SportsCenter Anchors Neil Everett, Stan Verrett Reach New Agreements to Remain with ESPN

Neil Everett and Stan Verrett, co-anchors of the late-night SportsCenter from ESPN’s Los Angeles studios, have reached new, multi-year agreements to remain with ESPN.

Everett and Verrett, who joined ESPN two months apart in 2000, will continue to host the 1 a.m. ET edition of SportsCenter, which launched from the Los Angeles studio in 2009.

“The on-air chemistry Neil and Stan have can’t be manufactured,” said Rob King, ESPN senior vice president, SportsCenter and News. “It’s as authentic as it gets, and we look forward to having them as part of our team for years to come.”

Everett started at ESPN in July, 2000, after working for 15 years for various affiliates in Honolulu, most recently KGMB-TV, the CBS affiliate where he was the sports director and weekday anchor. Prior to his TV news career, Everett served as an assistant athletic director and sports information director at Hawaii Pacific University. He also was the communications director for the Jeep Aloha and Jeep Oahu bowls. He grew up in Spokane, Wash., and graduated from the University of Oregon.

“When Stan said he was staying, then I had no choice,” said Everett. “We are joined at the hip. Plus, it’s a great gig so I’m glad Stan decided to stay.”

Verrett joined ESPN in September, 2000, after working as a weekend sports anchor and reporter at WDSU-TV, an NBC affiliate, in his hometown of New Orleans. Verrett’s career includes serving as sports anchor and reporter in Norfolk, Va., at ABC affiliate WVEC-TV and NBC affiliate WAVY-TV. He was also a top-rated morning show personality at several radio stations in Washington, D.C., Charleston, S.C., and Norfolk.

“I couldn’t be happier to continue working on Sportscenter here in Los Angeles,” said Verrett, a graduate of Howard University. “I have a dream job in a dream location. And I’m thrilled to continue working with Neil Everett every night. For the last 6 years, we’ve had a great time doing the show. And the opportunity to continue building on the relationship we’ve developed with viewers is fantastic.

Sportscenter is one of the most enduring franchises in the history of not just sports television, but all of television. It’s humbling and gratifying to be a part of its present and future, with a leadership team that is committed to excellence. I’m thrilled and excited for our future.”

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Media contact: andy.hall@espn.com

WNBA All-Star Game Delivers Strong Viewership over 2014

The Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game 2015 on ABC delivered strong double-digit viewership increases over last year’s telecast.

The 2015 All-Star Game delivered a 23% viewership increase over 2014 (when it aired on ESPN), with an average of 583,000 viewers and peaked from 5 – 5:30 p.m. ET with 671,000 viewers.

The top five markets for the 2015 All-Star Game were (US household rating): Louisville (2.1), Hartford-New Haven (1.9), Kansas City (1.7), Richmond (1.4) and Raleigh-Durham (1.3.).

The WNBA All-Star Game, from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., saw the West beat the East, 117-112, with former University of Connecticut star and current Minnesota Lynx player Maya Moore winning MVP honors.

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WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING ON NBCSN FEATURES TWO WORLD TITLE FIGHTS THIS SAT., AUGUST 1, LIVE AT 10:30 P.M. ET

Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares vs. Jake Shields in Welterweight Title Fight

Marlon Moraes vs. Sheymon Moraes in Bantamweight Title Fight

NBC Sports Live Extra to Stream All Bouts

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 30, 2015 – World Series of Fighting returns to NBCSN this Saturday, August 1, live at 10:30 p.m. ET, highlighted by two world title fights. WSOF welterweight champion Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares (17-6) defends his title against Jake Shields (31-7-1). Palhares won the belt last March, needing just 69 seconds to submit Steve Carl. Shields made his WSOF debut in October, scoring a first-round submission victory over Ryan Ford.

The co-main event features Marlon Moraes (14-4-1) defending his bantamweight title against Sheymon Moraes (7-0). Despite having the same last name, the fighters are not related. Marlon Moraes claimed the belt in March with a decision win over Josh Rettinghouse in the inaugural World Series of Fighting bantamweight title fight on NBCSN. Sheymon Moraes made his WSOF debut in December with a split-decision over Gabriel Solorio.

Saturday’s card also features bouts between Clifford Starks (11-2) and Mike “MAK” Kyle (21-12-1) in the light heavyweight division; Abubakar Nurmagomedov (9-1) and Jorge Moreno (4-0) in the welterweight division; and Jimmy Spicuzza (6-2) and Islam Mamedov (11-1) in the lightweight division.

Play-by-play announcer Todd Harris will be joined by mixed martial artists and analysts Bas Rutten and Joey Varner to call the action from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

NBC Sports Live Extra: World Series of Fighting will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value 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, Windows Store, Roku and Apple TV.

ABOUT WSOF

World Series of Fighting is a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight promotion dedicated to delivering an incredible, action-packed entertainment experience for fight fans by producing the best possible matchups between elite fighters from around the globe. For more information please visit WSOF.com. Follow World Series of Fighting on Twitter @MMAWorldSeries and World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo @SugarRaySefo.

ABOUT NBC SPORTS GROUP

When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN (NBC Sports Network), Golf Channel, 10 NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, Churchill Downs, Premier League, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more.

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NBC SPORTS DIGITAL SURROUNDS THE NEW PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON

9 Days Until 2015-16 Season Kicks Off on the Networks of NBCUniversal

Pro Soccer Talk to Feature Season Previews for Each Club, Analysis of the Top Players, & More

Coverage Debuts Saturday, August 8 at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 30, 2015 – NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2015-16 Premier League season kicks off nine days from today, on Saturday, August 8. Coverage begins at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN followed by Manchester United v. Tottenham, and continues throughout the season on the networks of NBCUniversal, on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra.

NBC Sports Group will once again make all 380 games from the Premier League available in the United States. All games will be preceded and followed by Premier League Live pre- and post-match shows from the NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.

NBC SPORTS DIGITAL SURROUNDS THE NEW PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON

Pro Soccer Talk on NBCSports.com surrounds the start of the 2015-16 Premier League season with comprehensive season previews for each club, analysis of the top players at each position, and a map of the clubs. Beginning Monday, July 27, with Bournemouth, Arsenal and Aston Villa, the site kicked off season previews for three teams a day, and will wrap up team previews this Sunday, August 2.

Following is a look at Pro Soccer Talk’s coverage next week leading into the season kick off:

  • , August 3: Joe Prince Wright breaks down his picks for the top 10 players this season, and Nicholas Mendola outlines his top five goalkeepers.
  • , August 4: Coverage includes detailed locator map for the Premier League clubs, and Mendola provides his selection of top five defenders.
  • , August 5: Prince Wright offers his table predictions for the season, and Mendola analyzes his top five midfielders.
  • , August 6: Andy Edwards breaks down his top five forwards, and Prince Wright provides his picks for top 10 breakout players.
  • , August 7: Prince Wright posts his overall season preview.

In addition, NBC Sports World’s Joe Posnanski spent time with Norwich City players and manager Alex Neil at Carrow Road to discuss their position as an underdog in the Premier League this season. The long-form story will be published on NBC Sports World next week.

For NBC Sports Group’s Premier League television schedule for the first three months of the season, click here.

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NBC & UNIVERSAL SPORTS NETWORK PRESENT FINA WORLD & U.S. SWIMMING, P&G GYMNASTICS, & IAAF WORLD TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Star Olympic Athletes Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte, Gabby Douglas, Sam Mikulak, Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix Highlight Competitions

NBC’s Coverage Begins this Sun., August 2 at 1:30p.m. ET on NBC with the FINA World Swimming Championships

Dan Hicks Hosts FINA World Swimming Championship Coverage with Rowdy Gaines and Michele Tafoya

Championship Coverage in August from Russia, China and the U.S.

Coverage Available on NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 30, 2015 – NBC and Universal Sports Network present championship coverage in major Olympic sports this month, with continuing coverage of the FINA World Swimming Championships this Sunday, August 2, at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage of the FINA World Championships continues throughout next week on Universal Sports Network, culminating on Saturday, August 8, at 3 p.m. ET and Sunday, August 9, at 2:30 p.m. ET with the swimming championships on NBC.

Leading the 54-member Team USA in Kazan, Russia, at the FINA World Swimming Championships are veterans including 2012 Olympic gold medalist and four-time World Championship gold medalist Katie Ledecky, four-time Olympic gold medalist and nine-time World Championship gold medalist Missy Franklin, four-time Olympic medalist and six-time World Championship medalist Nathan Adrian, and 11-time Olympic medalist and 23-time World Championship medalist Ryan Lochte.

Dan Hicks hosts all coverage of the FINA World Swimming Championships joined by Rowdy Gaines and Michele Tafoya.

Championship coverage continues throughout August with the P&G Gymnastics Championships from Indianapolis, Ind., USA Swimming National Championships from San Antonio, Texas, and the IAAF World Track & Field Championships from Beijing, China. The competitions are expected to feature world-class athletes including Olympic medalists Gabby Douglas andAly Raisman, two-time reigning world all-around champion Simone Biles  and 2012 Olympian Sam Mikulak in gymnastics; 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps in swimming; and six-time Olympic medalists Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix in track and field.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream coverage on NBC 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, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. In addition, UniversalSports.com will live stream all events that air on Universal Sports Network.

NBC and Universal Sports Network’s championship coverage for the month of August (all times ET):

Date Time Program Network
Sat., August 1 7 p.m. ET FINA World Synchronized Swimming Championships Universal Sports Network
Sat., August 1 8 p.m. ET FINA World Diving Championships Universal Sports Network
Sun., August 2 1:30 p.m. ET FINA World Swimming Championships NBC
Sun., August 2 6 p.m. ET FINA World Diving Championships Universal Sports Network
Sun., August 2 7 p.m. ET FINA World Diving Championships Universal Sports Network
Mon., August 3 10:30 a.m. ET FINA World Swimming Championships Universal Sports Network
Mon., August 3 6 p.m. ET FINA World Water Polo Championships Universal Sports Network
Tues., August 4 10:30 a.m. ET FINA World Swimming Championships Universal Sports Network
Tues., August 4 6 p.m. ET FINA World Water Polo Championships Universal Sports Network
Wed., August 5 10:30 a.m. ET FINA World Swimming Championships Universal Sports Network
Wed., August 5 7 p.m. ET FINA World Water Polo Championships Universal Sports Network
Thurs., August 6 10:30 a.m. ET FINA World Swimming Championships Universal Sports Network
Thurs., August 6 6 p.m. ET FINA World Water Polo Championships Universal Sports Network
Fri., August 7 10:30 a.m. ET FINA World Swimming Championships Universal Sports Network
Fri., August 7 7 p.m. ET FINA World Water Polo Championships Universal Sports Network
Fri., August 7 8 p.m. ET FINA World Water Polo Championships Universal Sports Network
Sat., August 8 3 p.m. ET FINA World Swimming Championships NBC
Sat., August 8 6 p.m. ET FINA World Water Polo Championships Universal Sports Network
Sat., August 8 7 p.m. ET FINA World Water Polo Championships Universal Sports Network
Sun., August 9 2:30 p.m. ET FINA World Swimming Championships NBC
Thurs., August 13 7:30 p.m. ET P&G Gymnastics Championships Universal Sports Network
Fri., August 14 8 p.m. ET P&G Gymnastics Championships Universal Sports Network
Sun., August 16 1 p.m. ET USA Swimming National Championships NBC
Sat., August 15 8 p.m. ET P&G Gymnastics Championships NBC
Sun., August 16 3 p.m. ET P&G Gymnastics Championships NBC
Fri., August 21 7:30 p.m. ET IAAF World Track & Field Championships Universal Sports Network
Sat., August 22 3 p.m. ET IAAF World Track & Field Championships NBC
Sat. August 22 8:30 p.m. ET IAAF World Track & Field Championships Universal Sports Network
Sun., August 23 1 p.m. ET IAAF World Track & Field Championships NBC
Sun., August 23 9:30 p.m. ET IAAF World Track & Field Championships Universal Sports Network
Mon., August 24 7 a.m. ET IAAF World Track & Field Championships Universal Sports Network
Tues., August 25 7 a.m. ET IAAF World Track & Field Championships Universal Sports Network
Tues., August 25 9:30 p.m. ET IAAF World Track & Field Championships Universal Sports Network
Wed., August 26 8 a.m. ET IAAF World Track & Field Championships Universal Sports Network
Wed., August 26 9:30 p.m. ET IAAF World Track & Field Championships Universal Sports Network
Thurs., August 27 7:30 a.m. ET IAAF World Track & Field Championships Universal Sports Network
Thurs., August 27 8:30 p.m. ET IAAF World Track & Field Championships Universal Sports Network
Fri., August 28 7:30 a.m. ET IAAF World Track & Field Championships Universal Sports Network
Fri., August 28 7:30 p.m. ET IAAF World Track & Field Championships Universal Sports Network
Sat., August 29 2:30 p.m. ET IAAF World Track & Field Championships NBC
Sat., August 29 7:30 p.m. ET IAAF World Track & Field Championships Universal Sports Network
Sun., August 30 2 p.m. ET IAAF World Track & Field Championships NBC

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TRIPLE CROWN WINNER AMERICAN PHAROAH RETURNS IN WILLIAM HILL HASKELL THIS SUNDAY, LIVE AT 5 PM ET ON NBC

The “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win And You’re In – Presented By Lane’s End Farm” Race Will Broadcast From Monmouth Park

NEW YORK (July 30, 2015) – American Pharoah, Thoroughbred racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner, is set to return to the track this Sunday, August 2, at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational at 5 p.m. ET on NBC. American Pharoah will begin his campaign to become horse racing’s first Grand Slam winner at the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In – presented by Lane’s End Farm” race on Sunday.

The William Hill Haskell, run at 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds, will award the winner an automatic berth into the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Sunday’s show is the fourth of 10 telecasts under the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Win and You’re In Series” banner of automatic qualifying races leading into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Oct. 30-Oct. 31, which will be televised live on NBCSN and NBC from Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky.  Lane’s End Farm of Versailles, Kentucky, has been named the presenting sponsor of the television series beginning with this weekend’s broadcast.

NBC’s coverage of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series on Sunday features host Tom Hammond, analysts Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Fame jockey and five-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, reporters Donna Brothers and Kenny Rice, analyst/handicapper Eddie Olczyk,  and race caller Larry Collmus. Daily Racing Form’s Matt Bernier will also serve as handicapper.

“I can’t wait to see American Pharoah run in the Haskell at Monmouth Park on Sunday,” said Bailey. “It appears that he is training brilliantly in California, and has trainer Bob Baffert brimming with confidence. I believe that he will pick up where he left off in the Belmont Stakes, and the atmosphere should be electric at the Jersey Shore on Sunday afternoon.”

American Pharoah, owned by Zayat Stables and trained by Bob Baffert, will be an overwhelming favorite on Sunday as he faces seven rivals in his first start since capturing the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park by 5 ½ lengths in his majestic Triple Crown sweep. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, American Pharoah, undefeated in all five starts this year, shipped into Monmouth from Del Mar on Wednesday and galloped over the track for the first time on Thursday morning. He was listed as the 1/5 favorite on the morning line and will break  for post position No. 4.

American Pharoah will go to stud at the end of this season, and the connections have indicated that the son of Pioneerof the Nile will have just three more races with the Breeders’ Cup Classic as the finale. The Haskell begins American Pharoah’s quest to become the first horse ever to racing’s Grand Slam of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Among the challengers to American Pharoah is the Todd Pletcher-trained Competitive Edge. A son of 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, Competitive Edge has won four of his five career starts, including last year’s Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga and, in 2015, the Pat Day Stakes at Churchill Downs. He will try to rebound Saturday after suffering his first career defeat off a sixth-place finish in the Woody Stephens Stakes on Belmont Stakes Day. Ralph Evans and WinStar Farm’s Upstart, third in last year’s Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, finished a close second in the Florida Derby earlier this year but finished 18th in the Kentucky Derby. Donegal Racing’s Keen Ice comes into the Haskell following a third-place finish in the Belmont Stakes after finishing seventh in the Kentucky Derby for trainer Dale Romans. Mr. Jordan, winner of the June 21 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth, for trainer by Eddie Plesa, has also been entered.

As an added element to the racing action, fans can also get into the excitement of the William Hill Haskell, which offers them the chance to correctly select the exact order of finish of the race and win a trip the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The game is free to enter and play, and fans can register and submit their picks for each race online at: http://www.milliondollarfinish.com/. The fantasy player with the highest score for each designated race will win a once-in-a-lifetime VIP trip for two to the sold-out 2015 Breeders’ Cup. Along with the 10 chances to win during the Challenge Series, fans can enter for a shot at the ultimate prize of $1 million during the Breeders’ Cup World Championships by predicting the correct order for the top 10 finishers in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, which will air on Saturday, October 31 on NBC.

ABOUT NBC SPORTS GROUP

When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN (NBC Sports Network), Golf Channel, 10 NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, Churchill Downs, New York Racing Association, Breeders’ Cup, Premier League, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more.

About Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships.  The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 grade I races and purses totaling $26 million, will be held October 30-Oct. 31 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms FacebookTwitter and YouTube 

No purchase necessary to enter or win. The Promotion registration period begins on or about April 28, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. ET and ends on October 31, 2015 at 5:40 p.m. ET. Promotion is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States & D.C., who are 18 years of age or older. See Official Rules at www.MillionDollarFinish.com/rules for exact registration times for each race, additional eligibility restrictions, prize descriptions/restrictions/ARVs and complete details. Void where prohibited. PROMOTION IS DEVISED AS A NON-GAMBLING PROMOTION and is intended solely for entertainment purposes. Promotion is sponsored by Breeders’ Cup Limited. Breeders’ Cup Limited is the sole sponsor of the Promotion. NBC Sports and NBCUniversal Media, LLC are not sponsors of the Promotion and are not associated with the administration of the Promotion in any way. Entrants are providing information to sponsors and not to NBC Sports and NBCUniversal Media, LLC.

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ESPN Radio’s August Lineup for the 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Slot Features LA- and Chicago-Based Voices

During the month of August, ESPN Radio will offer listeners three engaging teams between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET, featuring commentators who currently host shows on ESPN’s owned and operated stations in Los Angeles and Chicago.

“ESPN Radio has an extensive pool of talent from our national network, local stations and ESPN television,” said David Roberts, vice president, network audio content.  “We’re excited to take advantage of this opportunity to give national radio exposure to our local hosts.”

Max & Marcellus of ESPN LA 710 will host from ESPN Radio’s Los Angeles studios the week of August 3.  Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley host a daily radio show in Los Angeles from 3-7 p.m. PT.  They also offer their opinions and viewpoints weekdays on ESPN2’s SportsNation.

Michelle Beadle, host of ESPN2’s SportsNation, and Ben Lyons of ESPNLA and The Players Tribune will host from the Los Angeles studios the weeks of August 10 and 17.

ESPN Chicago 1000’s Waddle & Silvy will host the week of August 24.  Former Bears receiver Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman host a daily show in Chicago from 2 – 6 p.m. CT.

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Special Olympics World Games LA 2015 on ESPN – Thursday, July 30

July 30, 2015

Special Olympics World Games LA 2015 on ESPN – Thursday, July 30

  • Lindsay Czarniak and Kevin Neghandhi host coverage at 7 p.m. ET
  • com coverage continues with powerful features
  • ESPN Images capturing the action of the World Games

ESPN’s global coverage of 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, the largest sporting and humanitarian event in 2015, began with live coverage of the Games’ star-studded Opening Ceremony on Saturday, July 24.

Each night throughout the Games, ESPN’s Lindsay Czarniak and Kevin Neghandhi will host, Special Olympics World Games LA 2015, being produced from ESPN’s downtown Los Angeles Production Center.  The show includes interviews with athletes and special guests, as well as a daily “competition showcase” segment that will feature play-by-play calls from the day’s action by ESPN’s Jason Benetti and reporting from Paralympic gold medal swimmer Victoria Arlen.  In addition, ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap and Marty Smith, as well as Special Olympics Global Messenger Dustin Plunkett will contribute to ESPN’s coverage.

Friday (July 31) and Saturday’s (Aug 1) editions of Special Olympics World Games LA 2015 will be one hour long.

On Thursday night’s show:

  • UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL – Patrick Yermen is from the Big Sky country of Lewiston, Montana and has been legally blind since he was six. So, naturally, he became a cyclist. Now he is representing his country at the World Games and hoping to bring home gold. Marty Smith introduces viewers to this remarkable cycist.
  • ALL IN THE FAMILIES: Behind the athletes competing at the World Games, are families that have imbued them with belief and provided them with support. Jeremy Schaap meets some of the families and shares their stories with viewers.
  • COMPETITION SHOWCASE: Jason Benetti and Victoria Arlen provide coverage highlights from Track and Field competitions

ICYMI:  For those that missed this week’s Special Olympics World Games LA 2015, highlights included:

  • HOOP LIFE: Abel Mehari has found joy, health and friendship through basketball, as he explains to ESPN’s Marty Smith who introduces viewers to the Minnesota athlete. HERE
  • THE PIN IS MIGHTY: Special Olympics global ambassador Dustin Plunkett explains the pin-trading that goes on at the Special Olympics World Games. HERE
  • ESPN SPORT SCIENCE – JACKIE BARRETT: The team at Sport Science examines the strength of Canadian power lifter Jackie Barrett, who squats more than 500 pounds and deadlifts nearly 600. HERE
  • MILES FROM MONGOLIA: Marty Smith tells the story of Daava Magvansuren, a track and field athlete whose road to Los Angeles began in a small village in Mongolia. HERE

ESPN DIGITAL FEATURES & COVERAGE

ESPN.com’s extensive coverage of the Special Olympics World Games, continues with news and feature stories examining the people and topics of the Special Olympics World Games, the wider movement, exclusive athlete blogs, photo galleries and an extensive lineup of video features.

Among the highlighted coverage, is:

  • OUTRUNNING AUTISM…AND CANCER: Olivia Quigley was training for the World Games when she was diagnosed with cancer. Like previous battles, the runner just won’t quit. HERE
  • MATCHMAKER, MATCHMAKER: In equestrian at the Special Olympics World Games, where all athletes work with unfamiliar horses, the real challenge is finding a natural bond. HERE
  • TEAM FIRST: While many of his achievements have been solo, accomplished kayaker Stephen Dodd, from Great Britain, has become a team player at the Special Olympics World Games. ESPN The Magazine’s Alyssa Roenigk tells the story HERE

PHOTOGRAPHIC COVERAGE

ESPN Images and ESPN Digital Media photographers are capturing photos from around the Special Olympics World Games throughout the week, including these:

Los Angeles, CA - July 29, 2015 - Easton Stadium: Jose Escalera of Mexico participating in softball during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games (Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)

Los Angeles, CA – July 29, 2015 – Easton Stadium: Jose Escalera of Mexico participating in softball during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
(Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)

Burbank, CA - July 29, 2015 - Griffith Park: Filip Grano of Slovakia participating in equestrian during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games (Photo by Kohjiro Kinno /  ESPN Images)

Burbank, CA – July 29, 2015 – Griffith Park: Filip Grano of Slovakia participating in equestrian during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
(Photo by Kohjiro Kinno / ESPN Images)

Los Angeles, CA - July 29, 2015 - Los Angeles Tennis Center: Aimi Obara of Japan participating in Tennis during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Los Angeles, CA – July 29, 2015 – Los Angeles Tennis Center: Aimi Obara of Japan participating in Tennis during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Burbank, CA - July 29, 2015 - Griffith Park: Thomas Connolly of Ireland and Dearbhail Savage of Ireland during awards ceremony in equestrian during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games (Photo by Kohjiro Kinno /  ESPN Images)

Burbank, CA – July 29, 2015 – Griffith Park: Thomas Connolly of Ireland and Dearbhail Savage of Ireland during awards ceremony in equestrian during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
(Photo by Kohjiro Kinno / ESPN Images)

Los Angeles, CA - July 29, 2015 - Easton Stadium: Ryan Courtemanche of Canada participating in softball during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games (Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)

Los Angeles, CA – July 29, 2015 – Easton Stadium: Ryan Courtemanche of Canada participating in softball during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
(Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)

Los Angeles, CA - July 29, 2015 - Los Angeles Tennis Center: Gianluca Frezza and Riccardo Zonta of Italy participating in Tennis during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Los Angeles, CA – July 29, 2015 – Los Angeles Tennis Center: Gianluca Frezza and Riccardo Zonta of Italy participating in Tennis during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

The full collection of ESPN Images photos from the event, available for use in editorial coverage, can be found here: http://bit.ly/1TZgIuh

COVERAGE SCHEDULE

Day/Date Program Time (ET) Network
Sun, July 26 Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN2
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 12 midnight ESPN2
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 2 a.m. ESPN
Mon, July 27 Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 11:30 p.m. ESPN2
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 2 a.m. ESPN2
Tue, July 28 Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 11:30 p.m. ESPN2
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 2 a.m. ESPN2
Wed, July 29 Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 11:30 p.m. ESPN2
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 2 a.m. ESPN2
Thur, July 30 Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 11:30 p.m. ESPN2
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 2 a.m. ESPN2
Fri, July 31 Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 2 a.m. ESPN2
Sat, Aug 1 ESPN on ABC Sports Saturday (reair) 4 p.m. ABC
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 11:30 p.m. ESPN2
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 2 a.m. ESPN2
Fri, Aug 7 Best of Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN
Sat, Aug 8 Best of Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 4 p.m. ABC

** NOTE:  the Aug. 1 program on ABC will air at 4 p.m. ET except on the west coast, where it will begin at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT)

ESPN and The Special Olympics
Disney and ESPN have long supported Special Olympics.

ESPN is proud of its relationship with the Special Olympics, which spans more than 30 years. It is the official media partner of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, and along with ABC, the Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America – which carried the Flame of Hope to Los Angeles. Additionally, since 2013 ESPN has been the Global Presenting Sponsor and Official Media Sponsor of Special Olympics Unified Sports, which bring athletes with and without intellectual disabilities together as teammates.

ESPN’s support of the Special Olympics is part of The Walt Disney Company’s company-wide support, which includes Disney’s role as a Founding Champion of the LA2015 World Games.

Being a good corporate citizen is a time-honored tradition at ESPN. The company believes that, at its very best, sports uplifts the human spirit. Its corporate citizenship programs use power of sport to positively address society’s most pressing needs through strategic community investments, cause marketing programs, collaboration with sports organizations and employee volunteerism, while also utilizing its diverse media assets. For more information go to www.espn.com/citizenship.

The Walt Disney Company, through contributions, collaborations with local organizations, in-kind gifts and volunteering, helps to brighten the lives of kids and families in need and strengthen communities around the world. For more information visit, thewaltdisneycompany.com/citizenship or twitter.com/disneycitizenship.

Contact: Paul Melvin (860-766-5069 or paul.melvin@espn.com )

 

ESPN Enterprise Journalism – July 30, 2015

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Girls Youth Football: Is it Safe?

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This spring, in the midst of a concussion crisis that has led to concerns about the safety of youth football, a group in Utah established a new girls tackle football league for ages 10-13. Kelly Naqi examines whether the reward of equal opportunity is worth the risk of injury.

“Being tackled is having fun. I like it. I like hearing the pads and everyone cheering me on. I just like to get pumped up when I get back up and I want to tackle again.”Gracie Merrill, Girls Tackle Football League player.

“I’m absolutely positive this is a terrible idea; there is no brain trauma that is good brain trauma.”Dr. Robert Cantu, Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, Boston University.

“It still shocks me, some people ask should we give girls the opportunity to play football – this opportunity that boys have had for years.”Sam Rappaport, advisor to the Girls’ League and executive at USA Football.

 

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Chris Singleton stepped onto the baseball field that night like he had so many times before. An outfielder for Charleston Southern University, the 19-year-old faced the cameras to address something unspeakable: less than 24 hours earlier, his mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and eight others were shot and killed in the Charleston Emanuel AME church massacre. For the first time since that press conference, Chris Singleton speaks exclusively with E:60’s award-winning correspondent, Bob Woodruff, about a mother’s love, a night of horror and how baseball saved his life.

 

Just How Big is the Jen Welters Coaching Internship?

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Jane McManus talks to some groundbreaking women in sports about what the future might hold for the Arizona Cardinals’ new coaching assistant.

 

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Born with a life-threatening liver condition, Chevi Peters wasn’t expected to live past the age of two. Thirty-eight operations later, the 31-year-old powerlifter is competing in four events at the Special Olympics World Games this week in Los Angeles. While he can deadlift 350 pounds, Chevi’s strength goes far beyond the lift of a barbell, with his remarkable will to win – and will to live. SC Featured captures Chevi’s quest for gold, with Tom Rinaldi reporting.

“It makes me get stronger, makes me get bigger.  It builds up my confidence.  If you put your mind to it, the hard work and dedication, anything is possible.”Chevi Peters.

“I think what motivates him is proving everybody wrong.  He’s been told since a young age that he can’t do a lot of stuff.  And for him to come and do things that are really incredible.  He likes to shock people on the numbers and how good he really is.”John Lair, Chevi Peter’s coach.

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Chevi Peters feature by Tom Friend

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The Sports Reporters

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This week’s Panel*

John Saunders (host)

Mitch Albom

Israel Gutierrez

Frank Isola

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As Seen on ESPN Front Row:

With World Games, ESPN and Special Olympics continue “perfect” collaboration

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NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES THIS SUNDAY WITH LIVE COVERAGE OF HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO AT 1:30 P.M. ET ON CNBC

IndyCar Qualifying Airs Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN Presents a Twin Bill of NASCAR Events with Sprint Cup Racing from Pocono and XFINITY Action from Iowa this Weekend

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 30, 2015 – NBC Sports Group continues its presentation of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series this Sunday, August 2, with live coverage of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio at 1:30 p.m. ET on CNBC. Coverage begins this Saturday, August 1, at 3 p.m. ET with qualifying on NBCSN.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) earned his first win of the season and 15th win of his career at the Iowa Corn 300 on Saturday, July 18. With three races remaining this season, second-place American Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing; 403 points), is looking to keep pace with first-place Juan Pablo Montoya (Penske; 445).

In addition to race coverage, NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Group lead IndyCar play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey will call the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, alongside analysts Townsend Bell and David Hobbs. Robin Miller, Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee and Katie Hargitt will handle pit reporting duties.

INDYCAR AVERAGES OVER 500,000 VIEWERS FOR 3 CONSECUTIVE RACES FOR FIRST TIME ON NBCSN

As previously announced, NBCSN’s Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 telecast on Saturday, July 18, averaged 541,000 viewers, marking the first time since NBC Sports Group acquired IndyCar cable exclusivity in 2008 that three consecutive IndyCar races on the cable network eclipsed 500,000 viewers. The primetime telecast produced a 0.29 HH rating, while viewership was up 29% vs. last year’s race at Iowa (444,000). It surpassed NBCSN’s most recent IndyCar presentations from Milwaukee on July 12 (532,000 viewers) and Fontana on June 27 (512,000 viewers) as the network’s most-watched IndyCar race in four years (Sept. 4, 2011, 591,000, Baltimore). Click here for more ratings information.

NBCSN PRESENTS A TWIN BILL OF NASCAR EVENTS WITH SPRINT CUP RACING FROM POCONO AND XFINITY ACTION FROM IOWA THIS WEEKEND

On the heels of last week’s Kyle Busch sweep at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NBCSN presents another weekend slate of NASCAR action with Sprint Cup racing from Pocono Raceway’s “Tricky Triangle” and XFINITY Series racing from Iowa Speedway. Saturday’s green flag drops in Iowa with the XFINITY Series US Cellular 250 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The competition continues Sunday with Sprint Cup Racing from Pocono at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Click here for more information about this week’s NASCAR coverage on NBCSN.

NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS MECUM AUCTIONS: HARRISBURG; MECUM DEALMAKERS: KISSIMMEE & MECUM MAIN ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEKEND

NBC Sports Group presents coverage of Mecum Auctions from Harrisburg, Penn., beginning tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and the season premiere of Mecum Dealmakers, highlighting this year’s Kissimmee auction tonight at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN. On Sunday, NBC presents a special Mecum Main Attractions at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Scott Hoch hosts Mecum Actions coverage throughout the weekend, joined by John Kramen, Steven Cox, and Bill Stephens in Harrisburg, Penn.

Click here for more information on Mecum Dealmakers.

Following is this week’s Motorsports schedule on NBCSN:

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Thurs., July 30 Mecum Auctions: Harrisburg 8 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Dealmakers: Kissimmee 10 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., July 31 Sprint Cup Series Frist Practice – Pocono 11 a.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Harrisburg 12:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Pocono 4:30 p.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Practice – Iowa 4:30 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
NASCAR America 6 p.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Final Practice – Iowa 7 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Harrisburg 8:30 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Harrisburg 11 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., August 1 Sprint Cup Series Second Practice – Pocono 9 a.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Harrisburg 10 a.m. NBCSN
Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Pocono 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
Indy Car Series Qualifying – Mid-Ohio 3 p.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Qualifying – Iowa 4:30 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Harrisburg 6 p.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Race – Iowa 8 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., August 2 NASCAR America Sunday 12 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Main Attractions 12:30 p.m. NBC
Sprint Cup Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show 1 p.m. NBCSN
Sprint Cup Series Race – Pocono 1:30 p.m. NBCSN
Indy Car Series Race – Mid-Ohio 1:30 p.m. CNBC
Sprint Cup Series Post Race – Pocono 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
Indy Car Series Race – Mid-Ohio (Encore)* 6 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Harrisburg 8:30 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR Victory Lap 11 p.m. NBCSN
Mon., August 3 NASCAR America 5 p.m. NBCSN

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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 motorsports 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.


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MotorSportsTalk’s IndyCar content is provided by top racing journalists and expert analysts, including:

  • Tony DiZinno, who has most recently served as web editor for RACER Magazineand provides open wheel coverage on MotorSportsTalk. DiZinno has more than seven years of experience in the industry. Follow him on Twitter at @TonyDiZinno.

To explore the site, please visit MotorSportsTalk.nbcsports.com or www.NBCSports.com.

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