ESPN Networks Kick Off 206 NFL Draft Coverage Thursday Night On ESPN

 Chicago, IL - April 30, 2015 - Auditorium Theatre: Mel Kiper Jr., Jon Gruden, Louis Riddick and Chris Berman on the set during the 2015 NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images)


Chicago, IL – April 30, 2015 – Auditorium Theatre: Mel Kiper Jr., Jon Gruden, Louis Riddick and Chris Berman on the set during the 2015 NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images)

The countdown to the 2016 – 2017 NFL season officially begins this week.  It all begins Thursday with the annual NFL draft.  And ESPN will have full coverage of this year’s draft.

ESPN launches its coverage of the 2016 NFL draft Thursday night at 8pm ET live from Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.  ESPN will carry Round one with limited commercial interruption for the fifth consecutive year when it begins Thursday night.  It will be simulcast live on ESPN Radio nationwide.  Before the network’s coverage begins, it will air a special pre-draft SportsCenter broadcast at 7pm ET that looks forward not only to the first round of the draft but all seven rounds.  Speaking of those other rounds, ESPN will carry coverage of Rounds 2 and 3 live Friday evening beginning at 7pm ET from the Auditorium Theatre live on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNRadio.  Rounds 4 – 7 will be covered live Saturday beginning at noon eastern.  ESPN will carry coverage of Rounds 4 – 7 live from Chicago’s Grant Park.

Chris Berman will anchor ESPN’s broadcast of the draft’s first round Thursday evening.  He will be joined at the desk by veteran NFL Draft Analyst Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN Monday Night Football analyst and Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden, and NFL Front Office Insider Louis Riddick.  Fellow NFL Insider Adam Schefter will be on hand along with NFL host Suzy Kolber, and a team of NFL reporters from team sites with all of the latest news throughout the first round.

Trey Wingo will anchor ESPN’s coverage of Rounds 2 – 7 over the weekend.  He will be joined by Mel Kiper, Jr., NFL Front Office Insider Louis Riddick, NFL Insider Adam Schefter, and NFL Draft Analyst Todd McShay.  The full broadcast schedule for this weekend’s NFL draft coverage across the ESPN networks is listed below.

 

ESPN NFL Draft Programming Originating from Chicago (April 28-30):

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Thu, Apr 28 6-10 a.m. Mike & Mike ESPN Radio, ESPN2
10-11 a.m. SportsCenter ESPN
10 a.m.-12 p.m. First Take ESPN2
1:30-2:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN
2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Live ESPN
6-7 p.m. SportsCenter ESPN
7-8 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Draft Countdown ESPN
8-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft (Round 1) ESPN,
ESPN Radio
11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. SportsCenter ESPN
Fri, Apr 29 6-10 a.m. Mike & Mike ESPN Radio, ESPN2
10-11 a.m. SportsCenter ESPN
10 a.m.-12 p.m. First Take ESPN2
1:30-2:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN
2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Live ESPN
7-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft (Rounds 2-3) ESPN/ESPN2, ESPN Radio
Sat, Apr 30 12-8 p.m. NFL Draft (Rounds 4-7) ESPN

 

Along with its domestic coverage of the NFL Draft, ESPN International will carry coverage of the NFL Draft to more than 72 million households in 59 countries and territories throughout Latin America’s Spanish-speaking regions, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.  Canada will have coverage of the NFL Draft via TSN.  Audiences in Mexico and Central America can get full coverage of the draft via ESPN’s ESPNPlay broadband platform.  Audiences in Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil will be able to catch coverage of the NFL Draft online via WatchESPN while audiences in the rest of South America will get live coverage of Round 1 live online via ESPNPlay.

The ESPN networks’ primary draft coverage is just the tip of the iceberg for this year’s events.  There will also be special, additional commentary and more across each of ESPN’s networks and platforms including but not limited to The Mel Kiper Draft Grades –the foundation of SportsCenter Special: Draft Grades on May 1st at 7pm ET on ESPN.  More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of this year’s NFL Draft is available online now at:

 

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

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

 

 

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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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNMondayNight

 

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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:

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

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

 

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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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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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Bengals Go Prime Time For The First Time This Season In Week 10 Closer

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ESPN will feature an AFC match-up Monday night as the worldwide leader in sports closes out week ten in the NFL.

Next week on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, the Cincinnati Bengals will host the Houston Texans. Houston (3 – 5) has struggled this season despite sitting second in the AFC behind the 4 – 5 Indianapolis Colts. Houston has gone 2 – 3 in its last five games but won its last game against the Titans 20 – 6 in week nine. On the other side of the coin, Cincinnati is one of only three undefeated teams left in the league this season, sitting at 8 – 0. However, Cincinnati’s prime time record has been a point of contention for the team in recent years. That means that Monday’s match against Houston will be a big one for Andy Dalton and company. It will be just the first of now four total night games that the team will play this season, which adds even more importance to the game.

Kickoff for Monday night’s game is set for 8:15pm ET. Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will be in the booth for the call. Lisa Salters will also be on hand for additional commentary and all of the latest in-game news. Ahead of the game, Chris Berman and Suzy Kolber will co-host the network’s weekly pre-game show Monday Night Countdown. Broadcast begins at 6pm. Kolber will be joined by Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis, and Steve Young live on site in Cincinnati. Berman will be live at ESPN’s studios. He will be joined by NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, and Keyshawn Johnson.

Those fans that won’t be near a television Monday night can catch the game live online via WatchESPN. ESPN will also simulcast the game on ESPN Deportes for its Spanish-speaking audiences. More information on next week’s edition of MNF 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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