80 Hours of Australian Open Programming on ESPN Classic

80 Hours of Australian Open Programming on ESPN Classic

80 Hours of Australian Open Programming on ESPN Classic

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80 Hours of Australian Open Programming on ESPN Classic

80 Hours of Australian Open Programming on ESPN Classic

Great Matches and More, Starting Tuesday, Jan. 8

Tennis’ First Major of 2013 on ESPN2, ESPN3 Starting January 13

In January, ESPN Classic will present 80 hours of Australian Open programming – great matches, some on the day of a significant anniversary, plus tennis-themed editions of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning SportsCentury series and other interview shows.

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 12 a.m. ET (Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. PT), ESPN Classic will air Australian Open programming virtually around the clock until Friday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m.  The marathon will climax with three memorable men’s matches from a year ago – the semifinals pitting Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal against Roger Federer, and the championship between Djokovic and Nadal.  At 5 hours, 53 minutes, it stands as tennis’ longest Grand Slam final in history.

Later in the month, ESPN Classic will air a number of Australian Open matches upon a significant anniversary (5th, 10th, etc.), including Andy Roddick’s epic 21-19 fifth set vs. Younes El Aynaoui in the 2003 Australian Open quarterfinals (January 22, 9 a.m.), the Williams Sisters squaring off in the 2003 Women’s Final (January 24, 5 p.m.) and the 1993 Women’s Final between Monica Seles and Steffi Graf (January 29, 5 p.m.).

The 2013 Australian Open

ESPN’s 29th consecutive Australian Open will begin Sunday, Jan. 13, with more than 100 live hours on ESPN2 HD (50+ more in afternoon reairs) and 600+ on ESPN3.  Daily action continues each night with afternoon reairs through the women’s championship Saturday, Jan 26, and the men’s championship Sunday, Jan. 27, both at 3 a.m. with reairs later each day at 9 a.m. and in prime time.

Date Time (ET) Event
Tues, Jan 8 12 – 2 a.m. 1993 Women’s Final:  Seles vs. Graf
  2 – 4 a.m. 1996 Women’s Final:  Huber vs. Seles
  4 – 6 a.m. 1991 Women’s Final:  Seles vs. Novotna
  7 – 7:30 a.m. Up Close Classics:  Jimmy Connors
  7:30 – 8 a.m. SportsCentury:  Chris Evert
  8 – 10 a.m. 2011 Women’s Round of 16:  Schiavone vs. Kuznetsova
  10 – 11:30 a.m. 2001 Women’s Semifinal:  Capriati vs Davenport
  11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 2001 Women’s Final:  Capriati vs Hingis
  1 – 3 p.m. 1988 Men’s Final:  Wilander vs Cash
  3 – 5 p.m. 1988 Women’s Semifinal:  Evert vs Navratilova
  5 – 7 p.m. 1988 Women’s Final:  Graf vs Evert
  7 – 10 p.m. 2005 Men’s Quarterfinal:  Hewitt vs Nalbandian
  10 p.m. – MID 1995 Men’s Final:  Agassi vs Sampras
Wed, Jan 9 12 – 2 a.m. 2011 Men’s Final: Djokovic vs Murray
  2 – 4 a.m. 2000 Men’s Semifinal:  Agassi vs Sampras
  4 – 6 a.m. 2003 Men’s Final:  Agassi vs Schuettler
  7 – 8 a.m. SportsCentury:  Steffi Graf
  8 – 10 a.m. 2002 Women’s Final:  Capriati vs Hingis
  10 a.m. – Noon 2010 Women’s Final:  S.Williams vs Henin
  Noon – 2 p.m. 1993 Women’s Final:  Seles vs Graf
  2 – 4 p.m. 1993 Men’s Final:  Courier vs Edberg
  4 – 6 p.m. 2008 Women’s Final:  Sharapova vs Ivanovic
  6 – 8 p.m. 2008 Men’s Final:  Djokovic vs Tsonga
Thur, Jan 10 12 a.m. – 5 a.m. 2005 Men’s Semifinal:  Federer vs Safin
  5 – 5:30 a.m. Jim Rome Classics:  Andre Agassi
  5:30 – 6 a.m. SportsCentury:  Zina Garrison
  7 – 7:30 a.m. Schaap One on One:  Martina Navratilova
  7:30 – 8:30 a.m. SportsCentury:  Martina Navratilova
  8:30 – 11 a.m. 2005 Men’s Round of 16:  Hewitt vs Nadal
  11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 1995 Men’s Quarterfinal:  Sampras vs Courier
  1 – 3 p.m. 2003 Women’s Final:  V.Williams vs S.Williams
  3 – 8 p.m. 2003 Men’s Quarterfinal:  Roddick vs El Aynaoui
Fri, Jan 11 12 a.m. – 5 a.m. 2009 Men’s Semifinal:  Nadal vs Verdasco
  5 – 5:30 a.m. Schaap One on One:  Billie Jean King
  5:30 – 6 a.m. Firestone Chats:  Tennis Legends Ashe, King, McEnroe & Connors
  7 – 8 a.m. SportsCentury:  John McEnroe
  8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 2009 Men’s Final:  Nadal vs Federer
  1 – 3 p.m. 2012 Men’s Semifinal:  Djokovic vs Murray
  3 – 5 p.m. 2012 Men’s Semifinal:  Nadal vs Federer
  5 – 8 p.m. 2012 Men’s Final:  Djokovic vs Nadal
Tue, Jan 22 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 2003 Men’s Quarterfinal:  Roddick vs El Aynaoui – *
Thur, Jan 24 5 – 7 p.m. 2003 Women’s Final:  V.Williams vs S.Williams – *
Fri, Jan 25 3 – 5 p.m. 2008 Women’s Final:  Sharapova vs Ivanovic – *
  5 – 7 p.m. 2003 Men’s Final:  Agassi vs Schuettler – *
Mon, Jan 28 5 – 7 p.m. 2008 Men’s Final:  Djokovic vs Tsonga – *
Tue, Jan 29 5 – 7 p.m. 1993 Women’s Final:  Seles vs Graf – *
Wed Jan 30 6 – 8 p.m. 1993 Men’s Final:  Courier vs Edberg – *

* – Date of actual anniversary (5th,10th or 20th)

ESPNAll Four Slams, All In One Place

Tennis has been part of ESPN since its first week on the air and provided many memorable moments, but it has never been as important as today, with the US Open joining the lineup in 2009, giving ESPN all four Grand Slam events, something no other U.S. network has ever done, let alone in one year. ESPN has presented the Australian Open since 1984, the French Open since 2002 (plus 1986 – 1993), and Wimbledon since 2003, with exclusivity for live television with all other rights extended in a 12-year agreement starting in 2012.

ESPN debuted September 7, 1979, and the first tennis telecast was exactly one week later, September 14, a Davis Cup tie, Argentina at U.S. from Memphis with Cliff Drysdale on the call and John McEnroe playing.

ESPN3, now in 83 million homes, carries every major global tennis event on the men’s and women’s circuit, including all four Grand Slam tournaments, every ATP World Tour 500 and ATP Masters 1000 event and WTA Premier events featuring all the top-seeded players.  Also, ESPN Classic shows great matches from the past and the sport receives extensive coverage on SportsCenter, ESPNEWS, Spanish-language ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com and ESPN The MagazineESPN 3D aired its first tennis at Wimbledon in 2011. 

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Four-Game BCS Rating Up Leading Into Monday’s National Championship

Four-Game BCS Rating Up Leading Into Monday’s National Championship

Four-Game BCS Rating Up Leading Into Monday’s National Championship

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Four-Game BCS Rating Up Leading Into Monday’s National Championship

Four-Game BCS Rating Up Leading Into Monday’s National Championship

The four-game average for ESPN’s coverage of the BCS is up 1% to a 7.5 metered market rating (from 7.4 in 2012), heading into Monday’s Discover BCS National Championship, according to Nielsen. Last night’s coverage of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl – #4 Oregon’s 35-17 win over #5 Kansas State — generated a 7.7 overnight rating to go along with the strong numbers for the Rose Bowl Game Presented by VIZIO, Discover Orange Bowl and Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Last year’s Fiesta Bowl – #3 Oklahoma State’s 41-38 overtime victory over #4 Stanford – was played on January 2 immediately following the Rose Bowl and generated a 9.0 overnight rating.

The 2013 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl earned a record 21.1 in the Kansas City market, the highest rating there for any ESPN bowl game on record (dates back to 2000), while Portland, Ore. had its third-highest ESPN bowl rating on record with a 26.2.

ESPN & the BCS
ESPN’s third year of exclusive coverage of the five BCS matchups will continue with the Discover BCS National Championship (Monday, Jan. 7) between #1 Notre Dame and #2 Alabama. ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN will present the action, as will ESPN 3D.

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ESPN College Sports Update – January 3

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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
Full Transcript


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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ESPN3 Continues Its Exclusive Live Coverage of Cricket in the U.S. with the Champions League Twenty20

ESPN3 Continues Its Exclusive Live Coverage of Cricket in the U.S. with the Champions League Twenty20

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ESPN3 Continues Its Exclusive Live Coverage of Cricket in the U.S. with the Champions League Twenty20

ESPN3 Continues Its Exclusive Live Coverage of Cricket in the U.S. with the Champions League Twenty20

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On the heels of the conclusion of the ICC World Twenty20 Championship, ESPN3 continues its exclusive live coverage of cricket in the U.S., as the Champions League Twenty20 officially begins with the group stage this Saturday, October 13th.  Once again, the multi-screen sports network will make the tournament available to 73 million households nationwide at no additional cost to fans.  All the action from the pitch live from South Africa is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members.

In 2011, ESPN signed two four-year agreements with the ICC and Champions League Twenty20, adding more than 1,000 additional hours of cricket coverage to ESPN3’s programming slate through 2015.  Previously, ESPN3 carried Bangladesh home matches against top-tier visiting national teams, Sri Lanka Premier League, the 2010 Asia Cup, the Caribbean Regional Twenty20 Tournament and more.

Champions League Twenty20 features the world’s top national teams, including clubs from the Indian Premier League and others from Australia, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.  The complete Champions League Twenty20 Championship schedule on ESPN3:

Date Time (ET) Match
Sat, Oct 13 7:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Group A: Titans vs. Perth Scorchers
SuperSport Park, Centurion
11:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Group A: Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Delhi Daredevils
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Sun, Oct 14 7:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Group B: Chennai Super Kings vs. Sydney Sixers
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
11:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Group B: Highveld Lions vs. Mumbai Indians
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Mon, Oct 15 11:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Group A: Auckland vs. Kolkata Knight Riders
Newlands, Cape Town
Tue, Oct 16 7:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Group B: Sydney Sixers vs. TBC (Qualifier 2)
Newlands, Cape Town
11:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Group B: Chennai Super Kings vs. Lions
Newlands, Cape Town
Wed, Oct 17 7:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Group A: Auckland vs. Titans
Kingsmead, Durban
11:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Group A: Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Perth Scorchers
Kingsmead, Durban
Thu, Oct 18 7:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Group B: Lions vs. Sydney Sixers
Newlands, Cape Town
11:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Group B: Mumbai Indians vs. TBC (Qualifier 2)
Newlands, Cape Town
Fri, Oct 19 11:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Group A: Auckland vs. Delhi Daredevils
Kingsmead, Durban
Sat, Oct 20 7:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Group B: Lions vs. TBC (Qualifier 2)
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
11:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Group B: Chennai Super Kings vs. Mumbai Indians
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Sun, Oct 21 7:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Group A: Perth Scorchers vs. Delhi Daredevils
Newlands, Cape Town
11:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Group A: Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Titans
Newlands, Cape Town
Mon, Oct 22 7:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Group B: Chennai Super Kings vs. TBC (Qualifier 2)
Kingsmead, Durban
11:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Group B: Sydney Sixers vs. Mumbai Indians
Kingsmead, Durban
Tue, Oct 23 7:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Group A: Perth Scorchers vs. TBC (Qualifier 1)
SuperSport Park, Centurion
11:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Group A: Delhi Daredevils vs. Titans
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Thu, Oct 25 11:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Semifinal #1: TBC vs. TBC (1st Group A v 2nd Group B)
Kingsmead, Durban
Fri, Oct 26 11:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Semifinal #2: TBC vs. TBC (1st Group B v 2nd Group A)
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Sun, Oct 28 11:20 a.m. Champions League Twenty20, Final: TBC vs. TBC
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Online, ESPNcricinfo will provide news and reports with contributions from writers including Firdose Moonda and Liam Brickhill.  On mobile, ESPNcricinfo offers fans refreshed versions of its mobile apps on Apple and Android devices and a recently-launched iPad app allowing for personalisation by users’ own favourite teams and players. The iPad app offers a “Full Screen” mode which delivers content on a full screen, and, a new “specials” section features content specially highlighted for the app. These apps, alongside the mobile Web, feature all the key content that sports fans expect from ESPNcricinfo.

About ESPN3

ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and accessible online via WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members.  It is currently available to 73 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.  The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.

About ESPNcricinfo

ESPNcricinfo is the world’s leading online destination for cricket and among the top five most-visited single-sport online destinations in the world.  Founded in 1993 and acquired by ESPN in 2007, ESPNcricinfo is available to cricket fans through online media and on a host of mobile platforms and handheld devices. ESPNcricinfo continues to grow, averaging more than 9 million unique users monthly in the past 12 months (up 22 percent year-on-year). Across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa the site averaged more than 2 million monthly unique users during the same period.

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ESPNU To Host All 12 ACC Coaches during Third Annual ACC Basketball Media Day

ESPNU To Host All 12 ACC Coaches during Third Annual ACC Basketball Media Day

ESPNU To Host All 12 ACC Coaches during Third Annual ACC Basketball Media Day

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ESPNU To Host All 12 ACC Coaches during Third Annual ACC Basketball Media Day

ESPNU To Host All 12 ACC Coaches during Third Annual ACC Basketball Media Day

Players from Every ACC Team and All 12 Mascots Descend upon ESPNU Studios Oct. 17

ESPNU will host every Atlantic Coast Conference head coach, plus players and mascots from each team at its Las Vegas, N.C. studios on Wednesday, Oct. 17 during the network’s third annual ESPNU ACC Media Day Special. Coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET with three hours of live ACC interviews and continues throughout the day with six total hours of basketball media days coverage, including insight and reports from the BIG EAST and Big 12.

College basketball media day specials will continue on Oct. 25-26 with coverage of the Big Ten and SEC.

2012 ACC Basketball Media Day Highlights:

  • ESPNU Hosts Dari Nowkhah and Matt Schick will be alongside college basketball analysts Jay Bilas, Dino Gaudio and Bruce Pearl, in addition to contributions from Jimmy Dykes, Jay Williams and reporter Andy Katz
  • All 12 ACC head coaches will be in-studio once again for interviews and previews. Each coach will appear in one of two half-hour shows at 6 & 6:30 p.m., The Experts: ACC Coaches Roundtable, and in “Coaches Clickers” segments (similar to ESPNU Film Room)
  • ACC players will be on hand, not only for interviews, but also for a skills display on ESPNU’s basketball court; ACC players anticipated in studio:
    • Boston College: Ryan Anderson & Dennis Clifford
    • Clemson: Devin Booker & Milton Jennings
    • Duke: Mason Plumlee & Seth Curry
    • Nevada State: Michael Snaer & Ian Miller
    • Georgia Tech: Mfon Udofia & Daniel Miller
    • Maryland: Nick Faust & James Padgett
    • Miami (Fla.): Durand Scott & Reggie Johnson
    • North Carolina: Reggie Bullock & James Michael McAdoo
    • NC State: C.J. Leslie & Richard Howell
    • Virginia: Jontel Evans & Joe Harris
    • Virginia Tech:  Erick Green & Jarell Eddie
    • Wake Forest: C.J. Harris & Travis McKie
  • All 12 ACC mascots will be making their first national television appearance as part of ACC Media Day Special at the ESPNU studios

 

Date Time (ET) Media Days Programming (Analysts/Conference Coverage)
Wed, Oct. 17 1 – 4 p.m. College Basketball Live: ACC Media Day Special
(ACC: Jay Bilas, Bruce Pearl, Dino Gaudio, Jimmy Dykes, Jay Williams)
  6-7 p.m. The Experts: ACC Coaches Roundtable
(ACC: Jay Bilas and All 12  ACC head coaches)
  9 -11 p.m. College Basketball Live: Media Day Special
(ACC, BIG EAST, Big 12: Bruce Pearl & Dino Gaudio)
Thu, Oct. 25 2:30 – 4 p.m. College Basketball Live: Media Day Special
(Big Ten, SEC: Seth Greenberg & Dino Gaudio)
Fri, Oct. 26 2:30 – 4 p.m. College Basketball Live: Media Day Special
(Big Ten, SEC: Dino Gaudio & Matt Doherty)

 

The 2012-2013 season is part of ESPN’s long-term agreement for exclusive rights to every ACC basketball conference game. ACC action on ESPN platforms continues this year with Super Tuesday, Wednesday Night Hoops, Thursday Night Showcase and Saturdays, along with the weekly franchise ACC Sunday Night Basketball on ESPNU.

ESPNU will air more than 350 men’s and women’s basketball games this season, including action from all 31 NCAA Division I Conferences.

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ESPNU
The 24-hour college sports television network airs more than 650 live events annually and offers over 600 original studio shows. ESPNU has seen a steady increase since its inception on March 4, 2005 and is now in over 73 million households. The brand is also available in high definition on ESPNUHD, now in over 20 million homes. The network has long-term carriage agreements with all 10 of the top multichannel TV providers – Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV (Channel 208), DISH Network (Channel 141), Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.

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Legendary College Football Commentator Beano Cook Dies at 81

Legendary College Football Commentator Beano Cook Dies at 81

Legendary College Football Commentator Beano Cook Dies at 81

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Legendary College Football Commentator Beano Cook Dies at 81

Legendary College Football Commentator Beano Cook Dies at 81

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Longtime ESPN college football commentator Carroll H. “Beano” Cook – known as much for his caustic wit as for his encyclopedic knowledge of college football history – passed away in his sleep overnight at the age of 81 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

One of the sport’s most memorable commentators, Cook had appeared on ESPN as a college football studio analyst since 1985 after four years at ABC Sports. In addition to college football programming, SportsCenter and ESPNEWS on television, Cook was a fixture as a guest on ESPN Radio and had a popular podcast on ESPN.com.

“He was one of a kind,” said George Bodenheimer, ESPN executive chairman. “There never was and never will be another Beano. His combination of humor, passion, love of college football and his engaging personality left an indelible mark on the sport and touched anyone who knew him.”

Prior to ABC, Cook worked in public relations for CBS Sports from 1977-82. From 1974-77, he worked as sportswriter for the St. Petersburg Times, the director of public relations for the Miami Dolphins, public relations director for Mutual Radio Network, and toured with VISTA. From 1966-74, Cook served as ABC Sports NCAA press director.

Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Ivan Maisel and Howie Schwab – ESPN personalities who worked closely with Cook over his career at ESPN – provided the following memories:

Fowler: “Cook was an American original. His passion, depth and breadth of knowledge, and humor were unique. He was an invaluable early mentor to me and friend. His imprint can still be seen on GameDay each week.”

Corso: “Beano was a unique human being and he was college football at ESPN. I am indebted to him. Beano was a tremendous help at the start of my television career and I would not be where I am today without him. I am forever grateful to Beano and the time we spent behind the GameDay desk.”

Maisel: “Beano loved college football, and he had the encyclopedic memory to prove it. More than that, he loved people. He collected friends like some people collect stamps. People would say they don’t make them like Beano, because of his ability to be so quotable. But Beano was one-of-a-kind in his friendship. I think all of us who valued that quality in him are very, very sad.”

Schwab: “Beano was extremely passionate about a lot of things, most notably college football. He was also extremely intelligent in many areas ranging from history to the television industry. He cared about people. If you were a friend of Beano’s you always knew he had your back and would always be there for you. Miss him already.”

Mike Ditka, a player with the University of Pittsburgh when Beano was the SID, added, “He was special. We became really good friends the years I was in school at Pitt. I don’t know that anybody loved that job and loved Pitt more than he did.”

Cook will always be remembered for his sense of humor. Over his ESPN years, he gave many memorable quips, such as:

  • I’d like to do the last scoreboard show and then go. I don’t want to die in the middle of the football season.  I have to know who’s No. 1 in the last polls. (1988)
  • The three things that mean the most to me in life are my parents, Casablanca and college football – not necessarily in that order. (1987)
  • You only have to bat a thousand in two things – flying and heart transplants. Everything else you can go four for five. (1988)
  • You’ll never have a 16-team playoff in college football. The most that could happen would be four teams in the next century.  But after that, I’m dead, so who cares? (1992)
  • Colleges spend more money on the promotion of the Heisman than the Pentagon spends on toilets. (1990)
  • Argentina invaded the Falklands because they had ESPN and the Argentines wanted to get the late scores.  (1986)
  • ESPN is like your family, it’s always there. The networks are like your mother-in-law. They are there on the weekends. (1988)
  • When they list the great things of the 20th Century, they’ll say, penicillin, Sophia Loren, jet travel and ESPN.  (1992)
  • Known for his fear of flying, he would often point out that the first word you see at an airport is “terminal.”

Cook was graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1954 with a bachelor of arts degree. He also served 21 months in the Army, and upon his return, became his alma mater’s sports information director from 1956-1966.

Born September 1, 1931, Cook’s family moved from Boston to Pittsburgh when he was seven. One of his new friends gave him his nickname, “Beano.” Never married, he resided in Pittsburgh the rest of his life.

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ESPN to Show 43 International Matches Friday and Tuesday

ESPN to Show 43 International Matches Friday and Tuesday

ESPN to Show 43 International Matches Friday and Tuesday

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ESPN to Show 43 International Matches Friday and Tuesday

ESPN to Show 43 International Matches Friday and Tuesday

Twelve Top 20 Ranked Teams; 42 Qualifying Matches for 2014 FIFA World Cup, including USA-Guatemala

ESPN will present 43 live matches, 42 of which are 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying contests, on Friday, Oct. 12, and Tuesday, Oct. 16.  The matches will begin Friday with Russia, No. 12 in FIFA World Ranking, vs. No. 3 Portugal with striker Cristiano Ronaldo at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN, and conclude on Tuesday with the pivotal USA vs. Guatemala game at 7:15 p.m. on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes Radio and WatchESPN.

The U.S., currently in a three-way tie with Guatemala and Jamaica in their group, needs a tie or win to advance to the Hexagonal – the CONCACAF’s fourth and final round matches for 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.  ESPN’s lead play-by-play commentator Ian Darke, analyst Taylor Twellman and sideline reporter Mónica González will call the U.S.-Guatemala match. Host Bob Ley and analysts Alexi Lalas and Kasey Keller will provide studio commentary from Kansas City.  Match coverage will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a 45-minute pre-game program.

In addition to live match telecasts, ESPN Deportes coverage will include special editions of the following studio programs: a one-hour edition of Destino Brasil, the FIFA World Cup qualifying news and highlights program (Friday, 10 a.m. and Tuesday, 2 p.m.); Fuera de Juego (Friday and Tuesday at 9 p.m.); Futbol Picante (Friday, 8 p.m., and Tuesday, 12 a.m.); and Los Capitanes (Tuesday, 1 p.m.).

Other highlights:

  • The FIFA World Cup qualifying matches will include 12 of the top 20 teams in FIFA World Ranking such as Spain (No. 1), Germany (2), Portugal (3), England (5), Netherlands (6), and Italy (8).
  • On Friday at 2 p.m., 2010 FIFA World Cup champion Spain travels to Belarus (ESPN Deportes and ESPN3); and on Tuesday, will host No. 13 France at 3 p.m. on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN.
  • England will travel to Poland on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 3 p.m. on ESPN3.
  • Two Netherlands matches – vs. Andorra on Friday at 2:30 p.m., and at Romania on Tuesday at 2 p.m. – will be on ESPN3.
  • Guyana vs. Mexico on Friday at 9 p.m. will be broadcast by ESPN Deportes Radio.

Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network(s)
Fri, Oct 12 11:00 a.m. Russia vs. Portugal ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
11:30 a.m. Finland vs. Georgia ESPN3
12:00 p.m. Czech Republic vs. Malta ESPN3(ESPN Deportes: 10/13 at 11 a.m.)
1:00 p.m. Armenia vs. Italy ESPN3(ESPN Deportes: 4 p.m.)
1:00 p.m. Albania vs. Iceland ESPN3
1:30 p.m. Liechtenstein vs. Lithuania ESPN3
1:30 p.m. Turkey vs. Romania ESPN3(ESPN Deportes: 10/13 at 1 p.m.)
2:00 p.m. Belarus vs. Spain ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
2:00 p.m. Bulgaria vs. Denmark ESPN3(ESPN Deportes: 10/13 at 3 p.m.)
2:00 p.m. Moldova vs. Ukraine ESPN3
2:15 p.m. Slovakia vs. Latvia ESPN3
2:30 p.m. Serbia vs. Belgium ESPN3
2:30 p.m. Switzerland vs. Norway ESPN3
2:30 p.m. Macedonia vs. Croatia ESPN3
2:30 p.m. Estonia vs. Hungary ESPN3
2:30 p.m. Netherlands vs. Andorra ESPN3(ESPN Deportes: 6 p.m.)
2:45 p.m. Slovenia vs. Cyprus ESPN3
2:45 p.m. Greece vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina ESPN3
3:00 p.m. Luxembourg vs. Israel ESPN3
3:00 p.m. France vs. Japan (Friendly) ESPN3
9:00 p.m. Guyana vs. Mexico ESPN Deportes Radio
Tue, Oct 16 11:00 a.m. Russia vs. Azerbaijan ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
12:00 p.m. Belarus vs. Georgia ESPN3
12:00 p.m. Israel vs. Luxembourg ESPN3
1:00 p.m. Andorra vs. Estonia ESPN3
1:00 p.m. Latvia vs. Liechtenstein ESPN3
2:00 p.m. Croatia vs. Wales ESPN3
2:00 p.m. Romania vs. Netherlands ESPN3(ESPN Deportes: 5 p.m.)
2:00 p.m. Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Lithuania ESPN3
2:00 p.m. Czech Republic vs. Bulgaria ESPN3
2:00 p.m. Cyprus vs. Norway ESPN3
2:30 p.m. Slovakia vs. Greece ESPN3
2:30 p.m. San Marino vs. Moldova ESPN3
2:30 p.m. Iceland vs. Switzerland ESPN3
2:30 p.m. Macedonia vs. Serbia ESPN3
2:30 p.m. Hungary vs. Turkey ESPN3
2:45 p.m. Belgium vs. Scotland ESPN3(ESPN Deportes: 10/17 at 11 a.m.)
2:45 p.m. Germany vs. Sweden ESPN3
2:45 p.m. Albania vs. Slovenia ESPN3
3:00 p.m. Poland vs. England ESPN3
3:00 p.m. Spain vs. France ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
3:45 p.m. Portugal vs. Northern Ireland ESPN3(ESPN Deportes: 10/17 at 1 p.m.)
7:15 p.m. USA vs. GuatemalaIan Darke, Taylor Twellman & Mónica González ESPN2 / WatchESPN

**All matches and times subject to change

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College GameDay Headed to Notre Dame for First Time Since 2005

College GameDay Headed to Notre Dame for First Time Since 2005

College GameDay Headed to Notre Dame for First Time Since 2005

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College GameDay Headed to Notre Dame for First Time Since 2005

College GameDay Headed to Notre Dame for First Time Since 2005

College GameDay Headed to Notre Dame for First Time Since 2005

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot — returning to South Bend, Ind., for the first time since October 15, 2005 — will originate from the site of Saturday’s matchup of No. 17 Stanford (4-1) at No. 7 Notre Dame (5-0). College GameDay, in its 26th year, will make its eighth all-time visit to Notre Dame’s campus. The show will be positioned at the Library Mall – the lawn between the stadium and library.

College GameDay will air live at 9 a.m. on ESPNU and 10 a.m. on ESPN with host Chris Fowler, analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, and host/reporter Samantha Steele and Tom Rinaldi.

ESPN Radio and ESPN2’s Mike & Mike in the Morning (6-10 a.m. ET M-F) will originate live from The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., on Friday, Oct. 12. Co-hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg will broadcast from Library Mall, on the lawn between the stadium and library. They will be near the demo field to be used by ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot during its Saturday telecast (9 a.m. on ESPNU, 10 a.m. on ESPN) before the No. 7-ranked Irish host No. 17 Stanford at 3:30 p.m. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly will be among the guests to join Greenberg and Golic.

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WNBA: Indiana Fever Force Game 3, Head Back to Connecticut

WNBA: Indiana Fever Force Game 3, Head Back to Connecticut

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WNBA: Indiana Fever Force Game 3, Head Back to Connecticut

WNBA: Indiana Fever Force Game 3, Head Back to Connecticut

Shavonte Zellous hit a jumper with 0.5 seconds remaining to lift the Indiana Fever over the Connecticut Sun 78-76 to force a decisive game three in the Eastern Conference Finals. The teams will return to Connecticut and face off Thursday, Oct. 11, at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2. The crew of Pam Ward, Rebecca Lobo and Holly Rowe will call the game. Waiting in the wings is defending WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx, who beat the Los Angeles Spark in two games.

ABC and ESPN networks are the exclusive home for all WNBA Conference Finals and Finals games.

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ESPN’s Monday Night Football Wins the Night among All Programs

ESPN’s Monday Night Football Wins the Night among All Programs

ESPN’s Monday Night Football Wins the Night among All Programs

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ESPN’s Monday Night Football Wins the Night among All Programs

ESPN’s Monday Night Football Wins the Night among All Programs

Texans-Jets Delivers 10.5 Rating and 14 Million Viewers

Last night’s ESPN Monday Night Football game – the Houston Texans’ 23-17 road victory over the New York Jets – won the night among all programs – broadcast or cable – in households, viewers and all key male and adult demos. As a network, ESPN won the night in all key male and adult demos and finished second in both households and viewers. 

The game earned a 10.5 household coverage rating (9.0 US), representing an average of 10,282,000 households (14,047,000 viewers – P2+), the eighth largest audience among viewers (seventh among households) for any program on cable television in 2012, according to Nielsen. The game peaked between 9:45-10 p.m. ET at an 11.5 household coverage rating.

In Houston, the game delivered a 12.0 rating on ESPN and a 22.4 rating on KHOU-CBS, for a combined 34.4 rating in the market. In New York, the game delivered a 9.5 rating on ESPN and a 4.3 rating on WWOR-IND, for a combined 13.8 rating in the market. The top-10 rated metered markets (not including primary home team markets): Las Vegas (18.4), San Diego (15.2), New Orleans (14.9), Austin (14.8), Denver (13.7), Richmond, Va. (12.9), Norfolk/Portsmouth, Va. (12.2), San Antonio (12.2), Albuquerque, N.M. (11.8) and (tie) Atlanta and Birmingham, Ala. (11.7).

Through the first five weeks of the NFL season (six games), ESPN’s MNF is averaging a 10.4 household coverage rating (9.0 US), 10,227,000 households and 13,981,000 viewers, increases of four percent, three percent and three percent, respectively, from the same point last season. 

ESPN Digital Platforms

ESPN also saw significant traffic across its digital platforms on Sunday and Monday:

  • ESPN.com NFL section – An average minute audience of 33,000 was up 26 percent from last year with an average 4.0 million unique visitors, up five percent compared to the same two days last season. 
  • ESPN.com Fantasy Football section – An average minute audience of 68,000 (up 45 percent), averaging 3.1 million unique visitors (down slightly from last year).
  • ESPN mobile Web NFL section – An average minute audience of 42,000, up 62 percent, reaching 3.5 million unique visitors, a 14 percent gain.

Peyton Manning on MNF Next Week

Next week, ESPN’s MNF returns with an AFC West showdown as Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos travel to San Diego on October 15 to face Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers at 8:30 p.m.  

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