Chicago Fire Host New England Revolution Saturday At 4 P.M. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN_LogoStamford, Conn. – April 16, 2014 – NBCSN’s Major League Soccer coverage this weekend features the Chicago Fire hosting the New England Revolution on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, immediately following NBCSN’s Premier League coverage.

The Revolution and Fire meet for the first time in the MLS regular season on Saturday. The two teams last met in September when Chicago’s Alex scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute of play to put the Fire ahead 3-2. Chicago are led by last season’s MLS MVP Mike Magee, while New England look to maintain momentum coming off a 2-0 win against the Houston Dynamo.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s lead play-by-play announcer John Strong calls the match joined by former MLS defender Robbie Russell (Real Salt Lake, D.C. United) and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia announcer Danny Pommells, both making their NBCSN debuts.

Strong on Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution: “This is a matchup of two teams that will be fighting each other all season long for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Chicago are still trying to get their engine running under new coach Frank Yallop, but reigning MVP Mike Magee is a player who always needs an eye kept on him. New England have roared to life recently with two wins out of three, and in an emotional week for everyone around Boston, will be looking to bring home a big win on the road.”

MLS ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBCSN’s coverage of Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

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.

NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage

NBC Sports Group’s networks and platforms are leading destinations for soccer fans in the U.S. Its soccer portfolio includes Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches, the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer tournaments, and the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, is the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well as comprehensive shoulder programming. NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2 also provide comprehensive Spanish-language soccer coverage. Both channels will air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. Online, ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories.

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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NFL Network & NFL.com Programming Notes — April 14-20

NFL_Network_2012_LogoNFL NETWORK & NFL.COM PROGRAMMING NOTES (4/14 – 4/20)

  • NFL Network Shows & Scheduled Guests

·         Caught in the Draft – Wednesday, April 16 at 9:00 PM ET

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: This week’s episode – 1974: The Future is Now

·         Game Changers – Tuesday, April 15 at 9:00 PM ET

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner with quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater, A.J. McCarron, Tajh Boyd & David Fales at 9:00 PM ET

·         NFL AM

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Giants P Steve Weatherford in-studio guest analyst Monday & Tuesday; Seahawks FB Michael Robinson in-studio guest analyst Wednesday & Thursday

·         NFL Total Access
      SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Eagles S Malcolm Jenkins in-studio guest analyst Monday – Wednesday

·         Path to the Draft – Airs Monday – Friday at 7:00 PM ET

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Former Fresno State QB Derek Carr in-studio Tuesday, April 15; former University of Washington QB Keith Price in-studio Friday, April 18

·         Conference Call with NFL Network Analysts Charles Davis & Daniel Jeremiah – Thursday, April 17 at 1:45 PM ET

·         On the Clock – Thursday, April 17 at 8:00 PM ET During NFL Total Access

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: On the Clock Visits with Sammy Watkins and his family

·         NFL Network’s Day-by-Day Programming

  • NFL.com Content

·         NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock’s Top 5 Prospects by Position List

·         NFL.com/Live: Mock Draft Weekly Presented by Verizon – Thursdays at 5:30 PM ET on NFL.com & 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network

·         NFL.com Editorial Content

PODCAST GUESTS: Marlon Wayans, Colin Hanks, Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks on The Rich Eisen Podcast; former Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr on the College Football 24/7 Podcast

 

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Caught in the Draft – Wednesday, April 16 at 9:00 PM ET

Before the 2014 NFL Draft kicks off, NFL Network provides a comprehensive look back at the past 50 years of the NFL Draft with a new, NFL Films-produced series, Caught in the Draft.

Airing every Wednesday at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network leading up to the eve of the 2014 NFL Draft, the five-episode series examines five specific drafts which had a profound impact on the National Football League and helped to transform the NFL Draft into the enormous event it has become. Actor Oliver Platt narrates the series.

This week’s episode – 1974: The Future is Now – focuses on the 1974 NFL Draft. The Pittsburgh Steelers change the way organizations view the NFL Draft by adopting a philosophy of building a championship team through the draft and selecting four future Hall of Famers in Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth and Mike Webster. Features interviews with the first ‘draftnik’ Pete Marasco, Lynn Swann, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, and more.

For a trailer of this week’s episode, visit: http://on.nfl.com/1epMWP9

The on-air schedule for the entire series is as follows:

- April 23 1984: A War is Upon Us

- April 30 1994: A Day That Will Live in Infamy

- May 7 2004: Storm Over Eli

Through archival sources and fresh interviews, Caught in the Draft provides viewers with the most compelling stories from each draft and offers a look inside at just how differently drafts were conducted in the past, and how the nature of the game as it was played in each of those times dictated the types of players selected. Additionally, each episode of Caught in the Draft features graphics and music related to that period of time, truly putting viewers “in the moment” of each decade.

To view the trailer for the series, visit:

http://on.nfl.com/PGcc8f

 

Game Changers – Tuesday, April 15 at 9:00 PM ET

Before their names are called on draft day, some of the top NFL prospects get put to the test by former NFL coach Steve Mariucci and NFL Network’s team of former players on Game Changers.

Airing each Tuesday at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, Game Changers puts each prospect through an interview, film study and on-field workout to give viewers exclusive access into the lives of these athletes on and away from the football field.

This week, former Super Bowl-winning quarterback and NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner joins Mariucci to work with quarterback prospects Teddy Bridgewater, A.J. McCarron, Tajh Boyd and David Fales.

Below are video links to segments from last week’s episodes of Game Changers:

- Hall of Fame wide receiver and NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin joins Steve Mariucci to take prospects Kelvin Benjamin, Jarvis Landry, Allen Robinson and T.J. Jones through drills: http://on.nfl.com/1sAUGBy

- Steve Mariucci puts wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin, Jarvis Landry, Allen Robinson and T.J. Jones on the hot seat: http://on.nfl.com/1m3h8BT

- Steve Mariucci sits down with quarterback prospects Teddy Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd and David Fales: http://on.nfl.com/1kpJsMe

- Former Super Bowl-winning quarterback and NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner takes to the field with quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd and David Fales: http://on.nfl.com/1gxdNUq

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

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

This week, New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford appears in-studio as a guest analyst Monday, April 14 and Tuesday, April 15, and Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson appears in-studio as a guest analyst Wednesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 17.

This week, the following guests join the show:

  • ·         Today

o    Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon: on.nfl.com/1gWhBht

  • ·         Tuesday, April 15 – Giants punter Steve Weatherford in-studio guest analyst; Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett and Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett in-studio; former Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr in-studio
  • ·         Wednesday, April 16 – Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson in-studio guest analyst
  • ·         Thursday, April 17 – Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson in-studio guest analyst; Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman in-studio; Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback Brandon Boykin in-studio
  • ·         Friday, April 18 – New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker and wife Jesse Decker

 

NFL Total Access – Monday – Saturday at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network

NFL Total Access airs Monday – Saturday at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network.

This week, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins joins the show as an in-studio guest analyst tonight – Wednesday, April 16.

Monday, April 14

  • Host: Dan Hellie
  • Analysts: LaDainian Tomlinson, Jamie Dukes & Malcolm Jenkins

Tuesday, April 15

  • Host: Dan Hellie
  • Analysts: LaDainian Tomlinson, Jamie Dukes & Malcolm Jenkins
  • Guest: Former Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr in-studio

Wednesday, April 16

  • Hosts: Amber Theoharis & Dan Hellie
  • Analysts: LaDainian Tomlinson, Jamie Dukes & Malcolm Jenkins

Thursday, April 17

  • Host: Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: LaDainian Tomlinson & Jamie Dukes

Friday, April 18

  • Host: Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Heath Evans & Jamie Dukes

Saturday, April 19 – Week in Review

 

Path to the Draft – Airs Monday – Friday at 7:00 PM ET

Get ready for the 2014 NFL Draft with Path to the Draft Monday – Friday at 7:00 PM ET on NFL Network. NFL Network analysts Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) and Charles Davis (@CFD22) anchor Path to the Draft, and are joined by NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, Charley Casserly and Brian Baldinger, former first-round pick Curtis Conway, and various additional NFL Network analysts.

This week’s editions of Path to the Draft feature the following:

Tonight

- Path to the Draft goes inside the Green Bay Packers Draft Room

- Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis discuss the future of private team workouts

- “First Draft” – Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray

Tuesday, April 15

- Former Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr in-studio

- Path to the Draft goes inside the Chicago Bears Draft Room

- “First Draft” – Former Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald

Wednesday, April 16

- NFL Network’s Desmond Purnell reports from Aaron Murray’s Pro Day

- Path to the Draft goes inside the Detroit Lions Draft Room

- “First Draft” – Former Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson

Thursday, April 17

- Actor/comedian Marlon Wayans in-studio

- Path to the Draft goes inside the Minnesota Vikings Draft Room

- “First Draft” – Former Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy

Friday, April 18

- Former University of Washington quarterback Keith Price in-studio

- Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis present their new Mock Draft

- “First Draft” – Former TCU cornerback Jason Verrett

Conference Call with NFL Network Analysts Charles Davis & Daniel Jeremiah – Thursday, April 17 at 1:45 PM ET

NFL Network analysts Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah will be available for a media conference call on Thursday, April 17 at 1:45 PM ET to preview the 2014 NFL Draft.

Path to the Draft airs Monday-Friday at 7:00 PM ET on NFL Network, anchored by Davis (@CFD22) and Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks). For the latest news and analysis leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, visit NFL.com/cfb, follow on Twitter (@NFL_CFB) and download the College Football 24/7 Podcast on NFL.com and iTunes.

NFL Network provides live coverage of the 2014 NFL Draft May 8-10 from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Additionally, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock will hold his annual NFL Draft media call on Thursday, May 1 at 1:00 PM ET. Details regarding this call will be made available soon.

 

On the Clock – Every Thursday on NFL Total Access at 8:00 PM ET

Every Thursday on NFL Total Access at 8:00 PM ET, NFL Network’s On the Clock follows three of the top draft prospects throughout their journey leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft: Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr and Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix.

This week, On the Clock visits with the Watkins family at home as they prepare for the 2014 NFL Draft and reminisce on how far Sammy Watkins has come.

Last week, On the Clock focused on Nix’s determination to dominate at the next level despite suffering an injury during the 2013 season: http://on.nfl.com/1gxljC7

 

NFL Network Programming Schedule  

Day-by-Day Programming Schedule:

 

To view the entire NFL Network programming schedule, please visit: http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/networkschedule

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NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock’s Top 5 Prospects by Position List

To view NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock’s top five prospects by position list for the 2014 NFL Draft, visit: http://on.nfl.com/1lyIDTH.

For complete coverage leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, visit NFL.com/cfb, follow on Twitter (@NFL_CFB) and download the College Football 24/7 Podcast on NFL.com and iTunes. Path to the Draft airs Monday – Friday at 7:00 PM ET on NFL Network.

 

NFL.com/Live: Mock Draft Weekly Presented by Verizon – Thursdays at 5:30 PM ET on NFL.com & 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network

Get ready for the 2014 NFL Draft with NFL.com/Live: Mock Draft Weekly Presented by Verizon, which streams on NFL.com every Thursday at 5:30 PM ET and airs on NFL Network Thursday at 6:00 PM ET.

The 30-minute show features the latest mock drafts from experts Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Matt “Money” Smith. They tell you which prospects are rising up the draft boards and which prospects are falling.

 

NFL Editorial Content – Daily on NFL.com

  • NFL.com’s Around the League Blog

o   Get all of the latest news from around the NFL with the Around the League blog: http://www.nfl.com/news

  • NFL.com’s College Football 24/7

o   For all of the latest news, analysis, mock drafts and prospect rankings leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, visit: http://www.nfl.com/cfb247

o   NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah’s top 50 prospects: http://on.nfl.com/12KSo79

o   NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks’ top 25 prospects: http://on.nfl.com/1m44WRT

o   NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks’ top 5 prospects by position: http://on.nfl.com/1eSUDs9

o   Gil Brandt’s top 50 prospects:

http://on.nfl.com/1er9hLQ

o   Latest Mock Drafts from NFL Network analysts:http://on.nfl.com/1bmOckD

Catch all of NFL Media’s writers work here:  http://www.nfl.com/news

 

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

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

This week on The Rich Eisen Podcast, Rich Eisen is joined by actor/comedian Marlon Wayans and actor Colin Hanks in-studio. Additionally, NFL Network analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks join Rich for the latest news and analysis surrounding the 2014 NFL Draft.

Other NFL.com podcasts include:

·         Dave Dameshek Football Program

·         Around the League

·         The Coaches Show

·         College Football 24/7 – Former Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr

·         NFL Fantasy Live

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

http://www.nfl.com/podcast

NFL Mobile from Verizon

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

Drake Announced as Host of The 2014 ESPYS

espn_espy_logoLive Telecast of Awards on July 16from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles

Grammy Award-winning, platinum-selling recording artist and multi-faceted performer Drake announced today via Twitter that he will host The 2014 ESPYS on Wednesday, July 16, at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The Awards will be televised live starting at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. The ESPYS raise more than $1 million annually for The V Foundation, the charity founded by the late basketball coach Jim Valvano to promote cancer research.
Drake will be joined by top athletes and entertainers to celebrate the year’s best moments in sports. Beyond Drake’s numerous and notable accomplishments in the creative space, he is also the Global Ambassador on the executive committee for his hometown’s Toronto Raptors.
 
“Drake is an unbelievably talented entertainer who truly has a passion for sports.  We are thrilled to have him to host this year’s show,” said Connor Schell, vice president, ESPN Films and Original Entertainment, who oversees the ESPYS.
“This is an incredible opportunity for me to combine two of my biggest passions—sports and performing,” said Drake.
Adds Maura Mandt, executive producer, “Drake’s charisma, energy and fearlessness come across whether he’s performing music, acting or doing comedy.  We are all in for an unforgettable program.”
 
Drake is currently riding high on the success of his international “Would You Like a Tour” in support of his third studio album, Nothing Was the Same. Drake holds the record for the most number one hits on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart. In January 2014, Drake pulled double duty as host and musical guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live in one of the highest rated episodes of the season. Drake has become a true visionary and artist with his music and lifestyle brand, October’s Very Own.
 
The ESPYS
The ESPYS gather top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The 2014 ESPYS will recognize both sport-specific achievements, such as “Best MLB Player” and “Best WNBA Player,” and best-in-sport winners, such as “Best Team” or “Best Female Athlete” that pit nominees from different sports against each other.  The ESPYS honor ESPN’s commitment to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a partnership launched with the late Jim Valvano at the inaugural ESPYS in 1993.
For additional ESPYS news and information, please follow our official ESPYS Twitter handle: @ESPYS.
 
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FOX Sports Programming Highlights, Notes & Quotes: MLB, NASCAR, UFC, Soccer, Motor Sports & More

fox-sports-logoFOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS

MLB ON FOX: Yankees vs. Red Sox on FOX Sports 1

SOCCER: FA Cup Semifinals; UEFA Europa League Quarterfinals

NASCAR: Sprint Cup Series Looks for 8th Winner in 8 Races as NASCAR Rolls into Track ‘Too Tough to Tame’

UFC: The Ultimate Fighter Nations – Canada vs. Australia – LIVE Finale

MOTOR SPORTS: Monster Energy Supercross, TUDOR United SportsCar Series & MotoGP World Championship all LIVE on FOX Sports 1

 

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Primetime 2014 WNBA Draft Presented by State Farm Live on ESPN2 April 14

WNBA-Coin-LogoDraft to be held at Mohegan Sun Arena – home of the Connecticut Sun

The top female college basketball prospects will assemble at Mohegan Sun Arena, home of the Connecticut Sun, for the 2014 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm on Monday, April 14. Airing in primetime for the second-straight year, coverage and analysis of the first round will begin at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2, followed by the second and third rounds on ESPNU from 9-10:30 p.m. The entire Draft – three rounds of 12 picks each – can also be seen on WatchESPN. WNBA Draft anchor Kevin Negandhi will be joined by analysts Rebecca Lobo and Carolyn Peck, and reporter Holly Rowe.

Content will also be offered across ESPN platforms, including SportsCenter and espnW.com.

Top prospects invited to the WNBA Draft are guards Chelsea Gray (Duke), Bria Hartley (Connecticut), Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Shoni Schimmel (Louisville), Meighan Simmons (Tennessee) and Odyssey Sims (Baylor); forwards Natalie Achonwa (Notre Dame), Natasha Howard (Florida State), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford) and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland); and centers Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut) and Markeisha Gatling (NC State).

The Connecticut Sun holds the top pick in the draft for the second time in franchise history after garnering the top selection in this year’s WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm, which aired on  SportsCenter in December.  Rounding out this year’s top five picks are the Tulsa Shock (second), San Antonio Stars (third), New York Liberty (fourth) and Indiana Fever (fifth).

Production Features & Storylines

·         Connecticut Sun, Tulsa Shock and San Antonio Silver Stars representatives onsite

·         Live shots and reaction from friends and family in the arena

·         Virtual graphics within the telecast

·         ‘ESPN3 Podium Cam’ allows viewers to see each pick live through the third round with sound from podium microphone

·         In addition to post-selection interviews with Rowe, the telecast includes individual sit-down chats with Ogwumike, Dolson, Schimmel and other top players

·         All-access with top prospects throughout the day

·         Interview with WNBA President Laurel Richie

·         Discussion of new player collective bargaining agreement (CBA), as well as Magic Johnson’s Sparks ownership and what it means to the league

·         College head coaches in attendance at the draft

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·         Exclusive post-pick interviews with top draftees by ESPN analyst LaChina Robinson

·         Mock Draft: espnW experts give first-round predictions

·         Video: Kate Fagan and Mechelle Voepel preview the Draft

·         DraftCast: Live chat, pick-by-pick analysis of each selection and video player of WatchESPN Draft feed

·         Photo gallery and player blogs

·         Team-by-team Draft grades

WatchESPN is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the award-winning WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon FireTV. It is available in 67.5 million households nationwide to fans of an affiliated video provider, including AT&T U-verse® TV, Bright House Networks, Cablevision’s Optimum TV, Charter, Comcast Xfinity TV, Cox, DISH, Google Fiber, Midcontinent Communications, NRTC, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS TV.

The WNBA and ESPN have been affiliated for 18 years, dating back to the league’s inaugural season in 1997, and extended the relationship in March 2013 to six years through the 2022 season. ESPN2 will debut its schedule of WNBA games on Saturday, May 17 showcasing Chicago at New York at 8 p.m. The schedule also includes the Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014, with ESPN showcasing the best women’s basketball players in the world from Phoenix on Saturday, July 19, at 3:30 p.m.

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Notes from TNT’s NBA Coverage – Thursday, April 10, 2014

nba-on-tntNotes from TNT’s NBA Coverage – Thursday, April 10, 2014

TNT’s NBA coverage continues Tuesday, April 15 with doubleheader action featuring the New York Knicks @ Brooklyn Nets at 8 p.m. ET and the Denver Nuggets @ Los Angeles Clippers at 10:30 p.m.

 

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TNT NBA Tip-off presented by AutoTrader.com

Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal

Barkley on the Playoffs: “If the playoffs started today, the team that wins the series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and LA Clippers is going to represent the Western Conference in the playoffs.”

Barkley on the San Antonio Spurs: “I guarantee the Spurs are praying they don’t play Memphis in the first round. They don’t want to play Memphis.”
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San Antonio Spurs (109) at Dallas Mavericks (100)
Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Steve Kerr (analyst) with Craig Sager (reporter)

Kerr on the Dallas Mavericks: “Dallas is not a good defensive team, but a great offensive team – one of the best in the league.”

Kerr on Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard: “Kawhi has great defensive versatility. He can guard a 6’0″ guy or a 6’11″ guy. That’s one of the many things he’s brought to this team.”

Kerr on the Spurs and Mavericks: “With San Antonio and Dallas, you have two teams that are filled with guys that can dribble, pass and shoot and two coaches that demand execution and ball movement so it’s a beautiful game to watch.”

Kerr on a team in the Western Conference with the most wins not making the playoffs: “It just seems so unfair especially with what is happening at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. It is just amazing that a team that is approaching 50 wins will not make the playoffs.  If you make it to 50 in the NBA you have had a great season, I can’t believe that a team can do that and not make the playoffs.”

Kerr on the makeup of the Spurs roster: “The Spurs have been phenomenal in the last few years, figuring out who to chase in free agency.  Guys like [Patty] Mills, [Boris] Diaw…just fit the design.”

Kerr on Mavericks forward Shawn Marion: “Shawn Marion has been one of the best defensive players in the NBA. He may not score like he used to but he can still guard anybody. With his athleticism, he can guard anyone from a point guard to a power forward.”

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Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal

O’Neal on Tim Duncan: “Good thing about Tim Duncan, he’s a true definition of a great player.  He does things that makes his teammates better.”

Barkley on the Spurs not being able to make it past the first round in the playoffs: “I don’t think those old guys will be able to hold on. Tony Parker is the only one that is still in his prime. I think that age is going to take its toll on them.”

Barkley on Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki: “Greatest European player ever…best big man shooter ever.  He’s probably top 25 [players] of all time.”

O’Neal on Nowitzki: “When he came in, he didn’t have what Magic [Johnson] had or [Larry] Bird had or even what Kobe [Bryant] had. His first couple of years he struggled, but he stuck with it.”
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Kerr on the potential of the Spurs and Mavericks facing each other in the first round of the playoffs: “It would be fun to watch. [They are] two of the most beautiful offensive clubs we have in the NBA. The execution is just fantastic to watch.”

Kerr on Kawhi Leonard: “He could be a great post-player with his strength and his length.”

Kerr on Kawhi Leonard: “This Spurs stretch in this last couple of months is directly related to Kawhi Leonard’s return from his wrist injury and his tremendous play at both ends of the floor.”
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Denver Nuggets (100) at Golden State Warriors (99)
Marv Albert (play-by-play), Reggie Miller (analyst) with David Aldridge (reporter)

Miller on Warriors guard Steve Blake: “This is a guy that has playoff experience, is tough and can make big shots. He’s more of a facilitator and he fits right into the plans of Golden State and Mark Jackson.”

Miller on the importance of David Lee for the Warriors in the playoffs: “If this Warriors team is going to go far in the playoffs, David Lee has to be healthy and playing at a high level. If the playoffs started today, the Warriors would be playing against the Clippers. He and [Andrew] Bogut have to have a monster series in order for them to advance. You need a walking double-double and that’s exactly what David Lee is.”
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Sprint Halftime Report
Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’ Neal

Barkley on the Warriors without David Lee: “They have no chance of winning a series without David Lee.  He’s a walking double-double.”
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Miller on Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried improving on offense: “We know what he can do on the offensive glass, he’s relentless on rebounding, but he has to become a little more polished offensively.”

Miller on Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw: “I love what Brian Shaw is bringing to the Denver Nuggets. The number one thing is accountability. He has experience as a player and a coach and I think these young guys recognize that.”
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Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal

Barkley on the Denver Nuggets: “I would love to see this Denver team get healthy.”

Barkley on the San Antonio Spurs: “When they get to the playoffs, they are going to play against a really good team. They are 2-8 against the top 2, 3, and 4 teams in the Western Conference. They are going to have a tough series against Memphis, Dallas or Phoenix.”

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

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85th Annual Notre Dame Blue-Gold Game Airs Saturday, April 12 at 12:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN_LogoAnnual Spring Scrimmage Provides Look at Top Recruits and 2014 Fighting Irish Football Team

Paul Burmeister, Mike Mayock and Alex Flanagan to Call Action from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend

Quarterbacks & Head Coach Brian Kelly Mic’d Up; Current and Former Players Interviewed Throughout Game

NBC’s 24th Season Broadcasting Notre Dame Football Home Games Begins Saturday, August 30 at 3:30 p.m. ET vs. Rice University

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 9, 2014 – Notre Dame’s 85th annual Blue-Gold Game airs this Saturday, April 12 at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The annual spring football scrimmage will provide fans with their first look at head coach Brian Kelly’s top 2014 recruits, as well as a preview of the 2014 Fighting Irish football roster. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream coverage of the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Game via “TV Everywhere.”

Paul Burmeister will handle play-by-play duties of Saturday’s game, alongside Emmy Award-nominated analyst Mike Mayock and sideline reporter Alex Flanagan live from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind.

NBCSN’s coverage will be enhanced by production elements that will give fans an all-access look into Saturday’s game. Quarterbacks for both teams and head coach Brian Kelly will be mic’d up, and Kelly will be on headset to communicate with Burmeister and Mayock live during the fourth quarter, while simultaneously calling plays from the sidelines. Flanagan will conduct interviews with players throughout the game as they come off of the field, and with former Notre Dame standouts over the course of the telecast.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL ON NBC

NBC’s 24th season of broadcasting Notre Dame Football home games begins on Saturday, August 30 at 3:30 p.m. ET when the Fighting Irish host the Rice Owls in their season opener, followed by a primetime matchup against the rival Michigan Wolverines on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2014 Notre Dame football season continues Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, when the Fighting Irish host the Purdue Boilermakers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., in the 2014 iteration of the Shamrock Series.

The 2014 schedule also includes games against Stanford on Saturday, Oct. 4; North Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 11; Northwestern on Saturday, Nov. 15; and Louisville on Saturday, Nov. 22. All four of those games are slated for 3:30 p.m. ET kickoffs on NBC.

2014 NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL SCHEDULE ON NBC

Date Opponent Network Time (ET)
Sat., August 30 Rice University NBC 3:30 p.m.
Sat., September 6 University of Michigan NBC 7:30 p.m.
Sat., September 13 Purdue University* NBC 7:30 p.m.
Sat., October 4 Stanford University NBC 3:30 p.m.
Sat., October 11 University of North Carolina NBC 3:30 p.m.
Sat., November 15 Northwestern University NBC 3:30 p.m.
Sat., November 22 University of Louisville NBC 3:30 p.m.

*2014 Shamrock Series at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream coverage of this weekend’s Blue-Gold Game via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. In addition, NBC Sports Live Extra will stream all Notre Dame football home games for upcoming the 2014 season.

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.

This weekend’s Blue-Gold Game on NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

Click here for the participating cable/satellite/telco companies offering NBC Sports Live Extra:

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CBS Sports Announces 2014 NFL Preseason Games

NFL-CBSTHE NFL ON CBS Preseason Schedule Kicks Off with Green Bay Packers Hosting Oakland Raiders Live in Prime Time on Friday, August 22

New Orleans Saints Take On Indianapolis Colts for THE NFL ON CBS’s Second Preseason Game Following Night on August 23 on CBS Television Network

The CBS Television Network is scheduled to begin its 55th year broadcasting the NFL with two preseason games during the 2014 season.

The preseason schedule for THE NFL ON CBS begins on Friday, Aug. 22 (8:00 PM, ET) when the Green Bay Packers host the Oakland Raiders, live in prime time on the CBS Television Network.

THE NFL ON CBS will conclude its two-game preseason schedule the following night when the New Orleans Saints take on the Indianapolis Colts live in prime time on Saturday, Aug. 23 (8:00 PM, ET).

Sean McManus is Chairman, CBS Sports, and serves as Executive Producer of CBS Sports’ coverage of THE NFL ON CBS.  David Berson is President, CBS Sports.  Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

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The NFL on FOX is Back

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Smith, Newton, Rivers & Kaepernick Star In Two Preseason Games Featuring Four Playoff Teams Coming in August

Levi’s Stadium Makes National Television Debut

New York – Fresh off broadcasting the most-watched television show in U.S. history, Super Bowl XLVI, FOX Sports embarks on the 2014 NFL season with a pair of exciting preseason contests featuring some of the sport’s most impressive quarterbacks.

NFL action on FOX Sports begins in primetime on Sunday, August 17 (8:00 PM ET) as quarterback Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs march into Carolina for a battle with the NFC South Champion Panthers, led by signal-caller Cam Newton, from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.  Play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt, analyst John Lynch and sideline reporter Erin Andrews call the game.

Preseason action on FOX Sports returns on Sunday, August 24 (4:00 PM ET) when Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers face off against the 49ers led by Colin Kaepernick from the newly minted Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.  Play-by-play announcer Joe Buck along with NFL Hall of Famer Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Pam Oliver call the action and have the privilege of showing off the NFL’s newest stadium to a national audience for the first time.

A complete regular season schedule of NFL games on FOX Sports will be released at a later date.  Following its regular-season coverage, FOX Sports presents exclusive live postseason coverage including an NFC Wild Card Game, the NFC Divisional Playoffs, and the NFC Championship Game.

FOX SPORTS 2014 NFL PRESEASON BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Sunday, August 17           Kansas City Chiefs at Carolina Panthers                         8:00 PM ET

Sunday, August 24           San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers                   4:00 PM ET

 

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2014 Monday Night Football Preseason Schedule

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ESPN will televise two NFL preseason games as part of its 2014 Monday Night Football schedule. Play-by-play commentator Mike Tirico and analyst Jon Gruden will call the games with reporter Lisa Salters in anticipation of ESPN’s MNF regular-season opener on Monday, Sept. 8. Both MNF preseason games will begin at 8 p.m. ET and will be preceded by a one-hour Monday Night Countdown pregame show.

ESPN’s preseason kicks off Thursday, Aug. 14, when the Jacksonville Jaguars travel to Chicago to face quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears at Soldier Field.

The ESPN crew then heads to Landover, Md., where quarterback Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins host the Cleveland Browns on Monday, Aug. 18, at FedExField. This matchup will also be a battle of first-year head coaches with Washington’s Jay Gruden, Jon Gruden’s brother, and Cleveland’s Mike Pettine both hired in early 2014.

ESPN Deportes, ESPN’s 24-hour Spanish-language domestic sports network, will once again offer a Spanish-language production of MNF preseason and regular-season games in 2014. All games will also be available on tablets and computers via WatchESPN.

The 2014 ESPN MNF regular-season schedule is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

ESPN’s Monday Night Football 2014 NFL Preseason Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game
Thursday, Aug. 14 8 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars at Chicago Bears
Monday, Aug. 18 8 p.m. Cleveland Browns at Washington Redskins

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