NFL Media’s 2014 NFL Preseason Coverage

NFL_Network_2012_Logo‘Inside Training Camp Live’ Provides Nine Hours of Live Coverage Daily July 24 – August 5

All 65 Preseason Games on NFL Network – Including Record 14 Live Games

Homecoming Week – NFL Network Analysts Return to Former Teams for Training Camp

It’s time to get ‘Back to Football.’

NFL Media – comprised of NFL Network,, NFL Mobile from Verizon, NFL Now & NFL RedZone – remains the go-to destination for football fans during the preseason, with comprehensive coverage of all 32 training camps provided by former players, front office personnel and reporters, and all 65 preseason games – including a record 14 live games on NFL Network.

Inside Training Camp Live Thursday, July 24 – Tuesday, August 5

Starting Thursday, July 24 and continuing through Tuesday, August 5, Inside Training Camp Live hits the field at 10:00 AM ET on NFL Network, providing nine hours of live coverage each day. As teams report to camp and take the field for the first time, NFL Network is there to provide live look-ins at team practices, interviews with players and coaches, analysis from former players, head coaches and front office executives, and live reports from reporters stationed at various training camp sites. Over the course of 12 days, Inside Training Camp Live offers more than 100 live reports and interviews from 30 analysts and reporters in the field.

Hosts Rich Eisen, Chris Rose, Lindsay Rhodes and Andrew Siciliano are joined by NFL Network analysts LaDainian Tomlinson, Willie McGinest, Shaun O’Hara, Heath Evans, Brian Baldinger, Jamie Dukes, Charley Casserly, Solomon Wilcots and Shawne Merriman to provide the latest news and analysis as teams report for training camps. Also lending their voices throughout will be NFL Media Insiders Ian Rapoport and Michael Silver, NFL Media reporter Judy Battista, and NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah who will be traveling to camps where some of the top rookies are competing. Additionally, NFL Network analysts and reporters check in from various team locations from around the NFL.

NFL Total Access airs at 7:00 PM ET, followed by a two-hour Training Camp Primetime at 8:00 PM ET hosted by Scott Hanson, recapping all of the day’s action and providing the up-to-date information and analysis.

Joining NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp Live coverage are former Pro Bowl fullbacks Lorenzo Neal and Michael Robinson, former Super Bowl champion wide receiver Amani Toomer, former quarterback Sage Rosenfels, and former general manager of the New York Jets Michael Tannenbaum offering their analysis and expertise as training camps get underway.

Additionally, NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp Live coverage includes special vignettes for all 32 teams, detailing how every franchise can be hopeful for what is to come in the 2014 NFL season. Further features includes head coaches offering their thoughts on training camp; “Undrafted,” which follows three undrafted players and their journey to training camp; “The Sessions,” in which two marquee players from different teams watch game film together; and wired sound of rookie head coaches from OTAs.

For fans on the go, with NFL Mobile from Verizon fans can get all the latest news and access live, streaming video of NFL Network on their smartphone, including all 65 preseason games. NFL Mobile from Verizon is available to Verizon Wireless customers with a premium subscription for $5/month. For more information about NFL Mobile from Verizon, including how to purchase premium services, visit

Homecoming – NFL Network Analysts Return to Former Teams Throughout Training Camp

Throughout training camp on Inside Training Camp Live, NFL Network’s roster of former players and front office personnel return to their former teams to deliver access only they can provide.

Among the highlights are: Deion Sanders with the Washington Redskins (July 25); Michael Irvin with the Dallas Cowboys (July 27); Warren Sapp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (July 27); Kurt Warner with the St. Louis Rams (July 27) and the Arizona Cardinals (July 29); LaDainian Tomlinson with the San Diego Chargers (July 28); Steve Mariucci with the Green Bay Packers (August 4) and Detroit Lions (August 5); Brian Billick with the Baltimore Ravens (July 28); Willie McGinest with the Cleveland Browns (July 25 & 26) and the New England Patriots (July 27 & 28); and Terrell Davis with the Denver Broncos (July 30 & 31).

On Sunday, July 27 at 7:00 PM ET, Rich Eisen and Michael Irvin are live from the Dallas Cowboys’ practice in Oxnard, CA. Cowboys owner/president/general manager Jerry Jones will join the broadcast live.

All 65 Preseason Games on NFL Network

NFL Network remains the only place to see the entire slate of 65 preseason games, with games throughout the month of August. Additionally, NFL Network’s preseason broadcast schedule features a record 14 live games, beginning with head coach John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens hosting head coach Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers Thursday, August 7 at 7:30 PM ET in their first meeting since Super Bowl XLVII.

NFL Network’s preseason coverage is presented by sponsors including Heineken, Mitsubishi and Toshiba.’s NFL Preseason Live Returns to Give Fans Live Access to All Preseason Games

For the fifth season, NFL Preseason Live enables fans in the United States to watch live and on-demand NFL preseason out-of-market games (some blackout restrictions apply). NFL Preseason Live gives fans additional viewing options including picture-in-picture, and dual and quad view modes, allowing fans to watch multiple games on the same screen. With full DVR controls, fans may also pause, rewind and replay live and archived game action. Condensed Games returns as well, which allows fans to watch any preseason game in roughly 30 minutes. NFL Preseason Live is also available on iOS, Android and Window tablet devices so that fans can watch preseason games on the go.

NFL Preseason Live is currently offered at $19.99. To learn more, visit


(All Times are Eastern)

Week 1

Thursday, August 7

7:30 PM – San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens

10:30 PM – Dallas Cowboys vs. San Diego Chargers(joined in progress)

Friday, August 8

8:00 PM – New Orleans Saints vs. St. Louis Rams

Saturday, August 9

7:30 PM – Cleveland Browns vs. Detroit Lions


Week 2

Friday, August 15

7:30 PM – Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots

10:30 PM – San Diego Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks (joined in progress)

Saturday, August 16

4:00 PM – Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams

7:00 PM – Baltimore Ravens vs. Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, August 17

4:00 PM – Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers


Week 3

Thursday, August 21

7:30 PM – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Friday, August 22

11:00 PM – Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks(joined in progress)

Saturday, August 23

4:30 PM – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Buffalo Bills


Week 4

Thursday, August 28

7:00 PM – New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles  

10:00 PM – Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders

* Live games on NFL Network will be blacked out in the participating teams’ over-the-air station markets. Re-airs of a non-sellout preseason game prior to the home team’s local over-the-air station re-airing the game will be blacked out on NFL Network in the home team market.

Complete Inside Training Camp Live, NFL Total Access & Training Camp Primetime Schedule

Provided below is a complete schedule of Inside Training Camp Live, NFL Total Access and Training Camp Primetime for July 24 – August 5:

Thursday, July 24

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – Chris Rose, Brian Baldinger, Shawne Merriman, Charley Casserly
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Mike Tannenbaum, Solomon Wilcots, Charley Casserly
  • Inside Training Camp Live (4:00 – 7:00 PM ET) – Andrew Siciliano, Jamie Dukes, Michael Robinson
  • NFL Total Access – Amber Theoharis, Warren Sapp, Willie McGinest
  • Training Camp Primetime – Scott Hanson, Warren Sapp, Willie McGinest
  • Rich Eisen, Mike Silver & Steve Cyphers – Denver Broncos
  • Steve Wyche & Jeff Darlington – Washington Redskins
  • Daniel Jeremiah, Ian Rapoport & Bob Papa – New York Giants
  • Dan Hellie & Aditi Kinkhabwala – Cleveland Browns
  • Desmond Purnell – Dallas Cowboys
  • Omar Ruiz – San Francisco 49ers
  • Albert Breer – New Orleans Saints
  • Kim Jones – New York Jets
  • Randy Moss & Judy Battista – New England Patriots

Friday, July 25

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – Chris Rose, Brian Baldinger, Shawne Merriman, Charley Casserly
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Mike Tannenbaum, Solomon Wilcots, Charley Casserly
  • Inside Training Camp Live (4:00 – 7:00 PM ET) – Andrew Siciliano, Jamie Dukes, Michael Robinson
  • NFL Total Access – Amber Theoharis, Warren Sapp, Shaun O’Hara
  • Training Camp Primetime – Scott Hanson, Heath Evans, Shaun O’Hara
  • Rich Eisen – Seattle Seahawks
    • Rich Eisen 1-on-1 interviews with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, quarterback Russell Wilson and the “Legion of Boom” – Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor
  • Deion Sanders & Jeff Darlington – Washington Redskins
    • Deion Sanders interview with Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and wide receiver DeSean Jackson
  • Dan Hellie, Willie McGinest & Aditi Kinkhabwala – Cleveland Browns
  • Daniel Jeremiah & Ian Rapoport – Buffalo Bills
  • Steve Wyche – Chicago Bears
  • Albert Breer – New Orleans Saints
  • Mike Silver & Omar Ruiz – San Francisco 49ers
  • Michelle Beisner – St. Louis Rams
  • Kim Jones – New York Jets
  • Van Earl Wright – Carolina Panthers

Saturday, July 26

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – Rhett Lewis, Brian Baldinger, Shawne Merriman, Charley Casserly
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Mike Tannenbaum, Solomon Wilcots, Charley Casserly
  • Inside Training Camp Live (4:00 – 7:00 PM ET) – Andrew Siciliano, Jamie Dukes, Michael Robinson
  • NFL Total Access– Amber Theoharis, Heath Evans, Shaun O’Hara
  • Training Camp Primetime– Scott Hanson, Heath Evans, Shaun O’Hara
  • Dan Hellie, Willie McGinest & Aditi Kinkhabwala – Cleveland Browns
  • Kurt Warner – Indianapolis Colts
    • Kurt Warner 1-on-1 interview with Colts quarterback Andrew Luck
  • Daniel Jeremiah – Philadelphia Eagles
  • Jeff Darlington – Washington Redskins
  • Ian Rapoport & Kim Jones – New York Jets
  • Stacey Dales – Green Bay Packers
  • Desmond Purnell – Houston Texans
  • Alex Flanagan – San Diego Chargers

Sunday, July 27

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – Rhett Lewis, Brian Baldinger, Shawne Merriman
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Mike Tannenbaum, Solomon Wilcots
  • Inside Training Camp Live (4:00 – 7:00 PM ET) – Andrew Siciliano, Jamie Dukes, Michael Robinson
  • NFL Total Access – Amber Theoharis, Heath Evans, Shaun O’Hara
  • Training Camp Primetime – Scott Hanson, Heath Evans, Shaun O’Hara
  • Rich Eisen & Michael Irvin – Dallas Cowboys (Oxnard)
    • Interview with Cowboys owner/president/general manager Jerry Jones
  • Dan Hellie, Willie McGinest & Albert Breer – New England Patriots
  • Warren Sapp – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Kurt Warner – St. Louis Rams
  • Charley Casserly – Oakland Raiders
  • Kim Jones – New York Jets
  • Jeff Darlington – Washington Redskins
  • Stacey Dales – Green Bay Packers
  • Aditi Kinkhabwala – Cleveland Browns
  • Jenn Brown – Denver Broncos

Monday, July 28

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – Chris Rose, Mike Tannenbaum, Solomon Wilcots
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Rhett Lewis, Shawne Merriman, Lorenzo Neal
  • Inside Training Camp Live (4:00 – 7:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Jamie Dukes, Curtis Conway
  • NFL Total Access – Amber Theoharis, Heath Evans, Shaun O’Hara
  • Training Camp Primetime – Andrew Siciliano, Heath Evans, Shaun O’Hara
  • Warren Sapp & Judy Battista – Pittsburgh Steelers
  • LaDainian Tomlinson – San Diego Chargers
    • LaDainian Tomlinson 1-on-1 interview with Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers
  • Daniel Jeremiah, Brian Baldinger & Steve Wyche – Cleveland Browns
  • Dan Hellie & Willie McGinest – New England Patriots
  • Brian Billick – Baltimore Ravens
    • Brian Billick 1-on-1 interview with Ravens head coach John Harbaugh
  • Brian Baldinger & Paul Allen – Minnesota Vikings (afternoon)
  • Jeff Darlington – Carolina Panthers
  • Albert Breer – Philadelphia Eagles
  • Bob Papa – New York Giants

Tuesday, July 29

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – Chris Rose, Mike Tannenbaum, Solomon Wilcots
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Shawn Merriman, Lorenzo Neal
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Rhett Lewis, Curtis Conway, Michael Robinson
  • NFL Total Access – Dan Hellie, LaDainian Tomlinson, Heath Evans
  • Training Camp Primetime – Scott Hanson, LaDainian Tomlinson, Heath Evans
  • Kurt Warner & Amber Theoharis – Arizona Cardinals
  • Willie McGinest & Molly Qerim – Houston Texans
  • Charley Casserly – Cleveland Browns
  • Daniel Jeremiah – Detroit Lions
  • Steve Wyche – New York Jets
  • Jeff Darlington – Atlanta Falcons

Wednesday, July 30

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – Chris Rose, Brian Baldinger, Solomon Wilcots
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Mike Tannenbaum, Curtis Conway
  • Inside Training Camp Live (4:00 – 7:00 PM ET) – Andrew Siciliano, Jamie Dukes, Lorenzo Neal
  • NFL Total Access – Dan Hellie, LaDainian Tomlinson, Heath Evans
  • Training Camp Primetime – Scott Hanson, LaDainian Tomlinson, Heath Evans
  • Michael Irvin – Chicago Bears
  • Marshall Faulk – San Francisco 49ers
  • Brian Billick – New York Jets
    • Brian Billick 1-on-1 interview with Jets head coach Rex Ryan
  • Terrell Davis & Molly Qerim – Denver Broncos
  • Charley Casserly – Minnesota Vikings
  • Steve Wyche – Philadelphia Eagles

Thursday, July 31

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – Chris Rose, Brian Baldinger, Sage Rosenfels
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Solomon Wilcots, Mike Tannenbaum
  • Inside Training Camp Live (4:00 – 7:00 PM ET) – Andrew Siciliano, Jamie Dukes, Michael Robinson
  • NFL Total Access– Dan Hellie, Willie McGinest, Curtis Conway
  • Training Camp Primetime– Scott Hanson, Willie McGinest, Curtis Conway
  • Michael Irvin – Philadelphia Eagles
  • Marshall Faulk – Seattle Seahawks
  • Deion Sanders – Cleveland Browns
  • Terrell Davis – Denver Broncos
  • Brian Billick & Van Earl Wright – Atlanta Falcons
  • Amber Theoharis & Heath Evans – Dallas Cowboys (Oxnard)
  • Daniel Jeremiah – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Steve Wyche – New England Patriots

Friday, August 1

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – Andrew Siciliano, Brian Baldinger, Sage Rosenfels
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Dan Hellie, Solomon Wilcots, Curtis Conway
  • Inside Training Camp Live (4:00 – 7:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Jamie Dukes, Michael Robinson
  • NFL Total Access – Dan Hellie, Amber Theoharis, Willie McGinest, Heath Evans
  • Steve Mariucci – Oakland Raiders
  • Steve Wyche – Green Bay Packers
  • Daniel Jeremiah – Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Charley Casserly – Miami Dolphins
  • Aditi Kinkhabwala – Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Jeff Darlington – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Saturday, August 2

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 12 Noon ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Jamie Dukes, Solomon Wilcots
  • Inside Training Camp Live (12 Noon – 2:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Curtis Conway, Brian Billick
  • NFL Total Access (after 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement) – Amber Theoharis, Willie McGinest, Brian Billick
  • Steve Wyche & Brian Baldinger – New Orleans Saints (West Virginia)
  • Charley Casserly – Houston Texans
  • Daniel Jeremiah – Baltimore Ravens

Monday, August 4

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – Rhett Lewis, Brian Baldinger, Shawne Merriman
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Charley Casserly, Michael Robinson
  • Inside Training Camp Live (4:00 – 7:00 PM ET) – Andrew Siciliano, Curtis Conway, Amani Toomer
  • NFL Total Access – Dan Hellie, Amber Theoharis, Heath Evans, Willie McGinest
  • Training Camp Primetime– Scott Hanson, Brian Billick, Willie McGinest
  • Steve Mariucci – Green Bay Packers
  • Marshall Faulk – New Orleans Saints (West Virginia)
  • Mike Mayock – New England Patriots-Washington Redskins joint practice (Richmond, VA)
  • Daniel Jeremiah – Arizona Cardinals
  • Solomon Wilcots – Cincinnati Bengals
  • Steve Wyche – Canton, Ohio
  • Molly Qerim – Baltimore Ravens
  • Jenn Brown – San Francisco 49ers

Tuesday, August 5

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – Rhett Lewis, Brian Baldinger, Shawne Merriman
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Charley Casserly, Michael Robinson
  • Inside Training Camp Live (4:00 – 7:00 PM ET) – Andrew Siciliano, Curtis Conway, Amani Toomer
  • NFL Total Access – Dan Hellie, Amber Theoharis, Heath Evans, Willie McGinest
  • Training Camp Primetime– Scott Hanson, Brian Billick, Willie McGinest
  • Marshall Faulk – New Orleans (West Virginia)
  • Steve Mariucci – Detroit Lions
  • Mike Mayock – New England Patriots-Washington Redskins joint practice (Richmond, VA)
  • Solomon Wilcots – Cleveland Browns
  • Steve Wyche – Cincinnati Bengals


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State of Golf in the U.S. on the next Real Sports




REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL continues its 20th season with more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 208th edition debuts TUESDAY, JULY 22 (10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO.

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Segments include:

*Overgrown Green. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, the golf industry saw its popularity soar and business boom.  Thanks in part to superstar Tiger Woods, young and old alike were drawn to the sport like never before, as evidenced by strong TV ratings, raucous crowds, a retail explosion to sell new equipment, and most of all, a massive building boom that saw roughly 5,000 golf courses built over nearly two decades.

Most observers and industry executives agree that the bubble has officially burst. Over the last eight years, participation is down 20% nationwide and more courses have closed than opened in the U.S. annually. Industry leaders believe drastic measures are needed to ensure the future of the sport. Host Bryant Gumbel speaks with industry leaders, including Jack Nicklaus, the most decorated golfer of all time, and executive Mark King about the state of the sport and what innovations need to be embraced.

Producer: Nick Dolin.


Voiceover: Bridgewater is one of hundreds of courses nationwide that have gone belly up lately. On average, 130 American courses have closed every year for the last 8 years. And they’ve closed all over. From mid-western Michigan to the coast of California and from the tip of Florida to top of Minnesota.


Steve Ekovich, a realtor who specializes in golf course properties, says:  “There’s people that had this idea that build it and they will come. They didn’t come.”

Gumbel Voiceover: Call it the hangover after golf’s big party… after the boom years of the late 90s and early 2000s… when golf, thanks largely to Tiger Woods, was suddenly, for the first time in its ancient history actually hip and cool.

From 1986 to 2005, five thousand new golf courses were built in the United States.

GOLF LEGEND JACK NICKLAUS: “I was doing, you know, 20, 30 golf courses at a time.  And, yeah, it was a blast for us.  It was great fun. It was a great business.”

V/O: Jack Nicklaus is arguably golf’s greatest player of all time.

But as a golf course architect his income has dwarfed the money he made as a player…earning seven figure fees during those boom years every time he designed one of his signature courses.

JACK NICKLAUS: “It was kind of ridiculous. People were belonging to ten, 12, 15 clubs. Those days are gone.”

V/O: It all turned for the worse about 7 years ago. The US economy tanked and then Tiger Woods went into a tailspin. Almost overnite, few Americans still wanted the golf life… and even fewer could afford it. As a result, it has come to this. Somewhere in America these days, a golf course closes every 48 hours.

JACK NICKLAUS: “Back in China I’ve got between 15 and 20 under construction.  Then another ten or 15 under planning.  I’ve got three under construction in Russia, a little bit in Brazil, in India.”

BRYANT GUMBEL: “But in the United States?”

JACK NICKLAUS: [makes a zero with his finger]

BRYANT GUMBEL: “The mindset of the American public has changed. You know, when you and I were younger, I mean, that was what we aspired to…”

NICKLAUS: “It’s changed….”

GUMBEL: “…living on a golf course and being able to play. I’m not necessarily sure young people view their, their senior years that way.”

JACK NICKLAUS: “They don’t, they have no interest in that.”

MARK KING: “Every macro-indicator that we’ve been looking at for the past 20 years, rounds played, number of minorities playing, women coming into the game, all of these things that we’ve tracked, says that there’s less people playing. And the ones that are playing are playing less frequently.”

V/O: Mark King would prefer not to believe any of this. Because for the last 15 years, he’s been president of TaylorMade, one of golf’s leading manufacturers of clubs and equipment.


But as one of the most powerful men in the game, he can no longer afford to ignore the obvious. That even as the economy recovers, golf remains in a nosedive.


MARK KING: “Young people entering the game after high school, 18 to 30-year-old kids down 35% in the last ten years.  So I just don’t like where the game looks like it’s going. And it’s not in the right direction.”

BRYANT GUMBEL: “Where’s it going?”

MARK KING: “I think it’s shrinking to the point where you are only going to have traditional people play and it’s going to be an elite game again.”

BRYANT GUMBEL: “You and I both know that somewhere there are a lot of old white, fat cats who are going, ‘Fewer golfers?  Good.  Fewer minorities?  Good.  Fewer women?  Good.  Fewer kids?  Good?’ “

MARK KING:  “Yup, of course there are. But if you own a golf course, if you’re selling golf clubs, if you’re selling turf, if you’re employing people. It’s awful scary watching it go down.”

V/O: Just about every sector of the business is in trouble…retail is off by double digits for each of the last three years…and TV ratings for some of the game’s biggest tournaments have been in steady decline since 2012.

V/O: King dubbed his campaign, Hack Golf, and asked everyone to think outside the box. Way outside the box.


MARK KING: “One of the first ideas on Hack Golf was free beer.  Okay, now, now Bryant, that sounds ridiculous, okay…”

BRYANT GUMBEL: “Yes, it does….”

MARK KING: “…But I’ll tell you what.  Let’s take a municipal golf course.  And let’s say you said, ‘Green fees are $50, but there’s free beer every Saturday,’ what do you think that golf course would look like?”

BRYANT GUMBEL: “It’d look like something I don’t want to play.”

MARK KING: “It would be packed.”

V/O: Free beer is one thing but King also has bigger ideas –much bigger ideas.

MARK KING: “There it is, the future of golf: 15-inch cup.”

BRYANT GUMBEL: “God Almighty.”

MARK KING: “So think about it though.  Think about a kid playing golf for the first time, and he is putting and he putts to the little tiny hole and it take him four putts from four feet and here he hits his first one from eight feet.  It’s a different experience.  It’s a different experience.”

BRYANT GUMBEL: “Yeah but, the game is about dealing with the frustration.”

MARK KING: “It’s still frustrating.  Now, I wanted to make it 25 inches, but they said, ‘No, just make it 15.’ “

V/O: Three and half times the size of a regular hole, King claims the 15-inch holes make the game faster, shaving an hour off the average round of golf. The result, he says, is a more accessible game, for more people.

BRYANT GUMBEL: “I must say, it is more fun.” [laughs]

MARK KING: “That’s what it is. It’s fun.”

V/O: To test his theory that bigger holes lead to more fun, King’s company, TaylorMade, is having 15-inch cups installed at more than 100 courses around the country this summer. But if purists think pizza pie sized holes are somehow sacrilegious, imagine what those purists think of this:

BRYANT GUMBEL: Let me read you a quote from Curtis Strange.  I’m sure you’ve seen it.  He says quote, ‘I don’t wanna rig the game and cheapen it.  I don’t like any of that stuff.  And it’s not gonna happen either.’  It’s all talk?”

MARK KING:  “That’s one man’s opinion.  And Curtis Strange was a factor in golf 20 years ago. But there’s a theme to who’s hanging onto the old and who’s moving to the new. So if we don’t do any of this we’re gonna end up with a bunch of Curtis Stranges playing golf by themselves on a Saturday morning enjoying the great history of the game.”

GUMBEL: “Is the game of golf too hard for this generation, an immediate gratification generation?”

JACK NICKLAUS: “Yeah, I think it probably is.  I don’t think there’s any question that the game is too hard.  The game needs, the game needs to be a game for the masses.  Everybody wants to play like Tiger Woods.  They can’t play like Tiger Woods. Tiger finds his ball every hole. (laugh) They don’t find the golf ball every hole. That is the problem.

BRYANT GUMBEL: So these somewhat crazy ideas that are being spawned by the problems of golf.  These have your blessing?  Big holes?”

JACK NICKLAUS: “What difference does it make if it brings people in and introduces them to the game?”

VO: And that’s all Mark King is trying to do with his grand experiment, which, he says, doesn’t have to succeed to be a success. He just wants to nudge a reluctant industry into a better future.


REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is available on multiple platforms, including HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.

Other HBO playdates: July 22 (3:10 a.m.), 24 (8:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.), 26 (midnight) and 30 (7:30 p.m., 1:30 a.m.), and Aug. 5 (4:15 p.m.) and 9 (10:30 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: July 25 (4:45 p.m.), 27 (1:25 p.m.) and 31 (8:00 a.m., 9:30 p.m.), and Aug. 2 (11:00 a.m.), 6 (2:05 a.m.), 12 (12:25 a.m.), 14 (11:00 a.m.) and 18 (1:55 p.m.)

Follow REAL SPORTS updates on and Immediately following the debut of this month’s show on July 22, log on to for a special overtime session hosted by Bryant Gumbel.

The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Rick Bernstein; Joe Perskie is senior producer.


Sunday MLB on TBS Continues July 20 with Royals vs. Red Sox at 1:30 p.m. ET

mlb-on-tbsTBS Telecast to be Seen Locally Throughout Royals’ Broadcast Territory

Sunday MLB on TBS will continue July 20 with an American League match-up between the Kansas City Royals and All-Star catcher Salvador Perez and the Boston Red Sox and David Ortiz at 1:30 p.m. ET. With broader co-exist rights this season, the Sunday MLB on TBS telecast will be seen locally throughout the Royals’ broadcast territory. Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura and Boston’s Jon Lester are scheduled to take the mound as the probable starting pitchers. In the TBS broadcast booth, Brian Anderson will provide play-by-play with analyst Cal Ripken, Jr.

“The Royals are a really good, young team. I think they will hang around in the second half of the season and will be exciting to watch,” said TBS MLB analyst Cal Ripken. “I’m a little surprised by the Red Sox’s first half of the season but they are a good team and I expect them to have a strong second half.”

Upcoming match-ups on the Sunday MLB on TBS schedule will include the Toronto Blue Jays visiting the New York Yankees on July 27 at 1 p.m.

This season marks the first of Turner Sports’ new eight-year multimedia rights agreement with Major League Baseball that will extend the partnership to more than 40 years. As part of the new agreement, TBS will have enhanced rights for its Sunday MLB on TBS game of the week with increased co-exist rights in the local markets. The network will also exclusively televise one Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, two of the four Division Series with the MLB Division Series coverage on TBS presented by T-Mobile and one League Championship Series during the 2014 MLB Postseason.

Sunday MLB on TBS” Schedule:


Sun., July 20
1:30 p.m. ET Kansas City Royals @ Boston Red Sox
Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Cal Ripken, Jr. (analyst)


Upcoming Schedule:

Sun., July 27  
1 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees
Dick Stockton (play-by-play) and Ron Darling (analyst)


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Notes from TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series – Sunday, July 13, 2014

nascar-on-tntNASCAR Sprint Cup Series from New Hampshire

Countdown to Green served by Sonic

Adam Alexander (host), Kyle Petty (analyst), Wally Dallenbach (analyst) and Larry McReynolds (analyst)

Larry McReynolds on drivers to look out for to win leading up to the Chase:

“I personally think in these eight races before the Chase, we’ll have two more winners, which will give us 13 drivers that have a win that will make the Chase… Two drivers I’m looking at, Jamie McMurray, 22nd in points; Tony Stewart, 20th in points.”

Outtake from NASCAR President Mike Helton joining the TNT crew:

“I join the rest of the industry, and, oh, by the way, speak for the fans, saying ‘thank you’ [to Turner Sports] very much for covering our sport and bringing our sport to us.”

More from Helton on Turner Sports relationship:

“This is about thanking your organization, going back to Buddy Baker and Ken Squier and Dick Berggren, and the first crew, right all the way through to everyone that’s covering this race for TNT [today]. Thank you from a fan’s perspective. You gave us the ability to see things that we didn’t think we’d see back in the 80’s or didn’t have an opportunity to see. In today’s world, with the technology and everything that you brought to us, the personality and character, today’s our day to say thank you.”

TNT reporter Chris Neville with No. 2 Brad Keselowski, on whether today’s car is as dominant as the one he had in Kentucky:

“It’s hard to know, Chris… The Redd’s Apple Ford Fusion was extremely fast in practice. But we’ve been that way a couple races this year, and only really in Kentucky have we been able to carry that over… I’m very, very optimistic and proud of the efforts so far this weekend.”

Kyle Petty reflecting on the end of 32 years of NASCAR on Turner Sports:

“All these people behind the cameras… they’re the ones that put the show on. We’re just blessed to be the face of it.”

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TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from New Hampshire

Adam Alexander (host), Wally Dallenbach (analyst), Kyle Petty (analyst), Larry McReynolds (analyst) and pit reporters Chris Neville, Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum

Petty on No. 48 Jimmie Johnson’s tire issues early in the race:

“These guys have won so many races, and yeah they can gamble, you take that, but you know what, after you have that issue three or four laps into the race, you would think you would be safe. Let me put some air in this thing, just be safe, get me to the first stop, the first green flag stop or regular stop and let’s see where we’re at.”

Outtake from TNT reporter Snider’s interview with No. 48 Johnson on his car’s tire issues early in the race:

“We’ll try to dig in it and learn more, but I can promise you one thing, it wasn’t the tire pressure. I’ve been out here two days running around and haven’t had a flat.”

Petty on No. 4 Kevin Harvick and his team:

“Since we were at Daytona in February, these guys, Kevin Harvick and that team, have been the top two or three fastest cars at every practice, every weekend, every qualifying session, it seems like, and had a shot at winning multiple races. And it’s well documented the pit road issues that they’ve had, that have kept them from winning more races this year.”

Outtake from TNT reporter Snider’s interview with No. 40 Joey Logano:

“Slowest car on the race track took us out, go figure. We had a pretty good AutoTrader Ford. We were just doing what we could to hang in there. We were obviously running second, Brad [Keselowski] is really, really fast, he’s got the car to beat right now… [I] felt like we could have a Penske one-two [finish] again and, to get taken out by the slowest car, [I] feel like there should be a driver’s test before you get out in a Cup car and make sure you know how to drive before you drive one, but I don’t know, guess there isn’t.”

Dallenbach on No. 2 Brad Keselowski:

“Brad [Keselowski] has been about two or three tenths of a second faster than everybody… and now that things have stabilized, he’s still that much faster than everybody else.”

McReynolds on the Toyota Test Car employed during NASCAR coverage on TNT:

“We’ve taken you places hopefully that you have not seen before, from the inspection process we did at Michigan, for a pit stop last week at Daytona, in the rain I might add. I know it’s been fun for me and I hope the fans have truly enjoyed everything we’ve done with this Toyota Camry Test Car this year.”

No. 2 Brad Keselowski on winning at New Hampshire and the success of the Penske team:
“It’s a privilege to have cars like this, and a team that’s just clicking. I guess you can say we’re red hot. It’s a thrill, I can’t believe it, [to] win both races. I thought we’d be pretty good here at Loudon. We’ve been really good here the last few years, but just haven’t been able to close out. And today we were able to do that.”

Adam Alexander wrapping up Turner Sports’ final NASCAR race on TNT:

“We’re laughing. What a fitting way for us to wrap it up because everyone says to us, about our coverage, ‘it seems like you have a great time,’ and I think each and every week we do.”


NFL Media Weekly Programming Notes — July 14-20


  • NFL Network Shows & Scheduled Guests
  • NFL AM

Monday, July 14

Rhett Lewis and Erin Coscarelli made their debut:
Tuesday, July 15

Guest: Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray

                        Wednesday, July 16

Guests: NFL’s Director of Football Development Matt Birk and Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders

Thursday, July 17

Guests: Indianapolis Colts P Pat McAfee & Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer Charlotte Jones Anderson

Monday, July 14

Guest: Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

Tuesday, July 15

Guest: Indianapolis Colts P Pat McAfee

  • NFL Network’s Day-by-Day Programming
  • Content
  • Editorial Content
  • Podcast Central featuring The Rich Eisen Podcast and Six Total Podcasts
  • NFL Mobile from Verizon


NFL AM – Daily Episodes at 6:00 AM ET; Re-Airs at 10:00 AM ET

Start the day off with the NFL. NFL AM airs Monday – Friday at 6:00 AM ET offering analysis, reports from correspondents in several NFL cities and interviews with players and coaches.

This week, the following guests join the show:

Monday, July 14

  • Host: Rhett Lewis & Erin Coscarelli
  • Analysts: Terrell Davis & Eric Davis
  • Guest Analysts: Steve Mariucci & Warren Sapp

Tuesday, July 15

  • Host: Rhett Lewis & Erin Coscarelli
  • Analysts: Terrell Davis, Curtis Conway & Eric Davis
  • Guests: Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray

Wednesday, July 16

  • Host: Rhett Lewis & Erin Coscarelli
  • Analysts: Jordan Babineaux & Eric Davis
  • Guests: NFL’s Director of Football Development Matt Birk & Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders

Thursday, July 17

  • Host: Rhett Lewis & Erin Coscarelli
  • Analysts: Jordan Babineaux & Eric Davis
  • Guests: Indianapolis Colts P Pat McAfee & Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer Charlotte Jones Anderson

Friday, July 18

  • Host: Rhett Lewis & Molly Qerim
  • Analysts: Jordan Babineaux & Eric Davis

For more updates throughout the week, please follow @InsideNFLMedia

NFL Total Access – Monday – Friday at 7:00 PM ET on NFL Network

NFL Total Access airs Monday – Saturday at 7:00 PM ET on NFL Network and offers analysis, reports from correspondents in several NFL cities and interviews with players and coaches.

Monday, June 14

  • Host: Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Shawne Merriman & Solomon Wilcots
  • Guest: Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

Tuesday, July 15

  • Host: Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Shawne Merriman & Solomon Wilcots
  • Guest: Indianapolis Colts P Pat McAfee

Wednesday, July 16

  • Hosts: Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Solomon Wilcots & Willie McGinest

Thursday, July 17

  • Host: Lindsay Rhodes
  • Analysts: Shawne Merriman & Solomon Wilcots

Friday, July 18

  • Host: Lindsay Rhodes
  • Analysts: Shawne Merriman & Solomon Wilcots

Saturday, July 19 – Week in Review

For more updates throughout the week, please follow @InsideNFLMedia

NFL Network Programming Schedule 

Day-by-Day Programming Schedule:

To view the entire NFL Network programming schedule, please visit:


NFL Editorial Content – Daily on

  •’s Around the League Blog
      • “Making the Leap” articles profiling the Top 25 players who the writers see making a leap in 2014, visit:
          • #5: Jamie Collins – New England Patriots, LB
          • #4: Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers, RB
          • #3 Andre Ellington – Arizona Cardinals, RB
          • #2 Kenny Vaccaro – New Orleans Saints, S
          • #1 Cordarrelle Patterson – Minnesota Vikings, WR/PR
  •’s College Football 24/7
    • For all of the analysis recapping the 2014 NFL Draft, and for the latest news leading up to the 2014 College Football season, visit:

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The Rich Eisen Podcast Highlights’s Six Different Podcasts Each Week

NFL Digital Media offers six different podcasts, including The Rich Eisen Podcast which has amassed more than 11 million downloads and can be downloaded at and iTunes.

Rich Eisen Podcast features an interview with Philadelphia Eagles RBLeSean McCoy. McCoy was recently ranked number 5 overall in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2014. Podcasts include:

  • The Dave Dameshek Football Program

Guest: Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck

  • Around the League
  • The Coaches Show
  • College Football 24/7
  • NFL Fantasy Live

To listen to all six of’s podcasts, visit:

Pam Oliver Elevated to Senior Correspondent


Veteran Broadcaster to Contribute Exclusive Interviews,

Commentary and Essays on Variety of Sports

 Los Angeles – Pam Oliver, one of the premier reporters and interviewers in sports television, has been elevated to senior correspondent, FOX Sports, effectively immediately.  The announcement was made today by Eric Shanks, President, COO and Executive Producer, FOX Sports.  Oliver, the longest-tenured NFL sideline reporter, a fixture at games since joining FOX Sports in 1995, continues in that role, this year working with play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt and analyst John Lynch.

In Oliver’s new position, she expands her influence beyond the NFL to include the wide breadth of sports and events covered by FOX Sports year-round, with her exclusive interviews, commentary and essays featured on a variety of FOX Sports programs and platforms, including FOX NFL SUNDAY, FOX SPORTS LIVE, AMERICA’S PREGAME, FOX SPORTS 1 ON 1, college football and basketball and

“FOX Sports has grown tremendously over the last few years, and we’ve secured and retained the rights to many of the country’s most popular sports,” said Shanks.  “After years of admiring Pam’s consistently incredible work on the NFL, we realized that there was so much more she could do for us, on a variety of sports, all year long.  Her intelligence and skills as a reporter and interviewer are unparalleled, and we’re excited to have her take a much larger role here.”

“I’m excited and grateful to my Fox family for providing this thrilling new chapter in my career,” said Oliver.  “I’m over the moon for the opportunity to expand my contributions to include a wider variety of sports and programs, while still getting to report from the sidelines on NFL Sundays.  I’ve already spoken with Kevin and John and I’m really looking forward to being part of their outstanding team this season, my 20th and final season the sidelines.”

Armed with the respect and esteem of NFL players, coaches and executives alike, Oliver’s straightforward and direct interviewing style consistently produced topical and substantive reports which she’ll now apply to the greater sports universe.

In her 19 years covering the NFL for FOX Sports, Oliver has worked the sideline for over 350 games, including 19 NFC Championship Games and seven Super Bowls.  In addition, she’s provided hundreds of exclusive one-one interviews with the sports’ news-making athletes, coaches and owners.  She also served as co-anchor of FSN South’s SOUTHERN SPORTS REPORT from 2000 to 2003, and also contributes to Turner Sports coverage of the NBA playoffs.

In 2008, Oliver was honored by WISE (Women In Sports and Events) and chosen in their “Women of the Year” class alongside Rita Benson LeBlanc, Owner and Executive Vice President, New Orleans Saints and Molly Solomon, Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics.

Before joining FOX Sports, Oliver served as a reporter at ESPN, where she covered NFL regular and postseason games, the NBA Finals and Dream Team II at the 1995 World Championships of Basketball.

Prior to joining ESPN, Oliver worked at KHOU in Houston WTVT in Tampa as a sports reporter and anchor.  Hers additional career stops include WIVB in Buffalo, WAAY in Huntsville, Ala., WALB in Albany, Ga., and WFSU in Tallahassee. Oliver began her broadcasting career as a community affairs reporter for public television.

A graduate of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Oliver received her degree in broadcast journalism.  As an undergraduate, she held school records in the 400 meters and was an AIAW track and field All-American in both the 400 meters and the mile relay, and as a member of the mile relay team, she had the distinction of participating on the first women’s team from Florida A&M to win a national championship (AIAW.)  She was inducted into the Florida A&M Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.


Kathryn Tappen joins NBC Sports Group

nbc-sports-groupExperienced Host & Reporter Will Contribute to NHL LiveFootball Night in America, Notre Dame Football & More

Tappen to Join Coverage from Super Bowl XLIX, 2016 Rio Olympics & 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics

Tappen will continue on NHL Network’s Coverage of Signature NHL Events

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 9, 2014 – Kathryn Tappen is joining NBC Sports Group to work on NHL Live, Football Night in America, Notre Dame Football, and to host additional studio programming, NBC Sports Group announced today. She will also be part of NBC Sports’ coverage from Super Bowl XLIX in January-February 2015, and NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 2016 and the XXIII Olympic Winter Games from Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February 2018.

“With extensive studio and reporting experience as well as in-depth knowledge of the NHL, Kathryn is the perfect fit for our growing stable of properties and programs,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports & NBCSN.

Additionally, Tappen will continue to appear as a personality on NHL Network. The lead host of NHL Network’s flagship studio show NHL Tonight since 2011, Tappen will be part of the network’s coverage of signature NHL events — including the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, NHL All-Star Game, Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final — as well as other NHL Network programs.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the NBC Sports team and to work on some of the most high-profile events in sports,” said Tappen. “This opportunity represents the best of both worlds as I can continue to work on hockey, including signature events for NHL Network, while also covering sports that I’ve worked on in the past and have had a passion for since childhood, such as the Olympics, the NFL and college football.”

As a hockey studio host with seven years of experience at NHL Network and NESN, as well as for NBC Olympics in Sochi earlier this year, Tappen will serve as a host for NHL Live and NHL Overtime, NBC Sports Group’s pre-game, intermission, and post-game NHL studio programs. Liam McHugh is NBC Sports Group’s lead NHL studio host. Tappen is also expected to fill in as host for additional NBC Sports studio programs.

She will also contribute her award-winning reporting skills to Football Night in America and to Notre Dame Football. For Football Night, the most-watched studio show in sports, Tappen will serve as the on-site reporter covering the high-profile afternoon game. She will share these duties throughout the season with Alex Flanagan and Carolyn Manno. At Notre Dame, Tappen will report from the sidelines for all Fighting Irish games that air on NBC.

Her first assignment comes August 30 when Notre Dame hosts Rice in the Irish’s first game of the 2014 season.


Tappen is not new to NBC Sports. She served as a studio host for men’s and women’s ice hockey during the Sochi Winter Olympics, and filled in for McHugh at times during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs by hosting NHL Live.

She joined the NHL Network in 2011 as the host of NHL Tonight, the network’s nightly highlight show. Previously, Tappen spent five years with the New England Sports Network where she served as lead studio host for Boston Bruins games and as a reporter on the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics. She was a weekend anchor as well as a weekday sports reporter at NBC affiliate WJAR in Providence, R.I., and began her career in 2003 at College Sports Television.

In 2006, Tappen earned an Associated Press award for her sports feature “Swim Meet.” Her sports-feature reporting has been nominated for two Boston/New England Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Tappen was Academic-All American at Rutgers University (N.J.) where she was a member of the track and field and cross country team. During her career as a Scarlet Knight, she was a Big East Academic All-Star and the former record holder in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase.


2014 MLB All-Star Game on FOX Broadcast Guide


Tuesday, July 15 – 4:30 PM ET – Live from Target Field in Minneapolis

  •  Links to new ALL-STAR GAME ON FOX photography featuring Buck, Reynolds, Verducci, Rosenthal, Andrews, Burkhardt, Kapler, Thomas and more
  • Descriptions & schedules for the more than 25 hours of original programming across FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes,, FOX Sports Radio & FOX Sports Go
  • Details of production enhancements planned for the most technologically advanced MLB All-Star Game in television history
  • All-Star Game Tale of the Tape – Fun Facts about the Years the Twin Cities hosted the Mid-Summer Classic: 1965, 1985 and 2014

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MLB Network Presents Live & New Original Programming Throughout All-Star Week



Top Prospects Showcased in MLB Network’s First Telecast of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 13 

Wall-to-Wall Coverage of the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis Starting Monday, July 14 

Triple-A All-Star Game to Air Live on Wednesday, July 16 from Durham, NC 

New Specials – Mr. Baseball, Bob Uecker and “Field of Dreams”: Twenty-Five Years Later – Debut Thursday, July 17 

July 7, 2014 – To mark Major League Baseball’s 2014 All-Star Game, MLB Network will air live and new original programming throughout All-Star Week, anchored by live coverage from Target Field in Minneapolis featuring Greg AmsingerSean CaseyPeter GammonsBrian KennyAl LeiterKevin MillarDan PlesacHarold ReynoldsChris RoseKen Rosenthal, John Smoltz, Tom Verducci, Heidi Watney and Matt Yallof. Programming highlights include

  • Signature coverage of the 2014 All-Star Game and Gillette Home Run Derby

o    The 2014 Midsummer Classic will be front and center on MLB Network starting with live coverage of All-Star media day on Monday, July 14 at 1:00 p.m. ET as All-Star managers John Farrell and Mike Matheny announce the starting pitchers for the American League and National League.

o    Coverage will shift to the ballpark with four hours of shows live from batting practice for the Gillette Home Run Derby at Target Field, starting with High Heat with Christopher Russo at 4:00 p.m. ET, Intentional Talk presented by Dairy Queen with Kevin Millar and Chris Rose at 5:00 p.m. ET, and MLB Tonight presented by Firestone at 6:00 p.m. ET, plus a highlight-filled MLB Tonight after the Home Run Derby.

o    On Tuesday, July 15, MLB Network will highlight all of the 2014 All-Stars as they make their way to Target Field on theAll-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet at 3:00 p.m. ET, followed by High Heat with Christopher Russo at4:00 p.m. ET, Intentional Talk presented by Dairy Queen at 5:00 p.m. ET and MLB Tonight presented by Firestone at6:00 p.m. ET on-field leading up to and immediately following the 85th All-Star Game.

o    Throughout All-Star Week, MLB Network will share behind-the-scenes photos from its sets at Target Field and the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show via its TwitterFacebook and Instagram pages. MLB Network will once again use Twitter Mirror to provide an all-access look at the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show and SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game where All-Stars and Futures Game participants can take a photo of themselves, sign an autograph or message and tweet it via @MLBNetwork using #ASGRedCarpet and #FuturesGame. Viewers will also be given the opportunity to interact with players during the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show by submitting questions to @MLBNetwork on Twitter. Select questions will be chosen and asked to players during the telecast.

o    Exclusive footage of the band The Hold Steady, known for its Minneapolis roots, will be featured throughout MLB Network’s All-Star Week programming, including video filmed at a performance in Minnesota last week.

  • Two chances to see future All-Stars in action

o    MLB Network will televise the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game for the first time on Sunday, July 13 at 5:00 p.m. ETwith Matt Vasgersian, Sean Casey, Heidi Watney and’s Jonathan Mayo on the call live from Target Field. Comprised of players from all levels of Minor League Baseball, the U.S. and World teams feature 15 former first round draft picks, six players picked in Compensation Round A and five second round picks.

o    The 27th annual Triple-A All-Star Game will be televised live on MLB Network for the fifth time on Wednesday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. ET with MLB Network’s Paul Severino, Darryl Hamilton, Sam Ryan and Baseball America editor-in-chief John Manuel on the call from Durham Bulls Athletic Ballpark in Durham, North Carolina.

  • Bob Uecker & Kevin Costner featured in new original programming

o    Some of the biggest names in baseball and television -  including Hank Aaron, Bob Costas, Dick Ebersol, Tim McCarver, Al Michaels, “Major League” director David Ward and Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig - come together to share stories about the Milwaukee Brewers’ beloved radio broadcaster in Mr. Baseball, Bob Uecker onThursday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Narrated by actor Tom Berenger, the hour-long special looks back on Uecker’s brief career as a Major League catcher and his enduring 43-year broadcasting career, including new interviews with Uecker himself and highlights from “Major League,” his Miller Lite commercials, and his many appearances on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.”

o    MLB Network’s Bob Costas interviews award-winning actor Kevin Costner about his role in one of the most beloved baseball films in ”Field of Dreams”: Twenty-Five Years Later. Filmed last month on the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa at the 25th anniversary celebration of the film’s release, Costner recounts stories of the making of the film in this one-hour special. Also featured are Costner’s “Field of Dreams” co-stars Timothy Busfield (Mark) and Dwier Brown(John Kinsella), with whom Costner recreates their famous catch in the final scene of the film. “Field of Dreams”: Twenty-Five Years Later premieres on July 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET. 

Notes from “Sunday MLB on TBS” – Sunday, July 6, 2014

mlb-on-tbsNotes from “Sunday MLB on TBS” – Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday MLB on TBS continues July 13, with the St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers, at 2 p.m. ET. The telecast will be seen locally throughout Wisconsin.


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New York Yankees (9) at Minnesota Twins (7)
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken (analysts)




Darling on determining if your team is a contender or a pretender: “The hardest part of the game for a general manager is trying to identify whether you’re a contender or a pretender. With the extra Wild Card [spot], every team that is .500 through the middle of August has a chance to make a run…but your eyes should tell you, if you haven’t made a run all year, it’s probably not going to happen.”


Darling on the recent Cubs/A’s trade: “That trade pushed the time for a lot of teams…when [Oakland general manager] Billy Beane made that deal, a lot of other general managers said, ‘The race is on.’”


Darling on Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter: “He’s the face of baseball for his generation of players. He’s represented himself well, his team well and the league well. You can’t say more about a player than that”


Ripken on the Yankees this season: “Their expectations are high. The pitching staff has pitched pretty well to stay in ball games but the offense needs to start to get going. That’s why I’m optimistic [about them]…they’ll fix their offense.”


Ripken on Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran: “He’s been a significant player. He’s put up big numbers and you could make a case that’s he’s a Hall of Fame player.”


Darling on Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury: “He’s a five-tool player but he hasn’t had one of those monster years where he hits everything across the board.”


Darling on Twins outfielder Sam Fuld: “He is a highlight reel every single time he plays.”


Ripken on Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia: “He’s big and powerful and has a long swing. He almost has an ‘all or nothing’ mentality [at the plate]. These types of hitters are normally very streaky. When they have their timing mechanisms down, they’re on time. When they’re not, they’ll swing and miss at quite a few pitches.”


Darling on Twins second baseman Brian Dozier: “I like what I’ve seen defensively from Dozier. He makes good decisions. He’s got good range and a strong arm.”


Ripken on Dozier: “He makes the tough plays look easy.”


Darling on the Baltimore Orioles: “Baltimore is starting to play the kind of baseball they thought they’d play from the start. When Chris Davis is playing, they have one of the deepest lineups in all of baseball.”


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