ESPN’s CGD To Broadcast Live From Ohio State This Weekend

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ESPN is headed to the Buckeye State this weekend.

This weekend, ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will come live from the campus of Ohio State University. It marks the first time since 2010 that the Emmy Award-winning college football broadcast will come live the the campus of The Ohio State University. Saturday’s broadcast will come live from The Oval in front of the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library beginning at 9am ET and will run until noon eastern. The broadcast is in anticipation of Saturday night’s showdown between the #2 Buckeyes and #9 Michigan State Spartans. That game will be the feature match on Saturday Night Football on ABC presented by Wells Fargo. Kickoff for that game is scheduled for 3:30pm ET.

Rece Davis will anchor Saturday morning’s broadcast. He will be joined at the desk by analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and David Pollack. Contributors Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, George Whitfield, and Gene Wojciechowski will be on hand for additional commentary an reports. Herbstreit will have the call Saturday night on ABC. He will be joined in the booth by Chris Fowler. Reporter Heather Cox will also be on hand for additional commentary and reports.

Friday afternoon, Samantha Ponder, Desmond Howard, and David Pollack will be on site for ESPN’s weekly broadcast of College Football Live. That broadcast will begin at 2pm ET. Over on ESPN Radio, Doug Kezirian will anchor ESPN Radio’s broadcast of College GameDay. He will be joined by Brad Edwards and Trevor Matich for the broadcast. Maria Taylor, Joey Galloway, and Andrea Adelson will be on hand for additional commentary. Broadcast begins at 3:30pm ET on ESPN Radio affiliates nationwide. More information on this weekend’s edition of College GameDay Built by the Home Depot is available online now along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CollegeGameDay

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ESPN Releases Preliminary Big Ten Football Schedule For SNF Broadcasts

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ESPN has released the current 2014 Big Ten Football schedule for its weekly Saturday Night Football schedule.

This season’s Big Ten Saturday Night Football schedule opens with a matchup between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday, September 6th. The game is scheduled for an 8pm ET start time. The Buckeyes were ranked number seven overall in an ESPN pre-season poll. The current schedule has one of the biggest matches in college football on Saturday, November 8th with Ohio State facing off against The Michigan State Spartans. The Spartans defeated the Buckeyes last year 34-24 in the Big Ten Championship. That game is schedule for an 8pm ET start time.

Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will have the call for the matchup between the Hokies and Buckeyes on September 6th. The current schedule of games includes coverage across the ESPN family of networks each week. It is listed below.

2014 Big Ten Schedule on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 (as of July 10)

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Sep 6 8 p.m. Virginia Tech at No. 7 Ohio State ESPN
Sat, Sep 20 8 p.m. Miami (Fla.) at Nebraska ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 4 8 p.m. Nebraska at No. 4 Michigan State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 11 7 p.m. Penn State at No. 21 Michigan ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 25 8 p.m. No. 7 Ohio State at Penn State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Nov 1 8 p.m. Illinois at No. 7 Ohio State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Nov 8 8 p.m. No. 7 Ohio State at No. 4 Michigan State ABC

More additions to this schedule are expected. Fans can keep up with the latest updates on ESPN’s Big Ten Football coverage schedule online at http://www.facebook.com/CFBonESPN, http://twitter.com/espncfb, and http://espn.go.com/ncf/index. 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 and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN Breaks New Ground With 2012-2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Coverage

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Good news for ESPN.  The networks’ coverage of the 2012-2013 college basketball regular season was its most viewed ever.  ESPN averaged nearly 1.4 million viewers over the course of 135 games.  To be precise, it averaged 1,370,000 viewers.  That passes the network’s previous record of 1,353,000 viewers over 130 telecasts during the 2011-2012 Season.  It pulled in a 1.1 coverage rating for both seasons.  Along with this new honor, ESPN also pulled in the season’s three largest audiences for a college basketball game on the network over the course of only a month.  The first of those games was then #3 Indiana taking down #1 Michigan on February 2nd.  The game was the best for the network.  It brought in an average of 4,035,000 viewers, a 2.9 rating and 2,867,000 households.  The second of the network’s best games was the February 19th game in which then #1 Indiana defeated #4 Michigan State.  This game brought ESPN its second largest audience of the season, with an average of 3,733,000 viewers, a 2.7 coverage rating and 2,677,000 households.  The third of the network’s highest rated games was the March 2nd matchup between then #3 Duke defeating #5 Miami 79-76.  The game averaged 3,416,000 viewers, a 2.5 coverage rating and 2,459,000 households. 

In all, ESPN and its network of stations averaged a total of 508,000 viewers for its full slate of 602 games throughout its 2012-2013 season.  It marked the most extensive coverage of men’s basketball on television this season and more than any other networks combined pointing out yet again why ESPN is the sports leader.

One extra interesting note:  Louisville was the highest-rated metered market for the network’s 2012-2013 regular season coverage.  It pulled in an average 4.5 rating.  Greensboro came in second for the second straight year with a 3.1 rating.  A full listing of the top rated cities is available below.

Top 25 Markets for 2012-13 Top 25 Markets for 2011-12
No. 1    Louisville: 4.5 rating No. 1    Louisville: 4.5 rating
No. 2    Greensboro: 3.1 rating No. 2    Greensboro: 3.5 rating
No. 3   Raleigh-Durham: 3.0 rating No. 3   Kansas City: 2.8 rating
No. 4    Indianapolis: 2.9 rating No. 4    Columbus: 2.7 rating
No. 5   Kansas City: 2.7 rating         Raleigh-Durham 2.7 rating
No. 6   Cincinnati: 2.1 rating No. 6   Charlotte: 2.3 rating
        Columbus: 2.1 rating No. 7    Cincinnati: 2.1 rating
No. 8   Dayton: 2.0 rating No. 8   Dayton: 2.0 rating
No. 9    Charlotte: 1.8 rating No. 9    Indianapolis: 1.8 rating
No. 10  Knoxville: 1.7 rating         Knoxville: 1.8 rating
        Nashville: 1.7 rating No. 11   Memphis: 1.6 rating
No. 12  Detroit: 1.6 rating         Nashville: 1.6 rating
No. 13  Birmingham: 1.5 rating No. 13  Greenville: 1.5 rating
No. 14  Memphis: 1.3 rating No. 14  Cleveland: 1.4 rating
        Hartford & New Haven: 1.3 rating         Birmingham: 1.4 rating
        Greenville: 1.3 rating         Las Vegas: 1.4 rating
        Cleveland: 1.3 rating No. 17  Norfolk: 1.2 rating
        Norfolk: 1.3 rating         Hartford and New Haven: 1.2 rating
        St. Louis: 1.3 rating         St. Louis: 1.2 rating
No. 20   Richmond: 1.2 rating No. 20   Fort Myers: 1.1 rating
        Las Vegas: 1.2 rating         Atlanta: 1.1 rating
No. 22  Fort Myers: 1.1 rating         Richmond: 1.1 rating
        Milwaukee: 1.1 rating No. 23  Pittsburgh: 1.0 rating
No. 24  Baltimore: 1.0 rating         Detroit: 1.0 rating
        Tulsa: 1.0 rating         Oklahoma City: 1.0 rating
        Atlanta: 1.0 rating         Jacksonville: 1.0 rating
        Oklahoma City: 1.0 rating         Tulsa: 1.0 rating

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