ESPN Ends MNF’s 2015 Season With Major AFC Matchup

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ESPN closes out another season of Monday Night Football next week with one of the year’s biggest matchups.

Cincinnati and Denver will face off in an AFC conference matchup with major playoff implications for both teams. Both teams sit in first place in their respective divisions (Cincinnati in the AFC North and Denver in the AFC West) and have plenty to play for. That is because a win for either team means a first round bye for the victor. This is not the first time that the AFC opponents have closed out ESPN’s MNF season. They also served as the season finale for the broadcast’s season finale in 2014. The Bengals won that game 37 – 28 over Denver. It was one of the rare times, too when Cincinnati actually held its own under the lights. That will be a definite factor for Cincinnati again this year considering the team’s overall record under the lights.

AJ McCarron will lead the Bengals into Mile High Stadium this year as starter Andy Dalton’s fractured thumb continues to heal. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15pm ET. Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will have the call for Monday night’s game. Lisa Salters will also be on hand for additional commentary and reports throughout the game. Monday Night Countdown will air ahead of Monday night’s broadcast. Suzy Kolber and Chris Berman will once again co-host the weekly pre-game broadcast. Berman will be live in ESPN’s studios alongside Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, and Cris Carter. ESPN Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will also be on hand for additional commentary. Suzy Kolber will be live from Mile High Stadium. She will be joined by Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis, and Steve Young.

Monday Night Football will simulcast on ESPN Deportes on television for ESPN’s Spanish-speaking audiences. More information on Monday night’s matchup is available online now along with all of the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at:

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ESPN Networks’ CFB Post Season Coverage Continues Today

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The ESPN networks’ coverage of the 2015 college football post season continues this week beginning today with a double header on ESPN.

Akron and Utah State face off this afternoon in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN Radio beginning at 3:30pm ET. Mark Neely, Mike Bellotti, and Kevin Weidl will have the call for ESPN. Announcers for ESPN Radio’s broadcast are currently TBD. That game will be followed up with the matchup of the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl at 7pm ET on ESPN and ESPN Radio. Toledo will take on #24 Temple in the game. Allen Bestwick will anchor the broadcast. He will be joined in the booth by Dan Hawkins and Tiffany Green. Dave Lamont, John Congemi, and Bret McMurphy will have the call for ESPN Radio in that game.

After today’s double header slate, ESPN will have two more double header matchups on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. On Wednesday, audiences can catch the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl at 4:30pm ET and then the GoDaddy Bowl at 8pm ET. Boise State and Northern Illinois will face off in the Poinsettia Bowl while Georgia Southern and Bowling Green will vie for the win in the late game. The Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl kicks things off Thursday at noon eastern. Middle Tennessee will face off in that game. At 8pm ET Cincinnati and San Diego State will hit the field in the Hawai’i Bowl. All four games will be broadcast live on ESPN. The latter pair of games will be simulcast on ESPN Radio.

Things pick up even more Saturday with five more games—St. Petersburg Bowl (Connecticut vs. Marshall), Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Washington vs. Southern Miss), New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Indiana vs. Duke), Camping World Independence Bowl (Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech), and Foster Farms Bowl (UCLA vs. Nebraska)—on tap. It all kicks off at 11am ET. The Foster Farms Bowl rounds out the day at 9:15pm ET. After this weekend’s day-long deluge of games, the worldwide leader in sports will take a day off Sunday before bringing fans even more bowl coverage next Monday beginning at 2:30pm. ESPN and the ESPN networks will have another double header that will lead up to Monday night’s AFC matchup between the Bengals and Broncos in the NFL. The full schedule for the ESPN networks’ bowl coverage (beginning this afternoon) is listed below.

 

Date Time (ET) Bowl / Commentators Network
Tue, Dec 22 3:30 p.m. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl:
Akron vs. Utah State
TV: Mark Neely, Mike Bellotti, Kevin Weidl
Radio: TBD
ESPN and ESPN Radio
  7 p.m. Marmot Boca Raton Bowl:
Toledo vs. No. 24 Temple
TV: Allen Bestwick, Dan Hawkins, Tiffany Greene
Radio: Dave Lamont, John Congemi, Brett McMurphy
ESPN and ESPN Radio
Wed, Dec 23 4:30 p.m. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl:
Boise State vs. Northern Illinois
TV: Beth Mowins, David Diaz-Infante, Shelley Smith
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN and ESPN Radio
  8 p.m. GoDaddy Bowl:
Georgia Southern vs. Bowling Green
Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge
ESPN
Thu, Dec 24 Noon Popeyes Bahamas Bowl:
Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan
Steve Levy, Mack Brown, Mark May, Kaylee Hartung
ESPN
  8 p.m. Hawai’i Bowl:
San Diego State vs. Cincinnati
TV: Adam Amin, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
Radio: TBD, Mike Golic Sr., Mike Golic, Jr.
ESPN and ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec 26 11 a.m. St. Petersburg Bowl:
Connecticut vs. Marshall
TV: Tom Hart, Anthony Becht, Tiffany Greene
Radio: TBD, Rene Ingoglia, Brett McMurphy
ESPN and ESPN Radio
2:20 p.m. Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl:
Washington vs. Southern Mississippi
Mike Corey, Ahmad Brooks, Kayce Smith
ESPN
3:30 p.m. New Era Pinstripe Bowl:
Indiana vs. Duke
TV: Rece Davis, Danny Kanell, Joey Galloway, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: TBD
ABC and ESPN Radio
5:45 p.m. Camping World Independence Bowl:
Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech
Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley, Jane Slater
ESPN and ESPN Deportes
9:15 p.m. Foster Farms Bowl:
UCLA vs. Nebraska
TV: Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Shelley Smith
Radio:  Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Mon, Dec. 28 2:30 p.m. Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman:
Pittsburgh vs. No. 21 Navy
TV: Eamon McAnaney, Rocky Boiman, Quint Kessenich
Radio:  TBD, Mike Golic Sr., Mike Golic, Jr.
ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN Radio
5 p.m. Quick Lane Bowl:
Central Michigan vs. Minnesota
Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Kayce Smith
ESPN2
Tue, Dec. 29 2 p.m. Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl:
California vs. Air Force
Dave Flemming, Mike Bellotti, Allison Williams
ESPN
5:30 p.m. Russell Athletic Bowl:
No. 10 North Carolina vs. No. 17 Baylor
TV: Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch
Radio:  Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
9 p.m. AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl:
No. 20 LSU vs. Texas Tech
TV: Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Maria Taylor
Radio: Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Shannon Spake
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio

 

More information on the ESPN networks’ 2015 college football post season coverage is available online now along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/college-football

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

 

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ESPN Announces Early Details For MLB 2016 Season Coverage

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Winter has just started. But don’t tell baseball fans. Officials with ESPN announced today that its weekly Sunday night baseball broadcast will return for its 27th season in 2016.

ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball returns for its 27th season next year. The Worldwide Leader In Sports will premiere its 27th season of Sunday Night Baseball on Sunday, April 3rd at 8:30pm with a World Series rematch between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. The game will be preceded earlier in the day with a doubleheader beginning at 1pm ET on ESPN. The first game on tap is an NL Central faceoff between the Pirates and Cardinals. The second of the day’s games, on ESPN2, will be between The Blue Jays and Rays. That game is scheduled for a 4pm ET start time. Both games will be simulcast online via WatchESPN. They are part of a two-day, seven-game season-opening schedule of games that will feature every team that appeared in the 2015 post season. ESPN’s full season-opening schedule is noted below.

ESPN MLB season-opening schedule:

Date

Time (ET)

Telecast

Network(s)

Sun, Apr. 3

1 p.m.

St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates

ESPN, WatchESPN

Sun, Apr. 3

4 p.m.

Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays

ESPN2, WatchESPN

Sun, Apr. 3

8:30 p.m.

New York Mets at Kansas City Royals

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Mon, Apr. 4

1 p.m.

Houston Astros at New York Yankees

ESPN, WatchESPN

Mon, Apr. 4

4 p.m.

Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers

ESPN, WatchESPN

Mon, Apr. 4

7 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres

ESPN, WatchESPN

Mon, Apr. 4

10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

ESPN2, WatchESPN

 

After the special season premiere of the network’s flagship MLB broadcast, each week’s broadcast will come to audiences every Sunday night at 8pm ET on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPN Radio, and WatchESPN. No concrete schedule has been released at this time. However, it is known that ESPN’s coverage in 2016 will include multiple appearances from a number of teams expected to contend for the MLB championship. Those teams include: Boston, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, and San Francisco Giants. Also expected in the 2016 is an ongoing career retrospective of Red Sox great David Ortiz as he embarks on his final season. There will also be a focus on the continued rivalry between the Red Sox and Yankees as the teams will meet three times in 2016, including back-to-back weeks. Those weeks are the weeks of May 1st, 8th, and 17th. The Dodgers and Giants will also be the center of focus at points in the 2016 season as their equally legendary rivalry rolls on. As if all of this isn’t enough, fans will get to see now former Dodgers ace Zach Greinke make his Sunday night debut with the D’Backs in 2016 and the return of the Houston Astros to SNB. The Pittsburgh Pirates will also go under the lights in 2016. It will mark the third consecutive year that Pittsburgh has been featured on SNB. The current schedule of games for ESPN’s 2016 SNB is listed below.

Early-season Sunday Night Baseball schedule:

Date

Time (ET)

Telecast

Network(s)

Sun, Apr. 3

8:30 p.m.

New York Mets at Kansas City Royals on Opening Night

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, Apr. 10

8 p.m.

New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, Apr. 17

8 p.m.

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, Apr. 24

8 p.m.

Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, May 1

8 p.m.

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, May 8

8 p.m.

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, May 29

8 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets

ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, June 12

5 p.m.

St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

8:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, July 10

8 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, July 17

8 p.m.

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

*remaining Sunday Night Baseball game selections will be made two to three weeks out.

Along with the weekly SNB broadcast, ESPN’s weekly MLB pre-game broadcast of Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Coundown presented by Chevrolet will return in 2016, too. Each broadcast will begin at 7pm ET.

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

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

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

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ESPN Closes Out Week 15 In The NFL With NFC Inter-Divisional Showdown

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Next Monday night, ESPN will close out Week 15 in the NFL with an NFC inter-divisional match-up between Detroit and New Orleans.

Next Monday night’s edition of ESPN’s Monday Night Football comes across as a sleeper match on the surface. That is because because both teams currently sit in the basement of their respective divisions. New Orleans sits at 5 – 8 so far on the season and has gone 1 – 4 in their last five games, with the lone win in that span coming last week against Tampa Bay 24 – 17. Before that, the Saints had been in the midst of a three-game losing streak. A win for New Orleans on Monday night would move New Orleans one step closer to finishing the season at .500. And it could make all the difference on head coach Sean Payton’s future at the helm for the Saints. His name has been tossed around for the better part of the season every time that coaching rumors have come up. The Saints are pretty much out of the playoff picture. So a .500 season for the team would be all important for the 2009 Super Bowl Champions. It could very well play a role in whether Payton stays or goes and on the fate of his coaching staff and look on both sides of the ball in the 2016 season.

On the other side of the ball Detroit is also out of the playoff picture as it sits at 4 – 9 on the season. The Lions are last in the NFC North and are in the midst of a two-game skid. This means that the team, which will be on the road against New Orleans Monday night, has nothing to lose and everything to gain. That in turn means that the team could be extra motivated when it goes toe to toe against the Saints in the Superdome Monday night. And that could make things very interesting to watch regardless of whether or not fans have allegiance to either team. Kickoff for Monday night’s game is scheduled for 8:15pm ET.

Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will be in the booth for Monday’s game. Lisa Salters will also be on hand for additional commentary and news throughout the game. Ahead of Monday night’s kickoff, Chris Berman and Suzy Kolber will co-host ESPN’s weekly NFL pre-game show Monday Night Countdown. Berman will host live from ESPN’s studios alongside Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, and Keyshawn Johnson. Suzy Kolber will be live on hand in New Orleans. She will be joined by Ray Lewis, Steve Young, and Trent Dilfer. Monday Night Football simulcasts each week on ESPN Deportes for the network’s Spanish-speaking audiences and online via WatchESPN for those that won’t be near a TV during the game. More information on ESPN’s Monday Night Football is available online along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

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

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

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ESPN Networks’ College Football Bowl Coverage Kicks Off This Weekend

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College football’s post season is officially here!

College football’s 2015 post season kicks off this weekend. The thirty-nine-game bowl schedule opens this Saturday, December 19th. It all begins with five games. That five games come in the form of a double header beginning at noon on ABC and a triple header on ESPN beginning at 2pm ET. The double header opens with a matchup between North Carolina A&T and Alcorn State in the inaugural Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl. Mark Neely, Jay Walker, and Tiffany Green will have full coverage for that game. Once a winner is crowned in that game, ABC will switch over and begin coverage of the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. Along with its broadcast on ABC, the game will also be simulcast on ESPN Deportes. BYU and #22 will face off in that game.

ESPN’s triple header opens with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on ESPN and ESPN Radio at 2pm. Arizona and new Mexico will face off in that matchup. Eamon McAnaney, Rocky Boiman, and Laura Rutledge will have full coverage of that game for ESPN. Drew Goodman will be joined on the radio by an as yet unnamed co-host for ESPN Radio’s broadcast of the game. The Raycom Media Camellia Bowl follows at 5:30pm on ESPN and ESPN Radio, and will feature a matchup between Ohio and Appalachian State. Dave Neal, Anthony Becht, and Paul Carcaterra will have the call for ESPN. Cole Cubelic and Dawn Davenport will call all of the action on ESPN Radio for the game. The R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl rounds out day one of the 2015 college football post season. Arkansas State and Louisiana State will go toe to toe in that game. It will be carried live on ESPN and ESPN Radio. Adam Amin will anchor ESPN’s broadcast of the game. He will be joined by Kelly Stouffer, and Dr. Jerry Punch. On the radio side, Bill Rosinski will anchor the broadcast. He will be joined by David Norrie and Joe Schad for the broadcast.
If this weekend’s coverage isn’t enough for all of the college football fans, then there’s no need to worry. Post season coverage returns Monday afternoon, December 21st at 2:30pm with the broadcast of the Miami Beach Bowl. The game, which will see Western Kentucky take on South Florida, will be aired live on ESPN. Dave Lamont, Desmond Howard, and Quint kessinich will have the call. Post season coverage continues Tuesday, December 22nd with a double header that kicks off at 3:30pm on ESPN and ESPN radio. It begins with a broadcast of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Akron and Utah State will take to the field in that game. Mark Neely, Mike Belloti, and Kevin Weidl will have the call for ESPN. The ESPN Radio announce team has not yet been announced for the game. At 7pm ET Toledo will face #24 Temple in the day’s second matchup, the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl. The game will air live on ESPN and ESPN Radio. Allen Bestwick will anchor the broadcast. He will be joined by Dan Hawkins and Tiffany Green for the broadcast. Dave Lamont, John Congemi, and Brett McMurphy will have the call for ESPN Radio in this game. The ESPN networks’ complete 2015 college football post season schedule is listed below.

2015-16 ESPN/ABC Bowl Coverage Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game, Matchup and Commentators Network(s)
Sat, Dec. 19 Noon
Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl:

Alcorn State at North Carolina A&T
Mark Neely, Jay Walker, Tiffany Greene
ABC
2 p.m.
Gildan New Mexico Bowl:
Arizona vs. New Mexico
TV: Eamon McAnaney, Rocky Boiman, Laura Rutledge
Radio: Drew Goodman and TBD
ESPN and ESPN Radio
3:30 p.m.
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl:
BYU vs. No. 22 Utah
Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor
ABC and ESPN Deportes
5:30 p.m.
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl:
Ohio vs. Appalachian State
TV: Dave Neal, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: TBD, Cole Cubelic, Dawn Davenport
ESPN and ESPN Radio
9 p.m.
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl:

Arkansas State vs. Louisiana Tech
TV: Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Dr. Jerry Punch
Radio:  Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN and ESPN Radio
Mon, Dec. 21 2:30 p.m.
Miami Beach Bowl:
Western Kentucky vs. South Florida
Dave Lamont, Desmond Howard, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
Tue, Dec. 22 3:30 p.m.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl:
Akron vs. Utah State
TV: Mark Neely, Mike Bellotti, Kevin Weidl
Radio: TBD
ESPN and ESPN Radio
7 p.m.
Marmot Boca Raton Bowl:
Toledo vs. No. 24 Temple
TV: Allen Bestwick, Dan Hawkins, Tiffany Greene
Radio: Dave Lamont, John Congemi, Brett McMurphy
ESPN and ESPN Radio
Wed, Dec. 23 4:30 p.m.
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl:
Boise State vs. Northern Illinois
TV: Beth Mowins, David Diaz-Infante, Shelley Smith
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN and ESPN Radio
8 p.m.
GoDaddy Bowl:
Georgia Southern vs. Bowling Green
Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge
ESPN
Thu, Dec. 24 Noon
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl:
Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan
Steve Levy, Mack Brown, Mark May, Kaylee Hartung
ESPN
8 p.m.
Hawai’i Bowl:
San Diego State vs. Cincinnati
TV: Adam Amin, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
Radio: TBD, Mike Golic Sr., Mike Golic, Jr.
ESPN and ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec. 26 11 a.m.
St. Petersburg Bowl:

Connecticut vs. Marshall
TV: Tom Hart, Anthony Becht, Tiffany Greene
Radio: TBD, Rene Ingoglia, Brett McMurphy
ESPN and ESPN Radio
2:20 p.m.
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl:

Washington vs. Southern Mississippi
Mike Corey, Ahmad Brooks, Kayce Smith
ESPN
3:30 p.m.
New Era Pinstripe Bowl:
Indiana vs. Duke
TV: Rece Davis, Danny Kanell, Joey Galloway, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: TBD
ABC and ESPN Radio
5:45 p.m.
Camping World Independence Bowl:

Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech
Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley, Jane Slater
ESPN and ESPN Deportes
9:15 p.m.
Foster Farms Bowl:
UCLA vs. Nebraska
TV: Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Shelley Smith
Radio:  Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Mon, Dec. 28 2:30 p.m.
Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman:

Pittsburgh vs. No. 21 Navy
TV: Eamon McAnaney,Rocky Boiman, Quint Kessenich
Radio:  TBD, Mike Golic Sr., Mike Golic, Jr.
ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN Radio
5 p.m.
Quick Lane Bowl:

Central Michigan vs. Minnesota
Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Kayce Smith
ESPN2
Tue, Dec. 29 2 p.m.
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl:

California vs. Air Force
Dave Flemming, Mike Bellotti, Allison Williams
ESPN
5:30 p.m.
Russell Athletic Bowl:

No. 10 North Carolina vs. No. 17 Baylor
TV: Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch
Radio:  Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
9 p.m.
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl:

No. 20 LSU vs. Texas Tech
TV: Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Maria Taylor
Radio: Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Shannon Spake
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Wed, Dec. 30 Noon
Birmingham Bowl:

Auburn vs. Memphis
TV: Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: Allen Bestwick, Dan Hawkins, Tiffany Greene
ESPN and ESPN Radio
3:30 p.m.
Belk Bowl:

NC State vs. Mississippi State
TV: Clay Matvick, John Congemi, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Taylor Zarzour, Charles Arbuckle, and Quint Kessenich
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio
7 p.m.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl:

Texas A&M vs. Louisville
TV: Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge
Radio: Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio
10:30 p.m.
Holiday Bowl:

No. 25 USC vs. Wisconsin
TV: Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Harlan
Radio: Drew Goodman and TBD
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio
Fri, Jan 1 Noon
Outback Bowl:

No. 13 Northwestern vs. No. 23 Tennessee
TV: Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
ESPN2
1 p.m.
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl:

No. 14 Michigan vs. No. 19 Florida
TV: Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch
Radio: Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra
ABC and ESPN Radio
Sat, Jan 2 Noon
TaxSlayer Bowl:

Penn State vs. Georgia
TV: Allen Bestwick, Dan Hawkins, Tiffany Greene
Radio: Eamon McAnaney, John Congemi,
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
3:20 p.m.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl:

Kansas State vs. Arkansas
TV: Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Mark Neely, Jay Walker, Kevin Weidl
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
6:45 p.m. Valero Alamo Bowl:
No. 15 Oregon vs. No. 11 TCU
TV: Dave Flemming, Mack Brown, Allison Williams
Radio: Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
10:15 p.m. Motel 6 Cactus Bowl:
West Virginia vs. Arizona State
TV: Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Kayce Smith
Radio: Drew Goodman, David Diaz-Infante, Olivia Harlan
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio

More information on ESPN’s college football coverage and that of the ESPN networks is available online now at:

Website: http://espn.go.com/college-football

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

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ESPN Rounds Out Week 14 In The NFL With Inter-Conference Matchup

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Next Monday night on ESPN, the Dolphins and Giants round out Week 14 in the NFL in a game with potential playoff implications for both teams.

Miami and New York will face off under the lights next Monday night on ESPN’s Monday Night Football in a game with potential playoff implications for both teams. That is because as of right now, both teams are at least in the hunt for playoff spots. If the season were to end this week, Miami would be the 11th seed in the AFC while the “G-Men” would be the 10th seed in the NFC. Counting this coming weekend, there are still four weeks left in the regular season. So there is still plenty of time for things to change in both conferences. That means that while odds are still very slim for either team right now, there’s still no telling what the playoff picture will look like come January 9th and 10th.

Currently, the Giants are in a three-way tie with the Redskins and Eagles for the NFC East crown with all three teams sitting at the 5 – 7 mark. Meanwhile Miami, which also sits at 5 – 7, is in the basement in the AFC East. The Dolphins play host to the Giants next Monday night on Monday Night Football. They are 2 – 3 at home so far this season. New York isn’t much better, sitting at 2 – 4 so far this season on the road. What’s more New York is currently in the midst of a three-game losing streak which has seen the Giants go 1 – 4 in their last five games. Miami meanwhile has gone 2 – 3 in its last five games with its last win coming last week against Baltimore 15 – 13. Kickoff for Monday’s game is scheduled for 8:15pm ET. Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will be in the booth for the call Monday night. Lisa Salters will be on hand for additional commentary and all of the latest headlines throughout the game. Along with its broadcast on ESPN, the game will also be simulcast online via WatchESPN and via ESPN Deportes for the network’s Spanish-speaking audiences.

Ahead of Monday night’s broadcast, Chris Berman and Suzy Kolber will co-host ESPN’s weekly NFL pre-game show Monday Night Countdown. Berman will be live from ESPN’s studios alongside Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, and Cris Carter. Also joining them will be ESPN Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter with a look back at all of Sunday’s games and a look ahead to Monday night’s inter-conference match-up. Suzy Kolber will be live on site from Sun Life Stadium alongside Steve Young, Ray Lewis, and Trent Dilfer.  More information on next Monday night’s inter-conference match-up between the Dolphins and Giants is available online now along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

 

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

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

 

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ESPN Kicks Off Its 2015 College Football Post Season Coverage This Weekend

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College football’s post season is officially here. And ESPN kicks off coverage this weekend with a broadcast of the annual awarding of the Heisman Trophy.

ESPN kicks off coverage of the 2015 college football bowl season this Saturday, December 12th with the broadcast of the annual Heisman Trophy Award ceremony. The ceremony will be carried live at 8pm ET on ESPN. The finalists in the running for the award were announced this past Monday December 7th. They are: Derrick Henry (RB – Alabama), Christian McCaffrey (RB – Stanford), and Deshaun Watson (QB – Clemson). Chris Fowler and Joe Tessitore will co-anchor Saturday night’s broadcast. They will be joined at the desk by analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Tim Tebow and Lee Corso. This year’s broadcast of the Heisman Trophy presentation has been extended to ninety minutes.

Saturday’s broadcast of the Heisman Trophy presentation is just one small part of the ESPN networks’ college football post season coverage. Beginning next Saturday, December 19th ESPN Events and the ESPN networks will carry all thirteen bowl games that are owned and operated by ESPN Events. The networks’ coverage runs right up to December 30th with the Birmingham Bowl.  That’s not where the games end, though.  ESPN and its networks will carry full coverage of the college football post season right up to the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl on January 2nd. Details on each ESPN Events game are noted below along with the other games that will be presented via the ESPN networks.

2015-16 ESPN/ABC Bowl Coverage Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game, Matchup and Commentators Network(s)
Sat, Dec. 19 Noon Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl:
Alcorn State at North Carolina A&T
Mark Neely, Jay Walker, Tiffany Greene
ABC
2 p.m. Gildan New Mexico Bowl:

Arizona vs. New Mexico
TV: Eamon McAnaney, Rocky Boiman, Laura Rutledge
Radio: Drew Goodman and TBD

ESPN and ESPN Radio
3:30 p.m. Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl:

BYU vs. No. 22 Utah
Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor

ABC and ESPN Deportes
5:30 p.m. Raycom Media Camellia Bowl:

Ohio vs. Appalachian State
TV: Dave Neal, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra

Radio: TBD, Cole Cubelic, Dawn Davenport

ESPN and ESPN Radio
9 p.m. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl:
Arkansas State vs. Louisiana Tech
TV: Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Dr. Jerry Punch
Radio:  Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN and ESPN Radio
Mon, Dec. 21 2:30 p.m. Miami Beach Bowl:

Western Kentucky vs. South Florida
Dave Lamont, Desmond Howard, Quint Kessenich

ESPN
Tue, Dec. 22 3:30 p.m. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl:

Akron vs. Utah State
TV: Mark Neely, Mike Bellotti, Kevin Weidl
Radio: TBD

ESPN and ESPN Radio
7 p.m. Marmot Boca Raton Bowl:

Toledo vs. No. 24 Temple
TV: Allen Bestwick, Dan Hawkins, Tiffany Greene
Radio: Dave Lamont, John Congemi, Brett McMurphy

ESPN and ESPN Radio
Wed, Dec. 23 4:30 p.m. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl:

Boise State vs. Northern Illinois
TV: Beth Mowins, David Diaz-Infante, Shelley Smith
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad

ESPN and ESPN Radio
8 p.m. GoDaddy Bowl:

Georgia Southern vs. Bowling Green
Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge

ESPN
Thu, Dec. 24 Noon Popeyes Bahamas Bowl:

Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan
Steve Levy, Mack Brown, Mark May, Kaylee Hartung

ESPN
8 p.m. Hawai’i Bowl:

San Diego State vs. Cincinnati
TV: Adam Amin, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
Radio: TBD, Mike Golic Sr., Mike Golic, Jr.

ESPN and ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec. 26 11 a.m. St. Petersburg Bowl:
Connecticut vs. Marshall
TV: Tom Hart, Anthony Becht, Tiffany Greene
Radio: TBD, Rene Ingoglia, Brett McMurphy
ESPN and ESPN Radio
2:20 p.m. Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl:
Washington vs. Southern Mississippi
Mike Corey, Ahmad Brooks, Kayce Smith
ESPN
3:30 p.m. New Era Pinstripe Bowl:

Indiana vs. Duke
TV: Rece Davis, Danny Kanell, Joey Galloway, Paul Carcaterra

Radio: TBD

ABC and ESPN Radio
5:45 p.m. Camping World Independence Bowl:
Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech
Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley, Jane Slater
ESPN and ESPN Deportes
9:15 p.m. Foster Farms Bowl:

UCLA vs. Nebraska
TV: Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Shelley Smith

Radio:  Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad

ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Mon, Dec. 28 2:30 p.m. Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman:
Pittsburgh vs. No. 21 Navy
TV: Eamon McAnaney,Rocky Boiman, Quint Kessenich Radio:  TBD, Mike Golic Sr., Mike Golic, Jr.
ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN Radio
5 p.m. Quick Lane Bowl:
Central Michigan vs. Minnesota
Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Kayce Smith
ESPN2
Tue, Dec. 29 2 p.m. Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl:
California vs. Air Force
Dave Flemming, Mike Bellotti, Allison Williams
ESPN
5:30 p.m. Russell Athletic Bowl:
No. 10 North Carolina vs. No. 17 Baylor
TV: Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry PunchRadio:  Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
9 p.m. AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl:
No. 20 LSU vs. Texas Tech
TV: Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Maria Taylor
Radio: Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Shannon Spake
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Wed, Dec. 30 Noon Birmingham Bowl:
Auburn vs. Memphis
TV: Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: Allen Bestwick, Dan Hawkins, Tiffany Greene
ESPN and ESPN Radio
3:30 p.m. Belk Bowl:
NC State vs. Mississippi State
TV: Clay Matvick, John Congemi, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Taylor Zarzour, Charles Arbuckle, and Quint Kessenich
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio
7 p.m. Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl:
Texas A&M vs. LouisvilleTV: Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge
Radio: Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio
10:30 p.m. Holiday Bowl:
No. 25 USC vs. Wisconsin
TV: Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Harlan
Radio: Drew Goodman and TBD
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio
Fri, Jan 1 Noon Outback Bowl:
No. 13 Northwestern vs. No. 23 Tennessee
TV: Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
ESPN2
1 p.m. Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl:
No. 14 Michigan vs. No. 19 Florida
TV: Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch
Radio: Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra
ABC and ESPN Radio
Sat, Jan 2 Noon TaxSlayer Bowl:
Penn State vs. Georgia
TV: Allen Bestwick, Dan Hawkins, Tiffany Greene
Radio: Eamon McAnaney, John Congemi,
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
3:20 p.m. AutoZone Liberty Bowl:
Kansas State vs. Arkansas
TV: Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Mark Neely, Jay Walker, Kevin Weidl
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
6:45 p.m. Valero Alamo Bowl:

No. 15 Oregon vs. No. 11 TCU
TV: Dave Flemming, Mack Brown, Allison Williams
Radio: Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge

ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
10:15 p.m. Motel 6 Cactus Bowl:

West Virginia vs. Arizona State
TV: Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Kayce Smith
Radio: Drew Goodman, David Diaz-Infante, Olivia Harlan

ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio

 

*For those not near a television, ESPN and its networks will simulcast each game online via WatchESPN.

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