Brash & Outspoken Defensive End Lyle Alzado Profiled on NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life’

NFL_Network_2012_Logo‘Lyle Alzado: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, November 21 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network

“Take all the things of Lyle Alzado and throw them out the window because here is the one thing that he always was and it was the most consistent thing in his life: Lyle had a good heart.” – Matt Millen

After a 15-year NFL career and a Super Bowl championship, defensive end Lyle Alzado is still remembered for his incredible talent on the field and larger than life persona off it.

NFL Network’s series A Football Life continues Friday, November 21 at 9:00 PM ET with a profile of Alzado – nicknamed Darth Raider – a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end with the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Raiders, who played with an intimidating style and relentless drive to get after the opposing quarterback. The one-hour, NFL Films-produced documentary focuses on Alzado’s professional football career, but also gives insight to his personal life, commitment to philanthropy and transition into acting. Additionally, the show highlights Alzado’s fight with heavyweight champion boxer, Muhammad Ali. Lyle Alzado: A Football Life also addresses Alzado’s use of steroids and human growth hormone, and how he believed it is what caused him to develop an inoperable brain tumor.

Following the premiere of Lyle Alzado: A Football Life on NFL Network, the episode – along with the entire A Football Life series – will be available on NFL Now, the League’s next-generation video service. Providing fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere, NFL Now dynamically personalizes each fan’s viewing experience, allowing them to follow their favorite NFL teams and players. Visit NFL.com/now for more information.

Every episode of A Football Life – as well as all NFL Network programming – is streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Among the topics discussed in Lyle Alzado: A Football Life are:

  • How his upbringing and relationship with his father affected who he was as a person
  • The impact he made on the Denver Broncos organization and how he felt the team let him down during their Super Bowl appearance
  • Being traded to the Cleveland Browns
  • Alzado’s love of giving back, specifically to children in need
  • Alzado’s fight with heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali
  • His trade to the Los Angeles Raiders and Super Bowl XVIII victory
  • His transition into acting
  • His attempted comeback and excessive use of steroids in the process, which he initially denied
  • His diagnosis with an inoperable brain tumor and how he spoke out about the danger of steroids

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

Lyle Alzado: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

Peter Alzado – Lyle’s brother

Janice Alzado-Lotz – Lyle’s sister

Sharon Sarvak – Lyle’s first wife

Mark Lyons – Lyle’s childhood friend

Ira Gordon – Lyle’s childhood friend

Howie Long – Raiders teammate

Tom Jackson – Broncos teammate

Billy Thompson – Broncos teammate

Matt Millen – Raiders teammate

Terry Frei Denver Post

Craig Morton – Broncos teammate & cornerman for Ali fight

Claudie Minor – Broncos teammate

Bill Pickel – Raiders teammate

Greg Townsend – Raiders teammate

Joe Theismann – Former Redskins quarterback

Kathy Alzado-Murray – Lyle’s fourth wife

Provided below are some select quotes from Lyle Alzado: A Football Life:

“People can portray me anyway they want because I don’t give a damn… But don’t you analyze me and don’t you tell me what I am until you get close enough to understand what I am. Then you can make an analysis of me. But don’t you dare do it until then.” Lyle Alzado in an interview in 1983

“Lyle was physically fearless, but I think emotionally he wasn’t.” – Peter Alzado

“Lyle wanted my father to love him. That is what he wanted more than anything.” Janice Alzado-Lotz

“He was relentless. He was all out on every play. He never quit, he was always after the quarterback. It was almost like it was a survival thing for him.” Billy Thompson on Lyle’s success on the field

“Take all the things of Lyle Alzado and throw them out the window because here is the one thing that he always was and it was the most consistent thing in his life: Lyle had a good heart.” Matt Millen

“The cameras were on and the lights were bright. He looked for an opportunity to pop Ali. He was going to knock him out.” – Claudie Minor on Lyle’s fight with Muhammad Ali

“Lyle was born to be a Raider.” – Howie Long

“It was a very rare form of brain cancer. I think he felt that was retribution. He had a lot of guilt attached to doing the steroids and lying about it.” – Peter Alzado

“He made a deal with the Devil. He got fame and fortune. And it was time for the Devil to collect.” – Mark Lyons

“How much of Lyle was Lyle? And how much of Lyle was steroids?” – Tom Jackson

This season, A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network. Below is the broadcast schedule for upcoming episodes of A Football Life:

  • December 5 – Roger Staubach (9:00 PM ET); Dick Butkus & Gale Sayers (10:00 PM ET)
  • December 19 – Keenan McCardell & Jimmy Smith
  • January 2 – The 2006 Rose Bowl

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Three Journalists Join Jason Whitlock’s ESPN Site for African-American Audiences

espn-logoJesse Washington, Danielle Cadet and Ryan Cortes will join the editorial team for Jason Whitlock’s soon-to-launch site that will provide in-depth coverage, commentary and insight on sports, race and culture directed towards the African-American audience.

Jesse Washington, a veteran writer and editor, joins the project as a senior writer, based on the East Coast. Danielle Cadet, a former writer/editor for “The Huffington Post Black Voices,” will be a senior editor for the site, based in Los Angeles, Calif. Ryan Cortes will be based in Los Angeles as a staff writer.

“Jesse, Danielle and Ryan represent the diversity of perspective, experience and background it will take to cover the intersection of sports, race and culture in an impactful, thoughtful and fair way,” said Whitlock, the site’s founder and editor-in-chief. “I’m honored they’ve joined us on this important journey.”

Washington joins ESPN from the Associated Press where he has been the national writer on race and ethnicity since July 2008. Previously, he held several positions as AP’s entertainment editor, editor in chief of Blaze magazine, and managing editor of Vibe magazine.
A Yale University graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in English, Washington is author of “Black Will Shoot,” a novel about the hip-hop culture.

Cadet joins Whitlock’s ESPN project from “The Huffington Post Black Voices” where she led the site’s breaking news coverage of several national stories, including the Trayvon Martin murder case in Florida and the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer and its resultant civil protests in Ferguson, Mo.

Cadet holds bachelor and master’s degrees from the Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She was named on Ebony.com’s list of “8 Dynamic Black Women Editors in New Media” in March 2013.

Cortes joins ESPN after contributing to several media outlets, including the “Broward New Times” in South Florida, Lifestyle Magazine group, Life Publications and others. He is multimedia journalism graduate of Florida Atlantic University and was named the Florida College Press Association’s 2012 College Journalist of the Year.

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NOTES & QUOTES FROM NBC’S “FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA” – WEEK 11

FNIA-nfl-nbcI’ve seen enough. I don’t think he fits in the system. I think you have to get rid of him.” – Rodney Harrison on Robert Griffin III

“He’s the best all-around running back in the game.” — Hines Ward on Jamaal Charles

I really think it’s time the NFL starts to think about shrinking the goal posts a bit. There’s no drama to it. It’s just too easy.” – Cris Collinsworth on field goals

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 16, 2014 – Following are highlights from NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward, and NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1. He was joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com, and NFL Insider Peter King. Carolyn Manno reported from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on the Eagles-Packers game.

In addition, Harrison spoke with New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski and received an on-field demonstration at Gillette Stadium on how Gronkowski derails defenders’ attempts to cover him. Elliott interviewed Indianapolis Colts WRs T. Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

ON CHIEFS

Collinsworth: “Be careful about the Kansas City Chiefs right now, too. They can play defense and run the ball — pretty good formula come a little cold weather.”

Ward on Jamaal Charles: “Right now, he’s the best all-around running back in the game. What was so impressive about that game: Kansas City has no wide receivers, so Seattle played eight guys in the box and they still couldn’t stop him.”

Dungy: “Kansas City is playing the best ball in that division (AFC West), and Denver still has to go to Kansas City.”

ON SEAHAWKS

Dungy on loss to Chiefs: “They weren’t able to run the ball effectively when they needed to.”

Patrick on Earl Thomas: “You brought up the great point that with Earl Thomas, it’s feast or famine. He’s either going to force a fumble or, if he (the opposing player) gets behind you, it’s going to be a touchdown.”

Harrison on Thomas: “He’s the free safety for a reason. He’s the last line of defense. He has to make the sure tackle.”

ON CARDINALS

Collinsworth: “It’s not a fluke. It’s time we all start paying attention to this football team.”

Dungy on Cardinals defense: “It is great.”

ON REDSKINS

Dungy: “They do not have good pass protection. They do not have good coverage. They’re just struggling in all areas.”

Harrison: “They’ve surrounded him (Robert Griffin III) with great weapons. I just think it comes down to RGIII. I don’t think he can read coverages. The offensive line is really bad. Defensively they gave up a lot of plays. They have a lot of issues on this team.”

Harrison on RGIII: “He’s been in the league three years. If you need six more games to determine if he’s going to be your future quarterback, you need a new coach and a new scouting department. I’ve seen enough. I don’t think he fits in the system. I think you have to get rid of him.”

ON 49ERS

Dungy on Aldon Smith’s return: “He’s the one guy who can create his own rush on the 49ers…and this comes at just the right time. You talk about teams that need to get on a roll. San Francisco does, and Smith just might be the sparkplug for that.”

Harrison on Aldon Smith: “He had Eli (Manning) confused and worried about that rush all day.”

ON GIANTS

Harrison on Odell Beckham, Jr.: “He is going to be special.”

ON RAMS

Harrison: “The one thing we know about the Rams – they can rush the passer. They played Peyton (Manning) exactly how you have to play him: you have to pressure him and you have to beat up the receivers, and they were very aggressive and physical.”

ON PATRIOTS-COLTS

Dungy: “It’s not just another game.”

Harrison: “What it comes down to is home-field advantage, and that’s what Bill Belichick and the Patriots are thinking.”

Harrison on Rob Gronkowski: “He’s a silly guy. He likes to have fun. But the maturity level, early in his career, he had a lot of off-the-field issues. You don’t see those issues. I’ve gone through a lot of different injuries, and injuries have a way of giving you perspective and making you humble.”

ON NFC SOUTH

Dungy: Usually you say, ‘One of these teams is going to get hot and get on a streak.’ I don’t see that happening. I think seven wins wins this division. First team to seven wins.”

Harrison on Falcons: “I don’t trust this team moving forward.”

ON ADRIAN PETERSON

King: “Adrian Peterson’s punishment under the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy will come as soon as tomorrow. I believe the NFL could come down hard. Two reasons: The NFL has no information or proof that similar corporal punishment will not happen again. Number two: The NFL does not believe that the nine games Peterson has missed constitute time served because he’s been paid.”

Florio: “There’s a separate track here because on Monday an arbitrator will hold a hearing on the question of whether Peterson should remain on the Commissioner Exempt list where he’s essentially suspended with pay. Now a ruling will be required by Saturday, which means Peterson could be eligible to play by next Sunday when the Vikings host the Packers. So if the league is going to suspend him under the Personal Conduct Policy, they need to move quickly. It needs to be resolved or Peterson could be back by next week.”

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ON KICKING GAME

Collinsworth on field goals: “I really think it’s time the NFL starts to think about shrinking the goal posts a bit. There’s no drama to it. It’s just too easy. At least for the top guys it is. There is a point in time where you have to say, ‘We’ve got to change a little bit.’”

Below are excerpts from Harrison’s interview with New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, and Elliott’s interview with Indianapolis Colts WRs T. Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne.

ROB GRONKOWSKI WITH RODNEY HARRISON

Harrison, a former New England Patriots safety, joined Gronkowski on the field at Gillette Stadium to discuss how he shakes off defenders who try to cover him. The two went through several scenarios, including when Gronkowski faced Broncos LB Von Miller during New England’s 43-21 victory over Denver in Week 9.

On his one-handed catch during the Broncos-Patriots game, which Patriots QB Tom Brady said was “the best” catch he has ever seen: “[Tom Brady] told me he was just throwing the ball to get rid of it so he didn’t get sacked. So, he just threw it up in the air and I was running that way. It was just a natural reaction. I wasn’t thinking ‘I’m going to one-hand that.’ I was just running and saw the ball and stuck my hand in the air and caught it.”

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T. Y. HILTON AND REGGIE WAYNE WITH JOSH ELLIOTT

Wayne on having a teammate take his job for the greater good of the team: “That’s the way it goes. That’s part of the process. It’s my business to make it a hard decision. When guys come in, I don’t mind giving them my two cents. I don’t mind sharing the wealth. In my mind, I’m giving it everything. I’m practicing as hard as I possibly can, and if he [Hilton] is trying to top that, we’re going to be awesome.”

Hilton on how hard it was to see Wayne hurt last season: “It was very hard. Coach always said, ‘Prepare like you’re a starter.’ When he went down, all of that went out the window. I thought, ‘Oh, no. Oh, no. 87 is down!’ I saw him go into the locker room, and that’s when I grew up quick. I thought, ‘you’re prepared, you’re ready.’ But at the same time, that really hurt, to see your big brother go down. But, I had to step up and become a man.”

Wayne on watching Hilton start: “I enjoyed watching him progress. He made it exciting for me. That’s also one of the main reasons why I wanted to make sure I was on the sidelines for every game. I wanted T. Y. to see that, ‘I’m still here with you.’ If he needed to come to the sideline and ask a question, nothing changed. I’m still there.”

Hilton on Wayne: “I’m blessed to have him. A big brother like this, what more can I ask for? I’m not going to let him leave [laughs]… Whatever it takes, I need him with me.”

FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

ESPN NFL Content Week 11

Sunday NFL Countdown logoSunday NFL Countdown: Eddie Lacy’s New Home; Beast Mode; Believing in Drew Stanton; Tom BradySoundtracks; and More
Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson and Ray Lewis will preview the weekend’s NFL games on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. Anchor/host Wendi Nix will handle select segments, while NFL insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will report the day’s headlines and news.

Reporters at game sites:

  • Seahawks at Chiefs (Lindsay Czarniak and Ron Jaworski)
  • Texans at Browns (Bob Holtzman)
  • 49ers at Giants (Josina Anderson)
  • Eagles at Packers (Sal Paolantonio)
  • Lions at Cardinals (Ed Werder)

Features:

  • Eddie Lacy’s New Home: Eddie Lacy Jr.’s family – Wanda, Eddie Lacy Sr. and their four children – was displaced during Hurricane Katrina nine years ago. During the offseason, the Packers second-year running back bought a house for his mom and dad, moving them from the trailer they had called home for the past eight years. Last Monday,Countdown reporter Michelle Beisner joined the 2013 NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year on his first trip back to the new home
  • Beast Mode: In their own words, Marshawn Lynch and his Seahawks teammates discuss what happens when the running back goes into “beast mode.”
  • Believing in Drew Stanton: After losing quarterback Carson Palmer to a season-ending ACL tear, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arias proclaimed, “We can win the Super Bowl with (backup quarterback) Drew Stanton.” Reporter Jim Trotter sits with the journeyman quarterback to discuss the opportunities and challenges of leading the Cardinals.
  • Soundtracks – Tom Brady: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, wired for in-game sound during the team’s week 9 home win over rival Peyton Manning and the Broncos, will be featured in Sunday’s Soundtracks. 

ESPN’s Monday Night Football: Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers Face the Titans in Tennessee
The Tennessee Titans host Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Music City on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on November 17 at 8:15 p.m. The MNF team of announcer Mike Tirico, analyst Jon Gruden and sideline reporterLisa Salters will call the game from LP Field in Nashville.

In addition to the ESPN telecast, MNF will be available on ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN for fans with video subscriptions from affiliated providers.

Leading into the matchup is Monday Night Countdown at 6 p.m. on ESPN. Suzy Kolber hosts the show from LP Field with NFL analysts Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis and Steve Young, while Chris Berman hosts from the ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn., with NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson and Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.

Monday Night Countdown features:

  • Soundtracks – Best of Ben Roethlisberger: Eleven years into his career, Ben Roethlisberger is having one of his finest seasons statistically, and has Pittsburgh back in playoff contention.  Soundtracks features some of the best in-game audio in the career of the two-time Super Bowl winning Steelers quarterback.
  • Rick Reilly’s Feature – Antonio Brown: Countdown’s Rick Reilly explores the relationship between Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown and his father Eddie, who is one of the greatest players in Arena Football League history.
  • Gruden’s Grill Session with Kenny Chesney: With Monday Night Football in Music City (Nashville, Tenn.), Jon Gruden visits with country music star and football fan Kenny Chesney.

NFL Matchup: Seahawks Ground Game-Chiefs Defense; Disrupting Rob Gronkowski; Jordan Matthews’ Explosive Play; and More
NFL Matchup host Sal Paolantonio and analysts Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge preview the weekend’s key matchups via a film-room Xs and Os analysis on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 8:30 a.m. on ESPN2 (re-airs on ESPN, Sunday at 4 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.).  Highlights:

  • Spotlight on Seahawks Ground Game vs. Chiefs Defense: After an impressive 350-yard rushing performance, the Seahawks look to keep their run-game momentum going at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs, who rank 20th against the run, will need to find ways to account for the multiple backfield weapons of the Seahawks. Jaworski and Hoge explain.
  • Between the Lines – Slot Receiver Golden Tate: Jaworski explains why the Arizona Cardinals defense will need to focus on Golden Tate, who has the second-most receiving yards this year from the slot position.
  • Jaws playbook – Jordan Matthews’ Explosive Play: Jaworski shows how the Eagles designed a play for Jordan Matthews to beat man-to-man coverage, a design they will repeat in this week’s matchup against the Packers, who played man coverage 67% of the time last year.
  • Blitz Breakdown – Eagles’ Creative Blitz Designs: Hoge illustrates the ways the blitz packages of the Eagles will confuse the interior lineman and the Packers running backs this week.
  • Let’s See it Hoge – Disrupting Rob Gronkowski: The Colts will look to steal a page from the defensive playbook of the Chiefs, who hindered Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski by disrupting him at the line of scrimmage, Hoge explains.
  • Game Within the Game – Patriots Defensive Disguises: Jaworski explains how the Patriots are so effective at confusing quarterbacks through their use of post-snap coverage adjustments, something to look for in their matchup this week against Andrew Luck.
  • Coach’s Clicker – San Francisco Offense Back to Basics: The 49ers returned to their power running game last week, and a favorable matchup against the Giants bodes well for a big performance from Frank Gore, contends Hoge.

NFL on ESPN Radio: San Francisco 49ers at the New York Giants on Sunday

The NFL on ESPN Radio continues Sunday, Nov. 16, at 12 p.m., as Eli Manning and the New York Giants host Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers.

ESPN.com NFL Hot Read: Earl Thomas’ Play

In this week’s ESPN.com NFL Hot Read and two accompanying pieces, senior NFL columnist Jeffri Chadiha profiles Seattle Seahawks defensive back Earl Thomas on the painstaking mental preparation and competitive fire that make him NFL’s top safety. Story. Accompanying Seahawks content:

  • ESPN The Magazine’s Jordan Brenner looks at how the rapid rise of safeties and do-it-all defensive backs give defensive units in the NFL a fighting chance against the emergent spread offenses. (Also in Nov. 10 issue of ESPN the Magazine.)
  • Writer Greg Garber on the curious tale of the roaming gnome and how Seahawks fans are baffled by the statue’s mysterious travels with video content by Sunday NFL Countdown.

Cowboys’ DeMarco Murray and Texans’ JJ Watt on Cover of New ESPN The Magazine State of Football Issue

Dallas Cowboys record-setting running back DeMarco Murray and Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt, the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, appear on separate covers of ESPN The Magazine’s new “State of Football” Issue, on newsstands Friday, Nov. 14. Planned features.

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FOX Sports Programming Highlights: NFL, CBB, NASCAR & More

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FOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS – 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW 

NFL: America’s Game of the Week Heads to Lambeau Field

for Eagles vs. Packers 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Big East Basketball Tips Off on FOX Sports Family of Networks 

NASCAR: Analyst Larry McReynolds Calls Kevin Harvick the Favorite to Win the 2014 Championship Sunday in Homestead

 #ICYMI: Wounded while serving our country, Joe Bowser would not let an amputated leg keep him from playing hockey.

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SANCHEZ VS. RODGERS IN LAMBEAU; NFL ON FOX DOUBLEHEADER THIS SUNDAY  The playoff race heats up this Sunday on FOX as comeback quarterback Mark Sanchez and the Philadelphia Eagles look for their third straight win as they face Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (4:25 PM ET).  Play-by-Play announcer Joe Buck, analyst Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Erin Andrews have the call from Lambeau Field in Green Bay.  In Sunday’s early window of NFL action on FOX, the Seattle Seahawks visit the Kansas City Chiefs.  Both teams sit at 6-3.  Play-by-Play announcer Kenny Albert, analyst Daryl Johnston and on-field analyst Tony Siragusa call the game from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

FOX Sports’ NFL coverage begins each Sunday on FOX Sports 1 with FOX NFL KICKOFF at 11:00 AM ET with host Joel Klatt and analysts Donovan McNabb, Dave Wannstedt and Randy Moss. On the FOX broadcast network, FOX NFL SUNDAY immediately follows FOX NFL KICKOFF at 12:00 PM ET with co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee alongside analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson, insider Jay Glazer and rules analyst Mike Pereira.  In this week’s edition, sideline reporter Andrews sits down with Sanchez to recap his remarkable performance last Monday in which Sanchez led the Eagles over the Carolina Panthers in convincing fashion.

SUNDAY, NOV. 16

 

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

San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants                    Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch           25%                   1:00PM                                                                                                   

 & Pam Oliver

MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, N.J.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Buffalo, Hartford, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, New York, Providence, Sacramento, San Francisco, West Palm Beach

Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs                      Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston           49%                    1:00PM

                  & On-field analyst Tony Siragusa

Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, Mo. 

MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Austin, Birmingham, Boston, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Louisville, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, Tulsa

 

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers                             Thom Brennaman, David Diehl         11%                   1:00PM   

                 & Laura Okmin

Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, N.C.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Raleigh

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins   Dick Stockton, Kirk Morrison              8%                    1:00PM

   & Kristina Pink

FedExField – Landover, Md.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Baltimore, Fort Myers, Norfolk, Orlando, Richmond, Tampa, Washington

 

Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers                                   Joe Buck, Troy Aikman                       84%                  4:25PM

                                                                                                   & Erin Andrews    

Lambeau Field – Green Bay, Wis.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington

West Palm Beach

 

Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals                                  Chris Myers, Ronde Barber               14%                   4:25PM                                                                                                    

& Jennifer Hale

University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, Ariz.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Detroit, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL 

PAC-12/BIG 12 DOUBLEHEADER COMES TO FOX

  • Network/When/Talent:

o   Rice at Marshall

  • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 15 (2:30 PM ET)
  • Aaron Goldsmith, Brian Baldinger and Lesley McCaslin
  • #RICEvsMARSHALL

o   No. 4 TCU at Kansas

  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 15 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Tim Brando and Brady Quinn
  • #TCUvsKU

o   Washington at No. 14 Arizona

  • FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 15 (3:30 PM ET)
  • Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath
  • #UWvsARIZONA

o   Texas at Oklahoma State

  • FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 15 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Joe Davis, Joey Harrington and Kris Budden
  • #TEXvsOSU

o   North Texas at UTEP

  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 15 (10:00 PM ET),
  • Craig Bolerjack and Ryan Nece
  • #NTEXvsUTEP

This Week: This Saturday, a Pac-12/Big 12 doubleheader comes to the FOX broadcast network, kicking off at 3:30 PM ET as No. 14 Arizona hosts Washington. In the nightcap, Texas heads to Oklahoma State at 7:30 PM ET. FOX Sports 1 has a pair of games, beginning at 12:00 PM ET as No. 4 TCU, who is ranked for the first time in the College Football Playoff Committee’s top four this week, looks to prove it deserves a playoff spot on the road against Kansas. Coverage wraps up at 10:00 PM ET with a Conference USA showdown between North Texas and UTEP. Over on FOX Sports Regional Networks, Marshall is one of three remaining undefeated teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision and takes on Rice at 2:30 PM ET.

FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME HIGHLIGHTS ARIZONA QB ANU SOLOMON        

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 15 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Rob Stone with analysts Joel Klatt and Dave Wannstedt and insider Bruce Feldman

This Week: Leading into Saturday afternoon’s Washington at No. 14 Arizona game, Rob Stone, Joel Klatt and Dave Wannstedt break down highlights from top games around the country and check in with Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath, who have the call in Tucson. FOX Sports college football insider Bruce Feldman goes 1-on-1 with Wildcats quarterback Anu Solomon, one of the Pac-12’s top signal-callers. Born and raised in Hawaii, Solomon models his game after Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, also a Hawaii native. Solomon and his Arizona squad are responsible for the Ducks’ only loss so far this season.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL 

BIG EAST BASKETBALL TIPS OFF NEW SEASON ACROSS FOX SPORTS FAMILY OF NETWORKS

  • Network/When/Talent:

o   NJIT at St. John’s, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Nov. 14 (7:00 PM ET), Justin Kutcher and Jim Spanarkel

o   Northern Arizona at Xavier, FOX College Sports & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Nov. 14 (7:00 PM ET), Steve Physioc and Tarik Turner

o   Lehigh at No. 12 Villanova, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Nov. 14 (8:00 PM ET), Scott Graham and Bob Wenzel

o   Central Arkansas at Creighton, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Nov. 14 (9:00 PM ET), Mike Corey and Nick Bahe

o   UT Martin at Marquette, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Nov. 14 (9:30 PM ET), Wayne Larrivee and Dickey Simpkins

o   UIC at DePaul, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Nov. 14 (10:00 PM ET), Jeff Levering and Corey Williams

o   St. Francis Brooklyn at Georgetown, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 15 (12:00 PM ET), Scott Graham and Ron Thompson

o   Maine at Butler, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 15 (4:30 PM ET), Steve Physioc and Tarik Turner

o   Albany at Providence, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 15 (7:00 PM ET), Brian Custer and Vin Parise

o   Mercer at Seton Hall, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Nov. 16 (12:00 PM ET), Justin Kutcher and Jim Spanarkel

o   Chicago State at Creighton, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Nov. 16 (5:30 PM ET), Mike Corey and Nick Bahe

o   Maryland Eastern Shore at No. 12 Villanova, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Nov. 17 (7:00 PM ET), Scott Graham and Donny Marshall

o   Binghamton at Providence, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Nov. 17 (9:00 PM ET), Eric Collins and Ron Thompson

o   Long Beach State at Xavier, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Nov. 18 (7:00 PM ET), Joe Davis and Bill Raftery

o   Texas A&M Corpus Christi at Georgetown, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Nov. 18 (7:00 PM ET), Scott Graham and Donny Marshall

o   Drake at DePaul, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Nov. 18 (9:00 PM ET), Eric Collins and Stephen Bardo

o   Chattanooga at Butler, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Nov. 18 (9:00 PM ET), Cory Provus and Dickey Simpkins

o   No. 19 Oklahoma at Creighton, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Nov. 19 (8:00 PM ET), Kevin Kugler and Bill Raftery

This Week: Another exciting season of BIG EAST basketball tips off across the FOX Sports family of networks on Friday, Nov. 14. FOX Sports 2 presents a doubleheader beginning at 8:00 PM ET as No. 12 Villanova hosts Lehigh, followed by an intra-city showdown between UIC and DePaul at 10:00 PM ET. Coverage on FOX Sports 1 begins Sunday, Nov. 16, with Chicago State at Creighton (5:30 PM ET), followed by doubleheaders on back-to-back nights, and a battle in the Heartland as Creighton hosts No. 19 Oklahoma on Wednesday, Nov. 19 (8:00 PM ET).

FOX Sports is home to BIG EAST basketball with more than 150 men’s games on the FOX broadcast network, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports Regional Networks and FOX College Sports, including the entire BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Tournament from Madison Square Garden in New York City on FOX Sports 1.

 

COLLEGE SPORTS

FOX SPORTS CROWNS MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONS ON SUNDAY

  • Network/When:

o   BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Semifinals

  • BIG EAST Digital Network on FOX Sports GO, Friday, Nov. 14 (6:00 & 8:00 PM ET)

o   Conference USA Men’s Soccer Championship

  • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Nov. 16 (2:00 PM ET)

o   BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship

  • FOX Sports 2 &  FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Nov. 16 (5:00 PM ET)
  • This Week: FOX Sports crowns a pair of men’s soccer champions this weekend with presenting coverage of the BIG EAST and Conference USA Men’s Soccer Championships. Beginning Friday, Nov. 14, the BIG EAST men’s soccer semifinals can be seen on the BIG EAST Digital Network, available to all users through the FOX Sports GO app or online at FOXSportsGO.com. The championship contest airs on FOX Sports 2 on Sunday, Nov. 16 (5:00 PM ET). Also on Sunday, Conference USA crowns its champion at 2:00 PM ET on FOX Sports Regional Networks.

 

STUDIO 

FOX SPORTS LIVE – NIGHTLY NBA AND NHL HIGHLIGHTS, COLLEGE AND PRO FOOTBALL INSIGHTS AND ANALYSIS, COLLEGE BASKETBALL HEAD COACH 1-ON-1 SERIES NEXT WEEK

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Jay Glazer, Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart, Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss, Petros Papadakis, Gary Payton, Brady Quinn, Bill Reiter, Ephraim Salaam.
  • This Week: With the NBA season having tipped off, the show turns its attention to nightly highlights and analysis recapping all the action. Basketball Hall of Famer Gary Payton is back in studio each night, breaking down games. Similar to last season, extended hockey highlights remain an emphasis, and with the NHL season in full swing, Jay and Dan’s nightly packages remain a fixture. With the College Football Playoff having released its latest set of preliminary rankings, analysts Joel Klatt and Brady Quinn are in-studio breaking down the lists, while also forecasting some of the key matchups for another exciting weekend across the country. As the NFL enters its second half stretch and teams attempt to overcome the battle of attrition, nightly segments keep the audience up to speed on all of the day’s developments, including injury updates and timelines. Next week, the show turns its attention to the dawn of another college basketball season, and every night includes a sitdown 1-on-1 interview with a head coach from a major college basketball program. Florida’s Billy Donovan, Kentucky’s John Calipari, Arizona’s Sean Miller, Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan and UConn’s Kevin Ollie appear in succession beginning Monday evening.

 

FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICK OFF ROLLS ON

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

 

AMERICA’S PREGAME – NIGHTLY NBA AND NHL PREVIEWS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Kirk Morrison, Brady Quinn, Ephraim Salaam, Julie Stewart-Binks, Jenny Taft
  • This Week: AMERICA’S PREGAME is the one-stop shop for all of the day’s information and updates from the world of sports. With both the NBA and NHL regular seasons underway, APG uses live satellite interviews from various sites with local correspondents and insiders who provide up-to-the-minute information on all of the night’s action. FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer joins the show on Thursday to provide the latest NFL scoopage.

 

NASCAR 

ENTIRE SEASON ON THE LINE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP & CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES SEASON FINALES

As NASCAR prepares to crown champions across its three national series this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports GO present 21 hours of live NASCAR Championship Week coverage.

With 20 NASCAR on FOX on-air personalities set to deliver the latest news and information each day through the conclusion of Sunday’s NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES season finale, FOX Sports 1 offers a comprehensive programming lineup highlighted by NASCAR RACE HUB’s live coverage of Wednesday’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship Press Conference from Miami, telecasts of 16 hours of live, on-track activity across the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES, NATIONWIDE SERIES and NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES from Homestead beginning Friday, Nov. 14, and the live presentation of Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season finale (8:00 PM ET).

One week after dominating headlines with their post-race altercation on pit road, former NASCAR champions Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski were eliminated from the Chase last Sunday at Phoenix, along with Matt Kensethand Carl Edwards. Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman advance to the final Championship Round at Homestead, with the highest finisher on Sunday crowned 2014 champion.

To put a period on the 2014 NASCAR championships, FOX Sports 1 offers complete post-race and championship coverage on NASCAR VICTORY LANE (7:00 PM ET) on Sunday, Nov. 16.

The Truck Series championship also remains up for grabs as the points battle goes down to the wire Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  FOX Sports 1 offers live coverage of the season finale under the lights, kicking off with NCWTS SETUP (7:30 PM ET).  Defending Truck Series champion Matt Crafton is one race from writing his name in the history books as the first Truck Series champion to win consecutive titles.  He leads Ryan Blaneyby 25 points, followed by Darrell Wallace Jr. (-46), Johnny Sauter (-59) and Timothy Peters (-93). Crafton clinches his second consecutive championship with a 21st-place finish or better at Homestead.

Note:  FOX Sports 1 offers coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series/Camping World Truck Series Awards Ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 23 (6:00 PM ET) and coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards Ceremony onFriday, Dec. 5 (9:00 PM ET).  Post-season coverage continues with NASCAR RACE HUB on Monday, Nov. 17 (5:00 PM ET).

LARRY MCREYNOLDS CALLS KEVIN HARVICK THE FAVORITE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEKEND

“I’d probably feel just as confident in my prediction if I drew a name out of a hat.  It’s a tough call because performance is fairly equal among these teams, but I tip the scales toward Harvick.  The No. 4 team has been fast everywhere. Joey Logano, however, is pretty good on the mile-and-a-half tracks, which may play to his advantage at Homestead.  But I hear Harvick was very fast at the Homestead test. When he started testing for Stewart-Haas Racing last December, they were in a class by themselves, and that speed has held all year.  He has won four races, but if you count the ‘almosts,’ there’s no reason he couldn’t have eight or 10 wins this season.” 

JEFF HAMMOND SAYS RYAN NEWMAN HAS DONE EVERYTHING RIGHT, EVEN IF HE WINS THE TITLE WITHOUT WINNING A RACE

“Ryan Newman is the perfect underdog. He has done everything right, played by the rules and made the system work for him and his organization. The true measure of a champion isn’t always wins, but what takes to get yourself in a winning position. Being a purist, it would be a little frustrating for me if he didn’t win a race but won the title, but he has done everything necessary to keep himself in the hunt.”

 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE FROM HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Nov. 14 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Adam Alexander, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip, Ray Dunlap and Hermie Sadler

NCWTS SETUP FROM HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Nov. 14 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Krista Voda, Adam Alexander, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip, Ray Dunlap and Hermie Sadler
  • This Week:  NCWTS SETUP offers a feature on this year’s championship contenders, Matt Crafton and Ryan Blaney; a flashback to last year’s season finale at Homestead; a look back at last week’s race at Phoenix; a lighthearted feature recalling the “night the lights went out at Phoenix” last week through the best scanner sound captured when the power went out before and during the race; and a feature focusing on Crafton and his close relationship with his crew chief Junior Joiner. 

NASCAR RACE HUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday thru Thursdays (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Co-hosts Danielle Trotta, Adam Alexander and John Roberts; analysts Matt Clark, Ray Dunlap, Bob Dillner, Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds
  • This Week: On Wednesday, Nov. 12, a special two-hour NASCAR RACE HUB includes live coverage of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship Press Conference from Miami, featuring the four drivers competing for the championship, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman, and their respective car owners. Bob Dillner reports live from the Trump National Doral in Miami. Also on Wednesday, Part 2 of Larry McReynolds’ sit-down interview with Steve Letarte regarding his final race as a crew chief at Homestead before moving to the television booth in 2015; and the final installment of “Chase War Room,” in which NASCAR on FOX analysts debate the four championship contenders and who will be crowned champion on Sunday. On Thursday, Nov. 13, Ray Dunlap reports from the NASCAR Nationwide Series/NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship press conferences at Homestead-Miami Speedway, featuring the drivers, owners and crew chiefs battling for the Nationwide and Truck Series championships; interview with 2014 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES champion Chase Elliott, who clinched last weekend at Phoenix; Dunlap and Dillner report live from Homestead-Miami Speedway to update the day’s Truck Series on-track activity; and a “Crunching the Numbers” feature to determine who statistically is favored for the title at Homestead.
  • Next Week: An interview with the 2014 Sprint Cup champion, a “Winner’s Weekend” feature with the champion and a complete recap of the championship battle on Monday, Nov. 17; full Homestead recap on Tuesday, Nov. 18; “Best of NASCAR RACE HUB” episodes begin Wednesday, Nov. 19.

  NASCAR RACEDAY FROM HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Nov. 16 (12:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: John Roberts, Adam Alexander, Larry McReynolds, Kenny Wallace, Jeff Hammond, Bob Dillner and Rutledge Wood
  • This Week: A special two-hour edition on Sunday, Nov. 16 offers sit-down interviews with all four Championship Round drivers – Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman – and car owner Richard Childress; a “Chase War Room” roundtable discussion among NASCAR on FOX analysts, who break down the season finale and debate the four championship contenders;  an essay voiced by FOX NFL SUNDAY’s Jimmy Johnson on the prestige of being a champion; and a “six degrees of separation” feature focusing on the multiple connections the four Championship Round drivers share. Adam Alexander, Larry McReynolds, Bob Dillner and Rutledge Wood are live from Homestead, with John Roberts, Jeff Hammond and Kenny Wallace in-studio in Charlotte, N.C.

UFC 

MARK HUNT WINNING UFC 180 WOULD BE GREATEST COMEBACK STORY EVER, SAYS UFC ON FOX ANALYST CORMIER

The UFC makes its historic first visit to Mexico on Saturday, Nov. 15 for UFC 180: WERDUM vs. HUNT where Brazilian powerhouse Fabricio Werdum faces fan-favorite Mark Hunt in the interim heavyweight title fight. UFC on FOX analyst Daniel Cormier believes a Hunt victory could be an epic comeback story. “We’ve seen what Mark Hunt can do [with his knockout power]. If Hunt is able to win this fight, it might be one of the greatest comeback stories that we’ve ever seen in sports. He came into the UFC and lost to Sean McCorkle, and since then he’s gone on a run and put himself in a position to where he’s about to fight for the UFC championship. Mark Hunt is a great guy, and if it happens for anyone, it’d be good to see it happen for him. But I’m not sure he can get it done,” he continues. “You have a guy in Werdum who has improved so much in his stand-up that you can’t consider him just a jiu-jitsu guy anymore. He stood with Travis Browne and won in every form and fashion in that fight.” Follow the link to watch the complete breakdown: http://foxs.pt/1tUUKML

 

UFC TONIGHT PREVIEWS UFC 180 INTERIM HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT, INTERVIEWS HUNT, VELASQUEZ, GUSTAFSSON, JOHNSON AND MCGREGOR

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Nov. 12 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Daniel Cormier, Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: On UFC TONIGHT, hosts Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier preview UFC 180: WERDUM vs. HUNT and interview headliner Mark Hunt before his interim title fight against Fabricio Werdum this Saturday night. Plus, they also talk to injured heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez about his injury, Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson about their upcoming FOX headliner and raising star Conor McGregor. Helwani and Bryant add reports.

 

ON THE UTLIMATE FIGHTER, TENSIONS BOIL OVER, PLUS No. 3 TORRES VS. No. 8 RAWLINGS IN FINAL PRELIMS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Nov. 12 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Anthony Pettis, Gilbert Melendez, Dana White
  • This Week: This week on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, a group of Team Melendez fighters decide they want Tecia Torres to move out of their room. At a pool party, tensions between the fighters boil over. Then, in the final preliminary fight of the tournament, Team Melendez sends No. 8 ranked Bec Rawlings against No. 3 ranked Torres for a chance to advance to the quarterfinals.

 

UFC 180 WEIGH-IN SHOW: INTERIM HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE ON LINE  

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Nov. 14 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian, Rashad Evans, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW features host Karyn Bryant, with former UFC light heavyweight champ b and former title contender Kenny Florian as analysts, as the 22 fighters on the card attempt to make weight. Ariel Helwani interviews fighters during the show.

 

UFC 180 PREFIGHT: WERDUM VS. HUNT PREVIEW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 15 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Rashad Evans, Kenny Florian, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Host Glazer and analysts Evans and Florian preview the main card and prelim fights at UFC 180: WERDUM vs. HUNT. The three break down the exciting interim heavyweight title fight between Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt and other thrilling fights.

                                                                 

UFC 180 PRELIMS LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 1 FEATURE TUF LATIN AMERICA FINALS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 15 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan, Jay Glazer, Rashad Evans, Kenny Florian, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The two-hour UFC 180 PRELIMS feature four exciting fights including the conclusion of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, where Yair Rodriguez (4-1) faces Leonardo Morales (5-0) in the featherweight finals and Alejandro Perez (15-5) faces Jose Quinonez (4-1) in the bantamweight finals. Sixth-ranked women’s bantamweight Jessica Eye (10-2, 1NC) faces No. 13 Leslie Smith (7-5-1). Kicking off the PRELIMS, featherweights Gabriel Benitez (16-5) and Humberto Brown (4-4) face off.  Watch the promo for the PRELIMS here: http://youtu.be/bbPjH7Pci-Q

 

UFC 180 POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS INTERIM TITLE BOUT, INTERVIEWS CHAMPION

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Saturday, Nov. 15 (1:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Rashad Evans, Kenny Florian, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Watch the recap of the UFC 180 interim title fight between Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt with host Glazer and analysts Evans and Florian. The group interviews winners of the main bouts and breaks down the most exciting action of the evening.

 

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER: MEDEIROS’S HAWAIIAN ROOTS, GRICE’S BATTLE BACK, HALLS RIDE-ALONG AND CUTMAN HOUSE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Nov. 16 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: Hailing out of the west side of Oahu, Yancy Medeiros believes his deep Hawaiian roots have him primed for a fast rise in the UFC lightweight division. Next is a profile in courage, as former UFC featherweight standout Matt Grice battles back from a horrific car accident with the remarkable support of those closest to him. On the tough streets of South Los Angeles, UFC middleweightUriah Hall rides along with the LAPD and lends a hand to at-risk youth seeking a new lease on life. Finally, watch the extraordinary story of UFC cutman Don House, from his incredible 74-4 record as a boxer in the U.S. Army, to his ascent to become one of the UFC’s most trusted cutmen.

 

BOXING

GOLDEN BOY BOXING FEATURES THREE RISING UNDEFEATED MEXICANS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Nov. 13 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Rich Marotta, Beto Duran and Jessica Rosales
  • This Week: Three undefeated Mexican fighters are headed to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. for GOLDEN BOY BOXING FIGHT NIGHT. In the main event, unbeaten former U.S. Olympian Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (12-0, 8 KOs) squares off with Mexicali veteran Roberto Castaneda (21-7-1, 15 KOs) who looks to test the resolve and experience of Diaz Jr. in their 10-round featherweight bout. Facing East Los Angeles’ Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (12-0, 7 KOs) in the eight-round featherweight co-feature event, Tijuana’s Pedro Melo (11-5-2, 2 KOs) is a 26-year-old brawler looking to get back to the same form that resulted in a 2012 knockout over respected prospect Juan Jimenez. Scheduled for six rounds in the featherweight division, Diego “The Golden Kid” De La Hoya (7-0, 5 KOs) takes on Tijuana’s Ali Gonzalez (6-3, 1 KO), who looks to spoil De La Hoya’s perfect record. In the televised opener, the seven-foot heavyweight power-puncher Taishan (1-0, 1 KO) enters the ring for his highly anticipated second professional fight facing Michael Lane (0-3) in a four-round bout. Widely considered one of the most interesting fighters in the sweet science today, fight fans are in for a rare glimpse Taishan.

 

SOCCER

UEFA EURO 2016 QUALIFIERS GROUP STAGES CONTINUE THIS WEEKEND ON FOX SPORTS

  • What: FOX Sports presents plenty of national team action as the highly competitive group stages of the 2016 UEFA European Championship resume with Match Day 4. World Cup Champion Germany, as well as Netherlands and Italy, are all featured.
  • Network/When: Germany vs. Gibraltar, FOX Sports 2, Friday, Nov. 14 (2:30 PM ET)
  • Serbia vs. Denmark, FOX Soccer Plus, Friday, Nov. 14 (2:30 PM ET)
  • Greece vs. Faroe Islands, FOX Soccer Plus, Friday, Nov. 14 (2:45 PM ET)
  • International Friendly: France vs. Albania, FOX Soccer Plus, Friday, Nov. 14 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Austria vs. Russia, FOX Sports 2, Saturday, Nov. 15 (11:45 AM ET)
  • Luxembourg vs. Ukraine, FOX Soccer Plus, Saturday, Nov. 15 (11:45 AM ET)
  • San Marino vs. Estonia, FOX Soccer 2Go, Saturday, Nov. 15 (12:00 PM ET)
  • Switzerland vs. Lithuania, FOX Soccer Plus, Saturday, Nov. 15 (2:30 PM ET)
  • Netherlands vs. Latvia, FOX Sports 2, Sunday, Nov. 16 (11:45 AM ET)
  • Cyprus vs. Andorra, FOX Sports 2, Sunday, Nov. 16 (11:45 AM ET)
  • Italy vs. Croatia, FOX Sports 1, Sunday, Nov. 16 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Czech Republic vs. Iceland, FOX Sports 2, Sunday, Nov. 16 (2:30 PM ET)
  • Turkey vs. Kazakhstan, FOX Soccer Plus, Sunday, Nov. 16 (2:30 PM ET)
  • Bulgaria vs. Malta, FOX Soccer 2Go, Sunday, Nov. 16 (2:45 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Rob Stone alongside analysts Eric Wynalda and Warren Barton. 

Taylor Twellman Signs Multiyear Extension to Stay at ESPN

espn-logoTaylor Twellman, ESPN’s lead soccer match analyst for Major League Soccer and the U.S. Men’s National Team, has agreed to an extension with ESPN through 2022, it was announced today by senior coordinating producer Amy Rosenfeld.

Twellman, who has quickly emerged as one of the sport’s top analysts, will continue his dual role as a match and studio analyst for ESPN’s television and digital platforms. He will call USMNT and MLS matches and work studio and games during ESPN’s presentation of the UEFA European Football Championship 2016 in France. Twellman will also remain a primary analyst for ESPN FC on TV, the company’s daily soccer news and information program.

“Taylor’s vast knowledge of the game – both American and world football overall, coupled with his passion for the sport and his ability to seamlessly transition from the booth to the studio make him a producer’s dream,” said Rosenfeld, who oversees ESPN’s soccer production. “We are delighted he chose to remain with ESPN.”

Twellman joined ESPN in November 2011, barely a year after his career as one of Major League Soccer’s most-prolific goal-scorers was prematurely cut short due to multiple concussions. His fresh, off-the-field perspective has since established him as one the country’s leading analysts via his work on U.S. Men’s National Team matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Twellman paired with acclaimed match commentator Ian Darke during the most-viewed soccer match ever on U.S. television – ESPN’s 2014 FIFA World Cup opening round telecast of USA vs. Portugal, seen by an average of 18,220,000 viewers in June. Twellman was also praised for his work in-studio during both UEFA EURO 2012 and on the “Last Call” set in Brazil this summer for his pointed analysis and candid remarks on head injuries and concussions in soccer.

“From Day 1 here at ESPN, I felt at home. I have been challenged, critiqued, and pushed to become a better broadcaster but more importantly I have enjoyed every second of it,” said Twellman. “I love the people I work with, the quality of programming and the sense of building a product together and ESPN’s commitment to soccer is long-standing and ultimately a great fit. I can’t wait for the next eight years”

Twellman played eight professional seasons for Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution where his scoring – 101 career goals – helped lead the team to its most-successful era from 2002-07.  With Twellman at forward, the Revs played in four MLS Cups (2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007), two MLS Eastern Conference Finals (2003 and 2004), won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2004 and the North American SuperLiga in 2008.

Twellman also played three seasons (1999-2002) with German Bundesliga club 1860 Munich.

Since his career-ending injury, Twellman has dedicated himself to raising awareness about the dangers of concussions and head injuries, particularly in soccer, through the THINKTAYLOR Foundation. He has become a sought-after speaker and international advocate for concussion awareness in sports.

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SiriusXM Tips Off College Basketball Season November 14

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Opening Night schedule on SiriusXM showcases 22 games and features 16 of the nation’s Top 25 ranked teams 

Subscribers get dozens of college games every week, including the season’s biggest matchups 

SiriusXM College Sports Nation channel offers college sports talk and expert analysis from Coach K, Tom Brennan, Bobby Cremins, Fran Fraschilla, Steve Lappas, Mateen Cleaves and Miles Simon 

NEW YORK – November 13, 2014 – SiriusXM will tip off its extensive coverage of the 2014-2015 college basketball season tomorrow, November 14, with an opening night schedule that showcases 22 games and features 16 of the teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

 

Throughout the season, SiriusXM offers subscribers access to dozens of live college basketball games each week from the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC and American Athletic conferences, plus Army, Navy, and several other conferences around the country.  For a schedule of upcoming college basketball games on SiriusXM, visit www.siriusxm.com/collegebasketballschedule.

 

SiriusXM College Sports Nation (channel 91), SiriusXM’s exclusive 24/7 college sports channel, will also offer in-depth college basketball news, talk and expert analysis throughout the season.

 

SiriusXM College Sports Nation’s roster of expert hosts features national championship winning players and decorated coaches including three-time ACC Coach of the Year Bobby Cremins, former Villanova and UMass coach Steve Lappas, former University of Vermont coach Tom Brennan, three-time All-American and Hall of Fame Michigan State guard Mateen Cleaves, and former Arizona guard and 1997 national champion Miles Simon.

 

New to the roster of analysts this season will be former Manhattan, St. Johns and New Mexico head coach and ESPN Analyst Fran Fraschilla and former West Point guard and Duke assistant coach Chris Spatola.

 

SiriusXM College Sports Nation is also the exclusive home for Basketball and Beyond with Coach K, the weekly radio show hosted by Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewski that airs every Thursday at 6:00 pm ET.

 

Follow the channel on Twitter @SiriusXMCollege for news and updates on upcoming guests and topics.

 

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Iconic Voices Return for FOX Sports’ Extensive College Basketball Coverage

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College Basketball Royalty, Including Gus Johnson, Bill Raftery and Tim Brando, Highlights Loaded Roster                                                                                                                                 

WATCH: The Soul of College Hoops Lives Here

New York – With the college basketball season set to tip off this weekend, FOX Sports announces its lineup of broadcasters for the 2014-15 season, one that features some of the most recognizable voices in the game. The announcement was made today by FOX Sports Executive Vice President, Production, John Entz.

The incomparable Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery return for their second season as FOX Sports’ lead game announcers, while iconic play-by-play announcer Tim Brando takes the mic for his first season calling FOX Sports college basketball. Joining Johnson and Brando on play-by-play, Kevin Burkhardt, who calls NFL on FOX action and serves as MLB on FOX’s studio host, and Joe Davis, a FOX Sports college football and MLB broadcaster, debut courtside for FOX Sports this season.  Also calling action are Justin Kutcher, Aaron Goldsmith, Dick Stockton, Kevin Kugler, Eric Collins, Cory Provus and Brian Anderson, who all return for their second seasons.

In addition to Raftery, Jim Jackson, Donny Marshall, Tarik Turner, Jim Spanarkel, Stephen Bardo, Ron Thompson, Bob Wenzel, Vin Parise and Sean Elliott are back as game analysts, while Stanford All-AmericanCasey Jacobsen joins primarily on Pac-12 games.

In the studio, Rob Stone returns as host of FOX Sports’ and FOX Sports 1’s college hoops studio coverage, sharing duties with Burkhardt, Don Bell and Greg Wolf.  Former Providence standout Austin Croshere is back as a studio analyst, sitting alongside Marshall, Kevin O’Neill and Ben Howland, who each coached in both the BIG EAST and Pac-12 conferences.  Croshere, Marshall and O’Neill contributed to FOX Sports’ college basketball game and studio analysis a season ago, while Howland is in his first season behind the desk. InsidersStewart Mandel and Reid Forgrave also contribute to the network’s extensive college basketball coverage with Mandel serving as FOX Sports’ bracketologist, projecting who’s in, who’s out and who’s on the bubble as March Madness draws near.

“We are incredibly excited about the group of broadcasters covering college basketball for FOX Sports this season,” Entz said. “With some of the most legendary and respected names in college basketball broadcasting, plus several other exciting voices that are sure to become household names, we can’t wait to start the season and begin our full schedule of great games.”

College basketball on the FOX Sports family of networks tips off Friday, Nov. 14, with a doubleheader on FOX Sports 2, as Villanova hosts Lehigh at 8:00 PM ET, followed by an intra-city showdown between the University of Illinois at Chicago and DePaul at 10:00 PM ET. FOX Sports 1 opens its schedule on Sunday, Nov. 16, as Creighton hosts Chicago State (5:30 PM ET), followed by doubleheaders on back-to-back nights, with Villanova hosting Maryland Eastern Shore (7:00 PM ET) and Providence welcoming Binghamton (9:00 PM ET) onMonday, Nov. 17, and Xavier facing Long Beach State (7:00 PM ET) and DePaul playing Drake (9:00 PM ET) onTuesday, Nov. 18.

FOX Sports’ coverage of BIG EAST basketball presented by New York Life includes more than 150 men’s games on the FOX broadcast network, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports Regional Networks and FOX College Sports, including a five-game, 12-hour marathon to open conference play on New Year’s Eve and the entire BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Tournament Presented by New York Life from Madison Square Garden in New York City on FOX Sports 1. FOX Sports also presents Pac-12 men’s, Big 12 women’s and Conference-USA men’s and women’s regular- and postseason packages across its family of networks.

To download FOX Sports’ complete BIG EAST men’s and women’s basketball schedules to your calendar and mobile device, visit cal.foxsports.com/ncaa and cal.foxsports.com/ncaaw or Tweet #BIGEASTMBBgames and #BIGEASTWBBgames to @FOXSports1.

Brief biographical information on each announcer can be found on the attached PDF. For more FOX College Basketball, follow @FOXSports1 on Twitter and “Like” FOX Sports on Facebook (facebook.com/foxsports).

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ANALYSTS DOUG FLUTIE AND MIKE MAYOCK TO SWAP BROADCAST POSITIONS FOR SATURDAY’S NO. 18 NOTRE DAME-NORTHWESTERN MATCHUP AT 3:30 P.M. ET ON NBC

nbc-sports-groupFlutie Moves to Broadcast Booth Alongside Dan Hicks; Mayock to Provide In-Depth Xs-And-Os Analysis From Sidelines

Notre Dame Pre-Game Show Countdown To Kickoff Begins at 3 p.m. ET Live on NBC with Liam McHugh, Hines Ward and Mayock

James Madison at Richmond Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 12, 2014 – NBC Sports Group college football analysts Doug Flutie and Mike Mayock will swap broadcast positions this Saturday, when the No. 18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish return to Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., to face the Northwestern Wildcats at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET with Countdown to Kickoff, NBC’s Notre Dame pre-game show.

Flutie, who has served as a sideline analyst for NBC’s first five Notre Dame games this season, moves to the broadcast booth this weekend alongside NBC’s Notre Dame Football play-by-play commentator Dan Hicks. Mayock, who has manned the booth for all Fighting Irish home games since 2010, shifts to sideline analyst for Saturday’s game to provide in-depth Xs-and-Os commentary from field level. Kathryn Tappen continues as sideline reporter.

“Mike is one of the top Xs-and-Os commentators in football. The sideline analyst role will allow him to dissect the game from field level and present his findings to viewers at strategic times throughout the broadcast,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports & NBCSN. “Doug is synonymous with college football and is an experienced booth analyst. We’re excited to see how this new arrangement plays out on Saturday.”

The Fighting Irish (7-2) return to South Bend where they are a perfect 4-0 this season, and look to rebound following a 55-31 loss at No. 9 Arizona State last weekend. The Wildcats (3-6) boast wins over Big Ten foes Penn State and Wisconsin this season. This Saturday marks the 48th game between Notre Dame and Northwestern, but the first meeting since Sept. 2, 1995, when the Wildcats upset the Fighting Irish in the season opener. Notre Dame boasts a 37-8-2 advantage in the all-time series, dating back to 1889.

Liam McHugh will host Countdown To Kickoff at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, on-site at Notre Dame Stadium. He will be joined by Mayock and two-time Super Bowl champion Hines Ward. McHugh, Mayock and Ward will also manage halftime coverage, as well as the post-game show, which will air on NBCSN.

JAMES MADISON AT (NO. 13) RICHMOND – SATURDAY AT 12:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN will present Colonial Athletic Association showdown this weekend, when the No. 13 Richmond Spiders host the James Madison Dukes at 12:30 p.m. ET. Both teams enter Saturday’s game with identical 7-3 records overall, and 4-2 conference records. The Dukes have won five straight games, while Richmond dropped its most recent game at Maine to snap its own five-game winning streak.

Paul Burmeister (play-by-play) and Anthony Herron (analyst) will call the action from E. Claiborne Robins Stadium in Richmond, Va.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA ONLINE & APP: NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream this weekend’s Notre Dame-North Carolina and William & Mary-New Hampshire college football games.

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.

NBC Sports Live Extra online will feature a simulcast of the broadcast feed in full HD quality plus one additional online-only bonus camera. The video player will include picture-in-picture capability and full DVR functionality, allowing the user to pause the live video and even review plays in “slo-mo.”

Sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen will provide live in-game tweets from the sideline from @NDonNBC on Twitter. Additionally, fans can watch in-game highlights, live coverage of the Notre Dame and visiting teams’ bands at halftime, as well as live postgame footage that will include head coach Brian Kelly’s press conference.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL ON NBC

Following this Saturday’s game against Northwestern, NBC Sports Group’s presents its final Notre Dame football broadcast of the season on Saturday, Nov. 22, when the Fighting Irish host the Louisville Cardinals.

The following is the NBC Sports Group 2014 Notre Dame Football schedule (all times ET)

Date Opponent Pre-Game Network Game Time Network
Saturday, Nov 15 Northwestern 3 p.m. NBC 3:30 p.m. NBC
Saturday, Nov 22 Louisville 3 p.m. NBC 3:30 p.m. NBC

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NBCSports.com will again continue its Notre Dame Football coverage though its Notre Dame Central section. Notre Dame will also be featured within NBC Sports Talk with its popular Inside The Irish blog written by Notre Dame Football insider Keith Arnold.

COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO

For the second-straight year, Comcast SportsNet Chicago will continue its expanded coverage of Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football via its partnership with NBC Sports by providing additional content to help power NBCSports.com’s popular Notre Dame Central section (http://www.nbcsports.com/college-football/notre-dame-central).  Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s Notre Dame Football “Insider” JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) from CSNChicago.com, will serve as the primary beat reporter in providing up-to-the-minute Fighting Irish news and analysis, columns, game previews/recaps, interviews and much more.

SAME DAY HOME GAME REPLAYS –Comcast SportsNet Chicago will provide a same day replay of this Saturday’s Notre Dame home game against North Carolina. Additional replays include Northwestern (Nov. 15) and Louisville (Nov. 22). (NOTE: Replay airings to regularly take place on these Saturdays at 11 p.m.; fans are urged to consult CSNChicago.com for exact air times).

HEAD COACH BRIAN KELLY’s WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE – CSNChicago.com will provide a live stream of Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly’s weekly press conference, as he will address the prior weekend’s game, along with detailing his game plan against the team’s upcoming opponent.  Coach Kelly’s weekly press conference, which will take place from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., will be live streamed every Tuesday throughout the season at 11 a.m.

“INSIDE NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL” w/BRIAN KELLY – Once again, Comcast SportsNet will be the local TV home for “Inside Notre Dame Football” with Head Coach Brian Kelly this season.  The weekly, half-hour show will feature key highlights, along with detailed discussion & analysis regarding the team’s previous game and an X’s and O’s preview of their upcoming opponent. Fans can follow Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s @CSNIrish Twitter handle for the very latest Fighting Irish news and updates 24/7.

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

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BEN HOWLAND JOINS NBCSN’S COVERAGE OF 2014-15 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SEASON

NBCSN_LogoFormer UCLA Head Coach Makes National-Television Debut as Analyst on Nov. 28

Stamford, Conn – November 13, 2014 – Veteran college basketball head coach Ben Howland is joining NBCSN’s coverage of the 2014-15 college basketball season as an analyst. The announcement was made today by Dan Steir, SVP, Production, and Senior Coordinating Producer, NBC Sports and NBCSN.

Howland, who has spent more than three decades coaching and playing college basketball, brings a wealth of knowledge to his first-ever national-television assignment. Howland served as the men’s basketball head coach at UCLA (2003 -2013), Pittsburgh (1999 – 2003), and Northern Arizona (1994 -1999), and is among a handful of NCAA Division I coaches to take three different teams to the NCAA tournament. He led his teams to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, five “Sweet 16” appearances, and is one of only 10 coaches to compete in three consecutive Final Fours (UCLA from 2006-2008).

“Ben’s long and successful career as a Division I head coach makes him a perfect fit for our coverage of college basketball,” said Steir. “His experience as a coach and player will allow Ben to provide valuable insight and analysis during our telecasts.”

Howland’s first assignment comes November 28 when Rutgers takes the court against Vanderbilt in the Barclays Center Classic at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. He will also serve as an analyst for the late game that evening, featuring Virginia – LaSalle at 9:30 p.m. ET.

“I’m looking forward to this new role with NBCSN, and the opportunity to communicate my experiences as both a player and coach to college basketball fans” said Howland.

The former Pac 12, Big East and Big Sky Coach of the Year amassed a 401-206 (.661) record as a head coach, and was named National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press in 2002. In addition, Howland enjoyed a standout career as a Division I basketball player. He played for Weber State where he led the Wildcats to two Big Sky championships and a pair of NCAA Tournament berths.

Click here for Howland’s bio.

Additional on-air analysts and play-by-play announcers for NBCSN’s coverage of the 2014-15 season will be announced soon.

ABOUT COLLEGE BASKETBALL ON NBCSN

NBCSN will present more than 45 college basketball games during the 2014-15 season, including 32 regular-season matchups featuring Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic Association schools, the Barclays Center Classic featuring Virginia, Vanderbilt, La Salle and Rutgers, and coverage of the Atlantic 10 Championship and Colonial Athletic Association conference tournament.

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