ESPN Networks’ College Football Media Days Schedule Announced

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Courtesy: ESPN

It’s almost that time again.  College football season is almost upon us once again.  In anticipation of its impending return ESPN has announced its plans for the sport’s annual Media Days.

ESPN and the ESPN networks will launch their coverage of college football’s conference media days beginning next Monday, July 11th.  In all 14 Conference Media Days will be covered across ESPN’s family of networks and will continue into August.  It all begins on College Football Live.  ESPN’s daily college football news and information show returns next Monday, July 11th.  It will continue daily throughout the season airing regularly from 1:30 – 2pm ET on ESPN.  Joe Tessitore will anchor the show’s broadcast in its first week back.  He will be joined by college football analysts Joey Galloway and Paul Finebaum.  Greg McElroy, Booger McFarland, and Marcus Spears will each make appearances from Hoover, Alabama, the site of the SEC Media Days.

ESPNU will have 30 hours of Media Days coverage.  That includes 10 three-hour College Football Media Days specials over 15 days beginning with the SEC (July 11th – 14th).  The Pac-12 is next on July 14th, followed by the Big 12 July 18th – 19th.  From July 21st – 22nd ESPNU will cover the ACC’s Media Days.  Coverage of the Big Ten conference’s Media Days rounds out ESPNU’s Media Days coverage from July 25th – 26th.  Brendan Fitzgerald, Matt Schick, and Anish Shroff will share time anchoring ESPNU’s Media Days broadcasts.  They will be joined primarily by analyst Tom Luginbill for additional commentary.  Kevin Carter (July 14th) and Charles Arbuckle (July 25th) will also make appearances during the network’s coverage of Media Days.  Anish Shroff will be live onsite in Charlotte, North Carolina for coverage of the ACC’s Media Days.  ESPNU’s coverage schedule is noted below.

 

DATE TIME (ET) CONFERENCE
Mon., July 11th 3pm SEC
Tue., July 12th 1pm SEC
Wed., July 13th 1pm SEC
Thu, July 14th 1pm SEC/Pac-12
Mon., July 18th 1pm Big 12
Tue., July 19th 1pm Big 12
Thu., July 21st 1pm ACC
Fri., July 22nd 1pm ACC
Mon., July 25th 1pm Big Ten
Tue., July 26th 1pm Big Ten

 

Anchor Matt Barrie and reporter Marty Smith, who will be on site in Alabama for the SEC’s Media Days, will carry coverage on ESPN’s SportsCenter.  ESPN3, ESPN.com, and the SEC Network will each carry their own additional Media Days coverage.  That information is provided below.

 

ESPN3

DATE TIME (ET) CONFERENCE
Monday, July 25th 2pm Sun Belt
Mon., July 25th
Tues., July 26th
3pm
10am
Conference  USA

 

Tues., July 26th
Wed., July 27th
TBD Mountain West
Thu., July 28th 12pm Mid-American
Tue., Aug. 2nd 9am American

 

Along with its  major conference coverage, ESPN3 will also carry coverage of four FCS schools’ Media Days.

DATE TIME (ET) CONFERENCE
July 21st 11am NEC
July 26th 10am CAA
July 26th 1:30pm Big South
July 27th 8pm Southland

 

ESPN.com will have reporters on site from a number of Media Days locations providing daily news, analysis and more.  The  reporters and their assigned sites are noted below.

Conference

              Reporters

SEC

  • Edward Aschoff

 

  • Greg Ostendorf

 

  • Alex Scarborough

 

  • Mark  Schlabach
Pac 12
  • Kyle Bonagura

 

  • Kevin Gemmell

 

  • Chantel Jennings

 

  • David Lombardi

 

  • Chris Low

 

  • Ted Miller
Big 12
  • Max Olson

 

  • Mitch Sherman

 

  • Jake  Trotter
ACC
  • Andrea Adelson

 

  • Matt Fortuna

 

  • David Hale

 

  • Jared Shanker
Big 10
  • Brian Bennett

 

  • Josh Moyer

 

  • Dan Murphy

 

  • Adam Rittenberg

 

  • Jesse Temple

 

  • Austin Ward
American
  • Ivan  Maisel

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNCFB

 

 

 

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ESPN Announces CFL 2016 Season Broadcast Schedule

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Courtesy: CFL/TSN/ESPN

The 2016 – 2017 NFL season is roughly four months away right now, not counting pre-season.  That’s a long time, as most football fans will attest.  But ESPN has just the thing for fans while they wait.  It’s called the Canadian Football League.  It kicks off its regular season next week.  And ESPN will have full coverage of all of the action beginning with a showdown between the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The Argonauts open the CFL’s 2016 season next Thursday, June 23rd when they host their rivals, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.  The game wil take place at the newly renovated BMO Field.  Coverage of the game is scheduled to begin at 7:30pm ET on ESPNEWS.  The action continues Friday, June 24th on ESPN2 when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers play host to the Montreal Alouettes at 8:30pm ET.  The Calgary Stampeders and and BC Lions round out opening weekend’s events Saturday night, June 25th on ESPN2.  Those with access to ESPN3 will get a special double dose of CFL action Saturday night when the defending Grey Cup Champions, the Edmonton Eskimos, host the Ottawa REDBLACKS live on ESPN3 at 7pm ET.  These games and all of the games to come will also be available streaming live online via WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

The ESPN networks’ coverage of the CFL is thanks to a multi-year deal between ESPN and the CFL.  It allows for coverage of the CFL’s full regular season schedule on ESPN in the United States, the playoffs, and 104th Grey Cup presented by Shaw.  ESPN’s broadcasts of the CFL schedule will feature production and commentary from TSN, Canada’s Sports Leader.  Last year alone, the deal between ESPN and the CFL led to ESPN airing 86 regular and postseason games in 2015.

ESPN’s current CFL broadcast schedule for the 2016 season is noted below.

ESPN’s CFL Television Schedule

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Thu, Jun 23

7:30 p.m.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Toronto Argonauts

ESPNEWS

Fri, Jun 24

8:30 p.m.

Montreal Alouettes vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers

ESPN2

Sat, Jun 25

10 p.m.

Calgary Stampeders vs. BC Lions

ESPN2

Thu, Jun 30

7 p.m.

Ottawa REDBLACKS vs. Montreal Alouettes

ESPN2

Thu, Jun 30

10 p.m.

Toronto Argonauts vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders

ESPN2

Fri, Jul 1

10 p.m.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Calgary Stampeders

ESPN2

Thu, Jul, 7

7 p.m.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats

ESPN2

Thu, Jul 7

10 p.m.

Toronto Argonauts vs. BC Lions

ESPN2

Fri, Jul 8

10 p.m.

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Edmonton Eskimos

ESPN2

Mon, Jul 25

7:30 p.m.

Montreal Alouettes vs. Toronto Argonauts

ESPN2

Thu, Jul 28

9 p.m.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Edmonton Eskimos

ESPN2

Fri, Jul 29

10 p.m.

BC Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders

ESPN2

Thu, Aug 4

7 p.m.

BC Lions vs. Montreal Alouettes

ESPN2

Thu, Aug 4

10 p.m.

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Calgary Stampeders

ESPN2

Thu, Aug 11

9 p.m.

Montreal Alouettes vs. Edmonton Eskimos

ESPN2

Sat, Aug 13

7 p.m.

Calgary Stampedes vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders

ESPNEWS

Thu, Aug 25

7:30 p.m.

BC Lions vs. Ottawa REDBLACKS

ESPN2

Fri, Oct 21

10 p.m.

Toronto Argonauts vs. Calgary Stampeders

ESPN2

Sun, Nov 13

1 p.m.

Eastern Semi-Final

ESPN2

Sun, Nov 27

6:30 p.m.

104th Grey Cup presented by Shaw (Toronto)

ESPN2

 

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

 

 

Website: http://espn.go.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espn

 

 

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ESPN Networks To Carry Full Coverage Of NCAA Division I Baseball Regionals

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Courtesy: ESPN

College baseball fans got some good news this week.  Officials with ESPN announced Monday that ESPN and the ESPN family of networks will have full coverage of the 2016 NCAA Division I College Baseball Championship this year.  It marks the fourth consecutive year that they will cover the road to the title.

The ESPN networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, and ESPN3 specifically) will have coverage of all 153 possible championship games.  This includes Regionals (up to 112 games from 16 sites June 3 – 6), Super Regionals (Up to 24 games from all eight sites June 10 – 12 or June 11 – 13) and College World Series (Up to 17 games June 18 – 29).  Each game will be simulcast online via WatchESPN.  Each Regional tournament is a double elimination format with four teams participating at each site.  The winner of each regional tournament moves on to the Super Regionals.

For the true hardcore college baseball fans, ESPN’s four-day “Bases Loaded” platform returns this year for the Regionals.  ESPN’s “Bases Loaded” platform features unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from a number of games in the Regionals.  It also features up-to-the-minute commentary from ESPN analysts.  The platform is provided once again by ESPNU and Goal Line/Buzzer Beater, with ESPN and ESPN2 to have simulcasts.  Matt Schick and Brendan Fitzgerald will anchor coverage of the Regionals.  They will be joined by analyst Kyle Peterson for additional commentary.  As an additional note, networks for Games 3 and 4 on Saturday and each Game 5 across the EPNS networks will be decided the night before their broadcast.  The same applies for games on Monday, June 6th if necessary.  The networks for Sunday’s Game 6 matchups will be determined and assigned Sunday afternoon, June 5th. The broadcast schedule for the Regionals is noted below.

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 3RD

Goal Line/Buzzer Beater: 1pm – 11pm

ESPNU: 3pm – 11pm

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH

Goal Line/Buzzer Beater: 1pm – 11pm

ESPNU: 2pm – 11pm

ESPN: 4:30pm – 6pm

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH

Goal Line/Buzzer Beater: 1pm – 11pm

ESPNU: 2pm – 11pm

ESPN2: 5:30pm – 7pm

 

MONDAY, JUNE 6TH

Goal Line/Buzzer Beater: 6pm – 12am

ESPNU: 6pm – 11pm

 

The full, in-depth schedule for the ESPN networks’ coverage of the NCAA Division I College Baseball Regionals is noted below.

 

NCAA Regionals Presented by Capital One (Schedule subject to change; All Times Eastern)

Site: Gainesville, Fla.

Commentators: Mike Morgan, Carlos Pena

Teams: No.1 Florida, No.2 Georgia Tech, No.3 UConn, No.4 Bethune-Cookman

Game 1 – UConn vs. Georgia Tech: June 3 at 1 p.m., ESPN3

Game 2 – Bethune-Cookman vs Florida: June 3 at 6 p.m., SEC Network

Games 3 & 4: June 4 at 12 p.m. &  6 p.m.

Games 5 & 6: June 5 at 12 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Game 7 (if necessary): June 6 at 6 p.m.

 

Site: Tallahassee, Fla.

Commentators: Trey Bender, Jerry Kindall

Teams: No.1 Florida State, No.2 Southern Mississippi, No.3 South Alabama, No. 4 Alabama State

Game 1 – South Alabama vs. Southern Mississippi: June 3 at noon, ESPN3

Game 2 – Alabama State vs. Florida State: June 3 at 6 p.m., ESPN3

Games 3 & 4: June 4 at noon & 6 p.m.

Games 5 & 6: June 5 at noon & 6 p.m.

Game 7 (if necessary): June 6 at 6 p.m.

 

Site: Raleigh, NC

Commentators: Steve Lenox, Wes Clements

Teams: No.1 NC State, No.2 Coastal Carolina, No.3 St. Mary’s (Ca.), No.4 Navy

Game 1 – St. Mary’s vs. Coastal Carolina: June 3 at 2 p.m., ESPN3

Game 2 – Navy vs. NC State: June 3 at 7 p.m., ESPN3

Games 3 & 4: June 4 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Games 5 & 6: June 5 at 1 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Game 7 (if necessary): June 6 at 7 p.m.

 

Site: Baton Rouge, La.

Commentators: Lyn Rollins, Ben McDonald

Teams: No.1 LSU, No. 2 Rice, No.3 Southeastern Louisiana, No. 4 Utah Valley

Game 1- Utah Valley vs. LSU: June 3 at 3 p.m., ESPN3

Game 2- Southeastern Louisiana vs. Rice: June 3 at 8 p.m., ESPN3

Games 3 & 4: June 4 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Games 5 & 6: June 5 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Game 7 (if necessary): June 6 at 8 p.m.

 

Site: Lubbock, Texas

Commentators: Mark Neely, Greg Swindell

Teams: No.1 Texas Tech, No.2 Dallas Baptist, No.3 New Mexico, No.4 Fairfield

Game 1- Fairfield vs. Texas Tech: June 3 at 3 p.m., ESPN3

Game 2 – New Mexico vs. Dallas Baptist: June 3 at 7 p.m., ESPN3

Games 3 & 4: June 4 at 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Games 5 & 6: June 5 at 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Game 7 (if necessary): June 6 at 3 p.m.

 

Site: Charlottesville, Va.

Commentators: Taylor Zarzour, Nick Belmonte

Teams: No. 1 Virginia, No.2 Bryant, No.3 East Carolina, No.4 William & Mary

Game 1 – William & Mary vs. Virginia: June 3 at 1 p.m., ESPN3

Game 2 – East Carolina vs. Bryant: June 3 at 6 p.m., ESPN3

Games 3 & 4: June 4 at 1 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Games 5 & 6: June 5 at 1 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Game 7 (if necessary): June 6 at 6 p.m.

 

Site: Fort Worth, Texas

Commentators: Roxy Bernstein, Keith Moreland

Teams: No.1 TCU, No.2 Arizona State, No.3 Gonzaga, No.4 Oral Roberts

Game 1 – Gonzaga vs. Arizona State: June 3 at 3 p.m., ESPN3

Game 2 – Oral Roberts vs. TCU: June 3 at 7:30 p.m., ESPN3

Games 3 & 4: June 4 at 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Games 5 & 6: June 5 at 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Game 7 (if necessary): June 6 at 4 p.m.

 

Site: College Station, Texas

Commentators: Clay Matvick, Gabe Gross

Teams: No.1 Texas A&M, No.2 Minnesota, No.3 Wake Forest, No.4 Binghampton

Game 1 – Wake Forest vs. Minnesota: June 3 at 4 p.m., ESPN3

Game 2 – Binghamton vs. Texas A&M: June 3 at 9 p.m., SEC Network

Games 3 & 4: June 4 at 4 p.m. & 9 p.m.

Games 5 & 6: June 5 at 4p.m. & 9p.m.

Game 7 (if necessary): June 6 at 9 p.m.

 

Site: Louisville, Ky.

Commentators: Dave Neal, Chris Burke

Teams: No.1 Louisville, No.2 Ohio State, No.3 Wright State, No.4 Western Michigan

Game 1 – Wright State vs. Ohio State: June 3 at 2 p.m., ESPN3

Game 2 – Western Michigan vs. Louisville: June 3 at 6 p.m., ESPN3

Games 3 & 4: June 4 at noon & 4 p.m.

Games 5 & 6: June 5 at noon & 4 p.m.

Game 7 (if necessary): June 6 at 4 p.m.

 

Site: Nashville, Tenn.

Commentators: Mike Keith, Rusty Ensor

Teams: No.1 Vanderbilt, No.2 UC Santa Barbara, No. 3 Washington, No. 4 Xavier

Game 1 – Washington vs. UC Santa Barbara: June 3 at 2 p.m., ESPN3

Game 2 – Xavier vs. Vanderbilt: June 3 at 8 p.m., ESPN3

Games 3 & 4: June 4 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Games 5 & 6: June 5 at 3 p.m. & 9 p.m.

Game 7 (if necessary): June 6 at 9 p.m.

 

Site: Columbia, SC

Commentators: Matt Stewart, Jay Walker

Teams: No.1 South Carolina, No.2 UNCW, No.3 Duke, No.4 Rhode Island

Game 1 – Duke vs. UNCW: June 3 at 1 p.m. 

Game 2 – Rhode Island vs. South Carolina: June 3 at 7 p.m., ESPN3

Games 3 & 4: June 4 at 12 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Games 5 & 6: June 5 at 12 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Game 7 (if necessary): June 6 at 6 p.m.

 

Site: Clemson, SC

Commentators: Tom Hart, Mike Rooney

Teams: No.1 Clemson, No.2 Oklahoma State, No.3 Nebraska, No.4 Western Carolina

Game 1 – Western Carolina vs. Clemson, June 3 at 7 p.m., ESPN3

Game 2 – Nebraska vs. Oklahoma State, June 3 at noon, ESPNU

Games 3 & 4: June 4 at 12 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Games 5 & 6: June 5 at 12 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Game 7 (if necessary): June 6 at 7 p.m.

 

Site: Starkville, Ms.

Commentators: Doug Sherman, John Gregory

Teams: No.1 Mississippi State, No.2 Cal State Fullerton, No.3 Louisiana Tech, No.4 Southeast Missouri State

Game 1 – Louisiana Tech vs. Cal State Fullerton: June 3 at 2:30 p.m., ESPN3

Game 2 – Southeast Missouri State vs. Mississippi State: June 3 at 7:30 p.m., ESPN3

Games 3 & 4: June 4 at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Games 5 & 6: June 5 at 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.

Game 7 (if necessary): June 6 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Site: Lafayette, La.

Commentators: Brett Dolan, Tom Holiday

Teams: No.1 UL Lafayette, No. 2 Arizona, No. 3 Sam Houston State, No. 4 Princeton

Game 1 – Sam Houston State vs Arizona: June 3 at 2 p.m., ESPN3

Game 2 – Princeton vs. UL Lafayette: June 3 at 8 p.m., ESPN3

Games 3 & 4: June 4 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Games 5 & 6: June 5 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Game 7 (if necessary): June 6 at 8 p.m.

 

Site: Oxford, Ms.

Commentators: Richard Cross, David Dellucci

Teams: No.1 Ole Miss, No. 2 Tulane, No.3 Boston College, No. 4 Utah

Game 1 – Boston College at Tulane: June 3 at 4 p.m., ESPN3

Game 2 – Utah vs. Ole Miss: June 3 at 8 p.m., ESPN3

Games 3 & 4: June 4 at 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Games 5 & 6: June 5 at 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Game 7 (if necessary): June 6 at 8 p.m.

 

Site: Miami, Fla.

Commentators: Anish Shroff, Alex Cora

Teams: No. 1 Miami (Fla.), No. 2 Florida Atlanta, No.3 Long Beach State, No. 4 Stetson

Game 1 – Long Beach State vs. Florida Atlantic: June 3 at 1 p.m., ESPN3

Game 2 – Stetson vs. Miami: June 3 at 7 p.m., ESPN3

Games 3 & 4: June 4 at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Games 5 & 6: June 5 at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Game 7 (if necessary): June 6 at 7 p.m.

 

More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the NCAA Division I College Baseball Championship is available online now at:

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Twitter: http://twitter.com/NCAACWS

 

 

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ABC Marks 100th Indy 500 With Most Extensive Coverage Ever

Indianapolis, IN - May 24, 2015 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Will Power (1) and Simon Pagenaud (22) competing in the 99th Indianapolis 500 (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Indianapolis, IN – May 24, 2015 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Will Power (1) and Simon Pagenaud (22) competing in the 99th Indianapolis 500
(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

2016 marks a very important milestone in the world of auto racing.  It marks the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500.  And it marks the 52nd consecutive year that it will air live on ABC.

The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place this Sunday, May 29th.  It will be live beginning with ABC’s pre-race broadcast at 11am ET on ABC.  The green flag is currently set to fly at 12:17pm ET.  For the first time ever, it will be simulcast live online via WatchESPN.  In honor of the race’s 100th anniversary, 100 cameras will be set up around and even above the track for the most immersive coverage ever of what has come to be known as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”  Julie Sobieski is VP of ESPN’s League Sports Programming.  She discussed the expanded coverage in a discussion with the press and the importance of that coverage.  “We’ve been pointing to the 100th Indianapolis 500 for a long time and now that it’s here, we’re more proud than ever to be associated with the Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” she said.  “Producing this telecast is a labor of love for our team and this will be our biggest year ever. We’re all really looking forward to Sunday.”

ABC’s expanded coverage of the 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by Firestone includes three cameras per car on 12 of the field’s 33 cars.  There will also be four Ultra Hi Motion cameras positioned around the track that capture images 20 times slower than live action cameras.  This allows viewers to see detail of the track, cars, and even pit road not commonly visible via live action cameras.  There will also be aerial cameras mounted on a blimp, helicopter, and above pit road.  The drivers whose cars will hold those onboard cameras are: pole sitter James Hinchcliffe, defending Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya, 2015 Verizon Indycar Series Champion Scott Dixon, Simon Pagenaud, Josef Newgarden, Will Power, Graham Rahal, Tony Kanaan, Ryan Hunter- Reay, Marco Andretti, Takuma Sato, and Helio Castroneves.  Castroneves has additional motivation this year.  He will attempt this year to be only the fourth driver to win the race four times.

A total of 287 microphones will be used to capture sound throughout the race.  26 of those microphones will be mounted on the field of 33 cars.  235 others will be mounted all the way around the track totaling 170,000 feet of fiber optic cable16 transmission points, and four uplinks.  As if all of that isn’t enough, audiences will have also have the option of a second screen experience through a choice of live streaming video from the onboard cameras via ESPN3.  ESPN3 will carry the feeds exclusively through WatchESPN.

Allan Bestwick will anchor Sunday’s broadcast.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts and former drivers Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever for additional commentary.  Jon Beekhuis, Rick DeBruhl, and Dr. Jerry Punch will be in the pits with all of the latest news and interviews throughout the race.  Lindsay Czarniak will anchor ABC’s pre-race broadcast live from IMS’ iconic pagoda.  She will be joined by Marty Smith for additional commentary and insight.

ESPN and its family of networks will offer extensive coverage of the 100th Indianapolis 500 leading up to its broadcast this weekend.  Information on that coverage is available online now along with all of the latest auto racing news at:

 

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espn

 

 

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ESPN Networks Kick Off 206 NFL Draft Coverage Thursday Night On ESPN

 Chicago, IL - April 30, 2015 - Auditorium Theatre: Mel Kiper Jr., Jon Gruden, Louis Riddick and Chris Berman on the set during the 2015 NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images)


Chicago, IL – April 30, 2015 – Auditorium Theatre: Mel Kiper Jr., Jon Gruden, Louis Riddick and Chris Berman on the set during the 2015 NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images)

The countdown to the 2016 – 2017 NFL season officially begins this week.  It all begins Thursday with the annual NFL draft.  And ESPN will have full coverage of this year’s draft.

ESPN launches its coverage of the 2016 NFL draft Thursday night at 8pm ET live from Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.  ESPN will carry Round one with limited commercial interruption for the fifth consecutive year when it begins Thursday night.  It will be simulcast live on ESPN Radio nationwide.  Before the network’s coverage begins, it will air a special pre-draft SportsCenter broadcast at 7pm ET that looks forward not only to the first round of the draft but all seven rounds.  Speaking of those other rounds, ESPN will carry coverage of Rounds 2 and 3 live Friday evening beginning at 7pm ET from the Auditorium Theatre live on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNRadio.  Rounds 4 – 7 will be covered live Saturday beginning at noon eastern.  ESPN will carry coverage of Rounds 4 – 7 live from Chicago’s Grant Park.

Chris Berman will anchor ESPN’s broadcast of the draft’s first round Thursday evening.  He will be joined at the desk by veteran NFL Draft Analyst Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN Monday Night Football analyst and Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden, and NFL Front Office Insider Louis Riddick.  Fellow NFL Insider Adam Schefter will be on hand along with NFL host Suzy Kolber, and a team of NFL reporters from team sites with all of the latest news throughout the first round.

Trey Wingo will anchor ESPN’s coverage of Rounds 2 – 7 over the weekend.  He will be joined by Mel Kiper, Jr., NFL Front Office Insider Louis Riddick, NFL Insider Adam Schefter, and NFL Draft Analyst Todd McShay.  The full broadcast schedule for this weekend’s NFL draft coverage across the ESPN networks is listed below.

 

ESPN NFL Draft Programming Originating from Chicago (April 28-30):

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Thu, Apr 28 6-10 a.m. Mike & Mike ESPN Radio, ESPN2
10-11 a.m. SportsCenter ESPN
10 a.m.-12 p.m. First Take ESPN2
1:30-2:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN
2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Live ESPN
6-7 p.m. SportsCenter ESPN
7-8 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Draft Countdown ESPN
8-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft (Round 1) ESPN,
ESPN Radio
11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. SportsCenter ESPN
Fri, Apr 29 6-10 a.m. Mike & Mike ESPN Radio, ESPN2
10-11 a.m. SportsCenter ESPN
10 a.m.-12 p.m. First Take ESPN2
1:30-2:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN
2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Live ESPN
7-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft (Rounds 2-3) ESPN/ESPN2, ESPN Radio
Sat, Apr 30 12-8 p.m. NFL Draft (Rounds 4-7) ESPN

 

Along with its domestic coverage of the NFL Draft, ESPN International will carry coverage of the NFL Draft to more than 72 million households in 59 countries and territories throughout Latin America’s Spanish-speaking regions, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.  Canada will have coverage of the NFL Draft via TSN.  Audiences in Mexico and Central America can get full coverage of the draft via ESPN’s ESPNPlay broadband platform.  Audiences in Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil will be able to catch coverage of the NFL Draft online via WatchESPN while audiences in the rest of South America will get live coverage of Round 1 live online via ESPNPlay.

The ESPN networks’ primary draft coverage is just the tip of the iceberg for this year’s events.  There will also be special, additional commentary and more across each of ESPN’s networks and platforms including but not limited to The Mel Kiper Draft Grades –the foundation of SportsCenter Special: Draft Grades on May 1st at 7pm ET on ESPN.  More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of this year’s NFL Draft is available online now at:

 

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

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

 

 

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ESPN Networks To Carry Extensive Coverage Of NCAA Div. I Women’s Basketball Tournament

Courtesy: ESPN  L - R: Kevin Neghandi, Kara Lawson, Rebecca Lobo

Courtesy: ESPN
L – R: Kevin Neghandi, Kara Lawson, Rebecca Lobo

March 13th, 2016 is one of the biggest nights in the 2015 – 2016 college basketball season.  That is because it is selection Sunday.  It is just one of the college basketball world’s big days.  On Monday, March 14th, ESPN will have exclusive coverage of “Selection Monday.”

The full 64-team field for the Women’s NCAA Division I college basketball tournament will be revealed on the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special Presented by Capitol One will air March 14th at 7pm ET on ESPN.  Kevin Neghandi will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by veteran analysts Kara Lawson and Rebecca Lobo for additional commentary.  Coverage doesn’t end after the last team is announced, either.  ESPNU will pick up coverage at 8pm ET with the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special Extended Coverage Presented by Capitol One.  Both shows will include special features and interviews and an exclusive interview with Chris Dawson during ESPN’s coverage during the 7pm hour.  Dawson is Chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee.

As an added bonus, ESPN will once again carry all 63 games in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship presented by Capitol One.  It all leads up to the NCAA Division I Women’s Final Four from Indianapolis, IN on April 3rd and 5th.  2016 marks the eleventh consecutive year that ESPN has carried complete coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.  ESPN and ESPN2 will carry coverage of regionalized telecasts with home protection through the tournament’s first two rounds.  ESPN3 and ESPN Full Court, ESPN’s pay-per-view service, will offer complete first and second round coverage as a supplement to the coverage offered by ESPN and ESPN2.  The tournament’s final 15 games, beginning with the Regional Semifinals, will have national telecast windows on ESPN and ESPN2.

Those wanting even more coverage of the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship can go online to espnW.com and ESPN.com as well as the SEC Network.  More information on this year’s coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship is available online now at:

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/womens-college-basketball

http://espn.go.com/espnw

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/espnw

 

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

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Courtesy: ESPN

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.

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

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