ESPN Announces Week 1 NFL Broadcast Schedule

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ESPN has announced the broadcast schedule for the opening week of the National Football League’s 2017 – ’18 season.

The network will open Week 1 with Samantha Ponder and Rex Ryan making their debut appearances on Sunday NFL Countdown Sept. 10.  The three-hour program will air at 10 a.m. ET on ESPN and will also feature appearances by analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Charles Taylor.  Also expected to appear for the broadcast will be ESPN Insiders Chris Mortensen, Louis Riddick, Adam Schefter and senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry.

Sal Paolantonio will have all of the latest pre-game reports on the Eagles-Redskins matchup while Diana Russini is scheduled to report on the Raiders – Titans showdown. ESPN Radio will carry the prior game live Sunday at noon as part of a double header schedule that also includes a live broadcast of the Colts and Rams at 4 p.m.

Jeff Darlington and Dan Graziano will report on matchups between the Jags and Texans and the Steelers and Browns respectively.

Josina Anderson will be on site for the Seahawks and Packers while Jim Trotter will have all of the latest pre-game headlines from the site of the Giants – Cowboys matchup. Graziano’s appearance and that of Russini will be debut appearances for each reporter on Sunday NFL Countdown.

Monday Night Football rounds out ESPN’s Week 1 NFL coverage with a special double header schedule on Sept. 11. The first game on the night will see the Vikings playing host to the Saints in Minneapolis while Denver will host San Diego in the night’s second game.

Sean McDonough will have the call for the night’s lead-off game and will be joined in the booth by Jon Gruden for more commentary.  Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines with all of the latest news and interviews throughout the game.

Beth Mowins will make her MNF debut as she calls the night’s second game, which is set to start at 10:15 p.m. ET.  She will be joined by Ryan for additional commentary.  ESPN Deportes’ Sergio Dipp will be on the sidelines for all of the game’s latest news and interviews.

ESPN2 will carry a Spanish simulcast of MNF while both games will be streamed online via the ESPN app.

Before Monday night’s first kickoff, Suzy Kolber will host a two-hour edition of Monday Night Countdown beginning at 5 p.m. ET.  She will be joined by Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young live from US Bank Stadium for additional commentary.

ESPN NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter and Louis Riddick will join them live from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, CT.  Features reporter Michelle Beisner-Buck will be in Denver and will present a profile on former Chargers Public Relations Director Bill Johnston.

Johnson made the difficult decision during the offseason to vacate his position with the team so that he could stay in San Diego as his wife battles Huntington’s Disease, which she has battled since 1999.  According to the Mayo Clinic, Huntington’s Disease is a genetic disease that causes brain cells to degenerate over time, causing problems with the patient’s “functional abilities” and “usually results in movement, thinking and psychiatric disorders.”

Along with all of its coverage on television and radio, ESPN Magazine’s brand new 2017 NFL Preview Issue, due to hit newsstands Sept. 8 will have projections for every team in the league.  Fantasy Football Now will have up-to-the-minute reports from every game Sunday, too.

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ESPN Announces More On-Air Moves Ahead Of 2016 – ’17 NFL Season

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ESPN is making even more moves in its on-air ranks as the 2016 – 2017 NFL season nears.

It was announced this week that NFL Nation’s Giants reporter Dan Graziano has now been named a National NFL Insider for ESPN.  This means that he will have more on-air presence including appearances on NFL Insiders, NFL Live, SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, and ESPN The Magazine.  Graziano’s first official day in the position was this past Friday, July 22nd when he broke the story about Steelers’ star running back Le’Veon Bell’s upcoming four-game suspension.  The punishment was put in place in reaction to Bell violating the leagues drug policy.  Chad Millman, Vice President and Editorial Director of Domestic Digital content noted Graziano’s contributions to ESPN in discussing his new move.  “Dan has been a strong reporter for us on so many platforms over the course of five years,” Millman said.  “He consistently breaks stories on a national level and has an understanding of what’s happening across the entire league. This new role benefits our NFL team and, most importantly, our readers and viewers.”   When he originally started out at ESPN in 2011, he served as an NFL East blogger.  In 2013 he turned his focus specifically to the New York Giants as ESPN’s NFL Nation Network grew.  He has also served as a contributor to ESPN’s NFL Insiders since its inception in 2013.

As Graziano moves upward in ESPN’s on-air ranks, he will be replaced in his previous position by Jordan Raanan.  He was most recently the Giants reporter for NJ Advance Media.  He boasts more than a decade of experience as he comes in to his new position.  He also has covered the St. Louis Rams for ESPN for three seasons.  On a related note, Nick Wagoner has been named the new San Francisco 49ers reporter for ESPN.  More information on these and other moves being made by ESPN is available online now at:

 

 

 

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ESPN Looks Back At Jeter’s Career With Special Programming This Week

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Derek Jeter is officially counting down his final days wearing pinstripes. In celebration of the Yankee great’s career, ESPN is offering special programming documenting his career throughout this week. ESPN’s week-long coverage of Jeter’s career begins today as the Yankees host the Orioles in the second game in a four-game series that kicked off Monday. New York won yesterday’s game, blanking the Orioles 5 – 0. Game two is expected to begin tonight at 7:05pm ET. Jon Sciambi will have the call for the game. He will be joined by analyst Rick Sutcliffe and analyst/reporter Doug Glanville for additional commentary.

Jon Sciambi will also have the call Thursday night for what will be Jeter’s last game at Yankee Stadium as the Yankees close out their four-game series against the Orioles on ESPN Radio. He will be joined by analyst Chris Singleton for additional commentary. Coverage of Thursday night’s game begins with pre-game coverage at 6pm ET. Freddie Coleman will have a full wrap-up of the game immediately following its conclusion on The Freddie Coleman Show.

SportsCenter Special: Derek Jeter will air this Friday, September 26th at 7:30pm ET. Karl Ravech will anchor the special broadcast. He will be joined by ESPN MLB analysts Curt Schilling, Aaron Boone, Mark Mulder and ESPN MLB Insiders Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian, and Keith Law. They will look back at Jeter’s storied career and examine his place in the pantheon of both baseball history and that of the Yankees.

On Sunday, ESPN’s look back at Jeter’s career continues with two more special broadcasts. Sunday morning at 8am ET, Chris Connelly will take a look at reaction by Yankees fans on Jeter’s retirement on Outside The Lines. That’s on ESPN2. Sunday night, Jorge Sedano (ESPN’s Sedano & Stink) will host an ESPN Radio special focusing on Jeter’s career. That will be Sunday night at 7pm ET.

The special programming across the ESPN networks and ESPN Radio is accompanied by additional coverage online via ESPN.com and in print via ESPN The Magazine as well as through ESPN New York. The content will focus on Jeter’s farewell to the game and his legacy and impact on the world. The additional coverage from ESPN The Magazine and ESPN New York is listed below.

  • Contributions from ESPN MLB Insiders Buster Olney, Jayson Stark and Jim Caple;
  • An examination of the marketing and merchandizing of Jeter from reporter Darren Rovell;
  • A Numbers column from Peter Keating exploring Jeter’s ‘marquee value’ rating from the Fansourced issue of ESPN The Magazine, currently on newsstands;
  • An exploration of Jeter’s role in American life from J.R. Moehringer for the Cleveland issue of ESPN The Magazine, which hits newsstands on Friday, Oct. 3;
  • ESPN New York content from Andrew Marchand and Ian O’Connor exploring Jeter’s relationship with umpires and his future after baseball;
  • Social media integration across platforms utilizing the hashtag #FarewellJeter

ESPN.com will offer photo galleries of some of the biggest moments in Jeter’s career as well as his various Topps baseball cards. There will also be an interactive SportsNation ranking of Jeter’s top 10 plays and a quiz asking which retirement gifts were given to Jeter by the league’s teams.

More information on ESPN’s coverage of Derek Jeter’s retirement and the network’s Major League Baseball coverage is available online at http://espn.go.com/mlb. 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.

Pacquiao, Rios Visiting ESPN Headquarters Monday

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ESPN welcomes professional boxers Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (54 – 5 – 2, 22 KOs) and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (31 -1 – 1, 22 KOs) to its headquarters in Bristol, CT this Monday, August 5th.  The pair will make the rounds as part of a promotion for its upcoming bout this Fall.  The pair will face off Saturday, November 23rd live from the Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena in Macau, China.  The fight will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View.

Pacquiao and Rios will start the day speaking with editors at ESPN The Magazine at 10:15am.  From there, they will go on to chat on ESPN.com at 10:45am before heading on to make a number of appearances on different ESPN TV shows.  The pair’s full schedule is listed below.

Pacquiao-Rios at ESPN

Time (ET) Platform
10:15 a.m. ESPN The Magazine
10:45 a.m. ESPN.com Chat
11:20 a.m. First Take (ESPN2)
11:40 a.m. SportsCenter
1:25 p.m. SportsCenter
1:45 p.m. Viernes de Combates/ESPN Deportes TV
2:15 p.m. ESPNDeportes.com

 

Audiences can find out even more about Pacquiao and Rios’ appearances at ESPN’s headquarters online at http://www.facebook.com/ESPN and the network’s official website, http://www.espn.com.

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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 The Magazine’s New Issue Out Today

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ESPN The Magazine’s annual Kids in Sports issue hits newsstands today.  This edition is a very special issue.  That is because beginning with this issue of ESPN The Magazine kicks off two months of storytelling about youth in sports.  The stories will be told in print, online, and on TV, including a town hall with the Aspen Institute.  More information on all of this is available online at http://www.espn.com/kidsinsports

This issue of ESPN The Magazine will focus on a variety of topics, including what is sure to cause quite a bit of reaction in “Parent Confidential.”  This feature will focus on parents of over three hundred child athletes across the country.  The athletes vary in age ranging from nine to thirteen-years old in fifteen different sports.  Readers will be surprised to learn in this feature that seventy-three percent of elite youth athletes have felt pressure by their parents and an astonishing seventy-nine percent of those interviewed say that their parents have gotten upset over their performance on the field and court.  The irony here is that also noted in this feature is that of those elite youth athletes interviewed, some sixty-nine percent say that they have NEVER thought about quitting despite pressures and criticisms from their parents.  Even more eye opening, the interviews reveal that of those interviewed, seventy-nine percent of those youth athletes say they LOVE their sport and a minute seventeen percent say they like it a lot despite the pressures and criticisms.

The reaction by parents is just as eye opening as that of the youth athletes interviewed for this feature.  Some fifty-three percent of parents interviewed for the feature say that their marriages are stronger because their children play youth sports.  Eighty-four percent of parents interviewed claim that their children’s grades have actually improved as a result of playing youth sports.  Most eye opening of all of these numbers is that despite the dreams of parents of youth athletes, less than one percent of high school senior athletes reach the pros.  By comparison, fifty-eight percent of those same athletes say that one reason they play is to become a pro.  The views of the youths that believe they will go pro is just as astonishing as the other numbers revealed in this feature.  Some sixty-nine percent of youths age ten to thirteen and forty-one percent of teens age fourteen to eighteen believe that they will be good enough to go pro.  Thirty-two percent of parents actually expect their children to get athletic scholarships.  And eleven percent of parents interviewed believe their child will one day go pro.  These are quite the interesting numbers.  Why parents and their children feel how they do is explained in the brand new issue of ESPN the Magazine on newsstands today.    

Speaking of parents, their children and expectations of both, readers will also find interesting writer Tim Keown’s article, “After The NFL.”  The feature focuses on the impact that a career of hard hits has had on former NFL star Steve Hendrickson.  It goes on to note that despite knowing the negative effects of a career of taking and dishing out hits, Hendrickson still wants his son to pursue football.  From here it goes into a discussion on the nation’s youth football culture.  This article and each one included in the new edition of ESPN The Magazine are sure to create a number of discussions among readers.

There are other interesting features included in this brand new edition of ESPN The Magazine, including a piece titled, “Dear Me” in which current athletes write letters of advice to themselves as young athletes.  Among the athletes features in this piece are: Dwight Howard, Aaron Rodgers, Andy Murray, Abby Wambach, Gabby Douglas, Robbie Rogers, and Jeff Gordon. 

More information on these stories and more is available online at http://www.espn.com/kidsinsports.

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ESPN The Magazine’s “Analytics” Issue Hits Newsstands Friday

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The latest issue of ESPN The Magazine will have a special new feature piece.  The second annual “Analytics” issue examines the rise of “wins above replacement” in Major League Baseball in the article War is the Answer.”  The article, written by Baseball Prospectus writer Sam Miller, gives readers an in-depth look at how next level metrics are changing what we think we know about sports.  This is thanks in large part to last season’s AL MVP debate centered on Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout.  Miller’s article encourages fans to embrace, not fight Wins Above Replacement, arguing that it is MLB’s signature stat.

Miller’s article is one of the key features in the new issue of EPN The Magazine.  As a companion piece of sorts, it will also include a piece on how the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers use advanced metrics to rebuild its franchise.  That’s all in Jordan Brenner’s article, “You Can Call Them Trailblazers.”  Morty Ain’s article, “The Year analytics Took Over The World” brings everything together for this issue.  It adds stats and figures to show their impact on hirings, firings and even in-game decisions last year around the sports world.  That’s all in the new article, due to hit store shelves this Friday, February 22nd.  Stories from the world of NASCAR and the NHL highlighting how analytics affects each are also included in this new issue. That and much more are all available in the new issue of ESPN The Magazine.

An added note for readers:  ESPN The Magazine is sponsoring the Research Paper of the Year Award for the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.  The conference was founded in 2006.  Co-Chaired by Daryl Morley and Jessica Gelman, it offers professionals and students a platform to discuss the ever growing role of analytics throughout the world of competitive sports.  Over 100 papers have been submitted for this year’s conference.  And now, readers can read each of the finalists and vote on them via SportsNation.  The fan’s choice will be announced at the next conference, next Friday and Saturday, March 1st and 2nd

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