Jay Bilas.  Reporter Shannon Spake will also be on hand for additional commentary and news throughout the game.

ESPN’s January 23rd edition of College GameDay Covered by State Farm marks the fourth time that the program has aired live from East Lansing.  For the Spartans, the upcoming edition of CGD marks the eighth time that the team has made an appearance on the annual college basketball broadcast.  And for the Terrapins, the game marks the second time that the team has appeared at the site of a CGD broadcast.

Tipoff time for the Spartans/Terrapins matchup will be announced soon. CGD’s broadcast site will be announced one week in advance of its broadcast throughout the course of the program’s annual seven-week run. More information on ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm is available online now along with all of the latest college basketball headlines at:

 

 

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

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

 

 

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Vitale Sticking With ESPN Through 2017 – 2018 Season

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Good news for basketball fans everywhere. Dick Vitale has signed a new contract with the worldwide leader in sports.

Officials with ESPN announced today that basketball Hall of Famer Dick Vitale has come to terms with the network on a new deal. The deal in question will keep Vitale with ESPN at least through the 2017 – 2018 basketball season. It will mark Vitale’s 39th season with ESPN. It also means that Vitale will continue to call some of the ESPN networks’ biggest basketball matchups for the foreseeable future. This includes regular-season games on ESPN and ESPN2, and the men’s Final Four on ESPN International.

John Wildhack, Executive VP of Production and Programming for ESPN noted Vitale’s love for basketball, his standout personality and his ability to connect with basketball fans thanks to both factors in signing the new deal saying, “Dick continues to connect with fans by demonstrating an incredibly successful combination of exuberance for and knowledge of the game he loves. He is a one-of-a-kind personality and the passion he brings to everything he is involved with continues to have an enormous impact.”

The deal having been completely finalized, Vitale shared his thoughts about being with the network over the years and what being part of the Worldwide Leader in Sports means to him, saying, “I am so proud to be part of the ESPN team. They have become my second family and have been a vital part of my life. It has been nothing but pure happiness working with the beautiful people at ESPN and I can’t thank them enough as they’ve been responsible for so many of the glorious days I’ve had in my life.”

Over the course of his time at ESPN, Vitale has earned quite the positive reputation. He was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. He has also been awarded for his efforts with the American Cancer Society, The National Association of Basketball Coaches (Court of Honor Award), and Seton Hall University (Humanitarian Award). His work as a board member on The V Foundation for Cancer Research has garnered him respect among his counterparts throughout the sports world as have his efforts with the Boys & Girls Club, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and many other organizations.

Vitale’s debut season on ESPN was the 1979 – 1980 season. That was just after ESPN’s debut season. From there, he went on to call ESPN’s first-ever NCAA basketball game. Wisconsin and DePaul faced off in that game with DePaul defeating Wisconsin 90 – 77. Throughout the years his play calling has become just part of why audiences have come to love him. His catch phrases (E.g. “Awesome, baby!,” “Get a TO, Baby!,” “PTP’er”) have become a part of his legacy. Off the court, Vitale has authored nine books and selected for nine halls of fame. Before joining ESPN, Vitale started his professional career teaching at Mark Twain Elementary School in Garfield, New Jersey and coaching middle school football and basketball. He coached at the high school level for eight years beginning in 1963. In 1970 he moved to the college ranks, working at both Rutgers and The University of Detroit. In May of 1978 he took the helm of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons. It was from there that he eventually moved on to join ESPN in 1979.

More information on Vitale’s new deal is available online now along with all of the latest basketball news at:

Website: http://espn.go.com

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

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