ESPN Announces NFL Pro Bowl Coverage Broadcast Schedule

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The stage is officially set for this year’s Super Bowl, but before the big game, there will be one more game for NFL fans — the NFL’s annual Pro Bowl, and ESPN will carry full coverage of the annual NFL superstar showcase game.

This year’s NFL Pro Bowl will be played this Sunday, January 28 live from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.  ESPN’s coverage of the game is scheduled to start at 2:50 p.m. ET, with coverage being simulcast on television on ABC and ESPN Deportes.  It will also stream online via the ESPN app.

ESPN Deportes’ coverage is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET with a special edition of SportsCenter.  Eduardo Varela and analyst Pablo Viruega will have the call for the network.

ESPN and ABC’s pre-game coverage is also scheduled to start at 1 p.m. with a special Postseason NFL Countdown pregame show.  The program will air live from Camping World Stadium.  Analysts Randy Moss and Charles Woodson will join host Suzy Kolber for additional commentary alongside ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and reporter Michele Steele.

ESPN Monday Night Football voice Sean McDonough will anchor the ESPN/ABC broadcast of the NFL Pro Bowl. He will be joined in the booth by analyst Matt Hasselbeck for a special one-time appearance.  Field analyst Louis Riddick and reporter Lisa Salters will also be on hand for additional commentary.

Among the stars expected to play in Sunday’s game are Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints), Todd Gurley (Los Angeles Rams), Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders), Jarvis Landry (Miami Dolphins) and others.

Before Brees and the rest of the NFL’s elite take to the field for the Pro Bowl, they will take part tonight, in the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET.  McDonough and the rest of the MNF team will call the competition, which will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The competition sees the stars competing in events such as the Drone Drop, Precision passing drill (for quarterbacks), Gridiron Gauntlet (relay race) and Pro Bowl Dodgeball (exactly what it sounds like) as well as other events.

Those who miss tonight’s broadcast will get more chances to see it as it will re-air on ESPN, ABC and even Disney XD.  the current schedule of events leading up to the ESPN networks’ Pro Bowl broadcast is noted below.

ESPN Programs at 2018 NFL Pro Bowl:
DATE TIME (ET) SHOW & COMMENTATORS NETWORK(S)
Thurs,

Jan 25
7 a.m. – 3 p.m. SportsCenter and NFL Live *

(Pro Bowl practices – ESPN Wide World of Sports)
Wendi Nix, Darren Woodson, Jac Collinsworth and Steele
ESPN/ESPN2
9 p.m. Pro Bowl Skills Showdown

(ESPN’s Wide World of Sports)
Sean McDonough, Matt Hasselbeck and Lisa Salters
ESPN
Fri,

Jan 26
7 a.m. – 3 p.m. SportsCenter and NFL Live *

(Pro Bowl practices – ESPN Wide World of Sports)
Nix, Woodson, Collinsworth and Steele
ESPN/ESPN2
Sat,

Jan 27
7-11 a.m. SportsCenter *

(Pro Bowl practices – ESPN Wide World of Sports)
Steele
ESPN

Sun,

Jan 28
6:30 a.m. –

12 p.m.
 
SportsCenter *

(Pro Bowl – Camping World Stadium)
Steele
ESPN
1-2:50 p.m. Postseason NFL Countdown

(Camping World Stadium)
Suzy Kolber, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson, Adam Schefter and Steele
ESPN

ABC
2:50 p.m. NFL Pro Bowl

(Camping World Stadium)
McDonough, Hasselbeck, Riddick and Salters
ESPN

ESPN Deportes
ABC
* show segments

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ESPN Analyst Stepping Up For NFL Pro Bowl Broadcast

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ESPN has named its replacement for Jon Grudent at this year’s NFL Pro Bowl.

Matt Hasselbeck will join Sean McDonough in the booth Jan. 28 for ESPN’s broadcast of the league’s annual best of the best exhibition game.  Hasselbeck already serves as an analyst on ESPN’s weekly Monday Night Football pre-game broadcasts, making him a familiar voice and face for audiences during the game.

According to ESPN Senior Vice President, Events & Studio Production Stephanie Druley, Hasselbeck had already been scheduled to be part of the network’s studio coverage team for the Pro Bowl ahead of this new announcement.  She said in a prepared statement that his experience played a big part in the decision to place him alongside McDonough.

“Matt has experience calling games and will be a great fit alongside Sean McDonough for this Pro Bowl assignment,” Druley said.  “He is a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback with connections to many players and coaches throughout the league, and he was already scheduled to cover the game as part of our ESPN studio team.”

Hasselbeck was humble as he talked about getting to help call the game.

“Making the Pro Bowl is a special achievement as a player — it’s pretty humbling, but the part I enjoyed most is getting to know the best of the best in a relaxed setting,” Hasselbeck said.  “I can’t wait to call the Skills Showdown and the Pro Bowl game with Sean and [reporter] Lisa (Salters).”

While Hasselbeck will play a direct role in calling this year’s Pro Bowl, his stint alongside McDonough is currently only for the one game.  Druley stressed in additional comments that the search for Jon Gruden’s replacement is ongoing and that no one has yet been named to take his place.

“The process for determining our new Monday Night Football booth is already under way,” Druley said.  “We are looking at both internal and external candidates and expect to have a decision made this spring.  This is one of the most high-profile and and attractive positions in all of sports broadcasting, so we want to take our time to ensure we make the best decision.”

The 2018 NFL Pro Bowl will air Jan. 28 at 2:50 p.m. ET on ESPN live from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.  It will be simulcast on ABC and will stream live on the ESPN App.  Spanish-speaking audiences will be able to enjoy the game on television on ESPN Deportes.

The Skills Showdown, which is part of the NFL Pro Bowl festivities, will air Jan. 25 at p.m. ET on ESPN.

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ESPN Giving Football Fans Their Own Special Halloween Treats

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Football fans will get a special treat of their own throughout the day Tuesday to celebrate Halloween.

ESPN’s NFL Live will present its annual Midseason Awards special at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.  Trey Wingo will host the 90-minute special.  He will be joined by analysts Ryan Clark and Louis Riddick for additional commentary.

Tuesday afternoon’s broadcast will honor the National Football League’s top players, teams, coaches and moments from the first half of the NFL’s 2017 – ’18 season.  The categories featured in the broadcast include:  Defensive and Offensive player of the year, coach of the year, Comeback Player of the year and much more.  The full list of categories and nominees in each is noted below.

2017 NFL Live Midseason Awards nominees:

·        Defensive Player of the Year: Xavier Rhodes (Vikings), Everson Griffen (Vikings), Calais Campbell (Jaguars) and Jalen Ramsey (Jaguars)

·        Offensive Player of the Year (Non-QB): Kareem Hunt (Chiefs), Todd Gurley (Rams), Antonio Brown (Steelers) and Leonard Fournette (Jaguars)

·        Coach of the Year: Sean McVay (Rams), Doug Pederson (Eagles), Mike Zimmer (Vikings) and Andy Reid (Chiefs)

·        Most Surprising Team: Los Angeles Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles

·        Sunday Best (game day wardrobe): Antonio Brown (Steelers) vs. Cam Newton (Panthers)

·        Defensive Rookie of the Year: Jourdan Lewis (Cowboys), Marshon Lattimore (Saints), Tre’Davious White (Bills) and TJ Watt (Steelers)

·        Best Offseason Acquisition: Andrew Whitworth (Rams), Brandin Cooks (Patriots), Julius Peppers (Panthers) and Calais Campbell (Jaguars)

·        Offensive Rookie of the Year: Kareem Hunt (Chiefs), Leonard Fournette (Jaguars) and DeShaun Watson (Texans)

·        Play of the Year: Kenny Stills catch (Dolphins), Derek Carr’s game-winning pass to Michael Crabtree (Raiders), David Njoku one-handed diving catch (Browns), Cole Beasley catches pass on back (Cowboys)

·        MVP: Carson Wentz (Eagles), Alex Smith (Chiefs), DeShaun Watson (Texans) and Tom Brady (Patriots)

·        Comeback Player of the Year: Derek Carr (Raiders), Rob Gronkowski (Patriots), Keenan Allen (Chargers) and Jaylon Smith (Cowboys)

·        Best Celebration: Duck Duck Goose (Vikings), Playing Baseball (Eagles), Hide and Seek (Steelers) and Bobsled (Packers)

Later in the evening, The College Football Playoff Selection Committee Weekly Rating will air exclusively on ESPN at 7 p.m.  Tuesday night’s broadcast is the committee’s first in-season ranking this season.

The rankings will be broadcast weekly on Tuesday nights right up to the final ranking at noon Dec. 3 on ESPN.  The Dec. 3 broadcast will also include the announcement of the 2017 – ’18 College Football playoffs.

Rece Davis will host each week’s rankings broadcast and will be joined by analysts Paul Finebaum, Joey Galloway, Kirk Herbstreit, Booker McFarland, Jesse Palmer and David Pollack.

Along with the rankings announcement, each week’s broadcast will also include an interview with College Football Playoff Selection Committee Chair Kirby Hocutt, reaction from coaches to the rankings discussion on each announcement.

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Eagles, Redskins Round Out NFL’s Week 7 Schedule Live Monday Night

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The Eagles and Redskins close out week 7 in the NFL live Monday night on ESPN.

The NFC East divisional foes will play live on ESPN’s Monday Night Football in the final game of the week in what will be a crucial game for both teams.  The Eagles (5 – 1) currently sit atop the NFC East and the NFC standings while the Redskins (3 – 2) sit second in the division. Washington is also in a close battle for sixth place in the conference alongside Seattle, New Orleans and Atlanta.

All four teams play this week, meaning each game is pivotal for each team as the season nears its halfway point.  The host Eagles are undefeated at home so far this season going 2 – 0 so far at home, while the Redskins are winless on the road at 0 – 1 on that record.  Considering each team’s overall records, Monday’s matchup will be pivotal for each organization for a number of reasons.

Coverage of Monday’s game starts at 6 p.m. with Monday Night Countdown, hosted by Suzy Kolber.  Kolber will be joined, as she is each week, by ESPN NFL analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young.  ESPN NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen Louis Riddick and Adam Schefter will also be on hand along with ESPN senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry and the Monday Night Football broadcast crew of Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters.

McDonough and Gruden will have the call for Monday’s game beginning at 8:15 p.m. live from Lincoln Financial Field.  Salters will be on the sidelines with all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

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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.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will debut in theaters nationwide Dec. 15.  More information on Star Wars: The Last Jedi is available online now at:

 

 

 

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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.

More information on Monday night’s game is available online along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

 

 

 

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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.

More information on ESPN’s Oct. 2 edition of Monday Night Football is available online now along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

 

 

 

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