College GameDay Opens Season from Sundance Square on September 5;

ESPN Studio Crews Live from Several Thursday Night Games

ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – college football’s longest running and most celebrated pregame show – will begin the season for the second straight year from Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas. The weekly three-hour Emmy Award-winning show (Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon) will open Sept. 5 in advance of the annual neutral-site matchup from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, this year showcasing No. 20 Wisconsin against No. 3 Alabama on Saturday Night Football on ABC presented by Wells Fargo, as part of DICK’s Sporting Goods Kickoff Week at 8 p.m.

Host Rece Davis takes the reigns of the desk, and is joined by familiar faces in analysts Lee CorsoKirk HerbstreitDesmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as contributors Samantha PonderTom RinaldiGeorge Whitfield and Gene Wojciechowski. Chris Fowler and Herbstreit will join together in the booth, along with reporter Heather Cox, for the call of the Wisconsin-Alabama game.

Also returning to GameDay – in her second season as resident DJ – is Cait “Babi Mac” McMahan, who provides entertainment for fans on-site. Country music superstar Brad Paisley will perform his new single, “Country Nation,” for the crowd and viewers at home on Saturday during the College GameDay telecast.

SportsCenter segments will begin in the 9 a.m. hour on Friday from Sundance Square, and College Football Live will originate from the GameDay set at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 with Ponder, Howard and Pollack at the desk.

The opening weekend GameDay telecast will be Corso’s 258th headgear selection, holding a 10-6 all-time week one record (5-1 in last six years). Corso has previously picked Alabama 22 times with a 15-7 record, and has selected Wisconsin four times, holding a 2-2 mark.

Davis, Howard and Pollack will make an additional stop in Blacksburg, Va., for College Football Countdown on Monday, Sept. 7, in advance of a special edition of the ESPN College Football presented by Capital One telecast featuring Virginia Tech vs. defending National Champions and No. 1 Ohio State at 8 p.m. The trio will be on-site for pre-game, halftime and post-game reports, beginning at 7 p.m.

ESPN’s DICK’s Sporting Goods Kickoff Week begins with an ESPN Thursday doubleheader featuring North Carolina vs. South Carolina from Charlotte, at 6 p.m., followed by No. 2 TCU at Minnesota at 9 p.m. Host Adnan Virk, along with analysts Joey Galloway and Danny Kanell, will be live from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte beginning with College Football Live at 1 p.m. on ESPN2 and a special edition of College Football Countdown at 5 p.m. on ESPN. In addition, host John Saunders and analyst Mark May will be live from TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Thursday night’s telecasts will include live hits from Provo, Utah and site of the Michigan at Utah game from analyst Butch Davis and reporter Marty Smith.

Weekend studio coverage returns to ESPN’s Bristol campus on Friday.

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College GameDay Opens Season from Sundance Square on September 5;

ESPN Studio Crews Live from Several Thursday Night Games

ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – college football’s longest running and most celebrated pregame show – will begin the season for the second straight year from Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas. The weekly three-hour Emmy Award-winning show (Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon) will open Sept. 5 in advance of the annual neutral-site matchup from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, this year showcasing No. 20 Wisconsin against No. 3 Alabama on Saturday Night Football on ABC presented by Wells Fargo, as part of DICK’s Sporting Goods Kickoff Week at 8 p.m.

Host Rece Davis takes the reigns of the desk, and is joined by familiar faces in analysts Lee CorsoKirk HerbstreitDesmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as contributors Samantha PonderTom RinaldiGeorge Whitfield and Gene Wojciechowski. Chris Fowler and Herbstreit will join together in the booth, along with reporter Heather Cox, for the call of the Wisconsin-Alabama game.

Also returning to GameDay – in her second season as resident DJ – is Cait “Babi Mac” McMahan, who provides entertainment for fans on-site. Country music superstar Brad Paisley will perform his new single, “Country Nation,” for the crowd and viewers at home on Saturday during the College GameDay telecast.

SportsCenter segments will begin in the 9 a.m. hour on Friday from Sundance Square, and College Football Live will originate from the GameDay set at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 with Ponder, Howard and Pollack at the desk.

The opening weekend GameDay telecast will be Corso’s 258th headgear selection, holding a 10-6 all-time week one record (5-1 in last six years). Corso has previously picked Alabama 22 times with a 15-7 record, and has selected Wisconsin four times, holding a 2-2 mark.

Davis, Howard and Pollack will make an additional stop in Blacksburg, Va., for College Football Countdown on Monday, Sept. 7, in advance of a special edition of the ESPN College Football presented by Capital One telecast featuring Virginia Tech vs. defending National Champions and No. 1 Ohio State at 8 p.m. The trio will be on-site for pre-game, halftime and post-game reports, beginning at 7 p.m.

ESPN’s DICK’s Sporting Goods Kickoff Week begins with an ESPN Thursday doubleheader featuring North Carolina vs. South Carolina from Charlotte, at 6 p.m., followed by No. 2 TCU at Minnesota at 9 p.m. Host Adnan Virk, along with analysts Joey Galloway and Danny Kanell, will be live from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte beginning with College Football Live at 1 p.m. on ESPN2 and a special edition of College Football Countdown at 5 p.m. on ESPN. In addition, host John Saunders and analyst Mark May will be live from TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Thursday night’s telecasts will include live hits from Provo, Utah and site of the Michigan at Utah game from analyst Butch Davis and reporter Marty Smith.

Weekend studio coverage returns to ESPN’s Bristol campus on Friday.

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NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS “THROWBACK” NASCAR SPRINT CUP AND XFINITY SERIES RACING COVERAGE FROM DARLINGTON RACEWAY THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Both Weekend Races Air on NBC from The Track “Too Tough to Tame” – Beginning with Saturday’s at 3 p.m. ET XFINITY Series Race, Followed by Sunday’s Sprint Cup Race in Primetime at 7 p.m. ET

NBC Sports Joins Darlington Raceway in Celebrating the Return of NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing’s Date with “The Lady in Black” over Labor Day Weekend with “Throwback” Elements and Features that Evoke the Look, Sound and Style of the 1970s

Legendary NASCAR Broadcasters Ken Squier and Ned Jarrett Join NBC Sports’ Weekend Broadcast Team

Media Conference Call Featuring Dale Jarrett, Jeff Burton, Kyle Petty, Ken Squier, Steve Letarte and Jeff Behnke Previewing Weekend Coverage and “Throwback” Broadcast Features TODAY at Noon ET – Dial 785-830-7989 to Participate

STAMFORD, Conn. – September 1, 2015 – NBC Sports is gearing up for a holiday weekend celebration for the ages, when the sights, sounds and style of the 1970s will be incorporated to commemorate NASCAR’s rich racing history at Darlington Raceway.  The storied, egg-shaped track that has earned two nicknames over the years through tough, white-knuckle racing will be hosting a full slate of Labor Day Weekend action for the first time in 12 years as “The Race for the Chase” heats up.  NBC presents its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event since the memorable July fireworks show from Daytona this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.  On Saturday, NBC presents XFINITY Series Racing from Darlington Presented by K&N, at 3 p.m. ET.

Throughout the weekend, NBC Sports’ lead announce team of 21-time Sprint Cup winner Jeff Burton,  Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte and announcer Rick Allen call the race action, while pre- and post-race festivities from Darlington are handled by host Krista Voda alongside analysts Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett.  Marty Snider, Mike Massaro, Kelli Stavast and Dave Burns contribute reports from pit road. NBCSports.com lead motorsports writer Nate Ryan and features reporter Rutledge Wood contribute to NBC and NBCSN’s coverage Friday through Sunday.  In keeping with this weekend’s throwback theme, NBC Sports welcomes legendary NASCAR broadcasters Ken Squier and Ned Jarrett, who will be joining the broadcast team as special guests.

NBCSN’s NASCAR coverage from “The Lady in Black” begins Friday with Sprint Cup Series practice presented by DraftKings at 11 a.m. ET. NBCSN’s XFINIITY Series coverage begins with the first practice at 1 p.m. ET and final practice at 3 p.m. ET. Sprint Cup Series final practice kicks off at 4:30 p.m. ET before NASCAR coverage wraps up with NASCAR America at 6:30 p.m.

XFINITY Series qualifying kicks off Saturday at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN. NASCAR America will recap qualifying and look ahead with a special 30-minute edition at 1 p.m. ET. Sprint Cup qualifying gets in motion at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN before throwing to the XFINITY Series Countdown to Green at 3 p.m. ET on NBC. XFINITY Series green flag racing from Darlington begins at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Sunday evening’s race coverage begins on NBCSN at 5 p.m. ET with NASCAR America Sunday presented by Draftkings followed by a special 6 p.m. Countdown to Green. NASCAR coverage shifts over to NBC at 7 p.m. with Sprint Cup Countdown to Green presented by Sonic. Green-flag racing from the track “Too Tough to Tame” begins at 7:20 p.m. ET. The weekend of NASCAR racing wraps up with a special on-site edition of NASCAR Victory Lap from Darlington Raceway at 11:15 p.m.

NBC SPORTS GROUP CELEBRATES DARLINGTON’S RETURN TO LABOR DAY WEEKEND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2003

A long-time pillar of the NASCAR schedule, the Labor Day Weekend Darlington Sprint Cup race returns to its traditional weekend with a throwback to the 1970’s. Throughout the weekend NBC Sports Group’s broadcast features retro highlights to commemorate the tradition of NASCAR racing. Graphics will include the vintage “living color” NBC peacock, while booth and studio talent appear in authentic 1970s-era appeal.

Pre-race features throughout the weekend include a personal essay on Darlington Raceway written and voiced by Ken Squier. Kyle Petty visits Bill Elliott and his son Chase Elliott at Darlington Raceway to discuss the 30th anniversary of Bill’s Winston Million win. Also, Kyle Petty drives a lap around Darlington in the vintage Wood Brothers’ No. 21 car from 1971 while Jeff Burton takes a simultaneous lap in the 2015 NBC Sports’ Toyota Camry On Track Car.

Rutledge Wood showcases the unique events Darlington Raceway has in store for Labor Day Weekend. “The Lady in Black” hosts a Grand Funk Railroad pre-race concert, throwback paint schemes and legendary Hall of Famer appearances.

MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL PREVIEWING WEEKEND COVERAGE AND “THROWBACK” BROADCAST FEATURES TODAY AT NOON ET

Join NBC Sports NASCAR analysts Steve Letarte, Jeff Burton, Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty, VP of NASCAR production Jeff Behnke, and legendary NASCAR broadcaster Ken Squier as they preview the upcoming coverage from Darlington.

To participate dial 785-830-7989, Conference Call ID 6785959

Following is NBC Sports Group’s NASCAR coverage this weekend:

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Fri., September 4 Sprint Cup Series First Practice – Darlington 11 a.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series First Practice – Darlington 1 p.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Final Practice – Darlington 3 p.m. NBCSN
Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Darlington 4:30 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR America 6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Darlington (Encore) 9:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., September 5 Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Darlington (Encore) 10 a.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Qualifying – Darlington 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
NASCAR America 1 p.m. NBCSN
Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Darlington 1:30 p.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show 3 p.m. NBC
XFINITY Series Race – Darlington 3:30 p.m. NBC
The States of NASCAR 6 p.m. NBCSN
Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Darlington (Encore) 11:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., September 6 NASCAR America Sunday 5 p.m. NBCSN
Sprint Cup Countdown to GreenPre-Race Show 6 p.m. NBCSN
Sprint Cup Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show 7 p.m. NBC
Sprint Cup Series Race – Darlington 7:20 p.m. NBC
NASCAR Victory Lap 11:15 p.m. NBCSN
Mon., September 7 NASCAR America 5 p.m. NBCSN

 

NBC SPORTS GROUP CELEBRATES THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP WITH THE QUICKEN LOANS $16M PERFECT GRID CHALLENGE

NBC Sports Group has teamed up with Quicken Loans, the nation’s third largest mortgage lender, to provide fans with the Quicken Loans $16M Perfect Grid Challenge.

Fans can register at NBCSports.com/GridChallenge to fill out a NASCAR Grid from the round of 16 drivers who qualified for Chase and predicting how they will advance through each round of The Chase through the final race. The lucky fan with a perfect bracket at the end of the season will win a 16 million dollar prize, one million to represent each of the 16 drivers in the Chase. Fans will be able to make their picks following the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race on September 12 on NBCSN from Richmond International Raceway, and will have until the 15 minutes prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup September Chicagoland Race the following Sunday, September 20, to submit their grids and get ready to cheer on their picks.

In addition to the $16 Million Perfect Grid Challenge, fans will also have the opportunity to compete in the Weekly Playoff Grid Challenge. Each week participating fans are entered to win great prizes including a Roku streaming player and NBC Sports prize packs. At the end of the 10 weeks the fan with the most points will receive a free mortgage for a year from Quicken Loans.

MOTORSPORTS ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream this week’s NASCAR and IndyCar coverage 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, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV.

NASCAR COVERAGE ON NBCSPORTS.com and NASCARTALK

NBCSports.com brings racing fans up-to-the-minute news, video and information. The site also serves as the destination for all news, analysis and video from NBC and NBCSN productions of NASCAR, including contributions from on-air commentators.

To explore the site, please visit NBCSports.com/NASCAR and NASCARTalk.NBCSports.com/

@NBCSportsPR: @NBCSportsPR Publicity group Twitter account for NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN, Golf Channel, 11 NBC Sports Regionals, NBC Sports Radio & all NBC Sports digital properties.

@NASCARonNBC: @NASCARonNBC The official Twitter account of NASCAR coverage on NBC and NBCSN provides exclusive access to drivers, NBC Sports NASCAR experts and behind-the-scenes content, as well up-to-the-minute news and highlights, including video and articles from MotorSportsTalk on NBCSports.com.

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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ESPN and Norway’s TV2 Reach Agreement to Collaborate on X Games Oslo in 2016

Sport Disciplines and First Wave of Invited Athletes Revealed; 21 Hours of Live Content
First Time an X Games Event will Feature both Summer and Winter Sports Disciplines

Photo: Peter Morning / Rider: Stale Sandbech | Click to view video

ESPN, the leading action sports content provider and creator of the X Games, in collaboration with TV2, the leading commercial broadcaster in Norway, will bring X Games Oslo to the Norwegian capitol next winter, February 24-28, 2016. The agreement to bring X Games to Oslo was made possible by support from the government of the City of Oslo.  ESPN and TV2 will work with local organizer SAHR Concepts in staging the multi-sport event.

X Games Oslo will feature Snowboard, Ski and Skateboard competitions – the first time both summer and winter sports will be contested in the same city at an X Games event.  The disciplines will include Snowboard and Ski Big Air (Men and Women), Snowboard and Ski SuperPipe (Men and Women) and Skateboard Street (Men and Women).

ESPN and TV2 will each distribute 21 hours of live coverage.  TV2 will air the competitions live in Norway, while ESPN’s coverage will be distributed live on ESPN3 and as part of its World of X Games series on ABC.  In addition to the content on ESPN’s U.S. media platforms, X Games Oslo will be televised globally on ESPN International networks and distributed to other international media outlets and television broadcasters via ESPN’s media distribution business.

In addition to world-class action sports competition, X Games Oslo will – like all X Games events – showcase a world-class headline musical performance on Saturday night at the Toyen venue as well as local musicians throughout the weekend.

“Oslo is going to be the winter sport capitol of the world, and we look forward to having the world’s elite in Oslo in February,” said Hallstein Bjercke, vice mayor of cultural affairs and business development, City of Oslo.  “I´m confident this will inspire young Norwegians to strap into skis and boards and get out to the hill. We support X Game Oslo to show new aspects of the sport city Oslo, and we would like to present Oslo as the world’s best compact arena for culture and sports.”

Tim Reed, ESPN X Games vice president, added: “We’re very excited to team up with TV2 and SAHR Concepts, and commend the Oslo city government for its support in helping make X Games Oslo a reality.  We look forward to showcasing some of the world’s best athletes in one of the most unique and dynamic cities with a rich history in winter sports and impressive list of top homegrown athletes.”

“We really appreciate the enthusiasm and engagement from the athletes,” said Jan Ove Årsaether, TV2 director of news and sports. “We are going to create a sports celebration in Oslo in order to draw young people to both the arenas and the TV screen. Now it´s time to look forward to a top- class event.

The Skateboard Street competitions will be held Thursday, February 25 in the Skur 13 warehouse at Filipstad Harbor along the picturesque Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen areas, marking the first time an international-level skateboarding competition will be held in Norway. The Skateboard Street course will be built as a permanent structure and left open to the public following X Games Oslo.  Snowboard SuperPipe competitions will be held on Friday, February 26 at the Oslo Winter Park, while Snowboard and Ski Big Air will take place on Saturday, February 27 at Toyen.  X Games Oslo will conclude Sunday, February 28 with the Ski SuperPipe competitions at Oslo Winter Park.

Twenty-two invited athletes were also announced, including Norwegian X Games medalists Staale Sandbech, Tiril Sjaastad Christiansen and Kjersti Buaas as well as Olympic and X Games gold medalist Kelly Clark, who won the 2012 World Snowboarding Championships in Oslo.  For the full list of the first-wave invited athletes, please visit http://xgames.espn.go.com/xgames/events/2016/oslo/invitedathletes/.  The second wave of athlete invites will be announced on December 1.  Additionally, eight Norwegian skateboarders will have an opportunity to compete for one wildcard invite to X Games Oslo at a separate Norwegian qualifier event.

“We have a lot of great snowboarders in Norway, so it is really important to have a big event like the X Games in Oslo,” said Staale Sandbech, X Games and Olympic snowboard medalist. “To be able to compete in my sport in my country in front of all my friends and family is huge.”

X Games and Olympic snowboard gold medalist, Kelly Clark, said, “I am looking forward to X Games Oslo this year. They hosted a great event for World Championships in 2012, so it will be fun to compete in that pipe again.”

Feb. 25Skur 13 at

Filipstad Harbor

Feb. 26Oslo Winter Park Feb. 27Toyen Feb. 28Oslo Winter Park
SkateboardStreet (M &W) SnowboardSuperPipe (M & W) SnowboardBig Air (M & W) Ski SuperPipe (M & W)
Ski Big Air (M & W)
Headline Musical Act

Tickets for X Games Oslo will be available for purchase beginning December 1. Additional information on all X Games Oslo events will be forthcoming on www.xgames.com for fans or on www.espnmediazone.com for media only. For photos please visit www.espnimages.com.

Media Contacts:

Danny Chi, ESPN Communications                    +1 213-405-4400; danny.c.chi@espn.com
Grace Coryell, ESPN Communications               +1 213-405-4402; grace.s.coryell@espn.com

Jan Ove Årsæther, TV 2                                     +47 414 43 611; janove.arsaether@tv2.no

 

 

 

 

REMINDER: NASCAR ON NBC MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL PREVIEWING DARLINGTON’S “THROWBACK” COVERAGE TOMORROW, SEPTEMBER 1 AT NOON ET

Retro Graphics, Classic Paint Schemes and Legendary Broadcasters Come Together at The Track “Too Tough To Tame” when a NASCAR Tradition Returns to Darlington Raceway over Labor Day Weekend

Conference Call Participants Include NBC Sports NASCAR Analysts Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte, VP of NASCAR Production Jeff Behnke, and Legendary NASCAR Broadcaster Ken Squier

Dial 785-830-7989 to Participate

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 31, 2015 – NBC Sports and Darlington Raceway are gearing up to celebrate the look, sound and style of the 1970s over Labor Day Weekend when NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series action returns to its traditional slate with “The Lady in Black.”

Join NBC Sports’ NASCAR analysts and VP of NASCAR production as they preview the upcoming coverage from Darlington and a series of production elements that celebrate NASCAR’s rich traditions. Special features include retro on-air graphics, vintage NBC logos, legendary broadcasters and bell-bottom pants. For a video preview of what’s in store, click here.

Who:   NBC Sports NASCAR analysts Steve Letarte, Jeff Burton, Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty, VP of NASCAR Production Jeff Behnke, and legendary NASCAR broadcaster Ken Squier

What: NBC Sports Media Conference Call Previewing Labor Day Weekend NASCAR Coverage from Darlington Raceway

When: Tuesday, September 1st at Noon ET

Where: Dial 785-830-7989 to participate; conference call ID 6785959

NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Darlington airs on NBC in primetime at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 6. This is the first Sprint Cup race on NBC since July’s race at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing from Darlington Presented by K&N also airs on NBC Saturday, Sept. 5th at 3 pm ET.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL CONFERENCE CALL THIS WED., SEPT 2 AT 4 PM ET

Back to Football: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya and Sunday Night Football Coordinating Producer Fred Gaudelli to Preview 2015 NFL Season

Dial 785-424-1666 to Participate

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 31, 2015 – The Sunday Night Football broadcast team of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya join coordinating producer Fred Gaudelli to preview the 2015 NFL season on a media conference call this Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 4 p.m. ET.

Dial 785-424-1666 to participate, conference ID 2623871.

The NFL opens the regular season on Thursday, Sept. 10, with NFL Kickoff 2015 on NBC, as the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coverage begins on NBC at 7:30 p.m. ET. Then, on Sunday, Sept. 13, defending NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants in the opening Sunday Night Football game of the season.

SNF IS NO. 1 PRIMETIME PROGRAM ON TELEVISION: For four consecutive full television seasons, NBC’s Sunday Night Football has finished as the No. 1 show in primetime in household rating, viewership and the coveted Adult 18-49 demographic, based on live plus same day data from The Nielsen Company (September-May). This marks the only four times on record that a sports series has been the highest-rated and most-watched show of the primetime TV season.  For the 2014-2015 primetime television season, Sunday Night Football ranked as the highest-rated (12.5 HH rating), most-watched show (21.3 million, viewers 2+), and the No. 1 program in the key Adults 18-49 demographic (7.7 rating).

2015 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Thurs. Sept. 10 NFL Kickoff Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots
Sun. Sept. 13 Week 1 New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Sun. Sept. 20 Week 2 Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers
Sun. Sept. 27 Week 3 Denver Broncos at Detroit Lions
Sun. Oct. 4 Week 4 Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints
*Sun. Oct. 11 Week 5 San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants
*Sun. Oct. 18 Week 6 New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
*Sun. Oct. 25 Week 7 Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers
*Sun. Nov. 1 Week 8 Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos
*Sun. Nov. 8 Week 9 Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
*Sun. Nov. 15 Week 10 Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks
*Sun. Nov. 22 Week 11 Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers
**Thurs. Nov. 26 Week 12 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
*Sun. Nov. 29 Week 12 New England Patriots at Denver Broncos
*Sun. Dec. 6 Week 13 Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Sun. Dec. 13 Week 14 Seattle Seahawks at Baltimore Ravens
*Sun. Dec. 20 Week 15 Cincinnati Bengals at San Francisco 49ers
*Sun. Dec. 27 Week 16 Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
*Sun. Jan. 3 Week 17 TBD

*Flex Week

** Thanksgiving Night Game

 –NBC SPORTS GROUP–

ESPN College Football Coverage Features Top Interscope/Universal Music Group Nashville Artists and Exclusive Songs

  • Cross-Genre Music, including Luke Bryan, Eminem, Imagine Dragons, Lady Antebellum, OneRepublic, Darius Rucker, U2 and more
  • ESPN Exclusive Songs from Imagine Dragons and Lauren Alaina

ESPN will showcase the music of more than 25 acclaimed Interscope/Universal Music Group Nashville artists throughout its extensive college football coverage this season, highlighted by the world premiere of the new Imagine Dragons single “Roots” and songs produced exclusively for ESPN by Imagine Dragons and Lauren Alaina.

As part of the agreement with Interscope/Universal Music Group Nashville, a diverse collection of the accomplished and breakthrough artists with the two premier labels will be featured across game and studio telecasts across every ESPN network, including the networks go-to-and-returning from breaks, as well as highlight montages and promotions of upcoming programs.

ESPN’s opening week coverage will continue to feature the new Imagine Dragons song “Roots,” which also debuted on ESPN, during its game and studio coverage across multiple networks.

ESPN Exclusive Songs from Imagine Dragons and Lauren Alaina
ESPN’s season-long on-air marketing campaign promoting the top college football matchups will feature ESPN exclusive music by Imagine Dragons and country star Lauren Alaina.

A Jorgen Odegard remix of the Imagine Dragons single “Dream” and the newly recorded Lauren Alaina song “History” will be a central part of the spots building towards the College Football Playoff semifinals on New Year’s Eve and National Championship on January 11.

“’Dream’ is such an emotional and personal track for us and Jorgen did a great job preserving the essence of the song in his remix while still taking it to a new place,” said Dan Reynolds, Imagine Dragons lead vocalist.

Alaina added, “For a southern girl, college football is everything. I am so pumped to have my song used for ESPN’s college football coverage. Thank you ESPN for giving me something to make my boyfriend, dad, and brother think I’m that much cooler.”

Friday and Saturday Night Specials
In addition to music used throughout every game, ESPN will showcase seven songs from the Interscope/Universal Music Group Nashville library exclusively on its Friday and Saturday night telecasts on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2. Friday coverage will feature an ESPN exclusive “Parade of Lights” remix of the Lady Antebellum single “Friday Night” while Saturdays will include a mix from Lady Antebellum (“All Nighter”), Imagine Dragons (“Friction”), X Ambassadors (“Superpower”), Born (“Seeing Stars”), Arty (“Up All Night”) and David Nail (Good at Tonight”).

Artist Songs
Arty Stronger
Luke Bryan Kick the Dust Up
Move
Eric Church The Outsiders
DJ Snake/Aluna George You Know You Like It
Clare Dunn Get Out
Eminem Phenomenal
Sam Hunt House Party
Imagine Dragons Roots
  Gold
Jax Jones Yeah Yeah Yeah
Kendrick Lamar I
Lil Jon/Tyga/Juicy J Hand in the Air
OneRepublic Love Runs Out
Darius Rucker Down Here
Canaan Smith American Muscle
The Struts Could Have Been Me
U2 The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)
X Ambassadors Renegades
Years and Years Desire
Yelawolf Till It’s Gone
Young Rising Sons King of the World
Zedd Beautiful Now

Saturday Night Games on ABC and ESPN

Artist Songs
Arty Up All Night
Born Seeing Stars
Imagine Dragons Friction
Lady Antebellum All Nighter
David Nail Good at Tonight
X Ambassadors Superpower

Friday Night Football

Artist Song
Lady Antebellum – Parade of Lights Remix Parade of Lights

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Country Music Superstar Brad Paisley to Headline College GameDay Season Opener

Images from College GameDay

Texas Schools Invited to Takeover Ft. Worth’s Sundance Square

ESPN’s College GameDay Built by the Home Depot trucks will roll into Ft. Worth’s Sundance Square this week for the opening weekend of college football. Fans and mascots from Texas schools such as Baylor, North Texas, SMU, TCU and UT, as well as fans of the two teams featured in that night’s ABC Saturday Night Football 8 p.m. ET matchup – Wisconsin and Alabama, are invited to the Square to kick off the season with College GameDay, its on-site fan activities and country music superstar Brad Paisley.

Paisley, who served as a guest picker at GameDay’s West Virginia stop last year, will perform his new single, “Country Nation” for the crowd and viewers at home during the Saturday, Sept. 5, season-opening telecast (9 a.m. – noon ET) hosted by Rece Davis with analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack.

Additional programming details will be announced later in the week including planned features, segments and the guest picker.

About Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written 20 of his 23 #1 singles with the first being his 1999 hit “He Didn’t Have To Be” and his most recent, “Perfect Storm,” from his chart-topping 2014 album Moonshine in the Trunk. Paisley kicked off his Crushin’ It World Tour the middle of May by playing to over 50,000 fans the first weekend and continues through October. Paisley has partnered with Boot Barn® and developed an exclusive line of jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts called Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley. Fans can look for him and Carrie Underwood to return as hosts of “Country Music’s Biggest Night™” for the eighth consecutive year when “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” airs live from Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 4 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Connect with Brad at www.BradPaisley.com, www.Facebook.com/BradPaisley, on Twitter @BradPaisley, on Instagram @Brad Paisley, and YouTube at YouTube.com/BradPaisley.

About College GameDay
College football’s longest running and most celebrated pregame show – College GameDay, is hosted by Rece Davis, with analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as contributors Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, George Whitfield and Gene Wojciechowski. The three-hour program of debate and discussion about the week’s most compelling college football stories and previews of the weekend’s biggest games is in its 29th season.

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Longhorn Network to Debut New Show All-22

New preview show joins full slate of football programming

In anticipation of the Texas football season, Longhorn Network, ESPN’s 24-hour network devoted to the University of Texas, kicks off its 2015 football programming slate this week. The line-up is highlighted with the debut of All-22, a new weekly preview show, airing Thursdays  at 8 p.m. CT. Hosted by Lowell Galindo, All-22 features analyst David Thomas breaking down game film to analyze how Texas stacks up against the next opponent.

Thomas will examine film from the same viewpoint as coaches in their game preparation, using the high camera angle that shows “All 22” players on the field. His expertise will give fans an inside look at the X’s and O’s that will help determine the offensive and defensive game plans. All-22 will air on Thursdays before Texas football games throughout the season.

The weekend slate of programming is highlighted with two new locations and sets for the network’s flagship pregame show Texas GameDay. Below is a full wrap-up of LHN’s extensive programming surrounding every aspect of UT football.

 

Recurring weekday programming will include (all times CT):

  • Texas Football Press Conference (Monday, 11 a.m.) Live coverage of head coach Charlie Strong’s weekly press conference
  • Longhorn Extra: Upon Further Review(Monday, 6 p.m., debuts Sept. 7) Host Alex Loeb with Dan Neil, Ahmad Brooks and reporter Jane Slater break down all the action from Texas’ latest game
  • Rewind with Charlie Strong(Monday, 7 p.m., debuts Sept. 7) Coach Strong joins Lowell Galindo to analyze Texas’ most recent football game, featuring analysis, highlights and interviews
  • Texas Football Overdrive(Tuesday, 7 p.m., debuts Sept. 15) All the action of Texas’ latest game in 60 minutes, enhanced with player and coach interviews
  • Texas Football All Access(Wednesday, 8p.m.) All Access takes fans behind the scenes and inside the locker room with the Texas Longhorns
  • All-22 – (Thursday, 8 p.m.) Analyst David Thomas previews the upcoming game using the same style film each head coach utilizes to prepare their team
  •  Longhorn Weekly with Charlie Strong – (Thursday, 7 p.m.) Coach Strong, Craig Way and weekly guests discuss all things Texas Football
  • Longhorn Extra, LHN’s news and information show, airs weeknights at 10p.m., Wednesday-Friday

 

Weekend Programming includes:

 

  • Texas GameDay, LHN’s pregame show embeds viewers with fans inside and outside the stadium with two new set locations this year. The show offers analysis and reporting every Saturday two-and-a-half hours before home game kickoff and also 2 hours before away games (from the LHN studio)
  • Texas GameDay Halftime Presented by H-E-B, the Texas GameDay desk of experts returns from the sidelines or outside the stadium to analyze the first half for home games, and from the studio for away games
  • Texas GameDay Final Powered by Chevy Silverado, rejoin the set of Texas legends immediately following the conclusion of the game for a breakdown of the Longhorns’ performance on the field.

 

LHN’s weekly programming provides an in-depth lead-in to each Saturday’s game, including the network’s telecast of UT’s home game season opener against Rice on Sept. 12, presented by H-E-B.

 

For complete details and updated schedules, go to www.longhornnetwork.com.

 

About Longhorn Network

ESPN has a 20-year agreement to own and operate a year-round, 24-hour network dedicated to Texas athletics in partnership with UT and IMG College. Longhorn Network offers a variety of content, highlighted by more than 175 exclusive events annually, original series and studio shows, historical programming and academic and cultural happenings. The network is also available to subscribers with WatchESPN via participating providers on smartphones, tablets, computers, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

New Midnight SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt Launching Sept. 7

After months of planning, preparation and rehearsal, the new midnight (ET) edition of ESPN SportsCenter, hosted by Scott Van Pelt, will premier Monday, Sept. 7, immediately following ESPN’s telecast of the game between No. 1 Ohio State and Virginia Tech.

The longtime ESPN anchor, who also previously hosted a program on ESPN Radio, will introduce a different version of SportsCenter, presenting the world of sports as seen through his unique perspective.

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“Scott and a team of very talented and creative people have been working hard to be ready to launch a new and entertaining midnight SportsCenter,” said Rob King, ESPN senior vice president, SportsCenter and News. “The show will deliver what sports fans are used to from SportsCenter but in a different and fast-paced way, led by the intellect, humor and sports fandom of Scott Van Pelt.”

Much as was done on the previous SVP & Russillo radio show, the program will showcase Van Pelt’s passion for sports, with his self-deprecating wit and disposition toward celebrating stars and storylines.

“It’s still SportsCenter,” said Van Pelt. “It’s still a show that at its core is about whatever has happened that day in sports – highlights and stories – and not a variety show. It’s our interpretation of what SportsCenter would be if you blended it with some room for commentary. The crux is that it’s SportsCenter, just our version of it.”

While presenting the day’s news and highlights with Van Pelt’s own spin, the program also will offer commentary, guests and interviews, with featured elements that set it apart from other editions of SportsCenter, including:

  • One Big Thing — the trademark essay from Van Pelt’s radio program
  • Bad Beats — games that had a unique resonance in Las Vegas
  • Best Available Video — the fun, extraordinary images of the day
  • Best Thing I Saw Today — Van Pelt’s nightly pick of the signature moment/topic
  • Oh, No! — a kinder, gentler, and shorter version of the SportsCenter “Not Top 10,” presented with empathy
  • West Coast Bias — a feature designed to serve fans who watch at 9 p.m. PT, at times including 1 a.m. SportsCenter anchors Neil Everett and Stan Verrett.
  • Where in the World Isn’t SVP? — Tweets from fans who see lookalikes of Van Pelt at places around the world

“Our thought was ‘how do we create a long list of possible ways to just take a different approach to stories?’” Van Pelt said. “It’s a great group of creative people, and we’re far from done. September 7 is when the show starts, but we don’t have to be done then. Our list of ideas won’t end that day. That’s just the first day we take a stab at it.”

Music will play a large role in distinguishing this edition of SportsCenter from others, with a special new cut of the SportsCenter theme produced by Timbaland in collaboration with Jingle Jared for jingle punks. Also, Van Pelt favorite Trombone Shorty provides music for a regular football season Thursday segment called “Winners,” a carryover from his radio show.

New graphics have been designed especially for the program and the show’s set will have a refined desk, lighting and overall positioning for a differentiated, intimate feel.

Key members of the show’s staff include producer Tom DeCorte, director Rodney Perez and “Stanford Steve” Coughlin, a former producer of Van Pelt’s radio show, who will have both an on- and off-air role, appearing on-camera for segments and also helping to book guests and conceive show ideas.

The program will be found on Twitter with the hashtag #SCSVP, as well as Van Pelt’s @notthefakesvp and @SportsCenter.

The premier of the show coincides with the 36th anniversary of the launch of ESPN on Sept. 7, 1979.

“That’s an honor,” Van Pelt said. “They tried something different 36 years ago, and we’re trying something just a little bit different here.

“The good news for me is that I have 36 years of what’s been great about ESPN and what’s been great about SportsCenter behind me, so I can stand on the shoulders of all the folks who have built it.”

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Media contact: andy.hall@espn.com