NBC Sports Group Presents Live And Primetime Coverage Of The 101st Tour De France

nbc-sports-groupAll 21 Stages Live on NBC or NBCSN

Live Race Coverage Begins with Stage 1 on Sat., July 5, at 6 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Nightly Tour Primetime Show on NBCSN

Exclusive Features Available on NBC Sports Tour de France Live 

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 2, 2014 – NBC Sports Group presents live and primetime coverage of each stage of the 101st Tour de France, the world’s most prestigious and grueling cycling race, on NBC, NBCSN, and the NBC Sports Tour de France Live  mobile app. Daily live coverage of the Tour de France begins Saturday, July 5, at 6 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Stage 1, and continues each night with the Tour Primetime show featuring a look at the day’s most compelling action with new analysis, interviews, and updates. Coverage culminates with the final stage Sunday, July 27, at 9 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

The 2014 Tour de France features nine new stage cities, including a return to England for the first time since 2007. Chris Froome (Team Sky) looks to defend his 2013 Tour de France title against two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), and 25-year-old American Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp), who topped both Froome and Contador to win the 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage features:

  • All 21 stages live on NBC or NBCSN and NBC Sports Tour de France Live
  • NBCSN, the primary home of the Tour de France, offers live coverage throughout the race, with Tour Primetime, a nightly studio show
  • NBC features coverage of Stages 1 (Leeds to Harrogate) and 2 (York to Sheffield) from the UK Saturday, July 5, at 2 p.m. ET and Sunday, July 6, at 4 p.m. ET, respectively; and live coverage of Stage 8 (Tomblain to Gérardmer La Mauselaine) on Saturday, July 12, at 8 a.m. ET; plus a special review show on Sunday, July 22 at 2 p.m. ET recapping the final stages of the epic race

COMMENTATORS

Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, the voices of cycling, will call the race action for the live shows with reporters Steve Schlanger, Carolyn Manno, and Steve Porino (‘Inside-the-Race’). Todd Harris will host nightly studio coverage with analysts Bob Roll and Christian Vande Velde.

PRODUCTION

NBCSN will utilize several production features, including a pointer feature which will easily identify and focus on one rider in the peloton; exclusive, in-depth profiles and features on teams and riders; and an onscreen predicted time for the peloton riders who are trying to catch the leading riders. Coverage will also include reporting from the road via ‘Inside-the-Race’ correspondent Porino, who will offer updates on race situations from aboard a motorcycle on the course.

DIGITAL COVERAGE

NBC SPORTS TOUR DE FRANCE LIVE: NBC Sports Group will surround its linear coverage with extensive digital coverage, including two premium-subscription products, one for desktops, and one for mobile devices and tablets.

NBC Sports Tour de France Live for desktops offers live streaming video of every stage online in full HD, with the ability to pause, rewind and slow-mo the video. While watching live coverage, viewers will also have access to a live GPS tracking map to follow the riders’ progress and to see an enhanced interactive map for each stage. Also, subscribers can personalize their Tour experience by choosing their favorite riders and teams to track throughout the Tour.

To experience the Tour de France on-the-go, fans can also separately purchase the NBC Sports Tour de France Live mobile and tablet app, which is available for iPhone and iPad, as well as Android devices. All the features of the NBC Sports Tour de France Live online experience for desktops will be mirrored in the NBC Sports Tour de France Live app, including live video of every stage. The app is sold separately from the online product.

Additional elements available to cycling fans at NBCSports.com and through the app, are listed below.

Before the Tour:

  • Stage-by-stage descriptions and previews, featuring historical stage and technical information and travelogue vignettes
  • Breakdown of top contenders
  • The best of the 2013 Tour de France

During the Tour:

  • Full stage replays
  • Recaps and highlights of each stage
  • Route previews, course and stage maps, elevation profiles and stage descriptions
  • Interviews with the top riders
  • Live stage results and detailed standings
  • Rider profiles by country and team
  • Live news stream during every stage
  • Photo slideshows
  • Tour de France Twitter stream, which will showcase the top race authorities, including riders, analysts, officials and fans

SOCIAL MEDIA

Fans can also keep up with the Tour de France through NBC Sports Group’s social media platforms throughout the race.

Content will include:

  • Behind-the-Scenes and News: Fans can receive exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, interviews, video clips, up-to-date news reports and stories from around the cycling world through the NBC Sports Cycling Facebook page and @NBCSNCycling on Twitter.

Telecast Schedule (subject to change, all times ET):

Date Time Coverage Network
Sat., July 5 6 a.m. – Noon Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate (LIVE) NBCSN
Sat., July 5 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate NBC
Sat., July 5 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate NBCSN
Sun., July 6 6 a.m. – Noon Stage 2: York to Sheffield (LIVE) NBCSN
Sun., July 6 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Stage 2: York to Sheffield NBC
Sun., July 6 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 2: York to Sheffield NBCSN
Mon., July 7 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Stage 3: Cambridge to London (LIVE) NBCSN
Mon., July 7 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 3: Cambridge to London NBCSN
Tues., July 8 8 a.m.* – 11:30 a.m. Stage 4: Le Tourguet – Paris – Plage to Lille Métropole (LIVE) NBCSN
Tues., July 8 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 4: Le Tourguet – Paris – Plage to Lille Métropole NBCSN
Wed., July 9 7:30 a.m. – Noon Stage 5: Ypres – Arenberg Porte du Hainaut (LIVE) NBCSN
Wed., July 9 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 5: Ypres – Arenberg Porte du Hainaut NBCSN
Thurs., July 10 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 6: Arras to Reims (LIVE) NBCSN
Thurs., July 10 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 6: Arras to Reims NBCSN
Fri., July 11 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 7: Épernay to Nancy (LIVE) NBCSN
Fri., July 11 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 7: Épernay to Nancy NBCSN
Sat., July 12 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 8: Tomblain to Gérardmer La Mauselaine (LIVE) NBC
Sat., July 12 Midnight – 3 a.m. Stage 8: Tomblain to Gérardmer La Mauselaine NBCSN
Sun., July 13 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 9: Gérardmer to Mulhouse (LIVE) NBCSN
Sun., July 13 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 9: Gérardmer to Mulhouse NBCSN
Mon., July 14 7 a.m. – Noon Stage 10: Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles (LIVE) NBCSN
Mon., July 14 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 10: Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles NBCSN
Tues., July 15 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Rest Day NBCSN
Wed., July 16 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Stage 11: Besançon to Oyonnax (LIVE) NBCSN
Wed., July 16 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 11: Besançon to Oyonnax NBCSN
Thurs., July 17 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 12: Bourge-en-Bresse to Saint-Étienne (LIVE) NBCSN
Thurs., July 17 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 12: Bourge-en-Bresse to Saint-Étienne NBCSN
Fri., July 18 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 13: Saint-Étienne to Chamrousse (LIVE) NBCSN
Fri., July 18 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 13: Saint-Étienne to Chamrousse NBCSN
Sat., July 19 7 a.m. – Noon Stage 14: Grenoble to Risoul (LIVE) NBCSN
Sat., July 19 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Stage 14: Grenoble to Risoul NBC
Sat., July 19 8 p.m. – Noon Stage 14: Grenoble to Risoul NBCSN
Sun., July 20 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Stage 15: Tallard to Nímes (LIVE) NBCSN
Sun., July 20 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 15: Tallard to Nímes NBCSN
Mon., July 21 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Rest Day NBCSN
Tues., July 22 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Stage 16: Carcassonne to Bagnéres-de-Luchon (LIVE) NBCSN
Tues., July 22 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 16: Carcassonne to Bagnéres-de-Luchon NBCSN
Wed., July 23 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 17: Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet (LIVE) NBCSN
Wed., July 23 1 a.m. – 3 a.m. Stage 17: Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet NBCSN
Thurs., July 24 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 18: Pau to Hautacam (LIVE) NBCSN
Thurs., July 24 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 18: Pau to Hautacam NBCSN
Fri., July 25 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 19: Mauboutguet Pays du Val d’Adour to Gergerac (LIVE) NBCSN
Fri., July 25 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 19: Mauboutguet Pays du Val d’Adour to Gergerac NBCSN
Sat., July 26 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 20: Bergerac to Périgueux (LIVE) NBCSN
Sat., July 26 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 20: Bergerac to Périgueux NBCSN
Sun., July 27 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Stage 21: Évry to Paris Champs-Élysées (LIVE) NBCSN
Sun., July 27 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Tour de France Review Show NBC
Sun., July 27 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 21: Évry to Paris Champs-Élysées NBCSN

*Start time to be confirmed.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

FOX Sports Programming Highlights: UFC, NASCAR, Jockey Club & More

ufc-on-foxFOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS – 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

UFC:  Record 16 Hours of Live UFC Programming on FOX Sports 1

For RED, WHITE & FIGHT WEEK

NASCAR: Special Thursday Night Daytona Edition

of NASCAR RACE HUB in Prime Time

JOCKEY CLUB: Horse Racing from Monmouth Park

#ICYMI: BIG STICKS WITH KEN GRIFFEY JR. Premiered Last Week With Red Sox Slugger David Ortiz; Next Episode, Featuring Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen,

Airs July 12 at 2:00 PM ET

Griffey Jr. & Ortiz talk about their toughest matchups

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 STUDIO SHOWS

FOX SPORTS LIVE – IN-DEPTH NBA FREE AGENCY COVERAGE, TEAM-BY-TEAM NFL PREVIEWS, UFC FIGHT WEEK INTERVIEWS LEAD THE WAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Ryan Field, Cole Wright, Cobi Jones, Gabe Kapler, Joel Klatt, Bill Reiter, Andy Roddick, Adrian Wojnarowski.
  • This Week: With NBA free agency having commenced on Tuesday, FOX SPORTS LIVE has it covered from top to bottom with the sport’s preeminent news-breaker, Yahoo Sports/FOX Sports 1 NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, in-studio on Wednesday night. Wojnarowski was on the show for the dawn of free agency Monday and Tuesday, providing up-to-the-minute news on the comings and goings of basketball’s biggest stars. Also debuting on the show this week were FOX SPORTS LIVE team-by-team NFL Preview packages. In the pieces, a panel featuring Jay Glazer, Joel Klatt, Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher sit down to analyze one team per night, weighing each club’s offseason transactions and attempting to forecast their prospects for the 2014 season. FOX Sports and the UFC’s “Red, White & Fight Week” begins in Las Vegas, and FOX SPORTS LIVE has several appearances from fighters of all ranks and classes. On-site interviews with Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Urijah Faber, Ronda Rousey, Alexis Davis, BJ Penn, Frankie Edgar and UFC President Dana White appear on the show between Wednesday – Friday nights in anticipation of Saturday night’s UFC 175 and Sunday’s THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER 19 finale card.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – BUCCANEERS’ PRO BOWL SAFETY GOLDSON IN STUDIO WEDNESDAY, SHOW PREEMPTED THURSDAY, STERLING TRIAL COVERAGE EARLY NEXT WEEK

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET), preempted Thursday, July 3
  • Talent:  Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Warren Barton, Royce Clayton, Cobi Jones, Andy Roddick, Frank Thomas, Adrian Wojnarowski, Eric Wynalda.
  • This Week: Wednesday’s show is marked by an in-studio visit from Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ two-time Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson. Goldson stops by to recap an offseason of change in Tampa and preview the Bucs’ upcoming season in the always hotly contested NFC South. NASCAR Nationwide Series final practice at Daytona preemptS the show on Thursday, but AMERICA’S PREGAME returns Friday in advance of all of the weekend action. On Monday, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s probate trial commences as he continues to challenge his wife, Shelly Sterling’s, legal right to sell the franchise. FOX Sports 1 correspondent Kevin Vaughan is on-hand filing reports from the proceedings, and legal analyst Rob Becker also gives insights as to the strategies and implications of what transpires in the court room.

The United States Men’s National Team saw its inspiring run come to an end in the knockout stage on Tuesday, but AMERICA’S PREGAME and FOX SPORTS LIVE’S robust coverage of the World Cup continues on a nightly basis. There are no tournament games on Wednesday or Thursday, but National Soccer Hall of Famer Cobi Jones is in-studio for recap analysis and previews of the weekend matches. Warren Barton and National Soccer Hall of Famer Eric Wynalda return to the studio for Friday and Saturday coverage, while Sports Illustrated senior soccer writer and FOX Sports 1 contributor Grant Wahl continues to file daily reports from Brazil.

UFC

FOX SPORTS 1 FEATURES A RECORD 16 HOURS OF LIVE UFC PROGRAMMING FOR “RED, WHITE & FIGHT WEEK”: This year, FOX Sports 1 celebrates the July 4th holiday weekend as never before with the culmination of “Red, White & Fight Week,” featuring 16 hours of live UFC programming, including two huge UFC fight cards and a pair of 90-minute UFC TONIGHT specials live from Las Vegas. In what can only be described as a UFC fan’s dream, “Red, White & Fight Week” delivers a record number of UFC programming hours for Saturday’s UFC 175 and its two title fights, as well as for the epic finale of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: TEAM EDGAR VS. TEAM PENN, as UFC legends and this season’s coaches, Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn, headline five hours of fights live from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 6.

UFC TONIGHT – UFC 175 TITLE FIGHTS PREVIEWED, PLUS WEIDMAN, MACHIDA, ROUSEY AND FABER INTERVIEWS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, July 2 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Daniel Cormier, Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: On UFC TONIGHT, Kenny Florian and guest host Daniel Cormier preview UFC 175. The weekend’s headliners, Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida and Ronda Rousey, are interviewed about their upcoming title fights. Urijah Faber talks about his upcoming UFC 175 bout. Ariel Helwani and Karyn Bryant add reports.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER – BATTLE FOR SPOTS IN FINALE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, July 2 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: BJ Penn, Frankie Edgar
  • This Week:On this episode of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, the remaining finale spots are determined in two semifinal fights. First, it’s a middleweight battle as Dhiego Lima takes on Roger Zapata. Then, light heavyweights Matt Van Buren and Daniel Spohn bring their heavy hands to the cage, facing off in the most vicious bout of the season.

SPECIAL UFC 175 WEIGH-IN FEATURED AS PART OF AMERICA’S PREGAME, TATE MAKES HER ANALYST DEBUT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Friday, July 4 (6:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Miesha Tate, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: FOX Sports 1 presents the UFC 175 weigh-in as part of a special 90-minute AMERICA’S PREGAME. The 22 fighters take the scales ahead of the exciting UFC 175, including headliners Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Ronda Rousey and Alexis Davis. Current UFC light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier, former UFC middleweight Brian Stann and FOX Sports 1 host Jay Glazer welcome top UFC women’s bantamweight contender Miesha Tate, as she makes her debut as television analyst.

SPECIAL FRIDAY NIGHT UFC TONIGHT LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS FEATURES THE BIGGEST NAMES IN THE UFC

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Friday, July 4 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Kenny Florian, Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: A special 90-minute Friday edition of UFC TONIGHT takes place in front of a live audience from the stage at Mandalay Bay Events Center. FOX Sports 1’s Jay Glazer hosts the program with UFC TONIGHT’s Kenny Florian, Karyn Bryant and Ariel Helwani, where they breakdown the next day’s action and capture the fanfare that is UFC International Fight Week. They are joined by UFC president Dana White, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, legends Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes and Dan Severn, plus former champions Rashad Evans and Dominick Cruz.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE WEIGH-IN SHOW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Saturday, July 5 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The fighters, including UFC legend BJ Penn and former champion Frankie Edgar and THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER Season 19 finalists, tip the scales as they attempt to make weight before the exciting Sunday fights.

UFC 175 PREFIGHT SHOW PREVIEWS WEIDMAN VS. MACHIDA AND ROUSEY VS. DAVIS TITLE FIGHTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, July 5 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Brian Stann, Daniel Cormier, Miesha Tate, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The UFC 175 PREFIGHT SHOW previews the middleweight title fight between champion Chris Weidman and No. 3-ranked Lyoto Machida, and women’s bantamweight title fight between champion Ronda Rousey and No. 2-ranked Alexis Davis. Host Jay Glazer, UFC lightweight heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier, women’s bantamweight contender Miesha Tate and former middleweight Brian Stann break down the fights.

UFC 175 PRELIMS FEATURE FOUR EXCITING FIGHTS INCLUDING URIJAH FABER

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, July 5 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • This Week:The two-hour UFC 175 PRELIMS feature an exciting bantamweight bout between No. 2-ranked Urijah Faber (30-7) and No. 11-ranked Alex Caceres (10-5, 1NC). Kenny Robertson (13-3) faces Ildemar Alcantara (20-6) in a welterweight fight. Middleweights Chris Camozzi (19-7) and Bruno Santos (13-1) and bantamweights George Roop (15-11-1) and Rob Font (10-1) kick off the prelims.

UFC 175 POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS TWO TITLE FIGHTS, INTERVIEWS WINNERS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, July 5 (1:30 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Miesha Tate, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week:The UFC ON FOX crew recaps UFC 175 and analyzes the middleweight and women’s bantamweight title fights. The one-hour review also features exclusive interviews with the winners.

SPECIAL SUNDAY UFC TONIGHT LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS FEATURES THE BIGGEST NAMES IN THE UFC

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, July 6 (3:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann
  • This Week: A special 90-minute Sunday edition of UFC TONIGHT begins live from the UFC Fan Expo at Mandalay Bay, featuring special guest appearances by some of the biggest names in the UFC. The crew welcomes UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks and UFC lightweight champion and THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER Season 20 coach Anthony Pettis, among others. Additionally, fighters from the previous night of fights join host Jay Glazer, Daniel Cormier and Brian Stann on-set.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE PREFIGHT SHOW PREVIEWS NIGHT’S ACTION

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, July 6 (6:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE PREFIGHT SHOW live from inside the arena previews the night of exciting action, including breaking down the battle between coaches and former UFC champions BJ Penn and Frankie Edger.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE PRELIMS FEATURES FOUR EXCITING BOUTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, July 6 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Kenny Florian
  • This Week: The prelims of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE kicks off the evening of fights with four exciting bouts. Bout order will be announced on Thursday, July 3.

UFC LEGEND BJ PENN FACES FORMER CHAMP EDGAR IN THE UTLIMATE FIGHTER FINALE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, July 6 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Kenny Florian
  • This Week: In the main event of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE,  the TUF coaches face off in their third battle in the Octagon – UFC legend BJ Penn and former champion Frankie Edgar are preceded on the six-fight main card by TUF Season 19 contestants fighting for a six-figure UFC contract and a Harley Davidson. The main card also features a matchup between heavyweights Derrick Lewis (10-2, 1NC) and Guto Inocente (6-0). Finale bout order will be announced on Thursday, July 3.

FOX SPORTS LIVE RECAPS THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE WITH INTERVIEWS OF WINNERS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, July 6 (12:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The UFC ON FOX analyst crew joins FOX SPORTS LIVE to recap THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE and analyzes the headlining fight between BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar. The review also features exclusive interviews with the winners of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER.

BOXING

GOMEZ’S AGGRESSIVE STYLE COULD BE DIFFERENCE OVER PAREDES AT FOX FIGHT NIGHT GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS, SAYS MALIGNAGGI

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Deportes, Wednesday, July 9 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Brian Custer, Paulie Malignaggi
  • This Week: An exciting Wednesday night FOX FIGHT NIGHT GOLDEN BOY LIVE! features former world title contender Alfonso Gomez (23-6-2, 12 KOs) against Ed “The Lion” Paredes (35-3-1, 23 KOs) in the 10-round welterweight main event, along with rising stars Joseph Diaz Jr. (10-0, 7 KOs) and Diego De La Hoya (5-0, 4 KOs) live from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. FOX Sports 1 analyst Paulie Malignaggi believes that 33-year-old Gomez has experience that will give him the edge. “I’m a big fan of Alfonso Gomez and his aggressive style. He’s an underrated fighter who’s only lost to the best in the world, and I don’t know if Ed Paredes is going to take him lightly, but if he does, he’s going to be in for a long night. If Paredes is on top of his game, though, this will be an interesting fight to call. Joseph Diaz has a great amateur background and shows a lot of poise in the ring. I expect him to do big things in this game, and I can say the same thing about Diego De La Hoya. They are two of the best prospects in the sport today.”

MLB

FOUR MLB GAMES COMING TO FOX SPORTS & FOX SPORTS 1 THIS SATURDAY WITH REGIONALIZED PRIME-TIME CONTESTS

  • Network: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, July 5 (4:00 PM ET)

o   Arizona Diamondbacks at Atlanta Braves: Justin Kutcher & C.J. Nitkowski

  • Network/When: FOX Sports Broadcast Network, Saturday, July 5 (7:00 PM ET).

o   Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox: Joe Buck, Tom Verducci, Harold Reynolds & Ken Rosenthal

o   San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres: Matt Vasgersian & Eric Karros

o   Texas Rangers at New York Mets: Kenny Albert & Cliff Floyd

MLB WHIPAROUND CONTINUES ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When/On-air Talent:  FOX Sports 1, weekdays

o   Thursday, July 3 (10:00 PM ET) – Ryan Field, Frank Thomas & Gabe Kapler

o   Friday, July 4 (10:00 PM ET) – Kevin Burkhardt, Frank Thomas & Mark Sweeney

o   Monday, July 7 (10:00 PM ET) – TBD

o   Tuesday, July 8 (10:00 PM ET) – TBD

o   Wednesday, July 9 (9:00 PM ET) – TBD

  • What: This nightly program expands FOX Sports 1’s commitment to baseball coverage with quick-turnaround highlights of in-progress games, MLB news and analysis.  The hour-long program originates from Los Angeles.

NASCAR

NASCAR HEADS TO WORLD CENTER OF RACING FOR JULY 4TH WEEKEND  – When the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES last competed at Daytona International Speedway — in February’s Daytona 500 — NASCAR’s favorite son broke his lengthy winless streak to punch his ticket to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  In his return to the “World Center of Racing” on Saturday night, Dale Earnhardt Jr. remains a favorite at the 2.5-mile superspeedway and hopes to become just the sixth driver in history to win the Daytona 500 and the July Daytona race in the same season.  But first he must battle his Hendrick Motorsports teammates, the strong Team Penske contingent and everyone else hoping a win in the “wild card” race paves his or her way to the playoffs.    FOX Sports 1 kicks off July 4th weekend from Daytona with live shoulder programming surrounding the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES and NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, offers live coverage of all practice and qualifying sessions and shoulder programming telecast on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2.   Customers of participating video providers may access the live streams of the race through the FOX Sports GO app for iOS and Android devices, as well as on desktops through FOXSportsGO.com.

NASCAR RACE HUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday through Thursdays (5:00 PM ET; 9:00 PM ET prime-time special on Thursday, July 3)
  • Talent:  Co-hosts Steve Byrnes, Danielle Trotta and Adam Alexander; Matt Clark, Bob Dillner, Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds
  • This Week:  Thursday’s special, prime-time edition, hosted by Steve Byrnes and Matt Clark, includes a Dale Earnhardt Jr. feature; analysis of Danielle Trotta’s interview with NASCAR President Mike Helton; a feature on Jeff Gordon’s remaining window of opportunity to win a fifth championship and Carl Edwards’ chances to win his first; and a look at Turner Scott Motorsports crew member Ashley Parlett.
  • Next Week:  Driver/guest analyst AJ Almendinger on Monday, July 7

NASCAR RACEDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, July 5 (5:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: John Roberts, Jeff Hammond, Kenny Wallace, Krista Voda and Rutledge Wood
  • This WeekJeff Hammond’s sit-down interview with Daytona 500 pole winner and NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES rookie Austin Dillon; a look back at this year’s rookie race as the season approaches the second half; and interviews with Tony Stewart, Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson.

MOTOCROSS

SHERWOOD LOOKS TO WIN THIRD IN A ROW AT RED BULL X-FIGHTERS MADRID

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Monday, July 7 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Troy Manering, Andy Bell, reporter Ronnie Renner
  • This Week: The Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour makes its third stop of the season at the famous Las Ventas bullfighting ring in the Spanish capital city of Madrid, where New Zealand’s Levi Sherwood looks to win his third straight, after his emphatic victories in the season opener in Mexico City and a spectacular triumph in Osaka, Japan. FOX Sports 1 host Troy Manering believes the competition will challenge Sherwood this time around: “Madrid’s Red Bull X-Fighters stop marks the middle point of the 2014 season and Sherwood is looking to extend his leading position,” says Manering. “However, France’s Thomas Pagès and a strong rider field will make this a tough battle.” After Madrid, Spain, the five-leg tour continues on to Munich, and the world tour final in Pretoria, South Africa. Watch this preview clip featuring some of the best tricks: http://www.redbullxfighters.com/en_US/video/best-tricks-las-ventas-ever

JOCKEY CLUB

JOCKEY CLUB ON FOX SPORTS 1 RETURNS WITH HORSE RACING FROM MONMOUTH PARK

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, July 7 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Greg Wolf is joined by analyst Richard Migliore, analyst/handicappers Simon Bray and Andy Serling and reporter Alyssa Ali.
  • This Week: A full weekend of horse racing takes place from Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., culminating with the running of the Grade 3 Salvator Mile and the 63rd running of the Grade 1 United Nations Stakes.

ORIGINALS

TRASH TALK TAKES CENTER STAGE ON BACK OF THE SHOP

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Tuesday, July 8 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Carlos Gomez and Francisco Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers, Chris Young of the New York Mets and Super Bowl Champion receiver Plaxico Burress all take their turn with Jordan the barber.
  • This Week: A new series from FOX Sports Originals and Relativity Media, BACK OF THE SHOP showcases some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment as they talk smack, let their opinions fly and share hilarious stories. In this week’s episode, Super Bowl Champion wide receiver Plaxico Burress, New York Mets outfielder Chris Young and the Milwaukee Brewers’ Carlos Gomez and Francisco Rodriguez discuss trash talk on the field, in the stands and even trash talk each other over who’s tougher – baseball or football players.

“We were watching some [NFL] game last year, and somebody had a punctured lung or something like that, and they played through it,” Young says. “A broken arm – they’re out there on the field with a cast on. I’m like, man, in baseball, you get a tweaked hammy and you’re going to shut it down. But going out there day after day after day, I’d have to argue that it takes a toll on your body – not as much, though.”

“I’m trying to figure out how standing in right field with a bag of sunflower seeds in your back pocket takes a toll on your body,” Burress jokes.

“It does, man,” Young responds. “You don’t understand – it’s rough!”

NBA Digital to Present All 92 Games from Orlando Pro Summer League & Samsung NBA Summer League 2014 Across NBA TV, NBA.com and NBA Mobile

NBA-TV-LogoNBA Digital to Present All 92 Games from Orlando Pro Summer League & Samsung NBA Summer League 2014 Across NBA TV, NBA.com and NBA Mobile

Top NBA Draft Picks Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Dante Exum & More

Expected to Make Pro Debuts

Rick Fox After Dark to Debut from Las Vegas July 19-21;

NBA TV’s The Starters Also On-Site

 

NBA Digital will give fans the first opportunity to see many of the league’s top rookies in action through its comprehensive coverage of 2014 Summer Leagues when it presents all 92 games across NBA TV, NBA.com and NBA Mobile.  Game coverage will include 25 Orlando Pro Summer League games (July 5-11), held at the Magic’s practice facility at Amway Center, and 67 Samsung NBA Summer League 2014 game telecasts from Las Vegas, held at Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion from July 11-21.  NBA TV will televise more than 60 Summer League games live from the respective game sites (full game schedule attached).

All 92 NBA Summer League games will also be available via the NBA Summer League Livesubscription package on NBA.com and NBA Mobile beginning Saturday, July 5. Coverage from Orlando will tip off July 5 with five games including the Miami Heat and rookie Shabazz Napier facing the Boston Celtics and recently drafted Marcus Smart at 11 a.m. ET.  Additional highlights from Las Vegas include the Cleveland Cavaliers meeting the Milwaukee Bucks, with respective top picks Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker in last week’s 2014 NBA Draft presented by State Farm, on Friday, July 11, at 8 p.m. ET.

Samsung NBA Summer League 2014 – with uncompromised access to NBA players, rookies, free agents, coaches, general managers, scouts and other front office personnel – will culminate with the Semifinals from Las Vegas on Sunday, July 20, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., and the Final held Monday, July 21, at 9 p.m.

NBA TV’s deep roster of commentators will be on location at both sites to track all of the NBA Summer League action.  Matt Winer, Rick Kamla and Vince Cellini will handle play-by-play responsibilities in Orlando with analysts Isiah Thomas, Kendall Gill and Rick Mahorn.

Winer, Cellini and Kamla will be joined by fellow play-by-play voices Marv Albert, Joel MeyersSpero Dedes, Matt Devlin, and Chad Andrus in Las Vegas, with David Aldridge calling select games.  Aldridge will also provide analysis from Las Vegas, along with NBA TV’s Reggie Miller, Greg Anthony, Chris Webber, Grant Hill, Dennis Scott, Rick Fox, Brent Barry, Derek Harper and Mateen Cleaves.  Reporters will include Aldridge, Fox, Scott, Jared Greenberg, Ric Bucher, Kristen Ledlow, Allie LaForce, Lesley McCaslin and Kevin Ray.  Additionally, the NBA.com Hang Time podcast trio of Sekou Smith, Fox and Lang Whitaker will call select Samsung Summer League 2014 games from Las Vegas.

NBA TV’s signature NBA GameTimestudio show – hosted by a rotation of the network’s commentators with special in-studio guests – will offer live nightly highlights, news and information following Summer League games (July 5-11, generally at 9 p.m.) from Turner Studios in Atlanta.  The Starters, NBA TV’s collective of fan-focused voices with co-hosts J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas and contributors Trey Kerby and Leigh Ellis, will conclude each night’s Samsung Summer League 2014 action on-site from Las Vegas, July 11-21.

Additionally, NBA TV will televise Rick Fox After Dark on Saturday, July 19, through Monday, July 21.  The late night show will air each night following The Starters with episodes featuring interviews with NBA personalities and celebrity guests, along with behind the scenes Summer League content.

NBA.com, NBA Mobile and social media highlights will include:

NBA.com

  • Playermetrics 360-Degree Camera – an interactive online feature allowing fans to access a 360-degree view of select NBA rookies while also reviewing key information on each recent draft pick and an opportunity to compare them to current NBA players.
  • Social Spotlightthe latest tweets, photos and other social engagement by players and teams surrounding all the Summer League action.
  • Summer League Hub – daily updates, game trackers, video recaps, schedules, stats, bracket pages, NBA style content and Rookie Ladder, a moving scale that analyzes the progression of a player during their first NBA season, will be available through the Summer League hub (nba.com/summerleague).

NBA Mobile

  • NBA Summer League App – a free app featuring live scoring, video highlights, recaps and game alerts. The app will also include a premium option allowing fans to directly access NBA Summer League Live.
  • NBA Game Time – the league’s signature mobile app providing live scoring, live video, player profiles, game alerts and more.

Social Media

  • Seat 140 – debuting at Summer League last year, Seat 140 will return with guests live tweeting during game action from Las Vegas.  The tweets will be aggregated on NBA.com and also integrated into NBA TV live game telecasts.
  • All-Access – behind-the-scenes content surrounding the live game action and studio shows including quotes, pictures and interviews with commentators and other on-site guests.
  • Social Scouting – a collection of fan reaction to the performances of rookies and Summer League standouts.
  • Summer League Rewind – a look back at the 10-year anniversary of Summer League with throwback images, storylines, stats and more.

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NFL Media Weekly Programming Notes Through July 6

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 NFL Network Shows & Scheduled Guests

The Top 100 Players of 2014 Wednesday, July 2

  9:00 PM ET – Players ranked #20-11 revealed

10:00 PM ET The Top 100 Players of 2014 Reactions show

  • NFL AM

Monday, June 30

  • Guest: Green Bay Packers DT Mike Daniels: http://on.nfl.com/1oi6jLh
  • NFL Total Access
  • Super Bowl Classics – Monday-Thursday at 2:00 PM ET
  • A Football Life – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • America’s Game:2000-2009

6:00 PM ET and 7:00 PM ET –Monday, June 30-Thursday, July 3

Marathon – 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM ET – Friday, July 4

  • NFL Replay: Top 100 Games of 2013 #10-1 Marathon: Sunday, June 6 from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM ET
  • NFL Network’s Day-by-Day Programming

 NFL.com Content

  •  NFL.com Editorial Content
  • NFL.com Podcast Central featuring The Rich Eisen Podcast and Six Total Podcasts
  • NFL Mobile from Verizon

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The Top 100 Players of 2014 – Wednesday, July 3 at 9:00 PM ET

For the fourth consecutive year, current NFL players have voted to determine the top 100 players in the NFL on NFL Network’s The Top 100 Players of 2014.

The 11-episode, weekly series airs Wednesdays at 9:00 PM ET, followed by The Top 100 Players of 2014 Reactions show at 10:00 PM ET with host Lindsay Rhodes.

This week, players ranked #20-11 are revealed.  Among those revealed are:

  • The highest-rated offensive lineman in this year’s list
  • Three players who played college football at the University of Wisconsin

For the players ranked #100-21, visit: http://top100.nfl.com/tracker

Last week, players ranked #30-21 were announced:

30. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts, QB

29. Mario Williams – Buffalo Bills, DE

28. Gerald McCoy – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, DT

27. Patrick Willis – San Francisco 49ers, ILB

26. Terrell Suggs – Baltimore Ravens, OLB

25. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys, WR

24. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers, QB

23. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers, WR

22. Patrick Peterson – Arizona Cardinals, CB

21. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans, WR

Returning for the third season, Player Rater – anonymous NFL player(s) – will be prominent throughout The Top 100 Players of 2014 series to give unfiltered reaction to the rankings of his peers. Under the Twitter handle@PlayerRater14">@PlayerRater14, the unidentified, current NFL player will live tweet during each episode. In The Top 100 Players of 2014 Reactions show, the Player Rater will further elaborate on his tweets featured during the episode.

Through the NFL Mobile from Verizon app, fans can watch all NFL Network programming, including The Top 100 Players of 2014 series, on the go.

Fans can vote on the greatest players going into the 2014 NFL Season at NFL.com/Top100. Each week, results will be shown on The Top 100 Players of 2014 Reactions show. Additionally, after players are unveiled at their specific rankings, fans can vote for the most overrated and underrated players.

 

NFL AM – Daily Episodes at 6:00 AM ET; Re-Airs at 10:00 AM ET

Start the day off with the NFL. NFL AM airs Monday – Friday at 6:00 AM ET offering analysis, reports from correspondents in several NFL cities and interviews with players and coaches.

This week, the following guests join the show:

Monday, June 30

  • Hosts: Paul Burmeister & Molly Qerim

Tuesday, July 1

  • Host: Molly Qerim
  • Analysts: Shawne Merriman & Jordan Babineaux

Wednesday, July 2

  • Host: Jeff Darlington
  • Analysts: Curtis Conway & Jordan Babineaux

Thursday, July 3

  • Host: Jeff Darlington
  • Analysts: Curtis Conway & Jordan Babineaux

For more updates throughout the week, please follow @InsideNFLMedia

 

NFL Total Access – Monday – Friday at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network

NFL Total Access airs Monday – Saturday at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network and offers analysis, reports from correspondents in several NFL cities and interviews with players and coaches.

Monday, June 30

  • Host: Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest & Jamie Dukes

Tuesday, July 1

  • Host: Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest & Jamie Dukes

Wednesday, July 2

  • Hosts: Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest & Jamie Dukes

Thursday, July 3

  • Host: Lindsay Rhodes
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest & Jamie Dukes

Friday, July 4 – Week in Review

Saturday, July 5 – Week in Review

For more updates throughout the week, please follow @InsideNFLMedia

 

Super Bowl Classics: Monday-Thursday at 2:00 PM ET

Monday, June 30

  • Super Bowl Classics SB XXXVI – St. Louis Rams vs. New England Patriots

Tuesday, July 1

  • Super Bowl Classics SB XLII – New York Giants vs. New England Patriots

Wednesday, July 2

  • Super Bowl Classics SB XLIV – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals

Thursday, July 3

  • Super Bowl Classics SB XLIV – IndianapolisColts vs. New Orleans Saints

 

A Football LifeMonday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Monday, June 30

  • A Football LifeRay Lewis at 9:00 PM ET

Tuesday, July 1

  • A Football LifeWarren Sappat 9:00 PM ET
  • A Football LifeMichael Strahan at10:00 PM ET

Thursday, July 3

  • A Football LifeTiki and Ronde Barber at 9:00 PM ET
  • A Football LifeTom Coughlin at10:00 PM ET

Saturday, July 5

  • A Football LifeKurt Warner at10:00 AM ET
  • A Football LifeDarrelle Revis at11:00 AM ET
  • A Football LifeLaDainian Tomlinson at12:00 PM ET
  • A Football LifeBill Belichick Part I at1:00 PM ET
  • A Football LifeBill Belichick Part II at2:00 PM ET
  • A Football LifeTom Coughlin at 3:00 PM ET
  • A Football LifeTiki and Ronde Barber at4:00 PM ET
  • A Football LifeMichael Strahan at5:00 PM ET
  • A Football LifeWarren Sapp at6:00 PM ET
  • A Football LifeRay Lewis at7:00 PM ET

America’s Game: 2000-2007 – Monday-Thursday 6:00-8:00 PM ET

America’s Game Marathon from Friday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM ET

Monday, June 30

  • America’s Game 2000 Ravens at 6:00 PM ET
  • America’s Game 2001 Patriots at 7:00 PM ET

Tuesday, July 1

  • America’s Game 2002 Buccaneers at 6:00 PM ET
  • America’s Game 2003 Patriots at7:00 PM ET

Wednesday, July 2

  • America’s Game 2004 Patriots at 6:00 PM ET
  • America’s Game 2005 Steelers at7:00 PM ET

Thursday, July 3

  • America’s Game 2006 Colts at 6:00 PM ET
  • America’s Game 2007 Giants at7:00 PM ET

Saturday, July 5

  • America’s Game 2000 Ravens at 10:00 AM ET
  • America’s Game 2001 Patriots at11:00 AM ET
  • America’s Game 2002 Buccaneers at 12:00 PM ET
  • America’s Game 2003 Patriots at1:00 PM ET
  • America’s Game 2004 Patriots at 2:00 PM ET
  • America’s Game 2005 Steelers at3:00 PM ET
  • America’s Game 2006 Colts at 4:00 PM ET
  • America’s Game 2007 Giants at5:00 PM ET
  • America’s Game 2008 Steelers at 6:00 PM ET
  • America’s Game 2009 Saints at7:00 PM ET

NFL Replay: Top Games of 2013: #10-1:Sunday 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM ET

NFL Network will feature games No. 10 through No. 1 in an all-day marathon from 6:00 AM ET to 8:00 PM ET on Sunday, July 6.

  • NFL Replay: Game #10 at 6:00 AM ET
  • NFL Replay: Game #9 at 7:00 AM ET
  • NFL Replay: Game #8 at 9:00 AM ET
  • NFL Replay: Game #7 at 10:30 AM ET
  • NFL Replay: Game #6 at 11:30 AM ET
  • NFL Replay: Game #5 at 1:00 PM ET
  • NFL Replay: Game #4 at 4:00 PM ET
  • NFL Replay: Game #3 at 5:30 PM ET
  • NFL Replay: Game #2 at 7:00 PM ET
  • NFL Replay: Game #1 at 8:00 PM ET

NFL Network Programming Schedule 

Day-by-Day Programming Schedule:

To view the entire NFL Network programming schedule, please visit: http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/networkschedule

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NFL Editorial Content – Daily on NFL.com

  • NFL.com’s Around the League Blog
      • “Making the Leap” articles profiling the Top 25 players who the writers see making a leap in 2014, visit: http://on.nfl.com/1s36636
  • Top 20 Games of 2013:http://on.nfl.com/SLgSuH
      • NFL Network will feature games No. 10 through No. 1 in an all-day marathon from 6:00 AM ET to 10:00 PM ET on Sunday, July 6.
  • NFL.com’s College Football 24/7
    • For all of the analysis recapping the 2014 NFL Draft, and for the latest news leading up to the 2014 College Football season, visit: http://www.nfl.com/cfb247

Catch all of NFL Media’s writers work here:  http://www.nfl.com/news

The Rich Eisen Podcast Highlights NFL.com’s Six Different Podcasts Each Week

NFL Digital Media offers six different podcasts, including The Rich Eisen Podcast which has amassed more than 11 million downloads and can be downloaded at NFL.com and iTunes.

This week’s Rich Eisen Podcast will be a ‘Best Of’ episode hosted by Chris Law and Chris Brockman, playing back excerpts from multiple episodes over the past few years.

NFL.com Podcasts include:

  • The Dave Dameshek Football Program

Guest: New York Jets RB Chris Johnson

  • Around the League

Guest: New York Jets RB Chris Johnson

  • The Coaches Show
  • College Football 24/7
  • NFL Fantasy Live

To listen to all six of NFL.com’s podcasts, visit:http://www.nfl.com/podcast

MLB Network July Games Include July 4th Matchup & Uecker In-Booth with Costas

mlb-networkINDEPENDENCE DAY MORNING matchup AND key intra-divisional battles headline MLB NETWORK’S JULY GAME SCHEDULE

Hall of Fame Award-Winning Broadcaster Bob Uecker to Make Guest Booth Appearance with Bob Costas on MLB Network Showcase on July 11                                                                                                           

Secaucus, N.J., June 26, 2014 – As teams look to identify themselves as buyers or sellers leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, MLB Network’s July game schedule  will feature key intra-divisional games, a July 4th National League morning matchup, and Interleague games showcasing the league’s best teams: Highlights include:

  • The NL-leading Milwaukee Brewers, who have posted an NL best 15-9 record in June, visit Jose Bautista and the AL East-leading Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, July 1 at 1:00 p.m. ET, live from the Rogers Centre. MLB Network Showcase  will feature the Brewers hosting the St. Louis Cardinals in an NL Central showdown on Friday, July 11 at 8:00p.m. ET, with Hall of Fame award-winning broadcaster Bob Uecker scheduled to make a guest booth appearance with Bob Costas during the game.
  • The MLB action on Independence Day, Friday, July 4, begins when the NL East-leading Washington Nationals host the Chicago Cubs at 11:00 a.m. ET. Later in the day, MLB Tonight will air live at 4:00 p.m. ET followed by Quick Pitch, MLB Network’s highlights show of record, recapping the great fielding and scoring plays from the day.
  • Every Division-leading and Wild Card-leading team will be featured, including the AL Central-first place Detroit Tigers hosting Yasiel Puig and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m. ET, and again on Wednesday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Later that week, the Oakland Athletics visit the San Francisco Giants in a Bay Area showdown on Thursday, July 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET.
  • MLB Network Showcase features four games in July, including the NL Wild Card-leading Cardinals and Dodgers meeting on Friday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET, live from Busch Stadium with Bob Costas, Tom Verducci and Sam Ryan on the call.

NFL Media Programming Notes — June 23-29

 

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  • NFL Network Shows & Scheduled Guests

The Top 100 Players of 2014 Wednesday, June 25

  9:00 PM ET – Players ranked #30-21 revealed

10:00 PM ET The Top 100 Players of 2014 Reactions show 

  • NFL AM

Wednesday, June 25

  • Guest: Hall of Fame LB and former HC Mike Singletary
  • NFL Total Access

Monday, June 23

  • Guest: NewEngland PatriotsWR Julian Edelman

Tuesday, June 24

  • Guest Analyst: Hall of Fame LB and former HC Mike Singletary
  • Guest: FormerPro Bowl WR Torry Holt

Wednesday, June 25

  • Guest: Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana
  • A Football Life – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
  • America’s Game: 1990-1999 – Monday-Friday at 6:00 PM ET and 7:00 PM ET
  • Super Bowl Classics Special Edition: Super Bowl XXXIV
  • Friday, June 27 live at 9:00 PM ET
  • Re-airs Sunday, June 29 at 7:00 PM ET
  • NFL Network’s Day-by-Day Programming
  • NFL.com Content
  •  NFL.com Editorial Content
  • NFL.com Podcast Central featuring The Rich Eisen Podcast and Six Total Podcasts
  • NFL Mobile from Verizon

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The Top 100 Players of 2014 – Wednesday, June 25 at 9:00 PM ET*

For the fourth consecutive year, current NFL players have voted to determine the top 100 players in the NFL on NFL Network’s The Top 100 Players of 2014.

The 11-episode, weekly series airs Wednesdays at 9:00 PM ET, followed by The Top 100 Players of 2014 Reactions show at 10:00 PM ET with host Lindsay Rhodes and analysts Kurt Warner and Warren Sapp.

This week, players ranked #30-21 are revealed.  Among those revealed are:

  • An offensive player making his debut on the Top 100 list.
  • Two players who have played for at least nine years in the league.
  • Three players who each had at least eight sacks last year.

For the players ranked #100-41, visit: http://top100.nfl.com/tracker

Last week, players ranked #40-31 were announced:

40. Ndamukong Suh – Detroit Lions, DT

39. Joe Haden – Cleveland Browns, CB

38. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals, WR

37. Darrelle Revis – New England Patriots, CB

36. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears, WR

35. Lavonte David – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, OLB

34. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers, QB

33. Aldon Smith – San Francisco 49ers, OLB

32. Kyle Williams – Buffalo Bills, DT

31. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers, QB

Returning for the third season, Player Rater – anonymous NFL player(s) – will be prominent throughout The Top 100 Players of 2014 series to give unfiltered reaction to the rankings of his peers. Under the Twitter handle@PlayerRater14">@PlayerRater14, the unidentified, current NFL player will live tweet during each episode. In The Top 100 Players of 2014 Reactions show, the Player Rater will further elaborate on his tweets featured during the episode.

Through the NFL Mobile from Verizon app, fans can watch all NFL Network programming, including The Top 100 Players of 2014 series, on the go.

Fans can vote on the greatest players going into the 2014 NFL Season at NFL.com/Top100. Each week, results will be shown on The Top 100 Players of 2014 Reactions show. Additionally, after players are unveiled at their specific rankings, fans can vote for the most overrated and underrated players.

NFL AM – Daily Episodes at 6:00 AM ET; Re-Airs at 10:00 AM ET

Start the day off with the NFL. NFL AM airs Monday – Friday at 6:00 AM ET offering analysis, reports from correspondents in several NFL cities and interviews with players and coaches.

This week, the following guests join the show:

Monday, June 23

  • Host: Andrew Siciliano
  • Analysts: Steve Wyche, Terrell Davis & Jordan Babineaux

Tuesday, June 24

  • Host: Nicole Zaloumis & Molly Qerim
  • Analysts: Steve Wyche, Terrell Davis & Jordan Babineaux

Wednesday, June 25

  • Host: Nicole Zaloumis & Molly Qerim
  • Analysts: Mark Kriegel, Terrell Davis & Jordan Babineaux
  • Guest Analyst: Hall of Fame LB and former HC Mike Singletary

Thursday, June 26

  • Hosts: Nicole Zaloumis & Molly Qerim
  • Analysts: Steve Wyche, Shawne Merriman & Curtis Conway

Friday, June 27

  • Host: Molly Qerim
  • Analysts: Steve Wyche, Shawne Merriman & Curtis Conway

For more updates throughout the week, please follow @InsideNFLMedia

NFL Total Access – Monday – Friday at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network

NFL Total Access airs Monday – Saturday at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network and offers analysis, reports from correspondents in several NFL cities and interviews with players and coaches.

Monday, June 23

  • Host: Dan Hellie
  • Analysts: Shawne Merriman & Curtis Conway
  • Guest: New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman

Tuesday, June 24

  • Host: Dan Hellie
  • Analysts: Shawne Merriman & Curtis Conway
  • Guest Analyst: Hall of Fame LB and former HC Mike Singletary
  • Guest: Former Pro Bowl WR Torry Holt

Wednesday, June 25

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie
  • Analysts: Shaun O’Hara & Willie McGinest
  • Guest: Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana

Thursday, June 26

  • Host: Scott Hanson
  • Analysts: Shaun O’Hara & Willie McGinest

Friday, June 27

  • Host: Scott Hanson
  • Analysts: Shaun O’Hara & Willie McGinest

Saturday, June 21 – Week in Review

For more updates throughout the week, please follow @InsideNFLMedia

A Football Life –Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

Monday, June 23

  • A Football LifeBarry Sanders at 9:00 PM ET
  • A Football LifeMarcus Allen at10:00 PM ET

Tuesday, June 24

  • A Football LifeJimmy Johnsonat 9:00 PM ET
  • A Football LifeGreat Wall of Dallas at10:00 PM ET

Thursday, June 26

  • A Football LifeDerrick Thomas at 9:00 PM ET
  • A Football LifeRandall Cunningham at10:00 PM ET

Friday, June 27

  • A Football LifeKurt Warner at5:00 PM ET

America’s Game: 1990-1999 – Monday-Friday 6:00-8:00 PM ET

Monday, June 23

  • America’s Game 1990 Giants at 6:00 PM ET
  • America’s Game 1991 Redskins at7:00 PM ET

Tuesday, June 24

  • America’s Game 1992 Cowboys at 6:00 PM ET
  • America’s Game 1993 Cowboys at7:00 PM ET

Wednesday, June 25

  • America’s Game 1994 49ers at 6:00 PM ET
  • America’s Game 1995 Cowboys at7:00 PM ET

Thursday, June 26

  • America’s Game 1996 Packers at 5:00 PM ET
  • America’s Game 1997 Broncos at6:00 PM ET
  • America’s Game 1998 Broncosat 7:00 PM ET

Friday, June 27

  • America’s Game 1999 Rams at7:00 PM ET

Super Bowl Classics Special Edition: Super Bowl XXXIV – Friday, June 27 at 9:00 PM ET

On Friday, June 27, the Super Bowl Classics Special Edition: Super Bowl XXXIV airs at 9:00 PM ET. The two-hour show hosted by Paul Burmeister features Super Bowl XXXIV MVP Kurt Warner, wide receiver Isaac Bruce and other former Rams players watching the replay of Super Bowl XXXIV while providing their emotions, stories and thoughts about the game LIVE as it replays. The show will also feature former players tweeting their memories from the game live, as well fun pop culture facts from 1999.

NFL Network Programming Schedule 

Day-by-Day Programming Schedule:

To view the entire NFL Network programming schedule, please visit: http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/networkschedule

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NFL Editorial Content – Daily on NFL.com

  • NFL.com’s Around the League Blog
      • “Making the Leap” articles profiling the Top 25 players who the writers see making a leap in 2014, visit: http://on.nfl.com/1s36636
  • Top 20 Games of 2013:http://on.nfl.com/SLgSuH
      • NFL Network will feature games No. 10 through No. 1 in an all-day marathon from 6:00 AM ET to 10:00 PM ET on Sunday, July 6.
  • NFL.com’s College Football 24/7
    • For all of the analysis recapping the 2014 NFL Draft, and for the latest news leading up to the 2014 College Football season, visit: http://www.nfl.com/cfb247

Catch all of NFL Media’s writers work here:  http://www.nfl.com/news

The Rich Eisen Podcast Highlights NFL.com’s Six Different Podcasts Each Week

NFL Digital Media offers six different podcasts, including The Rich Eisen Podcast which has amassed more than 11 million downloads and can be downloaded at NFL.com and iTunes.

NFL.com podcasts include:

  • The Dave Dameshek Football Program
  • Around the League
  • The Coaches Show
  • College Football 24/7
  • NFL Fantasy Live

To listen to all six of NFL.com’s podcasts, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/podcast

USA-Portugal: Most-Viewed Soccer Match Ever in U.S.

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  • ESPN Telecast Averages 18,220,000 Viewers and Peaks with 22,961,000 viewers
  • Match Generates WatchESPN Viewership Records
  • Most-viewed Non-Football Telecast on ESPN Ever
  • Significant Viewership Growth Over 2010 and 2006, including in All Key Demos
  • Sets Rating Record in 18 markets; Washington, D.C.; New York and San Francisco Highest-Rated Thru 32 Games
 
ESPN’s telecast of the United States’ 2-2 tie against Portugal in the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Sunday, June 22, is the most-viewed soccer match in the United States ever, across all networks, averaging 18,220,000 viewers based on a 9.6 HH US rating. It surpassed the previous high of 17,975,000 viewers for the 1999 Women’s World Cup final (USA vs. China) on ABC. Additional television highlights:
 
  • The telecast peaked from 7:30 to 8 p.m. ET with an average of 22,961,000 viewers and an 11.9 HH US rating.
  • The match is ESPN’s most-viewed program excluding NFL and college football telecasts.
  • While Sunday’s 9.6 HH US rating is the highest-rated men’s soccer telecast ever (topping a 9.5 for Italy vs. Brazil in the 1994 final), it is the second highest-rated soccer match overall behind an 11.4 HH US rating for 1999 Women’s World Cup final (USA vs. China) on ABC.
  • The first 2014 FIFA World Cup match involving the United States (a 2-1 victory over Ghana) averaged 11,093,000 viewers and a 6.3 HH US rating, making it the highest-rated and most-viewed men’s soccer match on ESPN or ESPN2 on record at the time.
 
In addition to setting a television viewership record, Sunday’s match also set product records on WatchESPN with a 490,000 average minute audience, and total of 1,373,000 viewers and 61,691,000 minutes viewed.
 
Significant Television Viewership Increases Over 2010 and 2006
Overall, ESPN’s 2014 World Cup coverage is posting significant viewership increases over 2010 and 2006. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC have combined to average 4,273,000 viewers and a 2.6 HH US rating through the first 32 matches, marking increases of 50 percent and 109 percent (vs. 2,857,000 in 2010 and 2,048,000 in 2006), and 44 percent and 86 percent (vs. 1.8 in 2010 and 1.4 in 2006), respectively.
 
In addition, ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC have posted significant audience increases in every key people and male demographic, highlighted by double-digit growth in the 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 categories.
 
WatchESPN Growth Over 2010
WatchESPN has averaged 259,000 viewers in the average minute across 32 World Cup matches, which represents a six percent lift over the ESPN Networks’ English language TV audience for a total of 4,533,000 viewers across TV and WatchESPN.
 
In addition, WatchESPN has posted a 158 percent increase in viewers and 167 percent in minutes through the first 32 games, averaging 759,000 viewers and 33,319,000 minutes viewed per match.
 
Success beyond USA Matches
In addition to Sunday’s record telecast, ESPN tied the record for the highest-rated World Cup match not involving the United States on ESPN or ESPN2, averaging a 3.4 US HH rating and 5,735,000 viewers for Germany vs. Ghana on Saturday, June 21 (tied with the 2006 Italy vs. Germany semifinal). Overall, the 2014 World Cup coverage has delivered six of the highest-rated and most-viewed Group Play matches not involving a United States team on ESPN and ESPN2.
 
Metered Markets
Washington, D.C., led all markets for ESPN’s USA vs. Portugal telecast with a 13.3 rating, followed by Columbus (12.6), New York (12.5), Boston (11.5), Hartford/New Haven (11.3), Providence (11.2), Atlanta (11.1), Baltimore (11.0), Norfolk (10.5), Orlando (10.5) and Sacramento (10.5).
 
Eighteen markets recorded their highest overnight rating for a World Cup match on ESPN or ESPN2, including seven that were among the top 10 largest for the telecast: Columbus, Boston, Hartford/New Haven, Providence, Atlanta, Baltimore and Sacramento. The additional 11, ordered by highest rating: Kansas City (10.1), Dayton (8.9), St. Louis (8.7), Jacksonville (8.4), Tampa/St. Petersburg (8.3), Nashville (7.8), Greenville (7.6), Greensboro (7.5), Memphis (7.5), Pittsburgh (6.9) and Birmingham (5.8).
 
Overall, Washington, D.C., continues to lead all markets for matches on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC through the first 32 games with a 5.0 average rating, followed by New York (4.3), San Francisco (4.1), Orlando (3.8), Los Angeles (3.7), Hartford/New Haven (3.7), Atlanta (3.6), San Diego (3.5), Boston (3.5), West Palm Beach (3.5) and Richmond (3.5).
 
Upcoming ESPN World Cup Coverage
ESPN’s FIFA World Cup coverage continues this week with two matches at 11:30 a.m. and two at 3:30 p.m. each day from today through the completion of Group Play on Thursday, June 26. The match for the United States (against Germany) airs on Thursday, June 26, at 11:30 a.m. (on ESPN).
 
ESPN’s comprehensive coverage of the tournament includes all 64 matches televised live on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, ESPN3 and WatchESPN, as well as 54 matches on ESPN Deportes and another 10 on ESPN Deportes+.  ABC’s matches will also available on WATCH ABC. Schedule.
 
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ESPN TV and Radio Commentators for 2014 FIFA World Cup, Through June 26

FIFA-World-Cup-2014_Logo-espnESPN’s month-long coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil continues with of Group Stage matches, culminating Thursday, June 26. Lead play-by-play commentator Ian Darke and analyst Taylor Twellman will call the much-anticipated United States vs. Portugal match from Manaus on Sunday, June 22, at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN3 and WatchESPN, while JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth will provide commentary on ESPN Radio’s broadcast of the match. Other weekend highlights:

  • Jon Champion and Stewart Robson will call Germany vs. Ghana, a key match in Group G, on Saturday, June 21, at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN;
  • Fernando Palomo and Alejandro Moreno, ESPN’s English-language commentating team for Mexican National Team matches, will describe the action from Croatia vs. Mexico, a decisive Group A match,on Monday, June 23, at 3:30 a.m. on ESPN;
  • Darke and Steve McManaman will call Costa Rica vs. England on Tuesday, June 24, at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN2;

ESPN’s comprehensive coverage of the tournament includes all 64 matches televised live on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, ESPN3 and WatchESPN, as well as 54 matches on ESPN Deportes and another 10 on ESPN Deportes+.  ESPN Radio is also broadcasting all 64 matches.

ESPN 2014 FIFA World Cup Media Kit

2014 WORLD CUP TV SCHEDULE – ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC (All matches also airing on ESPN Radio)

u  All times EASTERN  u  Schedule is subject to change  u  ABC Sports broadcasts in italics

Date Time (ET) Network Match Group Site Match #
Fri 6/20 11:30 a.m. ESPN Italy vs. Costa Rica

TV: Derek Rae, Kasey Keller
Radio: JP Dellacamera, Tommy Smyth

D Recife 24
  2:30 p.m. ESPN Switzerland vs. France

TV: Daniel Mann, Efan Ekoku
Radio: Ross Dyer, Shep Messing

E Salvador 25
  5:30 p.m. ESPN Honduras vs. Ecuador

TV: Fernando Palomo, Alejandro Moreno
Radio: Mark Donaldson, Janusz Michallik

E Curitiba 26
Sat 6/21 11:30 a.m. ESPN Argentina vs. Iran

TV: Adrian Healey, Roberto Martinez
Radio: Donaldson, Michallik

F Belo Horizonte 27
  2:30 p.m. ESPN Germany vs. Ghana

TV: Jon Champion, Stewart Robson
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth

G Fortaleza 29
  5:30 p.m. ESPN Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina

TV: Mann, Ekoku
Radio: Dyer, Messing

F Cuiaba 28
Sun 6/22 11:30 a.m. ABC Belgium vs. Russia

TV: Rae, Ekoku
Radio: Donaldon, Paul Mariner

H Rio de Janeiro 31
  2:30 p.m. ABC South Korea vs. Algeria

TV: Mann, Keller
Radio: Dyer, Michallik

H Porto Alegre 32
  5:30 p.m. ESPN United States vs. Portugal

TV: Darke, Taylor Twellman
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth

G Manaus 30
Mon 6/23 11:30 a.m. ESPN Netherlands vs. Chile

TV: Champion, Robson
Radio: Dyer, Messing

B Sao Paulo 36
  11:30 a.m. ESPN2 Australia vs. Spain

TV: Mann, Keller
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth

B Curitiba 35
  3:30 p.m. ESPN Croatia vs. Mexico

TV: Palomo, Moreno
Radio: Donaldson, Michallik

A Recife 34
  3:30 p.m. ESPN2 Cameroon vs. Brazil

TV: Healey, Ekoku
Radio: Dyer, Messing

A Brasilia 33
Tue 6/24 11:30 a.m. ESPN Italy vs. Uruguay

TV: Champion, Robson
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth

D Natal 39
  11:30 a.m. ESPN2 Costa Rica vs. England

TV: Darke, Steve McManaman
Radio: Dyer, Michallik

D Belo Horizonte 40
  3:30 p.m. ESPN Japan vs. Colombia

TV: Mann, Twellman
Radio: Donaldson, Mariner

C Cuiaba 37
  3:30 p.m. ESPN2 Greece vs. Ivory Coast

TV: Rae, Keller
Radio: Dyer, Michallik

C Fortaleza 38
Wed 6/25 11:30 a.m. ESPN Nigeria vs. Argentina

TV: Rae, Ekoku
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth

F Porto Alegre 43
  11:30 a.m. ESPN2 Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran

TV: Mann, Craig Burley
Radio: Dyer, Messing

F Salvador 44
  3:30 p.m. ESPN Ecuador vs. France

TV: Healey, Moreno
Radio: Dyer, Messing

E Rio de Janeiro 42
  3:30 p.m. ESPN2 Honduras vs. Switzerland

TV: Palomo, Keller
Radio: Donaldson, Michallik

E Manaus 41
Thu 6/26 11:30 a.m. ESPN United States vs. Germany

TV: Darke, Twellman
Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth

G Recife 45
  11:30 a.m. ESPN2 Portugal vs. Ghana

TV: Champion, Robson
Radio: Dyer, Messing

G Brasilia 46
  3:30 p.m. ESPN South Korea vs. Belgium

TV: Healey, Moreno
Radio: Donaldson, Mariner

H Sao Paulo 47
  3:30 p.m. ESPN2 Algeria vs. Russia

TV: Rae, Ekoku
Radio: Dyer, Messing

H Curitiba 48

 

ESPN Inc.’s 2014 FIFA World Cup in the United States

The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be ESPN’s eighth World Cup and most comprehensive presentation to date.  ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will combine to air all 64 matches live and in high definition (June 12 – July 13). All ESPN and ESPN2 games will be available on WatchESPN, while ABC matches will be available on WATCH ABC. ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network available in more than 85 million homes, will present matches live in multiple languages (other than English and Spanish).

ESPN’s presentation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup will include comprehensive news and information coverage of the month-long soccer showcase with renowned journalists reporting on the tournament and the host country of Brazil. Additional English-language coverage of the quadrennial event will total more than 90 hours of original programming and will include SportsCenter at the World Cup,anightly World Cup Tonight program, ESPN FC World Cup Encore, a 30-minute pre-match show, halftime and post-match segments, as well as a World Cup-branded ESPN Films 30 for 30: Soccer Stories series, E:60 shows, and access-driven long-form storytelling features.

ESPN garnered more than 40 industry awards, including three Sports Emmys, for its presentation of 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa – more accolades than any single event in the company’s history.

ESPN and Past FIFA World Cup Tournaments (Men’s):

South Africa 2010 – All 64 matches live and in high definition. All studio programming originated from South Africa

Germany ’06 – All 64 matches live and in high definition

Korea/Japan ’02 – 58 ESPN and ESPN2 matches live (six tape-delayed broadcasts on ABC)

France ’98 – ESPN 27, ESPN2 23 and ABC Sports 14 (all 64 matches live)

USA ’94 – ESPN, 41, and ABC, 11 (all 52 matches)

Mexico ’86 – ESPN, 15 matches (U.S. cable television rights)

Spain ’82 – ESPN, 7 matches

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Award-Winning College Sports Writer Stewart Mandel to Join FOXSports.com

fox-sports-logoAWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST AND POPULAR COLLEGE SPORTS WRITER STEWART MANDEL TO JOIN FOXSPORTS.COM

Mandel Will Be Senior Columnist Focusing on College Football and College Basketball

New York – Stewart Mandel, one of the nation’s leading college football and basketball writers, will join FOXSports.com as a senior columnist, it was announced today.  He will make his FOXSports.com debut in July.

“FOX Sports is one of the dominant media companies in college sports today,” said Mandel.  “FOXSports.com is a great platform for me to continue writing compelling stories to reach a rabid college sports fan base.”

“Stewart is one of the best college sports writers in the business, and we’re thrilled to have him,” said Pete Vlastelica, Executive Vice President, Digital, FOX Sports.  “Stewart’s opinions and analysis are going to strengthen FOXSports.com’s already formidable team covering college sports.”

Mandel joins Bruce Feldman, one of the nation’s leading college football journalists, and Clay Travis, long-time SEC blogger and outspoken TV and radio personality, in comprising a team for FOX Sports that rivals that of any other covering college football today.

Mandel joins FOXSports.com from Sports Illustrated, where he was a senior writer for SI.com and where he frequently contributed to the magazine.  “College Football Mailbag” and “College Football Overtime” were among his most popular features.  During his career, Mandel has covered 15 BCS national championship games and eight Final Fours.

Mandel’s first book, Bowls, Polls and Tattered Souls: Tackling the Chaos and Controversy That Reign Over College Football, was published in 2007.  In 2008, he took first place (enterprise category) and second place (game story) in the Football Writers Association of America’s annual writing contest.  He also placed first in the 2005 contest (columns).

Mandel graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in journalism.

Recent Stewart Mandel Columns: His Hand-Picked Favorites

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Tennis Channel’s Nightly Wimbledon Primetime Begins Monday, June 23, At 4 P.M. ET

tennis-channelTENNIS CHANNEL’S NIGHTLY WIMBLEDON PRIMETIME
 BEGINS MONDAY, JUNE 23, AT 4 P.M. ET

Network to Devote 85 First-Run Hours, and Close to 215 Overall, to World’s Most Prestigious Grass-Court Competition during Two-Week Tournament

 

Navratilova, Courier, Davenport, Carillo, Macatee, Gimelstob, Stubbs and Wertheim Return to London in Tennis Channel’s Seventh Year, Along with Newcomer Annacone

LOS ANGELES, June 16, 2014 -Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle, will Bill Macatee dedicate close to 215 hours to Wimbledon during its seventh year of nightly Wimbledon Primetime coverage. Beginning with the opening day of play, Monday, June 23, the three-and-a-half-hour show will air each evening of the two-week competition, followed by immediate replays that run throughout the late night and early morning. The network plans 85 first-run Wimbledon Primetime hours in 2014, beginning at 4 p.m. ET the first night.

 

Since its debut in 2008, Tennis Channel’s first year of covering the sport’s oldest major, Wimbledon Primetime has been hosted by renowned sportscaster Bill Macatee (@BMacatee) and offered a nightly recap of each day’s action. News, analysis, in-depth interviews and encore matches are interwoven with features and special segments to give American tennis audiences – typically at work while Wimbledon play takes place in London – a primetime television place to keep abreast of the tournament as it unfolds. In addition to Macatee’s conversational approach and analysis from Hall of Famers Martina Navratilova (@Martina) and Jim Courier, Wimbledon Primetime‘s signatures include Mary Carillo’s “Fleet Street Beat” panels with British media and daily “Unstrung” reports from Sports Illustrated‘s Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim).

 

Based in the largest on-site studio on the grounds of the hallowed All England Lawn and Tennis Club, Wimbledon Primetime‘s other on-air team members include newly elected Hall of Famer Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76), who won singles and doubles crowns at the event in 1999, and 2001 and 2004 Wimbledon doubles champion Rennae Stubbs (@rennaestubbs). Former player Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob) also returns and, along with Macatee and Navratilova, has been a part of Tennis Channel’s team at every Grand Slam event the network has covered. Coach Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone), who at different points helmed the careers of legends Pete Sampras and Roger Federer and now guides young American star Sloane Stephens, will appear regularly on Wimbledon Primetime for the first time this year.

 

Wimbledon Primetime typically runs in two editions each night of the two-week event, from 4 p.m. ET-7:30 p.m. ET and 7:30 p.m. ET-11 p.m. ET. There are three exceptions: the match-free, mid-tournament break Sunday, June 29, and championship weekend Saturday, July 5, and Sunday, July 6. For the final weekend a single four-hour show will air from 6 p.m. ET-10 p.m. ET. Each evening, immediately following its first-run conclusion, Wimbledon Primetime will re-air throughout the night and early morning up to the following day’s play.

 

After the final edition of Wimbledon Primetime on Sunday, July 6, Tennis Channel will air a one-hour roundtable with network analysts at 10 p.m. ET. The conversation will review the fortnight in London and look ahead to the upcoming men’s and women’s summer hard-court seasons. Also new in 2014, special five-minute Center Court Wimbledon reports will run at 8 p.m. ET during the weekend leading into the tournament, Friday through Sunday, June 20-22. Additionally, on Saturday, June 21, Tennis Channel will televise the U.S. premiere of BBC documentary Andy Murray: Behind the Racquet, which offers an inside look at the first British man to win Wimbledon in almost eight decades. The film will run at 10 p.m. ET and again Sunday, June 22, at 11:30 p.m. ET – commercial free both nights.

 

During Wimbledon, Apple and Android users can access Tennis Channel’s app, Tennis Channel Everywhere, for free, regardless of whether or not they currently subscribe to the network. The app offers highlights, daily updates, Court Report news segments and player Bag Check videos. Select distribution partners also have made Tennis Channel’s live television stream available on the app through its authenticated TV Everywhere function, at no extra charge.

 

The network’s Web site, www.tennischannel.com, is another digital venue for keeping up with Wimbledon this year. In addition to daily interviews and segments from Wimbledon Primetime, visitors can enter Tennis Channel’s “London Calling” sweepstakes and “Racquet Bracket” tournament prediction game. Longtime tennis reporters Steve Flink, Joel Drucker (@joeldrucker) and Richard Evans (@Ringham7) will again file regular columns on the network site in 2014 as well. Tennis Channel is active on a variety of social media and digital platforms, among them Facebook (www.facebook.com/tennischannel), Twitter (www.twitter.com/tennischannel), YouTube (www.youtube.com/tennischannel), Instagram (http://instagram.com/tennischannel) and Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/tennischannel)

 

Tennis Channel will devote 18 hours to the All England Lawn and Tennis Club’s hour-long daily highlights program throughout the tournament, typically from 11 p.m.-midnight ET, followed by encore replays on select nights. In the week immediately following the tournament, July 7-11, each night at 8 p.m. ET the network will air encore presentations of the men’s and women’s singles and doubles championships, as well as the mixed doubles final.

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Tennis Channel (www.tennischannel.com) is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle. A hybrid of comprehensive sports, health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and travel programming, the network is home to every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community. It also has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television, with telecast rights to the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, Emirates Airline US Open Series, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, top-tier WTA competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup. Tennis Channel is carried by nine of the top 10 video providers.

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