ESPN Adds Woodson To Its NFL Broadcast Team

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Earlier this week ESPN announced a major addition to its NBA broadcast team. Now an announcement has come down about another big name joining the worldwide leader in sports.

Charles Woodson has joined ESPN as the network’s latest addition to its NFL broadcast team. Woodson, a Super Bowl Champion and nine-time Pro Bowl defensive back, recently announced his retirement from the NFL. Now he will continue his NFL career on the other side of the game as an analyst for ESPN. He will now be part of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown. He will also make appearances on other ESPN studio shows and platforms. A firm date for his on-air debut has not yet been announced. However it is known that he will make his debut in July.

Seth Markman, ESPN’s senior coordinating producer for NFL shows noted Woodson’s accomplishments over the course of his career and the respect that he earned during his career as major reasons for his addition to ESPN’s NFL staff. “Charles is one of the most accomplished players of his era and he is held in such high regard by players, coaches and fans for the way he played the game and led his teams, he said. He will be a tremendous addition to ESPN and to our Sunday and Monday Countdown teams,” said Seth Markman, ESPN’s senior coordinating producer, NFL studio shows.

Woodson was humble in discussing his new appointment noting the reputation that Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown have helped build for ESPN. “I would like to thank ESPN for this incredible opportunity to join their Sunday and Monday Night Countdown shows. I look forward to carrying on their strong tradition and gaining the respect of those who came before me and those who will follow me,” he said. I’m extremely honored and can’t wait to get started.”

Woodson’s list of accomplishments during his career reads like a who’s who of the sport. He is one of one of very fe players in NFL history to play in a Pro Bowl in three different decades (1990s, 2000s, and 2010s). He played with the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII and earned a Super Bowl Championship as a member of the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1997 and a National Championship as a member of the Michigan Wolverines. He went on from there to be drafted fourth overall by the Raiders in the 1998 NFL Draft and tapped as the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year that same year.

During his NFL career, Woodson was named the 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award and was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team (2000s). He is tied for fifth place on the league’s all-time interceptions list (65), and most career defensive touchdowns (13). He is second all-time for interceptions returned for touchdowns (11) and amassed 1,003 tackles, 20 sacks and 28 forced fumbles over 254 regular-season games. That is the second-most games of any defensive back in NFL history. He also twice led the NFL in Interceptions—9 in 2009 and seven in 2011.

Adding to his accomplishments and accolades, Woodson was awarded the league’s Art Rooney Sportsmanship award as he finished his NFL career.

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Unbeatens, Top 25 Teams Highlight Weekend’s CFB Coverage On ESPN Family Of Networks

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This weekend is going to be another busy one for college football fans.  ESPN’s college football coverage this weekend includes matchups between nine undefeated teams and thirteen of the nation’s Top Twenty-Five ranked teams.  It’s all capped off with an ESPN doubleheader this Saturday, October 12th.  The first game on the network’s doubleheader schedule will see unbeaten #18 Michigan taking on Big Ten rival Penn State.  That game is scheduled for 5pm ET.  The second game of the night will see #9 Texas A&M hitting the road to take on Ole Miss at 8:30pm ET.  Texas A&M has only one loss so far on the season.

Saturday’s extensive college football schedule kicks off on ABC at high noon with the annual Red River Rivalry between the Longhorns of Texas and the Sooners of #12 Oklahoma.  Brent Musburger will have the call on the game.  He will be joined by Todd Blackledge and Heather Cox.  Over on ESPN, the Bulldogs of #7 Georgia will host the undefeated #25 University of Missouri Tigers.  Dave Pasch will have the call on the game.  He will be joined by Brian Griese and Tom Luginbill.  Georgia’s only loss so far on the season has come at the hands of the Clemson Tigers.

ESPN and ABC’s coverage is just part of what the ESPN family of networks has to offer this weekend.  Thursday night, unbeaten #8 Louisville will take on Rutgers, which has only one loss on the season so far in an American Athletic Conference match.  The game is scheduled to air on ESPN Thursday night, October 10th at 7:30pm.

ABC will air two games in a reverse-mirror with ESPN2 at 3:30pm, the first pitting undefeated #3 Clemson against the Eagles of Boston College.  #19 Northwestern will take on the Wisconsin Badgers in the second of ABC’s games.

If Saturday’s main college football coverage isn’t enough for fans, then Saturday night’s doubleheader on ESPN2 is sure to keep fans happy.  #1 Alabama is scheduled to take on Kentucky at 7pm with #11 UCLA following at 10:30pm ET against California.

Over on ESPNU on Saturday, Pitt will be on the road against #24 Virginia Tech in an ACC Coastal Division matchup.  Both teams have only one loss.  That game is scheduled for a 12pm ET start time.

Fans with ESPN3 will get to see undefeated #23 Northern Illinois taking on Akron at 5pm ET.  And on ESPNEWS, unbeaten Houston will face off against Memphis in a battle of the big cats.  A complete schedule of this week’s college football coverage across the ESPN family of networks is available below.

ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPNEWS, Longhorn Network and ESPN Radio Schedule

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentator Network
Thu, Oct 10 7:30 p.m. Rutgers at No. 8 Louisville

Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Ponder

South Carolina State at North Carolina Central

Mark Neely & Jay Walker

Valdosta State at West Alabama ESPN3
10:30 p.m. Arizona at USC

Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad

ESPN Radio
Fri, Oct 11 8:30 p.m. Temple at Cincinnati

Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams

Sat, Oct 12 Noon No. 12 Oklahoma vs. Texas (from Dallas)

Brent Musburger, Todd Blackledge & Heather Cox

No. 25 Missouri at No. 7 Georgia

Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Tom Luginbill

Indiana at Michigan State

Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Paul Carcaterra

Pitt at No. 24 Virginia Tech

Tom Hart & John Congemi

Memphis at Houston (from BBVA Compass Stadium)

Paul Loeffler & John Bunting

South Florida at Connecticut

Eamon McAnaney, Anthony Becht & Brooke Weisbrod

12:21 p.m. No. 14 South Carolina at Arkansas

Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano

12:30 p.m. Navy at Duke ESPN3 * & RSN
2 p.m. Buffalo at Western Michigan

Dan Gutowsky & Rocky Boiman

Western Carolina at Auburn ESPN3 *
Central Michigan at Ohio ESPN3 *
Missouri State at North Dakota State ESPN3 *
3 p.m. Kent State at Ball State

Jim Barbar & Mark Herrmann

Miami (Ohio) at Massachusetts

Bob Picozzi & KC Keeler

3:30 p.m. No. 19 Northwestern at Wisconsin

TV: Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Shannon Spake

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad

ABC & ESPN2 ** & ESPN Radio
Boston College at No. 3 Clemson

Bob Wischusen, Rod Gilmore & Quint Kessenich

ABC & ESPN2 **
Virginia at Maryland

Anish Shroff & Kelly Stouffer

Syracuse at NC State ESPN3 * & RSN
Troy at Georgia State ESPN3 * & RSN
4 p.m. South Dakota State at Western Illinois ESPN3 *
Northwestern State at Nicholls State ESPN3 *
5 p.m. No. 18 Michigan at Penn State

Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Maria Taylor

Akron at No. 23 Northern Illinois

Shawn Kenney & Bob Chmeil

6 p.m. Gardner-Webb at Coastal Carolina ESPN3 *
Furman at Tennessee-Chattanooga ESPN3 *
7 p.m. No. 1 Alabama at Kentucky

Mark Jones, Brock Huard & Lewis Johnson

Georgia Tech at BYU

Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb & Dawn Davenport

Louisiana-Monroe at Texas State

Andrew Monaco & Kevin O’Connell

Longhorn Network
Idaho at Arkansas State

Brock Bowling & Warrick Dunn

Bowling Green at Mississippi State ESPN3 * & RSN
Illinois State at Youngstown State ESPN3 *
8 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at Southeastern Louisiana ESPN3 *
8:30 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at Ole Miss

Brad Nessler, Kirk Herbstreit & Holly Rowe

10:30 p.m. California at No. 11 UCLA

Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards

Oregon State at Washington State

Joe Davis & Jay Walker

Tue, Oct 15 8 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette at Western Kentucky ESPN2


* Local blackout may apply

** Reverse mirror in which ESPN2 will regionalize two games on ABC to markets not receiving the telecast


All of the games scheduled for this weekend can be viewed both on TV and online at and the WatchESPN app on all mobile internet outlets.  Xbox owners can access all games through ESPN as long as they have Gold membership.  And Apple TV subscribers can get video through affiliated subscription services.

ESPN Goal Line network will have unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from a number of the weekend’s top college football games beginning Saturday at noon.  ESPN Goal Line is available to customers of Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Cox, Cablevision, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, and Midcontinent Communications.

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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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