ESPN Digital Media Reaches 76 Million U.S. Fans in April

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29 percent share of sports category is more than Nos. 2 and 3 properties combined; ESPN’s last 11 monthly unique visitor totals are the 11 biggest months in sports category history; New ESPN.com reaches 55 million people, up 19 percent in first month of relaunch.

ESPN Digital Media reached 75.5 million unique visitors in the U.S., up 14 percent from a year ago and the ninth-largest monthly total in sports category history. Across digital platforms fans spent 5.7 billion minutes with ESPN content, a sports category record for the month of April and up seven percent from a year ago.

DigitalStats154ESPN now owns the top 11 monthly unique visitor totals in sports category history – June 2014 through April 2015.

The new ESPN.com, launched April 1, garnered 55.2 million unique visitors for the month, up 19 percent from a year ago, while 39.9 million people visited ESPN.com via smartphones and tablets, an increase of 24 percent from April 2014.

Overall, ESPN accounted for 29.0 percent of all sports category usage on digital platforms, more than the Nos. 2 and 3 properties combined (MLB had 14.7 percent, Yahoo! Sports-NBC Sports Network 13.7 percent).

More results from the April comScore Multi-Platform report:

  • On mobile devices alone, 59.4 million unique users accessed ESPN web and app content, an increase of 9.8 million over a year ago. ESPN mobile visitors generated 3.3 billion minutes of usage, up 26 percent.
  • 64 percent of ESPN’s unique users – 48.6 million people – exclusively accessed content on smartphones and tablets. This is the 13th consecutive month that more than half of ESPN’s digital users came only from mobile devices.
  • 57 percent of all time spent with ESPN digital content was consumed by mobile device users, the 12th consecutive month that smartphones and tablets contributed a larger share of usage to ESPN’s digital total than desktop and laptop computers.
  • ESPN accounted for the top two sports apps on smartphones and tablets in April. The ESPN app topped the category for unique visitors (13.9 million), with WatchESPN at No. 2 (5.6 million).
  • ESPN’s portfolio of apps generated 1.7 billion minutes of usage, accounting for 28 percent of all time spent with apps in the Sports Category.
  • espnW and Grantland set all-time highs in monthly unique visitors with 8.1 million and 6.7 million respectively, while FiveThirtyEight notched its second-highest total ever with 4.9 million.
  • In the average day in April, ESPN web and app properties were accessed by 5.7 million millennial males (age 18-34) via smartphones. ESPN ranked seventh among the more than 6,000 mobile entities reported by comScore, ahead of Twitter (4.1 million) and Buzzfeed (989,000), among many others.

Additional results from ESPN Research & Analytics:

  • 8 million unique devices streamed WatchESPN and ESPN3 content in April (up 49 percent from a year ago), as viewers spent 859 million minutes with programming across all platforms (up 78 percent).1
  • ESPN3 was the second most-streamed network on the WatchESPN platform (trailing only ESPN) racking up 160 million minutes of viewing.1
  • Fans watched 375.0 million ESPN digital video clips in April across all touch points, up four percent from a year ago.1
  • 67 percent of all ESPN platform clips (338.3 million) were viewed on computers, 28 percent on phones and tablets, and 6 percent on connected TVs.1
  • ESPN’s top piece of content in April was Jane McManus’s “The tragic love story of Christy Mack and MMA fighter War Machine”, which received 4.2 million views.1

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  • ESPN networks and ABC sports television content generated 10.7 million tweets in April, accounting for 16 percent of all TV-related activity during the month.2

Other key social media metrics:

  • 3 million unique authors wrote tweets about ESPN/ABC Sports content, representing nearly 30 percent of those tweeting about TV in April. 2
  • With 1.8 million unique authors and 7.7 million TV-related tweets, ESPN was the No. 1 most social network for the month (broadcast or cable) based on total tweets, total unique authors, and daily unique Twitter audience (4.2 million per day).2
  • ESPN’s top Twitter accounts were retweeted or favorited 11.9 million times, up 11 percent from a year ago. ESPN’s Twitter accounts have 50 million unduplicated followers.3
  • ESPN’s top Instagram accounts generated 31 million engagements, a 19 percent increase from March.4

1 Source: Adobe Analytics
2 Source: Nielsen SocialGuide
3 Source: Twitter
4 Source: Instagram

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NBA Western Conference Finals Game 2 Delivers 49 Percent Audience Increase from Last Time on ESPN

  • Game 2 Audience Peaked with 9,475,000 Viewers
  • Golden State-Houston Helps Propel ESPN to Win the Night in TV Across Key Demos

NBA Western Conference Finals Game 2 on ESPN – the Golden State Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets – delivered an average audience of 6,866,000 viewers (p2+) on Thursday night, according to Nielsen. The telecast peaked from 11:30 p.m.-11:45 p.m. ET with 9,475,000 viewers. This is up 49 percent from the last time ESPN televised Western Conference Finals Game 2 (San Antonio-Memphis in 2013) which generated 4,620,000 viewers. Thursday’s Game 2 was also up 20 percent from the corresponding game in 2014 (San Antonio-Oklahoma City) which delivered 5,711,000 viewers.

Additionally, Game 2 posted a 4.4 U.S. household rating, up 42 percent from 2013 (3.1) and 19 percent from 2014 (3.7). The 4.4 rating propelled ESPN to win the night across all of television (broadcast and cable) across key demos, including M18-34, M18-49, M25-54, P18-34, P18-49 and P25-54.

 Game 2 on WatchESPN

Golden State-Houston Game 2 generated an average minute audience of 127,161, which makes it the fourth-best ever for an NBA game on WatchESPN.

NBA Western Conference Finals Game 3 on ESPN is tonight at 9 p.m. with Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Doris Burke providing commentary. Kia NBA Countdown will precede the game at 8 p.m. with a one-hour, on-site pre-game show hosted by Sage Steele and featuring analysts Doug Collins and Jalen Rose.

For a transcript and replay of ESPN’s NBA Western Conference Finals media conference call with Van Gundy/Jackson media conference call, visit ESPN Media Zone.

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Media contact: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or ben.cafardo@espn.com (@Ben_ESPN).

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S PRESS PASS – WHAT TO WATCH MAY 22, 2015 – MAY 25, 2015

(All times ET)

The “Press Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box is a quick overview of upcoming program information and highlights from the NBC Sports Group Communications team.

For live streaming information on NBC Sports Live Extra, and Golf Channel Live Extraclick here.

 

Friday, May 22

3:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR America

5:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Pro Football Talk

7 p.m. on NBCSN – NHL Live

8 p.m. on NBCSN – NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals Game 4 – N.Y. Rangers at Tampa Bay

Midnight on NBCSN – Premier League Championship Sunday Preview

 

Saturday, May 23

1 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Goals of the Season

7:30 a.m. on Golf Channel – European Tour: BMW PGA Championship

8 a.m. on NBCSN – F1 Monaco Grand Prix – Qualifying

1 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

1:30 p.m. on NBC – Senior PGA Championship

4 p.m. on NBCSN – IndyCar Chronicles

4:30 p.m. on NBC – PBC on NBC: Andre Dirrell vs. James DeGale

5 p.m. on NBCSN – Indy 500 Festival Parade

6 p.m. on NBCSN – PBC on NBC: Edwin Rodriguez vs. Craig Baker

7 p.m. on NBCSN – Lucas Oil Pro Motocross – Glen Helen Moto 2s

8 p.m. on NBC – NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals Game 4 – Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks

9 p.m. on NBCSN – F1 Documentary – “1”

11:30 p.m. – /DRIVE on NBC Sports: Monaco (Encore)

Midnight on NBCSN – F1 Monaco Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore)

 

Sunday, May 24

1:30 a.m. on NBCSN – GP2 Racing

7 a.m. on NBCSN – F1 Countdown

7:30 a.m. on NBC – F1 Monaco Grand Prix

7:30 a.m. on Golf Channel – European Tour: BMW PGA Championship

9 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Live

10 a.m. on NBC – Premier League: Hull City v. Manchester United

10 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Chelsea v. Sunderland

10 a.m. on USA – Premier League: Newcastle v. West Ham United

10 a.m. on SyFy – Premier League: Stoke City v. Liverpool

10 a.m. on CNBC – Premier League: Everton v. Tottenham

10 a.m. on MSNBC – Premier League: Manchester City v. Southampton

10 a.m. on Bravo – Premier League: Arsenal v. West Brom

10 a.m. on E! – Premier League: Crystal Palace v. Swansea City

10 a.m. on Esquire – Premier League – Aston Villa v. Burnley

10 a.m. on Oxygen – Premier League: Leicester City v. Queens Park Rangers

Noon on NBC – Goal Zone Championship Sunday

Noon on NBCSN – Goal Zone Championship Sunday

1 p.m. on NBC – French Open: First Round

1 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

2 p.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Live: The Champions

2:30 p.m. on NBCSN – F1 Monaco Grand Prix (Encore)

2:30 p.m. on Golf Channel – Senior PGA Championship

3:30 p.m. on NBC – Senior PGA Championship

5:30 p.m. on NBCSN – GP2 Monaco

6:30 p.m. on NBCSN – /DRIVE on NBC Sports – Monaco (Encore)

7 p.m. on NBCSN – NHL Live

8 p.m. on NBCSN – NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals Game 5 – Tampa Bay Lightning at N.Y. Rangers

 

Monday, May 25

Noon on NBC – French Open: First Round

5 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR America

5 p.m. on Golf Channel – NCAA Women’s Golf Championships

6 p.m. on NBCSN – Pro Football Talk Live

8 p.m. on NBCSN – NHL Live

9 p.m. on NBCSN – NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals Game 5 – Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks

 

 

2015 NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs continues tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final between the N.Y. Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning, with Tampa Bay leading the series 2-1. Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Joe Micheletti (analyst) and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass) will call the game from Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.

Coverage continues Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC with Game 4 of the Western Conference Final  between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks. Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (Inside-the-Glass) will call the game from the United Center in Chicago, Ill.  Anaheim leads the series 2-1.

Sunday’s coverage of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final between Tampa Bay and N.Y. begins at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire will call the game from Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Game 5 of the Western Conference Final between Chicago and Anaheim begins Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Albert, Micheletti and Engblom will call the game from the Honda Center in Anaheim.

Kathryn Tappen hosts Friday and Saturday’s editions of NHL Live, and intermission coverage, alongside Mike Milbury and Keith Jones. Liam McHugh will join Milbury and Jones for Sunday and Monday’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

MOTORSPORTS

NBC Sports Group’s extensive motorsports coverage this weekend includes Formula One, IndyCar, NASCAR, and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, culminating with NBC’s live coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET, kicking off the “Biggest Day in Motorsports”with one of world’s most iconic racing events.

Live coverage of the F1 Monaco Grand Prix begins Saturday on NBCSN with qualifying race coverage at 8 a.m. ET, and continues on NBCSN Sunday at 7 a.m. ET with F1 Countdown before switching to NBC for the Monaco Grand Prix.

NBC Sports Group’s F1 team of play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey, analysts David Hobbs and Steve Matchett, and F1 insider and pit reporter Will Buxton will call the action on-site in Monte Carlo.

NBCSN’s weekend motorsports coverage begins today at 3:30 p.m. ET with a special two-hour NASCAR America Motorsports Special hosted by Mike Massaro and Kyle Petty. NBCSN’s NASCAR America Motorsports Special will break down this year’s F1 Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600, and feature interviews with analysts and drivers previewing the “Biggest Day in Motorsports.”

Motorsports coverage continues Saturday at 4 p.m. ET with IndyCar Chronicles, followed by the Indy 500 Festival parade at 4:30 p.m. ET, which will wrap up six hours of IndyCar coverage on NBCSN this weekend.

In addition to F1 and IndyCar, NBC Sports Group continues its coverage of the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season with this week’s event at Glen Helen Raceway on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Jason Weigandt will handle play-by-play duties, alongside two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Grant Langston and reporter Georgia Lindsay.

 

FRENCH OPEN

NBC kicks off coverage of the 2015 French Open this Sunday at Noon ET, with live opening-round coverage, and continuing Monday at Noon in all time zones (live ET).

Host Ted Robinson anchors NBC’s coverage, joined by analysts John McEnroe and Mary Carillo.

 

PREMIER LEAGUE

This Sunday NBCUniversal presents a blockbuster “Championship Sunday,” with all 10 Premier League matches presented live simultaneously on 10 different NBCUniversal television networks this Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. ET. Highlighting the matches is NBC’s coverage of Hull City v. Manchester United, and the 2014-15 Champions Chelsea v. Sunderland on NBCSN.

NBC Sports Group’s lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls Hull City v. Manchester United, joined by analysts Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux at KC Stadium – the first time the three commentators work together in the booth.

Sunday’s live coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN featuring Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle, Kyle Martino, and Robbie Mustoe.

Following Sunday’s live match Lowe, Earle, Martino, and Mustoe will return for a special Goal Zone season wrap-up post-game show on NBC at Noon ET, which will include the emotional scenes from around the grounds, Chelsea’s trophy ceremony from Stamford Bridge, and all of the key highlights and interviews from the final day of the season. NBCSN will simulcast Goal Zone for the first hour, with coverage moving to NBCSN from 1-2 p.m. ET. At 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN wraps up the day’s coverage with a special Premier League Live: The Champions, which will take a look at Chelsea’s path to the Premier League title.

The weekend-long coverage of “Championship Sunday” kicks off tonight at midnight with Premier League Championship Sunday Preview on NBCSN, immediately followed by Premier League Goals of the Season at 1 a.m. ET.

Below is a full broadcast and announcer schedule for “Championship Sunday” matches across NBCUniversal:

 

Match Network Announce Team
Hull City v. Manchester United NBC Arlo White, Lee Dixon, Graeme Le Saux
Chelsea v. Sunderland NBCSN Peter Drury, Jim Beglin
Newcastle v. West Ham United USA Jim Proudfoot, Danny Mills
Stoke City v. Liverpool Syfy Gary Taphouse, Garry Birtles
Everton v. Tottenham CNBC Gary Weaver, Barry Horne
Manchester City v. Southampton MSNBC Joe Speight, Terry Gibson
Arsenal v. West Bromwich Albion Bravo Tony Jones, Tony Gale
Crystal Palace v. Swansea City E! Phil Blacker, Ray Houghton
Aston Villa v. Burnley Esquire John Driscoll, Trevor Francis
Leicester City v. Queens Park Rangers Oxygen Jonathan Beck, Dean Sturridge
Hull City v. Manchester United TELEMUNDO* Andrés Cantor, Carlos Hermosillo
Chelsea v. Sunderland NBC UNIVERSO* Sammy Sadovnik, Manuel Sol

 

GOLF

Highlighting Golf Channel’s live tournament coverage this weekend is the PGA of America’s Senior PGA Championship, the second major for the Champions Tour of 2015. In addition to the Senior PGA Championship, Golf Channel also presents coverage of the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship, PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational, and NCAA Women’s Golf Championships.

NBC Sports Group’s weekend coverage of the Senior PGA Championship presented by Kitchenaid begins Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage of Sunday’s final round begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on Golf Channel, and continues on NBC at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Dan Hicks (play-by-play) leads Golf Channel on NBC’s team, while Dave Marr (play-by-play) will lead Sunday’s final round coverage on Golf Channel. Joining Hicks and Marr from French Lick Resort in Indiana are Gary Koch (analyst), Mark Rolfing (tower), Roger Maltbie and Billy Kratzert (on-course), and Steve Sands (interviews).

Coverage of the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship begins at 7:30 a.m. ET on Golf Channel, and continues Sunday with coverage of the final round at 7:30 a.m. ET.

Mike Ritz hosts coverage of the European Tour’s Flagship event from Golf Channel’s studio in Orlando, Fla., joined by Terry Gannon (play-by-play), Frank Nobilo (analyst), Tom Abbott and Warren Humphreys (towers), and Craig Perks and Jay Townsend from Wentworth Club in Surrey, United Kingdom.

Golf Channel’s weekend coverage of the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial begins Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Brian Hammons (play-by-play) and Lanny Wadkins (analyst) host coverage from Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Joining Hammons and Wadkins are Matt Gogel and David Feherty (tower), Phil Parkin (on-course), and George Savaricas (interviews).

Coverage of the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships begins Monday at 4 p.m. ET, and will feature the final round of the individual stroke play to crown the individual national champion.

Bob Papa (play-by-play) hosts coverage from Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla. Joining Papa will be Kay Cockerill (analyst), Curt Byrum (tower), Notah Begay, Billy Ray Brown and Karen Stupples (on-course), and Steve Burkowski (interviews).

Golf Central’s team of Lisa Cornwell, Paige Mackenzie, Angela Hamann, and Burkowski, will feature nearly 25 hours of combined pre-and post-event news coverage produced on location from Concession Golf Club throughout the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Championships.

 

PBC ON NBC

Live PBC on NBC coverage returns this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET with 2004 U.S. bronze medalist Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) vs. 2008 gold medalist James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) of Great Britain in a super middleweight bout. Immediately following Dirrell-DeGale is Edwin Rodriguez (26-1, 17 KOs) vs. Craig Baker (16-0, 12 KOs) in a light heavyweight bout. Following the NBC show, live boxing continues at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Liam McHugh hosts Saturday’s coverage from the Agganis Arena in Boston, Mass, joined by Kenny Rice (blow-by-blow), “Sugar” Ray Leonard (analyst), BJ Flores (analyst), and Paul Burmeister (reporter).

 

DAYS 38-41 – NHL CONFERENCE FINAL COVERAGE CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND ON NBC & NBCSN WITH GAMES 4 & 5 OF RANGERS-LIGHTNING & BLACKHAWKS-DUCKS

Game 4 – Rangers-Lightning – Tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Lightning Lead 2-1

Tonight’s Coverage Begins with NHL Live at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Western Conference Final Game 4 – Ducks-Blackhawks – Saturday Night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC

NBCSN Presents Conference Final Game 5 Matchups Sunday and Monday Nights

 

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 22, 2015 – NBC Sports Group’s exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continues with Games 4 and 5 of the Eastern and Western Conference Finals, beginning tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning host Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Tonight’s coverage starts at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live, featuring host Kathryn Tappen alongside analysts and former players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, leading into live game coverage from Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of tonight’s Eastern Conference Final Game 4 matchup, and all Conference Final games this weekend.

The Lightning took Wednesday night’s Game 3 by a score of 6-5 in overtime to take a 2-1 series lead. Tampa Bay erased an early 2-0 deficit before relinquishing third-period leads of 4-3 and 5-4, as Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle tied the game late in regulation to force overtime. In the extra session, Nikita Kucherov scored at 3:33 to give the Lightning the Game 3 victory and grab the lead in the series.

Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Joe Micheletti (analyst), and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the call from Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.

 

 

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THE PASS – FRIDAY, MAY 22-MONDAY, MAY 25 (All times ET)

FRIDAY, MAY 22

Time Coverage Network Commentators
7 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Kathryn Tappen, Mike Milbury,
Keith Jones
8 p.m. Game 4 – N.Y. Rangers at Tampa Bay NBCSN Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti,
Brian Engblom

SATURDAY, MAY 23

8 p.m. Game 4 – Anaheim at Chicago NBC Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk,
Pierre McGuire

SUNDAY, MAY 24

8 p.m. Game 5 – Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk,
Pierre McGuire

MONDAY, MAY 25

9 p.m. Game 5 – Chicago at Anaheim NBCSN Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti,
Brian Engblom

 


WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL GAME 4 – DUCKS-BLACKHAWKS – TOMORROW AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBC – DUCKS LEAD 2-1

NBC presents Game 4 of the Western Conference Final tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET, when Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks host Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim won Game 3 by a score of 2-1 to take a 2-1 series lead, as goaltender Frederik Andersen made 28 saves, and Getzlaf assisted on both Ducks goals. The Ducks’ victory marked the first time Chicago had lost at home this postseason, as Anaheim improved to 10-2 thus far in the postseason.

Three-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator and Sports Illustrated 2014 Media Person of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from the  United Center in Chicago.

 


NBCSN PRESENTS CONFERENCE FINAL GAME 5 MATCHUPS ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY NIGHTS

Coverage continues Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Game 5 of Rangers-Lightning, as the series shifts back to New York. Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire will have the call from Madison Square Garden.

NBCSN will provide live coverage of Game 5 between the Ducks and Blackhawks on Monday night at 9 p.m. ET. Albert, Micheletti and Engblom will call the action from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

 


GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the fourth consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, USA Network, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

 

Network Games
NBC 11
NBCSN 45
USA Network 8
CNBC 10
NHL-N 1
Total 75

 

One-goal Games: 41

OT games: 17

 


COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL COVERAGE

Comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be provided daily via NBC Sports Regional Networks, available in more than 50 million U.S. households. Comcast SportsNet Chicago will provide the hometown fans of the Chicago Blackhawks with comprehensive coverage throughout their Stanley Cup Playoff run, including pre- and post-game shows and extensive on-line coverage via Comcast SportsNet’s team of NHL Insiders.


NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream comprehensive coverage of games airing on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.

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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New Biotelemetry Technology Will Get “Inside” Drivers During ABC’s Indianapolis 500 Telecast

Auto racing has long been known to be physically stressful for drivers, especially a race of such major intensity as the Indianapolis 500. Now, television viewers will have data to show just how physically intense it is.

ABC’s telecast of Sunday’s 99th Indianapolis 500 will introduce the use of biotelemetry, a high-tech sensing system that will, in real time, give viewers the heart and respiration rate as well as calorie burn rate of two drivers competing in the race.

Drivers James Jakes and Sage Karam will each wear a special sensor on the left side of their chest, near the base of the heart, during the race. Readings from the sensor will be sent out as part of the race car’s telemetry and ESPN’s television production will capture the data for use during the telecast.

“For years, we’ve been able to take viewers inside the car during a race, and now we will be able to take them ‘inside’ the driver,” said ESPN’s Dr. Jerry Punch, who will present findings from the technology as part of his role as a pit reporter during the race telecast.

“We’ll be able to show the viewers how a driver’s baseline heart rate can fluctuate under stress and anxiety levels during the race, under G force in the corners and how it changes when the driver is about to experience a pit stop,” said Dr. Punch. “And as the race evolves and the intensity goes up in the final 20 laps, viewers will see how that’s reflected in heart rate and respiration.”

ESPN is working with Dr. Terry Lyles, an internationally recognized expert in human performance, stress management and life coaching, who developed the biotelemetry system that will be used in a live television broadcast for the first time. A racing insider, Dr. Lyles is often trackside coaching top drivers and teams competing in IndyCar, NASCAR and sports car racing.

“Unless you are belted into the car, there is no better way to experience motorsports,” said Dr. Lyles. “The most important part of any race car is its driver. From the first green flag to the final checkered flag, these super athletes are pushed to their physical and mental limits. Biotelemetry offers an entirely new dimension to race coverage and will enhance the fan experience.”

The Indianapolis 500 is airing on ABC for the 51st consecutive year. The telecast begins at 11 a.m. ET with the race’s green flag at 12:17 p.m.

“We’re always looking for ways to better serve fans, and this is an opportunity to bring the viewers something they’ve never seen before,” said Rich Feinberg, ESPN vice president, production. “We greatly appreciate the cooperation of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing in making this happen.”

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Media contact: andy.hall@espn.com

FOX Sports Programming Highlights: NASCAR, College Baseball, Golf & More

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NASCAR: 25 HOURS OF COVERAGE ON RACING’S BIGGEST WEEKEND

COLLEGE BASEBALL: BIG EAST & BIG 12 CHAMPIONS CROWNED ON FOX SPORTS 1

GOLF: PATRIOT GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP HONORS VETERANS ON MEMORIAL DAY

#ICYMI: Katie Nolan sits down with Odell Beckham Jr. to assess the “Madden Rating” of his day-to-day skills

 

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FOX SPORTS LIVE FROM CHARLOTTE FOR 25 HOURS ON RACING’S BIGGEST WEEKEND

FOX Sports packs the biggest racing weekend of the year with more than 25 hours of live NASCAR coverage from Charlotte Motor Speedway beginning Thursday, May 21, and continuing through Memorial Day Weekend.  Racing begins with Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race (2:30 PM ET) and culminates with the 56th running of NASCAR’s longest race, the COCA-COLA 600, live on FOX on Sunday, May 24 (6:00 PM ET), with pre-race coverage beginning at 5:30 PM ET with FOX NASCAR SUNDAY.

A special FOX NASCAR SUNDAY is dedicated to military service members who have fallen in the line of duty in the past year. FOX Sports, as it has for several years, recognizes these service members on a graphic scroll displaying their names and service branch.

Jamie Little, who in February became the first female to cover both the DAYTONA 500 and the INDIANAPOLIS 500 for live network TV, is doing “the double” between the Indy 500 and the COCA-COLA 600 this weekend.  Little is traveling with Jeff Gordon to document his day driving the Indy 500 pace car before flying back to Charlotte that afternoon to compete in his final COCA-COLA 600.  The feature airs in Sunday’s FOX pre-race show, after which a longer version airs Monday, May 25 on NASCAR RACE HUB (6:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1). Little has served as a pit reporter for the Indy 500 numerous times.

Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race is the third of four XFINITY Series races broadcast on FOX in 2015.  Adam Alexander calls Saturday’s race alongside Michael Waltrip and driver analyst Clint Bowyer.  Bowyer is one of five NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES drivers announced as part of a rotation in the FOX and FOX Sports 1 booth for FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES season.  Also scheduled as guest analysts are defending NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES champion Kevin Harvick, four-time champion Jeff Gordon, 2012 champ Brad Keselowski and Danica Patrick.

Jimmie Johnson took the checkered flag two weeks ago at Kansas in the last point-paying event for the Cup Series.  Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, defending champion Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano have locked up spots in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup via wins in the season’s 11 opening races.

In the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES, Chris Buescher leads Ty Dillon leads (-8), followed by defending champion Chase Elliott (-31), Darrell Wallace Jr. (-37) and Brian Scott (-42) after 10 races.  On-track action from Charlotte begins Thursday, May 21 at 2:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 1 with NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES practice.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACING

  • Network/When:  FOX & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, May 24 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Play-by-play announcer Mike Joy; analysts Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds; reporters Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum

FOX NASCAR SUNDAY PRE-RACE SHOW

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, May 24 (5:30 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Host Chris Myers; analysts Darrell Waltrip and Michael Waltrip; reporters Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum
  • This Week:  A special FOX NASCAR SUNDAY is dedicated to military service members who have fallen in the line of duty in the past year. FOX Sports recognizes these service members on a graphic scroll displaying their names and service branch.  In addition, Jamie Little travels with Jeff Gordon to Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday to document his day as he drives the Indianapolis 500 pace car before flying back to Charlotte to compete in the COCA-COLA 600. A feature on his day airs on FOX NASCAR SUNDAY.

LARRY MCREYNOLDS ON WHAT DRIVER COULD BEAT JIMMIE JOHNSON OR KEVIN HARVICK ON A MILE-AND-A-HALF TRACK: 

“Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski or Martin Truex Jr. are the best bets to dethrone Johnson and Harvick at a mile-and-a-half track at this time.  If I had to choose just one, I’d go with Logano.  But the one thing his team is having a tough time with right now is keeping up with the track as it changes throughout the race.  They’re fast at the beginning of the race and can lead a bunch of laps, but need to be more aggressive with their adjustments as the track changes during the course of the race.”

DARRELL WALTRIP ON WHETHER JIMMIE JOHNSON CAN MATCH DALE EARNHARDT BOTH IN NUMBER OF WINS (76) AND CHAMPIONSHIPS (SEVEN) THIS SEASON:

“Johnson will match Dale Earnhardt’s 76 wins this year.  His car is good enough, and the new aerodynamics and horsepower package seems to suit him well.  Whether he gets that seventh championship this year, though, is too hard to say this early in the season.  If his car runs like it has been running, Johnson stands a good chance.  He’s in great shape and winning a lot, and that’s what it will take to close the deal.”

JEFF HAMMOND ON THE MOMENTUM DENNY HAMLIN AND THE NO. 11 TEAM CARRY INTO THE COCA-COLA 600 WITH THEIR ALL-STAR WIN: 

“It’s huge.  You come in knowing you are capable of coming up with the right setup at this track.  You’re confident you understand what went on Saturday night and how it will translate to Sunday night.  You’ll put that type of setup in your car for the 600.  You brought a great race car to the All-Star Race but should be bringing a better car for the 600 because it’s a long race and you need a car that will take a lot of adjustments and be well-balanced.”

NASCAR RACEDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, May 24  (4:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Host Danielle Trotta; analysts Larry McReynolds and Kenny Wallace; reporters Alan Cavanna and Kaitlyn Vincie
  • This Week: A feature with Kenny Wallace and Kasey Kahne at Fort Bragg; an interview with Denny Hamlin; a piece on the relationship Barney Visser, a Vietnam War vet and owner of the No. 78 Chevrolet team, has with the family of a fallen Vietnam War soldier with whom he first became acquainted at their induction ceremony in Denver, who are his guests at Charlotte on Sunday; and the “24 Salute” reflects on Jeff Gordon’s first win and early racing days.

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES RACING

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, May 23 (2:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Play-by-play announcer Adam Alexander; analysts Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip; reporters Vince Welch, Jamie Little and Matt Yocum

NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY

  • Network/When:  FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, May 23 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Danielle Trotta; analyst Larry McReynolds; reporters Vince Welch, Jamie Little and Matt Yocum

NASCAR RACE HUB & NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, May 20 (6:00 PM ET), Thursday, May 21 (5:00 PM ET); Friday, May 22 (6:00 PM ET), Monday, May 25-Thursday, May 28 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Co-hosts Adam Alexander, John Roberts and Danielle Trotta; analysts Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond and Wally Dallenbach; reporters Alan Cavanna, Andrew Doud and Kaitlyn Vincie
  • This Week:  On Wednesday, May 20, live coverage of the announcement revealing the five new members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Ryan Blaney in-studio and Kaitlyn Vincie is with the Chip Ganassi Racing drivers at the “Little 600,” an annual go-kart race preceding the COCA-COLA 600; On Thursday, May 21, the debut of a new video from Darrell Wallace Jr. featuring Danielle Trotta and Larry McReynolds, and Andrew Doud goes for a ride-along with David Ragan at Charlotte Motor Speedway; on Friday, May 22, a feature about the 1975 World 600, which marked the first career start for Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Richard Petty’s first 600 win; an interview with Chase Elliott as he prepares for his first Coca-Cola 600, a feature on the No. 20 Toyota rear-tire changer, who is a former Marine, and a profile on a fan who has attended the Charlotte race for 30 years, setting up his motorhome with a white picket fence, fake lawn and mailbox each year.
  • Next Week:  Driver/guest analyst AJ Allmendinger on Monday, May 25; driver/guest analyst Joey Logano on Tuesday, May 26

 

MLB

REGIONALIZED PRIMETIME MLB COVERAGE SATURDAY ON FOX SPORTS & NATIONAL GAME OF THE WEEK AIRS ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, May 30
    • Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers: Brian Anderson & Bob Brenly (4:00 PM ET)
  • Network/When: FOX Sports, Saturday, May 30
    • Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals: Joe Buck, Tom Verducci, Harold Reynolds & Ken Rosenthal (7:00 PM ET)
    • Boston Red Sox at Texas Rangers: Kenny Albert, Eric Karros & Jon Paul Morosi (7:00 PM ET)
    • Kansas City Royals at Chicago Cubs: Len Kasper & CJ Nitkowski
  • This Week: The MLB on FOX Sports 1 pregame show is preempted this week

MLB WHIPAROUND

  • Network/When/On-air Talent: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, weekdays
    • Thursday, May 21 (12:00 AM ET) Talent: Kevin Burkhardt, Frank Thomas & Mark Sweeney
    • Friday, May 22 (8:00 PM ET) Talent: Ryan Field, Frank Thomas & Mark Sweeney
    • Monday, May 25 (7:00 PM ET) Talent: Greg Wolf, CJ Nitkowski & Jon Paul Morosi
    • Tuesday, May 26 (7:00 PM ET) Talent: Chris Myers, CJ Nitkowski & Jon Paul Morosi
    • Wednesday, May 27 (7:00 PM ET) Talent: Chris Myers, CJ Nitkowski & Jon Paul Morosi
  • Show Description: MLB WHIPAROUND is FOX Sports 1’s nightly in-progress highlights and analysis studio show.  The 60-minute program features live look-ins at games from across the country, courtesy of FOX Sports’ Regional Sports Networks, in addition to recaps and analysis from some of the games most respected journalists and former players.

COLLEGE SPORTS

BASEBALL: BIG EAST AND BIG 12 CHAMPIONS CROWNED SUNDAY ON FOX SPORTS 1 AND FOX SPORTS 2

  • Matchup/Network/When/Talent:
    • Sunday, May 24:
      • Big 12 Championship Final
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (1:00 PM ET)
      • Dave Barnett and Pat Combs
      • BIG EAST Championship Final Game 1
      • FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO (2:00 PM ET)
      • Rich Ackerman and Jason Isringhausen
      • BIG EAST Championship Final Game 2 (if necessary)
      • FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO (5:30 PM ET)
      • Rich Ackerman and Jason Isringhausen
  • This Week: The BIG EAST and Big 12 conferences crown their baseball champions this weekend on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. On Sunday, May 24, at 1:00 PM ET, the last two teams standing in the Big 12 Championship take the diamond at Oneok Field in Tulsa, Okla., with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line. Then, at 2:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 2, the BIG EAST’s two remaining squads hit the field at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., looking to punch their tickets into the national bracket. In the tournament’s double-elimination format, a possible second championship game could be played later that evening, also on FOX Sports 2.

 

ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING

GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN TAKES ON SPORTS’ BIGGEST STORIES SUNDAYS AT 9:30 PM ET

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, May 24 (9:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Katie Nolan
  • This Week: Katie Nolan continues to tackle the hottest topics in sports, interjecting her wit, sarcasm and comedy in the weekly show GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN on FOX Sports 1. This week, Katie breaks down today’s mind-numbing stadium experience, checks in on our Google sports searches, and talks with comedian Nick Swardson about his beloved Vikings.

STUDIO SHOWS

FOX SPORTS LIVE – NBA AND NHL PLAYOFF RECAPS NIGHTLY, MLB HIGHLIGHTS, NFL OWNERS MEETING COVERAGE, UFC 187 PREVIEWS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Don Bell, Ryan Field, Donny Marshall, Petros Papadakis, Bill Reiter.
  • This Week: FOX Sports 1’s flagship nightly highlight, news and opinion show rolls on this week featuring extended highlights and analysis, covering the action from across the spectrum of sports. With both the NBA and NHL playoffs reaching their conference final stages, FOX SPORTS LIVE has it covered, recapping all of the nightly action off the top of the show. FOX Sports 1 analyst and former NBA veteran Donny Marshall is in studio, breaking down all of the night’s biggest moments from the hardwood. On the NHL front, coverage continues with highlights and postgame reactions live from site at the conclusion of games. The Major League Baseball schedule is in full swing and highlights come in nightly from around the league. The spring NFL Owners Meetings are underway in San Francisco this week and through three days there have yet to be any shortage of headlines. FOX Sports 1 NFL reporters Mike Garafolo and Peter Schrager are on hand covering all of the daily storylines, providing insights and updates throughout the remainder of the week. In preparation for Saturday night’s UFC 187 championship pay-per-view event in Las Vegas, FOX SPORTS LIVE ramps up coverage, featuring an interview with UFC president Dana White on Thursday night, hits from the event weigh-in on Friday and extensive postfight integration live from site on Saturday evening.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – NIGHTLY PLAYOFF GAME PREVIEWS, PREEMPTED THURSDAY, LIVE FRIDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Corey Maggette, Donny Marshall, Kirk Morrison, Ephraim Salaam, Brian Scalabrine, Jenny Taft, Frank Thomas.
  • This Week: APG is off-air Thursday of this week during the NASCAR XFinity Series final practice from Charlotte. The show returns Friday in its normal 5:00 PM ET window, Amidst one of the most active pressure points on the sports calendar, APG continues to set the stage for all of the nightly action, including extensive preview coverage of the NBA and NHL playoffs. With games beginning in the early evening, the show goes to site, getting live reports from local correspondents who have covered the playoff teams throughout their regular seasons and provide insights and analysis in advance of each night’s biggest postseason games.

SOCCER

MLS SOCCER SUNDAY CONTINUES WITH DOUBLEHEADER ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Matchup/Network/When:
    • New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union, FOX Sports 1/FOX Sports GO, FOX Deportes, Sunday, May 24 (5:00 PM ET)
    • San Jose Earthquakes vs. Orlando City SC, FOX Sports 1/FOX Sports GO, FOX Deportes, Sunday, May 24 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: JP Dellacamera calls the first match alongside Brad Friedel and Grant Wahl reporting from the sideilne. John Strong calls the second match with Alexi Lalas and sideline reporter Julie Stewart-Binks.

 

GOLF

FOX SPORTS TEAMS WITH FOLDS OF HONOR TO PRESENT THE PATRIOT GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Monday, May 25 (3:00PM ET)
  • This Week: Folds of Honor, a non-profit organization that provides educational scholarships to families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled in combat while serving in the United States armed forces, has teamed with FOX Sports to present the inaugural Patriot Golf Championship. Golfers around the nation submit their 18-hole score to compete against a professional golfer of their choice, with the pro’s scores being revealed on-air on FOX Sports 1 on Memorial Day. Tune in to see who can top the pros while raising money for a deserving cause.

 UFC

UFC 187 HEADLINING TITLE FIGHT COMES DOWN TO CORMIER’S WRESTLING VS. JOHNSON’S STRIKING, SAYS FOX UFC ANALYST CRUZ

This weekend’s UFC 187: JOHNSON VS. CORMIER features two thrilling championship fights including Anthony Johnson facing Daniel Cormier for the vacant UFC light heavyweight title and middleweight champion Chris Weidman defending his belt against Vitor Belfort. In the headliner, FOX UFC analyst Dominick Cruz believes it’s a battle of styles. “At the end of the day, it’s DC’s wrestling versus Johnson’s striking. To be successful, Cormier has to go out there and put the pressure on Johnson and take the fight to him.” FOX Sports 1 airs the UFC 187 PREFIGHT SHOW (7:00 PM ET), UFC 187 PRELIMS (8:00 PM ET) and UFC 187 POSTFIGHT SHOW on Saturday, May 23. Watch the FOX SPORTS 1 UFC 187: JOHNSON VS. CORMIER preview: http://www.foxsports.com/video/UFC?vid=446619715645

UFC TONIGHT: UFC 187 PREVIEW, CORMIER AND WEIDMAN INTERVIEWS, CRUZ AND BISPING GUEST HOST

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, May 20 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani, Michael Bisping, Dominick Cruz
  • This Week: With two title fights at UFC 187 this Saturday, Karyn Bryant and guest hosts Michael Bisping and Dominick Cruz break down the fights, then interview light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier and middleweight champion Chris Weidman.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: ­BATTLE WOUNDS

Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, May 20 (10:00 PM ET)

  • Talent: Dana White, Dan Lambert, Glenn Robinson
  • This Week: This week on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, one of the fighters struggles to cope with the devastation of his loss, putting the future of his team at risk. Tensions in the house continue to rise when two fighters who previously fought in the Octagon rip open old wounds. Both teams face a crossroads as they enter the 50-point fight bracket and the pressure of the competition is taken to the next level. Click the link to see a preview: http://bit.ly/1BcrIdm

FOX SPORTS LIVE PRESENTS TUF TALK, RECAPS LATEST EPISODE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, May 20 (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Dominick Cruz
  • This Week: Host Karyn Bryant and analyst Dominick Cruz discuss the latest episode of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER with American Top Team’s Hayder Hassan and Jason Jackson from the Blackzilians. Cruz then breaks down this week’s fight.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-INS FEATURE ANALYSIS FROM FORMER BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMP CRUZ

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, May 22 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Michael Bisping, Dominick Cruz and Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The FOX SPORTS 1 UFC 187 WEIGH-INS features host Jay Glazer with analysts Michael Bisping and Dominick Cruz breaking down the fighters on the card as they attempt to make weight. Ariel Helwani interviews fighters during the show.                            

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC 187 PREFIGHT SHOW: TWO TITLE FIGHTS PREVIEWED

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, May 23 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Michael Bisping, Dominick Cruz and Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Host Glazer and analysts Bisping and Cruz preview the exciting night of fights, including the light heavyweight title fight between Anthony Johnson and Daniel Cormier and the middleweight bout between champion Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort. Glazer, Bisping and Cruz also analyze the other matchups on the main card and prelims.

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC 187 PRELIMS FEATURE FOUR EXCITING BOUTS 

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, May 23 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Joe Rogan, Mike Goldberg
  • This Week: The two-hour FOX SPORTS 1 UFC 187 PRELIMS feature four exciting bouts, including a key flyweight matchup between No. 1 ranked John Dodson (17-6) and No. 9 Zach Makovsky (19-5). No. 8 ranked welterweight Dong Hyun Kim (19-3-1, 1NC) faces Josh Burkman (28-11), while middleweights Uriah Hall (11-4) and Rafael Natal (19-6-1) face off. No. 4 ranked strawweight Rose Namajunas (3-2) and Nina Ansaroff (6-4) get the prelims started.

UFC 187 POSTFIGHT SHOW ON FOX SPORTS 1 RECAPS TITLE FIGHTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, May 23 (1:30 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Michael Bisping, Dominick Cruz and Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Host Glazer and analysts Bisping and Cruz break down the evening’s biggest bouts including the headliner between Anthony Johnson and Daniel Cormier. They also interview the winner of the middleweight title fight between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER: DOS ANJOS ON THE BRINK, ALVES INTERVIEW AND TORRES FULL BLAST

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, May 24 (12:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: Watch Rafael Dos Anjos’ never-before-told account of one of the biggest upsets in UFC title fight history. From extraordinary fight week access, to never-before-seen angles of the Brazilian’s brilliant five rounds that shocked Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. Then, resurgent welterweight Thiago Alves sits down with Jon Anik in Florida to discuss his recent impressive performances and his ongoing hunt for UFC gold. Plus, women’s strawweight contender Tecia Torres gives her exclusive Octagonside commentary as two of her biggest rivals, Carla Esparza and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, battle for the Strawweight belt.

BOXING

10-ROUND LIGHTWEIGHT BATTLE BETWEEN GESTA VS. MOLINA HEADLINE GOLDEN BOY’S FOX FIGHT NIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Friday, May 22 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Beto Duran, Doug Fischer and Jessica Rosales
  • This Week: Philadelphia’s Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter (19-3, 9 KOs) kicks off Memorial Day Weekend when he faces seasoned contender Antonio Escalante (29-7, 20 KOs) of El Paso, Texas in a 10-round super welterweight bout as the main event for Golden Boy Live. Then, Southern California native and unbeaten featherweight Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez (17-0-1, 12 KOs) is featured in a 10-round co-main televised event. Added to the action, in the televised opening bout, Chinese heavyweight sensation Taishan (4-0, 2 KOs), faces Lance Gauche in a four-round heavyweight opening televised bout.

 

SPECIALS

RUDY & NEAL GO FISHING FEATURES STORY OF HEALING THROUGH SPORT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, May 25 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Neal Stark, Rudy Watt
  • This Week: RUDY & NEAL GO FISHING is a story about fishing as therapy – a nontraditional approach to help veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The show features Neal Stark, a hairdresser working in South Florida, who is also a tournament angler. In his spare time, he runs a non-profit foundation called Fishing with America’s Finest and takes veterans suffering from PTSD to fish as a form of recreational therapy. Watch the unlikely pairing of Neal and Army veteran Rudy Watt, who head out together for the first time. While on the trip, Rudy begins to heal and open up to Neal. Watch a preview here: https://vimeo.com/91612525

 

Today’s OTL: NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith

(Bob Ley in Bristol, Dee Smith in Washington, D.C. studio during today’s OTL interview. Photo Credit: ESPN/director Alex Ayala )

Today’s Outside the Lines (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) will devote its entire show to a one-on-one interview with NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith.

Host Bob Ley’s discussion with Smith will cover: the New England Patriots’ “Deflategate” and quarterback Tom Brady’s appeal; Commissioner Roger Goodell’s power as dispenser of NFL discipline; Goodell’s relationship with Patriots owner Robert Kraft; Smith’s relationship with Goodell; NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Highlights of the interview will also be aired and debated on ensuing SportsCenters and ESPN NFL programming (NFL Insiders 3 p.m., NFL Live 3:30 p.m.).

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NBC SPORTS GROUP TO SERVE UP FIRST TELECAST OF 2015 AVP TOUR WEDNESDAY AT 12 AM ET ON NBCSN

Coverage of AVP New Orleans Open from Laketown in Kenner, La.

Paul Sunderland, Dain Blanton, and Kevin Wong to Call the Action from New Orleans

                                                         

Stamford, Conn. – May 22, 2015 – NBC Sports Group and The AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) Pro Beach Volleyball Tour will present the AVP New Orleans Open, the first AVP Tour telecast of the 2015 season, this Wednesday at 12 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

NBCSN’s telecast will kick off the AVP’s 2015 season, as beach volleyball’s biggest stars take to the sand in Laketown in Kenner, La. for three days of main draw play, May 22-24. Players scheduled to compete include three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and her partner, silver medalist April Ross; two-time Olympian Jake Gibb and his partner, Casey Patterson; Olympic gold medalist Phil Dalhausser and his partner, two-time Olympian Sean Rosenthal; and rising stars Theo Brunner, Tri Bourne, Summer Ross, Emily DayLane Carico. 

Coverage of the AVP New Orleans Open will mark the first two hours of more than 17 hours of AVP Tour coverage airing on NBC and NBCSN in 2015, and the first event as part of the AVP’s and NBC Sports Group’s new multi-year media rights agreement.

Veteran broadcaster Paul Sunderland (play-by-play), Olympic gold medalist Dain Blanton (analyst), and beach volleyball Olympian and three-time All-American Kevin Wong (analyst) will be onsite to call the action from New Orleans. Blanton, Wong and Chris Marlowe (play-by-play) will manage duties for all other AVP telecasts on NBC and NBCSN this season.

NBC Sports Group’s schedule for the 2015 AVP Tour (all times ET, subject to change):

Date                                        Time                           Network         Event

Wednesday, May 27*              12 – 2 a.m.                  NBCSN         AVP New Orleans Open

Saturday, June 20                   4 – 6 p.m.                     NBC              FIVB St. Petersburg Grand Slam

Sunday, June 21                      2 – 4 p.m.                    NBCSN         FIVB St. Petersburg Grand Slam

Sunday, June 21                      4 – 6 p.m.                   NBC              FIVB St. Petersburg Grand Slam

Sunday, July 19                       1:30 – 3 p.m.              NBC              AVP New York City Open

Sunday, August 9                    4:30 – 6 p.m.              NBC              AVP Seattle Open

Sunday, August 16                  4:30 – 6 p.m.              NBC              AVP Manhattan Beach Open

Sunday, August 30                  4:30 – 6 p.m.              NBC              AVP Chicago Open

Sunday, September 6              7 – 9 p.m.                  NBCSN          AVP Cincinnati Open

Sunday, September 13            3 – 4:30 p.m.             NBCSN          AVP Huntington Beach Open

 * – Coverage will air at 7 pm ET if NHL Playoffs coverage is not necessary.

As announced in April, the AVP and NBC Sports Group’s new partnership is the most comprehensive media partnership in Tour history.  It returns the country’s premier professional beach volleyball tour, entering its 33rd year, to the network that first televised the AVP 25 years ago, and calls for 17.5 hours of coverage in 2015, 10 on NBC and 7.5 on NBCSN, plus live streaming on NBC Sports Live Extra.

Coverage will include the men’s and women’s finals of all seven regular-season tournaments. In addition, NBC and NBCSN will feature the finals and early-round coverage of an AVP-run tournament on the international FIVB (Federation International de Volleyball) World Tour within the United States. Encore presentations of select telecasts will air on Universal Sports Network.

Marlowe, a veteran of four consecutive Olympic telecasts on NBC, called play-by-play for NBC’s coverage of beach volleyball at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and at every major volleyball event since 1981 – including the AVP Tour when it was last televised on NBC.  A talented indoor and beach player, Marlowe won eight tournaments on the sand, including two prestigious AVP Manhattan Beach Opens, and captained the gold medal-winning United States Olympic Volleyball team in 1984.

Two-time Olympian Blanton won beach volleyball gold at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney with partner Eric Fonoimoana and is one of the most decorated players in AVP Tour history.

Wong made his pro beach volleyball debut on the AVP Tour in 1995.  He represented the U.S. at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and notched seven career victories on the AVP before retiring from competition in 2009.  In 2012, he served as NBC’s beach volleyball analyst, alongside Marlowe, at the Summer Games in London.

 

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The Collectors Short Film Series Continues with “Musicology”

FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films’ digital shorts series The Collectors continues with “Musicology,” directed by Jamie Schutz.

If you’re one of the more than 100 million subscribers to Pandora, you know Nolan Gasser’s work. He is an acclaimed pianist and composer and the well-known architect behind the app’s Music Genome Project, the most extensive categorization of music to ever exist, featuring over 500 unique genes across seven genres.  In the film, Gasser takes viewers through “The Wellness Suite,” written with both his mind and his heart. Working with musical therapists, he wrote a composition meant to soothe and inspire cancer patients, and to bring to life the words of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: “You can’t expect to move the audience unless you yourself are moved.”

The Collectors is a ten-film series available exclusively on FiveThirtyEight, WatchESPN and ABC News, that tells the stories of an eclectic group of characters collecting data, ranging from the official scorer at a baseball game, to a meteorologist tracking hurricanes. Each of the shorts depicts how these individuals gather information, and how their judgment in translating ambiguity into hard numbers can shape how the world is viewed and interpreted. The series, which is a project out of ESPN content unit Exit 31, debuted on Dec. 10, 2014 with “Food Cartographers.”

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NBA Western Conference Finals Game 2 Delivers 47 Percent Ratings Increase from Last Time

The 2015 NBA Western Conference Finals Game 2 – the Golden State Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets to take a 2-0 series lead in another thrilling game – delivered a 5.6 overnight rating, according to Nielsen. The game peaked with a 7.2 from 11:30 p.m.-11:45 p.m. ET. This is up 47 percent from the last time ESPN televised the Western Conference Finals – San Antonio/Memphis Game 2 in 2013 – which delivered a 3.8 overnight rating.

Thursday’s Game 2 is also up 27 percent from the 2014 Western Conference Finals Game 2 – San Antonio/Oklahoma City Thunder – which delivered a 4.4 overnight rating.

Local ratings

In both the San Francisco and Houston markets, the telecast generated a 15.9 rating. In San Francisco, this is the second-highest rated NBA game (non-Finals) ever in the market. In Houston, it ranks fifth all-time among highest-rated NBA games (non-Finals) in the market.

Game 2 on WatchESPN

Golden State-Houston Game 2 generated an average minute audience of 127,161, which makes it the fourth-best ever for an NBA game on WatchESPN.

NBA Western Conference Finals Game 3 on ESPN is Saturday at 9 p.m. with Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Doris Burke providing commentary. Kia NBA Countdown will precede the game with a one-hour, on-site pre-game show hosted by Sage Steele and featuring analysts Doug Collins and Jalen Rose.

For a transcript and replay of ESPN’s NBA Western Conference Finals media conference call with Van Gundy/Jackson media conference call, visit ESPN Media Zone.

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Media contact: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or ben.cafardo@espn.com (@Ben_ESPN).