Washington, Dallas Close Out Week 13 In The NFL Monday Night

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Next Monday night in the NFL, it’s going to be another battle of first versus the worst in The NFC North.

Week 13 in the NFL closes out Monday night live from FedEx Field as Kirk Cousins and company host the Dallas Cowboys. This week’s match between the NFC North opponents could very well have playoff implications for Washington. That is because if the playoffs were to start now, Washington would actually see itself facing off in an NFC wildcard matchup against Green Bay. That means that a loss to Dallas Monday night could be just as bad for the team as a win against “The Boys.” Currently Washington leads the NFC North at 5 – 6 while Dallas, who just lost Tony Romo for the rest of the season, sits in the basement in that division at 3 – 8. Washington is 5 – 1 at home so far this season although the team has gone 3 – 2 in its last five games.   One of those two wins came last week against another NFC North foe, the New York Giants. Washington won that game 20 – 14 tying the two teams at 5 – 6. Dallas on the other hand is 2 – 3 on the road and is looking to bounce back from last Thursday’s tough loss to Carolina. That game also saw Dallas lose quarterback Tony Romo for the remainder of the season due to injury. The loss dropped Dallas to a 1 – 4 record in its last five games. While the game’s outcome will have no impact on the Cowboys’ playoff chances, a win combined with a Giants win against the J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets could have major implications for Washington’s chances of keeping its playoff hopes alive. So next Monday’s match-up between Dallas and Washington will be well worth the watch. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15pm ET. The game will be simulcast on ESPN Deportes for ESPN’s Spanish-speaking audiences and online via WatchESPN for those that won’t be near a TV during the game.

Ahead of Monday night’s match-up at FedEx Field, Chris Berman and Suzy Kolber will co-host ESPN’s weekly NFL pre-game broadcast of Monday Night Countdown beginning at 6pm ET. Kolber will be live from FedEx Field alongside Trent Dilfer, Steve Young, and Ray Lewis while Berman will be live from ESPN’s studios alongside NFL Analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, and Keyshawn Johnson. ESPN NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will also be on hand to review Sunday’s NFL slate and to preview Monday night’s game. Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will have the call for Monday’s game.  Lisa Salters will be on hand for additional commentary and reports throughout the game. More information on Monday night’s game is available online now along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:


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ESPN’s E:60 Returns Tonight


ESPN’s E: 60 returns with a whole new season tonight.

ESPN kicks off its Fall 2014 season of E: 60 tonight beginning at 8pm ET.  Tonight’s season premiere presents two in-depth feature that come from the NFL.  The first of the pair focuses on Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles and the second on the Seattle Seahawks’ polarizing cornerback Richard Sherman.

On the heels of the Ray Rice case, E: 60’s Jeffri Chadiha sits down with Jamaal Charles and discusses the murder of his wife’s cousin Kasandra Perkins.  Perkins was murdered by her husband Jovan Belcher, who was also a teammate to Charles.  Belcher turned the gun on himself after killing his wife in December of 2012.  It is now believed that Belcher’s actions may have been the result of CTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.  Charles discusses the terrible tragedy as well as his own tough childhood, growing up as part of a large family and more in that interview.

In the second of the night’s premiere features, Kenny Mayne talked with Richard Sherman.  The outspoken Seattle Seahawks cornerback has made headlines since the buildup to last season’s Super Bowl.  But as Kenny Mayne reveals, there is a whole other side to Sherman that few if any know of.  Mayne reveals in his talk with Sherman that he [Sherman] demands success of himself not just on the gridiron but off the field, too.  Sherman reveals in his interview with Mayne that much of his drive for excellence goes back to his younger days growing up in Compton, California.  He also discusses how his days playing at Stanford played a role in his development, too.  It is an intimate portrait of a man much deeper than the one most people know of.

Along with the interviews with Sherman and Charles, there is also a feature on “Morganna, The Kissing Bandit.”  The famed figure rose to fame in the 1970s and 80s, well before the rise of Youtube and viral videos as she would run out onto the field at MLB games, kissing players.  She disappeared suddenly in the 90s.  Now fifteen years after she disappeared, “Morganna, The Kissing Bandit” has re-emerged.  She sat down with E: 60’s Wright Thompson to discuss her reputation and how it was a troubled personal life that led her to become the famed figure.

The figures scheduled to appear on tonight’s season premiere of ESPN’s E: 60 are but a handful of the names set to come on the network’s hit show this season.  Also expected to appear this season are: Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer, NFL superstar Gerald McCoy, famed pitcher Randy Johnson, Dallas Cowboys’ tight end Jason Witten, and New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.  The complete schedule for this season is noted below.

Fall Highlights of E:60

Date and Time (ET) Scheduled stories include*
Tue. Sept. 30 (8:00pm) Jamaal Charles, Richard Sherman
Tue. Oct. 7 (8:00pm) Max Scherzer,
Tue. Oct. 14 (7:00pm) Gerald McCoy, Randy Johnson
Tue, Oct. 21 (8:00pm) Jason Witten
Tue. Oct. 28 (8:00pm) Rob Ryan
Tue, Nov. 4 (8:00pm) Cam Newton

*Air dates & stories subject to change


More information on this season of E: 60 is available online now at:

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/espne60

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ESPN Releases Full Season Monday Night Football Schedule

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ESPN has released its broadcast schedule for the 2014 NFL season.

ESPN opened the 2013 season with a double header and will do so again for the 2014 season. ESPN will open its Monday Night Football regular season broadcast schedule with a double header on September 8th. The first game on the night will see the New York Giants on the road against the Detroit Lions. The game will be the first MNF game to be broadcast from Detroit since September 1971. Mike Tirico will anchor the broadcast and will have play-by-play duties. He will be joined by analyst Jon Gruden in the booth and Lisa Salters on the sidelines. The trio will also handle all MNF games, which will begin at 8:15pm ET. Kickoff for all of ESPN’s MNF games is scheduled for 8:30pm ET.

The second game on ESPN’s double header slate for Monday, September 8th will see the Arizona Cardinals hosting the San Diego Chargers at 10:15pm ET. It will come live from the University of Phoenix Stadium, which will also play host to the 2015 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX. The 2015 Pro Bowl will be broadcast on ESPN.

Now in its 45th season, Monday Night Football’s 2014 season will feature all twelve teams from the 2013 NFL Playoffs. This includes the 2013 NFL Champion Seattle Seahawks and AFC Champion Denver Broncos. The Seahawks will take on the Washington Redskins on ESPN’s MNF broadcast October 6th while the Broncos will face off against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati on December 22nd.

Eight NFL organizations will each have two games broadcast nationally on ESPN’s MNF. Those teams are the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Washington Redskins. Speaking of the Redskins, Washington will renew its long held rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys once again in the 2014 NFL regular season. Washington and Dallas will meet on October 27th at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The meeting will be the 16th between the two teams; second only to the rivalry between the Raiders and Broncos, who have met seventeen times.

All of ESPN’s MNF games can be seen both on television on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and online via WatchESPN. Additional MNF “game around the game” content will be available daily across ESPN’s various platforms including Monday Night Countdown and SportsCenter before and after each game. ESPN’s complete Monday Night Football broadcast schedule is listed below.

ESPN’s 2014 Monday Night Football Schedule

Date Time (ET) Teams
Aug. 14 8 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Chicago Bears
Aug. 18 8 p.m. Cleveland Browns vs. Washington Redskins
Regular Season
Sept. 8 7 p.m. New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions
10:15 p.m. San Diego Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Sept. 15 8:15 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Indianapolis Colts
Sept. 22 8:15 p.m. Chicago Bears vs. New York Jets
Sept. 29 8:15 p.m. New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Oct. 6 8:15 p.m. Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Redskins
Oct. 13 8:15 p.m. San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams
Oct. 20 8:15 p.m. Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Oct. 27 8:15 p.m. Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys
Nov. 3 8:15 p.m. Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Giants
Nov. 10 8:15 p.m. Carolina Panthers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Nov. 17 8:15 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans
Nov. 24 8:15 p.m. Baltimore Ravens vs. New Orleans Saints
Dec. 1 8:15 p.m. Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets
Dec. 8 8:15 p.m. Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers
Dec. 15 8:15 p.m. New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears
Dec. 22 8:15 p.m. Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals
TBD TBD NFL Wild Card Game
Jan. 25, 2015 8 p.m. NFL Pro Bowl (Glendale, Arizona)



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Bears, ‘Boys Bring ESPN Its Highest Rated MNF Broadcast Of 2013 Season So Far

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This week’s broadcast of Monday Night Football turned in some big numbers for ESPN.  The matchup between the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys was the network’s highest-rated and most-viewed MNF broadcast of the 2013 season.  The game ranked as the number one show on the night across both cable and broadcasting in households, viewers, and all key adult demos.  The high numbers mean that ESPN took the night on Monday across all networks (broadcast and cable) in the same categories.

Monday night’s game earned a 10.2 U.S. rating.  That means that an average of 11,815,000 households and 16,192,000 viewers (P2+) tuned in to Monday night’s game.  This is according to Nielsen numbers.  Coverage of Monday’s game reached its highest point from 9:45pm ET to 10pm ET with an 11.9 rating.   Before Monday night, ESPN’s September 9th MNF broadcast was the network’s highest rated MNF game.  That game featured the Philadelphia Eagles taking on the Washington Redskins.  It pulled in a 10.1 rating with 16,524,000 viewers.

Dallas viewers gave Monday night’s game a 19.9 rating on ESPN and a 5.8 on KTXD-IND for a combined 25.6 rating in that market.  In Chicago, the broadcast pulled in a 12.9 rating on ESPN and 24.5 on Chicago’s ALS-ABC for a combined 37.4 combined rating in the Chicago market.  ESPN’s MNF average rating through Week 14 of the 2013 NFL season is 8.6.  That equals to an average of 10,012,000 households, and 13,677,000 viewers.  That is an increase of two, four, and four percent respectively against the same period in 2012.

On an even better note, Monday Night’s NFL broadcast on ESPN Deportes was also the most watched NFL game ever on nationally broadcast Spanish language television.  It averaged a 0.7 Hispanic household rating.  That is the equivalent of 105,000 Hispanic households and 174,000 Hispanic viewers.  It marks the second time this season alone that ESPN Deportes has reached this mark.  It bests the network’s previous high mark from the November 18th match between the Pats and Panthers on November 18th.  That matchup pulled in a 0.6 Hispanic Household rating for ESPN Deportes, which equals to 90,000 Hispanic households and 157,000 Hispanic viewers.

ESPN Deportes’ Monday Night Football broadcasts are averaging 45,000 Hispanic households and 67,000 Hispanic viewers (P2+) so far in the 2013 season.  Those are increases of twenty-three and thirteen percent respectively.  That is based on a 0.3 Hispanic household rating.

ESPN’s digital numbers for Monday Night Football are also up, along with its television numbers.  To date, WatchESPN has generated an average minute audience of 628,000 during telecasts.  That number is up twenty-eight percent from the same period last year.  WatchESPN viewers logged 13.8 million live minutes 204,000 unique viewers, and an average minute audience of 73,000.  Those are increases of one hundred twenty-seven percent, one hundred-fifteen percent, and one hundred-twenty-percent respectively over the same time last year.  So far this season, WatchESPN is averaging so far this season for its Monday Night Football coverage 186,000 unique viewers, (up 110 percent), 13.0 million live minutes (up 145 percent) and an average minute audience of 66,000 (up 142 percent) per game.

Next on ESPN’s MNF schedule is an interdivisional matchup between the Ravens and Lions with playoff implications on the line.  That game is scheduled for next Monday, December 16th.  More information on ESPN’s MNF schedule is available online at http://espn.go.com/nfl, http://espn.go.com/nfl/mnf, and http://www.facebook.com/MNF.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Bears, ‘Boys Face Off Monday Night In Pivotal NFC East Battle

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This week’s broadcast of Monday Night Football on ESPN is going to be another big one as the regular season nears its end.  This week, the Bears and the ‘Boys will face off for control of the NFC East.  Both teams come into Monday Night’s game on their own MNF winning streaks.  The Cowboys’ own a five-game MNF win streak and are second all-time in MNF appearances (74) and wins (43) coming into Monday’s game.  The Bears won their last four home games that aired on Monday Night Football.  Making the night even more special for the Bears is that they will honor Bears legend and current NFL analyst Mike Ditka by retiring his number during the games halftime festivities.

Stuart Scott will anchor Monday night’s pre-game show, Monday Night Countdown.  The broadcast will come live from Soldier Field in Chicago at 6:30pm.  He will be joined by analysts Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis, and Steve Young.  Contributor Rick Reilly will also be on hand alongside the Monday Night Football team of Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, and Lisa Salters.  Chris Berman will head up the studio portion of the show.  He will be joined by ESPN NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, and insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.

Monday Night’s game is scheduled for an 8:25pm ET start time on ESPN.  Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will be in the booth to call the game.  Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines for all of the latest in-game reports.  More information on Mondays game and all things Monday Night Football is available online at http://www.facebook.com/MNF, http://espn.go.com/nfl.mnf, and http://espn.go.com/nfl.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN Offers Sneak Peek at New Documentary, More In NFL Sunday Countdown Week 2

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ESPN has a change to its NFL Week 2 schedule to pass on to audiences.  Broadcast of the network’s weekly Sunday NFL Countdown will air this week Sunday, September 15th beginning at 10am on ESPN.  Chris Berman will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, and Ray Lewis.  Also on board for this week’s three-hour pre-game show will be senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry, NFL analyst Ron Jaworski, and NFL insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.  Berry brings to the table this week the discussion of a rather unique punishment instated by one fantasy league.  The story is just one of many stores shared in Berry’s new book.

Berman and company will focus on five more matchups in week two with insight from reporters at each game.  The first of those games is a matchup of the Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers.  Reporter Suzy Kolber and NFL analyst Merril Hoge will have all the latest information on that matchup.  In coordination with coverage of the game, ESPN will also have a special feature on the Redskins’ team name and the controversy surrounding it Sunday morning on Outside The Lines.  Bob Holtzman will have the story.  Audiences can catch the special edition of Outside The Lines  at 8am on ESPN2.

Something else to watch for in week 2 is the annual “Manning Bowl.”  Eli and brother Peyton face off as the Broncos take on the G-Men this week.  ESPN reporter  Josina Anderson will have all the latest from that game. Leading up to the game, Sunday NFL Countdown will feature a sneak peek at ESPN’s new documentary on the brothers, The Book of Manning.  The documentary kicks off the third season of ESPN Films’ SEC Storied series.  It focuses on the legendary Manning family, from father Archie to his equally famed sons.  Veteran actor John Goodman (Monsters UniversityMonsters, Inc., Roseanne) narrates the special, which will feature home movies of the Manning brothers in their youth, interviews with those closest to the Manning family and more.  It airs Tuesday, September 24th at 8PM ET on ESPN.

The third of the matchups on which NFL Sunday Countdown will focus is the week two matchup of the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.  Dominguez and company will look at the pump fake of Seattle QB Russell Wilson.  Audiences will get to hear from Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell as he discusses how he helped the former NC State University QB on the use of the technique.

Also planned for coverage in week 2 are matchups between the Cowboys and Chiefs, and the Eagles and Chargers.  More information on all of this week’s coverage from NFL Sunday Countdown is available online at http://www.facebook.com/ESPN and http://espn.go.com/nfl/notebook/_/page/sundaycountdown11/your-weekly-nfl-guide.

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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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