ESPN’s ‘MNF’ Preseason Coverage Begins Tonight

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Monday Night Football launches its 2017 National Football League broadcast season tonight with a pre-season cross conference matchup.

ESPN’s flagship NFL program begins its 2017 broadcast season with a showdown between the Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC South) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFC South).  The matchup is just one of the games on the schedule for the second week of the NFL’s 2017 preseason.

Jacksonville will look to add a second notch to its win column in the preseason after defeating the New England Patriots 31 – 24 in week 1.  The Bucs will look to bounce back and get its first win of the preseason after falling to the Cincinnati Bengals in week 1 23 – 12.

Sean McDonough will have the call for tonight’s game, which is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Jon Gruden for additional commentary.  Reporter Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Monday Night Countdown will set the stage for tonight’s game beginning at 7 p.m. ET with Suzy Kolber at the helm.  She will be joined by analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Charles Woodson for additional commentary alongside NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

ESPN will also have full coverage of the preseason week 2 match between the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns Aug. 21. the Browns defeated the New Orleans Saints 20 – 14 in preseason week 1 while the Giants fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 20 – 12 that week.

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

 

 

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/NFL_MNF

 

 

 

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ESPN Networks To Offer Extensive Little League Classic Coverage Sunday

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ESPN will present a special extended Major League Baseball broadcast Sunday.

The network will bring audiences the first-ever Little League Classic, which will see the St. Louis Cardinals taking on their National League Central foes, the Pittsburgh Pirates live at the renovated Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, PA – the location of the Little League World Series.

The broadcast will be preceded at 6 p.m. by Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet.  Karl Ravech will anchor the hour-long broadcast and will be joined by analyst David Ross and reporter Tim Kurkjian for the broadcast.

Dan Shulman will have the call for Sunday’s game on Sunday Night Baseball.  He will be joined by his Sunday Night Baseball cohorts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone for the broadcast.

Kurkjian will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.  Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred will also be on hand during the game.

Along with interviews with Manfred and other highlights, ESPN will present interviews with various MLB stars and personnel.  Images of those and other non-MLB figures as Little Leaguers will also be displayed throughout the game.

Sunday’s regular-season matchup between the Cardinals and Pirates will be the closer in a four-game series between the National League Central foes. St. Louis currently sits third in the division, 2.5 games back from the division-leading Chicago Cubs, while Pittsburgh sits just below the Cardinals in fourth, 5.5 games back.

Mike Leake (7 – 11) is scheduled to get the start for the Cardinals Sunday while Ivan Nova (10 – 10) is expected to take the mound for Pittsburg.

The Cardinals-Pirates matchup is just one of the games set for Sunday’s ESPN MLB schedule.  Mendoza and Boone will provide commentary for the Little League World Series on ABC beginning at 1 p.m.

Ravech will cover two of the series’ games – 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. – and two editions of Baseball Tonight – 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Kurkjian will also be on two editions of Baseball Tonight along with his work on the Little League Classic.

Baseball Tonight presented by Oscar Meyer will air at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. with Adnan Virk and David Ross.  Each broadcast will be from a different location at the Little League World Series.

The full schedule for the ESPN networks’ Little League World Series and Little League Classic is noted below.

ESPN’s Williamsport schedule for Aug. 20:

Time

Telecast

Network

10 a.m.

(13) International: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 3 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Volunteer Stadium

Karl Ravech, Tim Kurkjian, Sebastian Salazar

ESPN2, ESPN App

11 a.m.

(14) US: Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 4 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Lamade Stadium

Dave Flemming, Kyle Peterson, Julie Foudy

ESPN, ESPN App

1 p.m.

Baseball Tonight presented by Oscar Mayer

Adnan Virk, David Ross

ESPN, ESPN App

1 p.m.

(15) International: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 7 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Volunteer Stadium

Karl Ravech, Aaron Boone, Jessica Mendoza, Sebastian Salazar

ABC, ESPN App

2 p.m.

(16) US: Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 8 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Lamade Stadium

Dave Flemming, Kyle Peterson, Julie Foudy

ESPN, ESPN App

4 p.m.

Baseball Tonight presented by Oscar Mayer

Adnan Virk, David Ross, Karl Ravech, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN, ESPN App

6 p.m.

Baseball Tonight presented by Oscar Mayer

Karl Ravech, David Ross, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN, ESPN App

7 p.m.

MLB Little League Classic on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell

Dan Shulman, Jessica Mendoza, Aaron Boone, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN, ESPN App, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio

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ESPN’s Marty Smith Getting His Own Show

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ESPN personality Marty Smith is getting his own monthly show.

The veteran reporter’s new program SportsCenter PresentsMarty Smith’s America will launch Wednesday, Aug. 2 on ESPN2. The hourlong program will see Smith conducting interviews with notable sports newsmakers each week.

Smith said of the program that it stemmed from Smith’s desire to profile people and their stories more.

“Everyone has a story,” Smith said.  “This life is about relationships and sharing those stories.  My team and I thoroughly enjoy telling them, through the prism of building lasting relationships.  Work hard.  Be kind.  Have passion.  That’s us.  We have a unique style and energy.  We genuinely care about the people we cover – not just the stories they provide.”

ESPN Senior Vice President Rob King said the series will see Smith interviewing his subjects in out of the ordinary settings such as “pond swimming with Nick Saban and hooping it up with Alan Iverson, and examining their different viewpoints on practice, reporting from the back of a race car and challenging Cam Newton to a game of flag football.”

The series’ debut episode will see Smith spending a day with Newton at a charity kick ball game in Charlotte, N.C. in “Kicking It With Cam.”  It will also see Smith join soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in China in “All Access with CR7 in China.”  “The Trojan Horse,” also included in the series’ debut episode, follows Smith as he spends a day with USC quarterback and pre-season No. 1 overall draft pick Sam Darnold on the USC campus in L.A.

NBA star LeBron James is also profiled in the series’ debut episode, but not in his own words. Smith sits down with James’ best friend and business manager Maverick Carter in “The King Maker,” also included in Marty Smith’s America.

As if all of the stories set for the series’ debut is not enough for audiences, former college football star and Major League Baseball hopeful Tim Teabow will serve as Smith’s co-host on the series’ premiere.

More information on Marty Smith’s America is available online along with all of ESPN’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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ESPN To Air Special MLB Double Header On Independence Day

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ESPN will celebrate America’s birthday this year with a celebration of the country’s national pastime.

Network officials announced recently the network will carry a special Major League Baseball double header on July 4th.  The schedule starts with a National League inter-divisional matchup between the Phillies and Pirates at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN.  American League opponents Boston and Texas round out the day’s double header schedule beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Rotations and pitchers have not been announced for either game.  The July 4 matchup between the Phillies and Pirates will be the second of a four-game series between the NL foes while it the AL showdown between the Red Sox and Rangers will be the second in a three-game series between those teams.

More information on ESPN’s special Independence Day double header schedule is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at http://www.espn.com/mlb.

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One Year Later: ESPN Networks To Pay Tribute To Ali

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ESPN and its networks will pay tribute to legendary boxer and revolutionary Muhammad Ali Saturday on the first anniversary of his death.

The tribute to Ali begins at 4 a.m. Saturday on ESPN2 with Ali’s Dozen, a documentary about Ali.  The coverage continues at 5 a.m. with Ali’s 65, a documentary marking Ali’s 65th birthday by looking at his life and career in and out of the ring.  The network will also carry other programming including Ali’s 1974 match against George Foreman and his 1975 match against George Frazier throughout the day.

Next Sunday, June 9, coverage continues on the eve of the first anniversary of Ali’s passing on ESPN with a special edition of E:60E:60 Ali’s Last Round airs at 9 p.m. The documentary focuses not so much on Ali, but the man who drove Ali’s casket through the streets of Louisville, KY—Hamilton Porter on the procession’s roughly 20-mile route.

Porter is the fourth generation of his family to work at A.D. Porter and Sons Funeral Home, the funeral home that handled Ali’s funeral.

Tributes to Ali will be available not only on television but online, too.  ESPN.com writer Tom Junod’s article The Greatest, At Rest can be read online now.  The article follows those who handled Ali’s funeral from the funeral home to those closest to him.  It can be read online now here.

ESPN Boxing writer Dan Rafael’s Muhammad Ali memorabilia is also being presented online for audiences to see here complete with commentary on each item by Rafael.

Along with Junod’s article and Rafael’s presentation, ESPN.com has also culled all of its Ali-related articles from the past year in one place here.

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Desmond Howard Inks New Deal With ESPN

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Audiences can expect to see Desmond Howard every fall for the foreseeable future on ESPN.

ESPN announced Tuesday that Howard had signed a new multi-year deal with the worldwide leader in sports.  The terms of Howard’s new deal were not released, though Lee Fitting, ESPN senior coordinating producer, assured audiences Howard will be with the network for a long time thanks to the new deal.

The name Desmond Howard is synonymous with college football,” Fitting said.  “Desmond has been a key part of our College GameDay family for over 10 years, and will be into the foreseeable future.  Desmond has established himself as a respected analyst, and now he is going to continue to deliver honest and thoughtful opinions elevating our college football coverage.”

Howard’s College GameDay cohorts Rece Davis and Kirk Herbstreit agreed, with Davis saying Howard’s “honesty and candor resonates with fans and makes our show better.” Herbstreit said Howard “continues to grow as an analyst and works hard to be dialed in on the subject matters each week,” adding he was anticipating the next number of years with Howard.

Howard was upbeat as he discussed his new contract, praising his fellow broadcasters.

“I am both excited and reflective as I embark on my 13th season with ESPN,” Howard said.  “When I transitioned from playing the game to talking about it for a living, I could not have landed on a better team than College GameDay, where I’ve been fortunate to learn from and grow with some of the very best in this industry.”

He added he was already anticipating the start of the 2017 college football season.

“Likewise, I consider myself lucky to be able to travel the country throughout the fall and be surrounded by so many die-hard college football fans who gather together to help us create a uniquely electric atmosphere every Saturday morning…Is it August yet?”

Howard’s football career reaches back to his time at The University of Michigan (1988 – 1991).  He was the first receiver in Big 10 history to lead the conference in scoring, setting or tying five NCAA records and 12 single-season Michigan records.

He won the Heisman Trophy in 1991 by the second largest margin of victory in the trophy’s history at 85 percent of the vote. The same year Howard, who also earned All-American status during his college career, was also awarded the Walter Camp Trophy and the Maxwell Award.

Even after he finished his college career, the awards kept coming for Howard. He was inducted into the:

  • Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame and the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame in 2005
  •  State of Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2007
  • University of Michigan Hall of Honor in 2008
  • National Football Foundation College Football of Fame in 2010
  • College Football Hall of Fame in 2011

Howard’s University of Michigan jersey was retired in 2015.  His accolades kept coming during his professional career including being drafted to the Washington Redskins in 1992 before eventually playing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions.

He was named Super Bowl XXXI MVP in 1997 after returning 99-yard kickoff return that resulted in a touchdown.  The honor, earned as a member of the Green Bay Packers, made Howard the first and only special teams player to be named a Super Bowl MVP.

After finishing his 11-season career, Howard made the move to television, joining ESPN in 2005.

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ESPN Reveals Networks’ Early 2017 CFB Broadcast Schedule

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The start of the 2017 college football season is three months away, but ESPN is already building anticipation for the new season.

ESPN announced this week, the broadcast schedule for the 2017 college football season across its networks.  The networks’ season launches with a five-day slate of games running from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4. That schedule includes a 2-3 matchup between Florida State and Alabama on ABC’s Saturday Night Football.

Ohio State and Oklahoma will also go toe-to-toe on the weekly broadcast for what will be the teams’ fourth showdown.  Before that though, the Buckeyes will open the ESPN networks’ 2017 college football broadcast schedule Aug. 31 as the team takes on Indiana.  Other matchups scheduled for the networks’ opening stretch include Penn State facing Akron Sept. 2 on ABC, N.C. State facing South Carolina the same day in Charlotte on ESPN and Tennessee facing Georgia Tech in Atlanta Sept. 4 on ESPN.

The current schedule for the ESPN networks’ first three weeks of games is noted below.  Audiences should note more games will be announced at a later date.

ESPN/ABC’s Week 1 Schedule

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Thu, Aug. 31

8 p.m.

No. 1 Ohio State at Indiana

ESPN

Fri, Sept. 1

9 p.m.

Utah State at No. 11 Wisconsin

ESPN

Sat, Sept. 2

Noon

Akron at No. 5 Penn State

ABC

Kent State at No. 7 Clemson

ESPN

3 p.m.

NC State vs. South Carolina from Charlotte

ESPN

3:30 p.m.

No. 14 Michigan vs. No. 21 Florida from Arlington, Texas

ABC

6:15 p.m.

Appalachian State at No. 13 Georgia

ESPN

8 p.m.

2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game: No. 2 Florida State vs. No. 3 Alabama from Atlanta

ABC

9:30 p.m.

2017 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff: BYU vs. No. 12 LSU from Houston

ESPN

Sun, Sept. 3

2:30 p.m.

2017 MEAC/SWAC Challenge: South Carolina State at Southern

ESPN2

7:30 p.m.

No. 20 West Virginia vs. No. 22 Virginia Tech from Landover, Md.

ABC

Mon, Sept. 4

8 p.m.

2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game: Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech from Atlanta

ESPN

ABC’s Saturday Night Football: Week 2

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Sat, Sept. 9

7:30 p.m.

No. 8 Oklahoma at No. 1 Ohio State

ABC

ABC’s Saturday Night Football: Week 3

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Sat, Sept. 16

8 p.m.

No. 15 Miami at No. 2 Florida State

ABC

Additional games for ESPN’s networks weeks 0, 1, 2, and 3 schedule will be announced at a later date
Rankings are from
Mark Schlabach’s post spring games Top 25 on ESPN.com

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