ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Media Alert: Curt Schilling to Debut for Yankees-Orioles This Weekend

ESPN-MLBCurt Schilling to Resume Sunday Night Baseball Role This Weekend for Yankees-Orioles

Three-time World Series Champion Curt Schilling, who resumed his ESPN MLB analyst role Thursday on Baseball Tonight, will make his official Sunday Night Baseball debut with Dan Shulman, John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney on Sunday, September 14, when the New York Yankees visit the first-place Baltimore Orioles. The telecast will begin at 8 p.m. ET and will be available on ESPN and WatchESPN.

ESPN announced Schilling was joining the Sunday Night Baseball booth last December. In February, Schilling announced he had been diagnosed with cancer.

Schilling will resume his analyst role in time to call what is expected to be Derek Jeter’s final Sunday Night Baseball appearance. It will mark Jeter’s 71st career appearance on “baseball’s biggest stage,” more than any other player.

Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell is also available on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio.

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Sunday MLB on TBS Heads to Motown September 14 for Indians vs. Tigers at 1 p.m. ET

mlb-on-tbsTBS Telecast to be Available in the Cleveland Broadcast Territory

Sunday MLB on TBS will continue September 14 with an American League Central showdown when the Detroit Tigers and Miguel Cabrera host the Cleveland Indians and Michael Brantley at 1 p.m. ET. Max Scherzer (16-5) is scheduled to take the mound for Detroit against Cleveland probable starter Trevor Bauer (5-8). The Sunday MLB on TBS telecast will be available in the Indians broadcast territory with Brian Anderson providing play-by-play alongside analyst Cal Ripken.

The upcoming Sunday MLB on TBS schedule will include the Tigers visiting the Kansas City Royals on September 21 at 2 p.m. Prior to the game at 1:30 p.m., the MLB on TBS Pregame studio show will preview the day’s action. Casey Stern will host alongside analysts Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield.

TBS will begin its eighth consecutive year of MLB Postseason coverage with its exclusive presentation of the 2014 MLB Wild Card presented by Budweiser featuring the American League matchup on Tuesday, Sept. 30.  TBS will also be the exclusive television home of the American League Division Series (ALDS), beginning Thursday, Oct. 2, and the American League Championship Series (ALCS).  The network’s coverage of the ALDS will be presented by T-Mobile.

This season marks the first of Turner Sports’ new eight-year multimedia rights agreement with Major League Baseball that will extend the partnership to more than 40 years. As part of the new agreement, TBS has enhanced rights for its Sunday MLB on TBS game of the week with increased co-exist rights in the local markets.

Sunday MLB on TBS” Schedule:

 

Sunday, Sept. 14
 
1 p.m. ET Cleveland Indians @ Detroit Tigers
Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Cal Ripken (analyst)

 

Upcoming Schedule:

Sunday, Sept. 21  
   
1:30 p.m. MLB on TBS Pregame
Casey Stern (host), Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield (analysts)
 
2 p.m. Detroit Tigers @ Kansas City Royals
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken (analysts)

Visit the Turner Sports online press room for additional press materials; follow Turner Sports on Twitter at @TurnerSportsPR

 

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Sunday Night Football Presents First NFL Regular Season Game at Levi’s Stadium as Colin Kaepernick and The 49ers Host Jay Cutler and The Chicago Bears

FNIA-nfl-nbcCoverage Begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Bears-49ers

NFL Turning Point Season Premiere Tonight at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Pro Football Talk Weekdays at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report Has Comprehensive Post-Game Coverage Sunday Nights at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Stamford, Conn. – September 10, 2014 – Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears (0-1) travel to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., to take on Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers (1-0) on Sunday Night Football, in the first NFL regular-season game at Levi’s Stadium. Coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.

Calling Bears-49ers is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 29th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 15-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his five seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew EsocoffSunday Night Football has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series for a record six consecutive years.

Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports, is hosted by 26-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Levi’s Stadium on Sunday. Costas will be joined on site by Collinsworth, Tafoya, two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward, and NBC Sports commentator Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1 and will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Carolyn Manno will report from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on the Jets-Packers game.

BEARS-49ERS PREVIEW VIDEO:

Tony Dungy previews Bears-49ers: “I think we’ll see a high-scoring game. San Francisco’s offense clicked better in Dallas last week than it had in the preseason. Chicago has a lot of weaponry on offense with Jay Cutler and Matt Forte. The Bears are going to put points up.”

In addition to the weekly Sunday Night Football and Football Night in America broadcasts, NBC Sports Group’s NFL coverage also includes digital content and social media extensions, as well as NFL-related shoulder programming available on NBCSN.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

For the seventh consecutive season, Sunday Night Football will be streamed live online. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product, will stream all SNF games to desktops and tablets. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcast of SNF. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, and on select tablet devices within Google Play.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL DIGITAL COVERAGE

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ALL-ACCESSFor the fifth straight season, and with a new look and feel, NBCSports.com provides a destination for fans dedicated to behind-the-scenes and social media driven content of Sunday Night Football. SNF All-Access includes exclusive photos and videos of the Sunday Night Football production team, look-ins on SNF production meetings, Michele Tafoya’s “Ten With Tafoya” interviews with NFL players, and conversations with SNF and FNIA talent. In addition to the behind-the-scenes photos & videos, SNF All-Access houses all of the social media conversation surrounding SNF. Fans can access tweets from across the league, view Instagram photos, and check out which players and topics are trending all within one experience.

Visit SNF All-Access at: http://snfallaccess.nbcsports.com/

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SOCIAL MEDIA:

  • SNF ON FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SNFonNBC – The Sunday Night Football Facebook page provides stories, photos and videos exclusively behind-the-scenes at SNF every week. The page aggregates all SNF-related content found within the NBC Sports digital network, including NBCSports.comSNF All AccessProFootballTalk.com, and Rotoworld.com, and hosts fan-focused contests and sweepstakes throughout the season
  • SNF ON TWITTER: twitter.com/SNFonNBC – Using tweets, photos, Vines and videos, @SNFonNBC provides unique content with SNF talent, production crew and NFL players. Additionally, Michele Tafoya will provide real-time tweets from the sideline throughout the game.
  • SNF ON INSTAGRAM: Going into its fourth season, Sunday Night Football gives the SNF fan a look at photos through the filters of Instagram. Fans get a look inside the production trucks, the locker rooms, on the field and around each SNF city. In addition, fans get an exclusive look through Instagram of what life is like on the sideline, as our social media producer captures the best photos of Sunday night and posts in real time.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS

NBC Sports Group’s Sunday Night Football bus returns this season to travel the country visiting the host cities of all 17 Sunday Night Football games, NFL Kickoff 2014, and NBC’s Wild Card and Divisional Playoff games. The SNF bus will also be on-site all week leading up to the crowning of the Super Bowl XLIX champion in Arizona on Sunday, February 1, 2015.

The bus arrives in each city two to three days prior to the game, making stops at local landmarks and events before heading to the game site on Sunday. In each city fans will have the opportunity to interact with America’s most-watched primetime television show via exclusive memorabilia, and an interactive 55-inch touch screen housing social media elements, photos and video.

As the Sunday Night Football bus makes its way from NFL Kickoff to the Super Bowl, it travels with a replica Vince Lombardi Trophy that will be available for fan photos. From the life-size NFL player and Carrie Underwood images on the bus’ exterior, and the Vince Lombardi Trophy and “Photo Bomb” wall featuring NFL players on the inside, fans will have numerous opportunities to interact and share memories from the bus.

NBCSPORTS.COM/FOLLOWSNF

Fans can digitally follow the Sunday Night Football bus at NBCSports.com/FollowSNF. The site includes an interactive map of where the bus has been, and where it’s traveling next, allowing fans to take a virtual #SNFRoadTrip, which began at NFL Kickoff on Sept. 4 and continues all the way to the ultimate Sunday night of them all, Super Bowl XLIX  #SB49. In addition, fans can also participate in a tweet contest to show their team pride and see which team is leading in mentions each week.

A dedicated producer will collect photos and create videos of the bus’ travels and the cast of characters it encounters along the way. Life on the road with the Sunday Night Football bus will be featured on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as aggregated on NBCSports.com/FollowSNF using #SNFRoadTrip.

“THE SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”

For the third consecutive season NBC Sports presents “The Sunday Night Football,” a custom-made football from Wilson, which will travel with the SNF crew all season. Fans of SNF on Facebook and Twitter can keep up with “The Sunday Night Football” on the SNF Facebook page, follow its path through each city and recommend where it should visit while in town. In addition, fans can visit NBCSports.com/FollowSNF.

At the end of each SNF game, “The Sunday Night Football” will be signed by the player of the game. Photos, video and stories around “The Sunday Night Football” and its travels will live on Facebook, Twitter, and SNF All-Access.

To help fans continue the conversation about the Sunday Night Football bus and “The Sunday Night Football,” NBCSports.com/FollowSNF will aggregate tweets and Instagram posts utilizing #SNF. The feed will include NBC Sports’ NFL experts, players, teams, and others talking about SNF and their interactions with the bus and the ball.

NFL TURNING POINT SEASON PREMIERE TONIGHT AT 10 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The fourth season of the Emmy Award-nominated NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films and hosted by Football Night in America’s Dan Patrick, debuts tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

Tonight’s episode breaks down the Denver Broncos season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, and includes spotlight features on FalconsSaints and RavensBengals, a film study with Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall, and a wired for sound segment with New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien.

Each week Turning Point will be built around select NFL matchups from the previous weekend, and will focus on the crucial “turning point” moments that ultimately defined the outcome of each game. The show will also feature anatomy-of-a-play type segments and long form, Game-of-the-Week style narratives that include the pre-game and post-game access, sideline sounds, jaw-dropping cinematography and incredible storytelling that is synonymous with NFL Films.

PRO FOOTBALL TALK ON NBCSN WEEKNIGHTS, 5:30 P.M. ET

Pro Football Talk, NBCSN’s daily NFL studio show co-hosted by Mike Florio and Paul Burmeister, airs at 5:30 p.m. ET every Monday through Friday. In addition to diving deep on the most topical NFL stories of the day, Pro Football Talk provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, including the most current news and analysis, engaging features, thought-provoking debates, and interviews with a wide variety of NFL newsmakers.

The show regularly features a roster of NBC Sports football commentators who share a combined eight Super Bowl titles and 169 seasons of NFL experience, including Cris Collinsworth, Tony DungyHines Ward, Doug Flutie, Jason Taylor, Takeo Spikes, Brian Westbrook, Ross Tucker, Jon Ritchie and longtime NFL coach Kevin Gilbride. In addition, Mike Ryan, who boasts 26 NFL seasons of athletic training experience, appears on select telecasts to provide perspective on injuries and sports medicine.

FANTASY FOOTBALL LIVE ON NBCSN TUESDAY – THURSDAY NIGHTS, 6:30 P.M. ET

Building off of Yahoo! Sports’ popular Sunday live streaming show of the same name, Fantasy Football Live is a live and on-demand, multi-platform, fantasy football program that airs Tuesday through Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Fantasy Football Live on NBCSN combines the best fantasy football expertise from Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports, including unique metrics from Yahoo! Sports’ leading fantasy football platform, and full integration with NBC Sports’ premier fantasy sports information site, Rotoworld.com.

Hosted by NBC Sports’ Dave Briggs,  Fantasy Football Live features a roster of Yahoo Sports, NBC Sports and Rotoworld fantasy analysts, including Rotoworld’s Kay Adams, as well as Yahoo Sports’ Brad EvansBrandon Funston and Andy Behrens.

NBCSN SUNDAY SPORTS REPORT SUNDAY NIGHTS, 11:30 P.M. ET

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report, a new, weekly, one-hour program that showcases the news and highlights of the sports properties that are carried by NBC Sports Group, airs every Sunday night at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Hosted by Liam McHugh, NBCSN Sunday Sports Report goes in-depth into the high-profile sports properties that primarily air on NBC and NBCSN, including the Olympics, NFL, NASCAR, NHL, Premier League, golf, Triple Crown horse racing, Notre Dame Football, Formula One, IndyCar and more.

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report originates from Studio 3 at NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.

During the NFL season, Rodney Harrison and Mike Florio will join McHugh in studio. In addition, Cris Collinsworth, Hines Ward, Josh Elliott and Michele Tafoya will report from the site of each Sunday Night Football game.

NBC SPORTS RADIO

NBC Sports Radio will surround the 2014 NFL season with daily coverage on 439 radio affiliates, highlighted by McNabb and Malone; an all-sports show that leverages the unique perspective of two former NFL quarterbacks, and Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison; featuring three-time All Pro and two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison.

To listen to a live stream of NBC Sports Radio, or find your local affiliate, visit www.NBCSportsRadio.com

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NFL markets such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, will surround the 2014 NFL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most in more than 43 million U.S. households.

NFL KICKOFF WEEKEND GAMES ON NBC RANK AS #1 AND #2 PRIMETIME SHOWS FOR WEEK

NBC averaged 25.3 million viewers for two NFL Kickoff Weekend games – Seattle’s 36-16 win over Green Bay on Thursday, and Denver’s 31-24 victory over Indianapolis on the debut of Sunday Night Football – which ranked as primetime television’s two most-watched programs last week, according to official national data released by The Nielsen Company.

The Seahawks’ 20-point victory in the Thursday “NFL Kickoff” game was the most-watched primetime show of the week (Sept. 1-7), with an average of 26.9 million viewers. The Sunday Night Football opener, in which Denver jumped out to a 24-0 first-half lead, averaged 23.7 million viewers and ranked as primetime television’s #2 show of the week.

NBC has averaged more than 25 million viewers on NFL Kickoff Weekend (two-game average) for five consecutive seasons.

NBC Sports Live Extra’s live streams of “NFL Kickoff” and Sunday Night Football generated records as the highest-trafficked non-Olympic, non-Super Bowl, single-game live stream in NBC Sports Digital history (Green Bay-Seattle), and the most-consumed Sunday Night Football opener (Indianapolis-Denver).

Thursday’s Packers-Seahawks consumption of more than 25 million minutes on NBC Sports Live Extra topped the prior non-Olympic, non-Super Bowl record set in last year’s thrilling Week 12 “Manning-Brady XIV” SNF game, won 34-31 in overtime by New England (21.3 million).

Fans consumed nearly 19.2 million minutes of Sunday night’s Colts-Broncos game, which is the best-ever for an SNF opener, and up 60% vs. last year’s SNF opener.

2014 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

NBC will broadcast 19 primetime NFL games during the 2014 regular season including NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game, featuring the heated NFC West rivalry between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

2014 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
DATE WEEK MATCHUP
Sun. Sept. 14 Week 2 Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers
Sun. Sept. 21 Week 3 Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers
Sun. Sept. 28 Week 4 New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys
*Sun. Oct. 5 Week 5 Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots
*Sun. Oct. 12 Week 6 New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Oct. 19 Week 7 San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos
*Sun. Oct. 26 Week 8 Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints
*Sun. Nov. 2 Week 9 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Sun. Nov. 9 Week 10 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
*Sun. Nov. 16 Week 11 New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
*Sun. Nov. 23 Week 12 Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
**Thurs. Nov. 27 Week 13 Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
*Sun. Nov. 30 Week 13 Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
*Sun. Dec. 7 Week 14 New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers
*Sun. Dec. 14 Week 15 Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Dec. 21 Week 16 Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
*Sun. Dec. 28 Week 17 TBA
   

*Flex Week

** Thanksgiving Night Game

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ESPN NFL Content Update – Week 2

Sunday NFL Countdown logoSunday NFL Countdown: Chris Berman Conversation with Pete Carroll; Bengals’ Devon Still; Vikings Cordarrelle Patterson; and More 

Sunday NFL Countdown will preview the NFL’s week 2 games on September 14 beginning at 10 a.m. Chris Berman will host the three-hour pregame show with analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson and Ray Lewis. Reporter/host Wendi Nix will host segments, and NFL insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will report the day’s headlines and news.

Reporters covering Sunday games:

Features

  • William Gay and Domestic Violence: In 2012, Monday Night Countdown essayist Rick Reilly profiled current Steelers cornerback William Gay, whose mother was abused and shot to death by his abusive stepfather. In light of the Ray Rice case, Countdown revisits the story of Gay, who now volunteers at shelters for abused women.
  • Pete Carroll’s Journey: Berman visits with Seattle Seahawks’ Pete Carroll to discuss the Super Bowl-winning coach’s journey from subpar coaching stints with the Jets and Patriots through a historic run at the University of Southern California, and now to Seattle, where he has helped mold the Seahawks into the league’s best team.
  • Cordarrelle Patterson: Minnesota receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is currently under the tutelage of longtime and famed Vikings wide receivers coach George Stewart, who has coached “receiving royalty” in the NFL – Jerry Rice, Cris Carter, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens to name a few. Stewart tells Countdown’s Jim Trotter that Patterson has the same skill-set that may lead to similar greatness.
  • Devon Still: After cutting Devon Still last week, the Cincinnati Bengals signed the third-year defensive tackle to their practice squad so he can keep his health insurance to take care of his four year-old daughter stricken by cancer. Entering Sunday’s game against the visiting Falcons, the Bengals coaching staff moved Still to the active roster. Countdown’s Michelle Beisner reports on the Bengals’ loyalty and Still’s gratitude.
  • Rex Ryan Soundtracks: The Jets head coach, wired for sound during the team’s season-opening win at home over the Raiders, will be featured on Sunday’s “Soundtracks.”

ESPN’s Monday Night Football: Andrew Luck and the Colts Host Nick Foles and the Eagles

Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts host Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football on September 15 at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN (kickoff is 8:30 p.m.). MNF play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico and analyst Jon Gruden will call the game from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis with sideline reporter Lisa Salters.

MNF is available on ESPN Deportes and via WatchESPN. ESPN’s Weekly NFL Programming Schedule.

The Monday Night Countdown pregame begins at 6 p.m. Chris Berman hosts the show from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Conn., with analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson and Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis and Steve Young join Countdown from Indianapolis.

Monday Night Countdown highlights:

  • Andrew Luck: Andrew Luck’s on-field performance has firmly established the Colts quarterback as one of the league’s best. MNF reporter Lisa Salters sits for a one-on-one interview with Luck.
  • Gruden’s Grill Session: MNF analyst and Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden will visit with an Eagles player (TBD) to preview the Monday Night matchup.
  • Rick Reilly’s Feature – Ben Utecht: Former Colts tight end Ben Utecht is a musician, soon releasing his debut album. One of his songs is inspired by an emotional letter he wrote to his wife and kids asking that the letter be opened only if/when Ben loses his memory of them. Utecht fears his football concussions have created pockets in his life that he can’t remember – unable to remember being in his friend’s wedding even when he sees pictures of the event.  Countdown essayist Rick Reilly sits with Utecht and his wife, Karyn, to discuss the former footballer’s fears about the future, and also his work speaking before Congress about concussion awareness and reform.
  • E:60 – LeSean McCoy’s Family Life: With videogame-like moves, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy is one of the NFL’s most dynamic players. Off the field, McCoy is a single dad, with primary custody of his two-year old son, Salters reports in an E:60 profile.

NFL Drives ESPN Digital Media to Record Audiences on Sunday, Sept. 7

Driven by the kickoff of the 2014 NFL season, ESPN Digital Media recorded its best day ever on Sunday, Sept. 7,  with an average audience of 1 million people across platforms, eclipsing the previous high of 866,000 set on Sunday, Sept. 15 (Week 2 of 2013 NFL season).  Much of the growth was attributed to the ESPN.com mobile Web and ESPN Fantasy Football app, up 25 percent and 73 percent, respectively, compared to the previous year.

Additionally, ESPN.com across platforms logged 24.8 million unique visitors (up 13 percent from Week 1 a year ago) on Sunday, the second-best day ever behind only Thursday, June 26, during the group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Engagement with ESPN on social platforms was also significant, with more than 240,000 Twitter users interacting with @ESPN, @SportsCenter and ESPN’s NFL accounts on Sunday, 55 percent more than key accounts of its five closest competitors combined.

The Monday Night Football doubleheader on Monday, Sept. 8, also logged audience growth on WatchESPN, with the Giants vs. Lions game generating 335,000 live unique viewers (up 31 percent compared to the previous year).  The Chargers vs. Cardinals game more than doubled its audience (up 114 percent) with 366,000 live unique viewers.

espnW: Ray Rice and Roger Goodell Reaction

espnW.com has continuing coverage from Jane McManus on the latest in the NFL and the Ray Rice case, and Kate Fagan discusses whether NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should resign. Also, W columnists Fagan and Sarah Spain voice their opinions about the Rice case in the latest W Debate: Who Botched Their Case More.

ESPN Analyst and Three-Time Patriots Super Bowl Champ Tedy Bruschi Honored with Football Legacy Award at ‘The Tradition’ in Boston

ESPN NFL analyst Tedy Bruschi will be presented with the Football Legacy Award at The Sports Museum’s 13th annual event, ‘The Tradition,’ on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the TD Garden in Boston. A three-time Super Bowl champion with Patriots, Bruschi was drafted by New England in 1996 and spent his entire 13-year career with the team. He is also a member of the Patriots Hall of Fame. ESPN’s Chris Berman will also attend and present sports radio personality Eddie Andelman with the Media Legacy Award.

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FOX Sports Programming Highlights: NFL, UFC, College Football & More

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FOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS – 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

NFL on FOX: Cowboys, Giants and Super Bowl Champion Seahawks

Featured in Week 2

UFC: THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: A CHAMPION WILL BE CROWNED Premieres with Franchise’s First All-Female Cast, Title On The Line

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: No. 12 UCLA vs. Texas Highlights FOX Doubleheader

#ICYMI: NFL on FOX Insider Jay Glazer on Ray Rice Video

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NFL

COWBOYS, GIANTS AND DEFENDING SUPER BOWL CHAMPS HEADLINE WEEK 2 OF NFL ON FOX

The NFL on FOX continues this week with five regionalized matchups across the country, highlighted by the Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans. On the East Coast, Eli Manning and the New York Giants look to recover after a Monday night loss, hosting the Arizona Cardinals, and the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks go on the road to face the San Diego Chargers. In other action this Sunday, the Carolina Panthers host the Detroit Lions, and the New Orleans Saints head north to Cleveland to face the Browns.

FOX Sports’ NFL coverage begins each Sunday on FOX Sports 1 with FOX NFL KICKOFF at 11:00 AM ET with host Joel Klatt and analysts Donovan McNabb, Brian Urlacher and Randy Moss. On the FOX broadcast network, FOX NFL SUNDAY immediately follows FOX NFL KICKOFF at 12:00 PM ET with co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee alongside analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson, insider Jay Glazer and rules analyst Mike Pereira.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

 

GAME                                                                    PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST/SIDELINE            COV.                 TIME (ET) 

Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants                  Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch          17%                            1:00PM                                                                                             

& Pam Oliver

MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, N.J.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Hartford, New York, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Phoenix, West Palm Beach

Detroit Tigers at Carolina Panthers                       Chris Myers, Ronde Barber   17%                        1:00PM                                                                                          

 & Jennifer Hale

Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, N.C.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Greensboro, Greenville, Milwaukee, Raleigh

Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans                   Joe Buck, Troy Aikman                           22%                        1:00PM

                                                                                         & Erin Andrews    

LP Field – Nashville, Tenn.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Austin, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Knoxville, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Francisco, Tulsa

New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns      Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston                     11%                   1:00PM

         & On-field analyst Tony Siragusa

 

FirstEnergy Stadium – Cleveland, Ohio

MARKETS INCLUDE: Baltimore, Birmingham, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh

Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers     Thom Brennanman, David Diehl       25%                  4:05PM   

        & Laura Okmin

 

Qualcomm  Stadium – San Diego, Calif.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Portland, Providence, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, Washington

St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers         Dick Stockton, Kirk Morrison                  7%                        4:05PM                                                                                          

 & Kristina Pink

Raymond James Stadium — Tampa, Fla.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Charlotte, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Orlando, Raleigh, Tampa

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

  1. 12 UCLA VS. TEXAS HIGHLIGHTS COLLEGE FOOTBALL DOUBLEHEADER ON FOX
  • Network/When/Talent:

o   Pittsburgh at FIU

  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Sept. 13 (12:00 PM ET)
  • Craig Bolerjack and Ryan Nece; #PITTvsFIU

o   Illinois at Washington

  • FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Sept. 13 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Joe Davis, Joey Harrington and Kris Budden; #ILLINOISvsWASHINGTON

o   Minnesota at TCU

  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Sept. 13 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Tim Brando and Brady Quinn; #MINNvsTCU

o   UTSA at Oklahoma State

  • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Sept. 13 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Mark Followill, Brian Baldinger and Lesley McCaslin; #UTSAvsOKST

o   Tulsa at Florida Atlantic

  • FOX College Sports & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Sept. 13 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Mike Morgan, JC Pearson and  Steffi Sorensen; #TULSAvsFIU

o   No. 12 UCLA vs. Texas (AT&T Stadium, Dallas)

  • FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Sept. 13 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath; #UCLAvsTEXAS
  • Deportes: Pablo Alsina and Francisco X. Rivera; #UCLAvsTexas
  • This Week: A doubleheader of college football action comes to the FOX broadcast network on Saturday, Sept. 13, culminating with No. 12 UCLA vs. Texas from AT&T Stadium in Dallas at 8:00 PM ET. Leading into the Bruins-Longhorns, the Pac-12 and Big Ten go head-to-head as Washington hosts Illinois at 4:00 PM ET. Host Rob Stone and analysts Joel Klatt and Dave Wannstedt are in studio at halftimes and between games. FOX Sports 1 has a doubleheader of its own, beginning at 12:00 PM ET as Pittsburgh takes on FIU, followed by Minnesota at TCU at 4:00 PM ET.

MLB

POSTSEASON RACES HEAT UP ON FOX & FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When/Talent:

o   Atlanta Braves at Texas Rangers

  • Saturday, Sept. 13 (1:00 PM ET), FOX & FOX Sports GO
  • Matt Vasgersian, John Smoltz and Jon Paul Morosi

o   New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles

  • Saturday, Sept. 13 (1:00 PM ET), FOX & FOX Sports GO
  • Gary Thorne, Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal

o   San Diego Padres at Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Saturday, Sept. 13 (8:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO
  • Justin Kutcher and Mark Grant
  • This Week: The race to the postseason heats up on FOX and FOX Sports 1, highlighted by a battle of AL East rivals, as the Baltimore Orioles host the New York Yankees in regionalized action. The Orioles hold a strong lead in the division, while the Yankees look to make up ground in the Wild Card.

MLB WHIPAROUND CONTINUES ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When/ Talent: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, weekdays

o   Wednesday, Sept. 10 (1:00 AM ET) – Chris Myers and CJ Nitkowski

o   Monday, Sept. 15 (10:00 PM ET) – TBA

o   Tuesday, Sept. 16 (1:00 AM ET) – TBA

o   Wednesday, Sept. 17 (12:00 AM ET) – TBA

  • What: This nightly program expands FOX Sports 1’s commitment to baseball coverage with quick-turnaround highlights of in-progress games, MLB news and analysis.  The hour-long program originates from Los Angeles.

STUDIO

FOX SPORTS LIVE – NIGHTLY NFL COVERAGE, MLB HIGHLIGHTS AND PLAYOFF RACES

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Cole Wright, Ryan Field, Jay Glazer, Gabe Kapler, Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart, Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss, Petros Papadakis, Bill Reiter, Ephraim Salaam, Peter Schrager and Clay Travis.
  • This Week: With both the college and pro football seasons in full swing, FOX SPORTS LIVE has the action covered with nightly news and analysis from a host of contributors. Following TMZ’s release of the harrowing video that captured former Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice’s assault of his then-fiancée in a hotel elevator, the show has the developing story covered from all angles throughout the week. With new details continuing to emerge, the focus on the story remains strong, especially with the Ravens set to play their second regular-season game on Thursday night against the division-rival Pittsburgh Steelers. On Tuesday night’s show, former six-time Pro Bowl quarterback and FOX Sports 1 NFL analyst Donovan McNabb said he believes the Rice controversy and ensuing response from the NFL will ultimately force league commissioner Roger Goodell to resign. Link: http://bit.ly/1wfmm20. With the MLB regular season entering its home stretch, nightly highlights and analysis continue with analyst Gabe Kapler in studio. It is also awards season on the diamond, and FOX SPORTS LIVE continues to follow all of the leading candidates for the league’s most significant individual awards.

FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICK OFF ROLLS ON

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday nights (This week: 12:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Bruce Feldman, Todd Fuhrman, Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart, Stewart Mandel, Petros Papadakis, Clay Travis, Dave Wannstedt.
  • This Week: College football coverage remains an emphasis during the week leading up to Friday’s third installment of FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF at 12:00 AM ET. The format features an hour-long programming block counting down the sport’s biggest stories of the week. The show boasts a stable of insiders that includes Bruce Feldman, Stewart Mandel and Clay Travis, who provide up-to-the-minute reporting and insight on programs from across the nation. Former players Joel Klatt, Petros Papadakis and Matt Leinart are also on-hand, joining longtime collegiate and professional coach Dave Wannstedt for game analysis and breakdowns as they count down topics from 10 to 1..

AMERICA’S PREGAME – DALE EARNHARDT JR. IN-STUDIO WEDNESDAY, NFL THURSDAY NIGHT PREGAME HITS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Julie Stewart-Binks, Royce Clayton, Jay Glazer, Joel Klatt, Kirk Morrison, Ephraim Salaam, Frank Thomas
  • This Week: Two-time Daytona 500 winner and NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins AMERICA’s PREGAME Wednesday at 6:00 PM ET to discuss the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s version of the playoffs, which kicks off this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.  Earnhardt Jr. is in Los Angeles as part of Wednesday’s “Chase Across North America” media tour that features all 16 Chase contenders participating in a multi-country media blitz across 16 different cities — one in each Chase track market. In advance of Thursday night’s Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens game, FOX Sports 1 NFL insider Mike Garafolo provides live pregame hits from the Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium, bringing up-to-the-minute reports on that night’s game. Garafolo is countered in-studio by FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer, who also contributes news and injury updates prior the game.

UFC

UFC TONIGHT – UFC PRESIDENT DANA WHITE, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER RED CARPET

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Sept. 10 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Karyn Bryant, Daniel Cormier, Brendan Schaub, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: On UFC TONIGHT, guest hosts UFC light heavyweight Daniel Cormier and heavyweight Brendan Schaub join Florian and Bryant in studio. The crew interviews UFC president Dana White. Heidi Androl reports from THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER Red Carpet premiere. Bryant and Helwani also provide additional reports.

UFC ROUNDTABLE: THE ULTIMATE FIGHTERS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Sept. 10 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Rashad Evans, Matt Serra, Forrest Griffin, Chuck Liddell
  • This Week: Host Jay Glazer is joined by former UFC champions Rashad Evans, Matt Serra, Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell to discuss all things THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER. Griffin, Evans and Serra relate their experiences competing on the show, while each relate their impressions of coaching on the series. This one-hour special is filled with insights, never-been-told stories and intriguing memories of the long-running reality series.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: A CHAMPION WILL BE CROWNED PREMIERES

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Sept. 10 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Anthony Pettis, Gilbert Melendez, Dana White
  • This Week: For the first time in history, the new season of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER features an all-female cast and has a UFC title on the line. The storied reality series holds a women’s 115-pound tournament to determine the first-ever UFC women’s strawweight champion. UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and No. 1-ranked lightweight contender, Gilbert Melendez, serve as coaches and meet in a championship showdown of their own at the conclusion of the season. In the premiere episode, the 16 fighters arrive to the UFC training center, where the coaches pick their squads before the women move into the house and begin training. Finally, the first two fighters face off in the first preliminary fight of the season, with a shocking ending. Click the link to watch the promo: http://youtu.be/S2W9oA2F0lI?list=UUPsnQwLU27zNZ_sdjd52a-A

UFC FROM ALL ANGLES: MIESHA TATE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Sept. 11 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Miesha Tate
  • This Week: UFC women’s bantamweight Miesha “Cupcake” Tate sits down with Karyn Bryant to discuss how in a sport dominated by men, women can be just as fierce.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER: SWANSON, EDGAR, POIRIER, MCGREGOR

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Sept. 14 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: Watch Cub Swanson’s inspirational story about overcoming a troubled youth, as he visits a juvenile center to help those in need. Then, the pride of New Jersey, Frankie Edgar, reveals how his hometown made him into a UFC champion. Get Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier’s inside account of how his transition to South Florida has fueled a rise up the stacked featherweight ranks. Finally, breakout Irish star Conor McGregor is exclusively mic’d up as Northern Ireland’s highly touted Norman Parke fights in Manchester.

BOXING

IS CUELLAR READY FOR NEXT LEVEL AT GOLDEN BOY BOXING, ASKS ANALYST MALIGNAGGI

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Sept. 11 (9:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Brian Custer, Paulie Malignaggi and Jessica Rosales (FOX Deportes: Mauricio Cardenas, Erik Morales and Daniel Ponce De Leon)
  • This Week: Golden Boy Live! presents an unprecedented lineup of six televised fights, including two world championship bouts. In the main event at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, unbeaten heavyweights Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz and Lateef “Power” Kayode face off for the vacant WBA Heavyweight World Title. Plus, the WBA Interim Featherweight World Title is on the line in the co-main event between Buenos Aires’ Jesus “El Jinete” Cuellar (24-1, 18 KOs) and Puerto Rico’s Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (34-4, 31 KOs). Both bouts are scheduled for 12 rounds. “This is a stacked card and the perfect way to kick off the Mayweather-Maidana fight week,” says FOX Boxing analyst Paulie Malignaggi. “Luis Ortiz vs. Lateef Kayode will crown a new heavyweight champ and add a new name to the mix to fight Wladimir Klitschko, so the eyes of the boxing world will be on this one. In the night’s second title fight, Juan Manuel Lopez is always an exciting fighter to watch and one of the most experienced veterans out there, so we’ll see if Jesus Cuellar is ready for the next level and to take the torch from JuanMa. Fans will have a full night of great fights.” Also stepping into the ring, Julian “J Rock” Williams (16-0-1, 10 KOs) takes on Eliezer Gonzalez (14-0, 9 KOs) of San Juan Puerto Rico in an eight-round bout. 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (13-0, 10 KOs) faces Noe Bolanos (26-10-1, 16 KOs) of Obregon, Mexico, in an eight-round welterweight bout. Click on the link to watch the promo: http://bit.ly/1ut84I4

SOCCER

UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League Group Stage Action Kick Off on September 16:

UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League group stage action kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 16, across the FOX Sports family of networks with studio and game coverage on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, the FOX Sports Regional Networks and FOX Soccer Plus.

Network/When:

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MATCH DAY 1

Tues., Sept. 16 Match Network
2:00 PM UEFA Champions League Pregame FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports Regional Networks, FOX Soccer Plus
2:30 PM Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal FOX Sports 1
2:30 PM Liverpool vs Ludogorets FOX Sports 2
2:30 PM Real Madrid vs FC Basel FOX Sports Net
Wed., Sept. 17 Match Network
2:00 PM UEFA Champions League Pregame FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports Regional Networks, FOX Soccer Plus
2:30 PM Bayern München vs Manchester City FC FOX Sports 1
2:30 PM Chelsea vs FC Schalke FOX Sports 2
2:30 PM Barcelona vs APOEL FC FOX Sports Net

 

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE MATCH DAY 1

 

Thurs., Sept. 18 Match Network
12:30 PM UEFA Europa League Pregame FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports Regional Networks, FOX Soccer Plus
1:00 PM FK Partizan vs Tottenham Hotspur FOX Sports 1
1:00 PM FC Salzburg vs Celtic FC FOX Sports 2
1:00 PM Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk  vs Inter Milan FOX Soccer Plus
3:05 PM Everton vs VfL Wolfsburg FOX Sports 1
3:05 PM Napoli vs Sparta Praha FOX Sports 2
3:05 PM Sevilla vs Feyenoord FOX Soccer Plus

 

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MATCH DAY 4

Tues., Sept. 16 Match Network
8:00 PM Waterhouse FC vs DC United FOX Soccer Plus
10:00 PM Portland Timbers vs Club Deportivo Olimpia FOX Sports 1
Wed., Sept. 17 Match Network
8:00 PM Montreal Impact vs New York Red Bulls FOX Sports 2
Thurs., Sept. 18 Match Network
8:00 PM Sporting Kansas City vs Deportivo Saprissa FOX Sports 1

Talent: Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and post-game coverage from Los Angeles with analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Brian McBride.

NASCAR

FOX SPORTS 1 & FOX SPORTS 2 KICK OFF THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP AT CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY:

FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 kick off the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s updated version of the playoffs, this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway as 16 drivers embark on their quest for this year’s championship. The NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES also competes at Chicagoland in the 15th of its 22-race season.

The Chase Grid is set with the 16 drivers who qualified for this year’s title battle. The Challenger Round, the first of four that determines the 2014 championship, kicks off at Chicagoland and features Brad Keselowski leading Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano, to round out the top five.

Thirteen points separate the top three drivers with eight races to go in the 2014 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES season.  Johnny Sauter leads teammate and reigning champ Matt Crafton (-7), Ryan Blaney (-13), Darrell Wallace Jr. (-38) and German Quiroga (-48).

FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports GO provide live coverage of Friday and Saturday’s Truck Series, Sprint Cup and NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES on-track activities from Chicagoland, in addition to shoulder programming surrounding both series.  NASCAR RACE HUB provides daily updates throughout the week, including live coverage of Thursday’s 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Media Day in Chicago.  In addition, FOX Sports 1 continues to follow the latest in the investigation surrounding the death of sprint-car driver Kevin Ward Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park when he was struck and killed by a car driven by Tony Stewart.

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE FROM CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Sept. 12  (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Adam Alexander, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip, Ray Dunlap and Hermie Sadler

NCWTS SETUP FROM CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Sept. 12 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Krista Voda, Adam Alexander, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip, Ray Dunlap and Hermie Sadler
  • This Week: NCWTS SETUP offers a feature interview, conducted by Kaitlyn Vincie, with Kyle Busch Motorsports’ three drivers, Kyle Busch, Erik Jones and Darrell Wallace Jr.; a look back at how Thorsport Racing’s Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter survived the last race at Canada to hold the top two positions in the point standings heading into Chicago; and the latest news on the No. 30 truck of Ron Hornaday Jr. being shut down.

NASCAR RACE HUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday through Thursdays (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Co-hosts Steve Byrnes, Danielle Trotta and Adam Alexander; Matt Clark, Ray Dunlap, Bob Dillner, Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds
  • This Week: Steve Byrnes provides updates and driver interviews live from Chicago on Thursday, Sept. 11, as all 16 Challengers participate in the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Media Day; also on Thursday, Part 3 of the HUB’s “Chase War Room,” a roundtable discussion with Alexander, McReynolds, Hammond, Dillner and Dunlap  debating crucial Chase topics, including who the first four drivers to be eliminated and the likeliest four left standing at Homestead-Miami Speedway could be; and “Let it Ride” odds segment on the favorites to win at Chicagoland.
  • Next Week: Driver/analyst AJ Allmendinger on Monday, Sept. 15

NASCAR RACEDAY FROM CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Sept. 14 (12:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: John Roberts, Jeff Hammond, Kenny Wallace, Bob Dillner and Rutledge Wood
  • This Week: A “Chase War Room” roundtable discussion moderated by Adam Alexander and featuring NASCAR on FOX’s Larry McReynolds, Matt Yocum and Michael Waltrip debating the most pivotal Chase topics, including which drivers are most likely to be eliminated after the first Chase race and which four are most likely to be left standing at the end.

FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP

BRAND NEW, FULLY ELECTRIC INTERNATIONAL RACING SERIES – FORMULA E – PREMIERES ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Sept. 13 (3:00 AM ET); replays on FOX Sports 1, Sunday, Sept. 14 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Dario Franchitti, Jack Nicholls, Nicki Shields, Robert Llewellyn
  • This Week: The first-ever FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP “ePrix” takes the green flag (literally) Saturday, Sept. 13, as 10 teams race around the iconic Olympic ‘Bird’s Nest’ Stadium in Beijing for race number one of a 10-race schedule that includes U.S. stops in Miami and Los Angeles. For the inaugural season, teams have each been supplied an electric racing car built by Spark Racing Technology, called the Spark-Renault SRT_01E. Using the very latest technology, the zero emission SRT_01E aims to stretch the boundaries of what is currently achievable in electric motor sports, while ensuring a balance between cost-effectiveness and sustainability, in addition to coping with the demands of racing entirely on street circuits. Two U.S.-based teams are among the 10 competing – Andretti Autosport, with drivers Franck Montagny and Charles Pic; and Dragon Racing, with drivers Oriol Servia and Jérôme d’Ambrosio. Popular British racer Katherine Legge, who now calls Indianapolis home, is the first woman to be confirmed as a Formula E driver, piloting the Amlin Aguri entry.

MOTOGP

DEFENDING CHAMP MARQUEZ LOOKS TO RECAPTURE WINNING STREAK AT GRAND PRIX OF SAN MARINO

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Sept. 14 (7:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Host Bob Varsha with analysts Gregory Haines and Nick Harris
  • This Week: After winning at Silverstone, defending champion and point leader Marc Marquez looks to recapture the winning streak that saw him net victories in the first 10 races of the year before Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa captured the top spot at Brno for the only win of the year by a rider other than Marquez. A victory this weekend at Misano not only would tie Marquez for the all-time record for most wins in a single season, set in 1997 by Mick Doohan, but it could lay the groundwork for the Spaniard to lock up the 2014 championship crown in front of his hometown crowd in the next round at MotorLand Aragon. In addition, FOX Sports 2 offers Moto3 coverage from San Marino on Sunday at 8:00 PM ET and Moto2 at 9:00 PM ET.

HORSE RACING

JOCKEY CLUB HEADS NORTH OF THE BORDER FOR WOODBINE MILE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, Sept. 14 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Greg Wolf, Richard Migliore, Andy Serling, Simon Bray and Alyssa Ali
  • This Week: The Jockey Club racing tour heads north of the border this weekend for the Woodbine Mile at Woodbine Race Course in Toronto, Ont., a Breeder’s Cup “Win And You’re In” event.

RED BULL

RED BULL AIR RACE TAKES ON NASCAR TRACK IN TEXAS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Sept. 15 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Nick Fellows, Mike Mangold
  • This Week: Texas Motor Speedway, one of the most famous motor circuits in the world and one of the largest sports stadiums in the United States, is hosting the sixth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. The pilots and their planes take off and land from the infield of the track – a first in the United States – with the crowd watching all the action from the grandstands.  Air Gate pylons are set up inside and around the 1.5-mile quad-oval track. Going into this first race in the USA this year, Austria’s Hannes Arch is holding onto a narrow lead over Paul Bonhomme and Nigel Lamb after their one-two British sweep at the last stop in Ascot, England. Also, Americans Kirby Chambliss and Michael Goulian are keen for a little homecoming advantage as they try to rise in the standings. “This is a tight course at the Texas Motor Speedway and will be the most challenging track of the year so far,” says FOX Sports 1 analyst Mike Mangold. “Arch needs all the skill in his arsenal to maintain his slim lead over rival Bonhomme of Great Britain and the other chargers in the 12-man field.”

ORIGINALS

THE NUMBERS ARE IN; WHO GETS OUT OF THE GATE QUICKLY AS FANTASY FOOTBALL UNCENSORED SETS LINEUPS FOR NFL WEEK 2?

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Sept. 11 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer
  • This Week: With NFL on FOX insider Jay Glazer serving as the commish, comedian David Spade leads a motley crew of celebrity football fans through a season of Fantasy Football competition. Joining Spade are fellow comedians Nick Swardson and Brody Stevens, Rascal Flatts’ bassist, Jay DeMarcus, MMA icon Chuck Lidell, No Filter’s Katie Nolan, and actor Jerry Ferarra. One final entry, representing NFL on FOX, consists of rotating appearances by Brian Urlacher, John Lynch, Ronde Barber and David Diehl. The league competes through FOX Fantasy Football on FOXSports.com. Orthopedic surgeon and FOX Sports contributor Dr. Robert Klapper provides insight into player injuries, deciphering team talk and offering fantasy football players a leg up on their competition. FOX Sports Fantasy Football, offered online, as an iPhone app or through the mobile site, provides live, automated and online drafts; customizable scoring options; up-to-the-minute live scoring and expert analysis. For more information, please visit: http://foxs.pt/1kt7KYL.

Preview of Week 2 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

NFL_Network_2012_LogoCowboys WR Dez Bryant with NFL Media’s Michael Silver on ‘NFL GameDay Morning’ – Sunday at 9:00 AM ET

‘NFL GameDay First’ is First on the Field at 7:00 AM ET

 Sunday is ‘GameDay’ and every week NFL Network provides more than 15 hours of live coverage, beginning at 7:00 AM ET with NFL GameDay First. NFL Network’s coverage continues at 9:00 AM ET with NFL GameDay Morning leading viewers into the early games. At 1:00 PM ET, NFL GameDay Live provides in-progress highlights and analysis of the day’s games, and at 7:30 PM ET, NFL GameDay Highlights recaps the entire afternoon. At 11:30 PM ET, NFL GameDay Final provides complete analysis on the entire football Sunday.

This week on NFL GameDay First

Host: Melissa Stark

Co-host/Analyst: Sterling Sharpe

Analysts: Shaun O’Hara & Michael Robinson

Featured this week on NFL GameDay First:

  • First Tailgate
    • Shaun O’Hara provides the key ingredients for both a Bills win over the Dolphins, and a Dolphins win over the Bills
  • Stark Reality
    • Melissa Stark examines three games which will feature matchups of starting quarterbacks who were selected with the number one overall pick in the NFL Draft – the first time that has happened in NFL history
  • Sharpe Spotlight
    • Sterling Sharpe breaks down three players who must play “Sharpe,” “Sharper” and “Sharpest” for their team to pick up a win in Week 2
  • NFL GameDay Morning’s Michael Irvin joins Sterling Sharpe to discuss if Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson could be on his way to becoming the greatest wide receiver of all-time
  • Preview of NFL Media’s Michael Silver’s interview with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, which will air on NFL GameDay Morning
  • Live reports from Steve Wyche for Cowboys-Titans, Jeff Darlington for Falcons-Bengals & Aditi Kinkhabwala for Saints-Browns
  • NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides the latest news from around the league
  • Picks for every game on Sunday

This week on NFL GameDay Morning

Host: Rich Eisen

Analysts: Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp & Michael Irvin

NFL Media Insider: Ian Rapoport

Featured this week on NFL GameDay Morning:

  • NFL Media’s Michael Silver interviews Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant:
    • Bryant on what he regrets most: “I don’t regret nothing. It’s all about growing up and really just understanding; understanding I was young and reckless. Not reckless to where I’m just out doing crazy things – it was me not trusting anybody. I felt like everybody was out to get me.”
    • Preview: http://on.nfl.com/1qPG3ZI
  • NFL GameDay Morning looks back at Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant’s career thus far in the NFL
  • Kurt Warner breaks down New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees to see if the Pro Bowl quarterback is starting to slip
  • Who is more likely to turn it around – New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning or Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III?
  • What is the biggest concern for the Dallas Cowboys?
  • Is it too soon to panic for the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears?
  • Marshall Plan – A week after stating Cleveland Browns running back Terrance West would have a big game, Marshall Faulk highlights another rookie running back who will have a big game
  • Warner’s Corner Kurt Warner analyzes what is wrong with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo
  • NFL Media’s Judy Battista provides the latest on the NFL’s independent investigation
  • NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has the latest news from around the NFL
  • Week 2 Bold Predictions & picks for every game on Sunday
  • Live reports
    • Albert Breer from Charlotte for Lions-Panthers
    • Stacey Dales from Minneapolis for Patriots-Vikings
    • Jeff Darlington from Cincinnati for Falcons-Bengals
    • Alex Flanagan from San Diego for Seahawks-Chargers
    • Kim Jones from New York for Cardinals-Giants
    • Aditi Kinkhabwala from Cleveland for Saints-Browns
    • Randy Moss from Green Bay for Jets-Packers
    • Steve Wyche from Nashville for Cowboys-Titans
    • Steve Cyphers from Denver for Chiefs-Broncos

NFL GameDay Live, NFL GameDay Highlights and NFL GameDay Final Conclude Sunday Coverage

At 1:00 PM ET, NFL GameDay Live provides in-progress highlights and analysis, as well as live fantasy football updates for all of the 1:00 and 4:00 PM ET games. Hosts Kevin Frazier and Dan Hellie are joined by analysts LaDainian Tomlinson, Heath Evans, Brian Billick and Daniel Jeremiah providing 6.5 hours of coverage.

At 7:30 PM ET, Chris Rose hosts NFL GameDay Highlights, along with Tomlinson, Hall of Famer Deion Sanders and Steve Mariucci.

At 11:30 PM ET, Rose and analysts Sanders, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin recap all of the day’s action on NFL GameDay Final with game highlights, player and coach press conferences, post-game interviews and analysis of every game.

ABOUT NFL NETWORK

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

Currently in more than 72 million homes, NFL Network has carriage agreements with each of the country’s largest television providers including Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Cablevision, Cox, Charter, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse.

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app delivered on XBOX from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network (NFL.com/watch), with participating cable and satellite providers. For more information, log on to NFL.com/nflnetwork.  NFL.com is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.

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Start Times Set for ‘New Year’s Six’ Bowls on ESPN

2010 -- ESPN College Football LogoESPN will reclaim New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day for college football when it exclusively televises all six bowl games under the new College Football Playoff rotation system including the two College Football Playoff Semifinals.

Starting on Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN will televise the first of the ‘New Year’s Six’ bowl games with the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. At  4 p.m., fans will see the Fiesta Bowl followed by the Orange Bowl at 8 p.m.

ESPN will jumpstart New Year’s Day with the Cotton Bowl at 12:30 p.m. Then, the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual will be aired at 5 p.m. followed by the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl at 8:30 p.m. Additional programming surrounding all the bowls will be announced at a later date. The complete schedule:

Date Time (ET) Bowl
Wed, Dec. 31 12:30 p.m. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
4 p.m. Fiesta Bowl
8 p.m. Orange Bowl
Thu, Jan. 1 12:30 p.m. Cotton Bowl
5 p.m. The Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual
8:30 p.m. Allstate Sugar Bowl

College Football Playoff on ESPN

ESPN will begin its 12-year agreement to exclusively televise the College Football Playoff with the 2014-15 season featuring the four top teams as selected by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. The Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and the Allstate Sugar Bowl will host the first College Football Playoff Semifinals which will pit No. 1 versus No. 4 and No. 2 versus No. 3 on January 1, 2015. The winners of those two games will face off in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on January 12, 2015.

Previous announcements of ESPN’s College Football Playoff coverage:

“Titulares Telemundo” Presenta Un Fin De Semana De Cobertura Total Con Cuauhtémoc Blanco Y Miguel Herrera

Telemundo Media

Entrevistas exclusivas este sábado 13 y domingo 14 a las 11PM/10C, además toda la cobertura, desde Las Vegas, de la pelea por la revancha entre Floyd Mayweather Jr. y Marcos “Chino” Maidana 

Miami -11 de septiembre de 2014- Telemundo presenta un fin de semana de cobertura total en “Titulares Telemundo”, comenzando el sábado 13 de septiembre a las 11PM/10C con una entrevista exclusiva con el futbolista y leyenda de la Selección Mexicana, Cuauhtémoc Blanco. El astro mexicano, quien milita actualmente en el Puebla de la Liga MX, hablará sobre cuándo y en qué escuadra le gustaría retirarse, cuáles son sus planes después de colgar los botines y su particular punto de vista de la selección tricolor.

Asimismo, desde Las Vegas, el especializado equipo de “Titulares Telemundo” cubrirá la esperada pelea de revancha entre Floyd Mayweather Jr. y el argentino Marcos “Chino” Maidana. Nuestro corresponsal Francisco Cuevas será el encargado de compartir el sábado 13 y domingo 14, todo lo que arroje este combate.

Por su parte, Andrés Cantor viajará a Panamá para hablar frente a frente y en exclusiva con el Director Técnico de la Selección Mexicana de Fútbol, Miguel “El Piojo” Herrera. Todo lo que el galardonado presentador deportivo de Telemundo hablará con el estratega mexicano será transmitido el domingo 14 de septiembre en el horario habitual de “Titulares Telemundo”, 11PM/10C.

World Series Of Fighting Returns To NBCSN Highlighted By Catchweight Bout This Sat., September 13, at 9 P.M. ET

NBCSN_LogoMarlon Moraes vs. Cody Bollinger in Catchweight Bout

Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Keon Caldwell in Lightweight Bout

NBC Sports Live Extra to Stream All Bouts

STAMFORD, Conn. – September 11, 2014 – World Series of Fighting returns to NBCSN this Saturday, September 13 at 9 p.m. ET highlighted by reigning WSOF bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes (13-4-1) vs. Cody “The Cali Cowboy” Bollinger (16-2), fighting at a catchweight of 140 lbs.

The co-main event features Ozzy Dugulubgov (5-2) facing knockout artist Keon “The Black Assassin” Caldwell (10-2, eight wins by knockout) in the lightweight division. Saturday’s card also features bouts between Timur “Lucky” Valiev (7-1), undefeated in his past seven fights, and Isiah “The Beast” Chapman (6-1) in the bantamweight division; and submission specialist Frankie Perez (8-1, five wins by submission) facing Tom Marcellino (7-2) in the lightweight division.

Play-by-play announcer Todd Harris will be joined by mixed martial artists and analysts Bas Rutten and Joey Varner to call the action from the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa.

NBC Sports Live Extra: NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will live stream World Series of Fighting on NBCSN. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

ABOUT WSOF

World Series of Fighting is a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight promotion dedicated to delivering an incredible, action-packed entertainment experience for fight fans by producing the best possible matchups between elite fighters from around the globe. For more information please visit WSOF.com. Follow World Series of Fighting on Twitter @MMAWorldSeries and World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo @SugarRaySefo.

ABOUT NBC SPORTS GROUP

When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of broadcast television, cable television, radio and digital sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN (NBC Sports Network), Golf Channel, 11 NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and all of their respective digital properties. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, Premier League, MLS, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more.

ESPN to Exclusively Televise MLB NL Wild Card Game Oct. 1

ESPN-MLBMultiplatform Wild Card Coverage across ESPN Deportes, ESPN International & ESPN Audio

For the first time, ESPN will exclusively televise Major League Baseball’s National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on Wednesday, Oct. 1 (start time is TBD). The Sunday Night Baseball team – play-by-play voice Dan Shulman, analyst John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney – will provide commentary for the telecast. Baseball Tonight will precede the NL Wild Card Game with a one-hour pre-game show.

The NL Wild Card Game will also be available on ESPN Deportes and on ESPN International platforms in Latin America, the Pacific Rim, the Caribbean and cruise ships.

ESPN Audio, the national radio home of the Major League Baseball postseason, will broadcast both the NL and AL Wild Card Games. The AL Wild Card Game is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 30.

NL Wild Card on WatchESPN

The NL Wild Card Game will also be available via WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

ESPN’s exclusive, annual Wild Card telecast is a highlight under the company’s new, multiplatform rights agreement with MLB, which went into effect this year. ESPN will also televise all potential MLB tiebreaker games on Monday, September 29. 2014 marks ESPN’s 25th Major League Baseball season.

For additional details on ESPN’s Major League Baseball coverage, please visit ESPN Media Zone and ESPN Front Row.

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