NFL Films-Produced Series ‘A Football Life’ & ‘America’s Game’ Return on NFL Network

NFL_Network_2012_LogoFourth Season of ‘A Football Life’ Includes Features on Sean Taylor, Ricky Williams, Eric Dickerson, Terrell Davis, Warren Moon, Dick Butkus & Gale Sayers

Three-Time Emmy-Nominated Series Premieres Friday, September 12 at 9:00 PM ET with Hall of Fame DT “Mean Joe” Greene

Latest Edition of ‘America’s Game’ Profiles Super Bowl XLVIII Champion Seattle Seahawks – Wednesday, September 3 at 8:00 PM ET

Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman & Head Coach Pete Carroll Recount Winning Franchise’s First Lombardi Trophy

Two NFL Films-produced series – America’s Game and A Football Life – return to NFL Network for the 2014 season.

A Football Life

The three-time Emmy-nominated documentary series, A Football Life, returns for a fourth season Friday, September 12 at 9:00 PM ET. Airing on Friday nights at 9:00 PM ET, A Football Life examines the iconic individuals and subjects that have had an undeniable and profound impact on the history of the National Football League, offering an inside look into their untold stories. The series premieres with a profile of Hall of Fame defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers, “Mean Joe” Greene.

Additional subjects profiled this season on A Football Life include:

  • Late Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor
  • Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon
  • Current Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall
  • Two-time Super Bowl champion and current NFL Network analyst Terrell Davis
  • Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson
  • Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach
  • Former Pro Bowl quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie
  • Hall of Fame Chicago Bears teammates Dick Butkus & Gale Sayers

Additional subjects will be announced throughout the season.

Emmy-nominated actor from CBS’ The Good Wife, Josh Charles, returns for the fourth season as narrator for the series.

Below is the broadcast schedule for the September and October episodes:

  • September 12 – “Mean Joe” Greene
  • September 19 – Brandon Marshall
  • September 26 – Sean Taylor
  • October 3 – Warren Moon
  • October 10 – Eric Dickerson
  • October 17 – Doug Flutie
  • October 24 – Terrell Davis
  • October 31 – Ricky Williams

America’s Game: 2013 Seattle Seahawks

On Wednesday, September 3 at 8:00 PM ET, the Emmy-winning series America’s Game profiles the Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks. America’s Game: 2013 Seattle Seahawks features quarterback Russell Wilson, Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman and head coach Pete Carroll recounting the Seahawks’ run to the franchise’s first Super Bowl title in their own words. Actor and native of Mount Vernon, WA, Jim Caviezel lends his voice to this year’s edition.

Below are select quotes from America’s Game: 2013 Seattle Seahawks:

  • “We should have won that game…Myself and Earl Thomas sat there in the locker room for about three hours after that game and just [said], ‘We’ll never lose again in the playoffs, we’ll punish whoever gets in our way.’” – Richard Sherman on the playoff loss to the Atlanta Falcons the previous season
  • “We were the guys that were the underdogs. People said we weren’t smart enough or couldn’t make the plays when we needed to.” – Russell Wilson on the Seahawks’ roster
  • “That’s really the philosophy: we’re in a relentless pursuit of finding the competitive edge in everything we do. We’re either competing or we’re not.” – Pete Carroll on the Seahawks’ philosophy
  • “He thought that was going to be a touchdown too. That would have been his third touchdown in three years against the Seattle Seahawks…But it was his seventh interception against the Seattle Seahawks. And once again, at the end of the game trying to throw a fade to [Michael] Crabtree, it’s like two years in a row your season ends the same way. You would think he would learn.” – Sherman on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s final throw of the NFC Championship Game

 

America’s Game,an Emmy Award-winning series, delves deep into the story behind the making of Super Bowl champions. Each episode is a 60-minute documentary featuring key members of the winning team telling behind-the-scenes accounts from their championship season. With the signature NFL Films footage, combined with news clips and photos, highlights from team radio broadcasts, inside looks from team meeting rooms, sideline audio and other exclusive features, America’s Game provides an epic and intimate portrait of championship teams.

ABOUT NFL NETWORK

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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.

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FOX Sports Programming Highlights: College Football, MLB, NASCAR & More

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

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 2014 Season Kicks Off With Four Days of Action Including #10 Baylor vs. SMU and #15 USC vs. Fresno State

MLB: Reds Face Pirates Saturday on FOX Sports 1

NASCAR: FOX Sports 1 Covers NASCAR from Canada to Atlanta on Labor Day Weekend 

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

 

FOX SPORTS OPENS 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON WITH FOUR STRAIGHT DAYS OF HARD-HITTING ACTION

  • Network/When/Talent:

o   Rutgers vs. Washington St.

  • Thursday, Aug. 28 (10:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Tim Brando, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft

o   Colorado St. vs. Colorado

  • Friday, Aug. 29 (9:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 / FOX Deportes / FOX Sports GO, Craig Bolerjack and Ryan Nece (Deportes: Pablo Alsina and Francisco X. Rivera)

o   North Dakota St. at Iowa St.

  • Saturday, Aug. 30 (12:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Justin Kutcher & Coy Wire

o   Troy at UAB

  • Saturday, Aug. 30 (12:00 PM ET), FOX College Sports / FOX Sports GO, Mike Morgan, JC Pearson and Steffi Sorensen

o   Central Arkansas at Texas Tech

  • Saturday, Aug. 30 (7:00 PM ET), FOX Sports Regional Networks / FOX Sports GO, Mark Followill, Brian Baldinger and Lesley McCaslin

o   Samford at TCU

  • Saturday, Aug. 30 (7:00 PM ET), FOX Sports Regional Networks / FOX Sports GO, Brendan Burke, Ben Leber and Christian Steckel

o   Fresno St. at #15 USC

  • Saturday, Aug. 30 (7:30 PM ET), FOX / FOX Sports GO, Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath

o   SMU at #10 Baylor

  • Sunday, Aug. 31 (7:30 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Joe Davis, Joey Harrington and Kris Budden
  • This Week: FOX Sports kicks off the 2014 college football season with four straight days of action, highlighted by Fresno State at No. 15 USC on prime time Saturday night on the FOX broadcast network. Action kicks off Thursday night, as Rutgers takes the field for the first time as a member of the Big Ten Conference, facing Washington State at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, and wraps up with a rare Sunday night contest, as No. 10 Baylor opens its beautiful new facility, McLane Stadium in Waco, against SMU.

 

FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF

  • Network/When: Friday, Aug. 29 (12:00 AM ET), FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO
  • Talent: Analysts Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart, Petros Papadakis and Dave Wannstedt with college football insiders Bruce Feldman, Stewart Mandel and Clay Travis
  • This Week: FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF gets fans ready for a full Saturday of college football action, breaking down the biggest stories in the game before kickoff the next day.

 

FOX DEBUTS NEW ONE-HOUR PRIME TIME COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW

  • Network/When: Saturday, Aug. 30 (6:30 PM ET), FOX / FOX Sports GO
  • Talent: Host Rob Stone with analysts Joel Klatt and Dave Wannstedt and college football insiders Bruce Feldman, Stewart Mandel and Clay Travis
  • This Week: FOX Sports debuts its new one-hour prime-time college football pregame show on the FOX broadcast network on Saturday, leading into its biggest game of the night – Fresno St. at No. 15 USC. Host Rob Stone is joined by former Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt, former college and NFL head coach Dave Wannstedt and college football insiders Bruce Feldman, Stewart Mandel and Clay Travis, who provide news, analysis and updates from a full day of college football action. This week, Klatt sits down with first-year USC head coach Steve Sarkisian and breaks down his top five quarterbacks in the Pac-12. Feldman and Travis discuss Alabama’s quarterback dilemma and Bret Bielema’s fate at Arkansas. The group checks in with Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath, who get ready to call Fresno State at No. 15 USC, and Davis discusses Notre Dame’s academic scandal.

STUDIO SHOWS

 

FOX SPORTS LIVE – INTENSIFIED COLLEGE FOOTBALL COVERAGE, COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF PREMIERES FRIDAY, NFL PRESEASON AND SEASON PREVIEW ANALYSIS, WYNALDA IN-STUDIO FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE INSIGHT

  • 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, Gabe Kapler, Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart, Donovan McNabb, Petros Papadakis, Clay Travis, Eric Wynalda.
  • This Week: With the college football season kicking off from Seattle this Thursday night in a Rutgers-Washington State matchup on FOX Sports 1, FOX SPORTS LIVE ramps up its coverage throughout the week. Coverage also leads up to Friday’s debut of FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF (12:00 AM ET), an hour-long programming block that airs weekly throughout the fall. During the week, college football analysts Matt Leinart, Petros Papadakis and Clay Travis provide nightly analysis with the season right around the corner. The dawn of college football means the NFL is not far behind, and with the season opener just eight days away, six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb is in-studio each night to discuss all of the day’s news as training camp battles are decided and teams finalize their rosters for the regular season. Also joining the show on Wednesday and Thursday nights is U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer and FOX Sports 1 soccer analyst Eric Wynalda to recap the Champions League playoff matches airing on FOX Sports 1. Wynalda also breaks down Thursday’s Champions League draw that determines the highly anticipated group stage matches in September.

           

AMERICA’S PREGAME – CONTINUED NFL TRAINING CAMP SITE HITS AND COVERAGE, PREEMPTED FRIDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, weekdays (6:00 PM ET), preempted Friday, Aug. 29
  • Talent:  Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Royce Clayton, Joel Klatt, Kirk Morrison, Ephraim Salaam
  • This Week: With the NFL preseason wrapping up this week, local correspondents continue to lend daily reports and wraps in addition to live pregame site hits from New Jersey (N.Y. Giants), Philadelphia and Miami from FOX Sports 1 reporters Mike Garafolo, Alex Marvez and Peter Schrager. The show also maintains its focus on the world of college football this week, highlighted by a satellite interview on Wednesday with always colorful Washington State head coach Mike Leach in advance of the program’s season-opener Thursday night vs. Rutgers.With a NASCAR Nationwide Final practice at Atlanta, the show is preempted on Friday evening.      

 

MLB

 

CINCINNATI REDS TAKE ON PITTSBURGH PIRATES SATURDAY ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Aug. 30 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Albert, Sean Casey & Ken Rosenthal

MLB WHIPAROUND FEATURES QUICK-TURNAROUND HIGHLIGHTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, weekdays
    • Thursday, Aug. 28 – Friday, Aug. 29 – Dark
    • Monday, Sept. 1 – Wednesday, Sept. 3 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  TBD
  • What: This MLB centric 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 Studio A in Los Angeles.

MISSION OCTOBER DEBUTS ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Monday, Sept. 1 (7:30 PM ET)
  • What: Major League Baseball Productions and FOX Sports collaborate on MISSION OCTOBER, a weekly series on FOX Sports 1 that gives fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look with specific teams fighting to reach the postseason and win the World Series.  Camera crews follow players, coaches and front office personnel over the course of a weekend series, and each show is produced and edited as the series unfolds with episodes airing Monday evenings each week.

BIG STICKS WITH KEN GRIFFEY JR. FEATURES MARLINS’ SLUGGER

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Sept. 2 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Ken Griffey Jr.
  • This Week: Future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, Jr. spends a day with Marlins’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton, discussing his philosophy on hitting, reliving great moments from his career and giving exclusive play-by-play commentary on that night’s game.

NASCAR

FOX SPORTS 1 COVERS NASCAR FROM CANADA TO HOT-LANTA ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND – NASCAR has North America covered this Labor Day Weekend as the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES competes on Sunday, Aug. 31 (1:30 PM ET) in Canada, live on FOX Sports 1, while the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES hits the track that evening down South at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The championship battle heats up in the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES, as the last-minute rush to qualify for the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup is on, with only Atlanta and Richmond remaining for drivers to lock themselves into the 16-driver Chase field by virtue of a victory. With 12 different winners and, therefore, 12 spots locked up, four remain up for grabs – two of which will be awarded based on points. Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle current sit 13-16th, looking either to win at Atlanta or to pad their lead on drivers further back, such as Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon and Paul Menard.

 

FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports GO provide comprehensive, live coverage of Friday and Saturday’s Sprint Cup and NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES on-track activities from Atlanta, beginning at 2:30 PM ET, in addition to shoulder programming surrounding both series.

The NASCAR on FOX on-air team of Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds reunites to call Friday and Saturday’s Sprint Cup practice and qualifying sessions, while Sam Hornish Jr. joins the Nationwide Series booth on Friday.

In addition, FOX Sports 1 continues to follow the latest in the investigation of the death of sprint-car driver Kevin Ward Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York.

LARRY MCREYNOLDS SAYS KASEY KAHNE MIGHT HAVE TROUBLE REBOUNDING FROM BAD BRISTOL FINISH TO MAKE THE CHASE: “I know 33 points is doable and Kasey Kahne has won twice at Atlanta and once at Richmond, but I’m not so sure that Bristol wasn’t the nail in the coffin for his Chase chances in 2014. These drivers who are on the outside of the Chase looking in, like Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon and Kasey Kahne, could have a top-five finish and still not make up a lot of ground. We saw it with Kyle Larson at Bristol, where he finished 12th and still lost ground as far as getting into the Chase is concerned.”

MCREYNOLDS THINKS CREW CHIEF DAVE ROGERS FINALLY REACHED BREAKING POINT WITH KYLE BUSCH AT BRISTOL: “Everybody has a breaking point, and I think Dave Rogers finally reached it. But I think that in 2015 when they add a team (Carl Edwards), which will create another crew chief position, the only driver/crew chief combination that will be the same at Daytona in 2015 will be Matt Kenseth and Jason Ratcliff.”

MCREYNOLDS SAYS A SURPRISE WINNER COULD EMERGE AT ATLANTA: “I’m still not ready to give up the thought that we’ll see Kyle Larson in Victory Lane at some point, and Clint Bowyer dominated at Atlanta last year before he had an engine failure.  Either of them could get it done.”

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE FROM CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO; Sunday, Aug. 31  (1:30 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Adam Alexander, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip, Ray Dunlap and Hermie Sadler
  • This Week: Seventeen points separate the top three drivers with nine races to go in the 2014 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES season. Johnny Sauter leads teammate and reigning champ Matt Crafton (-8), four-time champion Ron Hornaday Jr. (-17), Ryan Blaney (-24) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (-33).

NCWTS SETUP FROM CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO; Sunday, Aug. 31 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Krista Voda, Adam Alexander, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip, Ryan Dunlap and Hermie Sadler
  • This Week:NCWTS SETUPoffers a feature and sit-down interview with German Quiroga Jr.; a look at last week’s race at Bristol in which former Sprint Cup champ Brad Keselowski won his first Truck Series race; the 2013 race at Canada, in which Chase Elliott won in controversial fashion over Ty Dillon and another competitor’s girlfriend slapped Max Papis in the garage; and discussion regarding what Ron Hornaday Jr., who consistently has run in the top five recently, needs to do to break his lengthy winless streak.

 

NASCAR RACE HUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO; Monday – Thursdays (5:00 PM ET); Special Edition on Friday, Aug. 29 (1:30 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: Kaitlyn Vincie sits down with Matt and Katie Kenseth for a two-part interview, “Crunching the Numbers” feature for Sprint Cup race at Atlanta. The show also includes full Atlanta race preview and a “Let it Ride” odds segment on Thursday, Aug. 28.

 

NASCAR RACEDAY FROM ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO; Sunday, Aug. 31 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: John Roberts, Larry McReynolds, Kenny Wallace, Bob Dillner and Rutledge Wood
  • This Week: Kaitlyn Vincie sits down with Bristol winner Joey Logano regarding the upcoming Chase; Rutledge Wood presents seven-time champion and friend Richard Petty with a 1953 Plymouth that Petty gave him and Wood restored; Austin Dillon interviews younger brother, Ty Dillon, regarding his Sprint Cup debut at Atlanta; and a complete recap of the new 2015 NASCAR race schedule

 

UFC

 

BARAO WILL BE MORE PREPARED FOR DILLASHAW REMATCH AT UFC 177, SAYS ELLENBERGER: In an epic rematch, UFC 177: DILLASHAW vs. BARAO pits bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw (11-2) against the No. 1-ranked Renan Barao (34-2, 1 NC) on Saturday, Aug. 30. UFC on FOX analyst Jake Ellenberger believes this fight will play out much differently than the first. “TJ was very unpredictable in the first fight and brought some skills to the table that we hadn’t seen before. Barao is going to be much more prepared this fight and it’ll be fun to watch.” Follow the link to watch the complete preview: http://bit.ly/1taG3XJ

 

UFC TONIGHT – UFC 177 PREVIEW, DILLASHAW, BASZLER, WEIDMAN AND DAVIE INTERVIEWS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Aug. 27 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Karyn Bryant, Brian Stann, Daniel Cormier, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: On UFC TONIGHT, Florian and Bryant are joined in the studio by guest hosts Daniel Cormier and Brian Stann. They preview UFC 177 and interview headliner TJ Dillashaw before his title defense against former champ Renan Barao this Saturday night. They also catch up with Shayna Baszler before her Saturday night UFC debut. Plus, the team talks to middleweight champion Chris Weidman andUFC founder Art Davie. Insider Helwani add reports.

UFC PRESENTS: TJ DILLASHAW: FEARLESS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Aug. 27 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: TJ Dillashaw
  • This Week:TJ Dillashaw emerged from the tiny town of Angels Camp, Calif. and was crowned UFC champion in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas. FEARLESS takes you to Dillashaw’s hometown and to his Sacramento training camp to show how a natural-born competitor became a top-ranked wrestler, a prospect on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER television series and the bantamweight champion of the world.

UFC FIGHT FLASHBACK: BARAO VS. DILLASHAW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Aug. 28 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: TJ Dillashaw, Renan Barao
  • This Week: UFC FIGHT FLASHBACK: BARAO VS. DILLASHAW is an enhanced replay of the one of the most memorable title fights in UFC history, featuring never-before-seen footage from state-of-the-art cameras, and exclusive new sound. Watch it again, like you’ve never seen it before.

UFC 177 WEIGH-IN SHOW, FORMER BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMP CRUZ SERVES AS ANALYST

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 / FOX Sports GO, Friday, Aug. 29 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian, Dominick Cruz, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week:The UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW features host Karyn Bryant, with former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and Kenny Florian as analysts, as the fighters tip the scales. Ariel Helwani interviews fighters during the show.

UFC 177 PREFIGHT: DILLASHAW VS. BARAO PREVIEW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Aug. 30 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian, Dominick Cruz, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Host Bryant and analysts Cruz and Florian preview the main card and prelim fights at UFC 177: DILLASHAW VS. BARAO II.

                                                                 

UFC 177 PRELIMS LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Deportes / FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Aug. 30 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan, Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian, Dominick Cruz, Ariel Helwani (FOX Deportes: Víctor Dávila and Fabricio Werdum)
  • This Week: The two-hour UFC 177 PRELIMS features four fights including Lorenz Larkin (14-3, 1NC) versus Derek Brunson (11-3) in a middleweight scrap. Heavyweight Ruan Potts (8-2) faces Anthony Hamilton (12-3), while No. 15-ranked flyweight Scott Jorgensen (15-9) fights Olympic gold medal wrestler Henry Cejudo (6-0). Bantamweights Joe Soto (15-2) and Anthony Birchak (11-1) kick off the PRELIMS.

UFC 177 POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE BOUT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Aug. 30 (1:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian, Dominick Cruz, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Host Bryant and analysts Florian and Cruz recap the bantamweight title fight rematch between TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao. The group also interviews winners of the main bouts.

 

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER: INSIDE THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER TRYOUTS, DERRICK LEWIS, JOE LAUZON AND CAT ZINGANO

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 / FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Aug. 31 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: Go behind the scenes as the world’s best 115-pound female fighters jockey to make a groundbreaking season of the hit reality show THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, where for the first time the finalists will fight for UFC gold. Then, travel to Houston where UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis has left behind a troubled past to experience a remarkable rise in the UFC’s hardest hitting division. Watch jiu-jitsu masters Rener and Ryron Gracie dissect the precision and skill of Joe Lauzon’s impressive submission win against Jamie Varner. Plus, the first mom to ever triumph inside the Octagon, Cat Zingano, illuminates the Warrior Code that drives her hunt for a UFC belt.

COUNTDOWN TO UFC FIGHT NIGHT: JACARE VS. MOUSASI

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Monday, Sept. 1 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jacare Souza, Gegard Mousasi
  • This Week: COUNTDOWN TO UFC FIGHT NIGHT takes you inside the training camps of Gegard Mousasi and Jacare Souza as these top-10 middleweights prepare for a rematch between two completely different fighters than the ones who first met six years ago. In the co-main event, fearsome heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Ben Rothwell brace for a massive clash in Connecticut. Plus, New England fan favorite Joe Lauzon will meet a fellow submission specialist, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER Season 15 winner Michael Chiesa.

UFC ROUNDTABLE: THE ULTIMATE FIGHTERS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Sept. 3 (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 all of them 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.

 

MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

DEFENDING CHAMP MARQUEZ LOOKS TO GET BACK ON TRACK AT SILVERSTONE

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Aug. 31 (7:00 AM ET)
  • Talent:  Host Bob Varsha; analysts Gregory Haines and Nick Harris
  • This Week: The Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone will be the first event on the MotoGP calendar to welcome a winner other than Marc Marquez, as the defending champ’s streak of race wins to start the season ended at 10, when teammate Dani Pedrosa captured the top spot at Brno. The 3.666-mile, 18-turn Silverstone circuit easily is one of the most prestigious venues in the world dedicated to motor sports.

ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING

NFL FILMS PRESENTS: A WHOLE LOTTA NOISE GOES INSIDE LEGION OF BOOM

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Sept. 2 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Joe Buck
  • This Week: This week’s episode features a roundtable with the Seattle Seahawks “Legion of Boom” secondary and listens in on NFL head coaches wired for sound during training camp.

SOCCER

 

WORLD CUP STARS FEATURED ON FOX SPORTS AS ENGLAND TAKES ON NORWAY IN AN INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

  • Network/When: England vs Norway, FOX Sports 2 / FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Sept. 3 (2:55 PM ET)
  • Talent: Keith Costigan hosts in-studio.

RED BULL

 

BRITISH PILOTS LOOK FOR HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE AT RED BULL AIR RACE ASCOT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Monday, Sept. 1 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Nick Fellows, analysis by former Air Race pilot Mike Mangold
  • This Week: The famous Ascot thoroughbred horse race track outside of London hosts the next stop of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Britain’s Paul Bonhomme and Nigel Lamb are counting on home support in the wooded countryside near the Britain Royal Family’s Windsor Castle as they to narrow the gap to Red Bull Air Race World Championship leader Hannes Arch of Austria at the first race in Britain since 2008. Arch leads the eight-race championship at the mid-way point by 13 points, but Bonhomme (second place) and Lamb (third place) are still in the thick of the title battle with four races remaining in 2014. “The British combo of Nigel Lamb and Paul Bonhomme will try to hold off Hannes Arch, because if he wins in England, the Austrian will be a lock to win the season title,” says FOX Sports 1 analyst Mike Mangold. “This will be a technical racecourse full of high G turns and pilots will be faced with strong and constantly changing winds.” In the Red Bull Air Race, pilots race against the clock as they try to navigate their race planes as fast as possible through a challenging low-altitude slalom course filled with Air Gate obstacles.

NBC Sports Group Surrounds Week 1 Of 2014 NFL Season With “NFL KICKOFF 2014″ and “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”

FNIA-nfl-nbcSuper Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks Host Green Bay Packers on Thursday,   September 4. Coverage of NFL Kickoff 2014 Begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC

Denver Broncos Take on Indianapolis Colts in Season Debut of Sunday Night Football on September 7. Coverage Begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream All Sunday Night Football Games

Debut of Carrie Underwood’s 2014 Edition of “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night”         Airs September 7

NFL Turning Point Season Premiere on Wednesday, September 10 at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Pro Football Talk with Mike Florio Airs Weekdays at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report Airs Sunday Nights at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Stamford, Conn. – August 28, 2014 – In a season that will see NBC broadcast Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1, 2015, NBC Sports Group surrounds the 2014 NFL season with robust multi-platform coverage across its unprecedented portfolio of assets. NFL coverage will include live game presentation on NBC with Sunday Night Football, the No. 1 show on primetime TV; pre-game coverage on NBC with Football Night in America, the most watched studio show in sports;  live streaming of Sunday Night Football for desktops and tablets on NBC Sports Live Extra; daily studio coverage on NBCSN with Pro Football Talk; weekly programming on NBCSN with Emmy Award-nominated NFL Turning Point and NBCSN Sunday Sports Report; daily radio coverage on 439 NBC Sports Radio affiliates across the United States; local team coverage on 11 NBC Sports Regional Networks; comprehensive fantasy football coverage on NBCSN with Fantasy Football Live, and online through Rotoworld.com; and additional digital and social media content.

NBC bookends the 2014 NFL season with NFL Kickoff 2014 on Thursday, Sept. 4 and Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015. In all, NBC will broadcast 22 games, including a Thanksgiving night game on Nov. 27, a Wild Card Playoff game on the weekend of Jan. 3-4, and a Divisional Playoff game on the Jan. 10-11 weekend.

NFL KICKOFF 2014 AND SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

The NFL opens the regular season on Thursday, Sept. 4, with NFL Kickoff 2014 on NBC. Russell Wilson and the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Century Link Field, in Seattle, Wash. A pre-game concert will feature performances by Grammy Award-winning singer, song-writer, producer, and The Voice judge, Pharrell Williams, as well as Seattle-natives and Grammy Award-winning band Soundgarden from a specially constructed stage outside of Century Link Field. Select portions of the concert will air on NBC. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Sunday Night Football, the No. 1 primetime show on television, kicks off on Sunday, Sept. 7, when Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos host Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts from Sports Authority Field at Mile High, in Denver, Colo. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports.

Calling both games are 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 NFL Kickoff 2014 and 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.

For the second year in a row, country music superstar Carrie Underwood will perform Waiting All Day for Sunday Night, the opening theme for Sunday Night Football. The 2014 edition will debut on Sunday, Sept. 7, prior to NBC’s first SNF broadcast of the 2014 NFL season. The opening theme has been part of the weekly telecast for all nine seasons of Sunday Night Football.

FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

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 Century Link Field, on Thursday, and Sports Authority Field at Mile High, on Sunday. Costas will be joined on site by Cris Collinsworth, two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward,and new NBC Sports on-air personality Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from Century Link Field on Thursday night, and from NBC Sports Group’s  Studio on Sunday night. Patrick 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.

Beginning on Sept. 7, and continuing throughout the regular season, Kathryn Tappen, Alex Flanagan and Carolyn Manno will alternate reporting from the site of one of the high-profile afternoon games.

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 that are available online, as well as NFL-related shoulder programming available on NBCSN.

NBC SPORTS GROUP NFL WEEK 1 COVERAGE
DATE TIME COVERAGE NETWORK
Tues. Sept. 2 5:30 p.m. Pro Football Talk NBCSN
6:30 p.m. Fantasy Football Live NBCSN
Wed. Sept. 3 5:30 p.m. Pro Football Talk NBCSN
6:30 p.m. Fantasy Football Live NBCSN
Thurs. Sept. 4 5:30 p.m. Pro Football Talk NBCSN
7:30 p.m. NFL Kickoff 2014 NBC
8:30 p.m. Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks NBC
Fri. Sept. 5 5:30 p.m. Pro Football Talk NBCSN
Sun. Sept. 7 7 p.m. Football Night in America NBC
8:30 p.m. SNF: Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos NBC

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

For the seventh consecutive season, the entire Sunday Night Football schedule 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 is providing 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 “Ten With Tafoya” interviews with key 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 all week long. Fans can access tweets from across the league, Instagram photos and 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 – At nearly 2.5 million LIKES strong, 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 as well as 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 to provide followers with updates all game long.
  • 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. Fans will 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 in Seattle, 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 will arrive 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 will also be traveling with a replica Vince Lombardi Trophy that will be available for fan photos. From the life-size NFL players and Carrie Underwood on the outside, to the SNF Player of the Game signed ball and Vince Lombardi Trophy 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 will include an interactive map of where the bus has been, and where it’s traveling next, allowing fans to take a virtual #SNFRoadTrip, beginning at NFL Kickoff on Sept. 4, 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 who’s leading each week.

A dedicated producer will be collecting photos and creating 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 will present “The Sunday Night Football,” a custom made football from Wilson, which will travel with the SNF crew all season long. Fans of SNF on Facebook and Twitter will be able to 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 WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10, 10 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The fourth season of Emmy-nominated NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s weekly show co-produced by NFL Films, will debut Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 10 p.m. ET and will be hosted by Football Night in America’s Dan Patrick. The hour-long program will air throughout the NFL season and will focus on the crucial “turning point” moment in several games each week by utilizing NFL Films’ unmatched cinematography, and sideline and on-field audio.

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 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.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD

For the second consecutive season, Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist, Carrie Underwood, will perform “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” the opening theme for primetime television’s No. 1 program, Sunday Night Football on NBC. Country music superstar Underwood, the season-four winner of American Idol in 2005, made her Sunday Night Football debut to open the 2013 NFL season. The opening theme will continue each week kicking off Sunday Night Football every Sunday night throughout the NFL season on NBC.

Eleven NFL players, who have accounted for 44 Pro Bowl selections, five Super Bowl rings, three Super Bowl MVP trophies, and eight first-round draft picks (five in the top 10) will participate in the open with Underwood. Players include New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham,San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly,New York Giants QB Eli Manning, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning, Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall,Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews,Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy,San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers,Denver Broncos DE DeMarcus Ware, andSeattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.

Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film, where the six-time Grammy Award winner has amassed more than 95 major honors, sold more than 64 million records worldwide, and recorded 18 No. 1 singles, nine of which she co-wrote. Underwood was recognized as Pollstar’s Top Female Country Touring Artist for each of her headlining tours in 2008, 2010 and 2012.  Her four albums, Some HeartsCarnival RidePlay On, and Blown Away – each certified multi-Platinum or Platinum – tallied 38 weeks at No 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with songs that have now been streamed more than 800 million times worldwide.

A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2008, Underwood last year became the musical voice of primetime television’s No 1 program, Sunday Night Football, and starred as Maria von Trapp in the three-hour, holiday blockbuster and Emmy-winning, The Sound of Music Live!, which had a total reach of 44 million viewers.

SNF: NO. 1 PRIMETIME PROGRAM ON TELEVISION FOR 3 YEARS RUNNING

NBC’s Sunday Night Football finished the 2013-14 television season as the No. 1 show in primetime in household rating, viewership and the coveted Adult 18-49 demographic, based on live plus same day data from The Nielsen Company (September-May).

This marks the third consecutive television season — and the only three times on record — that a sports series has been the highest-rated and most-watched show of the primetime TV season.

For the 2013-2014 primetime television season, Sunday Night Football ranks as the highest-rated (12.8), most-watched show (21.7 million, viewers 2+), and the No. 1 broadcast program across the key demographics of Adults 18-49, 18-34, 25-54 as well as Men 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 and Women 18-34 and 18-49.

In addition, 12 SNF games averaged at least 20 million viewers, tying NBC’s Sochi Winter Olympics for most primetime telecasts with 20 million viewers (not including pre-/post-shows).

The critically acclaimed Football Night in America, which precedes Sunday Night Football, each week at 7 p.m. ET, averaged 7.9 million viewers in 2013, making it the most watched studio show in sports.

Sunday Night Football has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series in each of the last six years.

2014 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

NBC will broadcast 19 primetime NFL games during the 2014 regular season, highlighted by: Russell Wilson and the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks hosting Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Sept. 4; Peyton Manning and the AFC Champion Broncos host Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts in the opening Sunday Night Football game on Sept. 7; andNBC’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
Thurs. Sept. 4 NFL Kickoff Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks
Sun. Sept. 7 Week 1 Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos
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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The Man Behind Peyton Manning’s Recovery, Resurgence On Season Premiere Of 60 Minutes Sports

60-Minutes-Sports-showtimeSHOWTIME® MOVES ‘60 MINUTES SPORTS’ TO TUESDAY NIGHT;

KICKS OFF ITS 3RD SEASON WITH NEW DETAILS AND VIDEO OF THE SECRET REHAB THAT SAVED PEYTON MANNING’S CAREER

Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 10p ET/PT Only On SHOWTIME

150mph Electric Cars, a Controversial Poker Player, the Army-Navy Game, A Record-Setting Extreme Athlete and a Stampede of Brazilian Bull Riders Mark a New Season

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NEW YORK (Aug. 27, 2014) SHOWTIME moves the sports edition of 60 MINUTES from Wednesday to Tuesday night on the premium network beginning in September, when 60 MINUTES SPORTS kicks off its third season with the inside story on Peyton Manning’s incredible comeback from neck surgery.  See Correspondent Jack Ford’s story featuring Manning, his brother Eli and Duke Football Head Coach David Cutcliffe, whose secret training Manning credits with saving his career, on the season premiere of 60 MINUTES SPORTS on its new night, Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT only on SHOWTIME.

WATCH:

Jack Ford and producer Rome Hartman take you behind-the-scenes for the making of this segment.

Throughout their NFL careers, Peyton and Eli, the New York Giants’ quarterback, have been privately coached by Cutcliffe – a relationship that goes back to their college days when the brothers both had him as a coach.  The private mini-camps Cutcliffe has run for them at Duke for several years took on a crucial role after Peyton’s nerve injury in 2012.  Ford’s story contains rare footage of those sessions along with Peyton’s most detailed comments about how Cutcliffe’s training enabled him to take the Broncos to the Super Bowl and be the NFL’s MVP again.  “I’ll be indebted to him forever,” says Peyton.

If anyone was ready for the challenge, it was Cutcliffe.  As Ford reports, at the same time he worked behind the scenes with Peyton Manning, he was in the midst of performing a miracle turnaround of the Blue Devil football team.  Duke had just one victory in the two years before he arrived as head coach in 2008; today they’re an emerging Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouse with 10 wins last season.  No Duke football team had ever won that many games.  Cutcliffe was the consensus college 2013 “Coach of the Year.”

The Tuesday, Sept. 2 premiere also features Correspondent Jeff Glor reporting on “Formula E” electric cars that race at 150mph and a peek into the underworld of bare knuckle boxing, in which Correspondent Armen Keteyian explores a secretive sport some call “human cockfighting.”

Coming up on future editions of 60 MINUTES SPORTS this season, Correspondent James Brown profiles Phil Ivey, one of poker’s biggest winners and one of its most controversial players; Correspondent Jack Ford reports on the iconic Army-Navy Game and the efforts to turn around an Army team that has lost the last 14 contests; Correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi profiles Mathias Giraud, the extreme skier and base jumper who keeps finding more records to break; and correspondent Bill Whitaker finds out there’s an awful lot of bull riding in Brazil – one reason why Brazilian riders are starting to dominate Americans’ favorite rodeo sport.

60 MINUTES SPORTS is produced by 60 MINUTES and is part of SHOWTIME Sports’ existing lineup of award-winning original programming, which includes INSIDE THE NFL, JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME, ALL ACCESS and live event series SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® and ShoBox: The New Generation.

60 MINUTES SPORTS is co-executive produced by CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager and 60 MINUTES Executive Editor Bill Owens and SHOWTIME Sports.

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Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Atlanta Falcons — Series finale debuts next Tuesday

hard-knocks-hboHARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE ATLANTA FALCONS

SERIES FINALE DEBUTS TUESDAY, SEPT. 2

Episode #5 (series finale)

Debut: TUESDAY, SEPT. 2 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: Sept. 3 (4:45 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 4 (1:15 p.m., 1:35 a.m.), 5 (11:00 a.m., 9:00 p.m.), 6 (9:30 a.m., 10:15 p.m.), 7 (6:30 a.m.) and 8 (2:45 a.m.)

            HBO2 playdates: Sept. 5 (11:15 p.m.) and 9 (4:00 p.m.)

            The preseason comes to a close as the Falcons head to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars; coaches evaluate player performances as they prepare for the cuts that will finalize the 53-man roster.

A 30-person NFL Films crew is at the Falcons’ training camp at team headquarters in Flowery Branch, Ga., shooting more than 1,500 hours of footage over the course of the series. Camera and sound crews have unencumbered access to the players’ and coaches’ meeting rooms, training rooms, living quarters and practice fields.

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #HardKnocks and follow @HBO and @Atlanta_Falcons for updates.

SiriusXM Kicks Off 2014 College Football Season with 56 Live Games

SIRIUS XM RADIO LOGOThroughout the season, SiriusXM will offer live play-by-play from the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, American Athletic and Mountain West conferences, plus Notre Dame, Army, Navy & more

Week 1 schedule features every team from Associated Press Top 25 poll; highlighted by

#21 Texas A&M vs. #9 South Carolina, #16 Clemson vs. #12 Georgia, and #14 Wisconsin vs. #13 LSU

NEW YORK – August 26, 2014 –SiriusXM will air a total of 56 live games for the opening week of the 2014 college football season, August 28 through September 1.

Throughout the season, SiriusXM’s extensive college sports coverage will feature dozens of college football games each week from the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, American Athletic and Mountain West conferences, plus Notre Dame, Army, Navy, and more.

The Week 1 schedule features every team from the Associated Press Top 25 poll, and is highlighted by three early season Top 25 matchups – #21 Texas A&M at #9 South Carolina, #16 Clemson at #12 Georgia, and #14 Wisconsin vs. #13 LSU.  For the full schedule of games on SiriusXM, go to www.siriusxm.com/collegefootballschedule.

In addition to live play-by-play, SiriusXM College Sports Nation (channel 91), SiriusXM’s 24/7 college sports channel, offers a daily lineup of college sports talk programming that provides news, highlights and analysis of teams and conferences across the country.

SiriusXM College Sports Nation boasts a team of expert hosts that features Heisman Trophy winners, National Championship winners, and former coaches and players, including Tim Brown, Eddie George, Gino Torretta, Gene Chizik, Greg McElroy, Gary Barnett, Dan Hawkins, Rick Neuheisel, Houston Nutt and Phil Savage; as well as Tim Brando, Jack Arute, Mark Packer, Bill King, Chris Childers and Taylor Zarzour.

SiriusXM College Sports Nation is available to subscribers on satellite radios, on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online at SiriusXM.com.

During the 2014 season, SiriusXM College Sports Nation will also offer exclusive weekly interviews with several head coaches including: Jimbo Fisher of #1 Florida State, Mark Helfrich of #3 Oregon, Bob Stoops of #4 Oklahoma, Art Briles of #10 Baylor, Les Miles of #13 LSU, and Dabo Swinney of #16 Clemson.

For more info on SiriusXM’s college sports programming, visit www.siriusxm.com/collegesports.  Follow the SiriusXM College Sports Nation channel on Twitter @SiriusXMCollege.

 

Sunday MLB on TBS Continues August 31 with Tigers vs. White Sox at 2 p.m. ET

mlb-on-tbsSunday MLB on TBS Continues August 31 with

Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox at 2 p.m. ET

TBS Telecast to be Available in the White Sox Broadcast Territory

Sunday MLB on TBS will continue August 31 with an American League matchup between division rivals when the Detroit Tigers and Miguel Cabrera visit the Chicago White Sox and Jose Abreu at 2 p.m. ET. Rick Porcello (15-8) is scheduled to take the mound for Detroit against Chicago probable starter Jose Quintana (6-10). The Sunday MLB on TBS telecast will be available in the White Sox broadcast territory with Brian Anderson providing play-by-play alongside analyst Cal Ripken.

The upcoming Sunday MLB on TBS schedule will include the New York Yankees hosting the Kansas City Royals on September 7 at 1:30 p.m. Prior to the game at 1 p.m., TBS will televise the Yankees’ special ceremony to honor the historic career of long-time team captain Derek Jeter.

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. The network will also exclusively televise one Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, two of the four Division Series with the MLB Division Series coverage on TBS presented by T-Mobile and one League Championship Series during the 2014 MLB Postseason.

Sunday MLB on TBS” Schedule:

 

Sun., August 31
2 p.m. ET Detroit Tigers @ Chicago White Sox
Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Cal Ripken (analyst)

 

Upcoming Schedule:

Sun., September 7  
 
1 p.m. Pregame Ceremony Honoring Derek Jeter
 
1:30 p.m. Kansas City Royals @ New York Yankees
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play) and Ron Darling (analyst)

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

 

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ESPN’s OTL Special Report: Washington’s Nickname – An NFL Dilemma

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With the 2014 season set to begin, Outside the Lines Special Report: Washington’s Nickname – An NFL Dilemma (Tuesday, Sept. 2, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2; 11 p.m., ESPNEWS) will examine how one team faces a controversy over its nickname.

The call to change the Washington Redskins name has grown louder, extending beyond Native American groups and activists who say it is offensive and racist. Now some politicians, NFL players and media members have taken a stand against the team’s nickname, while others are just as passionate about holding onto it, citing its proud tradition and history.

ESPN’s cross-platform examination of the debate features an Outside the Lines’ prime-time special hosted by Bob Ley, which includes an in-depth conversation with one of the strongest supporters of the name: Washington team owner Daniel Snyder. In his first extensive television interview on the subject, Snyder tells reporter John Barr why he feels so strongly about his team’s name and why he believes the public’s concern about Native Americans may be misplaced.

Credit: ESPN / Producer Arty Berko

John Barr interviews Daniel Snyder with his wife Tanya

  • “They need to hear the truth; they need to hear some history; they need to hear the facts… We’ve traveled, and we’ve seen the truth. Nobody in Washington, D.C. wants to talk about the truth.”  — Daniel Snyder, Washington Redskins team owner

The financial implications of the franchise name change will be examined by ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine senior writer Peter Keating: How much would a name change cost Snyder and the team? How much do they stand to gain?

  • “The research shows that for those that had Native American, or Indian, mascots, they have performed very, very well after changing those names.” – Derrick Heggans, former managing director, Wharton Sports Business Initiative, University of Pennsylvania

Credit: ESPN / Producer Greg Shapiro

Peter Keating at Derrick Heggans’ Washington, D.C. office

Navajo and psychiatric social worker Amanda Blackhorse, the named plaintiff in the case known as Blackhorse et al v. Pro-Football Inc., the lawsuit filed by five Native Americans, will be a guest to present the Native American perspective.

Additional guests will include NBC’s Bob Costas, who, during his halftime essay on a Sunday Night Football game last October, called the term Redskins, “an insult, a slur.”

Outside the Lines will also reveal the results of three separate polls gauging how NFL players – including Washington Redskins players — and the general public feel about the team’s nickname.

The show’s “open” was written by ESPN The Magazine senior writer Howard Bryant and narrated by actor Sam Elliott. It was shot at the American Indian Center of Chicago where Native American Frank Waln, Sicangu Lakota from Rosebud Sioux, an accomplished hip-hop artist and three-time Native American Music Award winner, performed the open’s music.

 Credit: ESPN / Producer Michael Sciallo

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ESPN Sr. Writer Steve Wulf reports on what the National Congress of American Indians and other groups have done to raise awareness of the issues surrounding the use of Native American imagery in professional sports.

“Fueled by billions of dollars in revenue, and governed by mostly white men in offices that are all located in Manhattan — an island taken from the Lenape in the 17th century — these teams now find themselves clinging to names and images and traditions while the winds of change are howling around them.” – Steve Wulf

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Signature Series: Arthur Ashe To Debut On Tennis Channel During US Open

tennis-channelFirst Authorized Television Biography Showcases Legendary Tennis Trailblazer

Documentary Highlights Ashe’s Steadfast Character while Championing Civil Rights, Combating Apartheid, Promoting Educational Opportunities and Raising AIDS Awareness

NEW YORK, August 27, 2014 – Tennis Channel will celebrate the illustrious career of tennis pioneer, devoted activist and Hall of Famer Arthur Ashe in Signature Series: Arthur Ashe during the 2014 US Open. The newest edition to the network’s original Signature Series documentary lineup – Ashe’s first authorized television biography – will debut Sunday, August 31, at 11 p.m. ET at the conclusion of Tennis Channel’s US Open coverage. A complete schedule of episode airdates can be found on the channel’s website at www.tennischannel.com/schedule.

Signature Series: Arthur Ashe delves into the brilliant tennis career, passionate activism and untimely death of one of the most respected athletes of all time. In a pantheon with other 20th Century agents of change like Jackie Robinson, Jesse Owens and Muhammed Ali, Ashe is remembered as a man who broke color barriers and affected human rights issues.  With perhaps nothing more important to him than education and the opportunities it can afford people, of all walks of life, Ashe took a leading role in advancing this cause of using a locker room as a means of promoting the classroom.  The dignity and grace with which he led his life, on and off the tennis court and in the face of his own mortality, remain respected around the world.

“Arthur Ashe’s legacy transcends tennis and even sports, and this is a story that simply had to be told,” said Ken Solomon, chairman and CEO, Tennis Channel. “For the first time television audience will experience Arthur in the context of history and learn why he was one of the greatest social leaders our world has seen.”

An eventual World No. 1, Ashe began as an outsider in tennis, an African-American unable to play junior tournaments – or even walk onto the same court with a white opponent – because of racial segregation laws in his home state of Virginia. He went on to lead the University of California Los Angeles’ championship tennis team, and became the first African-American to play for the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1963. This landmart “first” was one of many in a lifetime of firsts for Ashe.  He later became the first man to win the US Open in 1968, its inaugural year. In doing so, he also became the first – and to this day only – African-American man to win the singles title at the US Open or the U.S. National Championships, as the tournament was known before the Open Era.

Ashe added to his place in history with championships at the Australian Open in 1970 and Wimbledon in 1975, also firsts for an African-American man. Even today his Wimbledon championship upset of Jimmy Connors is considered a match for the ages.  Ashe remains the only black man to win singles championships at the US Open, Wimbledon or the Australian Open. He also, with 1983 French Open winner Yannick Noah of France, became one of only two black men to win a major tennis singles title. He finished his career with 33 titles overall.

This documentary, however, charts the story of not only a Grand Slam champion, but also a lifetime leader, humanitarian, philanthropist and human rights activist who worked with three different U.S. presidents. Known for his character, Ashe’s passionate and tireless leadership translated into many causes – both politically and socially. He protested South African apartheid, championing human rights and serving as a beacon of hope to the people suffering under segregation there. Ashe became such a virtuous example to South Africans that they nicknamed him “Sepo” or “Hope.” After decades in prison, future South African president Nelson Mandela immediately sought a meeting with Ashe upon his release. Ashe was also committed to protesting U.S. crackdowns on Haitian refugees. He was arrested twice while demonstrating his beliefs regarding these issues. Above all Ashe was a fierce advocate of educational empowerment, and gave back to his community throughout his life. Paramount among his achievements may be his role as a founding member of National Junior Tennis and Learning, a non-profit dedicated to helping underprivileged youth through tennis.

“We are humbled to be able to honor Arthur Ashe’s memory in this edition of Signature Series,” said Laura Hockridge, vice president, original programming, Tennis Channel. “His actions as a player have helped to mold the sport as we know it today, and his convictions as an activist continue to inspire people and motivate positive change in the world.”

In 1992, Ashe announced that he had contracted AIDS during a blood transfusion years earlier while receiving treatment after heart surgery. In doing so, he became an early and public face for raising awareness about the disease. Ashe, with his wife Jeannne, helped to bring attention to AIDS by founding the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS, which generated funds for study into treating, curing and preventing the disease, with the eventual goal of finding a cure. He continued to bring light to the plight of AIDS victims by speaking before the U.N. General Assembly, inciting a call to action for delegates to increase funding for research and see the virus as a global issue. At a local level, Ashe also founded the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. He designed the institute to address poor health care delivery issues amongst urban minorities. Ashe died in 1993 of AIDS-related pneumonia.

“The greatness of Arthur Ashe was not his tennis. It was the way he carried himself and what he tried to create. He represented so many good ideals and values … and I always believed that America lost a great deal when we lost Arthur Ashe,’ said longtime friend and agent of Arthur Ashe, Donald Dell, in an interview that appears in the documentary.

Spending nine years in the World Top 10, Ashe contributed more to the sport than just great match play and big wins. In response to tennis’ growing popularity and the stalemate of tennis professionals’ earnings, he co-founded the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) with Jack Kramer and others in 1972. The ATP was formed to represent the interests and rights of the men who made their living on the pro tennis circuit. Ashe served as president for two years and went on to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985. Today he is the namesake of the main venue at the US Open, “Arthur Ashe Stadium,” the largest tennis arena in the world. It was Ashe’s dedication to promoting equality and championing human rights – both in his professional and personal life – that keeps him in the hearts and minds of the public.

Ashe’s family, friends and contemporaries have joined together to help Tennis Channel honor the tennis great by speaking about their fondest memories of him on camera. Each was asked to write a personal letter to Ashe from the present, addressing the ways in which his legacy lives and the changes in the world today because of him.  Read in “Dear Arthur” segments throughout, the letters form the pillars of the film’s structure. His brother Johnnie Ashe, Ambassador Andrew Young, prize winning sports writer Frank Deford and tennis icon Billie Jean King are among those featured.  Other interviewees include contemporaries like all-time great Rod Laver and Cliff Drysdale, and tennis chroniclers Richard Evans and Steve Flink.

Signature Series: Arthur Ashe is a a part of Tennis Channel’s on going  Signature Series documentary lineup. Other tennis personalities and subjects have included Rod Laver, Andre Agassi, Vitas Gerulaitis, Martina Navratilova, Pete Sampras, Rene Lacoste, Bud Collins and the sport’s centuries-old origins.

College Football on FOX Season Preview Press Call Highlights

260px-Fox_College_Football_logoNew York – Yesterday afternoon, FOX Sports conducted a press call to preview the 2014 college football season. FOX Sports kicks off the season with four straight days of hard-hitting action, led by Fresno State at No. 15 USC on Saturday in prime time on the FOX broadcast network. Other games include Rutgers vs. Washington State on Thursday at 10:00 PM ET and SMU at No. 10 Baylor on Sunday at 7:30 PM ET, both on FOX Sports 1. A full schedule of this week’s games, including broadcaster information, can be found below.

 

FOX Sports also debuts two college football studio shows beginning Friday night at 12:00 AM ET with FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF on FOX Sports 1. The live one-hour program features analysts Joel Klatt, Dave Wannstedt, Matt Lienart and Petros Papadakis with college football insiders Bruce Feldman, Stewart Mandel and Clay Travis getting fans ready for kickoff on Saturday. On Saturday evening, FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME airs at 6:30 PM ET on the broadcast network with host Rob Stone joined by analysts Wannstedt and Klatt breaking down the biggest stories from the sport before FOX Sports’ biggest game of the day – Fresno State at No. 15 USC – kicks off at 7:30 PM ET, with Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath on the call.

 

FOX Sports presents college football fans some of the most exciting matchups in the country this season, with more than 100 games scheduled across its national and local broadcast and cable platforms. Top contests featuring Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA teams appear on the FOX broadcast network, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Networks (FSN), FOX College Sports, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO all season long, culminating with the Pac-12 and Big Ten conference championship games on back-to-back nights on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6.

 

Highlights of today’s call are transcribed below.

Joel Klatt expressed concerns about how the College Football Playoff selection committee defines the four “best” teams and about how sitting athletic directors can remain impartial:

“I do have a couple of concerns – one is the contradiction in the verbiage that they’ve thrown out there. I know they’ve made it painstakingly clear that they’re going after the four best teams in college football, not the four most deserving teams in college football, which on its face sounds great, but when you put “best” rather than “deserving,” subjectivity comes in, perception comes in, and all of a sudden you’re looking at teams that might have done something that was extraordinary and truly played above their heads in games that they probably shouldn’t have won, and this committee might be able to say, accurately, that they’re not one of the four best teams, but they’ve had one of the four best seasons. I would rather see that team in than out, so I think that this is going to value recruiting and perception much more than it is the team that really comes from nowhere and is able to play above their heads and really deserves to have a shot at it.

“The other piece that I’m concerned about is I know there’s a lengthy refusal policy, but what it doesn’t apply to is the sitting athletic directors and teams in their own conferences. The level of money that we’re talking about – $18 million for a semifinal, $22 million for a potential national championship game – if a team from your conference that’s not your team goes to the Playoff, rather than one of the other marquee bowls, then they have a chance at that extra $22 million. That extra $22 million would be roughly about $1 million – depending on how many schools are in your conference – it would mean that amount of money to you as an athletic director due to conference revenue-sharing. That’s a really clear bias that could be entered into the equation, and I’m really interested to see how it all comes out. They’ve protected themselves by keeping the final vote private, which I don’t agree with – if you’re going to have transparency in part of the process, it should be in all of the process.”

Charles Davis says strength of schedule and perception will likely play a big role in the selection committee’s decision:

“The mindset of the public is going to be different, because they’re trying to get the four best teams – whether they call them “best,” “deserving,” or whatever. When you start talking about Cinderella not being a part of this, it goes against what people have loved about the NCAA basketball tournament, which is picked by a committee. Let’s say Marshall runs the table. What if they go 13-0 or 14-0? If they are presented for possibility there and are up against a two-loss Power Five conference team, do you really think that the people on the committee are going to look at it and say, ‘Who would you take on a Saturday? Marshall, or one of those Power Five teams?’ What if Marshall had that special year? They’re not likely to get a sniff.

“We keep hearing about strength of schedule. You’re never going to equalize it out in college football – it’s just not going to work that way. Some years when you think you’ve got a great schedule, the teams that you thought were going to be tough turn out not to be. Will some of those brand-name teams get little a bit of a pass down the road if their strength of schedule isn’t as great, but they’re a Brand-X team, versus another team that may not be that may or may not have a tougher schedule? It’s all still out there for us to find out, and I wish the committee luck. I think they’ve got an almost-impossible job in so many different ways. I can’t wait to watch them try and do it.”

Stewart Mandel believes the playoff and selection committee are huge improvements over the BCS system:

“The selection committee as a concept is a big improvement from the BCS standings. There was not any accountability with the coaches poll or the BCS computers. Anybody that has studied those has said they were stripped down without scoring margin as part of it, and it wasn’t true math. I think the idea of 13 people who are solely dedicated to focusing on this – spending their Mondays and Tuesdays watching game tape, breaking down stats and of course debating among themselves, is an improvement. That being said, there’s never going to be a “right” four teams. In my research that I did for my book, where I went back and applied it to the past five seasons, not once would we have said that those are the obvious top four. Whereas in the BCS last year, everybody pretty much agreed it was Florida State-Auburn. The more teams you add to it, the more controversy there’s going to be because there are just more teams that are going to have a legitimate claim to those last couple spots.”

Davis breaks down the Week 2 matchup between Michigan State and Oregon:

“For some reason, people kind of anointed Ohio State prior to the Braxton Miller injury, and it’s almost like people forgot that Michigan State won the conference last year and returns a whole lot of great players. They beat Ohio State head-to-head. They’re going on the road carrying the banner for the Big Ten. For Oregon, their nemesis in recent years has been Stanford, and what’s Stanford’s style of play? It’s heavy-duty running the ball on offense, being extremely physical – a physical, excellent tackling team on defense. All those yards-after-catch, yards-after-contact, open-field plays that Oregon is used to getting, that hidden yardage they weren’t getting against Stanford. For Oregon to win the Pac-12, they have to beat Stanford. They know that. For Oregon to clearly get into playoff consideration and have a chance to be an undefeated team, they have to beat Stanford twice this year, and what I mean by that is Michigan State is Stanford. If you take Michigan State, Stanford and Wisconsin and strip their identity in terms of uniform, you’re essentially getting the same team, same style, same philosophy. Oregon has to do that twice this year.”

Dave Wannstedt on the situation involving Josh Shaw and if it will be a distraction:

“I’ll say one thing – the quickest way to be defeated is to be distracted.”

Wannstedt on the University of Miami and if the Hurricanes can contend for the ACC Championship:

“Al Golden knows what it takes to get it done. They have had some tough issues with the probation, and that’s behind them. Everyone is talking about them starting a freshman quarterback, and to have to go there is a little bit of a concern. More importantly, how they play defense is just crazy. I’m pulling for them, but they have some issues to deal with.”

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ON FOX SPORTS WEEK 1 SCHEDULE​

·         Rutgers vs. Washington St. (CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash.)

o   Thursday, Aug. 28 (10:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tim Brando, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft; #RutgersvsWazzu

·         Colorado St. vs. Colorado (Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colo.)

o   Friday, Aug. 29 (9:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Craig Bolerjack and Ryan Nece (Deportes: Pablo Alsina and Francisco X. Rivera); #RockyMountainShowdown

·         North Dakota St. at Iowa St.

o   Saturday, Aug. 30 (12:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Justin Kutcher & Coy Wire; #NDStvsIowaSt

·         Troy at UAB

o   Saturday, Aug. 30 (12:00 PM ET), FOX College Sports & FOX Sports GO, Mike Morgan, JC Pearson and Steffi Sorensen; #TroyvsUAB

·         Central Arkansas at Texas Tech

o   Saturday, Aug. 30 (7:00 PM ET), FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Mark Followill, Brian Baldinger and Lesley McCaslin; #CentralArkvsTTech

·         Samford at TCU

o   Saturday, Aug. 30 (7:00 PM ET), FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Brendan Burke, Ben Leber and Christian Steckel; #SamfordvsTCU

·         Fresno St. at #15 USC

o   Saturday, Aug. 30 (7:30 PM ET), FOX & FOX Sports GO, Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath; #FresnoStvsUSC

·         SMU at #10 Baylor

o   Sunday, Aug. 31 (7:30 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Joe Davis, Joey Harrington and Kris Budden; #SMUvsBaylor

 

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