ESPN College Sports Update – January 3

ESPN College Sports Update – January 3

ESPN College Sports Update – January 3

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ESPN College Sports Update – January 3

ESPN College Sports Update – January 3




Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Leads into Discover BCS Programming
The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl – featuring No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 5 Kansas State – kicks off tonight, Thursday at 8:30 p.m., on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio and WatchESPN from Glendale, Ariz. Brad Nessler will have the call along with analyst Todd Blackledge and reporter Holly Rowe for ESPN; while Eduardo Varela and Pablo Viruega will call the ESPN Deportes telecast and Bill Rosinski, analyst David Norrie and reporter Joe Schad will broadcast the game for ESPN Radio.

After the final whistle in Glendale, focus will turn to the Discover BCS National Championship- pitting No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Alabama from Miami Gardens, Fla. – Monday, Jan. 7, at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN 3D, ESPN Radio and WatchESPN.

Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit will work their sixth consecutive BCS National Championship game, calling ESPN’s telecast with Saturday Night Football Presented by Windows 8 reporter Heather Cox and College GameDay Built by The Home Depot reporter Tom Rinaldi. For the second straight year, ESPN’s Monday Night Football signal caller Mike Tirico will work ESPN Radio’s broadcast with ESPN college football analyst Todd Blackledge and reporters Holly Rowe and Joe Schad. Full BCS Coverage Schedule

Sugar Bowl Viewership Rises; Three-Game BCS Average Up Over 2012
Based on Nielsen’s Fast National ratings, ESPN’s coverage of the Allstate Sugar Bowl on January 2 averaged 10,125,000 viewers based on a 7.2 household coverage rating (6.2 US rating). The telecast – No. 21 Louisville defeating No. 3 Nevada 33-23 after leading 30-10 going into the fourth quarter – showed viewership and ratings increases of 4 percent (vs. 9,708,000 viewers) and 1 percent (vs. 7.1 coverage rating), respectively, over the 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl. Last year’s matchup featured No. 13 Michigan beating No. 11 Virginia Tech 23-20 in overtime. Full Story

Double-Digit Increase for Rose & Orange Bowls Combined Viewership
Based on Nielsen’s Fast National ratings, ESPN garnered significant audiences for its bowl games on January 1, led by an 11 percent increase for the two-game BCS bowl average. Additional highlights include the largest audience for any non-NFL cable program in a year (17,024,000 viewers for the Rose Bowl Game Presented by VIZIO) and a 47 percent increase in viewers for the Discover Orange Bowl. Full Story

Discover BCS National Championship Conference Call with play-by-play veteran Brent Musburger, analyst Kirk Herbstreit, Coordinating Producer Bill Bonnell & Director Derek Mobley
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ESPN Front Row: Seeing and Hearing BCS Title Games Goes to New Levels
With Monday’s BCS National Championship Game (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio & ESPN 3D) now just four days away, ESPN is making significant strides through the use of audio and visual enhancements to ensure a superior experience for viewers and fans at home. Full Story

Recruiting: Nation’s Top Players Face-Off Friday in Under Armour All-America High School Football Game
The nation’s top high school seniors will play in the 2013 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game presented by American Family Insurance on Friday, Jan. 4, at 5 p.m. on ESPN from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The sixth annual game will feature 90 of the nation’s leading college football recruits including three in the ESPN 150 top five from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Additional Details

ESPNU: All BCS. All the Time. Largest On-Site ESPNU Presence To-Date
Kicking off 2013, ESPNU will feature its largest on-site BCS National Championship presence to-date with seven studio shows from Miami Gardens, Fla. The network’s 74 hours of themed-content started Tuesday, Jan. 1, and leads into the Discover BCS National Championship on Monday, Jan. 7. The schedule is punctuated by a marathon of more than 24 hours of consecutive BCS programming beginning Sunday, Jan. 6, at 10 p.m. and extending until mid-morning Tuesday, Jan. 8. Full Schedule

Women’s Basketball: Conference Play Begins
Conference play opens up with the start of the New Year, including a slew of games on ESPNU and ESPN3. BIG EAST, ACC and SEC play on ESPNU begins on Sunday, Jan. 6, with a tripleheader. The day starts with St. John’s at Rutgers at 11:30 a.m., followed by No. 21 Nevada State at No. 9 Maryland at 1:30 and Vanderbilt at Mississippi at 3:30 p.m. Full Schedule

Men’s Basketball: Top Three Teams in Action
ESPN’s men’s college basketball schedule for the first weekend of January will be highlighted by telecast of the top three ranked teams, all undefeated: No. 1 Duke (against Wake Forest on Saturday, Jan. 5, at noon on ESPNU); No. 2 Michigan (at Northwestern on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. on ESPN2); and No. 3 Arizona (against Colorado on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 8 p.m. on ESPNU). Full Schedule

From Kickoff to Confetti!
ESPN has the BCS covered on ESPN / WatchESPN / ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes

Tuesday, Jan. 1 - Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO (5 p.m. ET) & Discover Orange Bowl (8:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, Jan. 2 - Allstate Sugar Bowl (8:30 p.m.) – also on ESPN 3D

Thursday, Jan. 3 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (8:30 p.m.)

Monday, Jan. 7 - Discover BCS National Championship (8:30 p.m.) – also on ESPN 3D



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