ESPN Unveils MNF Preseason Broadcast Schedule

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Next Friday, April will already be halfway over.  That means that the year is already almost three and a half months old.  Before long summer will be here and then fall.  And with the return of fall also comes the return of football.  In anticipation of its return ESPN has unveiled its 2016 Monday Night Football preseason broadcast schedule.

The network’s 2016 Monday Night Football preseason broadcast schedule features two games this year.  The first of the games, the league’s annual Hall of Fame game, is a cross-conference matchup between the Colts (AFC) and the Packers (NFC).  That game is currently scheduled for Sunday, August 7th at 8pm ET.  This year’s broadcast marks the first time that ESPN will have the Hall of Fame game.  The game is typically broadcast on NBC.  However, this year it will carry the Olympics thus leading to the change.

The second game on ESPN’s 2016 Monday Night Football preseason broadcast schedule is just as big as its first game.  That is because it will feature the hugely anticipated return of the Rams to Los Angeles.  The Rams will take on the Cowboys in that game.  It is currently scheduled to air live Saturday, August 13th at 8pm ET.  Mike Tirico and Jay Gruden will be in the both for both games.  Reporter Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines for all of the latest in-game news, interviews and more during both games.

Both of this year’s Monday Night Football preseason games will be simulcast on ESPN Deportes, ESPN’s 24-hour Spanish-language domestic sports network.  Each game will also be available online via WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

The full 2016 ESPN MNF broadcast schedule is expected to be released in the coming weeks.  More information on ESPN’s MNF schedule is available online now along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

 

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

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ESPN Networks Highlight Western Conference In This Week’s NBA Coverage

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ESPN has announced its NBA coverage schedule for this week. And in this week’s schedule of games the Thunder and Clippers will be highlighted.

This week’s NBA broadcast schedule kicks off tonight with a double header schedule on ESPN. First up on the night is a cross-conference matchup between Memphis and Boston. While the showdown pits teams from opposite conferences against one another it still will have its own playoff implications. Boston currently sits third overall in the East, seven games back from Cleveland while Memphis currently sits 5th in the West, eighteen and a half games back from the Warriors. Neither team has yet clinched a playoff berth. So win or lose tonight’s game between the Celtics and Grizzles will play a big part in the teams’ playoff fates. Tipoff for tonight’s game is scheduled for 7pm ET. Mark Jones will have the call for the game. He will be joined by Tim Legler for additional commentary.

Second up on the night is a Western Conference matchup between Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Thunder welcome the Clippers into the Chesapeake Arena in a game that will also determine both teams’ playoff fates. That is because neither team yet has clinched its berth in the post season. Oklahoma City currently sits third in the west with the Clippers not too far behind in fourth. Neither team has a chance of catching the Warriors or Spurs. But both teams can potentially set their place in the playoffs. Tipoff for the game is set for 9:30pm ET. The game will be simulcast on ESPN and ESPN Radio. Dave Pasch will have the call for the game on ESPN. He will be joined by Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, and Chris Broussard for additional commentary. On the radio side, Marc Kestecher will have the call for the game. He will be joined by P.J. Carlesimo for additional commentary.

Ahead of Wednesday night’s double header schedule Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, and Brian WIndhorst will have a preview of the night’s games and will look ahead to the rest of the week’s schedule in The Jump beginning at 1pm ET on ESPN2.

After Wednesday night’s double header ESPN will shift its attention to college basketball. It will be carrying coverage of the ACC Tournament and Big Ten Tournament Thursday and Friday. The NBA action picks back up on Saturday night at 8:30 pm ET with a Western Conference matchup between Oklahoma City and San Antonio. The Spurs will play host to the Thunder on NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta beginning at 8:30pm ET on ABC. Mike Tirico will have the call for Saturday’s game. He will be joined by analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson for additional commentary. Sage Steele, Jalen Rose, and Doug Collins will preview the night’s matchup and look back on the week’s other games ahead of Saturday’s showdown between the Western Conference opponents. San Antonio has already clinched its spot in the post season. But Oklahoma City has not yet solidified its spot in the playoffs. If it doesn’t clinch Wednesday night, a win Saturday could set its spot in that race.

Cleveland and the Clippers round out the week’s NBA coverage on ESPN and the ESPN networks Sunday afternoon on NBA Sunday Showcase presented by BBVA. Cleveland sits atop the Eastern Conference but has yet to clinch its spot in the playoffs. So the team will be looking to punch its post season ticket in the game. That is because the Raptors, who currently sit second in the East, are currently only two games back from Cleveland. So they are making things very interesting for Cleveland heading into the regular season’s final stretch. Win or lose Wednesday Sunday’s game will still have its own implications for the Clippers, too. That is because the Clippers sit fourth in the West. The fifth-place Grizzlies don’t have a chance of catching the Clippers and the Clippers likely won’t catch the Thunder either. So L.A. will be looking to solidify its place in the post season once and for all Sunday against the Cavs. Mike Breen will have the call for the game. He will be joined by analyst and Hall of Famer Hubie Brown for additional commentary. Reporter Lisa Salters will also be courtside throughout the game for all of the latest updates and more. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:30pm ET. The game will be simulcast on ABC, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio. Kevin Calabro will have the call on ESPN Radio. He will be joined by P.J. Carlesimo for additional commentary. The full schedule for this week’s NBA coverage across the ESPN networks is noted below.

 

 

Date Time (ET) Telecast/Commentators Network (s)
Tues, Mar 8 3:30 p.m. The Jump presented by State Farm
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Brian Windhorst
ESPN
Wed, Mar 9 1 a.m. NBA Tonight
Cassidy Hubbarth, Tim Legler
ESPN2
  1 p.m. The Jump presented by State Farm*
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Brian Windhorst
ESPN2
  7 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at Boston Celtics
Mark Jones, Jon Barry
ESPN
  9:30 p.m. Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder
Dave Pasch, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Chris Broussard
Radio: Marc Kestecher, P.J. Carlesimo
ESPN, ESPN Radio
Thu, Mar 10 1 a.m. NBA Tonight
Cassidy Hubbarth, Brad Daugherty
ESPN2
3:30 p.m. The Jump presented by State Farm
Rachel Nichols,
ESPN
Fri, Mar 11 1 a.m. NBA Tonight
Cassidy Hubbarth, Brad Daugherty
ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. The Jump presented by State Farm
Rachel Nichols
ESPN
Sat, Mar 12 1 a.m. NBA Tonight
Cassidy Hubbarth, Amin Elhassan
ESPN2
  8 p.m. NBA Countdown
Sage Steele, Jalen Rose, Doug Collins
ABC
  8:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs  presented by La Quinta
Mike Tirico, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters
ABC
Sun, Mar 13 1:30 a.m. NBA Tonight
Cassidy Hubbarth, Amin Elhassan
ESPN2
3 p.m. NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless
Sage Steele, Jalen Rose, Doug Collins
ABC
3:30 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers  at Los Angeles Clippers presented by BBVA
Mike Breen, Hubie Brown, Heather Cox
Radio: Kevin Calabro, P.J. Carlesimo
ABC, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio

 

 

More information on the ESPN networks’ NBA coverage is available online along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

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

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

 

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ESPN Ends MNF’s 2015 Season With Major AFC Matchup

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ESPN closes out another season of Monday Night Football next week with one of the year’s biggest matchups.

Cincinnati and Denver will face off in an AFC conference matchup with major playoff implications for both teams. Both teams sit in first place in their respective divisions (Cincinnati in the AFC North and Denver in the AFC West) and have plenty to play for. That is because a win for either team means a first round bye for the victor. This is not the first time that the AFC opponents have closed out ESPN’s MNF season. They also served as the season finale for the broadcast’s season finale in 2014. The Bengals won that game 37 – 28 over Denver. It was one of the rare times, too when Cincinnati actually held its own under the lights. That will be a definite factor for Cincinnati again this year considering the team’s overall record under the lights.

AJ McCarron will lead the Bengals into Mile High Stadium this year as starter Andy Dalton’s fractured thumb continues to heal. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15pm ET. Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will have the call for Monday night’s game. Lisa Salters will also be on hand for additional commentary and reports throughout the game. Monday Night Countdown will air ahead of Monday night’s broadcast. Suzy Kolber and Chris Berman will once again co-host the weekly pre-game broadcast. Berman will be live in ESPN’s studios alongside Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, and Cris Carter. ESPN Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will also be on hand for additional commentary. Suzy Kolber will be live from Mile High Stadium. She will be joined by Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis, and Steve Young.

Monday Night Football will simulcast on ESPN Deportes on television for ESPN’s Spanish-speaking audiences. More information on Monday night’s matchup is available online now along with all of the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at:

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ESPN Closes Out Week 15 In The NFL With NFC Inter-Divisional Showdown

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Next Monday night, ESPN will close out Week 15 in the NFL with an NFC inter-divisional match-up between Detroit and New Orleans.

Next Monday night’s edition of ESPN’s Monday Night Football comes across as a sleeper match on the surface. That is because because both teams currently sit in the basement of their respective divisions. New Orleans sits at 5 – 8 so far on the season and has gone 1 – 4 in their last five games, with the lone win in that span coming last week against Tampa Bay 24 – 17. Before that, the Saints had been in the midst of a three-game losing streak. A win for New Orleans on Monday night would move New Orleans one step closer to finishing the season at .500. And it could make all the difference on head coach Sean Payton’s future at the helm for the Saints. His name has been tossed around for the better part of the season every time that coaching rumors have come up. The Saints are pretty much out of the playoff picture. So a .500 season for the team would be all important for the 2009 Super Bowl Champions. It could very well play a role in whether Payton stays or goes and on the fate of his coaching staff and look on both sides of the ball in the 2016 season.

On the other side of the ball Detroit is also out of the playoff picture as it sits at 4 – 9 on the season. The Lions are last in the NFC North and are in the midst of a two-game skid. This means that the team, which will be on the road against New Orleans Monday night, has nothing to lose and everything to gain. That in turn means that the team could be extra motivated when it goes toe to toe against the Saints in the Superdome Monday night. And that could make things very interesting to watch regardless of whether or not fans have allegiance to either team. Kickoff for Monday night’s game is scheduled for 8:15pm ET.

Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will be in the booth for Monday’s game. Lisa Salters will also be on hand for additional commentary and news throughout the game. Ahead of Monday night’s kickoff, Chris Berman and Suzy Kolber will co-host ESPN’s weekly NFL pre-game show Monday Night Countdown. Berman will host live from ESPN’s studios alongside Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, and Keyshawn Johnson. Suzy Kolber will be live on hand in New Orleans. She will be joined by Ray Lewis, Steve Young, and Trent Dilfer. Monday Night Football simulcasts each week on ESPN Deportes for the network’s Spanish-speaking audiences and online via WatchESPN for those that won’t be near a TV during the game. More information on ESPN’s Monday Night Football is available online along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

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

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

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ESPN Rounds Out Week 14 In The NFL With Inter-Conference Matchup

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Next Monday night on ESPN, the Dolphins and Giants round out Week 14 in the NFL in a game with potential playoff implications for both teams.

Miami and New York will face off under the lights next Monday night on ESPN’s Monday Night Football in a game with potential playoff implications for both teams. That is because as of right now, both teams are at least in the hunt for playoff spots. If the season were to end this week, Miami would be the 11th seed in the AFC while the “G-Men” would be the 10th seed in the NFC. Counting this coming weekend, there are still four weeks left in the regular season. So there is still plenty of time for things to change in both conferences. That means that while odds are still very slim for either team right now, there’s still no telling what the playoff picture will look like come January 9th and 10th.

Currently, the Giants are in a three-way tie with the Redskins and Eagles for the NFC East crown with all three teams sitting at the 5 – 7 mark. Meanwhile Miami, which also sits at 5 – 7, is in the basement in the AFC East. The Dolphins play host to the Giants next Monday night on Monday Night Football. They are 2 – 3 at home so far this season. New York isn’t much better, sitting at 2 – 4 so far this season on the road. What’s more New York is currently in the midst of a three-game losing streak which has seen the Giants go 1 – 4 in their last five games. Miami meanwhile has gone 2 – 3 in its last five games with its last win coming last week against Baltimore 15 – 13. Kickoff for Monday’s game is scheduled for 8:15pm ET. Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will be in the booth for the call Monday night. Lisa Salters will be on hand for additional commentary and all of the latest headlines throughout the game. Along with its broadcast on ESPN, the game will also be simulcast online via WatchESPN and via ESPN Deportes for the network’s Spanish-speaking audiences.

Ahead of Monday night’s broadcast, Chris Berman and Suzy Kolber will co-host ESPN’s weekly NFL pre-game show Monday Night Countdown. Berman will be live from ESPN’s studios alongside Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, and Cris Carter. Also joining them will be ESPN Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter with a look back at all of Sunday’s games and a look ahead to Monday night’s inter-conference match-up. Suzy Kolber will be live on site from Sun Life Stadium alongside Steve Young, Ray Lewis, and Trent Dilfer.  More information on next Monday night’s inter-conference match-up between the Dolphins and Giants is available online now along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

 

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

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

 

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Washington, Dallas Close Out Week 13 In The NFL Monday Night

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Next Monday night in the NFL, it’s going to be another battle of first versus the worst in The NFC North.

Week 13 in the NFL closes out Monday night live from FedEx Field as Kirk Cousins and company host the Dallas Cowboys. This week’s match between the NFC North opponents could very well have playoff implications for Washington. That is because if the playoffs were to start now, Washington would actually see itself facing off in an NFC wildcard matchup against Green Bay. That means that a loss to Dallas Monday night could be just as bad for the team as a win against “The Boys.” Currently Washington leads the NFC North at 5 – 6 while Dallas, who just lost Tony Romo for the rest of the season, sits in the basement in that division at 3 – 8. Washington is 5 – 1 at home so far this season although the team has gone 3 – 2 in its last five games.   One of those two wins came last week against another NFC North foe, the New York Giants. Washington won that game 20 – 14 tying the two teams at 5 – 6. Dallas on the other hand is 2 – 3 on the road and is looking to bounce back from last Thursday’s tough loss to Carolina. That game also saw Dallas lose quarterback Tony Romo for the remainder of the season due to injury. The loss dropped Dallas to a 1 – 4 record in its last five games. While the game’s outcome will have no impact on the Cowboys’ playoff chances, a win combined with a Giants win against the J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets could have major implications for Washington’s chances of keeping its playoff hopes alive. So next Monday’s match-up between Dallas and Washington will be well worth the watch. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15pm ET. The game will be simulcast on ESPN Deportes for ESPN’s Spanish-speaking audiences and online via WatchESPN for those that won’t be near a TV during the game.

Ahead of Monday night’s match-up at FedEx Field, Chris Berman and Suzy Kolber will co-host ESPN’s weekly NFL pre-game broadcast of Monday Night Countdown beginning at 6pm ET. Kolber will be live from FedEx Field alongside Trent Dilfer, Steve Young, and Ray Lewis while Berman will be live from ESPN’s studios alongside NFL Analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, and Keyshawn Johnson. ESPN NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will also be on hand to review Sunday’s NFL slate and to preview Monday night’s game. Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will have the call for Monday’s game.  Lisa Salters will be on hand for additional commentary and reports throughout the game. More information on Monday night’s game is available online now along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

 

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

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

 

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ESPN Rounds Out Week 12 In The NFL With AFC North Showdown

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Cleveland and Balmtimre are going under the lights next week on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

Next Monday night, ESPN will finish off Week 12 in the NFL with an AFC North match-up between the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. Both teams have struggled all season with the Ravens currently sitting at 3 – 7 so far on the season and Cleveland at 2 – 8. Cleveland is currently in the midst of a five-game losing streak while the Ravens, (2 – 3 in their last five games) will be looking to actually start a streak having defeated the Rams 16 – 13 in Week 11. Monday’s game will be especially interesting for both teams considering the teams’ home and road records. The Ravens are 1 – 4 on the road while Cleveland, who plays host Monday night, is 1 – 3 at home.

Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will be in the booth for Monday night’s game. Lisa Salters will also be on hand for additional commentary and reports throughout the game. Ahead of Monday night’s broadcast, Suzy Kolber and Chris Berman will co-host Monday Night Countdown beginning at 6pm ET. Berman will be live in ESPN’s studios alongside ESPN NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, and Keyshawn Johnson. ESPN NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will also be on hand to review Sunday’s full slate of games and Monday night’s AFC North match-up. Suzy Kolber will host live from FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. She will be joined on-site by Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis, and Steve Young.

Kickoff for Monday night’s game is scheduled for 8pm ET. The game will be simulcast on ESPN Deportes for ESPN’s Spanish-speaking audiences and online via WatchESPN for those that won’t be near a TV Monday night. More information on next week’s edition of Monday Night Football is available online now at:

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

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

 

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