ESPN To Air 2019 Women’s College Basketball Tournament Selection Show Monday

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Women’s college basketball fans will find out next week, if their favorite teams will be part of the NCAA Women’s College Basketball tournament.

ESPN will air the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special presented by Capital One at 7 p.m. on Monday.  The two-hour special starts on ESPN, and will move to ESPNU as each team and its seeding is announced.

Monday’s broadcast is part of the Tournament Challenge Marathon, which will feature 25 consecutive hours of college basketball coverage and analysis as fans prep their brackets.

Prior to Monday night’s special, fans will get an early look at he selection committee’s discussions on the 5 p.m. edition of SportsCenter on Sunday.  Following Monday night’s broadcast, the SEC Network will have its own special broadcast in the form of SEC NowWomen’s Basketball Selection Special at 9 p.m.

espnW will also air its own share of programming prior to and after Selection Sunday.  Programming highlights are noted below.

  • Charlie Creme will assess the bracket, its biggest surprises and snubs.
  • Mechelle Voepel will examine the wide-open feel of the NCAA tournament and each top seed’s path to the Final Four.
  • Around the Rim: LaChina Robinson and Charlie Creme will interview selection chair Rhonda Lundin Bennett on Monday
  • espnW also will feature expert picks breaking down every region of the bracket and predictions for the Final Four, and look at the winners and losers in the NCAA tournament bracket.
  • Women’s Tournament Challenge: espnW and the WNBA have created a group for fans. Users can join, create their bracket and then compare it to brackets of players such as Breanna Stewart, A’ja Wilson and more.

Coverage of the Women’s NCAA College Basketball Championship starts March 22 on ESPN, ESPN2 and the ESPN app.  Coverage of the Women’s NCAA College Basketball Final Four runs from April 5-7.  The complete schedule for the tournament will be announced soon.

More information on ESPN’s coverage of the 2019 Women’s NCAA College Basketball Tournament is available online now along with all of the latest women’s college basketball headlines at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/womens-college-basketball

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ESPN Launches 15th Season of ‘CGD’ Next Week At Duke

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ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm launches its 15th season next week.

The network’s flagship college basketball program is scheduled to premiere at 11 a.m. on Jan. 19 with coverage of the Duke Blue Devils and the No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers.  Live coverage of the game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Rece Davis will anchor the morning broadcast.  He will be joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams for additional commentary.  The program will broadcast live from Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Next week’s season debut of College GameDay Covered by State Farm will mark the ninth time that the program will have aired live from the venue.  That surpasses the program’s record, set at Kansas’ Phog Allen Fieldhouse.

Duke’s 2018 recruiting class features the top three-ranked players in the class, according to ESPN.  Two of those players — Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett — currently sit fisrt and second in the 2019 mock NBA draft on ESPN.com.

Virginia comes into next weeks’ matchup with its own strengths. Three of the team’s top four scorers from last season are back this season, including All-ACC player Kyle Guy.

More information on ESPN’s coverage of next week’s game is available online now along with all of the latest college basketball headlines at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball

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Bison, Eagles Vie For 2019 FCS CFB Championship Saturday On ESPN2

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North Dakota State University and Eastern Washington will compete for the FCS College Football Championship this weekend, and ESPN will have full coverage of the game.

The network announced in a news release sent Wednesday, that the game will be played Saturday in Frisco, Texas. Coverage is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. with FCS Championship Game Preview on ESPNEWS.  Gametime coverage is scheduled to start at noon on ESPN2 and the ESPN app.  A Spanish-language broadcast will air on ESPN3.

North Dakota State is undefeated coming into Saturday’s FCS Championship match, and will look to defend its 2017 title.  If the Bison win the title this year, it will be the team’s seventh title in eight years.  For Eastern Washington, a title win would be the team’s first since 2010.

NDSU is led by Walter Payton Award Finalist, quarterback Easton Stick, running back Bruce Anderson and linebacker Jabril Cox.  Head Coach Chris Klieman is in his final season with the Bison, and will take over the head coaching position at Kansas State starting in the 2019 season. Klieman holds a 68-6 record during his time at the helm of NDSU’s football program.

The Walter Payton Award — named after NFL great and former Jackson State University standong Walter Payton — is presented annually to the FCS’ top offensive player.  It is voted on by a national panel of media and college sports information directors.

The Eagles are led by quarterback Eric Barriere and an offense that is ranked third in the nation in yards per play and a defense that is second in turnovers.  This is Head Coach Aaron Best’s first season leading Eastern Washington, after spending more than 20 years with the team, four of which were as a player.

More than a year has past since the Bison and Eagles met on the gridiron.  The last time the teams met was Sept. 9, 2017 at Roos Field in Cheney, WA.  North Dakota State University won that match 41-3.

Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb and Kris Budden will have the call for Saturday’s FCS Championship game.  Budden will anchor the game’s pre-game broadcast and will be joined by analysts Rene and Jay Walker for additional commentary.

University of California Davis Head Coach and former ESPN analyst Dan Hawkins will be a special guest on the pre-game broadcast.  Hawkins led the Aggies to a 10-win season this year.  Those wins included seven conference victories — both stats are new school records.

As a result of his success this year, Hawkins was named the Eddie Robinson FCS Coach of the Year this season.  The Eddie Robinson FCS Coach of the Year Award — named for legendary Grambling State University coach Eddie Robinson — is presented to the FCS’ top Head Coach.  It was established by Stats, LLC.  the award is voted on by a select group of information directors and sports writers from the FCS.

More information on this weekend’s FCS Championship Game is available online now along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/college-football

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ESPN’s ‘First Take’ To Preview NFC Wild Card Matchup Live From Texas

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The National Football League kicks off its post season this weekend, and ESPN will be on hand to cover the first weekend of the playoffs.

The network announced Monday in a news release, that its hit show First Take will air live from Arlington, Texas where the Dallas Cowboys will host the Seattle Seahawks in one of the weekend’s four Wildcard matchups.  The program’s on-site broadcast marks the third time in as many months that First Take will broadcast from AT&T Stadium.

ESPN Vice President of Production David Roberts said in the release, that Friday’s broadcast will be a positive presentation.

“The energy from the fans at the previous shows in Dallas has been truly unique,” Roberts said.  “Add in that the Cowboys will be playing in a win-or-go-home Wild Card showdown this weekend, and it should make for some unforgettable moments between [Cowboys critic] Stephen A. Smith and the Dallas faithful.”

Friday’s broadcast is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 7:30 a.m. CT/8:30 a.m. ET.  The broadcast starts at 9 a.m. CT/10 a.m. ET and runs until 11 a.m. CT/noon ET.  Friday’s event will air live on ESPN and stream live via the ESPN app.

Friday’s broadcast is just one part of an extensive weekend of NFL coverage from ESPN.  The network’s Monday Night Football broadcast team will cover Saturday’s Wild Card game between the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans on ESPN.  Kickoff is scheduled for 4:35 p.m. ET.

In the college ranks, ESPN will broadcast the College Football Championship live Jan. 7.Clemson and Alabama will compete for college football’s top prize in the game.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.

More information on ESPN’s NFL post season coverage is available online now at:

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNNFL

 

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

 

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Imagine Dragons Tapped To Headline CFB Championship Halftime

ESPN has announced the halftime entertainment for the College Football National Championship.

Grammy Award-winning band Imagine Dragons will perform at halftime live from Treasure Island at San Francisco Bay.  Network officials made the announcement Monday. Fans with passes to Treasure Island will get in to the show for free. A trailer for the band’s appearance is streaming online now here.

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According to a news release from ESPN, the band is scheduled to perform a handful of songs from its most recent album Origins.  The band’s performance is just one part of a season-long partnership between ESPN, Interscope Records and Universal Music Group Nashville.That partnership also saw ESPN feature Imagine Dragons’ hit song ‘Natural’ as ESPN’s college football anthem.

This is the second year that ESPN has partnered with Interscope Records for its college football broadcasts.  The network featured Kendrick Lamar as the halftime headliner for last year’s College Football Championship.  Alabama defeated Georgia in overtime in that game, which was watched by 29.9 million viewers, making it the second most watched cable presentation ever.

More information on ESPN’s College Football Championship coverage is available online now along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/college-football

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The ACC Network Is Coming

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The ACC Network is going to become a reality next year.

ESPN announced this week that it will launch its new college sports network Aug. 22.  The network’s first college football broadcast will feature Georgia Tech on the road against Clemson on Aug. 29 for a Thursday night showdown.

According to a news release from ESPN, the ACC Network is expected to broadcast 1,300 live ACC events annually on its TV and digital platforms.  Those events will come from all 15 of the conference’s schools and 27 sponsored sports.

ESPN President and Disney Media Networks Co-Chairman James Pitaro said he is optimistically anticipating the network’s launch.

“With just under nine months until launch, we are all systems go with ACC Network preparations,” Pitaro said.  “The strength of the season-opening game between Georgia Tech and Clemson is indicative of the robust schedule and programming we have planned for ACC fans.”

ACC Commissioner John Swofford echoed Pitaro’s comments in a prepared statement.

“We continue to look ahead to the launch of the ACC Network with great anticipation,” Swofford said.  “Showcasing all of our outstanding programs remains a top priority, and our partnership with ESPN allows fans to have greater access than ever before.  I also commend our schools, who have done an outstanding job in their preparations for a successful launch.”

The ACC Network’s first TV spot is scheduled to air live Dec. 1 during the Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship game.  The game is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

More information on the ACC Network is available online now at http://www.getaccn.com.

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Hawai’i Bowl Names New Title Sponsor

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It’s time to go bowling, and in the spirit of the season, ESPN has announced one of this year’s bowls has a new sponsor.

The Hawai’i Bowl announced SoFi as its new title sponsor.  The game, scheduled to be played Dec. 22 in Honolulu, HA, is now in its 17th year as a post season game for the college football ranks.

SoFi is a personal finance company based in San Francisco, CA.  The company specializes in student loan refinancing, mortgages and personal loans.The company has more than half a million members.  More information on the company is available online at SoFi.com.

Hawai’i Bowl Executive Director Daryl Garvin said in a written statement, that he is happy SoFi is partnering with ESPN to present the bowl game, which is one of 11 annual college football games that ESPN Regional Television runs.

“On behalf of our executive committee and and football fans across the islands, I’m pleased to welcome SoFi as our new title sponsor,” Garvin said.  “There is no place like Hawai’i during the holidays, and SoFi will quickly become a part of our holiday traditions in the islands and across the country with the ESPN telecast of the SoFi Hawai’i Bowl.”

SoFi Vice President of Marketing and Media Margi Brown shared Garvin’s positive thoughts.

“SoFi is all about fostering and rewarding the ambition of our members, and the Hawai’i Bowl annually celebrates the ambitions of two great teams,” Brown said.  “We’re proud to be the Hawai’i Bowl entitlement sponsor as well as a long-time partner of ESPN.”

The University of Hawaii will be at home against Louisiana Tech in this year’s Hawai’i Bowl, which will air at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN live from Aloha Stadium.  The game will also stream live via the ESPN App.

Tickets for the SoFi Hawai’i Bowl can be purchased online here.  General Admission endzone tickets start at $20 while sideline seating reaches a maximum of $45.

The Hawai’i Bowl was sponsored by ConAgra foods in 2002, its debut season.  In 2003, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Hawaii took over as the game’s title sponsor, and maintained the title until 2014.  The game was then played without a sponsor until this year.

The Hawai’i Bowl is just one of a variety of Bowl Games that have been played in Hawaii throughout history.  Most recently, it played host to the Hula Bowl from 1947-2008.  Prior to that, the Aloha Bowl and O’ahu Bowl were also played in Hawaii.

The Aloha Bowl was played from 1982-2000 and the O’ahu Bowl from 1998-2000.  The state played host to the Pineapple Bowl from 1940-1952 and the Poi Bowl from 1936-1939.

More information on the SoFi Hawaii Bowl is available online along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/college-football

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