GOLF CENTRAL’S LIVE FROM THE MASTERS COVERS THE WEEK, APRIL 5-12, WITH MORE THAN 80 LIVE HOURS OF NEWS, ANALYSIS AND HIGHLIGHTS ON GOLF CHANNEL

Masters Week Kicks Off Sunday With Five Hours of Live Coverage of the 2015 Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals from Augusta National Golf Club

Masters Greats, Including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Watson and Raymond Floyd Expected to Join the Live From the Masters Set During the Week

Compelling Features Include an Intimate Portrait of Masters Defending Champion Bubba Watson’s Family Life; the Rise of Rory McIlroy; Tiger’s Dramatic – and Last – Masters Win in 2005; the Lore of Augusta National’s Famous 12th Hole; and More

GolfChannel.com Also Providing News, Features, Perspective and Analysis; Plus Video Reports from On-Air Personalities and GolfChannel.com Writers From Augusta

Coverage Culminates by Remembering Ben Crenshaw’s Special Relationship with the Masters in Golf Channel Films’ Premiere of Ben Crenshaw: A Walk Through Augusta, Monday, April 13 at 10 p.m. ET

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 31, 2015) –Masters Week begins on Sunday, April 5, with live coverage of the 2015 Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals followed on Monday with the start of the network’s Golf Central Live From the Masters signature coverage. This year, Golf Channel will offer more than 80 total hours of live news and themed Masters programming from Augusta National Golf Club and Golf Channel’s World Headquarters in Orlando. The week will be capped on Monday, April 13, with the premiere of Ben Crenshaw: A Walk Through Augusta, the latest production by Emmy-nominated Golf Channel Films, which debuted the award-winning Arnie after last year’s Masters.

Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals

On the eve of the Masters Tournament, 80 national finalists – representing boys and girls from across the U.S. and Canada – will experience a thrill of a lifetime by competing at Augusta National Golf Club in the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals. Golf Channel will feature five hours of live coverage of the event, including an hour-long pre-game show at 8 a.m. ET followed by four hours of live competition beginning at 9 a.m. ET. The Drive, Chip & Putt Championship is a free, nationwide youth golf development open to boys and girls competing in separate skills divisions (driving, chipping, putting) in four age categories (7-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15). Rich Lerner will provide play-by-play commentary, with Peter Jacobsen as lead analyst. Reporting from the field of competition will be Michael Breed, Charlie Rymer, Kay Cockerill, Steve Sands and Jimmy Roberts. Profiles on several of the national finalists will continue to air on Golf Channel leading up to the event.

Golf Central’s Live From the Masters

Golf Channel’s signature news coverage of golf’s biggest events will dominate the network’s programming schedule during Masters Week with more than 50 live hours featured throughout the day and in primetime. Anchoring Live From the Masters coverage from Augusta National Golf Club will be Rich Lerner, Brandel Chamblee, Frank Nobilo, Notah Begay, David Duval, Steve Sands, Mark Rolfing, Tim Rosaforte and Todd Lewis. Reporting from Golf Channel’s World Headquarters in Orlando will be Kelly Tilghman, Ryan Burr, Arron Oberholser, Tripp Isenhour and Jim Gallagher Jr.

Other guests scheduled to appear throughout the week include Masters champions Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Raymond Floyd and Ben Crenshaw, who will be playing in his last Masters and has been a guest on Live From the Masters since 2009.

Live From the Masters Scheduled Features (previews available upon request):

  • Family Man – John Feinstein provides an inside look at how the golfer, Bubba Watson, became a family man.
  • Rory’s Rise – Steve Sands follows the story of Rory McIlroy’s rise to World No. 1, highlighted by an in-depth interview with McIlroy, as well as commentary by journalists who cover the game, including Golf Digest’s Jaime Diaz and the BBC’s Steve Watson.
  • The Grand Slam – Achieving the modern-day Grand Slam is most improbable for most professional golfers. But capturing all four major championships during the span of a career may be an aspiration for some. What is it about the elusive Grand Slam that captures our attention? Rich Lerner reports.
  • Gentle Ben – As a companion to Golf Channel Films’ Ben Crenshaw: A Walk Through Augusta, this feature covers Crenshaw’s last Masters and the special relationship he has had with Augusta National throughout his career.
  • The 12th – August National’s 12th hole, Golden Bell, has proven pivotal throughout the history of the Masters. Players and journalists will discuss what makes this hole so special and recall memorable moments.
  • Green Jacket Stories – Not unlike Lord Stanley’s Cup, a Masters Green Jacket can travel the world with its reigning champion. George Savaricas explores some of the best Green Jacket stories in history, with details about where it’s been and some of the ways it’s been showed off by its recipients.
  • Tiger 10 Years Later – It’s been 10 years since Tiger Woods won his fourth and final Masters, with a dramatic, playoff win over Chris DiMarco. During the intervening years, Woods has endured challenging times on and off the golf course. Rich Lerner remembers just how impressive Tiger was, and how he might regain the form that made him the most impressive athlete of his generation. Included are interviews with DiMarco, Michael Jordan and NFL Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Cris Carter.
  • Closer LookLive From the Masters also will feature sit-down profiles with:
    • Rickie Fowler – yet to nab the big one, Fowler talks about getting tougher on the course and adopting a killer instinct that may lead him to his first major championship victory.
    • Jordan Spieth – find out what he learned from his near miss at last year’s Masters.
    • Jason Day – frequently on the cusp of a major championship, Day talks about his game and relationship with caddie Col Swatton.

Morning Drive

Morning Drive will kick off each morning of Masters Week with the latest news and commentary. Analysts Charlie Rymer and Chris DiMarco will be reporting live from Augusta National throughout the week. And Gary Williams, Damon Hack, Cara Robinson, Lauren Thompson and John Cook will be getting the day started from Studio AP at Golf Channel’s World Headquarters.

Crenshaw: A Walk Through Augusta

Throughout a Hall-of-Fame career, Ben Crenshaw’s special relationship with the Masters and Augusta National Golf Club is what he has held most dear. Golf Channel Films provides a life retrospective in Crenshaw: A Walk Through Augusta, premiering Monday, April 13 at 10 p.m. ET. Featuring interviews with family, friends and fellow pros – and behind-the-scenes footage with Crenshaw – the film also features rarely seen home movies and highlights of Crenshaw’s ’84 and ’95 Masters victories, punctuated by emotional stories of relationships with late teacher Harvey Penick and caddie Carl Jackson.

The Golf Fix: Conquering Augusta National

Hosted by 2012 PGA Professional Teacher of the Year Michael Breed, The Golf Fix will air on Monday, April 6 at 6 p.m. ET and focus on how players in the Masters field can prepare for Augusta National Golf Club. Featured within the show: the keys to playing Augusta National’s par-5s, the proper trajectory for hitting out of Augusta’s greenside bunkers, and how to putt on the course’s fast-breaking greens.

Digital Coverage

GolfChannel.com will feature expanded coverage from its team of writers on-site in Augusta. Content will include news reports, feature stories and exclusive video from GolfChannel.com reporters and Golf Channel on-air personalities.

Masters Week Programming Air Times (all times ET):

Sunday, April 5

6-8 a.m.                       Morning Drive

8-9 a.m.                       Live from the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship

9 a.m.-1 p.m.             Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals

3-5 p.m.                       Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals (replay, subject to change per live tournament coverage)

Monday, April 6

7-9 a.m.                       Morning Drive

9 a.m.-1 p.m.               Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals (replay, subject to change per news conference schedule)

1-5 p.m.                       Live From the Masters

5-6 p.m.                       Masters Highlights: 2005-Tiger Woods

6-7 p.m.                       The Golf Fix

7-8:30 p.m.                  Live From the Masters

Tuesday, April 7

7-9 a.m.                       Morning Drive

9 a.m.-6 p.m.               Live From the Masters

7-9 p.m.                       Live From the Masters

Wednesday, April 8

7-9 a.m.                       Morning Drive

9 a.m.-3 p.m.               Live From the Masters

6-9 p.m.                       Live From the Masters

Thursday, April 9

6-8 a.m.                       Morning Drive

8 a.m.-3 p.m.               Live From the Masters

7:30-9:30 p.m.             Live From the Masters

Friday, April 10

6-8 a.m.                       Morning Drive

8 a.m.-3 p.m.               Live From the Masters

7:30-9:30 p.m.             Live From the Masters

Saturday, April 11

6-9:30 a.m.                  Morning Drive

9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.          Live From the Masters

7-9 p.m.                       Live From the Masters

Sunday, April 12

6-9:30 a.m.                  Morning Drive

9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.          Live From the Masters

7-9 p.m.                       Live From the Masters

Monday, April 13

10-11 p.m.                   Ben Crenshaw: A Walk Through Augusta

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ESPN’s Monday Women’s Hoops Doubleheader Delivers Two of the Three Most-Viewed Regional Finals Since 2012

ESPN’s NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Presented by Capital One Regional Final doubleheader on Monday, March 30, generated the most-viewed and third most-viewed women’s Regional Finals games since 2012. With 1,540,000 viewers, No. 1 seed Maryland’s 58-48 win over No. 2 seed Tennessee — the second game of the network’s exclusive coverage – is the most-viewed women’s Elite Eight game since 2012 (Tennessee-Baylor in 2012 averaged 1,654,000 viewers).

Top-seeded UConn’s 91-70 victory over No. 7 seed Dayton in the first telecast is the third most-viewed women’s Elite Eight game since 2012, averaging 1,419,000 viewers. ESPN’s 2013 coverage of Louisville and Tennessee is the second most-viewed with an average of 1,429,000 viewers

Top Four Markets Represents Four Teams in Action Monday
The home markets of the four teams in Monday’s Regional Finals grabbed the top metered markets. The Hartford-New Haven market took the top spot for the UConn-Dayton telecast, averaging a 13.7 rating, which is the largest overnight rating in a local market this season in women’s college basketball. Dayton finished second with a 7.9 rating, marking the highest ever overnight in the market for an ESPN women’s college basketball telecast. Knoxville (3.9), Baltimore (2.5), Nashville (2.1) and Greenville (2.0) rounded out the top six markets.

Knoxville topped all markets for the Tennessee-Maryland matchup, averaging a 12.9 rating, the highest rating this season for a women’s college basketball game in the market. Hartford-New Haven was second with a 5.9 rating, followed by Baltimore (5.8), Nashville (5.0), Dayton (2.9), Washington, DC (2.5) and Memphis (2.2).

Tickets have been punched to the Women’s Final Four from Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, Fla., featuring the four top seeds in the tournament – UConn, Maryland, Notre Dame and South Carolina. The teams will face off on Sunday, April 5, on ESPN and WatchESPN, beginning with South Carolina vs. Notre Dame at 6:30 p.m., followed by Maryland against UConn at 8:30 p.m. Play culminates with the NCAA Women’s National Championship game on Tuesday, April 7, at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and WatchESPN.

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College Lacrosse: Top-Ranked Notre Dame on ESPNU Saturday

ESPNU will showcase top-ranked Notre Dame at No. 7 Duke on Saturday, April 4, at 5 p.m. Notre Dame stands at 2-0 in first place, while Duke is seeking its first conference win of the season.

Also in action on ESPNU, No. 4 North Carolina faces No. 8 Virginia on Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m. Also on Friday, ESPN3 will show the non-conference matchup between No. 9 Albany at Syracuse, at 7 p.m.

Three women’s games will be shown on ESPN, including two top-20 matchups between No. 2 North Carolina and No. 12 Louisville on Saturday and No. 17 Notre Dame at No. 7 Syracuse on Sunday.

ESPNU & ESPN3 Lacrosse Schedule (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Games / Commentators Network
Fri, Apr 3 7 p.m. No. 4 North Carolina at No. 8 Virginia
Anish Shroff, Quint Kessenich
ESPNU
  No. 9 Albany at No. 2 Syracuse ESPN3
Sat, Apr 4 10 a.m. Virginia Tech at No. 7 Syracuse (women) ESPN3
  1 p.m. No. 6 Cornell at Harvard ESPN3
4 p.m. No. 2 North Carolina at No. 12 Louisville (women) ESPN3
  5 p.m. No. 1 Notre Dame at No. 7 Duke
Mike Corey, Paul Carcaterra
ESPNU
Tue, Apr 7 4 p.m. No. 12 Marquette at No. 1 Notre Dame ESPN3
  7 p.m. No. 17 Notre Dame at No. 7 Syracuse (women) ESPN3

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NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship: Tampa Bay Welcomes the Four Top Seeds Vying for National Title

Tickets have been punched to the Women’s Final Four from Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, Fla., featuring the four top seeds in the tournament – UConn, Maryland, Notre Dame and South Carolina. The teams will face off on Sunday, April 5, on ESPN and WatchESPN, beginning with South Carolina vs. Notre Dame at 6:30 p.m., followed by Maryland against UConn at 8:30 p.m. Play culminates with the NCAA Women’s National Championship game on Tuesday, April 7, at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and WatchESPN.

Additional NCAA Women’s Final Four content will be available across multiple platforms, including espnW.com, SportsCenter, ESPNEWS and ESPN International.

Women’s Final Four Specials
NCAA Women’s Final Four Special Presented by Capital One
: The 30-minute Women’s Final Four preview show will be hosted by Kevin Negandhi with analysts Kara Lawson and Rebecca Lobo from Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, will precede the National Semifinals on Sunday, April 5, at 6 p.m. on ESPN and WatchESPN.

College Basketball Live: Women’s National Championship Special: The 90-minute special, hosted by Matt Schick with analysts Steffi Sorensen and Brooke Weisbrod, on Tuesday, April 7, at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU and WatchESPN will highlight and preview the Women’s National Championship title game.

NCAA Women’s Championship Special Presented by Capital One: ESPN and WatchESPN will tip off the National Championship game coverage with an hour-long preview, also hosted by Negandhi, Lawson and Lobo, from Amalie Arena on Tuesday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m.

WatchESPN is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

NCAA Division I Women’s Final Four Schedule (subject to change)

Sun, Apr 5 6 p.m. NCAA Women’s Final Four Special Presented by Capital One (Tampa Bay, Fla.)
Kevin Negandhi, Kara Lawson, Rebecca Lobo
ESPN / WatchESPN
  6:30 p.m. National Semifinal Game 1 – No. 1 seed South Carolina vs. No. 1 seed Notre Dame (Tampa Bay, Fla.)
Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke, Holly Rowe
ESPN / WatchESPN
  9 p.m. National Semifinal Game 2 – No. 1 seed Maryland vs. No. 1 seed Connecticut (Tampa Bay, Fla.) ESPN / WatchESPN
Tue, Apr 7 5:30 p.m. College Basketball Live: NCAA Women’s Championship Special
Matt Schick, Brooke Weisbrod & Steffi Sorensen
ESPNU / WatchESPN
  7:30 p.m. NCAA Women’s Championship Special Presented by Capital One (Tampa Bay, Fla.)
Kevin Negandhi, Kara Lawson, Rebecca Lobo
ESPN / WatchESPN
  8:30 p.m. National Final – Semifinal winners (Tampa Bay, Fla.)
Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke, Holly Rowe
ESPN / WatchESPN

 

**PROGRAMMING ALERT** – NBC SPORTS GROUP ANNOUNCES NHL TELECAST SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 11

Regional Coverage on NBC at 3 p.m. ET – Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues & San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings

Tampa Bay Lightning Host Boston Bruins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – March 31, 2015 – NBC Sports Group and the NHL have announced the telecast schedule for Saturday, April 11, the final day of the NHL regular season, featuring three matchups with potential Stanley Cup Playoff implications.

NBC will regionalize coverage at 3 p.m. ET, featuring T.J. Oshie and the St. Louis Blues hosting Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild, while Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings welcome Logan Couture and the San Jose Sharks.

Coverage shifts to NBCSN at 7:30 p.m. ET, when Milan Lucic and the Boston Bruins travel to Tampa Bay to face Steven Stamkos and the Lightning.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of all three games.

 

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Sat., April 11 Minnesota at St. Louis NBC 3 p.m.
San Jose at Los Angeles NBC 3 p.m.
NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Boston at Tampa Bay NBCSN 7:30 p.m.

 

-NBC SPORTS GROUP-

Jason Sobel Returns to ESPN as Senior Golf Writer

Just in time for the Masters Tournament, award-winning golf writer Jason Sobel is returning to ESPN and will be part of ESPN.com’s coverage team when golf’s first major tees off next week at Augusta National Golf Club.

CROPPED Jason

As senior golf writer for ESPN Digital & Print Media, Sobel will contribute news, reaction and commentary year-round, contribute to ESPN The Magazine and lead live interactive coverage around major golf events. In addition, he will contribute reports and analysis to SportsCenter and other ESPN news platforms from selected events and as breaking news warrants.

After stints at two daily newspapers, Sobel joined ESPN’s studio production department in 1997, where he won four Sports Emmy Awards. He became ESPN.com’s golf editor in 2004, and then a columnist/blogger in 2008, before leaving ESPN in 2011 to become a senior writer for GolfChannel.com.

During his career, Sobel has received eight awards from the Golf Writers Association of America, including two first-place writing awards. He grew up in Islip, N.Y., and attended Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.

Sobel joins the ESPN.com golf team that includes senior writer Bob Harig and senior analyst Michael Collins. Harig, Collins and Sobel will be joined at the Masters by ESPN.com national columnist Gene Wojciechowski and ESPN.com senior writer Ian O’Connor.

Sobel is on Twitter as @JasonSobelESPN.

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ESPN Live From Indianapolis for Men’s Final Four Beginning April 2

  • Four Days Live Set Presence from Site of Final Four
  • ESPN International Telecasts of Semifinals and National Championship
  • ESPN Radio Saturday Programs in Indianapolis
  • ESPNU Review and Preview Shows

ESPN’s extensive on-site coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Final Four will include multiplatform studio content from a set in the Pan American Plaza in downtown Indianapolis – located near the site of the semifinals and championship at Lucas Oil Stadium – and live game telecasts across ESPN’s International networks.

Live from Indy… SportsCenter, College GameDay and more
ESPN’s on-site presence from Indianapolis will include daily analysis, news, reports, and interviews across multiple platforms from Thursday, April 2, to Tuesday, April 7. Highlights:

  • SportsCenter from Indianapolis: In addition to segments in every show, entire editions of SportsCenter will originate from the set in Indianapolis’ Pan American Plaza on Friday, April 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. ET; Sunday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to noon; and Monday, April 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. ESPN will also provide extensive post-game coverage following the semifinals and championship.
  • Game day GameDay shows: ESPN will offer two day-of-game editions of College GameDay Covered by State Farm forCollege GameDay - November 18, 2014 the semifinals and championship: a two-and-a-half hour show on ESPN Saturday, April 4, at 3:30 p.m. previewing the National Semifinal matchups and a two-hour Championship preview on ESPN2 Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m. This season’s College GameDay began in Indianapolis at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Nov. 18, for the fourth annual State Farm Champions Classic. The neutral-site, early-season doubleheader matches four of the winningest programs against each other – Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan State – with three of the teams participating in the upcoming Final Four.
  • Anchors, analysts and reporters: Rece Davis will serve as the lead host for SportsCenter and College GameDay segments from Indianapolis and be joined by ESPN basketball analysts Shane Battier, Jay Bilas, Jim Calhoun, Dan Dakich, Seth Greenberg, Dick Vitale and Jay Williams. Additional anchors in Indianapolis to host SportsCenter coverage include John Anderson, Steve Levy, David Lloyd, Sara Walsh and Bram Weinstein. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith will contribute across platforms from Indianapolis while ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz and reporters Shannon Spake and Kaylee Hartung will provide news and updates from Indianapolis. Katz will also interview the head coaches of the teams in the championship game for SportsCenter on Sunday, April 5.
  • Practices and press conferences: ESPN will also cover the final four team practices and press conferences from the venue on Friday, April 3.
  • The Sports Reporters: ESPN’s Sunday studio show will air live from Indianapolis April 5 at 9:30 a.m.
  • College GameDay content: Both College GameDay shows will showcase feature segments, including Gene Wojciechowski reporting on the impact legendary Villanova coach Rollie Massimino still has in the lives of the players on his Wildcats team 30 years after he led them to the historic NCAA Championship. In addition, Indiana native Larry Bird will voice various elements connecting the Final Four with Indiana’s basketball history.

Final Four Games Around the World
2002 EXPN Invitational - April 8, 2013ESPN International will televise the semifinals (Saturday, April 4, beginning at 6 p.m.) and championship (Monday, April 6) to fans in 179 countries and territories across 26 networks outside the United States. Dan Shulman will call all three games, pairing with analyst Jay Bilas on the second semifinal and Dick Vitale for the first semifinal and championship.

ESPN International networks will provide coverage in Latin America (Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America), Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, and via TSN and RDS in Canada. Additionally, worldwide, ESPN Syndication has completed deals to distribute the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship to local television clients reaching tens of millions of homes in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Japan and across Southeast Asia. ESPN broadband services around the world – under the ESPN Player, ESPN Play and ESPN3 brands – are also providing live and on-demand coverage of some, or all, of the tournament in more than 50 countries in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Australia.

ESPNU Monday Lineup
ESPNU will provide extensive coverage in advance of the title game on Monday, April 6, including as part of its Tournament Countdown programming, on Monday, April 6:

  • The Experts show at 1 p.m. will include a panel of ESPN analysts reviewing the National Semifinals and previewing the National Championship.
  • A special Tournament Countdown: Katz Korner at 4 p.m.
  • Back-to-back 30-minute editions of Tournament Countdown: Road to the Championship will highlight the journey of the teams to the National Championship at 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • A special Tournament Countdown: College Basketball Live from ESPN’s Charlotte studios will air at 5:30 p.m.

ESPN Radio in Indy
ESPN Radio’s weekend shows Dickerson & Hood (Saturday, 7 to 11 p.m.), hosted by Jeff Dickerson and Jonathan Hood, and Lupica (Sunday, 9 to 11 a.m.), hosted by Mike Lupica, will originate from Indianapolis.

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SiriusXM Announces New Programming for Masters 2015 Coverage

SIRIUS XM RADIO LOGOSiriusXM will, for the first time, air audio unearthed from Masters archives

Coverage includes more than 80 hours of original talk programming during Masters Week, plus 24 total hours of live play-by-play from Augusta National

Shows hosted by Masters champions Nick Faldo, Ben Crenshaw, Larry Mize and others

NEW YORK – March 31, 2015 SiriusXM today announced its comprehensive coverage for the 2015 Masters Tournament, which will include more than 80 hours of original talk programming during Masters Week, plus 24 total hours of live hole-by-hole coverage across all four days of Tournament play.  Listeners will hear exclusive shows hosted by past Masters champions and – for the first time – audio from the Augusta National archives.

Masters Week on SiriusXM programming is available to subscribers on satellite radios (Sirius channel 208, XM channel 93), on the SiriusXM app and at SiriusXM.com.

Listeners will hear live hole-by-hole commentary from Augusta National starting at 2:00 pm ET each day of play – Thursday, April 9, through Sunday, April 12 – that will follow the action on the course and provide updates on players moving up and down the leaderboard.

In addition to Tournament play-by-play, SiriusXM will have access – for the first time – to Augusta National’s exclusive archives and will give fans access to rarely heard audio on a special Masters Preview show.  Airing at 12:00 pm ET on Monday, the show will allow the audience to re-live the history of one of the greatest events in sports, and will feature Tournament highlights and interviews with legendary champions going back more than half a century.

Listeners will hear multiple features on the history of the Masters going back to its origins in the 1930s, interviews with Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player from the 1960s, and reflections on and audio from Tournament highlights that include Gene Sarazen’s double eagle in 1935, Jack Nicklaus’ historic final round in 1986, Tiger Woods’ momentous chip on the 16th hole in 2005, and more.

“We’re proud and honored each year to give our listeners such comprehensive access to the Masters,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer.  “We’re especially pleased to now add to that coverage this historical audio from the Augusta National archives, which will give all who listen a very special perspective on the history of this storied event.”

Throughout the week, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio will present a full week of Masters-focused programming that will feature exclusive shows hosted by past Masters Champions and other pros, as well as live shows from around Augusta, GA.  Highlights from the week include:

Two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw, who will be playing in his final Masters Tournament this year, will host a new edition of his show, Crenshaw on Golf, on Wednesday at 9:00 pm ET.

Nick Faldo Radio, hosted by the three-time Masters champion, will air Tuesday at 2:00 pm ET.

The Larry Mize Show, hosted by the 1987 Masters champion, will air on Wednesday at 7:00 pm ET.

Chris DiMarco, who finished second in the 2005 Masters, will host his weekly show, Opinionated, Tuesday at 12:00 pm ET.

Listeners will also hear live shows hosted by renowned instructors Hank Haney, David Leadbetter, Jim McLean, Claude Harmon III and Larry Rinker, plus shows hosted by Matt Adams, John Feinstein, Natalie Gulbis, John Maginnes, Mark Carnevale, Brian Katrek, Carl Paulson, Dennis Paulson, Brian Bateman, Debbie Doniger, Lorne Rubenstein, Ben Shear, Taylor Zarzour and others.

SiriusXM On Demand is featuring Masters themed programming, including recent interviews with Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Raymond Floyd, Fuzzy Zoeller, Bubba Watson and others.  SiriusXM hosts also share their thoughts on the event and its competitors at www.SiriusXM.com/MastersPreview.

Play-by-play broadcasts of the Masters will be produced by Westwood One.  For more information visit Masters.com or follow @themasters on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Turner Sports and CBS Sports Announce Coverage Plans for 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four

cbs-tnt-tbs-ncaaTBS to Present NCAA Final Four National Semifinals on Saturday, April 4

CBS to Broadcast National Championship Game on Monday, April 6

TNT & truTV to Feature “Team Stream Presented by Bleacher Report”

Team Specific Coverage for National Semifinal Games

CBS Sports and Turner Sports will provide exclusive coverage of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship from Indianapolis with Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State and Wisconsin competing for the national championship.  TBS will televise the NCAA Final Four National Semifinal games on Saturday, April 4, with game coverage beginning at 6 p.m. ET.  The network will feature three hours of pre-game coverage beginning at 3 p.m. CBS will broadcast the National Championship on Monday, April 6, with pre-game coverage starting at 8:30 p.m. and the game tipping off at 9:18 p.m.

Saturday’s NCAA Final Four National Semifinals will feature Duke against Michigan State at 6:09 p.m. on TBS.  Kentucky against Wisconsin will follow 40 minutes after the completion of the Duke/Michigan State game. Jim Nantz will call the action with analysts Grant Hill and Bill Raftery with reporter Tracy Wolfson.  Nantz will be calling his 25th Final Four and National Championship, with Hill and Raftery working the marquee event for the first time this year.

Ernie Johnson will host studio coverage from the Final Four and National Championship with analysts Charles BarkleyClark Kellogg and Kenny Smith – joined by Greg Gumbel and analysts Reggie MillerSeth DavisSteve Smith and college coaches.

In addition to TBS’ Final Four National Semifinal game coverage, TNT and truTV will feature “Team Stream Presented by Bleacher Report” or team-specific presentations tailored to the schools participating in each game. The inventive concept will continue to present the game with unprecedented local flavor including comprehensive team and player storylines, custom graphics, music, graphics and show packaging, additional cameras and team-centric replays, custom halftimes with school features and more.

Accompanying the live television coverage, NCAA March Madness Live will once again provide live streaming of the NCAA Final Four National Semifinals — including the Team Stream presentations — and the National Championship Game.

Team Stream commentator teams include:

“Duke Team Stream” on TNT at 6 p.m.

Tom Werme, play-by-play – Werme is a 20-year broadcasting veteran who has hosted the ACC Blitz and has provided commentary for the ACC Network, ACC Digital Network and Raycom Sports, among others.

Alaa Abdelnaby, analyst – Abdelnaby is a former Duke standout that played for the Blue Devils from 1996-2000 and was All-ACC third team during his senior year.  He is currently a CBS Sports Network studio analyst and commentator for Westwood One.

Chris Spatola, reporter – Spatola is a former director of basketball operations at Duke and current CBS Sports Network commentator.  He is also the son-in-law of Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

“Michigan State Team Stream” on truTV at 6 p.m.

Brian Anderson, play-by-play – Anderson is a veteran and versatile Turner Sports commentator who has done play-by-play for leading properties such as the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, NBA on TNT and MLB Postseason on TBS, among others.  He has also previously called games for the Big Ten Network.

Mateen Cleaves, analyst – A former Michigan State legend, Cleaves led the Spartans to an NCAA Championship in 2000 and was names the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player.  Cleaves is the only three-time All-American is school history and was named Big Ten Player of the Year twice.  Currently a studio analyst for CBS Sports Network, Cleaves’ Michigan State jersey was retired in 2007.

Shireen Saski, reporter – a Michigan State alum, Saski is currently a CBS Sports Network reporter and has previously worked for the Big Ten Network.  The veteran broadcaster has also been the recipient of three Michigan Emmy Awards, then working for Fox Sports Detroit.

“Kentucky Team Stream” on TNT (following first game)

Dave Baker, play-by-play – Baker is a long-time sports broadcaster at WKYT in Lexington and television play-by-play commentator for UK/IMG’s University of Kentucky basketball coverage.  He has spent more than two decades being involved with broadcasting events surrounding the Southeastern Conference.

Rex Chapman, analyst – A former Kentucky star, Chapman was a two-time All-SEC player who helped lead the team to an SEC Championship and run to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 during his sophomore year.  Chapman amassed more than 1,000 points in only two years at Kentucky, which was followed by a 12-year NBA career.

Michael Eaves, reporter – a Kentucky alum, Eaves has previously covered University of Kentucky basketball extensively as a sports anchor, reporter and producer at WKYT in Lexington.  He is currently an anchor and reporter for Al Jazeera America.

“Wisconsin Team Stream” on truTV (following first game)

Wayne Larrivee, play-by-play – Larrivee is the radio play-by-play voice of the Green Bay Packers on the Packers Radio Network and has called college basketball for the Big Ten Network.  He has also provided play-by-play for Westwood One during the NCAA Tournament.

Mike Kelley, analyst – A former Wisconsin standout, Kelley helped guide the team to the Final Four in 2000 and, during his collegiate career, he helped lead the team to its best four-season win total in school history.  Kelley was inducted into the UW Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

Phil Dawson, reporter – Dawson is host of the Badger Radio Network, as well as a talk show host in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

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NBA on TNT Action Continues Tuesday, March 31, with Doubleheader Featuring Spurs vs. Heat & Warriors vs. Clippers

NBA on TNT’s regular season coverage, presented by State Farm, will continue Tuesday, March 31, with doubleheader action beginning with the San Antonio Spurs and Tony Parker visiting the Miami Heat and Goran Dragic at 8 p.m. ET. In the second game, the Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul will host the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry at 10:30 p.m. Kevin Harlan will call the Spurs-Heat game alongside analyst Steve Smith and reporter David Aldridge.