Victor Cruz Announces NFL Retirement, Addition To ESPN Talent Roster

ESPN has added another former NFL star to its roster as the start of the 2018-’19 season nears.

Victor Cruz has joined the network’s talent lineup.  A former wide receiver with the New York Giants, Cruz also has a Super Bowl title to his name and a spot in the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl.

The announcement of Cruz’s addition to ESPN’s talent roster came today as he announced that after seven years in the league, he had decided to retire from the game.  That announcement of his retirement came on Uninterrupted.  Cruz said in a prepared statement that he was looking forward to joining ESPN’s ranks.

“As I officially close one chapter of my life and begin another, I could not be more thrilled to join another championship team at ESPN,” Cruz said.  “I’m excited to get started and share my insight and analysis with the viewers and fans of the NFL.”

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Seth Markman, ESPN’s Senior Coordinating Producer of NFL studio programming, said he was looking forward to Cruz joining the network, too.

“Victor is passionate about the NFL, and we’ve long been impressed with his ability to connect and engage with fans,” Markman said.  “He has a deep knowledge of the game and experience playing at the highest levels, so we expect him to be an impactful voice.”

Cruz joined the Giants in 2010 as an undrafted free agent from UMass.  In only his second season (2011-’12 season), Cruz recorded his first 1,000 yard season and even recorded one touchdown in the Giants’ 21-17 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI (46).  From there to the end of his time with the Giants (2016), Cruz totaled 303 catches for 4,549 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns, including an NFL record-tying 99-yard reception in December 2011.

Cruz has appeared on ESPN before, so he is no stranger to the network.  He has presented at the ESPYS, attended ESPN’s Winter X Games and was even part of an ESPN This Is SportsCenter spot in 2014.  Most recently, he served as a guest analyst on ESPN’s NFL Live this past January.

Cruz already co-hosts The Victor Cruz Show with Paul Rivera on Uninterrupted.  The program is a “barbershop talk” style program that focuses on discussions on sports, music and fashion.  He is also one of the first athletes to develop his own content for an all-digital sports programming network founded by NBA star LeBron James and businessman/media personality Maverick Carter.

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Giants, Lions Close Out Week 2 In The NFL On ESPN

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The National Football League winds down the second week of its 2017 – ’18 season Monday night on ESPN with an NFC inter-divisional matchup.

The New York Giants (0 – 1 – 0) are scheduled to host the Detroit Lions (1 – 0 – 0) Monday night at Met Life Stadium in Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey as the NFL winds down the second week of its 2017 – ’18 season.  The Giants sit third in the NFC East coming into Monday night’s matchup against Detroit, while the Lions currently sit second in the NFC North right behind the Minnesota Vikings, also 1 – 0 – 0 on the season.

Monday night’s game between the NFC inter-divisional foes will be the Giants’ first home game after the season.  The team fell 19 – 3 to Dallas in Dallas in Week 1.  Detroit meanwhile opened its season with a hard-fought 35 – 23 home win against Arizona.

The Giants’ season-opening road loss and the Tiger’s season-opening home win means that both teams will be playing equally hard for a win – the Tigers for their second straight win on the season and the G-Men for their first win of the season in front of a home crowd.

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

Suzy Kolber will anchor ESPN’s weekly Monday night pre-game program Monday Night Countdown ahead of kickoff beginning at 6 p.m.  She will be joined by analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young for additional commentary.

Monday’s game will be simulcast in Spanish on ESPN Deportes with Alvaro Martin on the call.  He will be joined by Raul Allegre and reporter John Sutcliffe for additional commentary.

Anyone not near a television Monday night can catch all of the night’s action online live via the ESPN app.

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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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New York Sports Anthem Will Get NFL Fans Going At Pro Bowl, Super Bowl

Courtesy: Chris Clemence

Courtesy: Chris Clemence

Bassist Chris Clemence’s New York sports anthem ‘Let’s Go’ is about to become one of the next big national sports anthems thanks to the National Football League.

‘Let’s Go’ will air live during the NFL’s Pro Bowl later this month and early next month during Super Bowl LI. The song will play over the speakers at each game’s stadium.  Clemence originally debuted the song late last year.

The up-tempo, fist-pumping inciting composition features vocals from Cro Mags member Harley Flanagan and additional instrumentation from Madison Square Gardens organist and DJ Ray Castoldi. It went on to become an anthem of the Knicks, Giants and Rangers since its debut.

Photo Credit: Ultra Sound Studios L - R: Chris Clemence, Harley Flanagan, Ray Castoldi writing 'Let's Go' in New York City.

Photo Credit: Ultra Sound Studios
L – R: Chris Clemence, Harley Flanagan, Ray Castoldi writing ‘Let’s Go’ in New York City.

Clemence was humble as he talked about the continuously growing popularity of ‘Let’s Go.’ He said he was moved by the reaction audiences have had to the song and looked forward to see if it would continue to grow in its popularity.

“The song has had a really great response, and it’s exciting to watch it grow even bigger,” Clemence said.  “I can’t wait to see what happens next.”

Audiences can download ‘Let’s Go’ now via iTunes. Audiences can also stream the song online via Clemence’s website.

Clemence said downloading the song will allow audiences to hear it whenever they want, but stressed fans who hear it live during a game will gain even more of an appreciation for the song.

“For the full effect you have to go hear it at a game,” Clemence said.

More information on ‘Let’s Go’ is available online now along with all of Clemence’s latest news and more at: http://www.chrisclemence.com.

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Bengals, Giants Wrap Week 10 In The NFL Monday Night On ESPN

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ESPN will feature a cross-conference matchup Monday night when the Bengals and Giants go under the lights live on Monday Night Football.

Monday’s matchup between Cincinnati and New York will be equally important for both teams.  The Giants (5 – 3 – 0) currently sit second in the NFC East, second only to Dallas.  The team is riding the success of a 3-game win streak coming into Monday night.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati (3 – 4 – 1) has struggled this season in the AFC North.  The team current sits third in the division behind Baltimore and Pittsburgh, who both sit at 4 – 4 on the season so far.

Two weeks ago, Cincinnati’s game against the Washington Redskins in London ended in a 27 all tie after kicker Mike Nugent missed a kick that could have given the Bengals the win.  Nugent since took full responsibility for the missed kick.

Cincinnati had a bye week last week, so it has had time to lick its wounds and figure out how to rebound from that disappointing finish.

Kickoff for Monday’s broadcast, live from New York, is scheduled for 8:15 pm EST.  Sean McDonough will have the call for Monday’s broadcast.  He will be joined in the booth by his broadcast partner Jon Gruden for additional commentary.  Reporter Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines for all of the game’s latest news and interviews.

Monday Night Countdown will precede Monday’s live broadcast between the Bengals and Giants beginning at 6 p.m. EST.  Suzy Kolber will anchor the broadcast.  She will be joined live at the desk by analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young for additional commentary.

Chris Berman will join the broadcast live from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, CT along with NFL features reporter Michelle Beisner-Buck, ESPN Insider Adam Schefter and guest analyst (and Pro Football Hall of Famer) Warren Moon for the broadcast, too.

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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:

 

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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.”

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ESPN Releases Full Season Monday Night Football Schedule

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN has released its broadcast schedule for the 2014 NFL season.

ESPN opened the 2013 season with a double header and will do so again for the 2014 season. ESPN will open its Monday Night Football regular season broadcast schedule with a double header on September 8th. The first game on the night will see the New York Giants on the road against the Detroit Lions. The game will be the first MNF game to be broadcast from Detroit since September 1971. Mike Tirico will anchor the broadcast and will have play-by-play duties. He will be joined by analyst Jon Gruden in the booth and Lisa Salters on the sidelines. The trio will also handle all MNF games, which will begin at 8:15pm ET. Kickoff for all of ESPN’s MNF games is scheduled for 8:30pm ET.

The second game on ESPN’s double header slate for Monday, September 8th will see the Arizona Cardinals hosting the San Diego Chargers at 10:15pm ET. It will come live from the University of Phoenix Stadium, which will also play host to the 2015 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX. The 2015 Pro Bowl will be broadcast on ESPN.

Now in its 45th season, Monday Night Football’s 2014 season will feature all twelve teams from the 2013 NFL Playoffs. This includes the 2013 NFL Champion Seattle Seahawks and AFC Champion Denver Broncos. The Seahawks will take on the Washington Redskins on ESPN’s MNF broadcast October 6th while the Broncos will face off against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati on December 22nd.

Eight NFL organizations will each have two games broadcast nationally on ESPN’s MNF. Those teams are the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Washington Redskins. Speaking of the Redskins, Washington will renew its long held rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys once again in the 2014 NFL regular season. Washington and Dallas will meet on October 27th at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The meeting will be the 16th between the two teams; second only to the rivalry between the Raiders and Broncos, who have met seventeen times.

All of ESPN’s MNF games can be seen both on television on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and online via WatchESPN. Additional MNF “game around the game” content will be available daily across ESPN’s various platforms including Monday Night Countdown and SportsCenter before and after each game. ESPN’s complete Monday Night Football broadcast schedule is listed below.

ESPN’s 2014 Monday Night Football Schedule

Preseason
Date Time (ET) Teams
Aug. 14 8 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Chicago Bears
Aug. 18 8 p.m. Cleveland Browns vs. Washington Redskins
Regular Season
Sept. 8 7 p.m. New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions
10:15 p.m. San Diego Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Sept. 15 8:15 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Indianapolis Colts
Sept. 22 8:15 p.m. Chicago Bears vs. New York Jets
Sept. 29 8:15 p.m. New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Oct. 6 8:15 p.m. Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Redskins
Oct. 13 8:15 p.m. San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams
Oct. 20 8:15 p.m. Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Oct. 27 8:15 p.m. Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys
Nov. 3 8:15 p.m. Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Giants
Nov. 10 8:15 p.m. Carolina Panthers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Nov. 17 8:15 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans
Nov. 24 8:15 p.m. Baltimore Ravens vs. New Orleans Saints
Dec. 1 8:15 p.m. Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets
Dec. 8 8:15 p.m. Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers
Dec. 15 8:15 p.m. New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears
Dec. 22 8:15 p.m. Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals
TBD TBD NFL Wild Card Game
Jan. 25, 2015 8 p.m. NFL Pro Bowl (Glendale, Arizona)

 

 

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Giants Host Vikings October 21st On MNF

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Week seven of the 2013 NFL regular season has officially kicked off.  The Arizona Cardinals will host the Seattle Seahawks tonight at University of Phoenix Stadium.  While the week kicks off tonight, all eyes will be on the week’s closing match Monday night.  This week on ESPN’s Monday Night Football features a matchup of two NFC teams. The currently winless New York Giants (0 – 6) will host the equally struggling Minnesota Vikings (1 – 4).  Both teams currently sit at the bottom of their divisions.

Mike Tirico will have the call Monday night.  He will be joined by analyst Jon Gruden.  Lisa Salters will have all of the game’s latest news from the sidelines.  Monday’s 8:25pm ET kickoff will be preceded by ESPN’s weekly pre-game show, Monday Night Countdown.  Suzy Kolber will host the pre-game broadcast.  She will be joined by analysts and NFL veterans Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis, and Steve Young.  The Monday Night Football crew will also be on hand along with contributor Rick Reilly.  Chris Berman will join the broadcast live from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut along with analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson and NFL insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.

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ESPN Offers Sneak Peek at New Documentary, More In NFL Sunday Countdown Week 2

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN has a change to its NFL Week 2 schedule to pass on to audiences.  Broadcast of the network’s weekly Sunday NFL Countdown will air this week Sunday, September 15th beginning at 10am on ESPN.  Chris Berman will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, and Ray Lewis.  Also on board for this week’s three-hour pre-game show will be senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry, NFL analyst Ron Jaworski, and NFL insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.  Berry brings to the table this week the discussion of a rather unique punishment instated by one fantasy league.  The story is just one of many stores shared in Berry’s new book.

Berman and company will focus on five more matchups in week two with insight from reporters at each game.  The first of those games is a matchup of the Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers.  Reporter Suzy Kolber and NFL analyst Merril Hoge will have all the latest information on that matchup.  In coordination with coverage of the game, ESPN will also have a special feature on the Redskins’ team name and the controversy surrounding it Sunday morning on Outside The Lines.  Bob Holtzman will have the story.  Audiences can catch the special edition of Outside The Lines  at 8am on ESPN2.

Something else to watch for in week 2 is the annual “Manning Bowl.”  Eli and brother Peyton face off as the Broncos take on the G-Men this week.  ESPN reporter  Josina Anderson will have all the latest from that game. Leading up to the game, Sunday NFL Countdown will feature a sneak peek at ESPN’s new documentary on the brothers, The Book of Manning.  The documentary kicks off the third season of ESPN Films’ SEC Storied series.  It focuses on the legendary Manning family, from father Archie to his equally famed sons.  Veteran actor John Goodman (Monsters UniversityMonsters, Inc., Roseanne) narrates the special, which will feature home movies of the Manning brothers in their youth, interviews with those closest to the Manning family and more.  It airs Tuesday, September 24th at 8PM ET on ESPN.

The third of the matchups on which NFL Sunday Countdown will focus is the week two matchup of the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.  Dominguez and company will look at the pump fake of Seattle QB Russell Wilson.  Audiences will get to hear from Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell as he discusses how he helped the former NC State University QB on the use of the technique.

Also planned for coverage in week 2 are matchups between the Cowboys and Chiefs, and the Eagles and Chargers.  More information on all of this week’s coverage from NFL Sunday Countdown is available online at http://www.facebook.com/ESPN and http://espn.go.com/nfl/notebook/_/page/sundaycountdown11/your-weekly-nfl-guide.

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