PBS To Release New Ken Burns Documentary This Spring

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

This spring PBS and PBS Distribution will release a brand new documentary from acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns.

PBS and PBS Distribution will release Ken Burns’ new documentary Jackie Robinson this spring. The four-hour documentary will be released on April 15th. The timing of the double-disc set, which will be presented both on DVD and Blu-ray, is wholly intentional as it will coincide with Jackie Robinson Day. It follows the life and career of the famed baseball star and the impact that he had both on the diamond and off. That impact is highlighted through discussions from the likes of famed newsman Tom Brokaw, singers Carly Simon and Harry Belafonte, and even President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama among others.

Jackie Robinson is not the first time that Burns has delved in to the baseball world having helmed his documentary Baseball in 1994. In discussing the film Burns explained that the film came from a desire to focus more closely on Robinson after having helmed that docu-series. “Jackie Robinson is the most important figure in our nation’s most important game,” he said. “He gave us our first lasting progress in civil rights since the Civil War and, ever since I finished my BASEBALL series in 1994, I’ve been eager to make a stand-alone film about the life of this courageous American. There was so much more to say not only about Robinson’s barrier-breaking moment in 1947, but about how his upbringing shaped his intolerance for any form of discrimination and how after his baseball career, he spoke out tirelessly against racial injustice, even after his star had begun to dim.”  Audiences can hear Burns discuss his new film at more length in an interview on CBS’ Face The Nation via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUawlPAl5vA.

Jackie Robinson was co-directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon. It will be available on Tuesday, April 15th and will be released both on DVD and Blu-ray. The program’s double-disc DVD presentation will retail for MSRP of $24.99 and the double-disc Blu-ray presentation for $29.99. It will also be available in a number of combo packages, from which audiences can choose online and pre-order at http://www.shoppbs.org/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&kw=ken%20burns%20jackie%20robinson&origkw=Ken+Burns%27+Jackie+Robinson&sr=1. More information on this and other titles from PBS is available online now at:

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ESPN Announces Early Details For MLB 2016 Season Coverage

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Winter has just started. But don’t tell baseball fans. Officials with ESPN announced today that its weekly Sunday night baseball broadcast will return for its 27th season in 2016.

ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball returns for its 27th season next year. The Worldwide Leader In Sports will premiere its 27th season of Sunday Night Baseball on Sunday, April 3rd at 8:30pm with a World Series rematch between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. The game will be preceded earlier in the day with a doubleheader beginning at 1pm ET on ESPN. The first game on tap is an NL Central faceoff between the Pirates and Cardinals. The second of the day’s games, on ESPN2, will be between The Blue Jays and Rays. That game is scheduled for a 4pm ET start time. Both games will be simulcast online via WatchESPN. They are part of a two-day, seven-game season-opening schedule of games that will feature every team that appeared in the 2015 post season. ESPN’s full season-opening schedule is noted below.

ESPN MLB season-opening schedule:

Date

Time (ET)

Telecast

Network(s)

Sun, Apr. 3

1 p.m.

St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates

ESPN, WatchESPN

Sun, Apr. 3

4 p.m.

Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays

ESPN2, WatchESPN

Sun, Apr. 3

8:30 p.m.

New York Mets at Kansas City Royals

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Mon, Apr. 4

1 p.m.

Houston Astros at New York Yankees

ESPN, WatchESPN

Mon, Apr. 4

4 p.m.

Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers

ESPN, WatchESPN

Mon, Apr. 4

7 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres

ESPN, WatchESPN

Mon, Apr. 4

10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

ESPN2, WatchESPN

 

After the special season premiere of the network’s flagship MLB broadcast, each week’s broadcast will come to audiences every Sunday night at 8pm ET on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPN Radio, and WatchESPN. No concrete schedule has been released at this time. However, it is known that ESPN’s coverage in 2016 will include multiple appearances from a number of teams expected to contend for the MLB championship. Those teams include: Boston, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, and San Francisco Giants. Also expected in the 2016 is an ongoing career retrospective of Red Sox great David Ortiz as he embarks on his final season. There will also be a focus on the continued rivalry between the Red Sox and Yankees as the teams will meet three times in 2016, including back-to-back weeks. Those weeks are the weeks of May 1st, 8th, and 17th. The Dodgers and Giants will also be the center of focus at points in the 2016 season as their equally legendary rivalry rolls on. As if all of this isn’t enough, fans will get to see now former Dodgers ace Zach Greinke make his Sunday night debut with the D’Backs in 2016 and the return of the Houston Astros to SNB. The Pittsburgh Pirates will also go under the lights in 2016. It will mark the third consecutive year that Pittsburgh has been featured on SNB. The current schedule of games for ESPN’s 2016 SNB is listed below.

Early-season Sunday Night Baseball schedule:

Date

Time (ET)

Telecast

Network(s)

Sun, Apr. 3

8:30 p.m.

New York Mets at Kansas City Royals on Opening Night

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, Apr. 10

8 p.m.

New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, Apr. 17

8 p.m.

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, Apr. 24

8 p.m.

Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, May 1

8 p.m.

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, May 8

8 p.m.

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, May 29

8 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets

ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, June 12

5 p.m.

St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

8:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, July 10

8 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, July 17

8 p.m.

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

*remaining Sunday Night Baseball game selections will be made two to three weeks out.

Along with the weekly SNB broadcast, ESPN’s weekly MLB pre-game broadcast of Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Coundown presented by Chevrolet will return in 2016, too. Each broadcast will begin at 7pm ET.

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

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

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

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2015 World Series Presentations Set For Release Next Month

The 2015 MLB season is officially a wrap. But even as the season has come to its last inning Lionsgate, MLB Productions, and A&E Home Video have announced that it is giving fans some extra-innings enjoyment with the upcoming release of the 2015 World Series Film and 2015 World Series Collector’s Edition.

Courtesy:  MLB Productions/A&E Home Video/Lionsgate

Courtesy: MLB Productions/A&E Home Video/Lionsgate

Lionsgate, MLB Productions, and A&E Home Video have teamed up once again to cap off another season of Major League Baseball with another complete installment of World Series collections. The companies will release the 2015 World Series Film and 2015 World Series Collector’s Edition on Tuesday, December 1st. Both collections will be released on their own separate DVD and Blu-ray platforms. The 2015 World Series Collector’s Edition features the complete 2015 World Series spread across eight discs on both DVD and Blu-ray. It also includes the Sleevestats(TM) ooklet with official game stats and trivia for each game. As an additional bonus the 2015 World Series Collector’s Edition also includes two key Royals post season games (the ALDS and ALCS clinchers) and key regular season highlights. The Blu-ray will retail for MSRP of $69.99 and DVD for $59.98. Audiences can pre-order the set on DVD for a discounted price of $44.98 via Lionsgate’s online store now at http://www.lionsgateshop.com/search_results.asp?Search=2015%20world%20Series.

 

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Courtesy: MLB Productions/A&E Home Video/Lionsgate

The 2015 World Series Film is a shortened take on the annual Fall Classic. It is narrated this year by famed actor Paul Rudd (Ant-Man, Role Models, I Love You Man). Rudd takes audiences through the most pivotal moments of this year’s World Series in the DVD. There are also interviews, exclusive behind-the-scenes access footage, and more throughout the eighty-six minute presentation. As with the 2015 World Series Collector’s Edition, the 2015 World Series Film will be released both on DVD and Blu-ray. It will retail for MSRP of $34.99 on Blu-ray and $29.98 on Blu-ray an DVD respectively. It can be pre-ordered online now for a discounted price of $27.99 on Blu-ray and $19.98 on DVD via Lionsgate’s online store at http://www.lionsgateshop.com/search_results.asp?Search=2015%20world%20Series. More information on both the 2015 World Series Film and 2015 World Series Collector’s Edition and other titles from Lionsgate is available online now at:

Website: http://www.lionsgate.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/LionsgateNews

More information on the latest titles from MLB Productions is available online now at:

Website: http://mlbproductions.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MLBProductions

More information on the latest titles from A&E Home Video is available online now at:

Website: http://www.aetv.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/aenetworks

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ESPN Kicks Off 2015 MLB Post Season Coverage Tonight

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Courtesy: ESPN

The 2015 MLB Playoffs are here!

In only a couple of hours, ESPN will kick off its coverage of the 2015 MLB post season. It all begins with a live broadcast of the American League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook Tires at 8pm ET tonight. Tonight’s AL wildcard game will pit the New York Yankees, who are no stranger to the post season, against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Whoever wins tonight’s game will go on to face Kansas City in the ALDS. That series kicks off October 8th. While both teams come into the post season on equal footing–NY is 45 – 36 at home while the Astros as 45 – 36 on the road–Houston would seem to have at least a little bit more of an advantage having gone 6 – 4 in its last ten and taken two of three against the D-backs over the weekend. NY meanwhile finished off the regular season on a three-game skid after having been swept by the Orioles over the weekend. The Astros will be hungry to keep the wins coming while the pinstripers will be looking heavily to get back on the winning track.

Jessica Mendoza will have the call for tonight’s game on ESPN. She will be the first-ever female analyst to call an MLB post season game. She will be joined in the booth by fellow analyst John Kruk and his Sunday Night Baseball co-host, veteran play-by-play man Dan Shulman. ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney will also be on hand for tonight’s game with all of the latest in-game news. Baseball fans not near a television need not worry about missing tonight’s broadcast. That is because the game will be simulcast on ESPN Radio stations across the country. Dave O’Brien and Aaron Boone will have the call for ESPN Radio. It will also air live online via WatchESPN and on ESPN Deportes for ESPN’s Spanish-Speaking audiences. And tomorrow night, ESPN Radio will also have full coverage of the National League Wild Card Game between the Pirates and Cubs. Coverage begins at 8pm ET. Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the call and commentary for the game. More information on ESPN’s MLB coverage is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

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

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

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ESPN Announces SNB Season Finale, First Post Season Game

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Courtesy: ESPN

It’s hard to believe but another season of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell is almost over.

Officials with the worldwide leader in sports announced this week that the season finale of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will be Sunday, September 27th. The season finale will see the Pittsburgh Pirates taking on their NL Central foes the Chicago Cubs. There is currently no word on who will take the mound for either team in that game or either team’s rotation. The matchup will be a big one for both teams as both are currently in the hunt for a wild card spot in the playoffs. Coverage of the game is expected to begin at 8pm ET on ESPN. The game will also be simulcast on radio, television, and online via ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, and WatchESPN.

Dan Shulman will have the call for the Pirates/Cubs matchup, which will be the closer in a three-game series between the teams. He will be joined in the booth by analysts Jessica Mendoza and John Kruk. Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand for additional commentary and news. Sunday night’s broadcast of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will be preceded, as always by Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet. Coverage for that broadcast begins at 7pm ET. Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast. He will be joined at the desk by analyst Aaron Boone and reporter Tim Kurkjian.

Along with its season finale of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell, ESPN has also announced the first game in its coverage of the 2015 MLB post season. In the first game of the post season, recently acquired Troy Tulowitzki and the Toronto Blue Jays host Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees on Tuesday, September 22nd. Fans can see the game on television and online via ESPN and WatchESPN. The remaining schedule of regular season games on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell is listed below.

Upcoming Sunday Night Baseball schedule

Date

Telecast

September 13

Kansas City Royals at Baltimore Orioles presented by Taco Bell

September 20

New York Yankees at New York Mets presented by Taco Bell

September 27

Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs presented by Taco Bell

 

As an added bonus ESPN will also carry the 2015 AL Wild Card game on Tuesday, October 6th. More information on ESPN’s MLB coverage is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

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

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

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Baltimore, Kansas City Face Off This Week On ESPN’s SNB

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Courtesy: ESPN

The Orioles and Royals go under the lights weekend in this week’s edition of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.

Officials with ESPN announced this week that the Orioles and Royals will face off live Sunday night in the closer of the teams’ three-game series.  That series kicks off Friday evening in Oriole Park at Camden Yards.  There is currently no word on who will take the mound for the “Orange Birds.”  On the other side of the ball, Yordano Ventura will start for Kansas City.  Ventura’s last time on the mound came Monday night against Minnesota.  The Twins won that game 6 – 2 in nine innings.  Ventura took the loss in the game.  He pitched 5.1 innings before being pulled.  He threw eight Ks before heading back to the dugout, but also allowed eight hits, four runs, four earned runs, five walks, and one home run.  Of his 107 total pitches, 65 were strikes for a roughly sixty-one percent strike rate over the course of those 5.1 innings.

Coming into this weekend’s series between the AL opponents, both teams are pretty close by the numbers.  Kansas City is 3 – 7 in its last ten games and lost its last game (a 3 – 2 loss against Minnesota).  The Royals’ road and home records are both in the black—48-27 (home), 35-29 (road)—while the Orioles have struggled a bit more with only their home record in the black.  Baltimore is 38 – 27 at home and 29-45 on the road.  However, the Orioles are also riding a two-game winning streak.  This means that this weekend’s series, including Sunday night’s game on ESPN, is sure to be a hard fought battle on both sides of the ball.

Dan Shulman will have the call for Sunday night’s game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Jessica Mendoza and John Kruk.  Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand for additional commentary and news.  Ahead of Sunday night’s broadcast, ESPN will air Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet live beginning at 7pm ET.  Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined at the desk by analysts Aaron Boone and Tim Kurkjian.  Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown will be simulcast on television and online on ESPN and WatchESPN.  Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will be simulcast on television, on radio, and online via ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, and WatchESPN.

Along with its Sunday night coverage, ESPN Radio will also carry coverage of the series’ second game Saturday afternoon.  Broadcast of that game is scheduled to begin at 12:30pm ET.  Jon Sciambi will have the call for the game.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Chris Singleton.

More information on ESPN’s MLB coverage is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

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

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

 

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St. Louis, Pittsburgh Go Under The Lights This Weekend On SNB

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell returns to St. Louis and Busch Stadium this weekend for a key matchup between the Cardinals and Pirates.

Sunday’s game is the closer in a three-game series between the NL Central rivals. Pittsburgh currently sits six and a half games behind St. Louis in the race for the divisional lead. The Pirates come into this weekend’s series hungry for a win after being swept by the Brewers, who currently sit fourth in the NL Central . John Lackey is expected to get the start for the Cardinals while Gerrit Cole is expected to take the mound for Pittsburgh. Lackey’s last time on the mound was Monday against the Nationals. St. Louis won that game 8 – 5. Lackey pitched six innings, throwing 8 Ks, and allowing 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned run, and 4 walks before heading to the dugout. Of his 105 total pitches, 63 were strikes. Cole’s last time on the mound was Tuesday against Milwaukee. The Brewers won that game 7 – 4. Cole pitched four innings in the loss, struggling along the way. He allowed 8 hits, 5 runs, 5 earned runs, and 1 walk, throwing only 2 Ks along the way. Out of his 77 total pitches thrown, 49 were strikes.

The numbers are against Pittsburgh as it heads into this weekend’s series against St. Louis. The Pirates’ road record currently sits at 33-32 so far on the road. That is quite a difference from its current home record of 46 – 21. And it is 5 – 5 in its last ten games verses the Cardinals’ having gone 8 – 2 in their last ten games. St. Louis is 48 – 20 at home so far this season, which is almost as good as its current 38 – 27 road record.

Coverage of Sunday night’s game is expected to start at 8pm ET. There are some slight changes to ESPN’s broadcast team for the game. Jon Sciambi will be in for regular SNB anchor Dan Shulman. There is currently no word on whether or not Curt Schilling will be replaced in the booth following the announcement this week that he will remain off the air through the remainder of the season and post season. Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet will precede SNB beginning at 7pm ET. Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast. He will be joined at the desk by analyst Aaron Boone and ESPN MLB Insider Tim Kurkjian. The broadcast will be simulcast online via WatchESPN. SNB will be simulcast on television, radio and online via ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, and WatchESPN.

Ahead of Sunday night’s broadcast, ESPN Radio will carry coverage of the second of the series’ games between the Pirates and Red Birds. Coverage begins at 3:30pm ET. Jon Sciambi will have the call for the game.

All of the latest MLB news and headlines are available along with more information on ESPN’s MLB coverage at:

 

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

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

 

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