ESPN Announces 2017-18 ‘MNF’ Broadcast Schedule

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The unofficial countdown to the start of the 2017 – 2018 NFL season starts in only a few days with the start of the 2017 NFL Draft, and in anticipation of the big day, ESPN has released its Monday Night Football broadcast schedule for the upcoming season.

The 48th season of ESPN’s Monday Night Football begins Monday, Sept. 11 with a double-header schedule.  The Saints and Vikings open the night in an NFC inter-divisional matchup at 6:55 p.m. ET.

The Chargers (in their first season in Los Angeles) will face off against the Broncos in an AFC West matchup.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 10:15 p.m. ET/7;15 p.m. PT.

ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast team of Sean McDonough and Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters will cover the night’s early game.  The on-air team for the late game will be announced soon.  Suzy Kolber will anchor the ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown pre-game show throughout the season along with the network’s halftime and post-game SportsCenter live from each game’s location.

Both of last season’s Super Bowl teams will make appearances on Monday Night Football appearances this season.  The Patriots will appear Dec. 11 against Miami.  Atlanta will make two appearances on MNF this season.  The team’s first appearance will be Nov. 20 in Seattle against the Seahawks and the second on Dec. 18 against Tampa Bay.

All 12 of last season’s playoff teams will also make appearances on MNF this season. Eight teams will have two appearances.  Nine of 17 of this season’s MNF game will feature divisional matchups.

The network’s preseason NFL coverage starts Thursday, Aug. 17 as the Bucs take on the Jaguars in Jacksonville.  The Browns will play host to the Giants on Aug. 21 to round out the pre-season.

ESPN Deportes will offer Spanish-language broadcasts of every game this season while fans will once again be able to stream games online via WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

The complete 2017 – 2018 Monday Night Football broadcast schedule is noted below.

 

ESPN’s 2017 Monday Night Football Schedule

Preseason    
Date Time (ET) Teams
Thurs, Aug. 17 8 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars
Mon, Aug. 21 8 p.m. New York Giants at Cleveland Browns
Regular Season    
Sept. 11 6:55 p.m. New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings
  10:15 p.m. Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos
Sept. 18 8:15 p.m. Detroit Lions at New York Giants
Sept. 25 8:15 p.m. Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals
Oct. 2 8:15 p.m. Washington Redskins at Kansas City Chiefs
Oct. 9 8:15 p.m. Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Oct. 16 8:15 p.m. Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
Oct. 23 8:15 p.m. Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
Oct. 30 8:15 p.m. Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
Nov. 6 8:15 p.m. Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
Nov. 13 8:15 p.m. Miami Dolphins at Carolina Panthers
Nov. 20 8:15 p.m. Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks
Nov. 27 8:15 p.m. Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens
Dec. 4 8:15 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Dec. 11 8:15 p.m. New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
Dec. 18 8:15 p.m. Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dec. 25 8:15 p.m. Oakland Raiders at Philadelphia Eagles

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‘Sports Detectives: Season One’ Is A Winning Debut For Smithsonian Channel Series

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Early this month, Public Media Distribution and Smithsonian Channel partnered to release the first season of the network’s new sports history-based series Sports Detectives on DVD.  One part History Detectives, one part 30 for 30 and one part Expedition Unknown, this introductory season will appeal to any sports and sports history buff. That is due in no small part to the sports that it covers over the course of its episodes.  The stories that are presented within each episode are just as important to discuss as the sports that are covered.  The transitions that are used in the two-part episodes round out the season’s most important elements.  Each element is clearly important in its own right to the season’s overall presentation.  All things considered, Sports Detectives: Season One is, overall, a winner for any sports aficionado.

The debut season of Smithsonian Channel’s Sports Detectives is a presentation that will appeal to sports buffs of all ages.  That is due in no small part to the sports that are covered over the course of its 300-minutes.  From the first disc to the second, the series covers all of America’s major sports.  There are two stories from Major League Baseball, two from the National Football League, one from the National Hockey League and one from the National Basketball Association.  They are not the only sports that are covered in this collection.  NASCAR fans get a nod with a story focusing on the legend of Dale Earnhardt’s pink K-2 Ford driven early in his career, one for the horse racing fans out there and even one focusing on the boxing world.  Simply put, those behind the series made sure to reach out to fans of as many sports as possible with these stories  The only downside here is that there is no listing of the stories inside or outside the box.  Even with that in mind, the inclusion of stories from most of the sports world’s major arenas (yes, that bad pun was intended) is in itself plays a big part in the program’s overall presentation.  The fact that the series has yet to touch on soccer (yes, that bad pun was intended, too) gives fodder for more stories.  There are certain to be stories from the worlds of golf and tennis, too.  That is not even mentioning the college sports realm, too.  Keeping that in mind, this gives plenty of material for at least a second season.  Keeping all of this in mind, the sports that are covered and the sports that could be covered in a second season of Sports Detectives show why they are pivotal to the series’ first season.  They are, collectively speaking, just part of what makes this season so enjoyable for sports lovers.  The stories presented within the episodes are just as important to discuss in examining this season as the sports presented within the episodes.

The stories that are presented within each episode are so important to discuss because of the history that each story presents.  The stories also don’t always result in a clear answer either.  The story of Muhammad Ali’s Olympic Gold Medal supports both of those statements.  Audiences learn through this story about how he represented his country at the 1960 Olympics, only to allegedly throw it in the Ohio River upon his return to the U.S.  The alleged incident happened, according to the story, after he was denied service in his still segregated home city of Louisville.  Not to give away too much here, but the story is never fully solved despite the lengths to which the investigative team of Kevin Barrows and Lauren Gardner go to try to solve the mystery.  That the story isn’t solved actually adds to its interest, leaving one wonder if there is any validity to Ali’s story or not.

The story of Ali’s missing 1960 Olympic Gold medal is just one example of the importance of this season’s stories.  The story of Lou Gehrig’s baseball bat is another prime example of the importance of the season’s episodes.  This is one of the stories that is solved.  The investigation here finds a bat that was in fact once in the hands of the baseball legend.  The revelation that someone out there has a bat that was in fact once held (and used in a game) by the legendary figure is in itself incredible.  The history behind the bat is just as interesting.  It is just one more of the stories that shows the importance of the stories featured in this season.  There is also a story centered on famed horse Secretariat’s saddle cloth that is just as interesting.

The story of Secretariat’s supposedly missing saddle cloth is another one that results in the mystery being solved.  What is so interesting in this story is the revelation of how easily it could have and did go missing in the commotion following Secretariat’s win in one of horse racing’s biggest events.  The story keeps audiences engaged because of the twists and turns that it presents as it eventually leads to the discovery of the saddle cloth.  Those twists and turns keep viewers wondering right up to the eventual discovery if it will turn up.  Again, it is just one more example of why the episodes’ stories are so important to the season’s overall presentation.  The story of a flag brought to the ice after the famed “miracle on ice” Olympic matchup between the U.S. and Russia, the location of an NFL Champion’s ring and that of a famed basketball are a few more examples of why this season’s stories are just as important to discuss as the sports that are covered in examining the season’s overall presentation.  As important as the stories presented in these episodes are to the season’s overall presentation, they are not the last of its important elements.  The transitions used in the two-part episodes are important to note, too.

The sports and stories presented throughout the first season of Smithsonian Channel’s Sports Detectives are both key elements to discuss in examining the season’s overall presentation.  They are not its only key elements to examine either.  The transitions that are used in the season’s two-part episodes are important in their own right to the season’s presentation.  The transitions used in said episodes are so important because they are so smooth. The case of the missing NFL Championship ring and the missing “Immaculate Reception” is a prime example of that statement.  Those behind the lens picked all of the right moments to connect one story to the other, thus keeping the story moving.  It is clear in watching the episode that the choices were made not only through the discussions but also through the shots.  This same approach was used in the episode focusing on Dale Earnhardt’s K-2 Ford and Secretariat’s saddle cloth and in the episode focusing on Lou Gehrig’s baseball bat and Kirk Gibson’s home run ball.  Those smart transitions will certainly keep audiences just as engaged as the stories themselves.  That is because they enhance the stories, thus making them all the more engaging.  When this element is set alongside the show’s actual stories and the sports that are featured, the whole of the elements makes this season of Sports Detectives a win for sports buffs of all ages and tastes.

Sports Detectives: Season One is a winning start for Smithsonian Channel’s new sports-based series.  That is due, as already discussed, to the diversity of sports featured in the season’s two discs and 300 minutes.  The stories at the center of each episode are just as important to discuss as the featured sports.  The transitions that are used in each episode (or more specifically, the editing in general) is the finishing touch to the season’s presentation.  Of course one could also argue the interviews, footage and pictures used in each story are important in their own right, too.  Those who point out those elements would be right, too.  All things considered, the debut season of Sports Detectives leaves no mystery why it is a winning presentation.  It is available now and can be ordered online via PBS’ online store.  More information on Sports Detectives and other Smithsonian Channel series is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Shout! Factory, MLB Productions Go To Bat Again For 2016 World Series Game 7 Standalone Release

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It’s time to fly the “W” again.

Shout! Factory is going to bat with Chicago Cubs fans one more time next month when it releases the historic seventh game of the 2016 World Series in its own standalone Blu-ray and DVD release. The iconic game marked the end of a 108 year wait for the club, its fans and the city that supported it through thick and thin.

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/MLB Productions

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/MLB Productions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 World Series: The Complete Game 7 Ultimate Edition will be released in stores and online on separate two-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets on Tuesday, May 9. Retailing for MSRP of $24.97 (Blu-ray) and $19.97 (DVD), viewers can pre-order it online now via Shout! Factory’s online store at a discounted price of $19.97 (Blu-ray) and $16.97 (DVD).

This latest presentation of the 2016 World Series’ seventh game presents the landmark four hour, twenty-eight minute matchup in its entirety complete with four separate audio options.  Those options are the original TV broadcast audio, Chicago Cubs radio broadcast, Cleveland Indians radio broadcast and Spanish-language broadcast.

As an additional bonus, the two-disc set also includes highlights of the Cubs’ 2016 postseason wins on the way to the World Series and the parade that followed.

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ESPN Networks Announce 2017 NCAA Frozen Four Broadcast Schedule

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March Madness is done, but it isn’t the only college sports tournament coming to an end.

The Frozen Four begins Thursday on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. E.T. with a 2-3 matchup between No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth and No. 3 Harvard. No.1 Denver will take on Notre Dame at 9:30 p.m.  The winners of those two games will face off April 8 for the college hockey championship live on ESPN.

Denver’s appearance in this year’s Frozen Four marks the second straight year that the Pioneers have advanced to the semi-final round of the college hockey’s championship tournament.  This year’s appearance is extra special for Harvard.  That is because it marks the first time since 1994 that the school has advanced to the Frozen Four.

Notre Dame has never won a college hockey championship, and while the team is no stranger to the Frozen Four, this year marks the first time in six years that it has advanced to the semi-final round of college hockey’s championship tournament.  Six years have passed since Minnesota-Duluth has been in the tournament’s semi-final round, too.  The last time the Bulldogs advanced to the Frozen Four, 2011, the team went on to win what is its only college hockey championship.

ESPN’s John Buccigross will have the call for both semi-final matchups and Saturday’s championship game.  He will be joined by ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose for additional commentary.  Reporter Quint Kessenich will have all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Fans wanting a fully-immersive experience will get just that courtesy of ESPN3.  ESPN3 will offer audiences ice-level exposure courtesy of The Ref and Robo Cam.  The Robo Cam streaming option will allow fans to watch the games through a trio of cameras placed on the glass around the rink, capturing all of the natural sound from the games including arena noise.

The Ref Cam will be incorporated into the alternate presentation.

2017 marks the 24th straight year that ESPN’s networks have carried the Frozen Four.  More information on the 2017 Frozen Four is available online now at:

 

 

 

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CBS Sports, Turner Sports Partner Again For 2017 March Madness Coverage

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CBS Sports and Turner Sports have announced their broadcast schedules for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s College Basketball Championship tournament.

The networks will launch their coverage of the annual tournament with a live broadcast of Selection Sunday on CBS this Sunday, March 12.  The annual tournament kickoff show will air from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Greg Gumbel will anchor CBS’ Selection Sunday broadcast  He will be joined by analysts Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis for additional commentary live from CBS Studios in New York.  Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith will provide commentary from Turner Studios in Atlanta, Ga.

Following the broadcast, the networks will partner to carry full coverage of the tournament’s games, airing a total 67 games throughout the month.  Those games will be broadcast on CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV.

Regional Final games will be split between TBS and CBS.  TBS will carry Regional Final games on March 25 while CBS will carry Regional Final games on March 26.  CBS will carry the Final Four semi-final matchups Saturday, April 1 and the National Championship on Monday, April 3.

Those that won’t be near a television during the games’ broadcasts won’t have to worry about missing out on all of the action. Every game will be simulcast live online via NCAA March Madness Live.

The full schedule for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s College Basketball Championship tournament is available online now at http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/article/2017-03-01/march-madness-dates-schedule-times-key-numbers-2017-ncaa.

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ESPN Deportes To Carry Exclusive Spanish-Language World Baseball Classic Coverage

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Courtesy: ESPN Deportes/ESPN

ESPN is expanding its coverage of the World Baseball Classic.

The worldwide leader in sports is expanding coverage of the annual baseball event this year to include coverage from ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, WatchESPN and a Spanish-language simulcast of Final on Match 22 on ESPN2.

ESPN Deportes’ coverage of the tournament begins March 6 at 10 p.m. ET with first-round pool play featuring Israel vs. Chinese Taipei.  On March 9, things pick up even more as defending champion Dominican Republic makes its debut against Canada at 6 p.m. ET.  Mexico vs. Italy airs immediately after Dominican Republic vs. Canada at 9 p.m. ET.

MLB Network will partner with ESPN for additional coverage of the World Baseball Classic.

The 2017 World Baseball Classic will feature some of Major League Baseball’s biggest names.  They include Miguel Cabrera (Venezuela), Nolan Arenado (United States), Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic) and Yadier Molina (Puerto Rico) among many others.  In all, 63 MLB All-Stars have appeared through the years at the World Baseball Classic.

Adding to the tournament’s international feel, ESPN Deportes has launched a new marketing campaign for its coverage of the World Baseball Classic featuring Latin Grammy ®-winners ChocQuib Town.  The group’s song ‘De Donde Vengo Yo’ will serve as the music base for the network’s World Baseball Classic-related television promotions.

The tournament’s extensive coverage and list of superstars to appear is just part of what will make ESPN networks’ coverage stand out this year.  The networks’ list of talent covering the tournament stands out just as much as the superstars playing in the games.

ESPN Deportes’ experts tapped to help cover the tournament includes: Ernesto Jerez, Luis Alfredo Alvarez, Guillermo Celis, Eduardo Perez, Jorge Eduardo Sanchez, Eitan Benezra, Fernando Alvarez, Carolina Guillen, Renato Bermudez, Carlos Nava, Jorge Morejon, Jose Francisco Rivera, Kenneth Garay and Enrique Rojas.

Former MLB player and manager Ozzie Guillen will join ESPN Deportes’ staff for additional commentary throughout the tournament.  Fellow legends Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez and Ismael Valdez will also join the networks’ staff for more insight.  Pedro Gomez and Marly Rivera will serve as bilingual reporters for SportsCenter, Nacion ESPN on ESPN2 and Baseball Tonight.

The ESPN networks’ broadcast schedule for the World Baseball Classic is noted below.

Detailed schedule below includes live events for Round 1 and Round 2:

DATE

TIME (ET)

MATCH

NETWORKS

Mon, March 6

4:30 a.m.

Israel vs. Korea

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

10:00 p.m.

Israel vs. Chinese Taipei

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Tue, March 7

4:30 a.m.

Korea vs. Netherlands

ESPN Deportes+

5:00 a.m.

Cuba vs. Japan

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

10:00 p.m.

China vs. Cuba

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Wed, March 8

4:30 a.m.

Chinese Taipei vs. Netherlands

ESPN Deportes+

5:00 a.m.

Japan vs. Australia

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

10:00 p.m.

Netherlands vs. Israel

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Thu, March 9

4:30 a.m.

Korea vs. Chinese Taipei

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

5:00 a.m.

Australia vs. China

ESPN Deportes+

 

6:00 p.m.

Canada vs. Dominican Republic

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

9:00 p.m.

Mexico vs. Italy

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

10:00 p.m.

Australia vs. Cuba

ESPN Deportes+

Fri, March 10

5:00 a.m.

China vs. Japan

ESPN Deportes+

 

6:00 p.m.

Colombia vs. United States

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

9:00 p.m.

Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Sat, March 11

12:00 p.m.

Colombia vs. Canada

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

3:00 p.m.

Venezuela vs. Italy

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

6:30 p.m.

United States vs. Dominican Republic

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

9:30 p.m.

Puerto Rico vs. Mexico

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Sun, March 12

12:30 p.m.

Dominican Republic vs. Colombia

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

3:30 p.m.

Italy vs. Puerto Rico

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

7:00 p.m.

Canada vs. United States

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

10:00 p.m.

Mexico vs. Venezuela

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

 

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ESPN Announces Broadcast Site For Feb. 4 ‘CGD’ Broadcast

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm will air live from Gainesville, Fla next Saturday.

The program will air live at 11 a.m. on ESPN from the site of the Saturday Primetime presented by AT&T matchup pitting No. 4 Kentucky against No. 25 Florida.  Game coverage begins at 8:15 p.m. EST on ESPN.

Saturday night’s Top 25 showdown will be preceded by a late edition of College GameDay Covered by State Farm at 8 p.m. EST.  Rece Davis will anchor the broadcast and will be joined at the desk by analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams.

Bilas will be part of the broadcast team for the Wildcats/Gators game. He will join Dan Shulman and reporter Maria Taylor for the call of the game.

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