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

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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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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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Weather Forces Changes To ESPN’s Weekend CFB Broadcast Schedule

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Courtesy: ESPN

South Carolina has been devasted by the recent rains that came through the area last week. The effects of the low pressure system that went through the area were far reaching to say the very least. Homes and lands have been flooded, and roads have been washed out. So far fourteen people have lost their lives as a result of the weather. It goes without saying that all of those affected by that weather system are in the thoughts and prayers of the country. Today it was announced that that same system has had even more effect as this weekend’s matchup between the Gamecocks and Tigers has been moved.

Officials with LUS and South Carolina have announced that the game, which was previously scheduled to be held in South Carolina Saturday at noon will now be played at LSU Saturday afternoon at 3:30pm ET. The game will still be broadcast live on ESPN despite the change. Five others games have seen some changes in their scheduling on the ESPN networks as a result of this change. Those games are: Indiana @ Penn St., Illinois @ #22 Iowa, Tulane @ Temple, Minnesota @ Perdue, and Connecticut at UCF. Those games will still be played at their original times and at their original venues. The only changes will be the networks on which audiences can see them. Those changes are all listed below.

The updated schedule for the six impacted games:
Date
Time (ET)
Game / Commentators
Network
Sat, Oct 10
Noon
Indiana at Penn State
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN
 
Noon
Illinois at No. 22 Iowa
Clay Matvick, John Congemi
ESPN2
 
Noon
Tulane at Temple
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
ESPNU
 
3:30 p.m.
No. 7 LSU vs. South Carolina (from Baton Rouge, La.)
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
 
3:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Purdue
Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley
ESPNU
 
3:45 p.m.
Connecticut at UCF
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks
ESPNEWS

The full schedule for ESPN Radio’s Saturday football coverage is listed below.

The complete schedule of games for Saturday, Oct. 10, on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPNEWS, SEC Network and ESPN Radio:

Date
Time (ET)
Game / Commentators
Network
Sat, Oct 10
Noon
Texas vs. No. 10 Oklahoma (from Dallas)
Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, Todd McShay
ABC
 
Noon
Indiana at Penn State
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN
 
Noon
Illinois at No. 22 Iowa
Clay Matvick, John Congemi
ESPN2
 
Noon
Tulane at Temple
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
ESPNU
 
Noon
New Mexico State at No. 14 Ole Miss
Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
 
Noon
Central Michigan at Western Michigan
ESPN3 *
 
Noon
Sacred Heart at Robert Morris
ESPN3
 
Noon
Culver-Stockton at Benedictine
ESPN3 *
 
12:30 p.m.
Virginia at Pittsburgh
ESPN3 *
 
1 p.m.
Furman at Chattanooga
ESPN3
 
1:30 p.m.
Samford at VMI
ESPN3
 
2 p.m.
Massachusetts at Bowling Green
Jim Barbar, John Gregory
ESPN3
 
2 p.m.
Miami (Ohio) at Ohio
ESPN3 *
 
2 p.m.
Presbyterian at Coastal Carolina
ESPN3
 
2 p.m.
Wofford at The Citadel
ESPN3
 
2 p.m.
Valdosta State at West Georgia
ESPN3 *
 
2 p.m.
Clarion at Edinboro
ESPN3 *
 
2 p.m.
Northern Iowa at North Dakota State
ESPN3 *
 
2 p.m.
Southeast Missouri State at Eastern Illinois
ESPN3
 
3 p.m.
Kent State at No. 24 Toledo
Dave Weekley, Dustin Fox
ESPN3
 
3 p.m.
Akron at Eastern Michigan
Michael Reghi, Josh Cribbs
ESPN3
 
3 p.m.
Wake Forest at Boston College
ESPN3 *
 
3:30 p.m.
Georgia Tech at No. 6 Clemson
TV: Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ABC & ESPN2, ESPN Radio
 
3:30 p.m.
Wisconsin at Nebraska
Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Harlan
ABC & ESPN2
 
3:30 p.m.
No. 7 LSU at South Carolina
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
 
3:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Purdue
Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley
ESPNU
 
3:30 p.m.
Ball State at Northern Illinois
Shawn Kenney, Al Groh
ESPN3
 
3:30 p.m.
Appalachian State at Georgia State
Matt Stewart, Wayne Gandy
ESPN3
 
3:45 p.m.
Connecticut at UCF
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks
ESPNEWS
 
4 p.m.
Troy at Mississippi State
Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Kayce Smith
SEC Network
 
4 p.m.
South Dakota at Western Illinois
ESPN3
 
4 p.m.
Nicholls State at Stephen F. Austin
ESPN3
 
6 p.m.
Louisiana-Monroe at Tulsa
Joel Meyers, Pete Najarian
ESPN3
 
6 p.m.
Stetson at Jacksonville
ESPN3
 
7 p.m.
Arkansas at No. 8 Alabama
Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
ESPN
 
7 p.m.
No. 21 Oklahoma State at West Virginia
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Shannon Spake
ESPN2
 
7 p.m.
Texas State at Louisiana-Lafayette
Brett Dolan, Forrest Conoly
ESPN3
 
7 p.m.
Southeastern Louisiana at McNeese State
ESPN3
 
7 p.m.
Illinois State at Youngstown State
ESPN3 *
 
7 p.m.
Indiana State at South Dakota State
ESPN3 *
 
7:30 p.m.
East Carolina at BYU
Allen Bestwick, Dan Hawkins
ESPNU
 
7:30 p.m.
No. 11 Florida at Missouri
Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor
SEC Network
 
8 p.m.
Miami (Fla.) at No. 12 Florida State
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox
ABC
 
8 p.m.
Angelo State at Texas A&M Commerce
ESPN3
 
8 p.m.
Abilene Christian at Lamar
ESPN3
 
10 p.m.
No. 23 Cal at No. 5 Utah
Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, Tom Luginbill
ESPN
 
10:15 p.m.
Wyoming at Air Force
Mike Couzens, David Diaz-Infante
ESPN2

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

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

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Unbeatens Take Center Stage On ESPN Networks’ College Football Broadcasts This Saturday

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Courtesy: ESPN

It’s only Monday. But ESPN is giving all the college football fans out there reason to look forward to this weekend with an announcement today for this weekend’s college football coverage.

Officials with ESPN announced today a very busy broadcast schedule for Saturday across its family of networks. That schedule includes a triple header on ABC beginning at noon eastern time between the Texans and Sooners live from the Cotton Bowl. The annual “Red River Rivalry” between the Longhorns and the #10 ranked Oklahoma Sooners will mark the 110th time that the Big 12 foes have faced off. It will be followed up Saturday afternoon on ABC either by the #6 Clemson Tigers taking on the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets or the Wisconsin Badgers taking on the Nebraska Cornhuskers. ESPN 2 will run the game not aired on ABC. Broadcast for both is scheduled for 3:30pm ET. Saturday’s schedule on ABC will be rounded out at 8pm ET with the undefeated #12 Florida State Seminoles taking on the Miami Hurricanes.

Over on The SEC Network the also undefeated #11 Florida Gators will cap off the network’s broadcast schedule as they face off against Missouri at 7:30pm ET. And on ESPNU, unbeaten #22 Iowa will take on Illinois at high noon. Later in the night, the #5 Utah Utes host #23 California in a Pac-12 showdown. As additional notes, #7 LSU will be on the road Saturday against the Gamecocks at noon and #8 Alabama will take on Arkansas at 7pm ET. Wyoming and Air Force finish off the night on ESPN2 at 10:15pm ET. The complete schedule for the ESPN networks’ Saturday College Football coverage is listed below.

 

Date

Time (ET)

Game / Commentators

Network

Thu, Oct 8

7:30 p.m.

South Carolina State at Bethune-Cookman

Mark Neely, Jay Walker

ESPNU

 

8 p.m.

SMU at Houston

Eamon McAnaney, Rocky Boiman

ESPN2

 

9 p.m.

Washington at No. 17 USC

Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Kaylee Hartung

ESPN

Fri, Oct 9

8 p.m.

NC State at Virginia Tech

Dave Flemming, Mack Brown, Allison Williams

ESPN

Sat, Oct 10

Noon

Texas vs. No. 10 Oklahoma (from Dallas)

Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, Todd McShay

ABC

 

Noon

No. 7 LSU at South Carolina

Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich

ESPN

 

Noon

Indiana at Penn State

Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra

ESPN2

 

Noon

Illinois at No. 22 Iowa

Clay Matvick, John Congemi

ESPNU

 

Noon

Tulane at Temple

Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia

ESPNEWS

 

Noon

New Mexico State at No. 14 Ole Miss

Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge

SEC Network

 

Noon

Central Michigan at Western Michigan

ESPN3 *

 

Noon

Sacred Heart at Robert Morris

ESPN3

 

Noon

Culver-Stockton at Benedictine

ESPN3 *

 

12:30 p.m.

Virginia at Pittsburgh

ESPN3 *

 

1 p.m.

Furman at Chattanooga

ESPN3

 

1:30 p.m.

Samford at VMI

ESPN3

 

2 p.m.

Massachusetts at Bowling Green

Jim Barbar, John Gregory

ESPN3

 

2 p.m.

Miami (Ohio) at Ohio

ESPN3 *

 

2 p.m.

Presbyterian at Coastal Carolina

ESPN3

 

2 p.m.

Wofford at The Citadel

ESPN3

 

2 p.m.

Valdosta State at West Georgia

ESPN3 *

 

2 p.m.

Clarion at Edinboro

ESPN3 *

 

2 p.m.

Northern Iowa at North Dakota State

ESPN3 *

 

2 p.m.

Southeast Missouri State at Eastern Illinois

ESPN3

 

3 p.m.

Kent State at No. 24 Toledo

Dave Weekley, Dustin Fox

ESPN3

 

3 p.m.

Akron at Eastern Michigan

Michael Reghi, Josh Cribbs

ESPN3

 

3 p.m.

Wake Forest at Boston College

ESPN3 *

 

3:30 p.m.

Georgia Tech at No. 6 Clemson

TV: Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad

ABC & ESPN2, ESPN Radio

 

3:30 p.m.

Wisconsin at Nebraska

Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Harlan

ABC & ESPN2

 

3:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Purdue

Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley

ESPN

 

3:30 p.m.

Ball State at Northern Illinois

Shawn Kenney, Al Groh

ESPN3

 

3:30 p.m.

Appalachian State at Georgia State

Matt Stewart, Wayne Gandy

ESPN3

 

3:45 p.m.

Connecticut at UCF

Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks

ESPNU

 

4 p.m.

Troy at Mississippi State

Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Kayce Smith

SEC Network

 

4 p.m.

South Dakota at Western Illinois

ESPN3

 

4 p.m.

Nicholls State at Stephen F. Austin

ESPN3

 

6 p.m.

Louisiana-Monroe at Tulsa

Joel Meyers, Pete Najarian

ESPN3

 

6 p.m.

Stetson at Jacksonville

ESPN3

 

7 p.m.

Arkansas at No. 8 Alabama

Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

ESPN

 

7 p.m.

No. 21 Oklahoma State at West Virginia

Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Shannon Spake

ESPN2

 

7 p.m.

Texas State at Louisiana-Lafayette

Brett Dolan, Forrest Conoly

ESPN3

 

7 p.m.

Southeastern Louisiana at McNeese State

ESPN3

 

7 p.m.

Illinois State at Youngstown State

ESPN3 *

 

7 p.m.

Indiana State at South Dakota State

ESPN3 *

 

7:30 p.m.

East Carolina at BYU

Allen Bestwick, Dan Hawkins

ESPNU

 

7:30 p.m.

No. 11 Florida at Missouri

Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor

SEC Network

 

8 p.m.

Miami (Fla.) at No. 12 Florida State

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox

ABC

 

8 p.m.

Angelo State at Texas A&M Commerce

ESPN3

 

8 p.m.

Abilene Christian at Lamar

ESPN3

 

10 p.m.

No. 23 Cal at No. 5 Utah

Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, Tom Luginbill

ESPN

 

10:15 p.m.

Wyoming at Air Force

Mike Couzens, David Diaz-Infante

ESPN2

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

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

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NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Kicks Off Its Post Season This Weekend

Courtesy:  NHRA

Courtesy: NHRA

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series wrapped up its regular season last week in Indianapolis. Now the countdown begins for the top spot in each divison of drag racing’s top series. And it all begins with full coverage on ESPN this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.

ESPN will carry the opening round of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ Countdown To The Championship this weekend beginning Saturday night, September 19th with qualifying. Qualifying for the NHRA Carolina Nationals Saturday night at 11:30pm ET on ESPN2 and re-broadcast again Sunday morning, September 20th at 7am ET. Final eliminations will be broadcast Sunday night at 8:30pm ET on ESPN2. Fans can also follow final eliminations live online Sunday beginning at noon on ESPN3.

Dave Rieff will anchor this weekend’s coverage from the zMax Dragway. He will be joined in the booth by Mike Dunn. Gary Gerould and John Kernan will be in the pits with all the latest news from the weekend’s events.

Coming into the first round of the NHRA’s “post season” Tony Schumacher sits atop the Top Fuel Division. He is followed by DSR team mate Antron Brown. “Fast” Jack Beckman, who also drives for DSR (Don Schumacher Racing) is in the catbird seat in the Funny Car division. He is trailed by yet another DSR driver Matt Hagan. Erica Enders breaks the DSR dominance over in the Pro Stock division. She is trailed in second by Greg Anderson. And in the Pro Stock Motorcycle division Eddie Krawiec comes into the countdown on top.

All of the latest information on this weekend’s event is available online now along with all of the latest NHRA news at:

Website: http://www.nhra.com

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

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