Paul Finebaum Signs Multiyear Extension With ESPN

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Tampa, FL – January 7, 2017 – Curtis Hixon Park: Paul Finebaum on the set of SEC Now during the 2017 CFP National Championship Game Presented by AT&T
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ESPN personality Paul Finebaum will remain with the network for the foreseeable future.

That’s because Finebaum, who serves as an analyst on the SEC Network’s SEC Nation and as host of The Paul Finebaum Show on ESPN, signed a multi-year contract extension with ESPN this week.

Specific terms of the deal were not announced, but it is known that with the extension, he will continue his noted duties on both networks, and have other additional appearances on the ESPN networks. Finebaum said he was looking forward to his future with ESPN and the SEC Network.

“I’m thrilled to be a member of the ESPN family and look forward to continuing our show on the SEC Network,” Finebaum said.  “I consider myself incredibly blessed to do this every day, and I’d like to thank everyone at ESPN, as well as all of our loyal listeners and viewers, for their support.”

Stephanie Druley, Senior Vice president ESPN Events and Studio production, shared Finebaum’s positive thoughts on the extension.

“Paul is one of the most compelling personalities on the SEC Network and ESPN,” Druley said.  “His passion for the SEC and its fan base is evident every day on the Paul Finebaum Show.  Over the years on the SEC Network Paul and his callers have delivered daily with captivating debate and light-hearted humor.  We look forward to enjoying The Paul Finebaum Show, and Paul’s varied and valued contributions to our studio show programming, as we head yet again into another jam-packed football season.”

Finebaum will be a part of the SEC Network’s special summer edition of SEC Nation this Sunday, July 15 from SEC Summmerfest.  It will be presented by Regions Bank.   The special college football pre-season broadcast kicks off 45 hours of live coverage from Atlanta ahead of next week’s SEC Kickoff.

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ESPN Announces Extensive Broadcast Coverage Schedule For T-Mobile Home Run Derby

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It’s almost time again for Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star Game, and with its return next week is also the return of its heavy hitters showcase in the annual Home Run Derby.  ESPN will carry exclusive coverage of the exhibition competition live, Monday, July 16.

Coverage of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.  Karl Ravech will anchor Monday night’s showcase.  Former World Series Champion and current ESPN analyst Marx Teixeira will join Ravech in the booth for additional commentary.  Jessica Mendoza will be on the field with all of the latest interviews with this year’s field of hitters while reporter Buster Olney will have all of the latest news from the field.

While coverage of the competition starts Monday night, ESPN’s networks will have on-site coverage starting Monday afternoon at 3 ET.  It all starts with a special 90-minute edition of Baseball Tonight, Baseball TonightAll-Star Media Day from 3 – 4:30 on ESPN live from Nationals Park.

Baseball TonightHome Run Derby — Around The Cage follows from 4:30 – 5:30 on ESPN.  The broadcast will include interviews with the competitors.  Adnan Virk will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by David Ross, Tim Kurkjian and Eduardo Perez for additional commentary.

Pardon The Interruption continues the afternoon’s coverage live from Nationals Park from 5:30 – 6.  Over on ESPN2, Chris Rose and Kevin Miller will be have even more coverage on Intentional Talk from 5 – 6.  The anticipation keeps building at 6 p.m. on an hour-long edition of SportsCenter on ESPNwith Keith Olbermann and Karl Ravech co-hosting.

The Home Run Derby Preview Show leads into the “big game” at 7 p.m. on ESPN.  Adnan Virk, David Ross, Tim Kurkjian and Eduardo Perez will have broadcast duties during the hour-long broadcast.

Those who won’t be near a television during the derby can still catch it online as it will be simulcast online via the ESPN App.  Over on ESPNEWS, viewers will get a first-of-its kind broadcast of the derby — a graphics intense broadcast loaded with data from Statcast. Jason Benetti and Eduardo Perez will partner for the broadcast.

ESPN Radio , ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio will also simulcast Monday night’s showdown.  Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the call while Marc Kestecher and analyst Tim Kurkjian carry pre-game coverage.

Coverage on ESPN Deportes starts at 7 p.m. with a on-hour edition of SportsCenter.  Ernesto Jerez will anchor the broadcast of the derby itself.  He will be joined by analyst Luis Alfredo Alvarez for additional commentary.  Reporter Guillermo Celis will be on the field for all of the latest interviews and news.

Over on ESPN Deportes Radio, Eduardo Ortega will have the call for Monday night’s matchup of hitters.  He will be joined by analyst Renato Bermudez for additional commentary while reporter Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez will be on the field for all of the latest interviews and news.

More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby is available online now along with all oh the latest Major League Baseball headlines at:

 

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ESPN To Offer Full Day Of MLB All-Star Game Coverage Tuesday

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Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star Game is returning to ESPN Radio again this year.

The Worldwide Leader in Sports announced Thursday that for the 21st consecutive year, ESPN Radio will serve as the national radio broadcast home of the league’s annual mid-season spectacular, which is scheduled to be played July 17.  Broadcast of Tuesday’s All-Start showcase is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.  The broadcast will also stream online via the ESPN App.

The ESPN Radio broadcast team of Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the call for Tuesday night’s game.  Reporters Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

While coverage officially starts at 8 p.m., ESPN’s coverage of the All-Star game starts early in the day with live coverage on SportsCenter AM with host Pedro Gomez.  Coverage continues at 4 p.m. ET with a special 90-minute edition of Baseball TonightAround The Cage anchored by Karl Ravech.  He will be joined by analysts Marx Teixeira David Ross, Eduardo Perez and Tim Kurkjian for additional commentary.

Pardon The Interruption and SportsCenter continue ESPN’s pre-game coverage from 5:30 – 7 with PTI up first from 5:30 – 6.  It will broadcast live from Nationals Park.  Keith Olbermann and Karl Ravech will co-host SportsCenter from 6 – 7 on ESPN live from Nationals Park.

A half-hour Baseball Tonight2018 All-Star Game Preview Show airs at 7 p.m. with Ravech hosting and Teixeira and Ross serving as analysts once again leading into Tuesday night’s game.

More information on ESPN’s 2018 MLB All-Star Game coverage is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

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Le Batard And Weiner Ink New Deals With ESPN

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Two of ESPN’s most beloved figures will officially remain at the network after finalizing new deals this week.

Dan Le Batard and Jon “Stugotz” Weiner signed new deals with ESPN this week that will keep the pair with the worldwide leader in sports for the foreseeable future.  Precise terms of the deal were not announced, though the new deal will see the pair taking on some new duties.

Along with co-hosting duties on The Dan Le Batard Show, Dan Le Batard will continue to co-host Highly Questionable with his father, Gonazlo “Papi” Le Batard.  Weiner will make appearances on ESPN’s flagship sports news program SportsCenter as per his new contract.  He will also continue guesting and hosting other programs on ESPN Radio.

The co-hosts of The Dan Le Batard show, which airs daily from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on ESPN Radio (and simulcasts on ESPNEWS), were both upbeat as they talked about their new contracts.

“ESPN has given us ridiculous freedom to have fun, and made us more popular than we deserve,” Le Batard said.  “A whole lot of people have supported our nonsense in a way that isn’t always easy to support, but easy to grow.  As an added bonus — and we’re especially thankful for this — they also pay us.”

Weiner shared a sense of that nonsense as he jokingly said he wished the contracts were more extensive.

“I was hoping for the lifetime contract, to be honest,” Weiner said.  “I’m a little disappointed. Maybe next time.”

ESPN Senior Vice President of Audio and Talent, Traug Keller, was anticipating the pair’s continued presence at ESPN just as much as the duo itself.

“Dan and Stugotz have a chemistry and a viewpoint that is among the most unique in the business,” Keller said.  “They take what they do seriously, but not themselves, which bonds them with a growing group of loyal listeners.  Dan’s sensibilities and intelligence combine with Stugotz’s incredible lack of either quality is a winning combination.  I look forward to the stress of having to listen to the show in the years to come.”

More information on The Dan Le Batard Show is available online along with all of the latest sports news and more at:

 

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ESPN Radio Launches New Program

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ESPN has added another new program to its radio broadcast schedule.

Covino and Rich debuted June 30 at noon ET on ESPN Radio. The series first premiered in 2005 on SiriusXM with co-hosts Steve Covino and Rich Davis. With its addition to ESPN Radio’s broadcast schedule, Covino & Rich will air every Saturday and Sunday from noon – 4 p.m. ET.

Along with the duo’s experience in radio, both men also worked together on NBC Sports’ New York station and for SNY.  The pair also has hosted a variety of red carpet events including the MTV VMAs, MTV Movie Awards and Super Bowl and MLB All-Star Week broadcasts on SiriusXM.

Both men have other radio work on their resumes.  Davis previously worked at Z100 WHTZ/New York, WWHT Hot 107.9/Syracuse and WIOQ Q102/Philadelphia.  Covino also works on SirisXM’s Pop2K and Hits 1 channnels.

More information on Covino & Rich is available online now along with the pair’s latest news and more at:

 

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Astros, Indians Look To Take Weekend Series Tonight Live On ESPN

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In just a few hours, the Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians will finish their three-game weekend series, and the series’ rubber match will be broadcast live tonight on ESPN.

The American League Central-leading Indians (22 – 22) take on the American League West-leading (and defending World Series Champion) Houston Astros (29 – 18) in the closer of the teams’ series as part of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.  Broadcast of tonight’s game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

Matt Vasgersian will have the call for tonight’s game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Jessica Mendoza and Alex Rodriguez for additional commentary.  Reporter Buster Olney will be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Tonight’s broadcast will be preceded by Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet.  The pre-game broadcast starts at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Carlos Carrasco (5 – 2 so far on the season) is expected to get the start for Cleveland. His last time taking the mound was May 14 against Detroit. He took the loss in that 6 – 3 loss to the Tigers, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, 3 earned runs, 1 home run, 2 walks (one being intentional), and four strikeouts.  While those numbers are not bad, Carrasco will be looking to get a fresh start tonight when he takes the mound for the Indians.

Lance McCullers, Jr. (5-2) is expected to start for Houston.  He was also last on the mound May 14.  In his case, his last game was against the Angels, who won that game 2 – 1 against the Astros.  McCullers allowed 2 runs on 4 hits over 6 innings in that game, as well as 2 earned runs and 2 walks. He struck out 6 batters over that time.  Since he has had time to rest up, he will be looking for his own fresh start tonight.

Tonight’s game is another one that could go either way in looking at the numbers.  the Astros have played far better on the road so far this season, going 16 – 7 on the road while the team has been more tepid at home, going 13 – 11.  The Indians meanwhile have been better at home (13 – 9) than on the road (9 – 13).

Houston has gone 7 – 3 in its last 10 games while Cleveland has gone 5 – 5 in its last 10 games, with its most recent being a win against Houston.

More information on tonight’s broadcast and all of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell games is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at http://www.espn.com/mlb.

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Cubs, Cards To Play Live June 17 on ‘SNB’

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ESPN has added another key rivalry game to its Sunday Night Baseball broadcast schedule.

Network officials announced Thursday that the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals will face off Sunday, June 17 live on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.  The game will be the closer in the teams’ 3-game weekend series, with first pitch set for 8:15 p.m. ET.

Matt Vasgersian will have the call for the game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Alex Rodriguez and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary.  Reporter Buster Olney will be on-field with all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

The game’s broadcast will be preceded by Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet at 7 p.m. ET.

Since the game (and series) is so far out, starting lineup have not yet been announced.  Currently, St. Louis sits third in the National League Central standings with the Cubs close behind at 23 – 18.

More information on the teams’ June 17 matchup is available online along with all of the latest Major League Baseball headlines at http://www.espn.com/mlb.

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