ESPN Networks Announce 2017 NCAA Frozen Four Broadcast Schedule

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March Madness is done, but it isn’t the only college sports tournament coming to an end.

The Frozen Four begins Thursday on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. E.T. with a 2-3 matchup between No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth and No. 3 Harvard. No.1 Denver will take on Notre Dame at 9:30 p.m.  The winners of those two games will face off April 8 for the college hockey championship live on ESPN.

Denver’s appearance in this year’s Frozen Four marks the second straight year that the Pioneers have advanced to the semi-final round of the college hockey’s championship tournament.  This year’s appearance is extra special for Harvard.  That is because it marks the first time since 1994 that the school has advanced to the Frozen Four.

Notre Dame has never won a college hockey championship, and while the team is no stranger to the Frozen Four, this year marks the first time in six years that it has advanced to the semi-final round of college hockey’s championship tournament.  Six years have passed since Minnesota-Duluth has been in the tournament’s semi-final round, too.  The last time the Bulldogs advanced to the Frozen Four, 2011, the team went on to win what is its only college hockey championship.

ESPN’s John Buccigross will have the call for both semi-final matchups and Saturday’s championship game.  He will be joined by ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose for additional commentary.  Reporter Quint Kessenich will have all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Fans wanting a fully-immersive experience will get just that courtesy of ESPN3.  ESPN3 will offer audiences ice-level exposure courtesy of The Ref and Robo Cam.  The Robo Cam streaming option will allow fans to watch the games through a trio of cameras placed on the glass around the rink, capturing all of the natural sound from the games including arena noise.

The Ref Cam will be incorporated into the alternate presentation.

2017 marks the 24th straight year that ESPN’s networks have carried the Frozen Four.  More information on the 2017 Frozen Four is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.ncaa.com/frozenfour

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

Twitter: http://twitter.comNCAAIceHockey

 

 

 

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Clemson, Alabama Face Off Live In College Football Championship Rematch Monday Night

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Courtesy: ESPN

The stage is set for this season’s college football championship, and ESPN will carry full coverage of the rematch from last season’s title game between Clemson and Alabama.

ESPN will begin its coverage of the College Football Championship presented by AT&T tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET.  The game will be broadcast live from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder and Tom Rinaldi will have the call for the showdown between the Tigers and Red Tide.

The worldwide leader in sports and its networks will offer extensive coverage of the game throughout the day leading up to kickoff.  That extensive coverage from ESPN’s networks includes Coaches Film Room on ESPNEWS, Finebaum Filmroom on SEC Network, Homers Telecast on ESPN2 and much more.

Additional coverage on the day will air on ESPNU, ESPN Classic, ESPN Goal Line, and ESPN3.  Those that won’t be near a TV during Monday’s college football championship can still catch the game in full online via WatchESPN and on the radio via ESPN Radio.

The game will also be simulcast live in Spanish on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio and Eduardo Varela will have the call for ESPN Deportes.  Kenneth Garay and Sebastian M. Christensen will have the call for ESPN Deportes Radio.

Along with its broadcast on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio, Monday night’s game will also be broadcast worldwide.  ESPN International will carry the game for fans in more than 179 nations around the world through its networks and streaming services.

More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the 2017 college football championship 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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Twitter: http://twitter.com/espncfb

 

 

 

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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

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNCFB

 

 

 

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ESPN Announces CFL 2016 Season Broadcast Schedule

Courtesy:  CFL/TSN/ESPN

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

 

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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:

 

 

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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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