ESPN’s Monday Night Football Returns This Week

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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 Announces Broadcast Teams For 2015 NFL Draft

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The clock is ticking. And very soon, NFL teams and fans around the country will get their first glimpse at what their favorite team may look like come Septmber when ESPN and the NFL broadcast the annual NFL Draft.

The NFL Draft will air April 30th – May 2nd on ESPN live from the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. in primetime with limited commercial interruption. While it is not known who will go to which team later this month, it is now known who will be handling hosting duties for this year’s draft. Chris Berman will host Round 1, marking his 35th year covering the annual selection show. He will be joined by Mel Kiper, Jr., who will be making his 32nd appearance at the draft. ESPN Monday Night Football analyst and Super Bowl champion coach Jon Gruden, Super Bowl champion and ESPN analyst Ray Lewis, and NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Mortensen and Schefter will join Berman, Gruden, Lewis and Kiper at a second desk insie the theatre. Reporter Suzy Kolber will have interviews on the gold carpet and in the green room.

Rounds two and three of this year’s NFL Draft will be hosted by Trey Wingo. He will be joined by Super Bowl Champion quarterback Trent Dilfer and NFL Draft analysts Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay. Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter, and Suzy Kolber will each contribute to the broadcast of Round two and three as well.

Trey Wingo will return on Saturday, May 2nd to host Rounds Four through Seven of this year’s NFL Draft. He will be joined once again by Mel Kiper, Jr., and Todd McShay. Six-time NFL Executive of the year and NFL Hall of Fame inductee Bill Polian will also contribut to Saturday’s broadcast along with Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.

Along with its main broadcast teams, ESPN will also have bureau reporters assigne to a number of NFL team sites and two of the top NFL Draft prospects. That list of reporters is noted below:

  • Florida State’s Jameis Winston in Alabama (Tom Rinaldi)
  • Oregon’s Marcus Mariota in Hawaii (Shelley Smith)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Ed Werder)
  • Tennessee Titans (Sal Paolantonio)
  • New York Jets (Josina Anderson)
  • Chicago Bears (Bob Holtzman)
  • St. Louis Rams (Britt McHenry)
  • Cleveland Browns (Jeremy Fowler)
  • San Diego Chargers (Jim Trotter)

ESPN will offer additional coverage of the 2015 NFL Draft across multiple platforms and editions of NFL Insiders, NFL Live, and SportsCenter. Each program will broadcast from Chicago beginning April 30th. The full broadcast schedule for the 2015 NFL Draft is noted below. All times are EST.

ESPN NFL Draft TV schedule (April 30-May 2):

Thu, Apr 30

2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN3:30-4:30 p.m. NFL Live Presented by NAPA ESPN

7-8 p.m. SportsCenter Special Presented by Golden Corral: Draft Countdown ESPN

8-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Round 1) ESPN


Fri, May 1

2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN

3:30-4:30 p.m. NFL Live Presented by NAPA ESPN

7-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Rounds 2-3) ESPN2


Sat, May 2

12-8 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Rounds 4-7) ESPN

All of the latest information on ESPN’s coverage of the 2015 NFL Draft is available online now at:

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

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

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ESPN Broadcasting Expanded Edition of Sunday NFL Countdown This Sunday

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ESPN will broadcast a special edition of Sunday NFL Countdown this week.  This week’s edition of Sunday NFL Countdown come live from Herald Square in New York City.  The special extended four-hour broadcast will begin at 10am ET this Sunday, February 2nd.  Chris Berman will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by Suzy Kolber and Monday Night Countdown’s Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis and Steve Young at MetLife Stadium.  Sal Paolantonio will have all the latest news from the Broncos while Ed Werder will have all of the latest updates from the Seahawks.

Analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, and Keyshawn Jonhson will join host Chris Berman.  This year marks the thirty-second Super Bowl that Berman has covered.  ESPN will offer extensive coverage for football fans throughout its extended Sunday NFL Countdown broadcast including a 30 for 30 “mockumentary” courtesy of comedian Frank Caliendo focusing on Seahawks star Richard Sherman.  Stars of the upcoming NFL Draft-themed movie Draft Day, Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner and Denis Leary, will also make an appearance.  If this isn’t enough, ESPN Senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen will sit down for a one-on-one interview with Broncos QB Peyton Manning.  The veteran quarterback will discuss his future in the league as well as how parenthood has affected him.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson will sit down with Chris Berman at 11am ET to discuss his most memorable plays so far in his career.  Seahawks coach Pete Carroll will follow at 12:30pm ET.  He will share his friendship with one special fan and how it has grown over the years that the pair have known one another.

ESPN will offer much more coverage for fans.  More information on what fans can expect from Sunday’s special edition of Sunday NFL Countdown is available online at http://www.espn.com and http://www.facebook.com/espn.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

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

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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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ESPN Releases 2013 NFL Draft Coverage Details

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It’s that time of year again.  Universities across the country are showing off their teams’ talents for the upcoming season of college football later in the year with Spring games.  Just as the new crop of college players are on display, the next crop of future NFL stars is preparing to make a splash at the annual NFL Draft.  The draft kicks off Thursday, April 25th and runs through Saturday, April 27th.  And ESPN will be on hand for all the coverage of this year’s draft.  The first two nights of the draft will air in primetime.  And for the second consecutive year, Round One’s first hour of coverage will air with limited commercial interruption.

Chris Berman will be on hand for the 2013 NFL Draft presented by Bud Light.  This year marks the thirty-third year of coverage for Berman.  He will host ESPN’s draft coverage live from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.  He will be joined by analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. and Monday Night Football analyst and Superbowl-winning coach Jon Gruden on set.  This year’s draft marks the thirtieth year of covering the draft for Mel Kiper, Jr.  Senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen and NFL Insider Adam Schefter will be on hand at another set live at Radio City Music Hall.  And NFL32 host Suzy Kolber will be on hand providing interviews with draft prospects.

Trey Wingo takes over as main his on Day 2 & 3 of the NFL Draft.  He will be joined by Trent Dilfer, Mel Kiper, Jr., and ESPN Scouts, Inc. director of scouting Todd McShay.  Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen will also both be back.  They will be joined by Six-time NFL Executive of the Year Bill Polian.  Suzy Kolber will be back broadcasting live on Saturday from Bristol, Connecticut, hosting ten hours of coverage. She will be joined by analysts Tedy Bruschi, Herm Edwards, and Ron Jaworski.  It all begins Saturday, April 26th with SportsCenter Special: On The Clock at 10am/9am CT.

ESPN will have reporters and correspondents coming to audiences live from team sites and more throughout the weekend, including on the radio on ESPN Radio affiliates across the country.  Josina Anderson will report live from the St. Louis Rams’ team site.  Colleen Dominguez will have reports from the San Francisco 49ers team site.  Sal Paolantonio will be on hand in Philadelphia with reports from the Eagles.  And Ed Werder will be live from Kansas City with reports on the latest from the Chiefs.

Mike Hill and three-time Superbowl Champion Mark Schlereth—co-hosts of ESPN’s Hill and Schlereth—will host ESPN Radio’s NFL Draft 2013 presented by Bud Light on Thursday and Friday, April 25th and 26th.  ESPN.com Senior NFL writer John Clayton will join Hill and Schlereth for their broadcast.  ESPN Radio’s coverage begins Thursday, April 25th at 7pm and Friday, April 26th at 6pm. 

Leading up to this year’s NFL Draft, ESPN will air SportsCenter Special: On The Clock shows, hosted by a number of ESPN’s top studio analysts.  Among those analysts joining fans for this year’s SportsCenter Special: On The Clock will be: Cris Carter, Trent Dilfer, Tom Jackson, Ron Jaworski, Keyshawn Johnson, Bill Polian, and Steve Young from Bristol.  Trey Wingo will host SportsCenter Special: On The Clock on Thursday, April 25th at 5pm.  Wendi Nix will host the special on Friday, April 26th.  And Suzy Kolber will have hosting duties on Saturday, April 27th.

A full schedule of this year’s NFL Draft coverage on ESPN and the ESPN family of networks is available below.

ESPN NFL Draft TV schedule (Apr. 25-27):

 

Date Time (ET) Show Network
Thurs., April 25 3-4 p.m. SportsCenter Special: On the Clock ESPN
  4-5 p.m. NFL Live Presented by HTC One ESPN
  5-7:30 p.m. SportsCenter Special: On the Clock ESPN
  7:30-8 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Draft Countdown Presented by iShares by Black Rock ESPN
  8-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bud Light (Round 1) ESPN
Fri., April 26 3-4 p.m. SportsCenter Special: On the Clock ESPN
  4-5 p.m. NFL Live Presented by HTC One ESPN
  5-5:30 p.m. SportsCenter Special: On the Clock  
  5:30-6:30 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Draft Countdown Presented by iShares by Black Rock ESPN
  6:30-10:30 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bud Light  (Rounds 2-3) ESPN/ESPN2
Sat., April 27 10-11:30 a.m. SportsCenter Special: On the Clock ESPN
  11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Draft Countdown Presented by iShares by Black Rock ESPN
  12-8 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bud Light (Rounds 4-7) ESPN
Sun., April 28 1-3 p.m. SportsCenter Special: NFL Draft Grades ESPN

 

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