NBC Sports Digital Surrounds Super Bowl XLIX With Robust Collection Of Digital And Social Media Extensions

nbc-sports-groupProFootballTalk.com to Deliver 24/7 Coverage and Analysis of Super Bowl XLIX News

NBCSports.com National Columnist Joe Posnanski Studies “The Unquantifiable Quality That Sets Super Bowl QBs Apart From Average Players”

Super Stream Sunday to Include Live Stream of Super Bowl XLIX, Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show, and Super Bowl Pre- and Post-Game Shows

NBC Sports Group Rolls Out Its Most Comprehensive Social Media Campaign Ever

Phoenix, Ariz. – January 26, 2015 - NBC Sports Digital’s unprecedented coverage of Super Bowl XLIX includes more than 10 hours of live stream programming on Super Bowl Sunday, 24/7 news and analysis on NBCSports.com and ProFootballTalk.com, long-form reporting on NBCSportsWorld.com, and NBC Sports Group’s most comprehensive social media campaign ever across a plethora of platforms.

“Whether it’s Joe Posnanski’s in-depth look at Super Bowl quarterbacks, Mike Florio’s continuous news updates, the fun and creative efforts by our social team, or the live stream of Super Bowl XLIX itself, NBC Sports Digital has something for every football fan during the best week of the year,” said Rick Cordella, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Media, NBC Sports Group.

EDITORIAL

ProFootballTalk.com

Led by creator of ProFootballTalk.com, host of PFT Live and PFT on NBCSN, and Football Night In America contributor Mike Florio, the site will provide on-site coverage from Phoenix all week. ProFootballTalk.com reporters Michael David Smith and Darin Gantt will be on-site at Super Bowl Media Day and provide all-encompassing coverage, as well as in-depth analysis of all the news surrounding the NFL and the biggest game of the season.

PFT Live will stream from Noon-1 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, from NBC Sports’ Super Bowl Central in downtown Phoenix.

NBCSportsWorld.com

NBCSportsWorld.com, NBC Sports Digital’s franchise dedicated to long-form storytelling, will surround Super Bowl XLIX with two weeks of coverage, from January 19 through February 1.

The site will feature in-depth stories from award-winning writer Joe Posnanski, including Posnanski’s review on “The Unquantifiable Quality That Sets Super Bowl QBs Apart From Average Players”. The story will examine New England Patriots QB Tom Brady, Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, and many other NFL QBs who have played in the big game.

In addition, football writer Tom Gower will have stories comparing and contrasting the construction of the Patriots and Seahawks, plus a story on how New England TE Rob Gronkowski will be the most difficult player to defend during Super Bowl XLIX.

Rotoworld.com

Rotoworld.com, the industry-leading source for fantasy football news and information, will provide comprehensive coverage around Super Bowl XLIX. Fantasy Sports Writer Association award-winner Evan Silva’s “matchups” column will feature player-by-player breakdowns of the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.

NBCSports.com

NBCSports.com will provide 24/7 coverage and analysis of all the news surrounding Super Bowl XLIX.

Digital video correspondent Jenna Corrado will be on-site gathering interviews from players and fans, and will deliver reports from Super Bowl XLIX festivities throughout the week.

In addition, NBCSports.com NFL reporter Corey Griffin will file daily stories from Phoenix; from game analysis to features from Media Day and events around the city. Stories will include “How Michael Bennett became Seattle’s most indispensable defensive player,” “Five Matchups that will define the game” and “49 Things to know about Super Bowl XLIX”.

CSNNewEngland.com

CSN New England Patriots Insider Tom Curran will write about “The culture clash between the button-downed Patriots and the anything-goes Seahawks,” and how this game will continue to define the legacy of Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Curran also will have a comprehensive look at whether quarterback Tom Brady and Belichick are the greatest QB/coach combination in NFL history.

SUPER STREAM SUNDAY

As previously announced, following the launch of NBCUniversal’s first ever TV Everywhere consumer campaign titled “Watch TV Without The TV,” NBCUniversal is creating Super Stream Sunday on Feb. 1, providing consumers with an unprecedented ability to enjoy 11 continuous hours of NBC streaming content without having to log-in, designed as a way for consumers to trial NBC’s TV Everywhere content offering. Super Stream Sunday content will include NBC’s presentation of Super Bowl XLIX, Katy Perry headlining the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, the Super Bowl XLIX pre- and post-game shows, and NBC’s post-game presentation of The Blacklist.

The special access event kicks off at noon ET with NBC’s Super Bowl pre-game coverage and concludes with The Blacklist, which follows post-game coverage at approximately 10 p.m. ET. Consumers accessing NBC Sports Live Extra and NBC.com during Super Stream Sunday will not be prompted to log-in with their cable/satellite/telco credentials; however, as part of this special access, they will receive consistent messaging in and around the experience about the ease in authenticating after the end of The Blacklist.

All Super Bowl content will be live streamed to desktops and tablets via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Digital’s live streaming product. The Blacklist will also be streamed to desktops through NBC.com. (NOTE: NBC Sports Digital does not have NFL live streaming rights to mobile devices.)

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In addition, NBC UNIVERSO is home to the exclusive Spanish-language telecast of Super Bowl XLIX in the U.S., and will present live coverage on television and online. On Super Bowl Sunday, NBC UNIVERSO will present four hours of pre-game coverage and football-related entertainment, including Sabor Al Super Bowl, Estrellas del Medio Tiempo and La NFL en NBC UNIVERSO Super Bowl XLIX Pre-game Show and online at nbcuniverso.com.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Announced last Thursday, NBC Sports Group will present its most comprehensive social media campaign ever to promote NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIX, including around-the-clock coverage across all of NBC Sports’ social media platforms.

NBC SPORTS SOCIAL CENTRAL: During Super Bowl week, the NBC Sports social media team will be everywhere from Media Day to the sidelines on Super Bowl Sunday, covering every moment and play of #SB49. During gameday, NBC Sports’ Social Central will be a communications hub for all things social, spanning from Super Bowl Central, NBC Sports Group’s primary home for studio programming during Super Bowl week, located in downtown Phoenix, and University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, to NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Members of the NBC Sports social, digital, and marketing teams will be primed and ready to cover and react to any moment from pre-game through the final whistle and trophy presentation, including a social team member embedded with on-air production to relay any breaking news. Social media and digital content will be updated in real time.

PATRICK PETERSON TO SERVE AS SOCIAL MEDIA & DIGITAL CORRESPONDENT: Arizona Cardinals DB Patrick Peterson, a four-time Pro Bowler, will serve as NBC Sports Group’s social and digital media correspondent during Super Bowl week. As a member of the hometown Cardinals, Peterson will document his Super Bowl week on behalf of NBC Sports through his social media accounts. He will also film several videos around the city that will be pushed out through the SNF social media accounts and on NBCSports.com, including attempting to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record for most selfies taken in one hour.

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® ATTEMPT: NBC Sports Social will be at Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Tuesday, January 27, as Patrick Peterson attempts to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record for the most selfies taken in one hour. Peterson will snap as many selfies as he can with the students from Deer Valley High School to break the current record of 657 selfies. In addition, the Sunday Night Football bus will be at the school and open to students after the record attempt. Fans can follow GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® on Twitter: @GWR and Instagram:Guinnessworldrecords.

DUDE PERFECT: NBC Sports Group has teamed with trick-shot experts and comedy stars Dude Perfect to create a trick shot video that will debut Sunday, February 1, during NBC’s Super Bowl pre-game show. Participating in the trick shot video will be Giants rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. and two-time Super Bowl winner, Super Bowl XL MVP, and NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward. The content will be pushed out on NBC Sports’ social media platforms, and the trick-shot video will be available on NBCSports.com/dudeperfect following its release.

TUMBLR: As announced yesterday, NBC Sports Digital recently launched a Super Bowl-centric NBC Sports Tumblr page that will showcase Super Bowl XLIX’s television advertisements immediately after they air on NBC. Prior to Super Bowl Sunday, the page will be populated with original content created by NBC Sports’ marketing media team, as well as from re-blogging NFL-related Tumblr posts. On game day, the new page will transform into a hub for Super Bowl TV ads, and can be accessed at NBCSports.com/Ads.

#MYSUPERBOWLPICK: NBC Sports will ask influencers, celebrities, athletes and fans to tweet and post who they anticipate will win the game using #MySuperBowlPick to help drive the conversation around game day. In addition, social media handles from various NBCUniversal properties and celebrities will offer their picks.

Using the “Twitter Mirror,” NBC Sports will collect photos and picks from celebrities and athletes on-site at “Super Bowl Central” and at University of Phoenix Stadium to be featured on-air. TheSNF social media accounts will also be tracking fan picks to see which team is leading the social vote.

  • AROUND-THE-CLOCK COVERAGE: NBC Sports will cover Super Bowl XLIX from various Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports social media accounts to make sure every fan has access to the content they want leading up to the game.
  • Facebook: The NBC Sports and Sunday Night Football Facebook accounts will provide users with news from ProFootballTalk, shareable images, videos, and chats with NBC Sports Group commentators.
  • Twitter: @SNFonNBC will provide real-time news and photos from Phoenix as well as #MySuperBowlPick content through the “Twitter Mirror.” @ProFootballTalk and @NBCSports will post news and information on the game, and behind-the-scenes content from PFT Live.
  • Instagram: SNF on NBC and NBC Sports Instagram accounts will be one-stop shopping for photos throughout Super Bowl week with behind-the-scenes access to NBC’s production, including photos of NBC Sports Group commentators and sideline coverage documenting the game from kickoff through the celebratory confetti.
  • Vine: The NBC Sports social team will create content around Phoenix with on-site Vine influencers that will be posted on the Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports Vine accounts throughout Super Bowl week.
  • Pinterest: For fans on Pinterest, Pinterest.com/NBCSports has Super Bowl themed boards to help plan the best Super Bowl party. On-site content from NBCSports.com will also be housed on Pinterest during Super Bowl week.

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ESPN’s Super Bowl XLIX Coverage for Monday

espn-logo130 Hours of TV/Radio Planned from Scottsdale Fashion Square in Arizona

ESPN’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIX kicks off Monday, Jan. 26, at 6 a.m. ET / 4 a.m. MT and continues throughout the week with more than 130 hours of television and radio programming originating from set locations at Scottsdale Fashion Square (7014-590 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale) in Arizona.

Multiple editions of SportsCenter, NFL Live, NFL Insiders, Sunday NFL Countdown, Mike & Mike, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, SVP & Russillo and First Take and are some of the popular ESPN television and radio programs that will be based in Scottsdale throughout the week. Full release on ESPN Super Bowl plans.

Chris Berman, covering his 33rd Super Bowl, John Andersen, Jay Crawford, Lindsay Czarniak, Greenberg, Golic, Suzy Kolber, Steve Levy, Ryen Russillo, Hannah Storm, Scott Van Pelt and Trey Wingo will be among the show hosts. ESPN NFL analysts and experts will include the likes of Tedy Bruschi, Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Trent Dilfer, Tom Jackson, Ron Jaworski, Keyshawn Johnson, Ray Lewis, Chris Mortensen, Bill Polian, Adam Schefter, Mark Schlereth and Steve Young, as well as active NFL player Ryan Clark. They will appear on various programs throughout the week to offer their analysis and perspective on the Patriots-Seahawks matchup in Super Bowl XLIX.

ESPN television and radio shows at Scottsdale Fashion Square will be open for public viewing all week. Monday’s schedule:

Time (MT) Show Network(s)
4-8 a.m. Mike & Mike Hosts: Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic

Guests: Comedian and Impressionist Frank Caliendo (5:30 a.m.); and New York Jet Nick Mangold (7:30 a.m.)

ESPN Radio, ESPN2
8-11 a.m. SportsCenter Hosts: Hannah Storm and Jay Crawford

Guest: Pittsburgh Steelers DE Brad Kiesel

ESPN
8-10 a.m. First Take (The McCormick Hotel in Scottsdale)Host: Cari Champion; Lead Commentators: Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith

Guest: Chicago Bears K Jay Feely (8:15)

ESPN2
8-11 a.m. The Herd with Colin CowherdHost: Colin Cowherd

Guest: NBC Super Bowl XLIX play-by-play commentator Al Michaels (10:00)

ESPN Radio, ESPNU
11 a.m.-2 p.m. SVP & RussilloHosts: Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo

Guest: Kiesel (11:30)

ESPN Radio, ESPNEWS
1-2 p.m. NFL Insiders Host: Suzy Kolber. Insiders: Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen and Bill Polian ESPN
2-3 p.m. NFL Live presented by Golden CorralHost: Trey Wingo. Analysts: Ryan Clark (Redskins S), Mark Schlereth, Ron Jaworski, and Insider Schefter ESPN
3:30-4 p.m. PTIHosts: Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon.

Five Good Minutes Guest: (TBD)

ESPN
4-5 p.m. SportsCenter Hosts: John Anderson and Lindsay Czarniak.

Analysts: Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, and Insider Mortensen

ESPN
4-5 p.m. NFL Semanal Hosts: Ciro Procuna. Analysts: Alvaro Martin, Raul Allegre, John Sutcliffe, Mauricio Pedroza and Pablo Viruega ESPN in Latin America
5-8 p.m. Sedano & StinkHosts: Jorge Sedano and Schlereth. ESPN

Note: Commentator and guest schedules subject to change

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NFL Network’s Super Bowl XLIX Coverage — Monday, January 26

NFL_Network_2012_LogoLive Coverage of the New England Patriots’ Arrival in Arizona at 6:30 PM ET

‘NFL AM’ Airs Live at 6:00 AM ET From Foxborough, Boston, Arizona & Los Angeles

‘Super Bowl Live’ Airs From 12 Noon – 7:00 PM ET

‘NFL Total Access’ at 7:00 PM ET & ‘Super Bowl Tonight’ at 8:00 PM ET

REMINDER: NFL Network provides live coverage of the Seattle Seahawks’ arrival in Arizona TODAY at 4:00 PM ET.

Coming up on NFL Network on Monday, January 26

NFL AM airs at 6:00 AM ET from Boston, Arizona and NFL Network’s studios in Los Angeles

  • Erin Coscarelli and LaVar Arrington live from Los Angeles
  • Rhett Lewis and Eric Davis live from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough
  • Randy Moss live from Boston
  • Jordan Babineaux & Aditi Kinkhabwala live from the Seahawks’ hotel in Arizona
  • Jeff Darlington live from the Patriots’ hotel in Arizona
  • Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson joins the show

–  Super Bowl Live provides live coverage on NFL Network from 12 Noon – 7:00 PM ET

  • Live coverage of the New England Patriots’ arrival in Arizona at 6:30 PM ET

NFL Total Access airs at 7:00 PM ET from the NFL Experience with hosts Dan Hellie and Amber Theoharis, and analysts Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner and Heath Evans

– At 8:00 PM ET, Super Bowl Tonight airs with host Melissa Stark and analysts Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin and Kurt Warner

CBS Sports Radio Will Broadcast Nearly 50 Hours Of Coverage Of Super Bowl XLIX In Phoenix

cbs-sports-radioAnalysis, Timely Interviews and Commentary from Well-Known Hosts will

Originate from Radio Row

CBS Sports Radio today announced that it will broadcast a wide range of programming originating from Radio Row in Phoenix, Ariz., on the nation’s largest 24/7 major-market sports radio network heard on more than 330 stations nationwide, in anticipation of Super Bowl XLIX beginning Monday, Jan. 26th.

Kicking things off will be THE JIM ROME SHOW (12:00Noon-3:00PM, EST), featuring opinion-maker Jim Rome, as he interviews key sports personalities and engages with fans and listeners over-the-air.  THE JIM ROME SHOW will be live from the Phoenix Convention Center throughout the week, from Monday, Jan. 26 – Friday, Jan. 30, and will also be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

The live programming continues with Doug Gottlieb on THE DOUG GOTTLIEB SHOW (3:00-6:00PM, EST), as Gottlieb offers his unique opinion on the latest sports headlines, interviews current and former NFL players, and engages with the hottest newsmakers from the sports world.  The show will broadcast live throughout the week, from Monday, Jan. 26 – Friday, Jan. 30, and will also be simulcast on CBS Sports Network.

From Tuesday, Jan. 27 – Friday, Jan. 30, hosts Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney take on the day’s top stories and interview the biggest names in the world of football on TIKI AND TIERNEY (9:00AM-12:00Noon, EST).

Additionally, on Saturday, Jan. 31, CBS Sports Radio weekend host John Kincade will broadcast a special Saturday edition of THE JK SHOW (10:00AM-2:00PM, EST) live from Radio Row.

Here is a complete look at CBS Sports Radio’s Phoenix coverage (all times in EST):

Monday, Jan. 26

12:00Noon-3:00PM: THE JIM ROME SHOW

3:00-6:00PM: THE DOUG GOTTLIEB SHOW

Tuesday, Jan. 27 – Friday, Jan. 30

9:00AM-12:00Noon: TIKI AND TIERNEY

12:00Noon-3:00PM: THE JIM ROME SHOW

3:00-6:00PM: THE DOUG GOTTLIEB SHOW

Saturday, Jan. 31

10:00AM-2:00PM: THE JOHN KINCADE SHOW

“With the premier sporting event happening so soon, we are thrilled and proud to bring all our loyal CBS Sports Radio listeners unique coverage of all the pre-game stories, news, and interviews,” said Eric Spitz, Director, Programming, CBS Sports Radio.  “Our dynamic personalities will bring the big game and all the excitement to you live from Radio Row, allowing listeners across the nation to feel like they are in Phoenix.”

Listen to CBS Sports Radio on-air nationwide, online or by downloading the Radio.com and CBS Sports apps for mobile devices.

About CBS Sports Radio

Launched on September 4, 2012, CBS Sports Radio offers around-the-clock national sports coverage and programming to more than 330 stations across the country, including stations in all of the Top 10 markets.  CBS Sports Radio harnesses the power and resources of CBS RADIO and the award-winning CBS Sports with original programs across multiple weekday and weekend time periods featuring expert sports commentary by experienced broadcasters including Jim Rome, Boomer Esiason, Tiki Barber, Doug Gottlieb and Scott Ferrall, among others.  Eric Spitz serves as Director of Programming.  Westwood One is the exclusive syndicator and sales partner for CBS Sports Radio.

Follow CBS Sports Radio on Facebook at Facebook.com/CBSSportsRadio, and on Twitter @cbssportsradio.

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ESPN Super Bowl XLIX Preview Conference Call Transcript: NFL Analyst Tedy Bruschi

espn-nfl-liveESPN conducted a media conference call on Thursday with NFL analyst and three-time Super Bowl champion Tedy Bruschi. In his 13 seasons – all w/ the Patriots – Bruschi played in five Super Bowls, including the last Super Bowl in Arizona (XLII in 2008). Bruschi, who also played for Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll early in his career, will be part of ESPN’s week-long Super Bowl XLIX coverage from Arizona, beginning Monday, Jan. 26. (Full audio replay.) Transcript:
 
Opening remarks on the Seahawks-Patriots matchup:
BRUSCHI:  The first time I realized it was going to be Seattle and New England, I think, to my former coaches both Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick, I think that I’m most closely connected to Bill Belichick and the Patriots. I think sometimes people forget that Pete Carroll spent three years in New England, and they were three very influential years of my career.
 
My second and third, fourth year, rookie year being with Parcells, we lost to the Packers in the Super Bowl that year. But Carroll came in ‑‑ I believe our records were 10-6 and 9-7 and 8-8, but there were so many young players like myself that learned a lot from Pete.  And so I’m excited to see my two former head coaches square off in the Super Bowl.  A lot of interest I have on very different levels with both organizations.
 
Q. Tedy, I just wanted to ask you about your media career after you retired. And so many of your Patriot teammates have done the same thing. … I’m curious, your thoughts on why so many of your teammates have ended up having successful careers on television?
BRUSCHI:  It’s really simple to me.  There have been some players that, even since I’ve been at ESPN, have come and gone for a year or two. I mean, it’s been, my sixth year, I’m pretty sure, at ESPN.  And I’ve already seen analysts come and go but a lot of my teammates have stuck on and have been doing it for over five years, I think because of their intelligence and the players they were.
 
We were always pushed intellectually in that locker room.  And I think that using our brains and our minds to look at football a different way, the way that we were coached by Bill Belichick, it really helps us looking at the game now in terms of some of the things that I like doing is breaking down film and watching it and explaining to the public and the viewer in a way that I feel that they can digest it, because it was sometimes football can be complex.
 
And I think one of the greatest tools that Coach Belichick had was making it so black and white for us in terms of here are all the complexities, but then you break it down to three simple goals and what you need to do to win the game.
 
So I take that in terms of when I need to present something to the viewer in terms of what I feel needs to happen for the Carolina Panthers, to play the Seattle Seahawks, just by watching them play.  It’s like, well, this is one certain thing that they should focus on and now I’ll try to give that the best way I can to the viewer with the use of video or any type of way I can explain it vocally or verbally.
So a lot of smart players were on our team.  A lot of smart players that had to adapt from week to week.  And I try to just use that as an analyst.
Q. I was interested in just probing a little bit more on your memories of playing for Pete Carroll.  What was it like to play for Pete?  Do you see now the seeds of the coach that he’s become since he’s gone to Seattle, and in your mind has he changed at all?
BRUSCHI:  Well, I don’t think he’s changed much.  Maybe he’s grown as a coach in his own mind.  I think you always try to improve. But I mean, I see that energy.  I see the exuberance, the enthusiasm, the way that he speaks at the podium when I watch his press conferences is very similar to the way he handles things with us in the locker room.
 
Turnover Thursday, No Repeat Friday, things like that. The naming of the days. And the way that he’s able to relate to the new modern athlete, I think that’s new, on how he’s done that.
 
But with us, I always thought that Pete was a great coach. Very influential in my career. I mean, I was just learning to play linebacker when Pete came in. I mean, I was a defensive end at the University of Arizona. That’s all I did was rush the passer. So there was a lot I had to learn.  And after my rookie year, which I was primarily a special teams player and a situational pass rusher, developing into the linebacker that I eventually became with Coach Belichick, Pete Carroll, Bo Pelini, Steve Sidwell, those type of coaches, really helped me develop as a player.
Q. Why do you think it didn’t work out? You just had three years there and some fairly successful years? 
BRUSCHI:  I really thought that in that third year I know we only went 8-8. But I thought I saw Coach Pete Carroll, saw him harden a little bit. It’s a different deal out here in New England. And his mentality is, the way he handles things was so different than Coach Parcells.  And I thought we had some players that were much older and a lot of players that were very young that only knew one way and that was the Parcells way. Old school Jersey, if you will.  And then coming in, new school California. I’m from California, like Pete. I was born and raised in San Francisco. So I immediately related. And Pete taught me a lot of things about becoming a leader, becoming that leader on the team. It’s just unfortunate, I wasn’t even ready to take that step yet, because I was still learning how to survive to stay on a team.
 
But I think that just that team was in a place where they weren’t ready to accept what Pete was trying to give and whether that’s them being in the wrong place in their career, not at the right time, maybe, with me, or maybe just being stubborn and too set in their ways. But those combination of things could be a factor in terms of it not working out. But never did I doubt that I knew ‑‑ did I know that we had a good coach with us there. I’m very happy to see him have the success that he had at USC and Seattle.
Q. You mentioned before that Coach Belichick would always kind of narrow things down to three or four things you have to do to win.  When you look at the Patriots defense versus Russell Wilson, what’s the key to controlling him and not letting him go off and beat you?
BRUSCHI:  Beyond the obvious answers, let me just say this: I think the Patriots secondary is more than enough to handle the Seattle receivers within the structure of a down. And now I say that last part of it because when you’re going up against Russell Wilson the structure of a down is always broken, because what I mean by structure of a down, I mean within the – under four seconds.  Under four seconds, a play should be over on the defensive side of the ball. The ball is snapped. You drop back in coverage. Or it’s a run play and you read your keys, you drop back in coverage, you attack the run, whatever it may be, and, boom, the play should be over.
 
But with Russell Wilson, you’re going to venture into those areas of time where you don’t practice every day, or you’re not used to defending these types of plays, because it’s so organic. The fifth second, the sixth second, the seventh second, sometimes longer than that. And the routes – so say you’ve got a slant route. That slant route then becomes a zig and then a zag and then up field. You don’t go over these things in practice, you see.
 
So that’s what makes it so difficult for this secondary who I feel matches their receivers, that, okay, once you’ve overmatched them and the play goes longer, now you’re sort of playing street ball and how do you react to that.  And that equals the playing field. So that’s where an advantage sometimes can be a disadvantage based on the relationships those receivers have with Russell Wilson.
Q. Looking at the franchises over the last few decades that have made the playoff year after year Packers, Steelers, Cowboys, Niners, the Patriots, but they weren’t doing it in an era of free agency, salary caps and CBA that limits practice things. How have the Patriots been able to do this in that era?
BRUSCHI:  This modern era right now? Yes, I mean, that’s a good question. Because even as Coach Belichick anticipated these type of changes coming to training camps and during the season, if you look back to when he started to in training camps and he started on a regular basis having practices with other teams.
 
So you’re increasing the quality of competition on the limited amount of reps that you may get. So scrimmaging against other coaches and teams that you trust, like the New Orleans Saints and (Sean) Payton, like the Philadelphia Eagles with Chip (Kelly) and his squad, those little advantages in terms of we’re not going to be able to practice much, how do I maximize the practice?  How do I maximize the reps that my players get?  How do I make it more difficult for them?  Well, let’s bring in another team and let’s scrimmage against another team, because that’s more reps that you’re going to get that you can watch on film that are meaningful.  Because in preseason, I mean you don’t even have the preseason games.
 
There’s only a limited number of reps that you’ll see on film from your starters. So probably a majority of it you can see on practice. So little things like that in terms of those practice limitations that he has now, how to practice, really challenge the players mentally than physically, which he’s done for such a long time anyway in terms of meeting rooms and questions and quizzes and things like that. It’s those little things that keep the players on their toes mentally physically on the practice field and meeting room that keeps those players engaged.
Q. Also about the roster composition. You look back at the Packers and Steelers, they had the same guys in the same position five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10 years. Clearly that hasn’t happened with New England. How are you able to keep winning while you’re seeing new faces sometimes even in the same season?
BRUSCHI:  I can only say that you point back to coaching, and I say that because I mean the game plans of the Patriots are constantly changing with the opponent. And so the player that they look for is one that can be a chameleon, the more you can do, the multiple positions you can play. So getting players that, getting the right players that come in that are, one, smart, that are, two, durable, hopefully.  And three can play multiple positions because you’ll do it no matter who you are.
 
The quarterbacks not going to change very much. Maybe something like a running back, but still you have running backs that have split out as receivers that they have to know the route tree and things like that. The linebackers playing inside or outside and safeties playing both sides. Quarterbacks playing on the outside of a defense and inside of a slot.  It’s mandatory. It’s mandatory in this system. And so the ability to be able to have players that can accept that and also coach them in a certain way, it’s a tough thing to do. And that’s why you can see sometimes when they struggle watching them on film, it’s because the time to get the New England Patriots is in September. September, maybe early October, because that’s not only a time where the players are still learning their roles, the coaches are still figuring out what they want these players to do and have them in the right position.
Q. Since the Patriots have now lost two Super Bowls in a row, how important do you think it is for Brady and Belichick to get another one under their belt or does what they did earlier in their career sort of give them that lifetime pass, so to speak, for anything that happened after?
BRUSCHI:  If you just look at the success I don’t know what type of validation is really necessary, of course that would be great ‑‑ it accentuates everything that’s already been done.  But there are two consecutive Super Bowl losses. I was part of one of those teams. But the success of this team is undeniable, if you ask me. It’s just hard for people to recognize that without another Super Bowl championship. It has been 10 years.
Q. I know it’s a different part of the state, but just returning to Arizona where you had so much success in college and maybe some of the memories that will maybe come back to you as you head out west for the Super Bowl?
BRUSCHI:  Yeah, I really split that state in half in terms of memory. (Chuckling). The good memories I had down at the University of Arizona and then you drive up two hours, I don’t know how much it’s splitting it in half, but that drive, you know, up north to Glendale where we lost that Super Bowl, it’s something ‑‑ it’s THE loss in Super Bowl history. To me it is THE loss. We had a chance to complete a perfect season, 19-0. The Super Bowl that would trump all Super Bowls I would like to say at the time. And losing that game was a very difficult experience that I revisit very often, especially these type of times.
 
Especially when the New England Patriots play the Giants again I believe it was in Indianapolis. But those are all sort of offset by everything at the University of Arizona, the excitement they had this year with that football team, the great memories that I had down there playing for Dick Tomey. So it’s conflicting thinking about the entire state. When I think of Tucson, I’m coming home, whenever I go back. That’s a place that I still consider home and love the University of Arizona.
Q. Did you have fun watching Scooby Wright this year in particular?
BRUSCHI:  I had a great time watching Scooby play. To do all the things that he did off the line of scrimmage and also on, very difficult to do in terms of rushing the passer and then playing an off‑the‑line linebacker and reading and diagnosing plays.
 
Totally opposite from me. I only had my hand down in the dirt, read the hip of the offensive tackle. Much more complex player than I was coming out. And the production, it’s just startling to me the production that he had and to see him win all those awards was something that ‑‑ every time I see his name called I smile. Just watching a TV screen and seeing him go up there and be humbled the way that he’s been, accepting all those awards, which is very proud that he was a Wildcat.
Q. Just how would you compare the coaching styles and personalities of Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick?
BRUSCHI:  Well, let me put this in a way ‑‑ I think that I would say Pete demands a lot from you.  He expects a lot from his players and puts a lot on his players in terms of ownership of the team, taking their assignment, taking it to the next level, things like that.
 
Belichick puts the demands in front of you. This is what you must complete. I don’t know if I’m saying that well. But that’s the difference a little bit. Pete would want ‑‑ he put it on us in terms of taking control of the leadership, taking control of the team, taking it to the next level, things like that. He’s really a player’s coach, really relates to his players. That’s the way I talk about him. But Belichick, I wouldn’t call him a player’s coach. He’s a coach that knows – he knows what he wants and then expects his players to get it done.
Q. I’ll be the one to ask you what is your take on the Patriots deflating the football and what do you think should be done if they’re found guilty?
BRUSCHI:  I’d like to wait for the league and see what they come up with, see if they dole out any punishment. If they do, I just think that when it comes to my former team and when it comes to Coach Belichick, there’s going to be a lot of scrutiny no matter what it is. I think we all saw the press conference today. We’re waiting for Tom Brady to speak at 4:00.  But I just know how hard they work. I know what they put in, those players in that locker room.
 
I can’t control what people feel about the New England Patriots, because it’s easy for this to bring out ill will, to point fingers and call for jobs and things like that and fines and draft picks because of the success that they’ve had. And of course the history of Spygate in the past.
 
This team, I know how hard they work and I know the motivation that probably is mustered because of this. I mean, this is something I just see them getting through and moving on to the Super Bowl.
Q. Two‑prong question:  First, do you think what they’re doing to the Pro Bowl is enough to keep sustaining the level of excitement in it?  And, I wanted to ask you about the ‘Patriot Way’ and what the core of that really means and why it works for that franchise. 
BRUSCHI:  I think they’re trying as best they can to tweak that Pro Bowl to keep it interesting. Watched a little bit of the Pro Bowl draft last night with my kids, and they enjoyed it. They enjoyed the whole ‑‑ because I think it’s looking more fantasy football‑based, with the draft and you get to pick your player and things like that, and that’s a big element of fantasy football.  So putting a little bit of different spin on it. So long as the current players are still participating, this thing is always going to be successful. And you see them there last night and how they come out and they partake in the festivities. I think the fans appreciate that. So the game last year was a little better. Hopefully it’s good again this year. But I like how they’ve tried to tweak it to interest the modern audience, the modern, young audience. So I have no problems with that.
 
The ‘Patriot Way’, you know, it’s a hard way to live, if you ask me. There’s always pressure. I think what Bill said about the ball today is he tries to make it as hard as he possibly can for the team in terms of the ball, of making them muddy, sticky, wet, all that stuff. Imagine that type of approach to every single thing you do basically is what it is.
 
And I mean, that even comes to meetings when you’re anticipating questions out of the blue of who the third tight end is, or if you’re on the punt team who is the rusher on the wing. Which I was the rusher on the punt team, so I used to get that question all the time.
 
Always under constant pressure. And I could give you an easy answer of, oh, all for one and one for all, things like that, a little bit hunky‑dory, but it’s not really. It’s hard, it’s a hard way to live, with your coach that’s always putting pressure on you, a fan base that constantly puts pressure on you. You’ve got to love the pressure and live for the pressure to play in New England. That’s the way it is. You also have to know you’re getting pressure from outside sources. And they feel inside that locker room sometimes that everybody out there doesn’t want them to win. That’s the way we felt.
Q. I wanted to ask you about if the Patriots win, do you think Belichick deserves to be regarded as the best coach of all time?
BRUSCHI:  A lot of good coaches out there.  I can only speak to my knowledge.  And I played for three Super Bowl winning coaches in Parcells, Carroll and Belichick. And they were all great in their own right. Ten years in between Super Bowls for him to come back again and win it, it would send a great message in terms of the job he’s done, but just focusing on the job he’s done this year and where everyone thought they were after that Kansas City game, he just has a way of only focusing on what the next step is. Whatever step you took five minutes ago didn’t matter. I mean, it’s about moving forward, and that’s a hard message to send and for a team to buy into in this day and age.
 
So I think he would be in the conversation. I don’t want to say he definitely is, because obviously I’m going to sound biased. But I mean he definitely would be up there, yes.
Q. Just the way he gets so much out of ‑‑ I mean, everyone, just like (Mike) Vrabel catching touchdowns back in the day and the year all the DBs were hurt, how does he ‑‑ does he think outside the box when he evaluates?
BRUSCHI:  I think in the coaching profession, it is hard to think outside the box, because everyone knows each other in the NFL as coaches and as assistant coaches. And you go from team to team and from organization to organization. And it’s a stubborn profession sometimes. Even when you see offensive coordinators come in and they get a quarterback that’s entirely different than what they’ve had before but he’s got the height, weight, all the measurables and they bring him in and try to change them to their way because their way is the only way they knew it, because they’re stubborn.
 
And then the quarterback ends up failing because it’s not what he used to do. So that’s just a small example. I mean, thinking outside the box is here’s a player, this is what he can do best, why would I try to force him in to a role that’s not made for him? So he finds what that player does best and finds a role for him on the team in terms of a responsibility and he uses the best of the players. He really is organic in his thinking, if you ask me. I don’t think he’s old school at all, because he’s always changing from week‑to‑week, his game plan, in terms of what does best for the team. And I think that’s hard for some coaches in the NFL to grasp.
 
There’s so many ‘we do what we do’ type of teams and we’re just going to enforce our will on you. Now, there have been times when we’ve had a plan like that, but the majority of the time is what does that team do that we can exploit.  And a lot of coaches don’t think that way.
 
Q. No Mistake, No Repeat Friday, what does that mean, no mistakes?
BRUSCHI: That was Pete’s philosophy, when it comes to Friday and you’ve had Wednesday and Thursday, sort of theme days but you should have everything down by Friday because you’re just summing up everything. So the goal is to practice perfect on Friday so you shouldn’t have any repeat plays.
Q. I hate to belabor this, but you talked about Belichick making things feel hard in practice and all. Why is it that there’s so many controversies seem to follow him?  Is it just that pushing the envelope so much?
BRUSCHI: Well, I guess for a lot of people he’s a hard person to like. I don’t know what it is. You don’t get Rex Ryan up there. You don’t get a coach up there that’s going to give you what you want all the time, because I think he knows ‑‑ he knows the message that his players ‑‑ he knows the way he wants his players to conduct themselves in the locker room.  And he can’t expect that unless he’s that way in front of you. So I think there’s a lot of people that have maybe skewed opinions of him based on the past, based on the way he’s handled certain things publicly. So maybe that affects their judgment. I mean, this is a guy that all he does is want to win football games and is a great coach to all of his players, his players love him. So if people have a problem with him in terms of perception, I think that’s their problem, not his.
Q. Is there anything different that we should expect from ESPN’s coverage and broadcast of the Super Bowl this year?  And is it harder for you to be unbiased and step back from it when you know all the teams and the coaches so well and your past experiences, or is that a benefit?
BRUSCHI:  Different, I think we’re always different when we’re on. For me, I don’t know what I’m going to say every time I get up on air. It’s not like I’m scripted totally. But in terms of different, in terms of how their coverage is, I think that’s a question best for some of the higher‑ups. I know some of the shows that are planned are still the same. I think the quality of the people that work there, that’s what makes us different than a lot of other organizations or the networks.
 
But your second question … Is it hard for me to be unbiased? Sure. It is sometimes. It is sometimes hard for me to be unbiased. For goodness gracious, I presented them with the Lamar Hunt Trophy after they won the AFC Championship.
So it is hard. There are moments where I’ve been critical of them. I think right out the gate, I don’t think it took me long to criticize fourth and two with Bill Belichick, things like that that I’ve disagreed upon. I’m not shy to disagree with him because I had a lot of disagreements with my coaches when I was there. The same way, as hard as they coached me, I try to give them my input back, too. That’s what I try to do as best I can. It makes me lucky that they win a lot, I guess, they make my job easy sometimes. But I was just as hard on the offensive line this year after the Kansas City game, just as everyone else was. And I knew they had problems that had to be fixed. So I’m not shy to recognize that. I guess that’s my answer.
Q. You’ve seen the game from both sides. You were in there as a player. Now you’re on the media side. When you started doing that what were the biggest changes for you or what sort of mental adjustments you had to make and maybe a sort of a follow‑up to what you were just saying, like how you approach the game now as opposed to when you did as a player?
BRUSCHI: Well, right now I watch the game the same in terms of seeing two plays ahead, three plays ahead. I mean, I was watching the NFC Championship game with Willie McGinest on the TV before the game started. And I mean we’re talking about situational football, before overtime even happened, if this happens do you go for two, what play to you run, does it have a run pass option. If it goes to overtime, do you want the ball, things like that. So there’s a big part of me still that’s a player that watches it, and what intrigues me is coaching decisions that they make and plays that they run and things like that, yes, but the change that I had to make is when I watch a game, I try to see it now as a viewer that doesn’t have the football education that I have. So I see a play. I know what happened. There was a big play in the game. Or maybe it wasn’t a big play of the game, because it’s easy to just show the big play and how it happened, how the play was run and the result was a touchdown.
 
Well, if it was a drive, where is the play that really set that up? So what can I give the viewer that possibly they didn’t get just by watching it themselves? Certain things that I see. And sometimes it relates to drives earlier in the game. I mean, even breaking down the Green Bay Packers NFC Championship game versus the Seahawks in week one when they ran a route on one drive and then three drives later they ran a route that was where they tried to give the illusion of it being one route but actually they tried to check the Seahawks and run a counter off it. You’re not going to see it. Just watching it. You have to remember a play from three drives ago. And I get that stuff by rewatching it the next day and I say to myself, this, the viewer probably didn’t catch, so why don’t I try to deliver it to them.
Q. Plus you can’t go out there and tackle anybody now if you see something you don’t like. 
BRUSCHI:  No, that’s a good thing, though, actually. Because I’d miss a lot, actually. I would.
Q. Can you break down the main defensive philosophies that you see between the Patriots and the Seahawks?
BRUSCHI: Sure. I think the main defensive philosophy of the New England Patriots is that there isn’t one. And that’s what makes them so hard to prepare for against sometimes is because the complexities of the different coverages that you can get and the different front variations you can get in terms of a week‑to‑week basis. So I would say their philosophy is to be a game-plan defense, to do whatever they feel does best to take away what you do well.
 
So then the general philosophy is basically take away the middle of the field, because I know Coach Belichick believes those are high percentage throws. And if you want to make it tough on a quarterback in the passing game, make him throw low percentage passes, which usually those are deep and outside the numbers.
 
Okay. Then going to Seattle, I think they’re very consistent in terms of what they do. They want to get after the pass or they want to control gaps on the line of scrimmage with quickness, with penetration and with speed, all over the place on the field. Cover three base team. Probably the best safety in the middle of the field in the NFL is Earl Thomas. And then a defense that is very intelligent in terms of reading route combinations. So they combine those philosophies with outstanding talent and you have one of the better defenses in recent memory.
 
Q. Without asking for a prediction, but what do you see on both sides of the ball as the key matchups for this game?
BRUSCHI: For the Seahawks, offensively, let’s see, Marshawn Lynch – I think Marshawn Lynch – I guess I can say this ‑‑ for them to win Marshawn Lynch needs to be the MVP.  Him running the ball the way he’s done. So for them offensively it’s to establish him. And then to do a good job after the structure of a passing play is broken down, because that’s a lot of production for this team in terms of Russell Wilson, the fifth, sixth, seventh second of the play which I’ve talked about, that’s important for them to have success, the way he improvises.
 
New England Patriots defensively on the other side of that stop the run and really play well as the longer a play goes. So that’s simple. And offensively, for the New England Patriots, Rob Gronkowski to be the most valuable player, the value that he has for them, just a matchup with Kam Chancellor is something that I’m really looking forward to, so that’s the focus on, and the Seahawks defense is probably – they do what they do. I mean, if they prevent big plays and make the Patriots earn it up and down field, I think that’s probably one of their goals too.
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NBC Sports Announces Super Bowl Week Media Schedule

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NBC Sports Super Bowl XLIX Press Conference – Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. ET/3 p.m. MT at Super Bowl Media Center in Phoenix

Super Bowl XLIX Conference Call – Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. MT

Super Bowl Pre-Game Show Conference Call – Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. ET/1 p.m. MT

NBC Sports Super Bowl XLIX Media Guide Now Available

STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 22, 2015 – NBC Sports has announced its media schedule for Super Bowl week, leading into NBC’s presentation of Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1 from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. In addition, the NBC Sports Super Bowl XLIX Media Guide is now available with information on NBC’s coverage, production, broadcast talent, and much more.

Following is NBC Sports’ media schedule for Super Bowl week:

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Date NBC Sports Media Event Time (ET) Time (MT) Location/Phone & Passcode
Tues., Jan. 27 SB XLIX Conf. Call 2:30 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 785-830-1926; 8679918
Tues., Jan. 27 SB XLIX Press Conference 5 p.m. 3 p.m. Super Bowl Media Center
Wed., Jan. 28 SB Pre-Game Show Conf. Call 3 p.m. 1 p.m. 719-457-2646; 5988356

**NOTE: Glendale is located in the Mountain Time Zone. All times are listed in both Mountain Standard Time and Eastern Standard Time. Mountain Standard Time is two hours behind Eastern Standard Time.**

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NBC SPORTS SUPER BOWL XLIX PRESS CONFERENCE – TUESDAY, JAN. 27 AT 5 P.M. ET/3 P.M. MT

NBC Sports Group executives and producers will join members of the Super Bowl XLIX and Super Bowl Pre-Game Show broadcast teams for the NBC Sports’ Super Bowl XLIX press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 5 p.m. ET/3 p.m. MT at the Super Bowl Media Center in Phoenix.

  • WHO:
    • o   NBC Sports Group Executives and Producers (Mark Lazarus, Chairman; Sam Flood, Executive Producer; Fred Gaudelli, Super Bowl XLIX Producer; Drew Esocoff, Super Bowl XLIX Director)
    • o   Super Bowl XLIX Broadcast Team (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya)
    • o   Members of the Super Bowl Pre-Game Show Broadcast Team (Bob Costas, Josh Elliott, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison and Hines Ward)
    • WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. ET/3 p.m. MT
    • WHERE: Super Bowl Media Center, Press Conference Room “B”

SUPER BOWL XLIX CONFERENCE CALL – TUESDAY AT 2:30 P.M. ET/12:30 P.M. MT

NBC Sports’ Super Bowl XLIX broadcast team of Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), and Michele Tafoya (sideline reporter), and Super Bowl XLIX producer Fred Gaudelli will preview Super Bowl XLIX on a media conference call, Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. MT.

  • WHO: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, producer Fred Gaudelli
  • WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 2:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. MT
  • NUMBER: 785-830-1926
  • PASSCODE: 8679918

SUPER BOWL PRE-GAME SHOW CONFERENCE CALL – WEDNESDAY AT 3 P.M. ET/1 P.M. MT

Members of NBC Sports’ Super Bowl Pre-Game Show broadcast team, featuring Dan Patrick (co-host), Tony Dungy (analyst), Rodney Harrison (analyst), and executive producer Sam Flood will preview Super Bowl XLIX on a media conference call on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m.  ET/1 p.m. MT.

  • WHO: Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, executive producer Sam Flood
  • WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. ET/1 p.m. MT
  • NUMBER: 719-457-2646
  • PASSCODE: 5988356

NBC SPORTS SUPER BOWL XLIX MEDIA GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE

The NBC Sports Super Bowl XLIX Media Guide is now available online, with comprehensive information on broadcasters and executives, as well as details regarding NBC’s broadcast of the game

Click here for NBC Sports Super Bowl XLIX Media Guide: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/super-bowl/

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Fox Sports Provides Extended On-Site Coverage From Arizona For Super Bowl XLIX

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Embedded Reporters with Both Teams, Daily Player and Coach Interviews

Live Postgame Show Outside Stadium Immediately Following

Los Angeles – All eyes turn to greater Phoenix next week as the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks travel to the desert to square off in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. In anticipation of the championship showdown, FOX Sports has all hands on deck, providing comprehensive on-site coverage for the week’s festivities in Arizona.

FOX Sports 1’s flagship studio programs AMERICA’S PREGAME and FOX SPORTS LIVE feature extended segments from a remote set outside the stadium in Glendale, Ariz., with host Joel Klatt and FOX Sports 1 NFL analysts Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss and Dave Wannstedt, breaking down all of the critical matchups and storylines surrounding the big game. Nightly reports come from embedded FOX Sports 1 NFL reporters Mike Garafolo (Seahawks) and Peter Schrager (Patriots), while current and former NFL stars also make guest appearances for interviews on set.

On Friday, the gang is joined for special appearances by FOX NFL SUNDAY analysts Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long, in addition to lead NFL on FOX game analyst Troy Aikman.

Capping off coverage for the week is an immediate Super Bowl postgame show following the game’s final moments that includes reaction from McNabb, Moss, Wannstedt and NFL on FOX game analyst John Lynch. Also included are press conferences from an array of podiums in addition to Garafolo and Schrager contributing from inside the stadium with live interviews from players and coaches from both sides.

FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, carries all of FOX Sports 1’s Super Bowl programming during the week.

FOXSports.com features news, opinions, statistics and analysis surrounding the game, including the week’s top stories from FOXSports.com Senior NFL Writer Alex Marvez. @TheBuzzer, FOX Sports’ daily video series that features quick commentary on breaking news and hot topics, is on the scene for several of the week’s biggest events, including daily segments from Radio Row, in addition to extensive coverage of Tuesday’s Media Day.

FOX Deportes, the leading Spanish-language sports network presents CENTRAL FOX and FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO from Arizona starting Saturday, Jan. 24. CENTRAL FOX, the networks signature news program is super-sized for the Super Bowl. Hosted by Jose Pablo Coello and Ernesto del Valle provides around-the-clock coverage on top storylines and special interviews all week. Valeria Marin takes fans around the city and inside the media frenzy surrounding Super Bowl XLVI on FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO.  FOX Sports GO will also carry all of FOX Deportes’ Super Bowl programming.

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ESPN’s Super Bowl XLIX Coverage

espn-logoESPN’s blanket coverage of Super Bowl week kicks off Monday, Jan. 26, at 6 a.m. ET/4 a.m. MT from Scottsdale Fashion Square in Arizona, the network’s studio home leading up to Super Bowl XLIX. 130 hours of TV and radio shows will originate from this space – 7014-590 E. Camelback Road, concluding on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, with a four-hour special edition of Postseason NFL Countdown (10 a.m.), and NFL Primetime (10:30 p.m.) and SportsCenter (11:30 p.m.) after the game.
 
Preceding Super Bowl week, ESPN will televise the 2015 Pro Bowl Presented by McDonald’s on Sunday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. ET.
 
Postseason NFL Countdown on Super Bowl Sunday (10 a.m.-2 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Chris Berman will preview the New England Patriots-Seattle Seahawks matchup with NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson and NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Suzy Kolber and NFL analysts Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis and Steve Young will contribute analysis from University of Phoenix Stadium, and bureau reporters Ed Werder (Seahawks), Sal Paolantonio (Patriots) and Josina Anderson will have the latest team news.
ESPN’s Super Bowl production setup will be part of Fan Fest Scottsdale and includes three outdoor stages and a 24-by-48 demo field. Fans are invited to view all programming throughout the week, free of charge.
 
Scottsdale Spotlights

 

 

ESPN Audio
Four of ESPN Audio’s top shows will broadcast 65 hours of live, onsite coverage from Scottsdale Fashion Square in Arizona beginning Monday, Jan. 26, through Friday, Jan. 30.
 

 

  • Mike & Mike: (M-F, 6-10 a.m. ET, simulcast on ESPN2): Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, hosts of ESPN Radio’s popular national morning show, will kick off ESPN’s Super Bowl week. The show will welcome special guest co-hosts Brian Urlacher (Tuesday), Charles Woodson (Thursday) and J.J. Watt (Friday).
  • The Herd with Colin Cowherd: Cowherd will also be live with his daily radio show from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The Herd is simulcast daily on ESPNU.
  • SVP & Russillo: Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo will host the daily SVP & Russillo from 1-4 p.m. (simulcast on ESPNEWS until 2:30 p.m.) all week.
  • Sedano & Stink: Hosts Jorge Sedano and ESPN NFL analyst and three-time Super Bowl champion Mark Schlereth will broadcast live from 7-10 p.m.

 

In addition, ESPN NY 98.7 will air 30 hours live from Scottsdale Fashion Square, Monday through Friday, with Lupica (1-3 p.m.) and The Michael Kay Show (3-7 p.m.).
 
ESPN Digital
ESPN.com’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIX will be featured on Page 1, the main NFL page, NFL Nation, ESPN Insider and on Super Bowl Central. The site will provide analysis, commentary, breaking news and more throughout the week leading up to the game and in-depth game coverage. ESPN.com’s roster of journalists includes NFL senior writer John Clayton, senior writers Elizabeth Merrill, Jeffri Chadiha and Greg Garber, NFL Nation reporters Jeff Legwold, Mike Reiss, Terry Blount, Kevin Seifert, Josh Weinfuss and more. They will provide insight, commentary, breaking news and analysis of all facets of the Super Bowl XLIX matchup. Coverage highlights include:

 

  • Quarterback Survey: Takeaways from a survey of current and former quarterbacks and an interactive map showing where current NFL QBs come from.
  • The Missing Pieces: An interactive look at what stands between your team and contending for a Super Bowl.
  • Mike Sando on how the Super Bowl teams were built.
  • Elizabeth Merrill feature on Dean Blandino, the NFL’s Vice President of Officiating.
  • Major Super Bowl prediction presentation that includes ESPN personalities, writers, celebrities and more.
  • In-depth previews of the game from NFL Nation reporters.
  • Instant postgame analysis, including Rapid Reactions, grades for each team and best-worsts for the game.

 

ESPN Digital Video coverage will include a NFL Nation TV Live Spreecast and three other Spreecasts during the week that will feature NFL Nation reporters and NFL Insiders. The Spreecasts allow fans the opportunity to have their questions answered by those covering the game. ESPN Digital Video will also produce major segments from Arizona and will deliver NFL Inside Edge, a stats-based feature by NFL Insider Mike Sando.
 
espnW will have behind-the-scenes coverage of Super Bowl XLIX, including stories from espnW writers D’Arcy Maine, Jane McManus and Sarah Spain. McManus will focus on assessing the NFL’s domestic violence responses since the Ray Rice incident. What has worked? What hasn’t? Contributor Sarah Spain will dig into the second-toughest game in Phoenix that weekend—Getting Mom, Dad and everybody else to the game with tickets in hand!—and also provide coverage from the red carpet at ESPN The Party. D’Arcy Maine will provide social wrap-ups, as well as the Voice of the Fan, a photo-driven piece showcasing the female fans that traveled from all over to see their favorite teams play in the big game.
ESPN Insider coverage includes a ranking of every player on the two Super Bowl rosters from Mike Sando and Matt Williamson as well as on-location analysis from Sando; expertise from front-office Insiders Bill Polian and Louis Riddick; and advanced metrics from Football Outsiders and Pro Football Focus leading up to and coming out of the game.
 
ESPN’s Social Media Team will provide behind-the-scenes coverage of Super Bowl week via its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages and Vine videos.

 

  • Twitter vote: on Friday, Jan. 30, fans are asked to respond to the Verizon-sponsored question, #WhosGonnaWin. The fans’ choice will be revealed on the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter and posted on ESPN.com.
  • The 2014 NFL Season in Pictures: ESPN’s social media team takes fans on a trip down memory lane, encapsulating the 2014 NFL season in 160 seconds. The video will air on NFL Live and other ESPN TV programs throughout Super Bowl week. It will also be posted on ESPN.com. 2013 version.
  • Super Bowl Sunday’s Postseason NFL Countdown: ESPN’s social media team will tweet throughout the four-hour pregame show (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), leading up to the game. Follow @ESPNNFL.

 

ESPN The Magazine
ESPN The Magazine’s Music issue, on newsstands Friday, features Houston Texans All-Pro J.J. Watt on the cover with pop star Katy Perry, who will perform at halftime of Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona. Also, columnist Mina Kimes writes about why the mayor of Glendale is questioning whether hosting the Super Bowl is such a great prize in Thanks for nothing. In addition, The Mag’s Seth Wickersham provides readers with a Super Bowl Preview, focusing on why red zone efficiency is so crucial for teams—on offense and defense.
 
ESPN The Party
ESPN is hosting its 11th annual Super Bowl event, ESPN The Party, on Friday, Jan. 30, in Scottsdale. In conjunction with the release of ESPN The Magazine’s MUSIC issue, the event will celebrate the love affair between sports and music. ESPN The Party will feature live special performances by platinum-selling hip-hop artist, J.Cole and 2015 Grammy Award Nominee Charli XCX along with music by DJ Questlove and SOSUPERSAM. ESPN will take over WestWorld of Scottsdale’s newest venue, the North Hall, to create its signature annual Super Bowl experience. The 117,000 square foot space will be transformed to resemble a mid-century modern home with life-sized rock walls and formations. It will also include 700 linear feet of projection, mapping sunsets and sunrises in a desert setting. Guests can follow the action all night at ESPN’s Microsite www.espntheparty.com and use #ESPNTHEPARTY to chat with fans as well as athletes, celebs, brands, and VIPs in the house.
 
ESPN Images
Downloadable Super Bowl week photos are available in the ESPN Images library.
ESPN International
ESPN International will present Super Bowl XLIX live to more than 67 million households in 59 countries and territories throughout Spanish-Speaking Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and Canada. Commentary and analysis will be provided in four languages — English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Highlights:
 

 

  • The game will be seen in HD in Australia, New Zealand, Spanish-speaking Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean and Canada.
  • Spanish language coverage features a team of seven reporters/analysts in Arizona: Alvaro Martin (play-by-play), Super Bowl-winning kicker Raul Allegre (analyst) and John Sutcliffe (sideline reporter) will call the Super Bowl, while Ciro Procuna, Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega and Mauricio Pedroza will host reports throughout daily NFL Semanal-Camino al Super Bowl specials, SportsCenter, Radio Formula, Nación ESPN, #Redes and Los Capitanes.
  • Live coverage on Super Bowl Sunday in Latin America will begin at 1 p.m. ET with special SportsCenter and Toque Inicial shows followed by an extended pre-game NFL Esta Noche-Camino al Super Bowl leading into the live telecast of the Super Bowl at 5 p.m.
  • Spanish digital coverage will feature ESPN commentator live chats, video and complete coverage from Arizona on ESPN.com and via social media on Facebook and Twitter, using #SB49xESPN.  
  • For the first time ever, the live broadcast of the Super Bowl will be available digitally throughout Spanish-Speaking Latin America on ESPN’s broadband player, ESPN Play.
  • ESPN Brasil will feature Portuguese coverage with Everaldo Marques, Paulo Antunes and Andre Kfouri on the live Super Bowl XLIX broadcast and reporting for The Book is On the Table (daily Monday-Sunday), Abre and Pos Jogo (pre- and post-game show) and SportsCenter Brasil.
  • Live coverage of the Super Bowl will begin in Australia and New Zealand at 10 a.m. local with extended pregame coverage including Postseason NFL Countdown live from Arizona.
  • English-speaking ESPN networks in the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands will feature ESPN’s Postseason NFL Countdown and U.S. network coverage of Super Bowl XLIX.
  • RDS Canada will provide French coverage beginning at 5 p.m.
  • ESPN will distribute the Super Bowl to over 150 movie theaters located throughout Mexico and Brazil.

 

ESPN Deportes
ESPN Deportes Television will offer comprehensive coverage of Super Bowl XLIX via its renowned team of experts including Alvaro Martin, Raul Allegre, John Sutcliffe, Ciro Procuna, Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega, Mauricio Pedroza and Kary Correa, who will be reporting from Arizona, all week. Coverage includes live segments on SportsCenter, Los CapitanesNación ESPN, NFL Semanal and #Redes.
ESPN Deportes Radio will present week-long news and information with onsite reporting and analysis from Sebastian Martinez Christensen, Kenneth Garay and Carlos Arratia.
ESPNDeportes.com will provide complete reporting and highlights throughout the week, including daily live streaming segments, press conferences, and news, updates and analysis on both teams. Reporters Carlos Nava and Sebastian Martinez Christensen will be onsite to cover both teams.
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truTV Orders Pilot for Shaq, Inq. (working title) From Mandalay Sports Media and Executive Producers Shaquille O¹Neal and Mike Tollin

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truTV Orders Pilot for Shaq, Inq. (working title)

From Mandalay Sports Media and Executive Producers

Shaquille O’Neal and Mike Tollin

Scripted Project to be Based on the Team Behind All Things Shaq

truTV has ordered a pilot for Shaq Inq. (working title), a workplace comedy loosely based on the wild and frenetic business empire of Shaquille O’Neal, who is executive-producing the show with Mike Tollin (Smallville, Arli$$). The series is being produced for truTV by Mandalay Sports Media. Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer, The Break-Up) will write the pilot, with John Fortenberry (Galavant, Instant Mom) set to direct. Perry Rogers, Colin Smeeton and Michael Parris will render producer services.

This half-hour scripted comedy follows Shaquille O’Neal and the team who runs his sprawling business empire. The offbeat, yet capable, group juggles the mayhem of managing Shaq’s existing products and endorsements while implementing his latest batch of eccentric and oftentimes brilliant business ideas. But while they’re all working towards the same goal, each employee is constantly jockeying for the power and recognition to make the big guy proud.

Dan Kaplow (Trophy Wife, Sin City Saints) and Jon Weinbach (The Other Dream Team, Straight Outta L.A.) are co-executive producers of the pilot.

Tollin said, “Shaquille and I have been friends for 20 years, and his growth as a businessman never ceases to amaze and amuse me.”

“There is no denying Shaq’s multifaceted appeal,” said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV. “Thus, we couldn’t be happier to be collaborating with him, as well as Mike Tollin and Mandalay Sports Media, as we continue to push into new formats.”

FOX Sports Programming Highlights: College Hoops, UFC, Motor Sports and More

fox-sports-logoFOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS – 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

FOX COLLEGE HOOPS: Coach K Looks for Milestone 1,000th Win Sunday on FOX

UFC on FOX: FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT Pits Gustafsson vs. Johnson for Shot At Light Heavyweight Title

MOTOR SPORTS: Iconic Rolex 24 at Daytona Endurance Race Opens Sports Car Racing Season on FOX

#ICYMI: Jon Jones Exclusive Interview http://foxs.pt/1xzys2H

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

COACH K GOES FOR WIN NO. 1,000 VS. ST. JOHN’S SUNDAY ON FOX

  • Network/When/Talent:
    • Wednesday, Jan. 21:
      • Marquette at St. John’s
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Joe Davis and Tarik Turner
      • Creighton at Butler
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
      • Justin Kutcher and Bob Wenzel
    • Thursday, Jan. 22:
      • DePaul at No. 24 Seton Hall
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Joe Davis and Jim Spanarkel
      • Xavier at Providence
      • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Rich Ackerman and Ron Thompson
      • UTEP at Western Kentucky
      • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
      • Ron Thulin and Mike Jarvis
      • Washington at Colorado
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:30 PM ET)
      • Aaron Goldsmtih and Donny Marshall
    • Friday, Jan. 23:
      • Seton Hall at Villanova (W)
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Lisa Byington and Sarah Kustok
      • Creighton at DePaul (W)
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
      • Eric Collins and LaChina Robinson
    • Saturday, Jan. 24:
      • DePaul at Xavier
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (12:00 PM ET)
      • Dick Stockton and Jim Jackson
      • Middle Tennessee at Charlotte (W)
      • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO (12:00 PM ET)
      • Jason Knapp and Debbie Antonelli
      • West Virginia at Kansas (W)
      • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO (2:00 PM ET)
      • Ron Thulin and Brenda VanLengen
      • Georgetown at Marquette
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (2:30 PM ET)
      • Eric Collins and Dickie Simpkins
    • Sunday, Jan. 25:
      • No. 5 Duke at St. John’s
      • FOX & FOX Sports GO (2:00 PM ET)
      • Gus Johnson, Jim Jackson and Molly McGrath
      • Butler at Xavier (W)
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (2:30 PM ET)
      • Tiffany Greene and Sarah Kustok
      • No. 24 Seton Hall at Butler
      • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO (3:00 PM ET)
      • Kevin Kugler and Ron Thompson
      • Iowa State at No. 8 Texas (W)
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (4:30 PM ET)
      • Ron Thulin and Brenda VanLengen
      • Creighton at No. 4 Villanova
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Joe Davis and Jim Spanarkel
    • Tuesday, Jan. 27:
      • Xavier at Georgetown
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Joe Davis and Bill Raftery
      • DePaul at Providence
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
      • Rich Ackerman and Vin Parise
    • Wednesday, Jan. 28:
      • No. 24 Seton Hall at Marquette
      • FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Brian Anderson and Nick Bahe
      • St. John’s at Creighton
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
      • Kevin Kugler and Bob Wenzel
  • This Week: Already with more victories than any coach in NCAA men’s basketball history, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski makes his first attempt at becoming the first men’s head college basketball coach to reach 1,000 career wins Sunday, Jan. 25 (2:00 PM ET) against St. John’s on the FOX broadcast network. Gus Johnson and Jim Jackson have the call, and Molly McGrath patrols the sidelines at Madison Square Garden as Coach K goes for the milestone victory in the same building where he broke Bob Knight’s career wins record in November 2011. FOX Sports GO, the app that provides FOX Sports content at home or on the go, presents “Coach K Cam,” a special camera focused on Krzyzewski to capture his full range of emotions throughout the game. “Coach K Cam” is available free and unauthenticated to all users on FOX Sports GO.

MARQUETTE HEAD COACH STEVE WOJCIECHOWSKI JOINS FOX COLLEGE HOOPS TIP-OFF SUNDAY ON FOX

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 25 (1:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kevin Burkhardt, Ben Howland, Donny Marshall and Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski
  • This Week: Host Kevin Burkhardt and analysts Ben Howland and Donny Marshall are joined by Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski, a former player and assistant under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, live in the Los Angeles studio to preview No. 5 Duke at St. John’s. The half-hour pregame show features segments from FOX Sports analyst Bill Raftery’s sit-down interview with Coach K, as well as taped messages from Duke icons like Bobby Hurley, Christian Laettner, Chris Collins and J.J. Redick to their former mentor as he sits on the cusp of 1,000 career wins. The pregame also features live hits from Madison Square Garden before tipoff, at halftime and postgame.

BILL RAFTERY GOES 1-ON-1 WITH DUKE’S MIKE KRZYZEWSKI

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Jan. 23 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Bill Raftery and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski
  • This Week: FOX Sports college basketball analyst Bill Raftery sits down with Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski this week, as Coach K attempts to become the first men’s basketball coach in NCAA history to amass 1,000 career wins.

INSIDE THE BIG EAST LEADS IN TO DUKE-ST. JOHN’S PREGAME

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 25 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Don Bell, Austin Croshere and Ben Howland
  • This Week: INSIDE THE BIG EAST makes its broadcast debut on Sunday, leading into the FOX COLLEGE HOOPS TIP-OFF pregame show. This week’s show features a profile on DePaul sophomore Billy Garrett Jr., who battles sickle cell disease and is working to bring awareness to the affliction. Also this week, FOX Sports college basketball analyst Ron Thompson sits down for an interview with his father, former Georgetown head coach John Thompson; Austin Croshere gives his latest conference power rankings; and behind-the-scenes access, top plays of the week and more.

STUDIO

FOX SPORTS LIVE – SUPER BOWL XLIX PREVIEW COVERAGE; SCHRAGER AND KLATT AT SENIOR BOWL IN ALABAMA; COACH K 1,000 WIN WATCH

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Don Bell, Ryan Field, Jay Glazer, Casey Jacobsen, Joel Klatt, John Lynch, Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss, Petros Papadakis, Gary Payton, Bill Reiter, Ephraim Salaam.
  • This Week: A gauntlet that began with strenuous training camp practices in the heat of summer more than five months ago, the National Football League draws to its dramatic close next with the playing of Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots are set to face off in a tremendous matchup of each conference’s respective No. 1 seeds. FOX SPORTS LIVE has it covered with breakdowns of all of the biggest storylines surrounding the game. Beginning Monday of next week, embedded reporters Mike Garafolo (Seahawks) and Peter Schrager (Patriots) provide updates from the teams’ compounds as they continue preparations for the big game. The closing of the Super Bowl marks the beginning of the much-anticipated draft season and this week’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., is a huge part of the annual process. Heading up FOX Sports 1 draft coverage this year are Schrager and Joel Klatt, who are on hand at the annual all-star game, talking to coaches and personnel executives in advance of next month’s Combine in Indianapolis. As part of their coverage, Schrager and Klatt will release mock drafts and player rankings throughout the draft process and this week marked their first installment. Legendary Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is closing in on his 1,000th career victory, a feat he could accomplish on Sunday at St. John’s on FOX. FOX SPORTS LIVE will have full postgame coverage from site, including a number of specially prepared production elements celebrating Coach K’s fantastic career. ICYM – Monday night’s show included an exclusive 1-on-1 interview with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, his first public comments since reports of his positive drug test for cocaine and brief visit to rehab.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – NIGHTLY NBA AND NHL PREVIEWS; GLAZER REPORTS WEDNESDAY ON PATRIOTS CONTROVERSY; DAILY SUPER BOWL ANALYSIS, IN-STUDIO AND FROM SITE, NEW TIME NEXT MONDAY JAN. 26

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET); switching to 5:00 PM ET, beginning Jan. 26
  • Talent:  Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Jay Glazer, Joel Klatt, Kirk Morrison, Mike Garafolo, Casey Jacobsen, Corey Maggette, Ephraim Salaam
  • This Week: With both the NBA and NHL regular seasons in full swing, APG uses live satellite interviews from various sites with local correspondents and insiders who provide up-to-the-minute information in previewing all of the nightly action. Wednesday night’s show includes a satellite interview with FOX NFL insider and show contributor Jay Glazer, who will address the swirling reports that the New England Patriots did in fact use deflated footballs in the 45-7 defeat of the Indianapolis Colts during last week’s AFC Championship Game. Closing this week and beginning immediately at the start of next week, FOX Sports 1 NFL insiders Mike Garafolo (Seahawks) and Peter Schrager (Patriots) report from the respective team compounds in advance of Super Bowl XLIX. Schrager also delivers daily reports from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., updating prospects’ stocks and analyzing team needs and possible fits in the 2015 Draft. Programming Note: Beginning Monday, Jan. 26, APG will move to its new time, 5:00 PM ET.

SOCCER

FA CUP FOURTH ROUND BEGINS FRIDAY ON FOX SPORTS

  • What: FOX Sports’ exclusive live coverage of the FA Cup, the world’s oldest soccer competition and England’s main domestic cup tournament, continues this week with eight games from Friday, Jan. 23 to Monday, Jan. 26 on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 with fourth-round action. Manchester United and Cambridge United face off in true David and Goliath fashion on Friday on FOX Sports 1. Saturday’s matches feature Liverpool and Manchester City in action, while Sunday is highlighted by the Championship’s Brighton & Hove Albion taking on Arsenal.
  • Matchup/Network/When:
    • Cambridge United vs. Manchester United, FOX Sports 1/FOX Sports GO, Friday, Jan. 23 (2:30 PM ET)
    • Manchester City vs. Middlesbrough, FOX Sports 1/FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (9:30 AM ET)
    • Birmingham City vs. West Brom, FOX Sports 2/FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (9:55 AM ET)
    • Liverpool vs. Bolton Wanderers, FOX Sports 2/FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (12:25 PM ET)
    • Bristol City vs. West Ham United, FOX Sports 2/FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 25 (8:55 AM ET)
    • Aston Villa vs. Bournemouth, FOX Soccer Plus/FOX Soccer 2Go, Sunday, Jan. 25 (9:55 AM ET)
    • Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Arsenal, FOX Sports 2/FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 25 (10:55 AM ET)
    • Rochdale vs. Stoke City, FOX Sports 2/FOX Sports GO, Monday. Jan. 26 (2:55 PM ET)
  • Talent: FOX Sports 1’s coverage begins with the 30-minute FA CUP MATCH DAY pregame show on Friday at 2:30 PM ET and on Saturday at 9:30 AM ET and 12:00 PM ET. Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and postgame coverage alongside analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and former U.S. Men’s National Team and current Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden. Stone, Wynalda, Barton and Holden review matchups and provide commentary on the fourth round action live from the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles.

UFC

SATURDAY’S FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT COMES DOWN TO GUSTAFSSON’S FOOTWORK VS. JOHNSON’S POWER, SAYS CORMIER: This week FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: GUSTAFSSON VS. JOHNSON on Saturday, Jan. 24 (8:00 PM ET) live on FOX features Swedish superstar and No. 1 ranked light heavyweight contender Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson versus No. 3 ranked knockout artist Anthony “Rumble” Johnson to determine the next light heavyweight title challenger facing champion Jon Jones. UFC on FOX analyst and No. 2 ranked light heavyweight Daniel Cormier, who just lost his own title shot to Jones earlier this month, believes a clash of styles is what makes this a fight fans can’t miss: “This is a very good fight between two of the best in the division. Gustafsson’s footwork, boxing and agility versus Johnson’s power, his ability to walk people down and get big punches on them make this a very interesting fight.” For more on the breakdown, watch here: http://youtu.be/xQaWhHxjSuM

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Jan. 23 (12:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani, Gareth A Davies
  • This Week: The UFC WEIGH-IN features host Jon Anik, with Daniel Cormier and Brian Stann as analysts, breaking down the fighters on the card as they attempt to make weight. Ariel Helwani and Gareth A Davies interview fighters during the show.

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW: GUSTAFSSON VS. JOHNSON

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (4:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani, Gareth A Davies
  • This Week: Host Anik and analysts Cormier and Stann break down the exciting night including the much anticipated light heavyweight fight between Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson. They also analyze the other match-ups on the main card and prelims.

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FEATURE SIX EXCITING BOUTS 

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan, Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani, Gareth A Davies (Victor Dávila and Fabricio Werdum on FOX Deportes)
  • This Week: The three-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS feature six exciting fights, as Nico Musoke (13-3, 1NC) faces Albert Tumenov (14-2) and Kenny Robertson (14-3) takes on Sultan Aliev (13-1)        in two exciting welterweight bouts. Featherweights Andy Ogle (9-5) and Makwan Amirkhani (10-2) scrap it out, while light heavyweights Nikita Krylov (17-4) and Stanislav Nedkov (12-1, 1NC) face off. Mairbek Taisumov (22-5) and Anthony Christodoulou (12-1) battle in a lightweight clash, and featherweights Mirsad Bektic (8-0) and Paul Redmond (10-4) open the PRELIMS.

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT FEATURES LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE CONTENDER BOUT

  • Network/When: FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan, Curt Menefee, Daniel Cormier and Brian Stann  (Victor Dávila and Fabricio Werdum on FOX Deportes)
  • This Week: FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: GUSTAFSSON vs. JOHNSON is headlined by a clash of top-ranked light heavyweights, as No. 1 light heavyweight contender Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (16-2) meets No. 3 ranked knockout artist Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (18-4) in the main event. In addition, the main card features three more exciting matchups, including a clash between former Strikeforce Champions Dan Henderson (30-12) and No. 8 ranked middleweight Gegard Mousasi (35-5-2) in a middleweight bout. No. 5 Phil Davis (13-2, 1NC) faces No. 7 Ryan Bader (19-4) in another key light heavyweight bout. Akira Corassani (14-6-1) and Sam Sicilia kick off the main card on FOX with a featherweight fight.

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani, Gareth A Davies
  • This Week: Watch the recap of UFC FIGHT NIGHT, with host Anik and analysts Cormier and Stann breaking down the key light heavyweight fights on the main card. The group interviews winners and highlights the most exciting action of the evening.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER: ULTIMATE 8 DIAZ, MELENDEZ’S TAKEDOWN, DOS ANJOS INTERVIEW AND ROUSEY’S WARRIOR CODE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 25 (9:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: In the Ultimate 8: Nick Diaz – Joe Rogan boldly ranks the most memorable moments from Nick Diaz’s unforgettable career. Then, Gilbert Melendez offers rare insight into life inside MMA’s most guarded team, the Skrap Pack, and his friendship with the enigmatic Diaz brothers. The world’s number-one lightweight contender, Rafael Dos Anjos, joins host Anik in studio, as he readies to dethrone UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis at UFC 185. Plus, UFC superstar Ronda Rousey reveals the warrior code that has driven her to become one of the world’s most popular – and dominant – athletes.

UFC COUNTDOWN UFC 183: PROFILES SILVA VS. DIAZ

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 25 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz
  • This Week: Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz prepare to return to the Octagon in a main event of epic proportions. Countdown to UFC 183 goes behind the scenes with two legendary mixed martial artists, as “The Spider” works his way back from a horrendous injury and Diaz re-enters the spotlight after an extended hiatus. Plus, Tyron Woodley trains to face undefeated contender Kelvin Gastelum and lightweights Joe Lauzon vs. Al Iaquinta brace for battle.

UFC MAIN EVENT UFC 137: PENN VS. DIAZ

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Jan. 26 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: BJ Penn, Nick Diaz
  • This Week: Former UFC Champion BJ Penn welcomed Strikeforce Champion Nick Diaz back into the octagon in a matchup of fan favorites. Go into the training camps of these two laid-back athletes, then watch them switch into battle mode on Fight Night on MAIN EVENT: UFC 137.

UFC MAIN EVENT UFC 148: SILVA VS. SONNEN II

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Jan. 26 (9:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen
  • This Week: The first fight between longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and silver-tongued challenger Chael Sonnen was an instant classic. The buildup to the rematch was even more intense. See how both men trained to ensure a very different outcome, then witness the most anticipated fight in the sport’s history on MAIN EVENT: UFC 148.

BOXING

GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS FOX FIGHT NIGHT FEATURES ROCKY JUAREZ VS. ROBINSON CASTELLANOS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Jan. 26 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Brian Custer, Paulie Malignaggi
  • This Week: Golden Boy Promotions delivers another entertaining night of fights headlined by a 12-round bout for the WBC Silver Featherweight Title as current champion Rocky Juarez (30-10-1; 21 KOs) defends his title against top contender Robinson Castellanos (20-10; 13 KOs) from Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas.  Additionally on FOX Sports 1, KeAndre Gibson (11-0-1; 5 KOs) battles Nelson Lara (15-6-5; 8 KOs) in the welterweight division. 

NASCAR

NASCAR RACE HUB PREMIERES NEW SEASON LIVE FROM NASCAR SPRINT MEDIA TOUR NEXT MONDAY AT NEW TIME

With the 2015 NASCAR season opening in three weeks in Daytona, NASCAR RACE HUB returns for its season premiere on Monday, Jan. 26 at its new time of 6:00 PM ET, live from the annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour in Charlotte, N.C.  The nightly, one-hour news and information program is on the scene for each NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES team’s stop on the weeklong tour with interviews with the sport’s biggest stars and the latest news fans need to know.

NASCAR RACE HUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday through Fridays (6:00 PM ET) (pre-empted Wednesday, Jan. 28)
  • Talent: Co-hosts Adam Alexander, John Roberts and Danielle Trotta; analysts Jeff Hammond, Mike Joy and Larry McReynolds; reporter Kaitlyn Vincie
  • Next WeekMonday, Jan. 26-Friday, Jan. 30 (6:00 PM ET; moves to FOX Sports 2 on Wednesday, Jan. 28)

TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP

ICONIC ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA ENDURANCE RACE OPENS TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR SEASON ON FOX

  • Network/When:

o   Saturday, Jan. 24 – 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET, FOX

o   Saturday, Jan. 24 – 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM ET, FOX Sports 2

o   Saturday, Jan. 24 – 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM ET, FOX Sports 1

o   Sunday, Jan. 25 – 7:00 AM to 2:30 PM ET, FOX Sports 1

  • All FOX Sports broadcasts streamed live on FOX Sports GO; in addition, five dedicated (Corvette, Audi, Mazda, Porsche and Ford) on-board cameras are available through FOX Sports GO
  • Overnight coverage from 10:00 PM ET to 7:00 AM ET available on IMSA.com, with John Hindhaugh, Jeremy Shaw and Greg Creamer calling the action
  • Talent: Bob Varsha, Brian Till, Justin Bell, Calvin Fish, Tommy Kendall, Chris Neville, Matt Yocum, Jamie Howe, Andrew Marriott
  • This Week: Traditionally an all-star lineup, the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona cast of characters does not disappoint. Reigning TUDOR Championship and Rolex 24 champions Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa return to defend their title alongside IndyCar star Sebastien Bourdais. They will take on the likes of  Rubens Barrichello (Formula One) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (IndyCar; defending Indy 500 champion) both driving for Peter Baron’s Starworks team; AJ Allmendinger (NASCAR) with Michael Shank Racing; Scott Dixon (IndyCar), Tony Kanaan (IndyCar), Kyle Larson (NASCAR) and Jamie McMurray (NASCAR) all driving for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates in the Prototype class. The GT Le Mans (GTLM) class features world-class TUDOR Championship lineups from teams like Corvette Racing and defending race champions Porsche North America mixing it up with the likes of Graham Rahal (IndyCar) driving for his father Bobby’s BMW Team RLL team and Niki Lauda’s son, Mathias (WEC), driving for Aston Martin Racing in GTLM. The Scuderia Corsa Ferrari team – led by TUDOR Championship regular and Indy 500 veteran Townsend Bell – returns to defend its GT Daytona class title against a talented field that includes actor Patrick Dempsey running a Porsche. “With all the drivers from different racing disciplines across the world competing at the Rolex 24, Daytona is the center of the motorsports universe on this weekend,” said FOX Sports coordinating producer Greg Oldham. “So, in addition to covering compelling action that would make any sports car fan salivate, we also have a great opportunity to introduce new viewers to a very cool form of motorsports.” Decorated sports car driver Scott Pruett looks for his sixth Rolex 24 overall victory, which would break a tie with the legendary Hurley Haywood, making him the leading overall winner of the event. Pruett, who will drive in this year’s race with 2015 season co-driver Joey Hand, Charlie Kimball and Sage Karam, already leads with 10 class victories, dating back to 1985.

MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS

SUPERCROSS HEADS TO OAKLAND WITH ROCZEN SETTING EARLY PACE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (10:00 PM ET, LIVE)
  • Talent: Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig, Jenny Taft
  • This Week: Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, heads to O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., with second-year rider Ken Roczen setting the pace as the early rider to beat in the #WhosNext season. Roczen scored his second win of the season last week in Anaheim and extended his 450SX Class points lead to 12 over former champ Ryan Dungey and 21 over rookie Jason Anderson. Oakland marks the fourth race of the 17-race season.

RED BULL

DALLAGO DEFENDS HIS TITLE AT RED BULL CRASHED ICE OPENER ON FOX SUNDAY

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 25 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Nicole Dabeau, Troy Manering and Doug Anderson
  • This Week: RED BULL CRASHED ICE returns in 2015 and the year’s first stop is in Saint Paul, MN, where Austrian Marco Dallago defends his title. He’s the fifth champion in the last five years and is looking to become the first back-to-back title holder. “Can the Austrian Dallago become a back-to-back title holder, or will the American Naasz finally break through with a crown in this 15th season of Crashed Ice?” asks FOX host Troy Manering. “It will be electric when these riders duke it out shoulder-to-shoulder down an intimidating and treacherous icicle course carved into the urban landscape of St. Paul in front of more than 100,000 fans.”