ESPN’s Monday Night Football Returns This Week

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Courtesy: ESPN

Football is back! And so is ESPN’s weekly NFL broadcast Monday Night Football.

ESPN kicks off another season of Monday Night Football this Thursday, August 20th for a special edition of MNF as the Bills and new head coach Rex Ryan head to Cleveland to take on the Browns. Mike Tirico and John Gruden will be in the booth for the call. They will be joined by Lisa Salters for additional commentary. Thursday’s game is scheduled for an 8pm ET start. It will be simulcast on television and online via ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and WatchESPN.

On Monday, August 24th, MNF returns to its normal time with coverage of the Bengals and Bills in Tampa Bay. This game will be the first time that rookie quarterback Jameis Winston will get to put his talents on display against Andy Dalton and the rejuvinated Bengals. This game will also be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and WatchESPN.

Both this Thursday’s game and next Monday’s game will be preceded by one-hour editions of Monday Night Countdown at 7pm ET on ESPN. Suzy Kolber will anchor Thursday’s edition of Monday Night Countdown. She will be joined at the desk by analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Jackson, as well as insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Chris Berman will helm next Monday’s edition of Monday Night Countdown. He will be joined by the Monday Night Countdown broadcast team, too.

Along with the coverage noted above, ESPN will also provide on-site coverage from a number of other pre-season games. Britt McHenry will be on-site for the matchup of the Lions and Redskins. Sal Paolantonio will be on hand in the city of brotherly love as the Eagle host the Ravens. Ed Werder will be live from New Orleans as the Saints host the Patriots, and Shelley Smith will have all of the latest news live from San Francisco as the 49ers host the Cowboys.

ESPN’s regular season MNF schedule kicks off Monday, September 14th with an NFC double header. All of the latest MNF news and headlines are available online now at:

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

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

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ESPN Radio Releases Early Broadcast Schedule For 2015 – 2016 NFL Regular Season

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There’s more good news for all of the football fans and fanatics out there. The worldwide leader in sports has released the first group of Sunday afternoon NFL games to be covered by ESPN Radio this season.

ESPN Radio will kick off its thirteenth season of NFL coverage fittingly on Sunday, September 13th with a doubleheader broadcast. It kicks off with an AFC matchup between the Colts and Bills in Buffalo at 1pm ET. New Bills coach Rex Ryan looks to open his first season at the helm in Buffalo with a win over the Colts, who finished the 2014 – 2015 season atop the AFC South at 11 – 5. The Bills on the other hand finished the 2014 – 2015 season second in the AFC North at 9 – 7. At 4pm ET, the Ravens face off against the Broncos in the “Mile High City” in another AFC matchup. Denver finished the 2014 – 2015 season atop the AFC West standings with a 12 – 4 record while Baltimore closed out its 2014 – 2015 season third in the AFC North with a 10 – 6 record. Julio Jones leads the Atlanta Falcons into New York to take on Odell Beckham, Jr. and the New York Giants on Sunday, September 20th. And in Week Three, ESPN Radio will carry coverage of the Eagles at Jets. These are just some of the games that ESPN Radio will carry during the 2014 – 2015 NFL regular season. The current slate of games scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN Radio are listed below. The remainder of the season’s games that ESPN Radio will carry will be announed at later dates. Each week’s broadcast will be preceded by a one-hour pre-game show throughout the season.

ESPN Radio’s current broadcast schedule for the 2015 – 2016 NFL Regular season is listed below.

Date              Time (ET)     Game
Sun, Sep 13  1 p.m.           Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills
4 p.m.          Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos

Sun, Sep 20   1 p.m.          Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants

Sun, Sep 27   1 p.m.          Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets

Sun, Oct 4      1 p.m.         Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts

Sun, Oct 11    1 p.m.         Seattle Seahawks at Cincinnati Bengals

 

Mark Kestecher, Bill Rosinski, and Ryan Ruocco will share play-by-play duties throughout the season. They will be joined by analysts Herm Edwards, Shaun O’Hara, and Bill Polian throughout the season. More information on ESPN’s NFL coverage is available online now at:

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

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

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Iger: “We Are Honored To Call Him A Disney Legend”–TWDC CEO Speaks On Giffords’ Passing

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Courtesy: The Walt Disney Company

The football world lost one of its most beloved names today.
NFL great Frank Gifford passed away today. Gifford, a former member of the New York Giants and one of the most respected and talented announcers in NFL history, died this morning. Reports state that the NFL Hall of Famer died of natural causes. He was 84-years old. As a former broadcaster for ABC Sports’ NFL coverage, Gifford became part of one of the greatest commentary teams in NFL history. That team consisted of himself, Howard Cosell and Don Meredith. In response to Gifford’s passing Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company released a statement today speaking on Gifford’s legacy and his passing. The following is Iger’s statement.

“Frank Gifford was an exceptional man who will be missed by everyone who had the joy of seeing his talent on the field, the pleasure of watching his broadcasts, or the honor of knowing him. His many achievements were defined by a quiet dignity and a personal grace that is seldom seen in any arena; he truly embodied the very best of us. Frank’s contributions to ABC Sports and our company are immeasurable. We are honored to call him a Disney Legend and I am very fortunate to have called him a dear friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.”

More information on this story is available online along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

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

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ESPN Kicks Off NFL Training Camp Coverage

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The start of the 2015 – 2016 NFL season is still six weeks away (not counting the pre-season, which kicks off August 9th with the Hall of Fame Game). That aside, any NFL fan will agree that it is never too early to talk football, especially as pre-season camps have officially gotten underway. And thanks to ESPN, football fans are now getting in-depth coverage of every team’s training camp.

ESPN kicked off its NFL training camp coverage Saturday, July 25th and Sunday, July 26th with reporter Ben Goessling and Jeremy Fowler. Goessling was imbedded in Mankato, Minnesota with the Minnesota Vikings. Fowler was imbedded with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Trey Wingo and company take over coverage of the Steelers’ training camp Monday, July 27th on ESPN’s NFL Live. Wingo will be joined by former Steeler and member of the 2015 NFL Hall of Fame class Jerome Bettis, Ryan Clark, and Merril Hoge. Reporter Josina Anderson will also be on hand for additional commentary and news. Also on Monday, reporter Mike DiRocco will have all of the latest from the Jacksonville Jaguars’ training camp. Continuing its full, in-depth coverage from around the leage, SportsCenter will have three of its anchors–Jay Harris, Lindsay Czarniak, and Matt Barrie–on the road on site for even more coverage. Harris will report from the Broncos’ training camp on Friday, July 31st, while Czarniak and Barrie will report from the Bucaneers’ and Texans/Redskins joint camps on August 7th and 8th respectively. In all, ESPN’s flagship program will have coverage from thirty of the league’s thirty-two total camps throughout the month of August. Additional coverage of each camp wil come from ESPN’s bureau reporters, from ESPN.com, and from NFL Nation team reporters. Those reporters will offer on-site reports and daily look-ahead stories giving insight into what fans should look for at each team’s camp. The current schedule for ESPN’s NFL training camp broadcasts is noted below.

Date

NFL Team

On-Site Commentator(s)

Sat, Jul 25

Minnesota Vikings

Ben Goessling

Sun, Jul 26

Minnesota Vikings

Ben Goessling

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

Jeremy Fowler

Mon, Jul 27

Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL Live: Trey Wingo, Jerome Bettis, Ryan Clark, Merril Hoge and Josina Anderson

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Mike DiRocco

Wed, Jul 29

Dallas Cowboys

Todd Archer

 

New England Patriots

Sal Paolantonio

 

New York Jets

Rich Cimini

Thu, Jul 30

Dallas Cowboys

Todd Archer

 

New England Patriots

Sal Paolantonio

 

Green Bay Packers

Rob Demovsky

 

Washington Redskins

John Keim

 

Denver Broncos

Jeff Legwold

Fri, Jul 31

Denver Broncos

Jeff Legwold, Jay Harris, Tom Jackson, Adam Schefter

 

New England Patriots

Sal Paolantonio

 

Buffalo Bills

Mike Rodak

 

Seattle Seahawks

John Clayton

Sat, Aug 1

Indianapolis Colts

Mike Wells

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josina Anderson

Sun, Aug 2

Tennessee Titans

Paul Kuharsky

 

Philadelphia Eagles

Sal Paolantonio

Mon, Aug 3

Carolina Panthers

David Newton

 

Detroit Lions

Michael Rothstein

Tue, Aug 4

Dallas Cowboys

TBD

 

Cleveland Browns

Bob Holtzman

Wed, Aug 5

Seattle Seahawks

John Clayton

 

Chicago Bears

Jeff Dickerson

Thu, Aug 6

New York Giants

Dan Graziano

 

Oakland Raiders

Shelley Smith

Fri, Aug 7

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pat Yasinskas, Lindsay Czarniak, Ron Jaworski

Sat, Aug 8

Houston Texans/Washington Redskins joint practice

Tania Ganguli, John Keim, Matt Barrie, Ryan Clark, Louis Riddick

Sun, Aug 9

St. Louis Rams

Nick Wagoner

Mon, Aug 10

Kansas City Chiefs

Adam Teicher

 

Miami Dolphins

James Walker

Tue, Aug 11

Cincinnati Bengals

Coley Harvey

 

Baltimore Ravens

Sal Paolantonio

Wed, Aug 12

Arizona Cardinals

Pedro Gomez

 

San Diego Chargers

Eric Williams

Wed, Aug 19

New England Patriots/New Orleans Saints joint practice

Mike Triplett, Britt McHenry

*Subject to change

More information on ESPN’s NFL training camp coverage is available online now along with all of the latest NFL news at:

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

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ESPN Gets NFL Wildcard Game, Will Simulcast On ABC For The First Time Ever

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Courtesy: ESPN

The draft is done. Rookie minicamps are under way. And teams are counting down the days to the start of their annual summer camps. That can only mean one thing: Football season is almost here again. And with kickoff of the 2015 – 2016 NFL season inching closer each day, ESPN has announced another addition to its broadcast coverage schedule.

ESPN announced today that it will once again air at least one of the league’s Wildcard Playoff games this season. The game, which will be played on the weekend of January 9th – 10th, 2016, will be simulcast on ABC for the first time ever along with the network’s weekly pre-game show Monday Night Countdown. The upcoming broadcast will mark only the second time that the worldwide leader in sports has aired an NFL playoff game in its thirty-six year history. The Carolina Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27 – 16 last season in the network’s first ever playoff broadcast. The game averaged a 12.5 household US rating and 21,678,000 viewers (P2+) according to Nielsen research. That made the game the ninth most-viewed broadcast in cable history.

ESPN President John Skipper noted its success in making the announcement about the upcoming game. “Our first Wild Card playoff game was one of ESPN’s highest-rated and most-watched events ever,” he said. He also noted his expectations for a similar result for the game’s first time ever simulcast on ABC stating, “By leveraging the broadcast platform we have on ABC, the upcoming Wild Card will rank among the most-watched programs of the year and we will reach even more fans during the NFL postseason.”

ESPN’s MNF broadcast team of Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, and Lisa Salters will have full coverage of the game. They will also be live at the league’s annual Pro Bowl game at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Pro Bowl is currently scheduled to be played January 24th, 2016.

All of the latest news on ESPN’s NFL coverage is available online now at:

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Famed ESPN Broadcaster Berman Named To Cable Hall Of Fame

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There’s big news for one of ESPN’s biggest names today.

Chris Berman will be inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame Today. Yes, there really is such a thing. Since joining the worldwide leader in sports roughly thirty-six years ago, Berman has gone on to become the face of the network. Fellow Cable HOF inductee and former ESPN President Bodenheimer had nothing but good things to say about Berman in discussing his latest honor, noting that it is a well-deserved honor that has been a long time coming. “Chris has contributed so much to ESPN’s success in reaching sports fans for more than three decades,” he said. “It is only fitting that one of the most important figures in ESPN’s history is being inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.”

John Skipper is ESPN’s current President and Co-Chair of Disney Media Networks. He noted what Berman’s presence on air has meant not just for ESPN but for audiences of all ages throughout his career saying, “Fans love Boomer. He’s a special talent who brings sports to life for dads and daughters, mothers and sons, grandparents who remember when, and little leaguers who have big dreams for their futures.” Skipper added of Berman the impact that Berman has had not just on the growth of ESPN and the ESPN family but on the broadcasting community in whole, noting, “Chris has played a significant role in making our ESPN family what it is today, and along the way he helped build an entire industry.”

Berman is host of ESPN’s Emmy-nominated NFL pre-game show Sunday NFL Countdown and is Master of Ceremony for the NFL Hall of Fame. He has also been announced that Berman will have the call for the second of ESPN’s season-opening Monday Night Football games in the network’s double-header schedule for the night. Berman just wrapped his 35th Consecutive NFL Draft this past weekend and will even host MLB’s annual Home Run Derby this year on ESPN.

More information on Chris Berman’s induction into the Cable Hall of Fame is available online along with all of the latest sports headlines at:

Website: http://espn.go.com

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

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Ray Lewis Sitting Out ESPN’s 2015 NFL Draft Coverage

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With the 2015 NFL Draft only days away, ESPN has announced that there will be a slight change in its previously announced lineup of broadcast teams.

ESPN announced today that Ray Lewis will remain at his home in Baltimore instead of travelling to attend the Draft. Lewis will stay in Baltimore in an effort to stop the violence in the city following the funeral of Freddie Gray. Lewis released a statement today explaining in his own words his decision, noting his belief that it was just the right thing to do. “I felt that it was more important for me to stay in Baltimore and try to help the city I love,” he said. “I greatly appreciate ESPN’s understanding and flexibility at this late date. I did not feel right leaving the city at this time.” He also released a video on his official Facebook page, making a heartfelt plea to end the violence. It can be viewed now via ESPN’s website at http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12781553.

Lewis, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Baltimore Ravens, will be replaced by ESPN Front Office Insider Louis Riddick. Riddick will join Chris Berman Jon Gruden, and Mel Kiper, Jr. on ESPN’s Round One coverage of the 2015 NFL Draft this Thursday evening. ESPN senior coordinating producer Seth Markman spoke on behalf of the network, supporting Lewis’ decision to remain in Baltimore saying, “Few athletes are as connected to a city as Ray is to Baltimore, having played his entire career there and based on all the work he has done in that community. While we will miss him at the draft, we completely support him in this decision and we hope his involvement will help resolve the situation there.” In regards to Riddick filling in for Lewis, he had this to say: “Louis, who was already scheduled to be at the NFL Draft, is one of our most knowledgeable and respected NFL Insiders. He will be a great addition to our main set on Thursday night.”

All of the latest updates from the NFL Draft are available online now along with the worldwide leader in sports’ coverage of the 2015 NFL Draft now at:

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

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