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.

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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

 

 

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ESPN Announces Major League Soccer 2017 Season Broadcast Schedule

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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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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.

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ESPN Networks Launch NFL Postseason Coverage Saturday

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Courtesy: ESPN

The NFL begins its post season this weekend, and ESPN will be along for the ride with coverage of the AFC Wild Card matchup between the Raiders and Texans.

Coverage of Saturday’s game begins at 3 p.m. EST with a special Postseason NFL Countdown broadcast hosted by Suzy Kolber.  The program will air live from NRG Stadium.  Kolber will be joined by analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Charles Woodson for additional commentary.

Chris Berman will co-host the broadcast live from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, CT. Lisa Salters and Adam Schefter will have team updates from both camps.  Reporter Britt McHenry (Raiders-Texans) and NFL Insider Ed Werder (Lions-Seahawks) will offer additional updates on Saturday’s games, too.

Live coverage of the Raiders-Texans games begins at 4:20 p.m. EST.  The game will be simulcast on television on ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and online via WatchESPN.  Kickoff for the game is currently scheduled for 4:35 pm ET.

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ESPN To Feature Its Own Battle Of Red Vs. Blue Friday In Postseason Impact Game

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN has added another matchup to its 2016 MLB postseason coverage schedule.

The Blue Jays and Red Sox will face off live this Friday on ESPN. The game, the first in the teams’ three-game weekend series, will be the network’s key MLB Postseason Impact Game telecast presented by Exxon and Mobil.  Broadcast of the game is expected to begin at 7:10pm ET.

Neither team has announced its rotation for the game or who will take the mound.  The weekend series will have extra meaning for Red Sox fans and for star David Ortiz.  That is because this weekend’s series is the last regular season series at Fenway Park for Ortiz.

Ortiz announced ahead of the 2016 season that this season would be his last before he hangs up his cleats and bat for good.  Ortiz will go out on a high note, though as the Red Sox have already clinched a spot in the postseason. So his final season will be extended at least a little bit longer.

Dan Shulman will have the call for Friday’s game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary.  The game will be blacked out in the Boston market.

Friday’s game is just the latest in ESPN’s 2016 MLB season broadcast schedule.  The Indians and Tigers will be live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes+ in a Wednesday double header schedule. The Rockies and Giants cap the night beginning at 10pm ET.  The Indians and Tigers will be live again on ESPN and ESPN Deportes+ at 1pm ET on Thursday.

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NFC South Takes Center Stage Monday Night On ESPN’s ‘MNF’ Broadcast

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The NFC South goes under the lights next week as the NFL finishes off Week 3 of the 2016 – ’17 season.

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons host Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints next week on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.  Both teams are looking to right their respective ships as they prepare for Monday night’s matchup.

The Saints are winless heading into Week 3 while the Falcons have done anything but soar so far this season, going 1 – 1 with its only win so far coming in Week 2 against the Raiders.

Atlanta has scored 40 points against so far this season but also allowed 41 points to be scored against.  New Orleans meanwhile are close to that number, scoring 47 points so far but allowing 51 to be scored against.

Atlanta is winless at home so far this season while New Orleans is winless at home and on the road.  So Monday night’s game is going to be big for both teams in trying to get themselves on the right path.

Sean McDonough will have the call for Monday night’s NFC South matchup on ESPN.  He will be joined in the booth by Jon Gruden for additional commentary.  Reporter Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines with all of the latest in-game interviews and news.  Coverage kicks off at 8:15pm ET.

Monday Night Countdown will precede Monday Night Football with Suzy Kolber at the helm.  She will be joined at the desk by the analyst team of Matt Hasselbeck, Trent Dilfer, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young.  NFL features reporter Michelle Beisner-Buck will also be on hand for additional commentary.

Chris Berman, Michael Irvin and ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter will be live from ESPN’s studios in Bristol Connecticut.

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