ESPNEWS Adding New Sports Betting, Information Program To Its Lineup

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ESPN is launching a new sports betting program.

The network made the announcement in a news release sent Friday.  the release announced the program, Daily Wager is meant to educate sports fans about teams and sports, and about sports wagering.

Daily Wager is scheduled to debut at 6 p.m., March 11 on ESPNEWS.  The one-hour program is scheduled to air Monday-Friday in that time slot.

ESPN Vice President and Executive Editor of Studio Production Norby Williamson talked about the decision to launch the show in a recent interview.

“ESPN’s mission is to serve sports fans,” Williamson said.  “the sports betting environment has changed, and interest is increasing at unprecedented levels.  ESPN is going to have a strong and vibrant presence across our platforms, and the launch of Daily Wager is the next step in what has already been underway for some time.”

Contributors such as “Stanford” Steve Coughlin, Chris “The Bear” Fallica” and Anita Marks will contribute to the program, along with figures, such as David Purdum, Preston Johnson and Joe Fortenbaugh.

Daily Wager is just the latest sports betting program that the ESPN networks airs.  It already airs Behind the Bet with Doug Kezirian as a podcast and the Stanford Steve and the Bear podcast during football season.

Bad Beats runs during SportsCenter while other sports betting content runs online at espn.com.

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Bison, Eagles Vie For 2019 FCS CFB Championship Saturday On ESPN2

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North Dakota State University and Eastern Washington will compete for the FCS College Football Championship this weekend, and ESPN will have full coverage of the game.

The network announced in a news release sent Wednesday, that the game will be played Saturday in Frisco, Texas. Coverage is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. with FCS Championship Game Preview on ESPNEWS.  Gametime coverage is scheduled to start at noon on ESPN2 and the ESPN app.  A Spanish-language broadcast will air on ESPN3.

North Dakota State is undefeated coming into Saturday’s FCS Championship match, and will look to defend its 2017 title.  If the Bison win the title this year, it will be the team’s seventh title in eight years.  For Eastern Washington, a title win would be the team’s first since 2010.

NDSU is led by Walter Payton Award Finalist, quarterback Easton Stick, running back Bruce Anderson and linebacker Jabril Cox.  Head Coach Chris Klieman is in his final season with the Bison, and will take over the head coaching position at Kansas State starting in the 2019 season. Klieman holds a 68-6 record during his time at the helm of NDSU’s football program.

The Walter Payton Award — named after NFL great and former Jackson State University standong Walter Payton — is presented annually to the FCS’ top offensive player.  It is voted on by a national panel of media and college sports information directors.

The Eagles are led by quarterback Eric Barriere and an offense that is ranked third in the nation in yards per play and a defense that is second in turnovers.  This is Head Coach Aaron Best’s first season leading Eastern Washington, after spending more than 20 years with the team, four of which were as a player.

More than a year has past since the Bison and Eagles met on the gridiron.  The last time the teams met was Sept. 9, 2017 at Roos Field in Cheney, WA.  North Dakota State University won that match 41-3.

Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb and Kris Budden will have the call for Saturday’s FCS Championship game.  Budden will anchor the game’s pre-game broadcast and will be joined by analysts Rene and Jay Walker for additional commentary.

University of California Davis Head Coach and former ESPN analyst Dan Hawkins will be a special guest on the pre-game broadcast.  Hawkins led the Aggies to a 10-win season this year.  Those wins included seven conference victories — both stats are new school records.

As a result of his success this year, Hawkins was named the Eddie Robinson FCS Coach of the Year this season.  The Eddie Robinson FCS Coach of the Year Award — named for legendary Grambling State University coach Eddie Robinson — is presented to the FCS’ top Head Coach.  It was established by Stats, LLC.  the award is voted on by a select group of information directors and sports writers from the FCS.

More information on this weekend’s FCS Championship Game is available online now along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

 

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ESPN Announces Schedule Changes For Weekend CFB Broadcasts

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Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the East Coast, and the impacts of its winds and rain are reaching onto the gridiron.

A number of college football games have been either canceled or re-scheduled as a result of the storm.  This also has impacted the ESPN networks’ broadcast schedule of this weekend’s scheduled college football games.

The updated schedule for the networks’ broadcasts is noted below.

Games Impacted by Hurricane Florence

Date

Time

Matchup/Commentators

Network

 Thu, Sept 13

5:30 p.m.

Boston College at Wake Forest
Dave Flemming, Dan Orlovsky, Paul Carcaterra

ESPN

 Sat, Sept. 15

Noon

Middle Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman

ESPNEWS

 

Noon

Georgia Southern at No. 2 Clemson
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Alex Corddry

ESPNU

 

Noon

*CANCELED*
No. 18 UCF at North Carolina
Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison

 

12:20 p.m.

*CANCELED*
East Carolina at No. 13 Virginia Tech

 

3:30 p.m.

*CANCELED*
No. 14 West Virginia at NC State
Clay Matvick, Dan Orlovsky, Paul Carcaterra

 

3:30 p.m.

*CANCELED*
Southern Mississippi at Appalachian State

 

4:30 p.m.

Ohio at Virginia (Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville)
Joel Meyers, Forrest Conoly

ESPN2

 

4:30 p.m.

*CANCELED*
North Carolina Central at South Carolina State
Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker

 

 

7 p.m.

Oregon State at Nevada
Trey Bender, Tyoka Jackson

ESPNU

 

7:30 p.m.

*CANCELED*
Marshall at South Carolina
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey

 

 

7:30 p.m.

Louisiana at No. 16 Mississippi State
Mark Neely, Barrett Jones, Olivia Dekker

ESPN2

UPDATED: ESPN’s Complete College Football Week 3 Schedule

Date

Time

Matchup/Commentators

Network

Thu, Sept 13

4 p.m.

Old Dominion at Charlotte

ESPN3

 

5:30 p.m.

Boston College at Wake Forest
Dave Flemming, Dan Orlovsky, Paul Carcaterra

ESPN

Fri, Sept 14

7 p.m.

Georgia State at Memphis
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Dekker

ESPN

Sat, Sept 15

Noon

No. 5 Oklahoma at Iowa State
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill

ABC

 

Florida State at Syracuse
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath

ESPN

 

No. 21 Miami at Toledo
Kevin Brown, Andre Ware

ESPN2

 

Georgia Southern at No. 2 Clemson
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Alex Corddry

ESPNU

Noon

Middle Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia
Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman

ESPNEWS

 

UTEP at Tennessee
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport

SEC Network

 

Murray State at Kentucky
Mike Morgan, John Congemi, Taylor Davis

SEC Network Alternate

 

Rhode Island at UConn

ESPN3

 

12:30 p.m.

Georgia Tech at Pittsburgh

ACC Network Extra

 

3:30 p.m.

BYU at No. 6 Wisconsin
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams

ABC

 

No. 17 Boise State at No. 24 Oklahoma State
Adam Amin, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich

ESPN

 

Central Michigan at Northern Illinois
Shawn Kenney, Al Groh

ESPN+

 

4 p.m.

Colorado State at Florida
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Kris Budden

SEC Network

 

North Texas at Arkansas
Dave LaMont, Ray Bentley, Tera Talmadge

SEC Network Alternate

 

Eastern Kentucky at Bowling Green
Jim Barber, John Gregory

ESPN3

 

4:30 p.m.

Ohio at Virginia (Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville)
Joel Meyers, Forrest Conoly

ESPN2

 

Eastern Michigan at Buffalo
Doug Sherman, Marcus Ray

ESPN+

 

7 p.m.

No. 1 Alabama at Ole Miss
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

ESPN

 

Alabama A&M at Cincinnati
Michael Reghi, Dustin Fox

ESPN3

 

Oregon State at Nevada
Trey Bender, Tyoka Jackson

ESPNU

 

Delaware State at Western Michigan
Dan Gutowsky, Jerod Cherry

ESPN+

 

Texas State at South Alabama

ESPN+

 

7:30 p.m.

Louisiana-Monroe at Texas A&M
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic

SEC Network

 

Louisiana at No. 16 Mississippi State
Mark Neely, Barrett Jones, Olivia Dekker

ESPN2

 

Western Kentucky at Louisville

ACC Network Extra

 

8 p.m.

No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 15 TCU from AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ABC and ESPN Radio

 

10 p.m.

No. 10 Washington at Utah
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

ESPN

Wed, Sept 12

2 p.m.

Campbell at Coastal Carolina

ESPN3

Subject to change

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ESPN Moving ‘NBA Countdown’ Back To L.A.; Announces Programming Changes For ‘SportsCenter,’ Other Shows

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ESPN’s NBA Countdown is headed back to the West Coast.

The network’s flagship NBA studio show is returning to ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center for its upcoming season.  The change is in line with ESPN’s new NBA post-game show NBA After The Buzzer, which will feature the NBA Countdown broadcast team.

The return of NBA Countdown to its Los Angeles studio marks the first time since the 2010-2011 season that it has aired from the West Coast.  It moved to the East Coast in the 2011-’12 season and has been there ever since.

Along with the announcement of the show’s move back to Los Angeles, ESPN also announced that Michelle Beadle will leave her job as host of ESPN’s weekday morning show Get Up! and will expand her role in ESPN’s NBA coverage.  Her last appearance on Get Up! will be August 29.

Connor Schell, ESPN Executive Vice President of Content, said he was optimistic about the changes coming to ESPN’s NBA coverage, including the extension of Beadle’s contract and the expansion of her role in the network’s NBA coverage.

“We are extremely excited to launch ESPN’s first ever NBA post-game show,” Schell said.  “We’re doubling down on our NBA studio content at a time when the NBA is red hot and fan interest continues to surge, and we are doing it with Michelle, as she is so important to our coverage.  As the basketball world looks to L.A. with renewed interest, we’ll be right there to cover it.”

As an added bonus for audiences, the increased interest in the NBA noted by Schell has also led ESPN officials to expand The Jump, ESPN’s daily Los Angeles-based NBA studio show hosted by Rachel Nichols, to a full one-hour format.

Other changes that are being made at ESPN, partly due to the network’s changes in its NBA coverage include the expansion of Get Up! to a two-hour show starting Sept. 3.  Starting on that day, it will air from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. ET.  Mike Greenberg will still host the show and Jalen  Rose will also stay on as co-host on days when he does not have to appear on NBA Countdown.

Maria Taylor, Laura Rutledge, Diana Russini and Jen Lada — each of whom has served as guest host on Get Up! — will all continue to serve as contributors to the program.

During football season, ESPN’s NFL and college football commentators will appear on Get Up! in its expanded time slot.  That list of talent includes: Ryan Clark, Victor Cruz, Paul Finebaum, Dan Orlovsky, Jesse Palmer, Louis Riddick, Rex Ryan, Adam Schefter, Marcus Spears, Jonathan Vilma and Damien Woody.

One more change coming to the ESPN networks involves ESPN Radio’s Golic & Wingo.  Along with continuing on ESPN Radio, it will be simulcast on ESPN2 and ESPNEWS from 6 a.m. – 8 a.m. before moving solely to ESPNEWS from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.  This move is also set to happen on Sept. 3.

By connection, SportsCenter will continue to air on ESPN2 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

More information on these changes is available online now along with all of ESPN’s latest news at:

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/espn

 

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ESPN Announces Extensive Broadcast Coverage Schedule For T-Mobile Home Run Derby

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It’s almost time again for Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star Game, and with its return next week is also the return of its heavy hitters showcase in the annual Home Run Derby.  ESPN will carry exclusive coverage of the exhibition competition live, Monday, July 16.

Coverage of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.  Karl Ravech will anchor Monday night’s showcase.  Former World Series Champion and current ESPN analyst Marx Teixeira will join Ravech in the booth for additional commentary.  Jessica Mendoza will be on the field with all of the latest interviews with this year’s field of hitters while reporter Buster Olney will have all of the latest news from the field.

While coverage of the competition starts Monday night, ESPN’s networks will have on-site coverage starting Monday afternoon at 3 ET.  It all starts with a special 90-minute edition of Baseball Tonight, Baseball TonightAll-Star Media Day from 3 – 4:30 on ESPN live from Nationals Park.

Baseball TonightHome Run Derby — Around The Cage follows from 4:30 – 5:30 on ESPN.  The broadcast will include interviews with the competitors.  Adnan Virk will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by David Ross, Tim Kurkjian and Eduardo Perez for additional commentary.

Pardon The Interruption continues the afternoon’s coverage live from Nationals Park from 5:30 – 6.  Over on ESPN2, Chris Rose and Kevin Miller will be have even more coverage on Intentional Talk from 5 – 6.  The anticipation keeps building at 6 p.m. on an hour-long edition of SportsCenter on ESPNwith Keith Olbermann and Karl Ravech co-hosting.

The Home Run Derby Preview Show leads into the “big game” at 7 p.m. on ESPN.  Adnan Virk, David Ross, Tim Kurkjian and Eduardo Perez will have broadcast duties during the hour-long broadcast.

Those who won’t be near a television during the derby can still catch it online as it will be simulcast online via the ESPN App.  Over on ESPNEWS, viewers will get a first-of-its kind broadcast of the derby — a graphics intense broadcast loaded with data from Statcast. Jason Benetti and Eduardo Perez will partner for the broadcast.

ESPN Radio , ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio will also simulcast Monday night’s showdown.  Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the call while Marc Kestecher and analyst Tim Kurkjian carry pre-game coverage.

Coverage on ESPN Deportes starts at 7 p.m. with a on-hour edition of SportsCenter.  Ernesto Jerez will anchor the broadcast of the derby itself.  He will be joined by analyst Luis Alfredo Alvarez for additional commentary.  Reporter Guillermo Celis will be on the field for all of the latest interviews and news.

Over on ESPN Deportes Radio, Eduardo Ortega will have the call for Monday night’s matchup of hitters.  He will be joined by analyst Renato Bermudez for additional commentary while reporter Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez will be on the field for all of the latest interviews and news.

More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby is available online now along with all oh the latest Major League Baseball headlines at:

 

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

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Le Batard And Weiner Ink New Deals With ESPN

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Two of ESPN’s most beloved figures will officially remain at the network after finalizing new deals this week.

Dan Le Batard and Jon “Stugotz” Weiner signed new deals with ESPN this week that will keep the pair with the worldwide leader in sports for the foreseeable future.  Precise terms of the deal were not announced, though the new deal will see the pair taking on some new duties.

Along with co-hosting duties on The Dan Le Batard Show, Dan Le Batard will continue to co-host Highly Questionable with his father, Gonazlo “Papi” Le Batard.  Weiner will make appearances on ESPN’s flagship sports news program SportsCenter as per his new contract.  He will also continue guesting and hosting other programs on ESPN Radio.

The co-hosts of The Dan Le Batard show, which airs daily from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on ESPN Radio (and simulcasts on ESPNEWS), were both upbeat as they talked about their new contracts.

“ESPN has given us ridiculous freedom to have fun, and made us more popular than we deserve,” Le Batard said.  “A whole lot of people have supported our nonsense in a way that isn’t always easy to support, but easy to grow.  As an added bonus — and we’re especially thankful for this — they also pay us.”

Weiner shared a sense of that nonsense as he jokingly said he wished the contracts were more extensive.

“I was hoping for the lifetime contract, to be honest,” Weiner said.  “I’m a little disappointed. Maybe next time.”

ESPN Senior Vice President of Audio and Talent, Traug Keller, was anticipating the pair’s continued presence at ESPN just as much as the duo itself.

“Dan and Stugotz have a chemistry and a viewpoint that is among the most unique in the business,” Keller said.  “They take what they do seriously, but not themselves, which bonds them with a growing group of loyal listeners.  Dan’s sensibilities and intelligence combine with Stugotz’s incredible lack of either quality is a winning combination.  I look forward to the stress of having to listen to the show in the years to come.”

More information on The Dan Le Batard Show is available online along with all of the latest sports news and more at:

 

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ESPN Networks To Cover MLB Winter Meetings Live Next Week

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Major League Baseball’s 2017 season is still at least five months away, but that doesn’t mean that there’s no action going on around the league right now.

ESPN announced Tuesday its flagship MLB program will hit the road next week for the league’s 2016 Baseball Winter Meetings.  Baseball Tonight will air live Dec. 5 to Dec. 7 live from the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.\

The half-hour broadcast will air at 6:30 p.m. and then again at midnight each day. The broadcasts will air live on ESPN2 except for Monday’s 6:30 p.m. broadcast.  That broadcast will air live on ESPNEWS.

ESPN’s Baseball Tonight broadcast team—Karl Ravech, analyst Aaron Boone and ESPN MLB Insiders Aaron Boone and Tim kurkjian—will cover each day’s events.  They will be joined by an extensive team of MLB Insiders and reporters including: Keith Law, Jason Stark, Jim Bowden, Jerry Crasnick, Jesse Rogers, Andrew Marchand, Scot Lauber, Adam Rubin, Eddie Matz, Mark Saxon, Doug Padilla and others.

As an added bonus for MLB fans, ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez will be on site through Dec. 8 with updates for SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship sports newscast.

Baseball Tonight is available online on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings are the largest annual gathering of baseball executives, staff, and media.  They take place at the peak of Major League Baseball’s “Hot Stove,” when many trades and free agent signings are completed.

More information on ESPN’s Winter Meetings coverage is available online now along with all of the latest Major League Baseball headlines at:

 

 

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BBTN

 

 

 

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