NBC SPORTS GROUP’S PRESS PASS – WHAT TO WATCH JULY 2- 5 2015

(All times ET)

The “Press Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box is a quick overview of upcoming program information and highlights from the NBC Sports Group Communications team.

For live streaming information on NBC Sports Live Extra, and Golf Channel Live Extraclick here.

 

Thursday, July 2

4 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour: The Greenbrier Classic

4:30 p.m. on Golf Channel – European Tour: Alstom Open de France

5 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR America

6 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR Whelen Series: Riverhead

 

Friday, July 3

9 a.m. on NBCSN – F1 British Grand Prix – Practice 2

12:30 p.m. on Golf Channel – Web.com Tour: Nova Scotia Open

1:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR America

2 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice

3 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Practice

4 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice

4 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour: The Greenbrier Classic

4:30 p.m. on Golf Channel – European Tour: Alstom Open de France

5 p.m. on NBCSN – NBCSN – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Practice

6 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR America

 

Saturday, July 4

7 a.m. on NBCSN – Tour de France Stage 1:  Utrecht

8 a.m. on CNBC – F1 British Grand Prix – Qualifying

8 a.m. on Golf Channel – European Tour: Alstom Open de France

1 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour: The Greenbrier Classic

2:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR XFINITY Series – Qualifying

3 p.m. on NBCSN – Tour de France Stage 1: Utrecht

3 p.m. on Golf Channel – Web.com Tour: Nova Scotia Open

4 p.m. on NBC – Lucas Oil Pro Motocross RedBud – Moto 2’s

4 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR AMERICA

4:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Qualifying

5 p.m. on NBC – Breeder’s Cup Challenge Series

6:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR America

7 p.m. on NBCSN – Countdown to Green

7:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Subway Firecracker 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race

11 p.m. on NBCSN – Lucas Oil Pro Motocross RedBud – Moto 2’s (Encore)

 

Sunday, July 5

7 a.m. on NBCSN – Tour de France Stage 2: Utrecht to Neeltje Jans

7:30 a.m. on CNBC – F1 British Grand Prix

7:30 a.m. on Golf Channel – European Tour: Alstom Open de France

Noon on NBCSN – F1 British Grand Prix (Encore)

1 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour: The Greenbrier Classic

2 p.m. on NBC – Tour de France Stage 2: Utrecht to Neeltje Jans

2:30 p.m. on NBCSN – GP2 Britain

3 p.m. on Golf Channel – Web.com Tour: Nova Scotia Open

4 p.m. on NBC – NASCAR Special: Chasing 43

5 p.m. on NBC – Global RallyCross

5 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR America

7 p.m. on NBC – Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race

8 p.m. on NBCSN – Tour de France Stage 2: Utrecht to Neeltje Jans

11 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR Victory Lap

 

NASCAR

NBC Sports Group begins its 10-year partnership with NASCAR this 4th of July weekend with 23.5 hours of NASCAR coverage. The holiday weekend slate from Daytona International Speedway is highlighted by the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBC, and the Subway Firecracker 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Weekend coverage of NASCAR begins tonight at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NASCAR America, followed by the NASCAR Whelen Series at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Carolyn Manno hosts NASCAR America from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., while Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Parker Kilgerman, and Dale Jarrett will report from on-site at the Daytona International Speedway. Ralph Sheheen, Ray Evernham, and Derek Pernesiglio host the NASCAR Whelen Series from Riverhead Raceway in Riverhead, N.Y.

Coverage continues Friday on NBCSN with NASCAR America at 1:30 p.m. ET, followed by the NASCAR XFINITY Series – Practice at 2 p.m. ET, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Practice at 3 p.m. ET.

Saturday’s coverage is highlighted by the Subway Firecracker 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Saturday’s coverage of NASCAR on NBCSN begins with NASCAR XFINITY Series – Qualifying at 2:30 p.m. ET, followed by NASCAR America at 4 p.m. ET, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Qualifying at 4:30 p.m. ET. NASCAR America begins at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by Countdown to Green at 7 p.m. ET, leading into the Subway Firecracker 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The 57th running of the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race highlights NBC Sports Group’s Sunday coverage at 7 p.m. ET on NBC. Sunday’s coverage of begins at 4 p.m. ET on NBC with the NASCAR special Chasing 43. NASCAR America begins at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN, leading into the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at 7 p.m. ET on NBC. At the conclusion of the race NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN’s post-race studio show, begins at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Come race time, announcer Rick Allen joins 21-time NASCAR Sprint Cup winning driver Jeff Burton and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte in the NBC Sports broadcast booth to call both primetime events.  NBC Sports’ Krista Voda will sit alongside NASCAR personality Kyle Petty, as well as three-time Daytona 500 champion and Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett, from a state-of-the-art open-air studio located atop pit road to set the stage for both races on NBC Sports Group’s pre-race show, Countdown to Green.

Rutledge Wood, NBC Sports’ NASCAR features reporter and “man about the track,” will present pieces that delve into the experience of attending a race at the famed Daytona International Speedway, and NBCSports.com lead motorsports writer Nate Ryan will be on hand to cover news and timely information affecting the sport.  Motorsports reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Mike Massaro, and Dave Burns will cover pit road throughout the 4th of July Weekend telecasts.

 

TOUR DE FRANCE

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 102nd Tour de France, the world’s most prestigious and grueling cycling race, begins this weekend. Live coverage of Stage 1: Utrecht begins Saturday at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN, with an encore presentation at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Sunday coverage of Stage 2: Utrecht to Neeltje Jans begins at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN, with encore presentations airing at 2 p.m. ET on NBC, and 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, the voices of cycling, call the race action, joined by reporters Steve Schlanger, Jenna Corrado, and Steve Porino.

 

F1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX

Coverage of the 2015 F1 British Grand Prix begins Friday at 9 a.m. ET on NBCSN with F1 British Grand Prix Practice 2, and continues Saturday at 8 a.m. ET on CNBC with the F1 British Grand Prix – Qualifying.

CNBC presents live coverage of the F1 British Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET, with an encore presentation of the F1 British Grand Prix airing at noon ET on NBCSN. Coverage concludes with the GP2 Britain at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

NBC Sports Group’s lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call this weekend’s action, alongside analysts David Hobbs and Steve Matchett, and on-site reporter Will Buxton. In addition, Alex Jacques will call the GP2 race from Silverstone.

 

LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS REDBUD

NBC’s live coverage of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship – RedBud begins this Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage continues with an encore presentation at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Veteran play-by-play voice Jason Weigandt calls the action from RedBud National in Buchanan, Mich, joined by analyst Grant Langston, and pit reporter Georgia Lindsay.

 

BREEDER’S CUP

NBC continues coverage of the Breeder’s Cup Challenge Series this weekend with the Belmont Oaks and Suburban Handicap live on NBC at 5 p.m. ET.

NBC’s coverage of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series on Saturday features host Laffit Pincay, III, analysts Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Fame jockey and five-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, and reporters Donna Brothers and Nick Luck. Daily Racing Form’s Matt Bernier serves as handicapper.

 

GOLF

Golf Channel’s live tournament coverage this weekend features the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic, European Tour’s Alstom Open De France, and Web.com Tour’s Nova Scotia Open.

Coverage of the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic begins today at 4 p.m. ET on Golf Channel, and continues Friday at 4 p.m. ET, and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Bob Papa (play-by-play) and Nick Faldo (analyst) host coverage from the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. Joining Papa and Faldo are Matt Gogel (tower), Phil Parkin and Peter Kostis (on course), and George Savaricas (interviews).

Golf Channel’s coverage of the European Tour’s Alstom Open de France begins today at 4:30 p.m. ET. Coverage continues Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET, Saturday at 8 a.m. ET, and culminates Sunday with coverage of the final round at 7:30 a.m. ET.

Scott Walker hosts coverage of the Alstom Open de France from Golf Channel’s studio in Orlando, Fla. Calling the action from Le Golf National in Paris, France are Julian Tutt (play-by-play), Denis Hutchinson and Warren Humphreys (analyst), and Ken Brown (on course).

Weekend Coverage of the Web.com tour’s Nova Scotia Open begins Friday at 12:30 p.m. ET, and continues Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.

Jerry Foltz (play-by-play) hosts coverage from Ashburn Golf Club in Halifaz, Nova Scotia, Canada. Joining Foltz will be Craig Perks (analyst), Steve Burkowski (tower), Phil Blackmar and Kay Cockerill (on course).

 

ESPN & Wimbledon 2015 – Parade of Former Champions Seek Slot on Manic Monday

·         Round Three Friday, Saturday on ESPN Leads to “Greatest Day in Tennis” – Manic Monday
·         July 4 Breakfast at Wimbledon to Look at Arthur Ashe’s Legacy, 40 Years after Winning Wimbledon
·         “Cross Court Coverage” with ESPN, ESPN2 all Day Returns Monday-Wednesday

ESPN’s third-round action from Wimbledon on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, Independence Day, will include top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams – facing local favorite Heather Watson – plus other former champions Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and Venus Williams – on track to face her sister in Monday’s Round of 16. Others in action include French Open winner Stan Wawrinka, Caroline Wozniacki, plus John Isner, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Coco Vandeweghe – the remaining American contingent in England on this Fourth of July weekend.

Saturday’s action will be preceded by Breakfast at Wimbledon at 7 a.m. ET, hosted by Mike Tirico. Key features:

  • Two segments focusing on Arthur Ashe, upon the 40th anniversary of his stunning upset of Jimmy Connors in the 1975 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Championship. Key figures in tennis will discuss Ashe, on and off the court.
  • John Isner prepares breakfast in his Wimbledon home for ESPN’s LZ Granderson, and they discuss the historic longest match in tennis history – Isner over Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68 – which took place five years ago at Wimbledon.
  • A discussion of what was learned in Week One at Wimbledon and a preview of the day’s matches.

ESPN’s exclusive coverage of The Championships, Wimbledon – from first ball to the trophies – will climax with the Ladies’ and Doubles Championships on ESPN on Saturday, July 11, and the Gentlemen’s Championship on Sunday, July 12.

Highlights

  • Third round action begins Friday, July 3, at 7 a.m. on ESPN and ESPN3. Key matches:
  • 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 27 Bernard Tomic
  • 1 Serena Williams vs. Heather Watson
  • 4 Maria Sharapova vs. Irina-Camelia Begu
  • 16 Venus Williams vs. Aleksandra Krunic
  • 9 Marin Cilic vs. No. 17 John Isner
  • 4 Stan Wawrinka vs. Fernando Verdasco
  • 7 Milos Raonic vs. No. 26 Nick Krygios
  • 6 Lucie Safarova vs. Sloane Stephens
  • 11 Grigor Dimitrov vs. No. 21 Richard Gasquet
  • On Saturday, July 4, ESPN again begins at 7 a.m., but with the one-hour Breakfast at Wimbledon before another day full of action.  Key matches:
  • 2 Roger Federer vs. Sam Groth
  • 3 Andy Murray vs. Andreas Seppi
  • 2 Petra Kvitova vs. No. 28 Jelena Jankovic
  • 5 Caroline Wozniacki vs. Camila Giorgi
  • 21 Madison Keys vs. Tatjana Maria
  • ABC will broadcast a three-hour review of the first week on the “middle Sunday,” July 5 – Wimbledon’s traditional annual day of rest – at 3 p.m.
  • Cross Court Coverage” returns the first three days of the second week, when everyone plays Round of 16 matches in what is called “The Greatest Day in Tennis” and “Manic Monday.” ESPN starts at 8 a.m., focused on Centre Court all day while fans will enjoy a “grounds pass” with matches from No. 1 Court and elsewhere on ESPN2 beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 6, and at 8 a.m. on July 7 and 8.
  • Breakfast at Wimbledon starts the final four days – Thursday, July 9, to the Championships – hosted by Hannah Storm at 7 a.m. on July 9-10 leading into the semifinals, and at 8 a.m. on July 11-12, previewing the Championships – all on ESPN.
  • ABC will present three-hour encore presentations of the Championships on the day they take place, July 11 and 12, at 3 p.m.

ESPN Classic is airing six matches on the exact day of their 15-, 25-, 30-, 35- or 40-year anniversary:

  • 1980 Gentlemen’s Championship (John McEnroe vs. Bjorn Borg) on Sunday, July 5, at 5 a.m.
  • 1975 Gentlemen’s Championship (Jimmy Connors vs. Arthur Ashe) on Sunday, July 5, at 7 a.m.
  • 1985 Ladies’ Championship (Chris Evert Lloyd vs. Martina Navratilova) on Monday, July 6, at 5 a.m.
  • 1990 Ladies’ Championship (Zina Garrison vs. Martina Navratilova) on Tuesday, July 7, at 5 a.m.
  • 2000 Ladies’ Championship (Lindsay Davenport vs. Venus Williams) on Wednesday, July 8, at 5 a.m.
  • 2000 Gentlemen’s Championship (Pat Rafter vs. Pete Sampras) on Thursday, July 9, at 5 a.m.

 

ESPN & WIMBLEDON 2015

Date Time (ET) Event Network  
Fri, July 3

 

7 a.m. All TV Courts (up to 15), all day; Live@Wimbledon ESPN3 Live
Sat, July 4

Mon, July 6 –

Sun, July 12

6:30 a.m. All TV Courts (up to 15), all day;

Live@Wimbledon

ESPN3 Live
   
Fri, July 3 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Early Round Action

No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 27 Bernard Tomic

No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Heather Watson

No. 4 Maria Sharapova vs. Irina-Camelia Begu

No. 16 Venus Williams vs. Aleksandra Krunic

No. 9 Marin Cilic vs. No. 17 John Isner

No. 4 Stan Wawrinka vs. Fernando Verdasco

No. 7 Milos Raonic vs. No. 26 Nick Krygios

No. 6 Lucie Safarova vs. Sloane Stephens

ESPN Live
Sat, July 4 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Early Round Action

No. 2 Roger Federer vs. Sam Groth

No. 3 Andy Murray vs. Andreas Seppi

No. 2 Petra Kvitova vs. No. 28 Jelena Jankovic

No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki vs. Camila Giorgi

No. 21 Madison Keys vs. Tatjana Maria

ESPN Live
Sun, July 5 3 – 6 p.m. Highlights of Week One ABC Tape
Mon, July 6 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Round of 16, No. 1 Court & others ESPN2 Live
  8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Round of 16, Centre Court ESPN Live
Tue, July 7 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ladies’ Quarterfinals,

Centre Court

ESPN Live
  8 – 4 p.m. Ladies’ Quarterfinals, Court One ESPN2 Live
Wed, July 8 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals, Centre Court ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals,

Court One

ESPN2 Live
Thur, July 9 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ladies’ Semifinals ESPN Live
Fri, July 10 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gentlemen’s Semifinals ESPN Live
Sat, July 11 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ladies’ Championship ESPN Live
  3 – 6 p.m. Ladies’ Championship ABC Tape
Sun, July 12 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Gentlemen’s Championship ESPN Live
  3 – 6 p.m. Gentlemen’s Championship ABC Tape

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Mississippi State Takeover Schedule for July 6 on SEC Network

SEC Network Takeover (#SECNTakeover) continues Monday, July 6, with Mississippi State taking over the national television network for 24 hours. Mississippi State has selected eight marquee television events from the vault* to relive with fans.  Viewers will also be treated to classic documentaries and insightful interviews with coaches re-living the year in Bulldog athletics.

“Since both the SEC Network and Mississippi State are finishing up a great year, wrapping the Network coverage in Maroon and White only seems fitting,” said Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin. “Bulldog fans will have a chance to re-live the glory of the Bulldogs’ run to No. 1 in football, as well as many of the moments that defined a historic 2014-15 athletic year.”

 

Mississippi State #SECNTakeover Schedule Includes: 

  • 1999 Egg Bowl: Trailing 20–6, MSU rallied late in the fourth quarter to tie the game. A key interception in the final minute led to a game-winning 44-yard field goal in one of the most exciting ‘Egg Bowl’ finishes ever at raucous Davis Wade Stadium.
  • 2015 Florida vs. Mississippi State (Softball): Trailing 3-0 heading into the final frame, the Bulldogs rallied for five runs, including a walk-off three-run homer to stun eventual national champion Florida in the series finale.
  • 2012 SEC Baseball Championship Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State: MSU won five games in Hoover culminating with a 3-0 shutout of Vanderbilt to claim its first SEC Tournament title since 2005.
  • ESPNU Road Trip: Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State: The ESPNU Road Trip crew spent a few days behind the scenes with the Bulldogs from practice to Coach Dan Mullen’s office leading up to MSU’s SEC tilt with Vanderbilt.
  • Best Of Relentless: Insightful interviews with key MSU athletes during the 2014-15 athletic year produced by HailState Productions.
  • 2015 Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State (Women’s Basketball): Freshman Victoria Vivians buried a three to lift No. 17 MSU past No. 13 Texas A&M, 63-61, in an SEC overtime thriller from Humphrey Coliseum.
  • Mississippi State Summer Football Tour: SEC Network’s Peter Burns and Greg McElroy went all-access with head coach Dan Mullen, defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and quarterback Dak Prescott to preview the 2015 season.
  • The Rise To Number 1: A look back at one of the most memorable seasons in MSU football history as seen through the eyes of HailState Productions. Re-live the powerful moments that saw the Bulldogs go from unranked to No. 1 quicker than any team in college football history, complete with a recap of MSU’s first ESPN College GameDay appearance.
  • 2014 Mississippi State vs. LSU (Football): Quarterback Dak Prescott racked up 373 yards of total offense as unranked MSU went into Death Valley and defeated No. 8 LSU, 34-29. It was the Bulldogs’ first win in Baton Rouge since 1991.
  • 2014 Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State (Football): MSU’s offensive assault led to another top 10 team going down as the Bulldogs beat No. 6 Texas A&M, 48-31, in Davis Wade Stadium.
  • 2014 Auburn vs. Mississippi State (Football): For the first time in college football since 1983, a team defeated three straight top-10 opponents as MSU topped No. 2 Auburn, 38-23, before a record crowd in arguably the biggest game in Davis Wade Stadium history. The victory solidified the Bulldogs’ first No. 1 national ranking.
  • SEC Storied: Thunder and Lightning: A documentary based on former MSU baseball All-Americans Will Clark, Rafael Palmeiro and the legendary 1985 team with exclusive interviews.
  • One Night In March:  The award-winning story of Mississippi State’s 1963 basketball team who made history when they defied the state’s segregation politics to play the integrated team from Loyola University of Chicago.
  • 2004 Alabama vs. Mississippi State (Men’s Basketball): The Bulldogs come from behind to beat the Crimson Tide in overtime 82-81 and sink their first SEC Title since 1963.

  

Time (ET) Program Title
midnight 1999 Egg Bowl
2 a.m. 2015 Florida vs. Mississippi State
4 a.m. 2012 SEC Baseball Championship Vanderbilt vs. Miss State
6:30 a.m. ESPNU Road Trip: Vanderbilt vs. Miss State
7 a.m. Best Of Relentless
8:30 a.m. 2015 Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State
10:30 a.m. Mississippi State Summer Football Tour
11 a.m. The Rise To Number 1
noon 2014 Mississippi State vs. LSU Football
2 p.m. 2014 Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State Football
4 p.m. 2014 Auburn vs. Mississippi State Football
6 p.m. SEC Storied: Thunder and Lightning
7:30 p.m. Best Of Relentless (encore)
9 p.m. One Night In March
10 p.m. 2004 Alabama vs. Mississippi State

(schedule subject to change)

*Takeover schedules were created from available television inventory; NCAA Championships were not available for re-air.

About the SEC Network Takeover

The SEC Network Takeover is a two-week programming initiative dedicated to airing programming selected by Southeastern Conference schools. All 14 schools will craft their own 24-hour schedule which may include classic games, films, ESPN original content and some school-produced content. In addition to delivering the ultimate the day of television for their fan-base, the takeover includes SEC Network’s twitter handle.

The SEC Network
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network which launched August 14, 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform carry SEC content 24/7 and featured more than 1,000 live events the first year. The network televises over 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming includes in-depth commentary and analysis in studio shows, daily news and information, original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, and more. AT&T U-verse® TV, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast Xfinity TV,  Cox Communications, DIRECTV, DISH, Google Fiber, LUS Fiber, Mediacom, PTC Communications, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, Wilkes Telephone, and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC carried the television network nationwide. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports are offered exclusively as SEC Network+ events on WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com through authenticated access from AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DIRECTV, DISH, Google Fiber, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC.

 

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Kentucky’s Takeover Schedule for July 4 on SEC Network

Fans will be able to relive memorable contests and see their favorite Wildcat stars in all-day programming

SEC Network Takeover (#SECNTakeover) continues on Saturday, July 4 with the Kentucky Wildcats taking over the national television network for 24 hours. With the help of men’s basketball head coach John Calipari and football head coach Mark Stoops, Kentucky will showcase 13 memorable events from the vault* to relive with fans. The day’s programming will also include a feature spotlighting UK volleyball’s two-week trip to China and the Big Blue (P)Review Show.

In addition to taking over the programming portion of the SEC Network, fans will also have the chance to hear from Calipari and Stoops on social media. The two head coaches will add their take to the @SECNetwork Twitter handle throughout the day.

“As the Big Blue Nation celebrates Independence Day, Wildcat fans will enjoy reliving some of our greatest triumphs of recent years,” said Mitch Barnhart, UK Director of Athletics. “From dominant victories to last-second thrillers, along with some special event programming, UK Takeover Day on the Fourth of July will be a blast!”

Kentucky #SECNTakeover Schedule Includes:

  • Kentucky vs. Kansas (Nov. 11, 2011): In this early-season men’s basketball contest, freshman stars Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a coming-out party on the national stage at Madison Square Garden in a preview of the eventual 2012 National Championship game.
  • Kentucky vs. Tennessee (Sept. 26, 2012): Behind unbelievable defense and brilliant offensive execution, the UK volleyball team achieved a feat it had not completed since 1995. Juniors Whitney Billings and Alexandra Morgan combined for 19 kills without committing a single error in one of the more dominating performances in program history.
  • Kentucky vs. Arkansas (Feb. 20, 2015): Sparked by a season-high vault score, the Kentucky gymnastics team rallied from behind on the final rotation to topple No. 14 Arkansas.
  • Kentucky vs. Florida (Oct. 19, 2014): Fourth-ranked Florida with a high-powered offense met a determined UK soccer team ready to deliver head coach Jon Lipsitz a signature victory. Behind goals scored within 17 minutes of each other, Lipsitz and the Wildcats secured their first victory over a top-five opponent in program history.
  • Kentucky vs. Mississippi State (March 14, 2010): First there was the ‘Call Me’ game, and then there was ‘The Put-back.’ In one of the more exhilarating SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship games in league history, DeMarcus Cousins forced overtime against the Bulldogs with a put-back shot as time expired in regulation to steal all of the momentum and set the stage for a Wildcat victory in overtime.
  • Kentucky vs. South Carolina (March 16, 2012): Trailing by a run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, junior catcher Luke Maile crushed a two-run, walk-off home run to centerfield to lift the No. 16 Kentucky baseball team to a series-opening 4-3 win over No. 2 South Carolina. It was the start to a series-sweep over the second-ranked Gamecocks and one of the most exciting series victories in program history.
  • Big Blue InterNATIONal: Kentucky Volleyball to China: A documentary-style video showcases a two-week trip to China, where the team combined competition and culture into an once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Wildcats visited five cities, played seven matches against some of the elite Chinese professional teams and went on an educational journey along the way.
  • Big Blue (P)Review: Eleven two-minute hits with Kentucky’s head coaches will allow fans to relive the 2014-15 season and look ahead to 2015-16.
  • Kentucky vs. LSU (May 9, 2014): The 2014 softball season was a season of firsts which included a memorable run to its first-ever Women’s College World Series. But, the magic began with an improbable run to the SEC Softball Championship game highlighted by an exciting victory over LSU in the semifinals. Tied 2-2, in the top of the ninth the Wildcats executed a two-run, two-out rally to fuel the magic.
  • Kentucky vs. South Carolina (March 1, 2015): Second-ranked and SEC Women’s Basketball Champion South Carolina arrived in Memorial Coliseum on March 1, 2015 ready to spoil Senior Day festivities for the Wildcats. But, 20 forced turnovers and 22 second-half points from Jen O’Neill and Makayla Epps helped the Wildcats celebrate in a BIG way.
  • Kentucky vs. Kansas (Nov. 18, 2014): Some will say the party began the day the Harrisons announced their return for their sophomore seasons. Some will say the party began in the Bahamas. But, everyone joined the party when the Kentucky men’s basketball team met Kansas in the Champions Classic in the third game of the season in 2014-15. That’s when everyone realized what ‘Let’s Ball’ really meant.
  • Kentucky vs. Louisville (Sept. 15, 2007): Where were you the night ‘Stevie Got Loose?’ In an epic showdown between instate rivals which was capped by a finish for the ages, the Kentucky-Louisville basketball game was the start of something special that made the entire Big Blue Nation believers in 2007.
  • Kentucky vs. South Carolina (Oct. 4, 2014): A blackout. Chrome helmets. Nifty dance moves. And one unforgettable victory. Jojo Kemp scored three touchdowns, while Bud Dupree picked off a pass and ran it back for a touchdown to help lead the Wildcats football team to the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in Kentucky history and the biggest win thus far in the Mark Stoops era.
  • Kentucky vs. Louisville (Dec. 27, 2014): In the final non-conference game of the men’s basketball season for the historic 2014-15 Wildcats, UK traveled to Louisville in a top-five matchup just days after Christmas. Both teams entered the game undefeated. Only one emerged unscathed.

 

 

Time (ET) Programming
midnight 2011 Kansas vs. Kentucky (Men’s Basketball)
2 a.m. 2012 Tennessee vs. Kentucky (Volleyball)
3:30 a.m. 2015 Arkansas vs. Kentucky (Gymnastics)
5 a.m. 2014 Kentucky vs. Florida (Women’s Soccer)
7 a.m. 2010 SEC Basketball Tournament Championship Game: Kentucky vs. Mississippi State
9 a.m. 2012 South Carolina vs. Kentucky (Baseball)
11 a.m. Big Blue InterNATIONal: Kentucky Volleyball to China
11:30 a.m. Big Blue (P)Review
noon 2014 LSU vs. Kentucky (Softball)
2 p.m. 2015 South Carolina vs. Kentucky (women’s Basketball)
4 p.m. 2014 Kansas vs. Kentucky (Men’s Basketball)
6 p.m. 2007 Louisville vs. Kentucky (Football)
8 p.m. 2014 South Carolina vs. Kentucky (Football)
10 p.m. 2014 Louisville vs. Kentucky (Men’s Basketball)

 

 

(schedule subject to change)

*Takeover schedules were created from available television inventory; NCAA Championships were not available for re-air.

 

About the SEC Network Takeover

The SEC Network Takeover is a two-week programming initiative dedicated to airing programming selected by Southeastern Conference schools. All 14 schools will craft their own 24-hour schedule which may include classic games, films, ESPN original content and some school-produced content. In addition to delivering the ultimate the day of television for their fan-base, the takeover includes SEC Network’s twitter handle.

 

The SEC Network
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network which launched August 14, 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform carry SEC content 24/7 and featured more than 1,000 live events the first year. The network televises over 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming includes in-depth commentary and analysis in studio shows, daily news and information, original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, and more. AT&T U-verse® TV, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast Xfinity TV,  Cox Communications, DIRECTV, DISH, Google Fiber, LUS Fiber, Mediacom, PTC Communications, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, Wilkes Telephone, and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC carried the television network nationwide. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports are offered exclusively as SEC Network+ events on WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com through authenticated access from AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DIRECTV, DISH, Google Fiber, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC.

 

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LSU’s Takeover Schedule for July 5 on SEC Network

SEC Network Takeover (#SECNTakeover) continues Sunday, July 5, with the LSU Tigers taking over the national television network for 24 hours. With the help of the Alex Bregman, LSU baseball player and the No. 2 pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, the Tigers selected 13 marquee television events from the vault* to relive with fans.

LSU #SECNTakeover Schedule Includes:

  • 2015 Florida vs. LSU (Gymnastics): A record crowd of 12,217 inside the Maravich Center witnessed the No. 3 Tigers take down second-ranked Florida in a display of high-quality gymnastics from both squads. LSU senior Rheagan Courville led the way with her record-tying 25th career all-around title.
  • 2007 Virginia Tech vs. LSU (Football): LSU scored on four of its first five possessions and the Tiger defense didn’t allow Virginia Tech to cross midfield until the third quarter in a 48-7 victory over the ninth-ranked Hokies in Tiger Stadium. In a game that saw LSU dominate in all phases, the Tigers raced out to a 24-0 halftime lead and never looked back in a contest that was billed as a defensive battle.
  • 2014 LSU vs. Texas A&M (Volleyball): On the road in a hostile environment, the LSU volleyball team looked to keep its double-digit winning streak alive at Texas A&M in what turned out to be a barn-burner finish in Reed Arena.
  • 2013 Georgia vs. LSU (Women’s Basketball): Two-time All-SEC First-Team performer Theresa Plaisance leads LSU to a gritty 62-54 victory over No. 9 Georgia in the program’s annual “Pink Game” to benefit breast cancer awareness. The Lady Tigers were masterful at the foul line down the stretch to secure the eight-point win.
  • 2002 LSU vs. Arizona (Men’s Basketball): LSU had some memorable games against Arizona in the 1990s and early 2000s, but none more notable than the early Christmas present John Brady and the Tigers gave fans when it knocked off the No. 1 Wildcats, 66-65, at the Maravich Center. The game was nationally televised on ESPN2, and Dick Vitale was in the house. Ironically, it was Vitale was on the headset for the game known as Shaq’s coming out party in 1990 versus Arizona.
  • 2007 LSU vs. Florida (Football): An epic battle of two college football heavyweights, LSU willed itself, behind the play of Jacob Hester and the gutsy play calling of Les Miles, to a 28-24 win over seventh-ranked Florida in Tiger Stadium.
  • 2015 SEC Golf Championship: LSU’s men’s golf team clinches its 16th SEC title all-time with a three-shot victory over Vanderbilt and South Carolina. With SEC Coach of the Year Chuck Winstead and All-SEC performers Stewart Jolly, Brandon Pierce, Eric Ricard and Zach Wright leading the way, the Tigers fired a winning score of 13-under par 827 to win their first SEC title since 1987.
  • 2015 LSU vs. Kentucky (Women’s Basketball): LSU topples its second Top 15 opponent in four days as the Lady Tigers outgun Kentucky in a high-scoring affair. Sheila Boykin tied her career-high with 14 points and added 11 rebounds to collect her third double-double of the season.
  • 2015 LSU vs. Florida (Softball): Looking to even its series against the top-ranked and defending national champion Florida Gators, the Tigers thwart a late-inning comeback bid with a wild finish you have to see to believe.
  • 2014 LSU vs. Kentucky (Men’s Basketball): The roads were covered in ice and travel conditions were hazardous on the night of Jan. 28 when LSU and No. 11 Kentucky met in ESPN’s Super Tuesday contest. Brad Nessler dubbed the Maravich Center, the “Ice Dome” and some 3,600 students stuck in the dorms were enticed to come cheer the Tigers on. Coach Johnny Jones and the Tigers got them going early and went onto an 87-82 win as Johnny O’Bryant III fueled the Tigers with 29 points.
  • 2014 SEC Baseball Tournament: LSU vs. Florida: The Tigers had their eyes set on a second straight SEC Tournament championship against a feisty Florida team. LSU senior Sean McMullen delivered the clutch two-out, two-run homerun to lift the Tigers to victory.
  • 2011 SEC Football Championship Georgia vs. LSU: Tyrann Mathieu ignited undefeated and top-ranked LSU with a first half punt return for a touchdown as the Tigers completed the school’s first 13-0 regular season in school history with a 42-10 win over Georgia
  • 2015 LSU vs. Texas A&M (Baseball): In a matchup of No. 1 vs. No. 2, an unlikely hero emerged to provide late-game theatrics and send the Alex Box Stadium crowd into a frenzy. Pinch-hitting DH Danny Zardon ripped a walk-off single down the left field line to give LSU the thrilling win.

 

Time (ET) Programming
midnight 2015 Florida vs. LSU
2 a.m. 2007 Virginia Tech vs. LSU
4:30 a.m. 2014 LSU vs. Texas A&M
6 a.m. 2013 Georgia vs. LSU
7:30 a.m. 2002 LSU vs. Arizona
9 a.m. 2007 LSU vs. Florida
11:30 a.m. 2015 SEC Golf Championship
Noon 2015 LSU vs. Kentucky
1:30 p.m. 2015 LSU vs. Florida
3 p.m. 2014 LSU vs. Kentucky
4:30 p.m. 2014 LSU vs. Florida
7 p.m. 2011 SEC Football Championship
9:30 p.m. 2015 LSU vs. Texas A&M

(schedule subject to change)

*Takeover schedules were created from available television inventory; NCAA Championships were not available for re-air.

 

About the SEC Network Takeover

The SEC Network Takeover is a two-week programming initiative dedicated to airing programming selected by Southeastern Conference schools. All 14 schools will craft their own 24-hour schedule which may include classic games, films, ESPN original content and some school-produced content. In addition to delivering the ultimate the day of television for their fan-base, the takeover includes SEC Network’s twitter handle.

The SEC Network
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network which launched August 14, 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform carry SEC content 24/7 and featured more than 1,000 live events the first year. The network televises over 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming includes in-depth commentary and analysis in studio shows, daily news and information, original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, and more. AT&T U-verse® TV, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast Xfinity TV,  Cox Communications, DIRECTV, DISH, Google Fiber, LUS Fiber, Mediacom, PTC Communications, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, Wilkes Telephone, and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC carried the television network nationwide. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports are offered exclusively as SEC Network+ events on WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com through authenticated access from AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DIRECTV, DISH, Google Fiber, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC.

 

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COMCAST SPORTSNET TO REPLAY ALL SIXTEEN CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 2015 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF VICTORIES, ALONG WITH THE CHAMPIONSHIP PARADE/RALLY CELEBRATION!

Relive the “Journey” beginning Sunday, July 12 at 7:00 PM CT

Chicago, IL (July 2, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, will provide its viewers with a special programming gift this summer entitled Chicago Blackhawks: A Championship Journey presented by ChevyDrivesChicago.com and Your Chevy Dealers.

 

Beginning Sunday, July 12 at 7:00 PM CT, this extraordinary, five-day (July 12-16) summertime journey will give viewers the opportunity to relive (and DVR) all of the excitement and glory of the Blackhawks amazing Stanley Cup championship run with complete game replays of every Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoff victory in the Western Conference Round 1 series vs. Nashville, Round 2 vs. Minnesota, the Western Conference Final vs. Anaheim – plus, the heart-pounding 2015 Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which earned the Blackhawks their third Stanley Cup Championship in just six years.

 

Comcast SportsNet will televise the first of its 16 Stanley Cup Playoff game replays on Sunday evening, July 12 at 7:00 PM beginning with Game 1 of the Blackhawks opening round series at Nashville, which featured the Blackhawks storming back from a 3-0 deficit to win the game 4-3 in double-OT.  The remaining three wins from this series will air on the following dates/times: (Round 1/Game 3 vs. Nashville – Sun, July 12 at 11:00 PM), (Round 1/Game 4 vs. Nashville – Mon, July 13 at 2:00 PM), and (Round 1/Game 6 vs. Nashville – Mon, July 13 at 7:00 PM).  NOTE: All games from this series were original Comcast SportsNet Chicago telecasts.

 

Over the course of the following four days/nights (featuring the original “NHL on NBC” telecasts), Comcast SportsNet will air all four wins from their Western Conference/Round 2 sweep against Minnesota (starting Tuesday, July 14 at 1:30 PM) and all four wins from their thrilling, seven-game Western Conference Final series against Anaheim (starting Wednesday, July 15 at 12:30 PM).  Then — on Thursday, July 16 beginning at 12 NOON — Comcast SportsNet will carry all four Stanley Cup Final victories against the Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning, including the Stanley Cup championship-clinching Game 6 home ice victory at 6:45 PM, which will feature the post-game, on-ice presentation of the Stanley Cup and Duncan Keith’s reception of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.  Additional coverage from Comcast SportsNet’s Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by Hawk Ford will also be included, which features expanded championship celebration coverage from the United Center.  Also on Thursday, July 16, CSN will replay its acclaimed, exclusive-access coverage of the 2015 Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship Parade & Rally at 9:00 PM.  (NOTE: The entire schedule for Comcast SportsNet’s Chicago Blackhawks: A Championship Journey is included in this announcement.  Game replays will only be made available within Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s regular NHL viewing territory.)

 

From a digital standpoint, fans are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s “BlackhawksTalk” section (csnchicago.com/blackhawks), which includes numerous Stanley Cup game highlights and exclusive interviews, along with a look back at the team’s amazing playoff journey, round-by-round, with game recaps provided by Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers. Fans can also get interactive during all games of Comcast SportsNet’s special marathon presentation of Chicago Blackhawks: A Championship Journey by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #HawksTalk.

 

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS: A CHAMPIONSHIP JOURNEY

presented by ChevyDrivesChicago.com and Your Chevy Dealers

 

Sunday, July 12

7:00 PM – Round 1/Game 1: Blackhawks at Nashville (4-3 double-OT win — Blackhawks erase three-goal first period deficit; eventual Conn Smythe Trophy winner Keith scores game-winner)

11:00 PM – Round 1/Game 3: Nashville at Blackhawks (4-2 win — Darling starts in net for first time in career; Toews w/goal & assist in victory)

 

Monday, July 13

2:00 PM – Round 1/Game 4: Nashville at Blackhawks (3-2 triple-OT win — Darling w/50 saves; Seabrook scores thrilling game-winner)

7:00 PM – Round 1/Game 6: Nashville at Blackhawks (4-3 series-clinching win — Keith scores game-winner late in third period)

 

Tuesday, July 14

1:30 PM – Round 2/Game 1: Minnesota at Blackhawks (4-3 win — Wild erase three goal deficit, but Teravainen scores game-winner late in second period to cap win)

3:30 PM – Round 2/Game 2: Minnesota at Blackhawks (4-1 win — Kane w/two goals; Crawford 30 saves)

7:00 PM – Round 2/Game 3: Blackhawks at Minnesota (1-0 win — Crawford w/30 saves in shutout win; Kane scores)

11:00 PM – Round 2/Game 4: Blackhawks at Minnesota (4-3 series-clinching win — Seabrook, Shaw, Kane, Hossa score; Blackhawks hold off late third period flurry by Wild)

 

Wednesday, July 15

12:30 PM – Western Conference Final/Game 2: Blackhawks at Anaheim (3-2 triple-OT win — longest game in Blackhawks franchise history; Crawford w/60 saves; Kruger scores game-winner)

4:00 PM – Western Conference Final/Game 4: Anaheim at Blackhawks (5-4 double-OT win — six total third period goals, three each by Blackhawks & Ducks; Vermette scores game-winner)

9:30 PM – Western Conference Final/Game 6: Anaheim at Blackhawks (5-2 win — Blackhawks force a Game 7 thanks to three, key assists from Keith; Kane w/goal & assist in second period)

11:30 PM – Western Conference Final/Game 7: Blackhawks at Anaheim (5-2 series-clinching win — Blackhawks head back to Stanley Cup Final thanks to two first period goals from Toews; Kane w/three assists)

 

Thursday, July 16

12 NOON – Stanley Cup Final/Game 1: Blackhawks at Tampa Bay (2-1 win — Teravainen w/game-tying goal in third period and notches assist on Vermette’s game-winner)

2:15 PM – Stanley Cup Final/Game 4: Tampa Bay at Blackhawks (2-1 win — Crawford w/24 key saves; Saad scores game-winner in third period)

4:30 PM – Stanley Cup Final/Game 5: Blackhawks at Tampa Bay (2-1 win — pivotal Game 5 victory featured Vermette’s game-winner early in third period; stellar defensive showcase for Hjalmarsson; Crawford w/31 big saves)

6:45 PM – Stanley Cup Final/Game 6: Tampa Bay at Blackhawks (2-0 Stanley Cup Championship-clinching shutout win!…first time Blackhawks win title at home since 1938!…Keith wins Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP!  Highlighted by goals via Keith and Kane, along with 25 saves for Crawford, Blackhawks earn their third Stanley Cup title in just six years!)

9:00 PM – Chicago Blackhawks 2015 Stanley Cup Championship Parade & Rally (replay of Comcast SportsNet’s acclaimed, behind-the-scenes coverage of the historic downtown parade celebration on the streets of downtown Chicago and rally at Soldier Field)

 

All times Central Time

Schedule Subject to Change

 

NBCSN PRESENTS NASCAR EDITION OF “OFF THE GRID” SERIES FROM DAYTONA THIS FRIDAY AT 7 P.M. ET

Hosted by NBC Sports’ NASCAR Features Reporter Rutledge Wood and Motorsports Reporter Kelli Stavast

Off the Grid: Daytona Takes Fans Off the Track and Into the Sights and Sounds of Daytona International Speedway

Interviews with NASCAR Legend Richard Petty, 2015 Daytona 500 Grand Marshal Vince Vaughn, Recent Daytona 500 Winners Ryan Newman, Jamie McMurray and Trevor Bayne

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 2, 2015 – NBCSN will debut Off the Grid: Daytona, a NASCAR edition of the NBC Sports Group original program that takes motorsports fans behind the scenes of the world’s most iconic racing destinations, this Friday, July 3 at 7 p.m. ET.

Off the Grid: Daytona gives NASCAR fans an in-depth look at the culture and history surrounding Daytona International Speedway, the site of this weekend’s XFINITY Series Subway Firecracker 250 on NBCSN, and Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola on NBC, as NASCAR returns to NBC this weekend for the first time since 2006.

Hosted by NBC Sports’ NASCAR features reporter Rutledge Wood and motorsports reporter Kelli Stavast, Off The Grid: Daytona discusses NASCAR’s roots in Daytona Beach with features and interviews that highlight the unique atmosphere in and around Daytona International Speedway, including:

  • NASCAR legend and seven-time Daytona 500 winner Richard Petty
  • Actor and 2015 Daytona 500 grand marshal Vince Vaughn
  • Fishing on Lake Lloyd with recent Daytona 500 champion Ryan Newman (2008), and interviews with Jamie McMurray (2010) and Trevor Bayne (2011)
  • Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III
  • Crew Chief for the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 car Trent Owens
  • A tour around the infield with fans during the week leading into the Daytona 500
  • The origins of stock car racing on Daytona Beach.

WATCH: Off the Grid: Daytona Trailer

WATCH: History of NASCAR in Daytona Beach Clip

NBCSN will air an episode of Off the Grid profiling Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala., later this year. Off the Grid debuted last year on NBCSN and has profiled numerous destinations on the Formula One calendar, including Monaco, Barcelona and Melbourne.

 

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Rice’s Road Back

Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN; 10 a.m. ESPN2; Tuesday, 2:30 p.m., ESPN)

Outside the Lines 25th Anniversary Special (Tuesday, July 7, 7 p.m., ESPN)

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John Barr and Mike Rice

In 2013, then-Rutgers head basketball coach Mike Rice made headlines when video of him physically and verbally abusing his players went viral. Rice’s coaching tactics shocked the nation, cost him his job and changed the way other NCAA coaches have interacted with their teams. Now, more than two years removed from the scandal, Rice is still traveling the road back to redemption. And, as he tells John Barr in an extensive and at times emotional interview, he’s still hopeful that college basketball will want him back.

“When I did see the tape for the first time, I called Mike and said, ‘Well, you know you’re gettin’ fired, right?’”  — Rob Kennedy, president of Hoop Group, on his reaction after seeing video of his friend, Mike Rice, abusing his Rutgers players

“Somebody’s gotta believe in Mike Rice and his changes and things that he’s done to, you know, develop and improve himself.” – Mike Rice on hoping to land a college coaching job

 

Around the World in 7 Days

SportsCenter (Sunday 10 a.m., 11p.m., multiple shows throughout the day)

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The grueling World Marathon Challenge – 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents  –appeals to the most dedicated endurance athletes. And to Ted Jackson. The spirited 42-year-old Englishman is a husband, father, school housemaster and opera singer. Though he prides himself on nominal training and the virtues of junk food, Jackson competed for a cause and was committed to completing the challenge. Jeremy Schaap reports for SC Featured on Jackson’s remarkable week around the world.

“Absolutely, make it harder for yourself. Anybody can do it if you train.” – Ted Jackson, on why he doesn’t train

“You know, he’s not the fittest man.” Alabama Jackson, Ted Jackson’s daughter

“It was a hammer blow. You just think we have plans, you know and what does this mean?  And if you go on the internet, it’s just doom and gloom.” – Ted Jackson, on learning of his wife’s illness

 

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Bob Holtzman with U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan.

Bob Holtzman readies for a live shot. (Photo courtesy Bob Holtzman)

Bob Holtzman, SportsCenter’s U.S. Women’s National Team “beat” reporter, has been one of nearly a dozen ESPN reporters in Canada who have provided extensive coverage from each of the participating World Cup teams. He described to Front Row what the experience has been like.

 

Why Lindsay Davenport is Applauding Andy Murray

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Former Wimbledon champion Lindsay Davenport, now coaching Madison Keys, hopes that Andy Murray has started a trend in which gender is taken out of the coaching equation. Mark Hodgkinson reports.

 

Sports Reporters

This week’s Panel* (Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ESPN; 10:30 a.m., ESPN2)

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John Saunders, Israel Gutierrez, Jeremy Schaap, Gene Wojciechowski

*Subject to change

 

LADY ELI LEADS INTERNATIONAL FIELD IN BELMONT OAKS ON LIVE BROADCAST OF “BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE SERIES: WIN AND YOU’RE IN” THIS SATURDAY, JULY 4 AT 5 PM ET ON NBC

Telecast Features a Look at Past Month for Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah & Connections, Plus Profile of Chris Mara

Classic Division Horses Tangle in Suburban Handicap

 

STAMFORD — July 2, 2015 — The undefeated Lady Eli, last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner, leads the field of 14 3-year-old fillies for a berth into this year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf in the $1 million Belmont Oaks (G1) at Belmont Park on the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In” live broadcast this Saturday, July 4 on NBC at 5 p.m.  ET.

The Belmont Oaks, run at 1 ¼ miles, will be the third of 10 telecasts under the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Win and You’re In Series” banner of automatic qualifying races leading into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Oct. 30-Oct. 31, which will be televised live on NBCSN and NBC.

NBC’s coverage of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series on Saturday features host Laffit Pincay, III, analysts Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Fame jockey and five-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, and reporters Donna Brothers and Nick Luck. Daily Racing Form’s Matt Bernier serves as handicapper.

At the site where history was made one month earlier, the NBC Saturday telecast will revisit American Pharoah’s Belmont Stakes victory with a look at what the horse and connections have been doing since claiming the first Triple Crown in 37 years. In addition, Laffit Pincay will narrate a profile of New York Giants founding family member and executive Chris Mara, who is part owner of Belmont Oaks starter Itsonlyracingdad, a name inspired by Mara’s acting daughters Kate Mara and Rooney Mara.

The Belmont Oaks is part of an outstanding stakes card on Stars and Stripes Day at Belmont. The Independence Day card will also include live NBC coverage of the Suburban Handicap (G2) for 3-year-olds and up, and aiming for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. The 1 ¼ mile Suburban is led by the 4-year-old Tonalist, winner of the 2014 Belmont Stakes and The Jockey Club Gold Cup.

In the Belmont Oaks, Lady Eli, owned by Sheep Pond Partners and trained by Chad Brown, enters on a five-race win streak dating back to her debut on August 25 at Saratoga Race Course. The daughter of Divine Park was brilliant as a 2-year-old, taking the Grade 3 Miss Grillo at Belmont and the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf by a combined 5 ¾ lengths in addition to her debut score.

This year, Lady Eli has won both of her starts  in dominant fashion, capturing the Appalachian Stakes (G3) at Keeneland by 2 ½ lengths, and then won the local prep for the Belmont Oaks, the May 31 Wonder Again Stakes, by a convincing half-length after being bottled up for much of the stretch.

“There’s always some pressure when you have an undefeated horse; you’d like to keep it going,” said Brown, who won the inaugural running of the Belmont Oaks in 2014 with Minorette. “She’s given us every indication in the morning that she’s going to continue to run her ‘A’ race, but as she goes on the races are always going to get harder. I’d anticipate this being the most difficult race she’s been in, but she seems like she’s up for it. She continues to improve.”
Lady Eli will break from post 2 and will be ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., who has been aboard the dark bay filly in all five of her career starts.
Brown will also saddle Consumer Credit, most recently third in the Grade 1 American Oaks at Santa Anita Park, and Strict Compliance, winner of the Penn Oaks at Penn National in her latest outing. Junior Alvarado will be aboard Consumer Credit from post 7, while Strict Compliance will have the services of Javier Castellano from post 14.

Lady Eli will also be challenged by Jack Nakkashian’s Spanish Queen, brought in from California by trainer Richard Baltas, who saddled her to victory in the American Oaks by a half-length in her most recent start.  She previously won the Grade 2 Honeymoon at Santa Anita in her previous start.

Trainer Christophe Clement, who finished second and third in last year’s edition of the Oaks, will send out two runners in Pine Needles and Miss Chatelaine. The Clement pair is exiting the Wonder Again, in which Pine Needles finished third after setting the pace and Miss Chatelaine closed to finish sixth.

Two runners from Europe have been entered in the Belmont Oaks: Olorda, a Group 3 winner in France trained by Michael Figge, and Outstanding, who won the Irish Stallion Farms Naas Oaks Trial on June 24 for trainer Aidan O’Brien.

As an added element to the racing action, fans can also get into the excitement of the Belmont Oaks by playing the Million Dollar Finish, which offers them the chance to correctly select the exact order of finish of the Belmont Oaks and win a trip the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The game is free to enter and play, and fans can register and submit their picks for each race online at: http://www.milliondollarfinish.com/. The fantasy player with the highest score for each designated race will win a once-in-a-lifetime VIP trip for two to the sold-out 2015 Breeders’ Cup. Along with the 10 chances to win during the Challenge Series, fans can enter for a shot at the ultimate prize of $1 million during the Breeders’ Cup World Championships by predicting the correct order for the top 10 finishers in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, which will air on Saturday, October 31 on NBC.

 

ABOUT NBC SPORTS GROUP

When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN (NBC Sports Network), Golf Channel, 10 NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, Churchill Downs, New York Racing Association, Breeders’ Cup, Premier League, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more.

About Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships.  The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 grade I races and purses totaling $26 million, will be held October 30-Oct. 31 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms FacebookTwitter and YouTube 

No purchase necessary to enter or win. The Promotion registration period begins on or about April 28, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. ET and ends on October 31, 2015 at 5:40 p.m. ET. Promotion is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States & D.C., who are 18 years of age or older. See Official Rules at www.MillionDollarFinish.com/rules for exact registration times for each race, additional eligibility restrictions, prize descriptions/restrictions/ARVs and complete details. Void where prohibited. PROMOTION IS DEVISED AS A NON-GAMBLING PROMOTION and is intended solely for entertainment purposes. Promotion is sponsored by Breeders’ Cup Limited. Breeders’ Cup Limited is the sole sponsor of the Promotion. NBC Sports and NBCUniversal Media, LLC are not sponsors of the Promotion and are not associated with the administration of the Promotion in any way. Entrants are providing information to sponsors and not to NBC Sports and NBCUniversal Media, LLC.

OTL 25th Primetime Anniversary Special July 7, 7 p.m. ET

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ESPN’s award-winning Outside the Lines will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a primetime special on Tuesday, July 7 (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET).

The one-hour show will recognize television’s pioneering investigative sports news program, which has examined off-the-field events that have impacted what happens on the field since its May 7, 1990 debut. Bob Ley will be in his familiar host’s chair as he has been since OTL’s first show more than a quarter century ago. He will interview guests pertinent to the series, introduce some of its most impactful pieces and provide a commentary reflecting on his time as the face of ESPN’s journalism.

“I would like congratulate Bob Ley — and the whole team — on 25 spectacular years of OTL,” said ESPN President John Skipper. “He has established himself as nothing less than the Walter Cronkite of sports journalism, clearly the leading sports news host of the past quarter century. The range and quickness of his intellect, his ever-present curiosity and his persistent search for truth distinguish his work for ESPN and makes OTL a must watch.”

Vietnam: March, 1998 - Bob Ley in Vietnam for Outside The Lines show Made in Vietnam: The American Sneajer Controversy. .

Vietnam: March, 1998 – Bob Ley in Vietnam for Outside The Lines show Made in Vietnam: The American Sneaker Controversy.

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Bristol, CT - June 30, 2015 - ESPN Newsroom: Bob Ley, John Barr, Tom Farrey, and Mark Fainaru-Wada before the 25th Outside the Lines anniversary special.(Photo by Rich Arden / ESPN Images)

Bristol, CT – June 30, 2015 – ESPN Newsroom: Bob Ley, John Barr, Tom Farrey, and Mark Fainaru-Wada.

Ley, who joined ESPN as a SportsCenter anchor on its third day of operation (September 9, 1979), recently signed a contract extension.

“It’s been a remarkable journey for Outside the Lines, from a monthly program 25 years ago, to a daily presence, on TV and digitally,” Ley said. “I’m so proud to work with the smartest and most creative individuals in journalism who bring OTL its edge and distinctive style. We’re all looking forward to many more years.”

“Looking back through 25 years of Outside the Lines has reminded us of the tenacity of our producers and correspondents in their efforts to report the stories that no one else in our industry was covering,” said ESPN Vice President of SportsCenter & News, Storytelling Units Craig Lazarus. “It was groundbreaking reporting that still holds up today. OTL has set the standard for enterprise and investigative sports journalism for the past quarter century and continues to be an important part of our commitment to reporting all issues, on the field and off.”

The July 7 show will feature:

  • John Barr’s recent interview with former Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice, and an in-studio discussion with Barr who originally reported on then-coach Rice physically and verbally demeaning his players. (Note: Barr’s full story will premiere on Sunday’s Outside the Lines at 9 a.m. on ESPN. It will re-air Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.)
  • An update on Tom Farrey’s September 2012 piece on former Pop Warner standout Donovan Hill, who suffered a spinal fracture while making the type of head-first tackle he says was encouraged by his youth coaches. Farrey, whoseGame On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children is recognized as a leading journalistic work on modern youth sports, joins Ley for an in-studio discussion.
  • A look back at OTL’s historical coverage of football concussions with Mark Fainaru-Wada (he and his brother Steve Fainaru co-authored League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth complementing ESPN’s coverage of the subject). He joins Ley for a discussion as well.
  • A piece about race in sports and an in-studio interview with ESPN commentator and PTI co-host Michael Wilbon.
  • A look at OTL’s coverage of sexual assaults through the years.
  • Memorable moments from the past 25 years.

OTL Recognized:

The award-winning OTL has evolved from periodic specials to a six-days-a-week series (Sunday –Friday) which has captured 11 Sports Emmy Awards and some of most coveted prizes in TV journalism; including a recent duPont Award and Peabody Award, as well as multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards, including one in video investigative reporting – a first for a sports entry. This year alone, OTL was honored with a National Headliner Award first place in broadcast/cable news magazine, a Gracie Award, first prize in broadcast investigative reporting in the National Awards for Education Reporting, Mental Health America’s 2015 Media Award, and the Grand Award from the NY Festivals Television and Film Awards.

OTL History:

Outside the Lines – Television’s original investigative sports/news series debuted May 7, 1990 pioneering a primetime approach to the sports news journalism genre.

Outside the Lines Sunday – This live, 30-minute weekly edition of Outside the Lines was launched the morning of Sunday, April 2, 2000 as a series exploring a timely sports/news story in the format inspired by the classic ABC News show Nightline.

Outside the Lines Nightly – It premiered May 12, 2003 and generally aired at midnight (9 p.m. PT), presenting sports news in an even more timely fashion, with Ley, reporters and live interviews all focusing on the latest events impacting the sports world.

Outside the Lines First ReportOn July 24, 2006, Outside the Lines Nightly expanded from 20 to 30 minutes and shifted to Outside the Lines First Report at 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. As ESPN’s first live news show of the afternoon, Outside the Lines First Report had the opportunity to react to breaking and developing news stories, and presented newsmakers and opinion makers who expanded on daily issues through a multi-topic format with discussion.

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Contacts: David R. Scott (860) 766-2360; david.r.scott@espn.com

Dan Quinn (860) 766-2234; dan.quinn@espn.com