Rodriguez, Vasgersian To Replace Shulman, Boone On ESPN’s ‘SNB’ Broadcasts

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ESPN will have some new, but well-known new faces this spring when its Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts return.

The worldwide leader in sports announced this week that Yankee great Alex Rodriguez and Matt Vasgersian will join the program’s broadcast team.  Jessica Mendoza will return, too.  Vasgersian will be the program’s new play-by-play announcer, taking the place of Dan Shulman while Rodriguez will serve as analyst, taking over from Aaron Boone.

ESPN announced last summer that Shulman would be leaving the program after last season.  While he stepped away from ESPN’s flagship MLB program, he is still working with ESPN covering Major League Baseball on its ESPN Radio broadcasts.  He is also busy covering college basketball for ESPN.

Boone meanwhile will go from the broadcast booth to the dugout after being named the Yankees new manager during the off-season. Both Rodriguez and Vasgersian said in interviews that they were looking forward to joining ESPN’s MLB broadcast team.

“I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my broadcasting career,” Rodriguez said.  “It’s an exciting time in baseball, and now I get that front row seat to tell that story every Sunday night on ESPN as well as calling my fourth post season on Fox where I started this journey.”

Vasgersian agreed.

“Jon and Dan set the bar super high for Sunday Night Baseball play-by-play, so it’s a real thrill for someone who still remembers his first Minor League bus trip in 1991 to have a chair like this one,” he said. “I know firsthand how passionate both Alex and Jessica are about baseball, and I can’t wait to get started with them.”

Mendoza said she was looking forward to working with her new broadcast partners.

“I am incredibly excited to work with both Alex and Matt,” Mendoza said.  “Matt has been a friend for a long time and someone whose work I’ve long admired. Alex’s achievements as a player speak for themselves, and I’ve been greatly impressed by the passion and dedication he has put into his broadcasting career. We’re going to have a lot of fun.”

Stephanie Druley, ESPN Senior Vice President of events and studio production said the new broadcast team was the right fit for ESPN because of its collective experience.

“Alex is one of the most recognizable personalities in all of sports, and he’s made a well-documented impact on the sports media landscape. His dynamic personality and incredible baseball knowledge, combined with Matt Vasgersian’s expertise, enthusiasm and poise, make for terrific additions to Sunday Night Baseball, with existing commentators Jessica Mendoza and Buster Olney,” Druley said.  “We’re excited about the potential for this team and we’re appreciative to our MLB Network and Fox Sports counterparts, as all parties were more than willing to collaborate in order to serve Major League Baseball fans.”

ESPN’s current Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell schedule is noted below.

Schedule:

Date Telecast
Apr. 1 San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers
Apr. 8 New York Mets at Washington Nationals
Apr. 15 Texas Rangers at Houston Astros
Apr. 22 Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers
Apr. 29 New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels** – Olney’s Pick!
May 6 Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
May 13 Washington Nationals at Arizona Diamondbacks
May 20 Cleveland Indians at Houston Astros
May 27* San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs
July 1 Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
July 22 New York Mets at New York Yankees
July 29 Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
Aug. 19 MLB Little League Classic

*Telecast to air on ESPN2.

Additional Sunday Night Baseball selections for June through September will be made up to two weeks prior to the dates.

This year marks the 29th year of Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN.  Each game will be preceded at 7 p.m. on ESPN by Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet.

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

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Warriors, Celtics Face Off Saturday In “Battle Of The Best” Live On ABC

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ESPN’s NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by YouTube TV continues its 2018 broadcast season this Saturday night with another cross-conference matchup.

The Boston Celtics will be on the road Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors in a “Battle of the Best.”  Each team leads its respective conference and has an equal chance of taking the win in Saturday’s game, going by the numbers.

Both teams will come into Saturday’s matchup well-rested, having last played Tuesday, January 23.  Each won its respective game, too.  The Celtics have been almost as good on the road so far this season as they have been at home, going 17 – 6 on the road so far versus going 18 – 8 at home.  The team is 6 – 4 in its last 10 games, again with its most recent game ending in a win for the team.

Golden State meanwhile has proven to be slightly better on the road so far this season than at home, going 21 – 4 on the road and 17 – 6 at home.  The team has gone 8 – 2 in its last 10 games, with its most recent game also resulting in a win.

Again, looking at the numbers, Saturday’s match is sure to be a hard-fought battle that will be well worth the watch by any NBA fan.  Coverage is currently scheduled to start at 830 p.m. ET on ABC with Mike Breen on the call.  Analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson will also be on hand for additional commentary alongside officiating analyst Steve Javie and sideline reporter Israel Gutierrez.

Saturday night’s broadcast will be preceded by NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk beginning at 8 p.m. ET.  Michelle Beadle will anchor the broadcast, and will be joined by analysts Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce for additional commentary.

More information on Saturday night’s broadcast is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNNBA

 

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ESPN Announces NFL Pro Bowl Coverage Broadcast Schedule

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The stage is officially set for this year’s Super Bowl, but before the big game, there will be one more game for NFL fans — the NFL’s annual Pro Bowl, and ESPN will carry full coverage of the annual NFL superstar showcase game.

This year’s NFL Pro Bowl will be played this Sunday, January 28 live from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.  ESPN’s coverage of the game is scheduled to start at 2:50 p.m. ET, with coverage being simulcast on television on ABC and ESPN Deportes.  It will also stream online via the ESPN app.

ESPN Deportes’ coverage is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET with a special edition of SportsCenter.  Eduardo Varela and analyst Pablo Viruega will have the call for the network.

ESPN and ABC’s pre-game coverage is also scheduled to start at 1 p.m. with a special Postseason NFL Countdown pregame show.  The program will air live from Camping World Stadium.  Analysts Randy Moss and Charles Woodson will join host Suzy Kolber for additional commentary alongside ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and reporter Michele Steele.

ESPN Monday Night Football voice Sean McDonough will anchor the ESPN/ABC broadcast of the NFL Pro Bowl. He will be joined in the booth by analyst Matt Hasselbeck for a special one-time appearance.  Field analyst Louis Riddick and reporter Lisa Salters will also be on hand for additional commentary.

Among the stars expected to play in Sunday’s game are Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints), Todd Gurley (Los Angeles Rams), Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders), Jarvis Landry (Miami Dolphins) and others.

Before Brees and the rest of the NFL’s elite take to the field for the Pro Bowl, they will take part tonight, in the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET.  McDonough and the rest of the MNF team will call the competition, which will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The competition sees the stars competing in events such as the Drone Drop, Precision passing drill (for quarterbacks), Gridiron Gauntlet (relay race) and Pro Bowl Dodgeball (exactly what it sounds like) as well as other events.

Those who miss tonight’s broadcast will get more chances to see it as it will re-air on ESPN, ABC and even Disney XD.  the current schedule of events leading up to the ESPN networks’ Pro Bowl broadcast is noted below.

ESPN Programs at 2018 NFL Pro Bowl:
DATE TIME (ET) SHOW & COMMENTATORS NETWORK(S)
Thurs,

Jan 25
7 a.m. – 3 p.m. SportsCenter and NFL Live *

(Pro Bowl practices – ESPN Wide World of Sports)
Wendi Nix, Darren Woodson, Jac Collinsworth and Steele
ESPN/ESPN2
9 p.m. Pro Bowl Skills Showdown

(ESPN’s Wide World of Sports)
Sean McDonough, Matt Hasselbeck and Lisa Salters
ESPN
Fri,

Jan 26
7 a.m. – 3 p.m. SportsCenter and NFL Live *

(Pro Bowl practices – ESPN Wide World of Sports)
Nix, Woodson, Collinsworth and Steele
ESPN/ESPN2
Sat,

Jan 27
7-11 a.m. SportsCenter *

(Pro Bowl practices – ESPN Wide World of Sports)
Steele
ESPN

Sun,

Jan 28
6:30 a.m. –

12 p.m.
 
SportsCenter *

(Pro Bowl – Camping World Stadium)
Steele
ESPN
1-2:50 p.m. Postseason NFL Countdown

(Camping World Stadium)
Suzy Kolber, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson, Adam Schefter and Steele
ESPN

ABC
2:50 p.m. NFL Pro Bowl

(Camping World Stadium)
McDonough, Hasselbeck, Riddick and Salters
ESPN

ESPN Deportes
ABC
* show segments

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

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNNFL

 

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Western Conference Matchup Headlines ‘NBA Saturday Primetime On ABC Presented By YouTube TV’ Season Premiere

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ESPN’s flagship NBA program makes its annual return this weekend with a new sponsor.

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by YouTube TV airs Saturday with a double header schedule that kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET.  Up first on the schedule is a special matinee broadcast on ABC featuring a cross-conference matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder.  The Cavs sit third in the Eastern Conference, seven games back from the conference leading Boston Celtics while the Thunder sit fifth in the Western Conference, 11.5 games back from the conference leading Golden State Warriors.

Though the Cavs currently sit in the top three in the East, the team has been struggling as of late, having gone 2 – 8 in its last 10 games.  The last four of those games — reaching back to last Monday, Jan. 8 — have all gone to the Cavs’ “L” column.  Cleveland looks to bounce back from that skid tonight as it takes on Orlando at 7 p.m. After that, the team will take a day off to rest up and prepare for Saturday’s game.

Oklahoma City, despite struggling during the season so far, is in the midst of a three-game winning streak, with its most recent win coming Wednesday against conference rival Los Angeles, 114 – 90.  The team will be off tonight and Friday in preparation for Saturday’s game.  It will need all the preparation it can get, as the team has struggled on the road this season, going 9 – 13 on the road versus going 15 – 13 at home.

Considering both teams’ records so far and most recently, Saturday afternoon’s game can go to either team.  Broadcast is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.

The Warriors and Houston Rockets headline the day’s action at 8:30 p.m. on ABC in a 1-2 matchup in the Western Conference at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.  Houston is five games back from Golden State and has been impressive on the road so far this season, going 21 – 3 so far on the season.  The team comes into Saturday night’s game in the midst of a four-game winning streak while Houston — 5 – 5 in their last 10 games — has been off since falling to the Clippers 113 – 102 Jan. 15.  Houston will be back in action tonight against Minnesota in another Western Conference matchup hoping to rebound from that loss.

Saturday’s double header schedule is only part of the ESPN networks’ NBA schedule this week.  Two more games are on tap for Friday.  Those games are noted below along with Saturday’s schedule.

Thu, Jan 18 3 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Paul Pierce
ESPN
Fri, Jan 19 3 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Ramona Shelburne, Tracy McGrady
ESPN
  7 p.m. NBA Countdown presented by Mountain Dew
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce
ESPN
  8 p.m. NBA Friday presented by State Farm: Washington Wizards at Detroit Pistons
Ryan Ruocco, Doris Burke
ESPN
  10:30 p.m. NBA Friday presented by State Farm: New York Knicks at Utah Jazz
Dave Pasch, Jon Barry
ESPN
Sat, Jan 20 3 p.m. NBA Countdown
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce
ABC
  3:30 p.m. NBA Saturday Primetime presented by YouTube TV: Oklahoma City Thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers
Ryan Ruocco, Hubie Brown
ABC
  8 p.m. NBA Countdown
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce
ABC
  8:30 p.m. NBA Saturday Primetime presented by YouTube TV: Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Steve Javie, Lisa Salters
ABC

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

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNNBA

 

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Wildcats, Gators Headline This Week’s ESPN Networks College Basketball Broadcast Schedule

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ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm is headed to Kentucky.

The network’s flaghship college basketball program will air live Saturday from the campus of the University of Kansas.  The broadcast will preceded ESPN’s broadcast of Saturday Primetime presented by AT&T, which is currently set to start at 8:15 p.m. ET.

The Wildcats are scheduled to face the Florida Gators in Saturday’s game. Saturday morning’s CGD broadcast will come live from Rupp Arena beginning at 11 a.m. ET.  An evening edition will lead into the game.

The Wildcats/Gators matchup is not the only game on this week’s schedule across the ESPN networks.  No. 2 Virginia is on the road tonight against Georgia Tech.  That game is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. ET on ACC Network Extra along with a matchup of N.C. State and Wake Forest.  Buffalo and Western Michigan face off Friday night at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.  No. 3 Purdue opens Saturday’s broadcast schedule at noon as the Boilermakers visit Iowa.  That game is set to air on ESPN.

The current men’s college basketball broadcast schedule for this week is noted below.

Thu, Jan 18 7 p.m. Murray State at Belmont
Dave LaMont, Adrian Branch
ESPNU
Old Dominion at Florida International ESPN3
  Binghamton at Stony Brook ESPN3
  Hartford at Maine ESPN3
  UMass Lowell at Albany ESPN3
  Vermont at New Hampshire ESPN3
  North Florida at NJIT ESPN3
  Jacksonville at South Carolina Upstate ESPN3
  Stetson at Kennesaw State ESPN3
  Niagara at Quinnipiac ESPN3
  Marist at Siena ESPN3
  UIC at Youngstown State ESPN3
  IUPUI at Cleveland State ESPN3
  Northern Kentucky at Milwaukee ESPN3
  The Citadel at UNC Greensboro ESPN3
  East Tennessee State at Furman ESPN3
  Mercer at VMI ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Florida Gulf Coast at Lipscomb ESPN3
  NAIA Basketball
Park at Missouri Baptist
ESPN3
  8 p.m. No. 2 Virginia at Georgia Tech ACC Network Extra
  Wake Forest at NC State ACC Network Extra
  Lake Superior State at Grand Valley State ESPN3
  Wright State at Green Bay ESPN3
  Wofford at Samford ESPN3
  8:15 p.m. Louisiana at UT Arlington ESPN3
  Appalachian State at Troy ESPN3
  9 p.m. Saint Mary’s at No. 13 Gonzaga
Tom Hart, P.J. Carlesimo
ESPN
  USC at Oregon
Dave Pasch, Bill Walton
ESPN2
  UNC Asheville at Winthrop
Matt Schick, Paul Biancardi
ESPNU
  Seattle at New Mexico State ESPN3
  10 p.m. Cal Poly at UC Irvine ESPN3
  11 p.m. Loyola Marymount at BYU
Roxy Bernstein, Caron Butler
ESPNU
Fri, Jan 19 7 p.m. St. Bonaventure at Davidson
Mike Corey, Mark Planksy
ESPN2
  Buffalo at Western Michigan
Jim Barbar, Tim Welsh
ESPNU
  Iona at Monmouth ESPN3
  9 p.m. Canisius at Manhattan
Robert Lee, Julianne Viani
ESPNU
Saturday Showcase Presented by 5-Hour ENERGY (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS)
Sat, Jan 20 Noon No. 3 Purdue at Iowa
Dave Flemming, Dan Dakich
ESPN
  Florida State at Virginia Tech
Mike Couzens, Cory Alexander
ESPN2
  No. 7 Wichita State at Houston
Kevin Brown, John Thompson III
ESPNU
  1 p.m. LSU at Vanderbilt
Mike Morgan, Dane Bradshaw
SEC Network
  Niagara at Fairfield ESPN3
  Northern Kentucky at Green Bay ESPN3
  The Citadel at VMI ESPN3
  2 p.m. No. 4 Oklahoma at Oklahoma State
Jason Benetti, Robbie Hummel
ESPN
  Georgia Tech at UNC
Doug Sherman, Jason Capel
ESPN2
  No. 8 Texas Tech at Iowa State
Lowell Galindo, Lance Blanks
ESPNU
  North Florida at South Carolina Upstate ESPN3
  Illinois State at Indiana State ESPN3
  Northern Illinois at Akron ESPN3
  Ohio at Eastern Michigan ESPN3
  2:15 p.m. Georgia Southern at Georgia State ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Ole Miss at Arkansas
Richard Cross, Barry Booker
SEC Network
  UIC at Cleveland State ESPN3
  Central Michigan at Bowling Green ESPN3
  Ball State at Miami (Ohio) ESPN3
  4 p.m. Notre Dame at No. 20 Clemson
Bob Wischusen, Dick Vitale
ESPN
  Missouri at Texas A&M
Tom Hart, Sean Farnham
ESPN2
  No. 24 TCU at Kansas State
Mitch Holthus, Reid Gettys
ESPNU
  East Carolina at No. 12 Cincinnati
Will Flemming, Mark Adams
ESPNEWS
  Pittsburgh at No. 5 Duke ACC Network Extra
  Jacksonville at NJIT ESPN3
  Missouri State at Drake ESPN3
  Oakland at Detroit ESPN3
  Western Carolina at East Tennessee State ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. Florida Gulf Coast at Kennesaw State ESPN3
  Abilene Christian at Central Arkansas ESPN3
  Samford at Furman ESPN3
  5 p.m. Texas A&M-Commerce at West Texas A&M ESPN3
  Stetson at Lipscomb ESPN3
  Mercer at UNC Greensboro ESPN3
  5:15 p.m. UL Monroe at UT Arlington ESPN3
  Coastal Carolina at Troy ESPN3
  5:30 p.m. Sam Houston State at Lamar ESPN3
  6 p.m. Baylor at No. 10 Kansas
Rich Hollenberg, Fran Fraschilla
ESPN
  No. 21 Tennessee at South Carolina
Beth Mowins, Jimmy Dykes
ESPN2
  Tulane at SMU
Ted Emrich, Tim Welsh
ESPNEWS
  UCF at USF
Jay Alter, Mark Wise
ESPNU
  Georgia at No. 17 Auburn
Dave Neal, Jon Sundvold
SEC Network
  Utah Valley State at New Mexico State ESPN3
  7 p.m. Cal Poly at  Cal State Northridge ESPN3
  IUPUI at Youngstown State ESPN3
  Wright State at Milwaukee ESPN3
  Chattanooga at Wofford ESPN3
  Kent State at Toledo ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Incarnate Word at New Orleans ESPN3
  8 p.m. Memphis at Tulsa
Taylor Zarzour, Dino Gaudio
ESPNU
  Denver at Oral Roberts ESPN3
  No. 13 Gonzaga at Santa Clara ESPN3
  Ferris State (MI) at Grand Valley State ESPN3
  Louisiana at Texas State ESPN3
  Evansville at Bradley ESPN3
  8:15 p.m. Saturday Primetime presented by AT&T
Florida at No. 18 Kentucky
Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas, Maria Taylor
ESPN
  8:30 p.m. Mississippi State at Alabama
Kevin Fitzgerald, Sean Harrington
SEC Network
  9 p.m. San Diego at BYU ESPN3
  10 p.m. Boise State at Nevada
Steve Quis, Adrian Branch
ESPNU
  10:15 p.m. UCLA at Oregon
Dave Pasch, Bill Walton
ESPN
Sun, Jan 21 Midnight UC Irvine at UC Santa Barbara
Sam Farber, Richie Schueler
ESPNU
  Noon Boston College at Louisville ACC Network Extra
  1 p.m. Stony Brook at New Hampshire ESPN3
  Vermont at Hartford ESPN3
  Canisius at Iona ESPN3
  2 p.m. UMBC at Albany ESPN3
  UMass Lowell at Binghamton ESPN3
  Siena at Quinnipiac ESPN3
  4 p.m. Loyola-Chicago at Valparaiso
Mitch Holthus, Malcolm Huckaby
ESPNU
  Northern Iowa at Southern Illinois ESPN3
  6 p.m. No. 2 Virginia at Wake Forest
Anish Shroff, Cory Alexander
ESPNU
  7 p.m. No. 25 Miami at NC State ACC Network Extra
  8 p.m. Washington State at Utah
Roxy Bernstein, Corey Williams
ESPNU
Mon, Jan 22 7 p.m. Big Monday presented by Jos. A. Bank
No. 15 UNC at Virginia Tech
Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas, Allison Williams
ESPN
  Big Monday presented by Jos. A. Bank
Iowa State at Texas
Mark Neely, Lance Blacks
ESPNU
  9 p.m. Big Monday presented by Jos. A. Bank
No. 6 West Virginia at No. 24 TCU
Bob Wischusen, Fran Fraschilla, Holly Rowe
ESPN
  Big Monday presented by Jos. A. Bank
Kansas State at Baylor
Matt Schick, Dino Gaudio
ESPNU
Tue, Jan 23 6:30 p.m. Arkansas at Georgia
Roy Philpott, Brooke Weisbrod
SEC Network
  7 p.m. Super Tuesday presented by Boost Mobile
No. 10 Kansas at No. 4 Oklahoma
Jon Sciambi, Tom Crean
ESPN
  Super Tuesday presented by Boost Mobile
Wisconsin at Iowa
Dave Flemming, Dan Dakich, Molly McGrath
ESPN2
  Super Tuesday presented by Boost Mobile
Oklahoma State at No. 8 Texas Tech
Clay Matvick, Tim Welsh
ESPNEWS
  Super Tuesday presented by Boost Mobile
Vanderbilt at No. 21 Tennessee
Kevin Fitzgerald, Sean Harrington
ESPNU
  No. 20 Clemson at No. 2 Virginia ACC Network Extra
  Rider at Fairfield ESPN3
  Toledo at Western Michigan ESPN3
  Eastern Michigan at Buffalo ESPN3
  Ball State at Kent State ESPN3
  Miami (Ohio) at Central Michigan ESPN3
  Ohio at Akron ESPN3
  8 p.m. Missouri State at Bradley ESPN3
  Bowling Green at Northern Illinois ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. Alabama at Ole Miss
Dave Neal, Daymeon Fishback
SEC Network
  9 p.m. Super Tuesday presented by Boost Mobile
Mississippi State at No. 18 Kentucky
Joe Tessitore, Sean Farnham, Laura Rutledge
ESPN
  Super Tuesday presented by Boost Mobile
Texas A&M at LSU
Rich Hollenberg, Debbie Antonelli
ESPNU
  No. 5 Duke at Wake Forest ACC Network Extra
  William Jessup at Grand Canyon University ESPN3

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

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball

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

 

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ESPN Analyst Stepping Up For NFL Pro Bowl Broadcast

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ESPN has named its replacement for Jon Grudent at this year’s NFL Pro Bowl.

Matt Hasselbeck will join Sean McDonough in the booth Jan. 28 for ESPN’s broadcast of the league’s annual best of the best exhibition game.  Hasselbeck already serves as an analyst on ESPN’s weekly Monday Night Football pre-game broadcasts, making him a familiar voice and face for audiences during the game.

According to ESPN Senior Vice President, Events & Studio Production Stephanie Druley, Hasselbeck had already been scheduled to be part of the network’s studio coverage team for the Pro Bowl ahead of this new announcement.  She said in a prepared statement that his experience played a big part in the decision to place him alongside McDonough.

“Matt has experience calling games and will be a great fit alongside Sean McDonough for this Pro Bowl assignment,” Druley said.  “He is a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback with connections to many players and coaches throughout the league, and he was already scheduled to cover the game as part of our ESPN studio team.”

Hasselbeck was humble as he talked about getting to help call the game.

“Making the Pro Bowl is a special achievement as a player — it’s pretty humbling, but the part I enjoyed most is getting to know the best of the best in a relaxed setting,” Hasselbeck said.  “I can’t wait to call the Skills Showdown and the Pro Bowl game with Sean and [reporter] Lisa (Salters).”

While Hasselbeck will play a direct role in calling this year’s Pro Bowl, his stint alongside McDonough is currently only for the one game.  Druley stressed in additional comments that the search for Jon Gruden’s replacement is ongoing and that no one has yet been named to take his place.

“The process for determining our new Monday Night Football booth is already under way,” Druley said.  “We are looking at both internal and external candidates and expect to have a decision made this spring.  This is one of the most high-profile and and attractive positions in all of sports broadcasting, so we want to take our time to ensure we make the best decision.”

The 2018 NFL Pro Bowl will air Jan. 28 at 2:50 p.m. ET on ESPN live from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.  It will be simulcast on ABC and will stream live on the ESPN App.  Spanish-speaking audiences will be able to enjoy the game on television on ESPN Deportes.

The Skills Showdown, which is part of the NFL Pro Bowl festivities, will air Jan. 25 at p.m. ET on ESPN.

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

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNNFL

 

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ESPN’s ‘College GameDay Covered By State Farm’ Returns Next Week

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College football season is now a wrap, the National Football league’s current season is nearly over and the boys of summer don’t start warming up for a little while, so meanwhile, ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports, is bringing back its flagship college basketball program next month.

College GameDay Covered by State Farm returns next Saturday, January 20.  Its first broadcast of the season will air in advance of ESPN’s Saturday Primetime presented by AT&T.  No. 21 Kentucky faces Florida at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN in the season-opening broadcast of that program.

Rece Davis returns as the program’s host.  Davis will be joined at the desk by analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams.  Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Maria Taylor will have the call for next Saturday night’s game between the Wildcats and Gators.  Next weekend’s broadcast will be the seventh visit to Kentucky by College GameDay Covered by State Farm, tying Duke and Kansas for most visits by the program.

More information on this weekend’s matchup between the Wildcats and Gators is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball

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

 

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