ESPN Networks To Offer Extensive NBA Finals Coverage

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ABC will have full coverage of this year’s NBA Finals.

The stage is set for this year’s clash of the champions as LeBron James and the defending NBA Champion Cavaliers facing Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors for this year’s title.  ABC, which is part of the ESPN family of networks, will carry full coverage of this year’s championship series between the teams starting Thursday, June 1 at 9 p.m.

The full schedule for this year’s NBA Finals is noted below.

NBA Finals on ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes & ESPN App:

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Thu, June 1

9 p.m.

Game 1: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

Sun, June 4

8 p.m.

Game 2: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

Wed, June 7

9 p.m.

Game 3: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers

Fri, June 9

9 p.m.

Game 4: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers

Mon, June 12

9 p.m.

*Game 5: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

Thu, June 15

9 p.m.

*Game 6: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers

Sun, June 18

8 p.m.

*Game 7: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

*if necessary

Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and Doris Burke will call the series for its eighth consecutive year together.  Steve Javie will also be on hand offering analysis on the game’s officiating.

This year’s NBA Finals marks the third straight year that the Cavs and Warriors have vied for the league’s top spot.  It marks the 15th consecutive year that ESPN has produced the NBA Finals on ABC.  The series will be simulcast on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and online via the ESPN app.

Marc Kestecher will anchor ESPN Radio’s broadcast of the series alongside Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and analyst Hubie Brown and reporter Marc Stein.  This year is ESPN Radio’s 22nd consecutive year covering the NBA Finals.  Kevin Winter and analyst Jon Barry will provide pre-game coverage live on-site leading up to each game.

ESPN’s The Jump and NBA Countdown will provide additional NBA Finals coverage throughout the series.  The Jump will air on-site throughout the series from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. while NBA Countdown will air before each game and during halftime.  The pre-game show will be evenly split between ESPN and ABC.

As if that is not enough coverage, ESPN’s First Take will also offer its own special coverage with several special prime-time broadcasts.  ESPN3 will also offer a second-screen digital look at pre-game warm-ups, post-game press conferences and much more.

ESPN International will broadcast each game internationally in Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean and Pacific Rim region.

More information on ESPN and ABC’s coverage of the NBA Finals is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/nba

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

 

 

 

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Red Sox, Orioles Open 4-Game Series Monday Night On ESPN

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The Red Sox will play host to the Orioles Monday night live on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA.

Monday night’s game is the first in a four-game series between the American League East opponents.  It replaces the network’s previously scheduled Indians-Tigers matchup.  The game will be simulcast on television and online via ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET and is subject to local blackout restrictions in each teams’ markets.

Chris Sale is expected to get the start for Boston, though mlb.com has Rick Porcello scheduled as the starter for the Red Sox.  Dylan Bundy is expected to take the mound for the Orioles.

Monday night’s series opener between the Sox and the “Orange Birds” is certain to be an interesting one, going by the numbers.  Baltimore is currently in the midst of a two-game skid, but is 6-4 in its last 10 games.  The team’s weakness is that it has performed better at home (8 – 3) so far this season than on the road (6 – 5).

By comparison, Boston has also performed far better at home (8 – 5) so far this season than on the road (4 – 6) but not quite as impressively as Baltimore.  Boston is 4 – 6 in its last 10 games and looking to bounce back Sunday from a 7 – 4 loss against the Chicago Cubs.

Win or lose in that series-ending game, Boston will be hungry for another “W.”  Looking at the overall picture painted by those numbers, Monday night’s game could go to either team.

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

 

 

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/BBTN

 

 

 

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ESPN Announces 2017-18 ‘MNF’ Broadcast Schedule

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The unofficial countdown to the start of the 2017 – 2018 NFL season starts in only a few days with the start of the 2017 NFL Draft, and in anticipation of the big day, ESPN has released its Monday Night Football broadcast schedule for the upcoming season.

The 48th season of ESPN’s Monday Night Football begins Monday, Sept. 11 with a double-header schedule.  The Saints and Vikings open the night in an NFC inter-divisional matchup at 6:55 p.m. ET.

The Chargers (in their first season in Los Angeles) will face off against the Broncos in an AFC West matchup.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 10:15 p.m. ET/7;15 p.m. PT.

ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast team of Sean McDonough and Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters will cover the night’s early game.  The on-air team for the late game will be announced soon.  Suzy Kolber will anchor the ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown pre-game show throughout the season along with the network’s halftime and post-game SportsCenter live from each game’s location.

Both of last season’s Super Bowl teams will make appearances on Monday Night Football appearances this season.  The Patriots will appear Dec. 11 against Miami.  Atlanta will make two appearances on MNF this season.  The team’s first appearance will be Nov. 20 in Seattle against the Seahawks and the second on Dec. 18 against Tampa Bay.

All 12 of last season’s playoff teams will also make appearances on MNF this season. Eight teams will have two appearances.  Nine of 17 of this season’s MNF game will feature divisional matchups.

The network’s preseason NFL coverage starts Thursday, Aug. 17 as the Bucs take on the Jaguars in Jacksonville.  The Browns will play host to the Giants on Aug. 21 to round out the pre-season.

ESPN Deportes will offer Spanish-language broadcasts of every game this season while fans will once again be able to stream games online via WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

The complete 2017 – 2018 Monday Night Football broadcast schedule is noted below.

 

ESPN’s 2017 Monday Night Football Schedule

Preseason    
Date Time (ET) Teams
Thurs, Aug. 17 8 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars
Mon, Aug. 21 8 p.m. New York Giants at Cleveland Browns
Regular Season    
Sept. 11 6:55 p.m. New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings
  10:15 p.m. Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos
Sept. 18 8:15 p.m. Detroit Lions at New York Giants
Sept. 25 8:15 p.m. Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals
Oct. 2 8:15 p.m. Washington Redskins at Kansas City Chiefs
Oct. 9 8:15 p.m. Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Oct. 16 8:15 p.m. Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
Oct. 23 8:15 p.m. Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
Oct. 30 8:15 p.m. Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
Nov. 6 8:15 p.m. Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
Nov. 13 8:15 p.m. Miami Dolphins at Carolina Panthers
Nov. 20 8:15 p.m. Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks
Nov. 27 8:15 p.m. Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens
Dec. 4 8:15 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Dec. 11 8:15 p.m. New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
Dec. 18 8:15 p.m. Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dec. 25 8:15 p.m. Oakland Raiders at Philadelphia Eagles

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

 

 

 

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

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNNFL

 

 

 

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ESPN Launches MLB Pre-Season Coverage Thursday; To Carry World Baseball Classic Final Tonight

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ESPN kicks off its Major League Baseball pre-season coverage Thursday afternoon.

The Yankees and the Rays face off in the first of the network’s pre-season broadcasts beginning at 1 p.m. Jon Sciambi will have the call for the Grapefruit League game.  He will be joined by analysts Rick Sutcliffe and Doug Glanville in the booth for additional commentary.

The Dodgers and Angels follow at 7 p.m. on ESPN in a Cactus League showdown.  The Angels currently sit fourth in the league while Los Angeles sits seventh.  Dan Shulman, the voice of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, will have the call for the game.  He will be joined in the booth by his SNB cohorts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone.  Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Karl Ravech and Tim Kurkjian will have a wrap of up the day’s action on the diamond at 10 p.m. on Baseball Tonight on ESPN.

Before ESPN launches its Major League pre-season coverage Thursday, it will broadcast live the World Baseball Classic Final tonight at 9 p.m.  The United States and Puerto Rico will face off for this year’s title live on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.  The broadcast begins at 9 p.m. ET.

The United States made its way to the Final after defeating Japan 2 – 1 Tuesday. The game marks the team’s first-ever time it has reached the Final.

The re-match against Puerto Rico will not be an easy contest for the Americans.  That is because Puerto Rico is undefeated in the tournament at 7 – 0.  Marcus Stroman is expected to get the start in tonight’s game for the United States while Seth Lugo is scheduled to take the mound for Puerto Rico.

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

 

 

 

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

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/BBTN

 

 

 

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ESPN Deportes To Carry Exclusive Spanish-Language World Baseball Classic Coverage

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Courtesy: ESPN Deportes/ESPN

ESPN is expanding its coverage of the World Baseball Classic.

The worldwide leader in sports is expanding coverage of the annual baseball event this year to include coverage from ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, WatchESPN and a Spanish-language simulcast of Final on Match 22 on ESPN2.

ESPN Deportes’ coverage of the tournament begins March 6 at 10 p.m. ET with first-round pool play featuring Israel vs. Chinese Taipei.  On March 9, things pick up even more as defending champion Dominican Republic makes its debut against Canada at 6 p.m. ET.  Mexico vs. Italy airs immediately after Dominican Republic vs. Canada at 9 p.m. ET.

MLB Network will partner with ESPN for additional coverage of the World Baseball Classic.

The 2017 World Baseball Classic will feature some of Major League Baseball’s biggest names.  They include Miguel Cabrera (Venezuela), Nolan Arenado (United States), Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic) and Yadier Molina (Puerto Rico) among many others.  In all, 63 MLB All-Stars have appeared through the years at the World Baseball Classic.

Adding to the tournament’s international feel, ESPN Deportes has launched a new marketing campaign for its coverage of the World Baseball Classic featuring Latin Grammy ®-winners ChocQuib Town.  The group’s song ‘De Donde Vengo Yo’ will serve as the music base for the network’s World Baseball Classic-related television promotions.

The tournament’s extensive coverage and list of superstars to appear is just part of what will make ESPN networks’ coverage stand out this year.  The networks’ list of talent covering the tournament stands out just as much as the superstars playing in the games.

ESPN Deportes’ experts tapped to help cover the tournament includes: Ernesto Jerez, Luis Alfredo Alvarez, Guillermo Celis, Eduardo Perez, Jorge Eduardo Sanchez, Eitan Benezra, Fernando Alvarez, Carolina Guillen, Renato Bermudez, Carlos Nava, Jorge Morejon, Jose Francisco Rivera, Kenneth Garay and Enrique Rojas.

Former MLB player and manager Ozzie Guillen will join ESPN Deportes’ staff for additional commentary throughout the tournament.  Fellow legends Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez and Ismael Valdez will also join the networks’ staff for more insight.  Pedro Gomez and Marly Rivera will serve as bilingual reporters for SportsCenter, Nacion ESPN on ESPN2 and Baseball Tonight.

The ESPN networks’ broadcast schedule for the World Baseball Classic is noted below.

Detailed schedule below includes live events for Round 1 and Round 2:

DATE

TIME (ET)

MATCH

NETWORKS

Mon, March 6

4:30 a.m.

Israel vs. Korea

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

10:00 p.m.

Israel vs. Chinese Taipei

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Tue, March 7

4:30 a.m.

Korea vs. Netherlands

ESPN Deportes+

5:00 a.m.

Cuba vs. Japan

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

10:00 p.m.

China vs. Cuba

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Wed, March 8

4:30 a.m.

Chinese Taipei vs. Netherlands

ESPN Deportes+

5:00 a.m.

Japan vs. Australia

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

10:00 p.m.

Netherlands vs. Israel

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Thu, March 9

4:30 a.m.

Korea vs. Chinese Taipei

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

5:00 a.m.

Australia vs. China

ESPN Deportes+

 

6:00 p.m.

Canada vs. Dominican Republic

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

9:00 p.m.

Mexico vs. Italy

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

10:00 p.m.

Australia vs. Cuba

ESPN Deportes+

Fri, March 10

5:00 a.m.

China vs. Japan

ESPN Deportes+

 

6:00 p.m.

Colombia vs. United States

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

9:00 p.m.

Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Sat, March 11

12:00 p.m.

Colombia vs. Canada

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

3:00 p.m.

Venezuela vs. Italy

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

6:30 p.m.

United States vs. Dominican Republic

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

9:30 p.m.

Puerto Rico vs. Mexico

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Sun, March 12

12:30 p.m.

Dominican Republic vs. Colombia

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

3:30 p.m.

Italy vs. Puerto Rico

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

7:00 p.m.

Canada vs. United States

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

10:00 p.m.

Mexico vs. Venezuela

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

 

More information on ESPN Deportes’ World Baseball Classic coverage is available online now along with all of the network’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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

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ESPN Announces Major League Soccer 2017 Season Broadcast Schedule

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Courtesy: ESPN/ESPNFC

ESPN has announced its Major League Soccer 2017 broadcast schedule.

ESPN and its family of networks will broadcast 31 MLS games this season.  The networks’ schedule opens Sunday, March 5 as the Orlando City SC takes on the New York City FC.  Broadcast begins at 5 p.m. ET.

ESPN’s broadcast of the game marks the first time that Orlando’s soccer team will have played a full game in the new Orlando City Stadium.  ESPN Deportes will simulcast the game, which will feature a number of the league’s top international stars.  They include Brazil’s Kaka, Italy’s Antonio Nocerino (Orlando), Spain’s David Villa and Italy’s Andrea Pirlo (New York City).

Games will be broadcast each Sunday through June. On ESPN and its networks.  Each game will be simulcast on ESPN Deportes.  ESPN will present a special Friday broadcast of Real Salt Lake City FC vs. the Orlando City SC on June June 30 at 9:30 p.m. Games will vary between Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the remainder of the season.  The full schedule for the ESPN networks’ coverage of the MLS 2017 season is noted below.

ESPN’s 2017 MLS Schedule

(Schedule Subject to Change)

Date Time (ET) Match Networks
Sun, March 5 5 p.m. Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, March 12 5 p.m. Minnesota United FC vs. Atlanta United FC ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Sun, April 2 9 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. New England Revolution ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Sun, April 9 4 p.m. Orlando City SC vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Fri, April 14 7 p.m. Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, April 23 4 p.m. Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sat, May 6 4 p.m. Seattle Sounders FC vs. Toronto FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, May 14 4 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. Atlanta United FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, May 21 5 p.m. Minnesota United FC vs. Los Angeles Galaxy ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, May 28 5 p.m. Atlanta United FC vs. New York City FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sat, June 3 5 p.m. Sporting Kansas City vs. Minnesota United FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sat, June 17 1 p.m. New York City FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, June 18 5 p.m. Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, June 25 4 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Fri, June 30 9:30 p.m. Real Salt Lake City FC vs. Orlando City SC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sat, July 1 7 p.m. Sporting Kansas City vs. Portland Timbers ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Fri, July 21 7 p.m. Orlando City SC vs. Atlanta United FC ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Sat, July 22 4 p.m. Minnesota United FC vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sat, July 29 TBD Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, July 30 2 p.m. Toronto FC vs. New York City FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Aug 6 4 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. Los Angeles Galaxy ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Aug 13 6 p.m. Atlanta United FC vs. Minnesota United FC ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Sat, Aug 19 4 p.m. Atlanta United FC vs. Los Angeles Galaxy ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Fri, Aug 25 7 p.m. New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Aug 27 4:30 p.m. Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Sep 10 1 p.m. Columbus Crew SC vs. Sporting Kansas City ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Sep 17 1 p.m. New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Sept 24 1 p.m. Sporting Kansas City vs. Los Angeles Galaxy ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Oct 1 1 p.m. Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sounders FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Oct 15 3 p.m. TBD – Week 33 Flexible Scheduling ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Oct 22 4 p.m. TBD – Decision Day ESPN, ESPN Deportes

 

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Website: http://www.espnfc.us

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Clemson, Alabama Face Off Live In College Football Championship Rematch Monday Night

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Courtesy: ESPN

The stage is set for this season’s college football championship, and ESPN will carry full coverage of the rematch from last season’s title game between Clemson and Alabama.

ESPN will begin its coverage of the College Football Championship presented by AT&T tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET.  The game will be broadcast live from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder and Tom Rinaldi will have the call for the showdown between the Tigers and Red Tide.

The worldwide leader in sports and its networks will offer extensive coverage of the game throughout the day leading up to kickoff.  That extensive coverage from ESPN’s networks includes Coaches Film Room on ESPNEWS, Finebaum Filmroom on SEC Network, Homers Telecast on ESPN2 and much more.

Additional coverage on the day will air on ESPNU, ESPN Classic, ESPN Goal Line, and ESPN3.  Those that won’t be near a TV during Monday’s college football championship can still catch the game in full online via WatchESPN and on the radio via ESPN Radio.

The game will also be simulcast live in Spanish on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio and Eduardo Varela will have the call for ESPN Deportes.  Kenneth Garay and Sebastian M. Christensen will have the call for ESPN Deportes Radio.

Along with its broadcast on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio, Monday night’s game will also be broadcast worldwide.  ESPN International will carry the game for fans in more than 179 nations around the world through its networks and streaming services.

More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the 2017 college football 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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Twitter: http://twitter.com/espncfb

 

 

 

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