ESPN Returning To University Of Georgia Again For Key SEC Matchup Preview

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ESPN will focus on a key SEC conference matchup on this weekend’s edition of College GameDay Built by The Home Depot.

Saturday’s edition of College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will air live from Athens, GA. The broadcast will showcase the showdown between undefeated SEC foes Georgia and Kentucky. The broadcast is in partner with SEC Nation Presented by Johnsonville.

Saturday’s broadcast is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. ET in the Myers Quad on the University of Georgia campus and to run through noon on ESPN. SEC Nation meanwhile, is scheduled to air from 10 a.m. – noon ET on SEC Network.

Saturday’s showcase of the Wildcats and Bulldogs (both of which are 6-0) will mark the second time in three weeks that ESPN has visited Athens for its weekly flagship college football program. It is the show’s seventh time overall that it has visited the university for a broadcast. The most recent broadcast took place earlier in the season ahead of the Bulldogs’ Top 10 matchup against Arkansas.

Rece Davis will anchor Saturday’s broadcast. Analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack (a former All-American from the University of Georgia) will also be on hand for additionally commentary. Joining them will be research producer and sports betting analyst Chris “The Bear” Fallica and reporters Jen Lada and Gene Wojciechowski.

Laura Rutledge will anchor SEC Network’s SEC Nation broadcast. Paul Finebaum, Roman Harper, Jordan Rodgers and Tim Tebow will join Rutledge for the broadcast.

Additionally, Marty Smith and Ryan McGee will be live from 9-10 a.m. Saturday on their weekly show, Marty & McGee Presented by Old Trapper, previewing Saturday’s key SEC matchup.

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ESPN To Air Dale Earnhardt Documentary Sunday Ahead Of Daytona 500

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ESPN will celebrate the life and legacy of a racing legend Sunday ahead of the Daytona 500.

The network will air its new E60 presentation Intimidator: The Lasting Legacy of Dale Earnhardt at noon ET. The program examines Earnhardt’s legacy, as the title suggests, including the impact that his death at the 2001 Daytona 500 had one safety innovations in NASCAR’s vehicles.

Reporter Ryan McGee — who cohosts Marty and McGeee with Marty Smith — will present the story. Over the course of the story, McGee interviewed figures, such as Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, and Steve Phelps among others for the presentation. Excerpts from the program will air on ESPN throughout the week on SportsCenter.

Additionally, McGree will make a special appearance on the ESPN Daily Podcast Friday. The special presentation will air subsequently on ESPN’s networks multiple times after its initial airing, for those who might not be able to catch the documentary Sunday.

Intimidator: The Lasting Legacy was co-produced by Scott Cikowski, Jason Kostura, and John Minton.

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ESPN’s Marty Smith Getting His Own Show

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ESPN personality Marty Smith is getting his own monthly show.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ESPN Networks’ College Football Media Days Schedule Announced

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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.


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,, and the SEC Network will each carry their own additional Media Days coverage.  That information is provided below.



Monday, July 25th 2pm Sun Belt
Mon., July 25th
Tues., July 26th
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.

July 21st 11am NEC
July 26th 10am CAA
July 26th 1:30pm Big South
July 27th 8pm Southland 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.




  • 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
  • Andrea Adelson


  • Matt Fortuna


  • David Hale


  • Jared Shanker
Big 10
  • Brian Bennett


  • Josh Moyer


  • Dan Murphy


  • Adam Rittenberg


  • Jesse Temple


  • Austin Ward
  • Ivan  Maisel


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ESPN To Offer Extended Coverage Of NASCAR’s Season Ender All Week

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The final round of NASCAR’s “Chase for the Championship” is officially upon us. Eight drivers have been cut to only four. In anticipation of the season’s final race, the Ford Ecoboost 400, ESPN will follow all four contenders—Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, and Joey Logano—all week. ESPN will have reporters with each team—Dave Burns with Joey Logano, Marty Smith with Kevin Harvick, Ryan McGee with Denny Hamlin, and Mike Massaro with Ryan Newman –early this week. And SportsCenter will air multiple live reports from the shops of each of the contenders’ teams Monday and Tuesday. They will air between 9:30am and 2:00pm ET. ESPN will offer extended coverage on each team and their preparations during the 6pm and 11pm editions of SportsCenter.

On Wednesday, there will be a press conference live from Miami featuring all four of the championship contenders and their team owners. SportsCenter will have interviews and reports from the day’s events. On Thursday, ESPN will head back to the shops with the championship contenders. ESPN’s reporters will follow the drivers’ pre-race preparations before things pick back up on track this Friday. Sunday’s season-ending race will be broadcast live on ESPN. It will be preceded by a special two-hour edition of NASCAR Countdown beginning at 1pm ET. The green flag is expected to fly at 3:16pm ET. All four of the championship contenders will appear on Countdown from the ESPN Pit Studio.

ESPN NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven will be on SportsCenter frequently throughout the race weekend with insight into the race and the championship contenders. He will also have an interview with the newly crowned champion after the race Sunday night.

None of the four final drivers in this year’s championship hunt have won a championship at NASCAR’s top level before. All four come from multi-car race teams. And they each represent one of NASCAR’s car makers—Ford, Chevy, Toyota.

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Daugherty, Others Staying With ESPN After 2014 NASCAR Season Ends

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ESPN and NASCAR are parting ways at the end of the 2014 season. Despite this change, there’s good news for audiences and ESPN’s NASCAR broadcast team. ESPN announced this week that analyst and team owner Brad Daugherty will remain with the worldwide leader in sports.

ESPN announced this week that Daugherty will join ESPN’s basketball broadcast team beginning Monday, December 1st. Daugherty is a former five-time NBA All-Star and college basketball standout. He will serve as an analyst on ESPN’s NBA Tonight, NBA Coast to Coast, and SportsCenter regularly. He will also make appearances on ESPNU’s ACC Sunday Night package along with other other programming across the ESPN family of networks.

Before joining ESPN’s NASCAR broadcasts, Daugherty served as a reporter for ESPN and ABC’s college basketball from 1999 – 2001. Prior to joining ESPN’s ranks, he also served as a game analyst for the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs local broadcasts. His playing career included eight seasons as a member of the Cavaliers after being selected in the first round of the NBA Draft in 1986. He averaged 19 points and 9.5 rebounds per game during his career. His love for NASCAR showed throughout his career as he wore the number 43 in honor of “The King” Richard Petty. The Cavs retired his number in 1997.

Daugherty is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill at the age of 16 and graduated from the university in 1986. He was named an All-ACC player twice during his college career and a first-team All-American in his senior year at the university. He averaged 20.2 points and 9 rebounds per game during his senior year at UNC.

Daugherty’s is not the only move that ESPN has announced in regards to the network’s NASCAR broadcast team. Veteran racer and long-time ESPN NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven recently signed a new deal with ESPN that will see him remain with the network as a NASCAR analyst for SportsCenter and other ESPN news platforms. Nicole Briscoe, it was announced last month, will serve as an anchor on SportsCenter and will also take on additional assignments. And reporter Marty Smith will stay on board with ESPN, too. He will remain with ESPN as a Bureau Reporter for ESPN. Allen Bestwick, who has led ESPN’s NASCAR coverage each week, will remain with the network, too. He will stay on to call ESPN’s IndyCar races and to cover tennis and golf coverage. He will also anchor some programming on ESPN’s new SEC Network.

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