Shout! Factory, MLB Productions To Release 2020 World Series Next Month

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Shout! Factory and MLB Productions will bring the 2020 World Series home next month.

2020 World Series Collector’s Edition is scheduled for release Feb. 9 through Shout! Factory and Major League Baseball Productions. The set will feature the 2020 World Series in whole on separate DVD and Blu-ray presentations. As added bonuses, each platform’s presentation will also feature Game 3 of the National League Division Series and Game Seven of the National League Championship Series to enhance the set’s presentation.

2020 World Series Collector’s Edition is expected to retail for MSRP of $59.98 (DVD) and $74.98 (Blu-ray). Its release follows that of its companion documentary film 2020 World SeriesLos Angeles Dodgers, which was released Dec. 8.

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ESPN To Air Annual Heisman Trophy Ceremony Tuesday

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The Heisman Trophy ceremony is now only days away.

This year’s ceremony will take place Tuesday live from ESPN’s Bristol, CT studios. The network is scheduled to broadcast the ceremony live at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Chris Fowler will anchor the one-hour broadcast. Reporter Maria Taylor will provide additional commentary from this year’s finalists — Alabama Quarterback Mac Jones, Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence, Alabama Wide Receiver DeVonta Smith, and Florida QB Kyle Trask. Analysts and former Heisman Trophy winners Desmond Howard (1991) and Tim Tebow (2007) will provide additional commentary remotely.

Leading up to Tuesday night’s ceremony, ESPN’s digital and social platforms will stream The Heisman Show presented by Nissan. The half-hour stream is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET. Christine Williamson and Harry Lyles. Jr. will co-anchor the stream.

ESPN has been the exclusive home of the Heisman Trophy ceremony since 1994.

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ESPN Announces ‘Capital One Bowl Mania’ Broadcast Schedule

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It is officially time to go bowling.

The 2020-21 college football season’s bowl schedule, dubbed Capital One Bowl Mania, opens at 2:30 p.m. ET today. The inaugural Myrtle Beach Bowl opens this season’s bowl schedule on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Appalachian State and North Texas will face off in this afternoon’s bowl, with the broadcast team of Eric Mac Lain, Ryan McGee, and Marty Smith on the call.

The month-long schedule culminates with the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T on Jan. 11. The College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T is scheduled to take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL.

While Capital One Bowl Mania will feature 27 bowl games, 13 bowl games had been cancelled as of Sunday. Among those games cancelled were bowls, such as the Cricket Celebration Bowl, Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl, and Holiday Bowl. The list of bowl games cancelled is noted below.

  1. Bahamas Bowl (C-USA vs. MAC)
  2. Celebration Bowl (MEAC vs. SWAC)
  3. Fenway Bowl (AAC vs. ACC)
  4. Hawaii Bowl (AAC vs. Mountain West)
  5. Holiday Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  6. Las Vegas Bowl (Pac-12 vs. SEC)
  7. Los Angeles Bowl (Pac-12 vs. Mountain West)
  8. Pinstripe Bowl (ACC vs. Big Ten)
  9. Quick Lane Bowl (ACC, Big Ten, MAC)
  10. Redbox Bowl (Big Ten vs. Pac-12)
  11. Sun Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  12. Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl (AAC vs. WAC)
  13. Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl (SEC vs. AAC)

This year’s Capital One Bowl Mania schedule is noted below.

ESPN’s 2020-21 Bowl Season Schedule (excluding NY6 Bowls)

DateTime (ET)Event/CommentatorsNetwork
Mon, Dec. 212:30 p.m.Myrtle Beach Bowl*
Appalachian State vs. North Texas
Brooks Stadium – Conway, S.C.
Courtney Lyle, Eric Mac Lain, Ryan McGee/Marty Smith
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
Tue, Dec. 223:30 p.m.Famous Idaho Potato Bowl*
Tulane vs. Nevada
Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium – Boise, Idaho
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Taylor Davis
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
7 p.m.RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl*
UCF vs. BYU
Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium – Boca Raton, Fla.
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Lericia Harris
Radio: Chris Carlin, Craig Haubert
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Wed, Dec. 233 p.m.R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia Southern
Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, La.
Matt Barrie, Mike Golic Jr, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
7 p.m.Montgomery Bowl*
Memphis vs. Florida Atlantic
Cramton Bowl – Montgomery, Ala.
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Lauren Sisler
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
Thu, Dec. 243:30 p.m.New Mexico Bowl*
Hawai‘i vs. Houston
Toyota Stadium – Frisco, Texas
John Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia, Kris Budden
Radio: Kevin Winter, Craig Haubert
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Fri, Dec. 252:30 p.m.Camellia Bowl*
Marshall vs. Buffalo
Cramton Bowl – Montgomery, Ala.
Bill Roth, Dustin Fox, Lauren Sisler
ESPN
Sat, Dec. 26NoonUnion Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl*
South Carolina vs. UAB
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla.
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
ABC / ESPN Deportes
3:30 p.m.SERVPRO First Responder Bowl*
Louisiana vs. UTSA
Gerald J. Ford Stadium – Dallas, Texas
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Quint Kessenich
ABC / ESPN Deportes
 LendingTree Bowl
Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State
Ladd-Peebles Stadium – Mobile, Ala.
Mike Couzens, Jay Walker, Dawn Davenport
ESPN
7:30 p.m.FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl*
Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Alex Chappell
ESPN
Tue, Dec. 295:30 p.m.Cheez-It Bowl
Oklahoma State vs. Miami
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
9 p.m.Valero Alamo Bowl
Texas vs. Colorado
Alamodome – San Antonio, Texas
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic Sr., Kris Budden
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Trevor Matich
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Wed, Dec. 30NoonDuke’s Mayo Bowl
Wake Forest vs. Wisconsin
Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, N.C.
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Marty Smith
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
4 p.m.TransPerfect Music City Bowl
Iowa vs. Missouri
Nissan Stadium – Nashville, Tenn.
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Thu, Dec. 31NoonLockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl*
Tulsa vs. Mississippi State
Amon G. Carter Stadium – Fort Worth, Texas
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
4 p.m.AutoZone Liberty Bowl
West Virginia vs. Tennessee
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium – Memphis, Tenn.
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
Radio: Jay Alter, Brad Edwards
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
8 p.m.Mercari Texas Bowl*
Arkansas vs. TCU
NRG Stadium – Houston
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Ben Hartsock
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Fri, Jan. 11 p.m.Vrbo Citrus Bowl
Auburn vs. Northwestern
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Paul Carcaterra
ABC
Sat, Jan. 2NoonTaxSlayer Gator Bowl
N.C. State vs. Kentucky
TIAA Bank Field – Jacksonville, Fla.
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Lericia Harris
ESPN
12:30 p.m.Outback Bowl
Ole Miss vs. Indiana
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla.
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
ABC

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ESPN Announces CFP Selection Show, Companion Broadcast Schedule

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The 2021 college football playoff picture will be set today.

The college football playoff selection committee will meet today to determine the field for the games leading up to the championship. ESPN will have full coverage of the field’s selection with the College Football Playoff Selection Show Presented by AT&T at noon ET. The show will simulcast on ESPNU.

The four-hour program will feature not only the reveal of the field for this year’s college football playoffs, but the field for the New Year’s Six matchups, too. The College Football Playoffs participants are expected to be revealed at 12:15 p.m. while the teams in the wo remaining games are expected for their reveal at 2:20 p.m. ET.

Rece Davis will anchor the broadcast. It marks the seventh consecutive year that Davis has hosted the program. Kirk Herbstreit, Joey Galloway, Jesse Palmer, and David Pollack will join Davis on set with additional commentary. Chris Fowler, Booger McFarland, Greg McElroy and Jim Mora are among the additional guest personalities who will provide even more commentary.

ESPN will have reporters Chris Low, Marty Smith, Jen Lada, and Gene Wojciechowski embedded with Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Ohio State respectively as each team awaits the announcement of their placement in the playoffs. CFP Insider Heather Dinich will join the broadcast from her home studio.

Sunday’s coverage continues after the selection show starting at 4 p.m. with Championship Drive Presented by Capital One. The three-hour broadcast continues the discussion on the playoff and bowl picture for the 2020-21 college football season.

Kevin Connors will anchor the broadcast. Tom Luginbill, Rod Gilmore, McElroy and Mora will join Connors for the broadcast. An even broadcast will follow the afternoon show at 8:30 p.m. ET., with Matt Barrie hosting the late edition. Analysts Desmond Howard, Andre Ware, Todd McShay, and McElroy will join Barrie for the airing.

Championship Drive: Countdown to the Playoff Presented by AT&T 5G launches things at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN. Kevin Negandhi will host alongside analysts Mark Sanchez, Dan Orlovsky, Mora, Galloway, Palmer, Fowler, and McFarland.

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ESPN’s ‘CGD’ Broadcast To Air Live From Charlotte Saturday

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ESPN’s flagship college football show will come live from North Carolina’s “Queen City” this weekend.

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will air Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon ET live on ESPN and ESPNU from Bank of America Stadium, the home of the Carolina Panthers for its weekly broadcast. Saturday’s show will preview the 2020 ACC Championship between No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Clemson.

One of the biggest topics on the day will likely be Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly’s comments today that the team might not play in the College Football Championship if the families of the players are not permitted to attend. Kelly’s comments have created a firestorm throughout the college football world.

Rece Davis will anchor Saturday’s broadcast. The team of Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, Maria Taylor and Chris “The Bear” Fallica will join Davis for the broadcast. Lee Corso will join the broadcast live remotely from his home.

The ACC Championship is just one of the games set for Saturday’s day-long series of games that the group will preview. No. 11 Oklahoma and No. 7 Iowa State will face off in the Dr. Pepper Big 12 Championship Game at noon. After wo weeks off the field, the now No. 6 ranked Cincinnati Bearcats will face Tulsa for the American Athletic Conference Championship at 8 p.m. on ABC.

The current schedule for Saturday’s games is noted below.

DateTime (ET)Game/TalentNetwork
Fri, Dec 187:30 p.m.Rocket Mortgage MAC Championship: Ball State vs. Buffalo
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Katie George
ESPN
8 p.m.Pac-12 Championship Game: Oregon at No. 15 USC
Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec 19NoonDr Pepper Big 12 Championship: No. 11 Oklahoma vs. No. 7 Iowa State
TV: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Allison Williams
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Ben Hartsock
ABC/ESPN Radio
No. 5 Texas A&M at Tennessee
Bob Wischusen, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
Florida State at Wake Forest
Chris Cotter, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
ACC Network
3:30 p.m.Ole Miss at LSU
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
No. 25 Missouri at Mississippi State
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network Alternate
4 p.m.ACC Championship Game: No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 2 Notre Dame
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ABC/ESPN Radio
7 p.m.Stanford at UCLA
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Taylor McGregor
ESPN
8 p.m.American Championship: No. 24 Tulsa at No. 8 Cincinnati
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
ABC
10:30 p.m.Arizona State at Oregon State
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Stormy Buonantony
ESPN

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ESPN Reveals Tentative ‘SNB’ Broadcast Schedule For MLB’s 2021 Season

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ESPN on Friday announced its tentative early Sunday Night Baseball broadcast schedule for Major League Baseball’s 2021 season.

The network’s tentative schedule (due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic) launches April 4 with a matchup of the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels. Coverage will tentatively continue April 11 as the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves go under the lights. It runs through Sept. 12 to close out the season, with the New York Yankees and Mets face off in a subway series game.

ESPN’s tentative early Sunday Night Baseball broadcast schedule is noted below.

DateTime (ET)Game
April 48:30 p.m.*Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels
April 117 p.m.Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves
April 187 p.m.Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs
April 257 p.m.San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
May 27 p.m.New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies
May 97 p.m.Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves
May 167 p.m.St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres
May 237 p.m.Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals
May 307 p.m.Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets
July 47 p.m.New York Mets vs. New York Yankees
July 157 p.m.Thursday MLB second-half opener: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
July 187 p.m.Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
Sept. 128 p.m.*New York Yankees vs. New York Mets

Opening night for the 2021 MLB season is scheduled to take place April 1. ESPN is tentatively scheduled to broadcast the game, which will see the Washington Nationals hosting the Mets.

In other news, MLB great (and Cincinnati Reds legend) Joe Morgan will receive a tribute from ESPN during the upcoming season. Morgan was ESPN’s very first analyst, working alongside then play-by-play voice Jon Miller. The duo composed what was one of ESPN’s longest-tenured and highest-profile teams, calling games together from 1999-2010.

More information on ESPN’s Major League Baseball coverage is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

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Early Details Announced For 2021 ESPN X Games Aspen

The 2021 ESPN X Games Aspen will go on.

COVID-19 will not stop the event from taking place as athletes and ESPN’s crews will return to Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort near Aspen, CO. The three-day event is scheduled to take place Jan. 29-31, with athletes competing in no less than 14 different disciplines. the full list of the upcoming games’ events is available here.

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While the games will go on, COVID-19 restrictions will prevent the public from taking in the event in person. Though audiences will get to watch all the events take place on television on ESPN, EPN2, and ABC, as well as online.

New to the 2021 X Games Aspen is a virtual experience for fans. Audiences can create their own avatars, interact with sponsors, and even play games for chances to win prizes.

More information on the 2021 ESPN X Games Aspen is available along with the event’s latest news at:

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Texas Bowl Gets New Sponsor

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ESPN Events’ Texas Bowl has a new title sponsor.

Mercari has signed on as the game’s title sponsor. The announcement was made Tuesday by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment and ESPN. The Texas Bowl features a matchup of teams from Big 12 and Southeastern Conference (SEC).

According to information about the company on its official website, Mercari, Inc. is a Japanese e-commerce company. Its app allows people to buy and sell their products through an online marketplace.

Mercari USA CEO John Lagerling commented on the company’s addition to the Texas Bowl in a prepared statement.

“Mercari is thrilled to serve as the title sponsor of the Mercari Texas Bowl in Houston, Texas” the statement reads. “This has been a challenging year for many Americans, and Mercari is committed to supporting the needs of everyone who loves and contributes to our marketplace. At its core, Mercari is about connecting people and we are looking forward to bringing football fans around the country together to enjoy the storied tradition of this iconic game.”

Texas Bowl Executive Director David Fletcher shared Lagerling’s enthusiasm for the new partnership between the Texas Bowl and Mercari, Inc.

“We are excited to welcome Mercari as the new title sponsor of the Texas Bowl,” said Fletcher. “The Mercari Texas Bowl has become one of the biggest college football events in the country through a strong partnership with the Big 12, SEC and many great supporters in the Houston community. We are thrilled to add a partner in Mercari, one of the most exciting new brands and e-commerce platforms in the U.S., to further elevate the event and the experience.

Founded in 2003, the Texas Bowl has generated approximately $30 million for the Houston area economy each year, according to information about Mercari’s addition as the bowl game’s title sponsor.

Texas A&M defeated Oklahoma State 24-21 in the 2019 Texas Bowl. The game was one of the top five most-attended bowl games for the fourth consecutive year and one of 2019’s most-watched bowl games.

This year’s Texas Bowl is scheduled to take place at 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 31 on ESPN from NRG stadium.

Tuesday’s announcement is the second this month of a bowl game signing a new title sponsor. Cricket Wireless was announced as the title sponsor for the 2021 MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kickoff.

Tiffany Baehman, Cricket Wireless Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, was quoted in a prepared statement as expressing her pleasure at expanding the company’s partnership with ESPN and ESPN Events.

“At Cricket, we’re all about creating a meaningful connection with our customers and within the communities where we operate,” the statement reads. “Our extended relationship with ESPN allows us to continue to introduce our brand to HBCU students, alumni and fans. It also means that we can help amplify the rich culture and legacy of HBCUs, and the positive impact they have within the Black community.”

John Grant, MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kickoff and Celebration Bowl Executive Director, shared Beahman’s pleasure about the announcements.

“We are delighted to have Cricket Wireless as the title sponsor of both our football kickoff and bowl games,” said Grant. “These events provide valuable diversity to the sports offerings in the city of Atlanta. This relationship reflects our mutual passion for and appreciation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the valuable contributions they make to our nation. We look forward to working together and building world-class events in a world-class city.”

Played annually in September between teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), the game is an early-season game between two HBCU teams. The 2021 MEAC/SWAC Challenge is scheduled to take place Sept. 5, 2021 at Georgia State Stadium in Atlanta, GA.

Cricket, which has served as the title sponsor for the Celebration Bowl since 2018, announced in October that it has renewed with ESPN and ESPN Events as the bowl game’s title sponsor through 2023.

This year’s Celebration Bowl and MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kickoff were cancelled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both are currently expected to return in 2021.

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Another Bowl Cancellation Announced

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The 2020-21 college football post season just got a bit shorter.

Officials with the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl announced Tuesday that the game will not take place this year. According to information provided to the media, the cancellation happened as a result of COVID-19 restrictions enacted in the Southern Methodist University (SMU) football program.

As a result of the game’s cancellation, SMU’s planned opponent, the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) will now play in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. The game is scheduled to take place at 3:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 26 on ABC. UTSA’s opponent for the game will be announced in the coming days.

Clint Overby, Vide President of ESPN Events, shared disappointment at the announcement, and offered consolation to audiences and fans in a prepared statement.

“While we are disappointed in having to cancel the game, our top priority is the health and safety of all parties involved,” said Overby. “We wish SMU, their student-athletes, coaches and administrators well during this time.”

Fans who bought tickets for the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl will receive full refunds automatically. Refunds could take as much as five business days to receive.

Tuesday’s announcement is the second this month involving cancellation of one of this season’s bowl schedule. The cancellation of the Las Vegas Bowl was announced early this month due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The game was scheduled to be the first college football bowl game to ever take place in the recently constructed Allegiant Stadium, which is the home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders. It was set to feature a matchup of teams from the Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Las Vegas Bowl Executive Director John Saccenti was quoted at the time as saying he hoped the bowl would be able to be played next season.

“Unfortunately we will have to wait another year to present the Las Vegas Bowl in its new home,” said Saccenti. “This was a difficult decision but the right one considering that our game was founded nearly three decades ago to help drive tourism to the Entertainment Capital of the World during the month of December. We are looking forward to making our bowl week bigger and better than ever in 2021.”

Larry Scott, Pac-12 Commissioner shared Saccenti’s hopes for next year’s Las Vegas Bowl in his own comments.

“The Pac-12 is disappointed for our teams and fans that the Las Vegas Bowl has been forced to cancel this year’s game,” said Scott. “We look forward to next year’s game, which promises to be a fantastic national stage in one of the world’s best football stadiums, to showcase Pac-12 football.”

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey also expressed his disappointment at the announcement.

“We are disappointed the Las Vegas Bowl has been cancelled for the 2020 football season and will miss the opportunity for SEC student-athletes to experience an exciting new venue,” said Sankey. “We have no doubt the Las Vegas Bowl will be a great part of the future SEC bowl lineup and look forward to our partnership in the years ahead.”

The 2019 Las Vegas Bowl featured a matchup of the Washington Huskies and then No. 19 Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium. Washington won the game 38-7.

The Las Vegas Bowl and Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl are two of 17 total bowl games that are owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

The cancellation of the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl is now the 12th so far this year for the college football post season. The other 11 bowls, including the Las Vegas Bowl, cancelled are listed below.

  1. Bahamas Bowl (C-USA vs. MAC)
  2. Celebration Bowl (MEAC vs. SWAC)
  3. Fenway Bowl (AAC vs. ACC)
  4. Hawaii Bowl (AAC vs. Mountain West)
  5. Holiday Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  6. Las Vegas Bowl (Pac-12 vs. SEC)
  7. Los Angeles Bowl (Pac-12 vs. Mountain West)
  8. Pinstripe Bowl (ACC vs. Big Ten)
  9. Quick Lane Bowl (ACC, Big Ten, MAC)
  10. Redbox Bowl (Big Ten vs. Pac-12)
  11. Sun Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)

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ESPN’s ‘CGD’ Broadcast To Come Live From Coastal Carolina Saturday

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ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot air live from South Carolina this weekend.

The network’s flagship college football program will air live from the campus of No. 18 Coastal Carolina University Saturday. It marks the first time that the program will have ever run from the university. It is ahead of the Chanticleers’ matchup with No. 13 BYU.

Rece Davis will anchor the broadcast. Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, Maria Taylor and Chris “The Bear” Fallica will join Davis for the broadcast. Lee Corso will join the broadcast remotely from his home while Jen Lada, Pat McAfee, Tom Rinaldi, and Gene Wojciechowski will also contribute.

The matchup between BYU and Coastal Carolina is just one of the games set for Saturday’s day-long college football schedule. No. 4 Ohio State will visit Michigan State, with coverage starting at noon on ABC. Over on ESPN, No. 5 Texas A&M will visit Auburn.

No. 17 UNC will host the Western Carolina Catamounts at noon on the ACC Network. ESPN2 will broadcast the matchup of No. 15 Oklahoma State and TCU, also at noon. that game will simulcast on ESPN Radio.

No. 12 Indiana will visit No. 16 Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN as the day continues. Virginia Tech will host No. 3 Clemson in the day’s headliner on ABC.

The full schedule for this weekend’s college football matchups is noted below.

Updated at noon ET on Thursday, Dec. 3. All rankings are CFP Rankings (Dec. 1).

DateTime (ET)Game/TalentNetwork
Fri, Dec 48:30 p.m.Louisiana at Appalachian State
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Taylor Davis
ESPN
Sat, Dec 5NoonNo. 4 Ohio State at Michigan State
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Quint Kessenich
ABC
No. 5 Texas A&M at Auburn
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Allison Williams
ESPN
No. 15 Oklahoma State at TCU
TV: Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Kris Budden
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Ben Hartsock
ESPN2/ESPN Radio
Western Carolina at No. 17 North Carolina
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Lericia Harris
ACC Network
Arkansas at Missouri
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
Toledo at Northern Illinois
Shawn Kenney, Bob Chmiel
ESPN3
Memphis at Tulane
David Saltzman, Keith Moreland
ESPN+
Rice at No. 21 MarshallESPN+
2 p.m.Ball State at Central Michigan
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman
ESPNU
Bowling Green at Akron
Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry
ESPN3
Troy at South AlabamaESPN3
Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan
Dan Gutowsky, Devin Gardner
ESPN+
3 p.m.Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas StateESPN3
3:30 p.m.No. 12 Indiana at No. 16 Wisconsin
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
ABC
West Virginia at No. 9 Iowa State
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic Sr., Paul Carcaterra
ESPN
No. 24 Tulsa at Navy
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Alex Chappell
ESPN2
Boston College at VirginiaESPN3
4 p.m.Georgia Tech at NC State
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Eric Wood
ACC Network
Vanderbilt at No. 8 Georgia
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Lauren Sisler
SEC Network
5:30 p.m.No. 13 BYU at No. 18 Coastal Carolina
Bill Roth, Dustin Fox, Ryan McGee
ESPNU
6 p.m.Florida Atlantic at Georgia SouthernESPN+
7 p.m.No. 23 Oregon at California
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Taylor McGregor
ESPN
7:30 p.m.No. 3 Clemson at Virginia Tech
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
ABC
South Carolina at Kentucky
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
No. 1 Alabama at LSU
Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN Radio
8 p.m.No. 10 Miami at Duke
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
9 p.m.Houston at SMU
John Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia
ESPNU
10:30 p.m.Oregon State at Utah
Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN
Sun, Dec 6NoonWestern Kentucky at CharlotteESPN3

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