ESPN To Debut New ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Trailer During ‘Monday Night Football’

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ESPN is giving audiences extra reason to tune in to Monday Night Football.

The network will debut the first full trailer for the forthcoming Stars Wars movie The Last Jedi during its Oct. 9 broadcast, which will see the Bears and Vikings face off under the lights.  According to a news release from the network, the trailer will debut during halftime.  Game coverage is currently scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m. EDT.

Details have been scant about the movie’s plot ever since the announcement that the movie was being made.  What is known is that it picks up where The Force Awakens left off, with Rey (Daisy Ridley) locating Luke Skywalker.  The trailer that has currently been made available hints that despite Luke’s reluctance, she convinces him to train her while also learning some deeply held secrets about the force and the Jedi.

Mark Hamill returns to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker alongside the now late Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benecio Del Toro.

Rian Johnson wrote and directed the movie.  Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman produced while J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin each served as executive producers.

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Bears,Vikings Round Out NFL’s Week 5 Schedule Live On ESPN’s ‘MNF’

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The Vikings and Bears will play live in primetime Monday night to finish off the fifth week of the National Football League’s 2017 – ’18 season.

The NFC North divisional opponents will play live on ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast beginning at 8:15 p.m. ET.  Suzy Kolber and her Monday Night Countdown cohorts – NFL analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson, and Steve Young, ESPN NFL Insiders Chis Mortensen, Louis Riddick and Adam Schefter, and ESPN senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry – will be on the air ahead of Monday night’s game beginning at 6 p.m. ET live from ESPN’s studios.

The Monday Night Football team of Sean Mcdonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters will offer commentary during the broadcast.  Michelle Beisner-Buck and Chris Berman will have features during the broadcast, too.

Monday night’s game will mark the 14th time that the Vikings and Bears, who sit third and fourth respectively in the NFC North, will have played live on MNF.  That makes the teams’ latest appearance the third-most in the Monday Night Football history.  It is also just one of nine divisional matchups scheduled for this season’s Monday Night Football broadcast schedule.

The Bears (1 – 3) and Vikings (2 – 2) will both be hungry for a win Monday night after both lost in Week 4.  Chicago fell to Green Bay in Week 4’s opening game 35 – 14 while the Vikings fell to Detroit 14 – 7, so a win for Minnesota would finally put the Vikings on the positive side of .500 while a loss would drop the team to one below.

A win for the host Bears would put Chicago one game closer to .500 while a loss would put the team even more in the whole as the season gets one more week closer to midway.

Chicago is currently 1 – 1 at home this season while Minnesota is 0 – 1 on the road.  Those records make Monday’s game even more pivotal for both teams.

Sean McDonough will have the call for Monday’s game and will be joined in the booth by Jon Gruden for additional commentary. Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

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Kansas City, Washington Round Out Week 4 In The NFL Live On ESPN

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ESPN will present a battle of East versus West in next week’s edition of Monday Night Football.

The Kansas City Chiefs (AFC West) will host the Washington Redskins Oct. 2 in Kansas City live on ESPN to round out Week 4 of the NFL’s 2017 – ’18 season.  Monday’s coverage begins at 6 p.m. with Monday Night Countdown hosted by Suzy Kolber. The network’s weekly pre-game broadcast will air live from Arrowhead Stadium.

Kolber will be joined by NFL analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steven Young for additional commentary.  ESPN NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen, Louis Riddick and Adam Schefter will also join the broadcast from ESPN’s headquarters along with ESPN Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst Matthew Berry.

Live coverage of Monday night’s cross-conference game is currently scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m. with Sean McDonough and Jon Gruden on the call.  Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines with all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Monday night’s matchup will be simulcast in Spanish on television on ESPN Deportes and ESPN2 with Alvaro Martin, Raul Allegre and John Sutcliffe handling broadcast duties there.  The game will also be available streaming via the ESPN app.

While the Chiefs and Redskins are in different conferences, Monday’s game will have the same importance for each team.  The AFC West-leading Chiefs (3 – 0) are 1 – 0 at home so far this season while the Redskins (2 – 1 ), who are in a close battle with Philadelphia and Dallas for the top spot in the NFC East, are also 1 – 0 on the road.

Both teams added another notch to their “W” columns in Week 3 with Kansas City defeating San Diego 24 – 10 and Washington defeating the Raiders 27 – 10.  A win for the Chiefs could potentially widen their lead in the AFC West depending on the outcome of the other games in the division this weekend.  Another win for Washington could have equally big implications in the NFC East – again depending on the division’s other games.

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Cards, Cowboys Close Out NFL’s Week 3 Schedule Live On ESPN

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The Cowboys and Cards will go head to head live Monday night as ESPN caps off the third week of the National Football League’s 2017 – ’18 season.

ESPN will broadcast the NFC inter-divisional matchup live from University of Phoenix Stadium beginning at 6 p.m. with its weekly Monday Night Countdown pre-game broadcast anchored by Suzy Kolber. Kolber will be joined, as she is each week, by analysts Matt Hasselback, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve young for additional commentary.

Also scheduled to be on hand for the broadcast from ESPN’s studios will be ESPN ESPN Insiders Chris Mortensen, Louis Riddick, Adam Schefter and Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst Mathew Berry.

The Cardinals (1 – 1 – 0) come into their home opener on the heels of a hard-fought 16 – 13 win over the Colts in week 2 while the Cowboys (1 – 1 – 0) will look to bounce back from a week two 42 – 17 pounding from the Broncos and pick up their first road win of the season in the process.  The contrast means both teams will have plenty to play for Monday night.

Sean McDonough will anchor Monday night’s broadcast.  He will be joined in the booth by his MNF broadcast partner Jon Gruden.  Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines with all of the game’s latest news and interviews.

Monday night’s game will be simulcast in Spanish on television ESPN Deportes and ESPN2 with Alvaro Martin, Raul Allegre and John Sutcliffe on the call.  The game will can also be streamed online via the ESPN app for those who won’t be near a television during the game.

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ESPN Announces Week 1 NFL Broadcast Schedule

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ESPN has announced the broadcast schedule for the opening week of the National Football League’s 2017 – ’18 season.

The network will open Week 1 with Samantha Ponder and Rex Ryan making their debut appearances on Sunday NFL Countdown Sept. 10.  The three-hour program will air at 10 a.m. ET on ESPN and will also feature appearances by analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Charles Taylor.  Also expected to appear for the broadcast will be ESPN Insiders Chris Mortensen, Louis Riddick, Adam Schefter and senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry.

Sal Paolantonio will have all of the latest pre-game reports on the Eagles-Redskins matchup while Diana Russini is scheduled to report on the Raiders – Titans showdown. ESPN Radio will carry the prior game live Sunday at noon as part of a double header schedule that also includes a live broadcast of the Colts and Rams at 4 p.m.

Jeff Darlington and Dan Graziano will report on matchups between the Jags and Texans and the Steelers and Browns respectively.

Josina Anderson will be on site for the Seahawks and Packers while Jim Trotter will have all of the latest pre-game headlines from the site of the Giants – Cowboys matchup. Graziano’s appearance and that of Russini will be debut appearances for each reporter on Sunday NFL Countdown.

Monday Night Football rounds out ESPN’s Week 1 NFL coverage with a special double header schedule on Sept. 11. The first game on the night will see the Vikings playing host to the Saints in Minneapolis while Denver will host San Diego in the night’s second game.

Sean McDonough will have the call for the night’s lead-off game and will be joined in the booth by Jon Gruden for more commentary.  Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines with all of the latest news and interviews throughout the game.

Beth Mowins will make her MNF debut as she calls the night’s second game, which is set to start at 10:15 p.m. ET.  She will be joined by Ryan for additional commentary.  ESPN Deportes’ Sergio Dipp will be on the sidelines for all of the game’s latest news and interviews.

ESPN2 will carry a Spanish simulcast of MNF while both games will be streamed online via the ESPN app.

Before Monday night’s first kickoff, Suzy Kolber will host a two-hour edition of Monday Night Countdown beginning at 5 p.m. ET.  She will be joined by Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young live from US Bank Stadium for additional commentary.

ESPN NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter and Louis Riddick will join them live from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, CT.  Features reporter Michelle Beisner-Buck will be in Denver and will present a profile on former Chargers Public Relations Director Bill Johnston.

Johnson made the difficult decision during the offseason to vacate his position with the team so that he could stay in San Diego as his wife battles Huntington’s Disease, which she has battled since 1999.  According to the Mayo Clinic, Huntington’s Disease is a genetic disease that causes brain cells to degenerate over time, causing problems with the patient’s “functional abilities” and “usually results in movement, thinking and psychiatric disorders.”

Along with all of its coverage on television and radio, ESPN Magazine’s brand new 2017 NFL Preview Issue, due to hit newsstands Sept. 8 will have projections for every team in the league.  Fantasy Football Now will have up-to-the-minute reports from every game Sunday, too.

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ESPN’s ‘MNF’ Preseason Coverage Begins Tonight

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Monday Night Football launches its 2017 National Football League broadcast season tonight with a pre-season cross conference matchup.

ESPN’s flagship NFL program begins its 2017 broadcast season with a showdown between the Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC South) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFC South).  The matchup is just one of the games on the schedule for the second week of the NFL’s 2017 preseason.

Jacksonville will look to add a second notch to its win column in the preseason after defeating the New England Patriots 31 – 24 in week 1.  The Bucs will look to bounce back and get its first win of the preseason after falling to the Cincinnati Bengals in week 1 23 – 12.

Sean McDonough will have the call for tonight’s game, which is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Jon Gruden for additional commentary.  Reporter Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Monday Night Countdown will set the stage for tonight’s game beginning at 7 p.m. ET with Suzy Kolber at the helm.  She will be joined by analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Charles Woodson for additional commentary alongside NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

ESPN will also have full coverage of the preseason week 2 match between the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns Aug. 21. the Browns defeated the New Orleans Saints 20 – 14 in preseason week 1 while the Giants fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 20 – 12 that week.

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ESPN Adds Chip Kelly To Its College Football Broadcast Roster

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ESPN has added a new big name to its college football coverage roster.

Chip Kelly was named the latest addition this week to the network’s roster of college football analysts.  Kelly, who has more than 30 years experience in college and professional football, will serve as a studio analyst for many of the network’s college football broadcasts. According to a press release from ESPN, Kelly will also appear on Friday and Sunday editions of SportsCenter to offer insight on college and NFL matchups.

Lee Fitting, ESPN Senior Coordinating Producer, called Kelly’s outside the box approach as a coach one of his major strong points while discussing his addition to the network’s on-air football roster.

“Chip is one of the most innovative football minds of our generation,” Fitting said.  “As a coach, he saw the game from a unique perspective, never afraid to take an unconventional approach.  We want him to bring that mentality to our college football coverage each week, offering fans a varying viewpoint outside of the conventional thought process.”

Kelly said in response, he intended to use that unconventional approach when he begins his time with the network, adding he is anticipating starting the next chapter of his football career with ESPN.

“Over the last 30 years, I have experienced football from one perspective – as a coach,” Kelly said.  “Working in television will allow me to see the game from a different angle; simultaneously;  I’ll provide viewers an insight to the mindset of a coach and team while offering alternative views of various situations.  Once I decided to make the move to television, my familiarity with ESPN, combined with their high-quality productions and vital role in college football, it was easily the best network suited for me.”

From 2009 – 12, Kelly served as head coach of the University of Oregon’s football team, compiling a record of 46 – 7.  That record included wins in the Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl, and a trip to the College Football National Championship.  In 2009 and ’10, he led the Ducks to the Pac-10 title.  He also led the team to the Pac-12 title.

His time at the helm in Oregon is only one part a 24-year college football career.  Before taking the helm at Oregon, he also spent two years as the team’s offensive coordinator. He spent the past four seasons in the National Football League, including a stint at the helm of the Philadelphia Eagles.

While leading the Eagles, Kelly led the team to a 10 – 6 record and led the team to the NFC East title.

Kelly’s own accolades include Pac-10 Coach of the year in 2009.  He earned four separate coach of the year awards in 2010 including the Associated Press Coach of the Year award.

Kelly will start his on-air college football career with ESPN with the start of this year’s college football season.

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