Indianapolis 500 Returns To ABC This Weekend For 49th Consecutive Year

Courtesy:  Izod Indycar Series

Courtesy: Izod Indycar Series

Memorial Day and Memorial Day weekend will be a big one for fans of basketball.  The WNBA kicks up its 2013-2014 season in a big way across ABC and the ESPN family of networks.  Fans of auto racing get to celebrate the weekend with the annual celebration of the Indianapolis 500, live from Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).  ABC will broadcast the annual race this Sunday, May 26th live for the forty-ninth consecutive year.  The race will be preceded by a one-hour pre-race telecast at 11am ET presented by Go Daddy.  The green flag is expected to drop at 12:15pm ET.

The broadcast of the race will incorporate eighty-four different cameras including three each on board twelve of the thirty-three cars entered for the Izod Indy Car Series premier race.  Those drivers who will be carrying in car cameras will be: Defending race winner Dario Franchitti and defending IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay. Others will be Charlie Kimball, JR Hildebrand, James Hinchcliffe, Townsend Bell, Will Power, Helio Castroneves, Marco Andretti, Graham Rahal and Tristan Vautier.  Veteran racer Ed Carpenter will also carry one of the in-car cameras.

Audiences can also get a view of pit road and the front stretch thanks to the enhanced “Batcam” (skycam).  The “Batcam” runs on a wire overhead pit road and the front stretch at IMS.  The “Batcam” has been used by ESPN for many years.  But with its new enhancements, it can now fly over the track at speeds upwards of ninety-five miles per hour.  Four Ultra Hi Motion cameras placed around the track will give viewers an amazing view of the race.  The cameras, which will be used for the second consecutive year, will be placed in the short chutes at each end of the two and a half mile track.  There will also be a camera in the fourth turn exit, and one robotic camera placed at the entrance to turn one.  Along with the cameras, which can shoot at a rate of up to 1,200 frames per second, each turn will also have a Super Slo Motion camera.

Thanks to ESPN3, fans watching the race will get the option of streaming live video on a second screen.  The live streaming feeds will be available via ESPN’s WatchESPN and WatchESPN app.  ESPN3 is available online via http://www.WatchESPN.com.  Viewers watching online via ESPN3’s second screen can cwitch between in-car cameras.  For the first time this year, fans watching online can also check out the live scoring ticker.  ESPN3 will also carry a rebroadcast of the race after it ends on ABC.

Marty Reid will have the lap-by-lap call, while ESPN SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak will serve as race host.  Former driver Scott Goodyear and 1998 Indy 500 winner Eddie Cheever will be on hand for analysis.  Rick DeBruhl, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, and Vince Welch will report from the pits.

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WNBA Kicks Off 2013-2014 Season This Weekend On ABC

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

The 2013-2014 WNBA season starts next Monday.  And it all kicks off with a double header on ABC.  The double header will feature the top four teams from this year’s WNBA draft presented by State Farm.  It all starts with a match between the Washington Mystics and Tulsa Shock at 3pm ET.  The Chicago Sky and Phoenix Mercury follow at 5pm ET.  Along with the games, ESPN will offer an in-depth look at course taken by the league’s top picks—The “3 To See–from college to the pros.  The “3 To See” are Elena Delle Donne (Delaware to Chicago Sky), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame to Tulsa Shock), and Brittney Griner (Baylor to Phoenix Mercury).

ABC’s double header matchup is just part of Monday’s season opening celebration of the WNBA.  ESPN Classic will air a Memorial Day weekend marathon featuring a series of games featuring the “3 To See.”  The full slate of games is listed below.

ESPN Classic Memorial Day “3 to See” Marathon

Date Time (ET) Game
Sun, May 26 4 p.m. 2012 NCAA Women’s National Semifinal: Connecticut vs. Notre Dame

Diggins 19 points leads ND to an 83-75 win

  6 p.m. Connecticut at Notre Dame (2013)

Diggins scores 29 points in ND’s 96-87 triple-overtime win

  8 p.m. 2013 NCAA Championship Second Round: Delaware vs. North Carolina

Delle Donne nets 33 points in loss in final home game

  10 p.m. 2012 NCAA Women’s National Championship: Notre Dame vs. Baylor

Griner has 26 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in win

  Midnight 2012 NCAA Championship Second Round: Kansas vs. Delaware

Delle Donne scores 34 points in loss

Mon, May 27 1:30 a.m. Notre Dame at Tennessee (2013)

Diggins has 33 points, five assists and four steals in victory

  3:30 p.m. 2012 CAA Championship: Drexel vs. Delaware

Delle Donne dominates with 27 points and 10 boards in win

  7 a.m. Connecticut at Baylor (2011)

Griner leads with 25 points, nine rebounds and nine blocks in victory

  9 a.m. Delaware at St. John’s (2013)

Delle Donne tallies 29 points, 16 boards, two assists and two blocks in overtime win

  11 a.m. 2011 NCAA Women’s National Semifinal: Connecticut vs. Notre Dame

Diggins nets 28 points in win over UConn and National Player of the Year Maya Moore

  1 p.m. Baylor at Connecticut (2013)

Griner scores 25 points in win, including 3,000th of her career

 

Fans of the WNBA will also get to see the return of the Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game on July 27th.  The game will air that day at 3:30pm ET on ABC live from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.

The team of Pam Ward, Rebecca Lobo, and Carolyn Peck return once again this season to call the games, with Ward calling the play-by-play action.  Holly Rowe and LaChina Robinson will serve as reporters for select games.  Sue Bird—seven-time WNBA All-Star and two-time WNBA Champion with the Seattle Storm—will join the broadcast team this season from the ESPN Studio.  This includes the opening day double header.  Bird is sidelined this season while she recovers from left knee surgery.

The full season schedule is available below:

2013 WNBA Regular-Season Schedule (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game Networks
Mon, May 27 3 p.m. Washington Mystics at Tulsa Shock

Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck & LaChina Robinson

ESPN2
  5 p.m. Chicago Sky at Phoenix Mercury

Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo & Holly Rowe

ESPN2
Sat, June 8 3:30 p.m. Phoenix Mercury at Indiana Fever

Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo & Holly Rowe

ABC
Wed, June 12 8 p.m. Connecticut Sun at Indiana Fever

Pam Ward & Carolyn Peck

ESPN2
Tue, June 25 8 p.m. Phoenix Sun at San Antonio Silver Stars

Pam Ward & Carolyn Peck

ESPN2
Tue, July 2 8 p.m. Tulsa Shock at Connecticut Sun ESPN2
Tue, July 9 9 p.m. Atlanta Dream at Minnesota Lynx ESPN2
Thu, July 11 9 p.m. Los Angeles Sparks at Tulsa Shock ESPN2
Thu, July 18 10 p.m. Phoenix Mercury at Los Angeles Sparks ESPN2
Tue, July 23 7 p.m. New York Liberty at Indiana Fever ESPN2
Sat, July 27 3:30 p.m. Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game

(Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Conn.)

ABC
Tue, Aug 6 10 p.m. Seattle Storm at Phoenix Mercury ESPN2
Tue, Aug 20 10 p.m. Los Angeles Sparks at Seattle Storm ESPN2
Sat, Aug 24 7 p.m. Indiana Fever at Minnesota Lynx ESPN2
Wed, Sep 11 8 p.m. Phoenix Mercury at Chicago Sky ESPN2

 

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