ESPN Announces August 14th ‘SNB’ Schedule

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ESPN has announced the matchup for its August 14th edition of Sunday Night Baseball.

The National League Central division will take center stage yet again on the August 14th when the Chicago Cubs take on the St. Louis Cardinals live in Chicago.  The announcement comes as news from Chicago that Aroldis Chapman might be headed to the Windy City.  There is no official confirmation on the deal at this time.  However if the deal is finalized, the Yankees would receive four players—believed to be Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney, Adam Warren, and Rashad Crawford—in return for Chapman.  The former Reds standout was traded to the Yankees during the offseason.  However personal issues followed Chapman to New York leading to a 30-game suspension for the star pitcher at the start of this season.  He was alleged to have been involved in a domestic violence incident back in October of 2015.

No pitchers have been named to start for the Cubs or Cardinals in the upcoming game.  It is however, known that the game will be the closer in a three-game series between the NL Central opponents.  After that both teams will have a chance to rest up before hitting the diamond yet again with the Cubs facing the Brewers in a double-header schedule on August 16th.  The Cardinals will take on the Astros the same day in the first of a short, two-game series.  The second game in the series will be Wednesday, August 17th.  The Cubs’ double-header against the Brewers on the 16th makes up the first two games of a four-game series between the teams.

Dan Shulman will have the call for the August 14th matchup between the Cubs and Cardinals.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary.  Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.  Coverage of the game is currently scheduled to begin at 8pm ET.  It will be preceded by Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet at 7pm ET.  Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined at the desk by analyst Dallas Braden and ESPN MLB Insider Tim Kurkjian.  The upcoming showdown marks the fifth time this season that the Cardinals have appeared on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell and the fourth time for the Cubs.  Those that won’t be near a television for the game can still catch the game on the radio and online.  That is because the game will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio, and WatchESPN.

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ESPN To Present Special MLB Double-Header On July 4th

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Baseball is the great American past time.  So it is just fitting that on America’s birthday, the nation’s leading sports network will help celebrate the nation’s birthday with a special double-header MLB broadcast.

ESPN opens Monday’s double-header schedule at 4pm with a National League West divisional matchup between Colorado and San Francisco.  The game will be the opener in a three-game series between the teams.  There is no word at this time on who will take the mound for the Giants, who will play host to Colorado for the length of the series.  Right now Tyler Anderson is expected to get the start for Colorado.  Anderson is winless so far in his starts with Colorado.  His last time on the mound was June 29th against Toronto.  Toronto won that game 5- 3 with Anderson taking the loss.  He allowed 3 runs on 8 hits over 6.1 innings in that game.  He only struck out 6 of the 27 batters that he faced, allowing 2 walks, 2 earned runs, and 1 home run along the way, too.  The odds look to be in the Giants’ favor for Monday’s game when one looks at the teams’ numbers.  San Francisco currently sits atop the NL West at 51 – 32 so far on the season.  Its record also makes it one of the top teams in the league heading into the All-Star Break.  Its home record so far this season is 24 – 16 versus Colorado’s current road record of 19 – 23.  Dave Flemming will have the call for Monday’s game.  He will be joined in the booth by Rick Sutcliffe and Eduardo Perez for additional commentary for the game.

The second game on ESPN’s July 4th double-header pits the Tigers against the Indians in their own divisional showdown beginning at 7pm ET.  The teams Cleveland will play host to the Tigers in the first game of a three-game series between the AL Central opponents.  Cleveland currently sits atop the divisional standings while Detroit trails a distant six and a half games back in third.  Detroit has struggled on the road so far this season, sitting currently at 20 – 22 in its road record. Cleveland meanwhile is 23 – 12 at home so far this season.  On a side note the Indians have been just as successful so far this season on the road, sitting at 26 – 19 so far in that record.  The team is 9 – 1 in its last ten games.  There is no word on who will take the mound for Cleveland in Monday night’s game.  Detroit has Daniel Norris currently listed to take the mound for the series’ opener.  The 23 year-old doesn’t have a lot of experience yet this season.  He is only 1 – 0 so far on the season.  So Monday’s game would be a chance for him to really make a big impact on a national stage.  His last time on the mound was June 29th against Miami.  He was credited with the win in that game, having pitched five innings.  He had a relatively good game allowed over that time, too, allowing a total of 8 hits but only 2 runs.  He also struck out 8 of the 24 batters that he faced while allowing only 2 earned runs, 1 walk and no home runs.  By comparison, Miami’s Tom Koehler struggled over the course of his 3 innings on the mound.  He allowed 5 runs on 8 hits, 5 earned runs, 1 walk, and only struck out 2 of 19 batters that he faced.  Considering that, Norris had an impressive outing, giving him plenty of motivation for Monday night’s game.  Adnan Virk will have the call for Monday night’s game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Dallas Braden and Tim Kurkjian.  Monday’s double-header will be followed up by Baseball Tonight at 10pm on ESPN.  Those that won’t be near a TV for Monday’s double-header schedule can still catch both games online via WatchESPN.

On a related note, ESPN Radio will carry the Orioles an Dodgers at 8pm in a cross-conference game.  Roxy Bernstein and Raul Ibanez will have the call for the game.  More information on Monday’s MLB broadcast schedule is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

 

 

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ESPN Announces CFL 2016 Season Broadcast Schedule

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Courtesy: CFL/TSN/ESPN

The 2016 – 2017 NFL season is roughly four months away right now, not counting pre-season.  That’s a long time, as most football fans will attest.  But ESPN has just the thing for fans while they wait.  It’s called the Canadian Football League.  It kicks off its regular season next week.  And ESPN will have full coverage of all of the action beginning with a showdown between the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The Argonauts open the CFL’s 2016 season next Thursday, June 23rd when they host their rivals, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.  The game wil take place at the newly renovated BMO Field.  Coverage of the game is scheduled to begin at 7:30pm ET on ESPNEWS.  The action continues Friday, June 24th on ESPN2 when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers play host to the Montreal Alouettes at 8:30pm ET.  The Calgary Stampeders and and BC Lions round out opening weekend’s events Saturday night, June 25th on ESPN2.  Those with access to ESPN3 will get a special double dose of CFL action Saturday night when the defending Grey Cup Champions, the Edmonton Eskimos, host the Ottawa REDBLACKS live on ESPN3 at 7pm ET.  These games and all of the games to come will also be available streaming live online via WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

The ESPN networks’ coverage of the CFL is thanks to a multi-year deal between ESPN and the CFL.  It allows for coverage of the CFL’s full regular season schedule on ESPN in the United States, the playoffs, and 104th Grey Cup presented by Shaw.  ESPN’s broadcasts of the CFL schedule will feature production and commentary from TSN, Canada’s Sports Leader.  Last year alone, the deal between ESPN and the CFL led to ESPN airing 86 regular and postseason games in 2015.

ESPN’s current CFL broadcast schedule for the 2016 season is noted below.

ESPN’s CFL Television Schedule

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Thu, Jun 23

7:30 p.m.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Toronto Argonauts

ESPNEWS

Fri, Jun 24

8:30 p.m.

Montreal Alouettes vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers

ESPN2

Sat, Jun 25

10 p.m.

Calgary Stampeders vs. BC Lions

ESPN2

Thu, Jun 30

7 p.m.

Ottawa REDBLACKS vs. Montreal Alouettes

ESPN2

Thu, Jun 30

10 p.m.

Toronto Argonauts vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders

ESPN2

Fri, Jul 1

10 p.m.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Calgary Stampeders

ESPN2

Thu, Jul, 7

7 p.m.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats

ESPN2

Thu, Jul 7

10 p.m.

Toronto Argonauts vs. BC Lions

ESPN2

Fri, Jul 8

10 p.m.

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Edmonton Eskimos

ESPN2

Mon, Jul 25

7:30 p.m.

Montreal Alouettes vs. Toronto Argonauts

ESPN2

Thu, Jul 28

9 p.m.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Edmonton Eskimos

ESPN2

Fri, Jul 29

10 p.m.

BC Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders

ESPN2

Thu, Aug 4

7 p.m.

BC Lions vs. Montreal Alouettes

ESPN2

Thu, Aug 4

10 p.m.

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Calgary Stampeders

ESPN2

Thu, Aug 11

9 p.m.

Montreal Alouettes vs. Edmonton Eskimos

ESPN2

Sat, Aug 13

7 p.m.

Calgary Stampedes vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders

ESPNEWS

Thu, Aug 25

7:30 p.m.

BC Lions vs. Ottawa REDBLACKS

ESPN2

Fri, Oct 21

10 p.m.

Toronto Argonauts vs. Calgary Stampeders

ESPN2

Sun, Nov 13

1 p.m.

Eastern Semi-Final

ESPN2

Sun, Nov 27

6:30 p.m.

104th Grey Cup presented by Shaw (Toronto)

ESPN2

 

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Craig Sager To Make Special Appearance At ABC’s NBA Finals Game 6 Broadcast

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Courtesy: ESPN

ABC’s broadcast team is going to have a special guest Thursday night when it broadcasts Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager will join the team of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, and Doris Burke in Thursday night’s broadcast.  The special one-night-only appearance will see Sager join Burke courtside throughout the game’s broadcast on ABC.  This is a very special one-night-only appearance for Sager alongside Burke and company, who are normally competition to Turner Sports.

Sager has released a statement noting his honor at being invited to join Breem and company for Thursday night’s broadcast and his intent to add to the broadcast, not distract from it.  “I’d like to thank Turner and ESPN for approaching me with this tremendous opportunity to be part of The Finals broadcast team,” he said.  “I’ve been watching the series very closely and, while I do not want to distract in any way from the event itself, I look forward to being in the building for what will be an incredibly exciting Game 6.  The NBA community is a very special one and this is a great honor.”

John Wildhack is ESPN Executive Vice President of Production and programming.  He espoused Sager’s reputation as an NBA broadcaster in bringing him in for the broadcast in his own statement.  “Craig is an iconic member of the NBA family who indelibly makes his mark on each and every broadcast. I know our entire team is delighted to work with Craig for Game 6. We all agree his professional reputation is second-to-none, though it’s his personal reputation – that of class, selflessness and respect – which makes this even more special for our team. We hope that this will be a special night for Craig and for NBA fans.”  Wildhack was also certain to note Sager’s interest in the opportunity for bringing him on board for the broadcast as well as his [Wildhack’s] respect for those at Turner Sports in arranging Sager’s appearance.  “We are grateful for his interest and for the continued collaboration with our friends at Turner.”

Sager has worked with Turner Sports for 34 years.  He joined the company in 1982.  This summer he will be honored with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at The 2016 ESPYS presented by Capital One on ABC.  ESPN’s annual awards broadcast, it is scheduled to air Wednesday, July 13th on ABC.  Sager was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014.

Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals will be available on television on ABC and ESPN Deportes, on radio via ESPN Radio, and online via WatchESPN.  Coverage begins at 8:30pm ET with NBA Countdown on ABC.  More information on this new announcement is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

 

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ESPN Networks To Offer Extensive Coverage Of NBA Finals Game 6

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The 2016 NBA Finals has been one of the most exciting NBA Championship series in recent memories.  The series, between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers has kept fans on both sides of the ball on the edge of their collective seats right from Game 1 right up to Game 5.  And now thanks to the Cavs’ continued efforts, they have forced the series into Game 6.

Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals will air live this Thursday, June 16th on ABC.  Coverage is currently expected to begin at 9pm ET.  Mike Breen will have the call for Thursday night’s pivotal matchup.  He will be joined by analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson for additional commentary.  Reporter Doris Burke will be courtside for additional news and interviews throughout the game.  Thursday’s game will be preceded by NBA Countdown on ABC.  Sage Steel will anchor the broadcast.  She will be joined by analysts Jalen Rose and Doug Collins for additional commentary.  Paul Pierce will also be on hand for select games.

ESPN will air a special edition of SportsCenter On The Road at 6pm on Thursday to preview the evening’s game.  Lindsay Czarniak will anchor the broadcast live from Quicken Loans Arena.  Reporters will also be embedded with each team Thursday morning for all of the latest updates.

Anyone that won’t be near a TV for Thursday night’s game can still catch all of the action on the radio and online.  That is because the game will be simulcast on the radio on ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio, and online via WatchESPN.  More information on Thursday night’s game is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

 

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ESPN Networks To Carry Comprehensive Coverage Of The 2016 NBA Finals

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Courtesy: ESPN

The matchup for the 2016 NBA Finals is now official.  The Golden State Warriors will continue their record-setting season and defend their title against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals.  And the ESPN networks will have full coverage of the season’s final series.

The 2016 NBA Finals tip off this Thursday, June 1st on ABC.  It marks the 14th time that ABC has covered the NBA Finals.  Coverage of Game One is set to begin at pm ET.  The same applies to each weeknight Finals broadcast.  Coverage for Sunday games begins at 8pm ET.  Each game will be preceded by a half-hour, on-site edition of NBA Countdown on ABC.  Sage Steel will anchor each broadcast.  She will be joined on site by analysts Doug Collins and Jalen Rose.  It will be the third year that the trio will handle pre-game duties together at the NBA Finals.  As an added bonus for fans Paul Pierce, 10-time NBA All-Star and 2008 NBA Finals MVP, will join Steel and company as a special guest analyst for select games.    Each game will be simulcast on television on ABC and ESPN Deportes, on the radio via ESPN Radio, and online via WatchESPN.

Mike Breen will anchor each game’s broadcast.  He will be joined by analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, and reporter Doris Burke.  Former NBA official Steve Javie will be live from the NBA replay center in Seacaucus, NJ for additional commentary.  This year’s broadcast is a record for Van Gundy.  It will be the 11th Finals for Breen.  Jeff Van Gundy will make his 10th appearance covering the NBA Finals.  The full schedule for this year’s broadcast of the NBA Finals is noted below.

 

2016 NBA Finals on ABC schedule

Date

Time (ET)

Telecast

Thu, June 2

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

8:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 1

Sun, June 5

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

7:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown

8 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 2

Wed, June 8

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

8:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 3

Fri, June 10

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

8:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 4

Mon, June 13

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

8:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 5*

Thu, June 16

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

8:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 6*

Sun, June 19

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

7:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown

8 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 7*

*if necessary

 

On the radio side, NBA Hall of Famer Hubie Brown will have the call for each game.  It will be his 15th year covering the NBA Finals.   This includes coverage on both radio and television.  That is the most for any NBA commentator.  Play-by-Play vet Kevin Calabro will join Brown on ESPN Radio for coverage of the NBA Finals along with reporters Marc Stein and Shelley Smith.  Marc Kestecher and Jon Barry will handle pre-game and halftime duties live from the ESPN Radio studios.  Each weeknight broadcast of the NBA Finals on ESPN Radio begins at 8pm and Sunday games at 7pm ET.

Alvaro Martin and Carlos Morales will have coverage of the NBA Finals for ESPN Deportes.  They will be joined by reporters Claudia Trejos, Sebastian Martinez-Christensen for additional commentary.  Additional news about the ESPN networks’ coverage of the NBA Finals is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

 

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Local Blackout Lifted For 100th Indianapolis 500; Race Officially Sold Out

Indianapolis, IN - May 24, 2015 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Will Power (1) and Simon Pagenaud (22) competing in the 99th Indianapolis 500 (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Indianapolis, IN – May 24, 2015 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Will Power (1) and Simon Pagenaud (22) competing in the 99th Indianapolis 500
(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

There’s some good news today racing fans in Indiana.

It was announced today that the local TV blackout of the 100th Indianapolis 500 has officially been lifted.  ABC’s broadcast of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will now air live across America.  The announcement comes alongside this morning’s announcement that this year’s race is officially sold out.  It is the first time that the race has been completely sold out in its now 100 year history.

The lifting of the local blackout means that Indianapolis ABC affiliate WRTV-TV will have full coverage of the race.  Along with this, the station will also run its traditional re-broadcast of the race beginning at 7pm ET.  This year’s local broadcast marks only the third time that the race will have been broadcast live in Central Indiana and the first time since 1950.

2016 marks the 52nd consecutive year that ABC will broadcast the Indianapolis 500.  It first aired on ABC’s Wide World of Sports in 1965.  The first time that it aired live was in 1986.  Anyone not near a television during the race can still catch it live online via WatchESPN beginning at 11am ET.  The green flag is set to fly at 12:17pm ET.  More information on this year’s broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 is available online along with all of the latest auto racing news at:

 

 

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

 

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