College Football: Seven Big Ten Home Games for Prime Time Telecasts in 2015

Three games involving college football’s defending national champions Ohio State highlight ESPN’s seven Big Ten Conference controlled prime-time telecasts for ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 during the 2015 season. The lineup will feature seven Big Ten teams overall, including Michigan State – No. 7 in an early ESPN.com preseason top 25 for 2015 with Ohio State ranked No. 1 – twice, Minnesota three times, and Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers once each.

Highlights:

  • A Big Ten venue will be featured in at least one Saturday night matchup on an ESPN platform over four consecutive weeks from October 17 to November 7. Ohio State will host matchups against Penn State (October 17) and Minnesota (November 7) and visit Rutgers (October 24).
  • The lineup will include two September contests, both with a Big Ten program hosting a team in the top six of the ESPN.com top 25:
    • 2 TCU, returning 10 starters to a high-profiled offense that led the Horned Frogs to a 12-1 record in 2014, at Minnesota in a Thursday night game September 3 at 9 p.m.
    • 6 Oregon – Ohio State’s opponent in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship last season – at a No. 7 Michigan State program that only lost to Oregon (46-27) and Ohio State (49-37) in 2014 on Saturday, Sept. 12.
  • A Halloween telecast will pit Jim Harbaugh leading his Michigan Wolverines against Minnesota in a matchup for the Little Brown Jug, captured by the Gophers for only the second time in 24 seasons last year.
  • ESPN platforms will televise two games on November 7, both involving a team in the ESPN.com top seven: No. 1 Ohio State against Minnesota and No. 7 Michigan State at Nebraska, led by coach Mike Riley who joined the Huskers after 12 seasons as head coach at Oregon State.

2015 Big Ten Schedule (as of April 23)

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Sep 3 9 p.m. No. 2 TCU at Minnesota ESPN
Sat, Sep 12 8 p.m. No. 6 Oregon at No. 7 Michigan State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 17 8 p.m. Penn State at No. 1 Ohio State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 24 8 p.m. No. 1 Ohio State at Rutgers ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 31 8 p.m. Michigan at Minnesota ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Nov 7 7 or 8 p.m. Minnesota at No. 1 Ohio State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
  7 or 8 p.m. No. 7 Michigan State at Nebraska ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

 

In addition to three games against Big Ten foes, ESPN will televise Ohio State’s visit to Blacksburg for the Labor Day showdown against Virginia Tech on Monday, Sept. 7. The Hokies were the only team to defeat Ohio State last year, beating the Buckeyes 35-21 in the second week of the season.

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THE 23RD ANNUAL LIVE TELEVISION PREMIERE OF THE ESPYS MOVES TO ABC ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 15

The ABC Television Network and ESPN announced The 2015 ESPYS Presented by Capital One will move to ABC and broadcast live on Wednesday, July 15, from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The celebration of the best moments from the year in sports kicks off with SportsCenter at The ESPYS and The ESPYS Countdown Show Presented by Capital One airing from 6-7 p.m. ET and 7-8 p.m. ET, respectively, on ESPN prior to the start of the awards. The ESPYS are executive produced by Maura Mandt and MaggieVision Productions.

The award show gathers top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The ESPYS raise more than $1 million annually for The V Foundation, the charity founded by ESPN and the late basketball coach Jim Valvano to promote cancer research.

“Our goal with The ESPYS each year is to celebrate the year in sports while showcasing inspiring human stories through our three pillar awards – the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and the Pat Tillman Award for Service,” said Connor Schell, vice president, ESPN Films and Original Entertainment, who oversees The ESPYS. “We are thrilled to broadcast this year’s ESPYS on ABC.”

The ESPYS attracts celebrities from the movie, television, sport and music industries. This is an opportunity to celebrate the playmakers and share in the emotional connection they have with their favorite sports on the network that is their home away from home,” said Robert Mills, Senior Vice President, Alternative Series, Specials & Late Night Programming, ABC Entertainment. “We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the show than to offer it a larger landscape for more people to participate in the celebration.”

The application site for media credentials for The 2015 ESPYS will open in early June. Tickets will be available for public purchase at AXS.com. For additional ESPYS news and information, please follow the official Twitter handle: @ESPYS.

The ESPYS

The ESPYS gather top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The 2015 ESPYS will recognize both sport-specific achievements, such as “Best MLB Player” and “Best WNBA Player,” and best-in-sport winners, such as “Best Team” or “Best Female Athlete” that pit nominees from different sports against each other. The ESPYS support ESPN’s ongoing commitment to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, launched by ESPN with the late Jim Valvano in 1993.

ESPN Media Relations:

Jay Jay Nesheim (646) 547-5839; jayjay.nesheim@espn.com

ABC Media Relations:

Nicole Marostica (818) 460-6783; nicole.y.marostica@abc.com

College Football: Seven Big Ten Home Games for Prime Time Telecasts in 2015

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Three games involving college football’s defending national champions Ohio State highlight ESPN’s seven Big Ten Conference controlled prime-time telecasts for ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 during the 2015 season. The lineup will feature seven Big Ten teams overall, including Michigan State – No. 7 in an early ESPN.com preseason top 25 for 2015 with Ohio State ranked No. 1 – twice, Minnesota three times, and Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers once each.

Highlights:

  • A Big Ten venue will be featured in at least one Saturday night matchup on an ESPN platform over four consecutive weeks from October 17 to November 7. Ohio State will host matchups against Penn State (October 17) and Minnesota (November 7) and visit Rutgers (October 24).
  • The lineup will include two September contests, both with a Big Ten program hosting a team in the top six of the ESPN.com top 25:
    • 2 TCU, returning 10 starters to a high-profiled offense that led the Horned Frogs to a 12-1 record in 2014, at Minnesota in a Thursday night game September 3 at 9 p.m.
    • 6 Oregon – Ohio State’s opponent in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship last season – at a No. 7 Michigan State program that only lost to Oregon (46-27) and Ohio State (49-37) in 2014 on Saturday, Sept. 12.
  • A Halloween telecast will pit Jim Harbaugh leading his Michigan Wolverines against Minnesota in a matchup for the Little Brown Jug, captured by the Gophers for only the second time in 24 seasons last year.
  • ESPN platforms will televise two games on November 7, both involving a team in the ESPN.com top seven: No. 1 Ohio State against Minnesota and No. 7 Michigan State at Nebraska, led by coach Mike Riley who joined the Huskers after 12 seasons as head coach at Oregon State.

2015 Big Ten Schedule (as of April 23)

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Sep 3 9 p.m. No. 2 TCU at Minnesota ESPN
Sat, Sep 12 8 p.m. No. 6 Oregon at No. 7 Michigan State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 17 8 p.m. Penn State at No. 1 Ohio State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 24 8 p.m. No. 1 Ohio State at Rutgers ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 31 8 p.m. Michigan at Minnesota ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Nov 7 7 or 8 p.m. Minnesota at No. 1 Ohio State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
  7 or 8 p.m. No. 7 Michigan State at Nebraska ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

In addition to three games against Big Ten foes, ESPN will televise Ohio State’s visit to Blacksburg for the Labor Day showdown against Virginia Tech on Monday, Sept. 7. The Hokies were the only team to defeat Ohio State last year, beating the Buckeyes 35-21 in the second week of the season.

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DAY 9 – NBC SPORTS GROUP’S “NHL PLAYOFF PASS”

Game 4 – (2) Lightning-(3) Red Wings – Red Wings Lead 2-1 – Tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Game 5 – (3) Islanders-(2) Capitals – Series Tied 2-2 – Tonight at 7 p.m. ET on CNBC

Game 5 – (3) Blackhawks-(2) Predators – Blackhawks Lead 3-1 – Tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Game 5 – (3) Flames-(2) Canucks – Flames Lead 3-1 – Tonight at 10 p.m. ET on CNBC

Friday Night’s Game 5 Telecast Schedule and Game Commentators Announced

Tonight’s Pre-game Coverage Begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live

 

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 23, 2015 – The (3) Chicago Blackhawks and (3) Calgary Flames can advance in the Western Conference bracket and join the Anaheim Ducks in the second round with Game 5 wins tonight, highlighting a pair of doubleheaders on NBCSN and CNBC on Day 8 of NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Jonathan Toews and the Blackhawks will look to punch their ticket to the second round tonight with a Game 5 win over Pekka Rinne and the (2) Nashville Predators at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The nightcap of CNBC’s doubleheader also features an elimination game, as Ryan Miller and the (2) Vancouver Canucks look to stay alive against Johhny Gaudreau and the Flames, trailing Calgary 3-1 in their first-round series.

Coverage begins with a pair of 7 p.m. ET matchups on NBCSN and CNBC. Alex Ovechkin and the (2) Washington Capitals host John Tavares and (3) New York Islanders in a pivotal Game 5 on CNBC, with their series tied at two games apiece. NBCSN’s coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET, featuring Pavel Datsyuk and the (3) Detroit Red Wings against Steven Stamkos and the (2) Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of their series, as Detroit leads Tampa Bay 2-1.

 

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“NHL Playoff Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box provides a quick daily overview of Stanley Cup Playoff coverage, plus information and highlights. The Pass will be published weekdays to preview that evening’s games. Friday editions will include weekend information.

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All Stanley Cup Playoff games will be presented on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network, CNBC and NHL Network. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of games airing on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC via “TV Everywhere.”

For more information on NBC Sports Group’s overall NHL Playoff coverage, please click here.

 

THE PASS – THURSDAY, APRIL 23 (All times ET)

Time Coverage Network Commentators
6:30 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Jeremy Roenick,
Keith Jones
7 p.m. Game 4 – (2) Tampa Bay at (3) Detroit NBCSN John Forslund, Andy Brickley
7 p.m. Game 5 – (3) N.Y. Islanders at (2) Washington CNBC Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
  NHL Live (Intermission Reports) CNBC Dave Briggs, Anson Carter
9:30 p.m. Game 5 – (3) Chicago at (2) Nashville NBCSN Gord Miller, Joe Micheletti
10 p.m. Game 5 – (3) Calgary at (2) Vancouver CNBC Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson,
Scott Oake

TONIGHT – APRIL 23

NHL Live begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN, hosted by Liam McHugh with analysts and former players Jeremy Roenick and Keith Jones. Host Dave Briggs will anchor CNBC’s studio coverage alongside analyst and former player Anson Carter.

 
GAME 4 – (2) LIGHTNING-(3) RED WINGS – TONIGHT AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN – RED WINGS LEAD 2-1

Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning look to even their first-round series tonight against the Red Wings, with Detroit currently holding a 2-1 series edge. The Red Wings took Game 3 with a 3-0 shutout win, led by 22 saves by goaltender Petr Mrazek and Pavel Datsyuk’s second goal of the series.

John Forslund (play-by-play) and Andy Brickley (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call the action from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.

 


GAME 5 – (3) ISLANDERS-(2) CAPITALS – TONIGHT AT 7 P.M. ET ON CNBC – SERIES TIED 2-2

The Islanders and Capitals face off in a pivotal Game 5 matchup at 7 p.m. ET on CNBC, with their series deadlocked at two games apiece. The two teams split a pair of overtime affairs at Nassau Coliseum, as the Caps tied the series at two with a 2-1 win in Game 4, capped by Nicklas Backstrom’s game-winner 11:09 into overtime.

Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire will have the call from the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.

 
GAME 5 – (3) BLACKHAWKS-(2) PREDATORS – TONIGHT AT 9:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN – BLACKHAWKS LEAD 3-1

The Blackhawks look to finish off the Predators tonight in their first-round series, holding a 3-1 advantage over the Preds heading into tonight’s game in Nashville. The Blackhawks won both games in Chicago to take control of the series, including their Game 4 victory in triple overtime, capped by Brent Seabrook’s game-winner. Chicago goaltender Scott Darling made 50 saves in Game 4, and has stopped 127 of 131 shots in his three appearances.

Gord Miller (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the call from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

 


GAME 5 – (3) FLAMES-(2) CANUCKS – TONIGHT AT 10 P.M. ET ON CNBC – FLAMES LEAD 3-1

Ryan Miller and the Vancouver Canucks look to stave off elimination at home with a Game 5 win over Johnny Gaudreau and the Calgary Flames at 10 p.m. ET on CNBC. The Flames outscored the Canucks 7-3 in their wins in Games 3 and 4 in Calgary, leading to Ryan Miller’s start in net for Vancouver tonight. The three-time U.S. Olympic goaltender has 54 starts in his NHL playoff career, and will make his first postseason start as a Canuck tonight with Vancouver on the brink of elimination.

Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson and Scott Oake will call the action from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C.

If tonight’s Lightning-Red Wings game on NBCSN runs past 9:45 p.m. ET, into the start of Blackhawks-Predators, puck drop of Blackhawks-Predators will be shown live on NHL Network until Lightning-Red Wings has concluded. Blackhawks-Predators will return to NBCSN immediately following the conclusion of Lightning-Red Wings.

If tonight’s Islanders-Capitals game on CNBC runs past 10:15 p.m. ET, into the start of Flames-Canucks, puck drop of Flames-Canucks will be shown live on NHL Network until Islanders-Capitals has concluded. Flames-Canucks will return to CNBC immediately following the conclusion of Islanders-Capitals.

As a reminder, all games on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC will be live streamed via NBC Sports Live Extra


FRIDAY NIGHT’S GAME 5 TELECAST SCHEDULE AND GAME COMMENTATORS ANNOUNCED

NBC Sports Group has announced its telecast schedule and game commentators for tomorrow night’s Game 5 matchups on NBCSN and CNBC. Saturday’s telecast schedule and game commentators will be announced tomorrow.

Time Coverage Network Commentators
6:30 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Jeremy Roenick,
Keith Jones
7 p.m. Game 5 – (4) Pittsburgh at (1) N.Y. Rangers NBCSN Gord Miller, Pierre McGuire
7 p.m. Game 5 – (4) Ottawa at (1) Montreal CNBC Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Glenn Healy, David Amber
  NHL Live (Intermission Reports) CNBC Dave Briggs, Anson Carter
9:30 p.m. Game 5 – (4) Minnesota at (1) St. Louis NBCSN Dave Strader, Brian Engblom

 

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 and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will provide the hometown fans of the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals, respectively, with comprehensive coverage throughout their teams’ Stanley Cup Playoff runs, including exclusive regional coverage of first-round games, pre- and post-game shows and extensive on-line coverage via Comcast SportsNet’s team of NHL Insiders.

For teams that advance past the first round, NBC Sports Regional Networks will deliver extensive pre- and post-game coverage as well as breaking news and analysis throughout each team’s playoff run.


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 on NBC Sports Live Extra 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.

— NBC Sports Group —

ESPN Expands Coverage for New Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships Format

More than 35 Hours of Coverage; 12 Hours Televised on ESPN Networks

ESPN will expand coverage of the Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships Presented by Northwestern Mutual in conjunction with the new format adopted by the NCAA Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet earlier this year. The four-day championships will feature 12 hours of television (ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU) and an additional 25 hours on ESPN3, a significant increase from the previous format which included 11 total hours of coverage.

“ESPN fully supports the NCAA’s decision to adopt the new format,” said ESPN director of programming and acquisitions Brent Colborne. “Every event of the championship – including decathlon, heptathlon and all track and field events – will be covered live for the first time, which is great for the sport and its fans.”

Television coverage will be anchored by Dwight Stones, Larry Rawson and Jill Montgomery. ESPN3 will feature ESPN3 Surround all four days, providing additional camera coverage, with an emphasis on field events.

“We will cover the men’s and women’s championships from one location with a heightened focus on the team scoring and individual participants,” added Colborne. “The new format allows for deeper coverage of the student-athletes and the storylines.”

2015 Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships Schedule

Date Time (ET) Network Details
Wed, June 10 7– 10:30 p.m. ESPNU Men’s Semifinals
2– 10:45 p.m. ESPN3
Thu, June 11 7– 10:30 p.m. ESPNU Women’s Semifinals
1 – 10:45 p.m. ESPN3
Fri, June 12 7:30 – 10 p.m. ESPN Men’s Championships
7– 10:15 p.m. ESPN3
Sat, June 13 5 – 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 Women’s Championships
4:30 – 7:45 p.m. ESPN3

 

The 2015 Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship will also be available internationally in Brazil, Latin American, the Caribbean and Pacific Rim.

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Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; Derek.Volner@ESPN.com and @DerekVolner

ESPN’s Presentation of the 2015 NFL Draft

Photos via ESPN Images

Round One Again Televised with Limited Commercial Interruption
Live Editions of SportsCenter from Chicago on Thursday and Friday

ESPN will televise the 2015 NFL Draft from Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, Thursday, April 30 – Saturday, May 2. Prime-time coverage of Round 1 (Thursday, 8 p.m. ET) will again be presented with limited commercial interruption. Production highlights for ESPN’s 36th NFL Draft telecast:

  • 325 player highlight packages;
  • 50 different player personality bumps;
  • 25 specialty technical breakdowns with analysis from Jon Gruden, Ray Lewis and Todd McShay;
  • 27 cameras, including two RF handheld cameras, two RF steadicams, and five jib cameras;
  • 20 player live shots;
  • HD Videoconferencing from all 32 team sites; and
  • Legendary Chicago artist Curtis Mayfield’s Move on Up, performed by the soul/R&B duo LION BABE, will provide the soundtrack for the draft telecast.

ESPN NFL Draft Commentators

  • Thursday (Round 1): Chris Berman (covering his 35th draft) hosts with NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. (his 32nd), Super Bowl winning head coach and Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden, two-time Super Bowl champion Ray Lewis, NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter and NFL Insiders host Suzy Kolber.
  • Friday (Rounds 2-3): NFL Live’s Trey Wingo hosts with Super Bowl-winning quarterback Trent Dilfer, NFL Draft analysts Kiper and Todd McShay, Mortensen, Schefter and Kolber.
  • Saturday (Rounds 4-7): Wingo hosts with Kiper, McShay, six-time NFL Executive of the Year and 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Bill Polian, Mortensen and Schefter.
  • ESPN bureau reporters will provide updates on two of the top prospects in the draft and from NFL team sites: Florida State’s Jameis Winston in Alabama (Tom Rinaldi), Oregon’s Marcus Mariota in Hawaii (Shelley Smith), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Ed Werder), Tennessee Titans (Bob Holtzman), New York Jets (Josina Anderson), St. Louis Rams (Britt McHenry), Cleveland Browns (Jeremy Fowler), San Diego Chargers (Jim Trotter) and Philadelphia Eagles (Sal Paolantonio). Commentator Release.

ESPN NFL Draft TV schedule (April 30-May 2):

Date Time (ET) Show Network
Thu, Apr 30 2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN
  3:30-4:30 p.m. NFL Live Presented by NAPA ESPN
  7-8 p.m. SportsCenter Special Presented by Golden Corral: Draft Countdown ESPN
  8-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Round 1) ESPN
Fri, May 1 2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN
3:30-4:30 p.m. NFL Live Presented by NAPA ESPN
  7-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Rounds 2-3) ESPN2
Sat, May 2 12-8 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Rounds 4-7) ESPN

*Schedule subject to change.     

In all, ESPN will present 42 hours of NFL Draft-related programming from April 27-May 3, including 16 hours of the live NFL Draft telecast; episodes of Draft Academy and Gruden’s QB Camp, SportsCenter Specials, and editions of NFL Live and NFL Insiders, which will be televised live from Chicago April 30 and May 1. Live editions of SportsCenter will also originate from the NFL Draft for the first time with anchors John Anderson, Jay Crawford, Lindsay Czarniak, Steve Levy and Chris McKendry in Chicago on Thursday and Friday. More NFL Draft-related coverage includes:

ESPN Radio
ESPN Radio will broadcast the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 30 (7 p.m. ET), and Friday, May 1 (6:30 p.m.) with host Dari Nowkhah, NFL analyst Louis Riddick and NFL Insider John Clayton. Freddie Coleman will host post-draft coverage Thursday and Friday at 11:30 p.m.

Mike & Mike, hosted by Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, will broadcast live from Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and the Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place on April 30 and May 1. Doors will open at 4 a.m. CT for fans to watch the show and gain free access to the museum during both broadcasts. In Chicago, the show can be heard on ESPN Chicago 1000AM. Mike & Mike airs from 6-10 a.m. ET weekdays on ESPN Radio, espnradio.com, ESPN Radio app, SiriusXM Channel 83, Apple iTunes, Slacker Radio, TuneIn and is simulcast on ESPN2.

ESPN Chicago 1000
Throughout the week of April 27, ESPN Chicago 1000AM will offer in-depth analysis leading up to and reviewing day one of the NFL Draft across all talk shows, featuring live interviews with many ESPN and NFL-related guests. Comedian Frank Caliendo will put on a special performance exclusively for ESPN Chicago listeners. Details:

  • On Monday, April 27, Waddle & Silvy (Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman, 2-6 p.m. CT) will host an NFL Draft Roundtable with ESPN reporters Adam Schefter and John Clayton. The discussion will be held downtown and is open to the public.
  • On Tuesday, April 28, from 7-9 p.m. CT, Carmen DeFalco (co-host of Carmen & Jurko) will host a “Draft Chat” with ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski.
  • On Wednesday, April 29, ESPN Chicago 1000 will host a private concert for ESPN Radio listeners starring Frank Caliendo. Listeners can win free tickets; tune in for details.
  • On Thursday, April 30, and Friday, May 1, Carmen & Jurko (Carmen DeFalco and John Jurkovic, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. CT) and Waddle & Silvy will broadcast live from the Auditorium Theatre, site of the NFL Draft.

ESPN International
ESPN International will offer television coverage of the NFL Draft to more than 31 million households in 49 countries and territories throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, and Canada (on TSN). Round 1 will be simulcast in Mexico and Central America via the ESPN Play broadband offering while Rounds 1 and 2 will simulcast in Brazil via the WatchESPN broadband offering.

ESPNU
ESPNU will air encore presentations of college games highlighting some of this year’s top prospects, beginning Tuesday, April 28. Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Show
Tue, Apr 28 4 a.m. College Football All-Star Game
Thu, Apr 30 1 a.m. 2015 Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Florida State (Marcus Mariota/Jameis Winston)
  7 a.m. Kansas State vs. Baylor (Bryce Petty)
  5 p.m. College Football All-Star Game
Fri, May 1 1 a.m. Auburn vs. Alabama (Amari Cooper)
  4 a.m. Nebraska vs. Wisconsin (Melvin Gordon/Ameer Abdullah)
7 a.m. Tennessee vs. Georgia (Todd Gurley)

ESPN.com
ESPN.com will provide unprecedented, wall-to-wall coverage of the draft, prominently featuring all NFL Nation team reporters as well as NFL senior writer John Clayton and NFL Nation writer Kevin Seifert. Planned highlights for the three-day draft in Chicago:

  • DraftCast and Draft Tracker, offering pick-by-pick data and analysis from Scouts Inc. and video on all 256 prospects in real time;
  • NFL Nation reporters’ reaction on all picks and team-specific analysis all three days of the draft, including comprehensive team wrap-ups;
  • Daily analysis of Round 1, Rounds 2-3 and Rounds 4-7 from Seifert, and a draft wrap-up from Clayton;
  • Todd McShay’s Round 1 analysis of best picks; and
  • Mel Kiper Jr. shares his best available players and team-by-team grades.

Highlights of pre-draft coverage:

  • Profiles on quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, Todd Gurley and others;
  • Gruden’s QB Camp video profiles and scouting reports on prominent draft prospects;
  • Kiper’s top 50 value picks of the past 25 years, with further analysis by Seifert;
  • Kiper’s evaluation of top needs for every team;
  • Final mock drafts from Kiper and McShay; plus, an NFL Nation mock draft;
  • McShay’s top 300 prospects list and Kiper’s top 100 list;
  • Jeff Legwold’s analysis of what every team would do with the No. 1 pick; and
  • After the draft, Jeffri Chadiha will preview the Class of 2016 quarterbacks.

ESPN Insider
ESPN Insider members will experience complete and premium access to the 2015 NFL Draft covered from every angle. Comprehensive coverage leading up to and throughout all three days of the draft includes analysis and insight from experts Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, Bill Polian, Adam Schefter, Mike Sando, Louis Riddick, Mark Dominik, Scouts Inc. and others, including several mock drafts from Kiper and McShay. At the conclusion of the NFL Draft, Kiper will release his annual Draft Grades, a must-read for fans anticipating their teams’ newest additions. McShay will also weigh in with his take on the best individual picks and overall classes of 2015, and look ahead to the next draft season with his 2016 Mock Draft. Additional Insider-only features and tools include:

  • Kiper and McShay’s Joint Mock Draft – the ESPN experts pick against each other, making the selections they would choose if they were in charge of the NFL teams, as part of a TV special;
  • Kiper’s “Draft Report” – previously only available in his annual “Draft Report”, Kiper’s insights are available exclusively on Insider, including his top 100 prospects heading into the draft and his thoughts on the biggest draft needs for all 32 NFL teams;
  • Gruden’s QB Camp – articles featuring the coach’s thoughts on this year’s most compelling quarterback prospects, plus video from his interviews with each;
  • Kiper and McShay’s prospect rankings and team draft needs – covering the top players by positions and biggest areas of weakness on every NFL team’s roster;
  • Draft Guides for all 32 teams – Insider’s analytics and scouting experts team up with our 32 NFL Nation reporters to identify the top roster needs and prospect targets for every team, offering predictions on how draft night will play out for each fan base; and
  • “Your draft class” pages for every team – A collection of Insider’s expert analysis on every pick and every draft class, including video highlights on every player drafted.

ESPN3 and WatchESPN
An encore presentation of Florida State Pro Day is available on WatchESPN and replays of Clemson, Duke and Stanford Pro Days are available via ESPN3. Additionally, live coverage of the NFL Draft on ESPN will be accessible via WatchESPN online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One for fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider.

ESPN The Magazine
ESPN The Magazine’s NFL Draft issue, now on newsstands, features a cover story on Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. In “Ticking Time Bomb or QB Savant,” The Mag’s Kurt Streeter provides readers an all-access pass to the draft’s most polarizing player—and arguably the most controversial potential No. 1 pick ever—as he navigates the draft’s unforgiving evaluation process. The Mag tries to answer the question: Who is Jameis Winston? Additional issue highlights:

  • A Marcus Mariota profile (“Separating the Player from the System”): The Mag takes a look at the tape of the Heisman Trophy winner who set all sorts of school records at Oregon, and speaks with college and NFL scouts, executives and coaches as a means of showing the true transition that Mariota faces at the next level. By Mike Sando
  • “Kings for a Day,” an annual project spotlighting mid-round draft prospects, features a trio of quarterbacks – UCLA’s Brett Hundley, Alabama’s Blake Sims and Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson. By Morty Ain
  • A Round 1 mock draft with ESPN experts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr., who size up all 32 picks.

ESPN Marketing
The new integrated brand campaign “Now We Draft” celebrates some of the finest moments from this past season and highlights the unmatched insight fans get on this year’s NFL Draft prospects from Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, Jon Gruden and other ESPN experts. The two 30-second spots from the campaign, titled “Players” and “Fans,” are voiced by renowned actor and Academy Award winner J. K. Simmons. “Players” features several of the top prospects in this year’s draft, including Amari Cooper, Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley, Marcus Mariota, Shane Ray, Leonard Williams and Jameis Winston. The “Now We Draft” campaign was developed by ESPN’s in-house marketing team.

ESPN Social Media
ESPN’s social media initiatives surrounding the NFL Draft include custom hashtags for each team (i.e. #NYJpick), custom images of each player drafted in the first round with their new team, and live behind-the-scenes images of the NFL Draft and Draft Town in Chicago. Fans are invited to follow the action on Twitter (@ESPNNFL), Facebook (NFL on ESPN) and Instagram (@ESPNNFL).

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ABC & ESPN Combine to Televise Seven NBA Playoff Games This Weekend

  • LeBron James, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Chris Paul, Anthony Davis, Plus the Defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs in Action
  • Head Coaches & ESPN NBA Analysts Jeff Van Gundy, Hubie Brown, Doug Collins, Mark Jackson, P.J. Carlesimo Providing Coverage

 ABC and ESPN will combine to televise seven NBA playoff games this weekend – Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26. The schedule with commentator information is below:

 Friday, April 24 on ESPN/ESPN2

The Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki will host the Houston Rockets and James Harden in Game 3 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Mike Tirico, the legendary Basketball Hall of Famer Hubie Brown and reporter Heather Cox will provide commentary.

Concurrently, ESPN2 will televise the Washington Wizards and John Wall as they host the Toronto Raptors and Kyle Lowry in Game 3, beginning at 8 p.m. Mark Jones, analyst Doris Burke and reporter J.A. Adande will have the call.  In the nightcap at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN, Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Lisa Salters will cover the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan’s Game 3 match-up with the Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul. All ESPN/ESPN2 games are also available via WatchESPN.

Saturday, April 25 on ESPN

ESPN will televise a prime-time doubleheader beginning at 8 p.m. as the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry visit the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis in Game 3. Dave Pasch, analyst Jon Barry and reporter Israel Gutierrez will call the action. The game will also be available on ESPN Radio. At 10:30 p.m., the Portland Trail Blazers and LaMarcus Aldridge will host the Memphis Grizzlies and Marc Gasol in Game 4 with Ryan Ruocco, analyst P.J. Carlesimo and reporter Chris Broussard.

Sunday, April 26 on ABC

NBA Countdown will tip off ABC’s NBA Playoffs coverage at 12 p.m. with host Sage Steele and analysts Doug Collins and Jalen Rose. At 1 p.m., the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James will visit the Boston Celtics and Isaiah Thomas in Game 4. The commentators will be Mike Tirico, analyst Hubie Brown and reporter Heather Cox. At 3:30 p.m., the Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul will visit the San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan in Game 4. Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Lisa Salters will have the call. This match-up will also be available on ESPN Radio.

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

Gianina Thompson at 860-766-7022 or gianina.thompson@espn.com (@Gianina_Thompson).

CBS Sports’ Countdown To Super Bowl 50 Begins As Network Announces 2015 NFL On CBS Broadcast Schedule

NFL-CBSCBS TELEVISION NETWORK AND NFL NETWORK ALSO KICKS OFF SECOND YEAR OF PARTNERSHIP OF THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

The CBS Television Network, home of Super Bowl 50, marks its 56th year broadcasting the NFL headlined by Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016, as well as some of the most marquee games on the NFL schedule including New England-Dallas (10/11), Denver-Indianapolis (11/8), New England-N.Y. Giants (11/15), Pittsburgh-Seattle (11/29), N.Y. Jets-N.Y. Giants (12/6) and Denver-Pittsburgh (12/20), during its 17 weeks of regular-season coverage.

In addition to the AFC package, the 104 regular-season game broadcast schedule once again features NFC crossover games.  The regular-season schedule is followed by a post-season slate of AFC Playoff games, the AFC Championship game, as well as Super Bowl 50 from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

This year also marks the second season of partnership between the CBS Television Network and NFL Network in broadcasting Thursday Night Football.  The 16-game Thursday Night Football schedule kicks off on September 17 with Denver-Kansas City from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

► NINE NFL ON CBS DOUBLEHEADER WEEKENDS

The 2015 NFL ON CBS broadcast schedule on Sunday, Sept. 13 begins with a CBS doubleheader and includes eight more doubleheader weekends featuring key AFC and AFC-NFC match-ups:

AFC                                                                                                         

Denver-Indianapolis (11/8)                                                     

Denver-Pittsburgh (12/20)                                          

New York Jets-Buffalo (1/3/16)                              

New England-Miami (1/3/16)                                     

Baltimore-Denver (9/13)

 

AFC-NFC

New England-Dallas (10/11)

New England-N.Y. Giants (11/15)

Pittsburgh-Seattle (11/29)

San Diego-Green Bay (10/18)

Miami-Philadelphia (11/15)

 

► GAMES FEATURING NEW ENGLAND, INDIANAPOLIS, DENVER, PITTSBURGH, NEW YORK GIANTS, DALLAS, SEATTLE, SAN FRANCISCO, CHICAGO AND GREEN BAY HIGHLIGHT SUNDAY’S 2015 SCHEDULE

Along with near-weekly AFC divisional battles, the broadcast schedule on Sunday also features other AFC-NFC match-ups including N.Y. Jets-N.Y. Giants (12/6), Baltimore-San Francisco (10/18), Denver-Chicago (11/22), Buffalo-Philadelphia (12/13), Pittsburgh-St. Louis (9/27), Cincinnati-Arizona (11/22) and Kansas City-Minnesota (10/18)

► NFC CROSSOVER GAMES ONCE AGAIN ADDED TO NFL ON CBS SCHEDULE

In addition to the AFC package of games, THE NFL ON CBS’s broadcast schedule once again features NFC games highlighted by Carolina-Dallas (Thanksgiving Day, 11/26); Chicago-Seattle (9/27); St. Louis-Green Bay (10/11), as well as other NFC Crossover flex games to be determined later in the season.

THANKSGIVING DAY GAME

Thanksgiving Day (11/26) will feature Carolina at Dallas in an NFC Crossover game.

► OPENING KICK-OFF

THE NFL ON CBS kicks off Week 1 with double-header coverage on Sunday, Sept. 13 (12:00 Noon-1:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY.  Games that day include: Baltimore vs. Denver; Miami vs. Washington; Indianapolis vs. Buffalo; Cleveland vs. N.Y. Jets; Kansas City vs. Houston; Cincinnati vs. Oakland and Tennessee vs. Tampa Bay.

Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, along with Tracy Wolfson reporting, are the lead announce team for the Network’s coverage of THE NFL ON CBS on Thursday night, along with select games on Sunday.   THE NFL TODAY, CBS Sports’ NFL pre-game, halftime and post-game studio show, begins on Sunday, Sept. 13 (12:00 Noon-1:00 PM, ET) with host James Brown, along with analysts Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher, Tony Gonzalez and Bart Scott.

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

Following is the complete 2015 NFL ON CBS broadcast schedule.

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WEEK 1 – SUNDAY, SEPT. 13 – CBS DBHDR  

Miami @ Washington                       1:00

Indianapolis @ Buffalo

Cleveland @ N.Y. Jets

Kansas City @ Houston

Baltimore @ Denver                         4:25

Cincinnati @ Oakland

Tennessee @ Tampa Bay

WEEK 2 – SUNDAY, SEPT. 20 

Houston @ Carolina                         1:00

New England @ Buffalo

San Diego @ Cincinnati

Tennessee @ Cleveland

Baltimore @ Oakland                       4:05

Miami @ Jacksonville

WEEK 3 – SUNDAY, SEPT. 27 – CBS DBHDR 

San Diego @ Minnesota                   1:00

Pittsburgh @ St. Louis

Jacksonville @ New England

Cincinnati @ Baltimore

Oakland @ Cleveland

Indianapolis @ Tennessee

Chicago @ Seattle                           4:25

Buffalo @ Miami

WEEK 4 – SUNDAY, OCT. 4    

N.Y. Jets-Miami (London)                 9:30 AM

Oakland @ Chicago                         1:00

Houston @ Atlanta

Kansas City @ Cincinnati

Jacksonville @ Indianapolis

Cleveland @ San Diego                    4:05

 

WEEK 5 – SUNDAY, OCT. 11 – CBS DBHDR   

Jacksonville @ Tampa Bay                1:00

Cleveland @ Baltimore

Buffalo @ Tennessee

St. Louis @ Green Bay

New England @ Dallas                      4:25

Denver @ Oakland

WEEK 6 – SUNDAY, OCT. 18 – CBS DBHDR   

Kansas City @ Minnesota                 1:00

Cincinnati @ Buffalo

Denver @ Cleveland

Miami @ Tennessee

Houston @ Jacksonville

San Diego @ Green Bay                   4:25

Baltimore @ San Francisco

WEEK 7 – SUNDAY, OCT. 25  

Cleveland @ St. Louis                      1:00

Houston @ Miami

N.Y. Jets @ New England

Pittsburgh @ Kansas City

Oakland @ San Diego                      4:05

WEEK 8 – SUNDAY, NOV. 1

San Diego @ Baltimore                    1:00

Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh

Tennessee @ Houston

N.Y. Jets @ Oakland                        4:05

WEEK 9 – SUNDAY, NOV. 8 – CBS DBHDR 

Tennessee @ New Orleans                1:00

Miami @ Buffalo

Jacksonville @ N.Y. Jets

Oakland @ Pittsburgh

Denver @ Indianapolis                       4:25

WEEK 10 – SUNDAY, NOV. 15 – CBS DBHDR 

Miami @ Philadelphia                      1:00

Jacksonville @ Baltimore

Cleveland @ Pittsburgh

New England @ N.Y. Giants             4:25

Kansas City @ Denver

 

WEEK 11 – SUNDAY, NOV. 22  

Denver @ Chicago                          1:00

Oakland @ Detroit

Indianapolis @ Atlanta

N.Y. Jets @ Houston

Cincinnati @ Arizona                        4:05

WEEK 12 – THURSDAY, NOV. 26  THANKSGIVING DAY

Carolina @ Dallas                            4:30

 

WEEK 12 – SUNDAY, NOV. 29 – CBS DBHDR 

Miami @ N.Y. Jets                            1:00

San Diego @ Jacksonville

Oakland @ Tennessee

Buffalo @ Kansas City

Pittsburgh @ Seattle                         4:25

WEEK 13 – SUNDAY, DEC. 6

N.Y. Jets @ N.Y. Giants                     1:00

Houston @ Buffalo

Baltimore @ Miami

Cincinnati @ Cleveland

Jacksonville @ Tennessee

Kansas City @ Oakland                    4:05

Denver @ San Diego

 

WEEK 14 – SUNDAY, DEC. 13  

Buffalo @ Philadelphia                     1:00

Tennessee @ N.Y. Jets

Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati

New England @ Houston

Indianapolis @ Jacksonville

San Diego @ Kansas City

Oakland @ Denver                          4:05

WEEK 15 – SUNDAY, DEC. 20 – CBS DBHDR

Houston @ Indianapolis                   1:00

Tennessee @ New England

Kansas City @ Baltimore

Buffalo @ Washington

Denver @ Pittsburgh                        4:25

Miami @ San Diego

WEEK 16 – SUNDAY, DEC. 27

Jacksonville @ New Orleans              1:00

Indianapolis @ Miami

New England @ N.Y. Jets

Houston @ Tennessee

Cleveland @ Kansas City

TBD                                                4:05

WEEK 17 – SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2016 – CBS DBHDR

N.Y. Jets @ Buffalo                            1:00

New England @ Miami

Baltimore @ Cincinnati

Pittsburgh @ Cleveland

Jacksonville @ Houston

Tennessee @ Indianapolis

Oakland @ Kansas City

San Diego @ Denver                         4:25

AFC PLAYOFFS – JAN. 10-24, 2016 

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP – SUNDAY, JAN.  24

SUPER BOWL 50 – SUNDAY, FEB. 7

ESPN Radio at the 2015 NFL Draft

ESPN Radio will broadcast the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 30 (coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET), and Friday, May 1 (coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m.) with host Dari Nowkhah, NFL analyst Louis Riddick and NFL Insider John Clayton. Freddie Coleman will host post-draft coverage alongside NFL Insider Adam Kaplan on Thursday and Friday at 11:30 p.m.

Also, ESPN Radio’s weekday morning show Mike & Mike will broadcast live from 6 – 10 a.m. from Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and the Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place on April 30 and May 1. Hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg will be joined by former NFL wide receiver and ESPN analyst Cris Carter for both shows from 8 – 10 a.m.

Doors will open at 4 a.m. CT for fans to watch the show and gain free access to the museum during both broadcasts. In Chicago, the show can be heard on ESPN Chicago 1000.

In addition to terrestrial stations, ESPN Radio can be listened to via ESPNRadio.com, ESPN Radio app, SiriusXM Channel 83, Apple iTunes, Slacker Radio, TuneIn and is simulcast on ESPN2.

ESPN Radio Draft-Related Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Show
Thu, Apr 30 6 a.m. Mike & Mike
  7 p.m. NFL Draft
  11:30 p.m. The Freddie Coleman Show (Post-Draft Coverage)
Fri, May 1 6 a.m. Mike & Mike
  6:30 p.m. NFL Draft
  11:30 p.m. The Freddie Coleman Show (Post-Draft Coverage)
Sat, May 2 8 a.m. Dari & Mel
Sun, May 3 Noon Rothenberg & Weatherford

 

ESPN Chicago 1000

Throughout the week of April 27, ESPN Chicago 1000 will offer in-depth analysis leading up to and reviewing Day One of the NFL Draft across all talk shows, featuring live interviews with several ESPN and NFL-related guests.  Comedian Frank Caliendo will put on a special performance specifically for ESPN Chicago listeners.  Highlights:

  • On Monday, April 27, from 2 – 6 p.m. CT, Waddle & Slivy (with Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman) will host an NFL Draft roundtable with ESPN reporters Adam Schefter and John Clayton live from Public House Chicago. Schefter and Clayton will join from 5 – 6 p.m. CT.
  • On Tuesday, April 28, Carmen DeFalco, co-host of Carmen & Jurko, will host a “Draft Chat,” from 7 – 9 p.m. CT.
  • On Wednesday, April 29, ESPN Chicago 1000 will host an exclusive event starring Caliendo. Listeners must tune-in to win free tickets.
  • On Thursday, April 30, and Friday, May 1, Carmen and Jurko (10 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT) – hosted by DeFalco and John Jurkovic — and Waddle & Slivy will broadcast live from the site of the NFL Draft, the Auditorium Theater. Later Thursday, ESPN Chicago 1000 will present the Miller Draft Viewing Party with Carmen and Jurko at Square Celt, from 7 – 9 p.m. CT.

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ESPN NFL Draft Programming Update

ESPN NFL Draft-Related SportsCenter Specials
ESPN will present more than 10 original hours of SportsCenter Specials leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft. SportsCenter Specials begin today with You’ve Got Mel & Todd at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Fans are invited to submit questions via Twitter using the hashtag #AskMelandTodd. Schedule:

 Date Time (ET) Program Network
Wed, Apr 22 7-8 p.m. SportsCenter Special: You’ve Got Mel & Todd
Trey Wingo, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay
ESPN2
Thurs, Apr 23 6-7:30 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Mel & Todd’s Mock Draft
Wingo, Kiper, McShay, Bill Polian and Louis Riddick
ESPN2
Fri, Apr 24 6-7 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Stock Up/Stock Down
Jade McCarthy, Kiper, McShay, Phil Savage and Field Yates
ESPN2
Mon, Apr 27 1-2:30 p.m. SportsCenter Special: NFL Nation Mock Draft
Wingo, McShay, Polian and NFL Nation reporters
ESPN
Tues, Apr 28 1:30-2:30 p.m. SportsCenter Special: GMs Roundtable
Wingo, Polian, Savage and Mark Dominik
ESPN
  9-10 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Gruden & Kiper’s Draft Preview
Jon Gruden and Kiper
ESPN
Wed, Apr 29 1-2 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Draft Room Simulation
Wingo, McShay, Polian, Savage and Dominik
ESPN
Sun, May 3 7-9 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Draft Grades
Wendi Nix, McShay, Kiper, Tedy Bruschi and Herm Edwards
ESPN2

*Schedule subject to change.     

 

ESPN Conference Call Transcript: Jon Gruden on QB Camp Series and NFL Draft Prospects
ESPN conducted a media conference call on Tuesday with Monday Night Football’s Jon Gruden to discuss his Gruden’s QB Camp series and ESPN’s 2015 NFL Draft coverage. Gruden will provide analysis on the main set the opening night, April 30, in prime time. Full audio replay. Full transcript. (Gruden’s QB Camp TV schedule and photos).

Additionally, audio replays for recent media conference calls with NFL Draft analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. are available via the PodCenter page on ESPN.com.

 

ESPN’s Draft Academy, Gruden’s QB Camp Continue
The sixth season of Gruden’s QB Camp and season two of Draft Academy continue, highlighting top prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft: Florida State’s Jameis Winston, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson, UCLA’s Brett Hundley, Baylor’s Bryce Petty (#GrudenQBCamp) and Winston, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, Georgia’s Todd Gurley, Missouri’s Shane Ray, Ohio State’s Devin Smith and North Dakota State’s John Crockett (#DraftAcademy). Series schedules: Gruden’s QB Camp and Draft Academy. Photos of Mariota, Petty and Winston are available via ESPN Images.

 

Top NFL Draft Prospects Appear as Guests on ESPN TV, Radio Shows During #ESPNDraftWeek
Wide receivers Amari Cooper (Alabama) and Kevin White (West Virginia) and defensive ends Leonard Williams (USC), Dante Fowler Jr. (Florida) and Shane Ray (Missouri) – five top prospects in this year’s NFL Draft – are visiting ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., campus this week, appearing as guests on ESPN TV and radio shows. Ray is also featured in the second season of Draft Academy (Tuesdays, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN). Photos are available via ESPN Images.

 

ESPN’s Presentation of the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago
ESPN will present the 2015 NFL Draft – its 36th consecutive year televising the event – April 30-May 2 from the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, as the draft makes its Windy City debut. The first two days will air in prime time, and the first hour of Round 1 coverage will again air with limited commercial interruption. Commentator assignments. Photos from last year’s event. Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Show Network
Thu, Apr 30 2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN
  3:30-4:30 p.m. NFL Live Presented by NAPA ESPN
  7-8 p.m. SportsCenter Special Presented by Golden Corral: Draft Countdown ESPN
  8-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Round 1) ESPN
Fri, May 1 2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN
3:30-4:30 p.m. NFL Live Presented by NAPA ESPN
  7-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Rounds 2-3) ESPN2
Sat, May 2 12-8 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Rounds 4-7) ESPN

*Schedule subject to change.     

 

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