Auburn’s Takeover Schedule for July 1 on SEC Network

Auburn’s Takeover Schedule for July 1 on SEC Network 

SEC Network Takeover (#SECNTakeover) continues Wednesday, July 1 with the Auburn Tigers taking over the national television network for 24 hours. With the help of men’s basketball head coach Bruce Pearl, Auburn selected 10 marquee television events from the vault* to re-live with fans. The day’s programming will also include two ESPN Films centered around Auburn royalty Bo Jackson, as well as the SEC Storied chronicling the athletic powerhouse built by Bo Jackson, Charles Barkley and Frank Thomas in the 1980s.

“The Auburn day on the SEC Network is a great opportunity to showcase all the moments and students that have made Auburn great,” said Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs. “It was important to give the Auburn Family the programming they wanted to see during our Takeover day, so we gave them an opportunity to vote on their favorite classic games. This day is for the Auburn Family.”

Auburn #SECNTakeover Schedule includes:

  • 2006 Auburn vs. Florida (Football) – Undefeated Florida came to Jordan-Hare Stadium ranked No. 2 in the nation and the Auburn Tigers ranked No. 11. Auburn fans remember the blocked punt that helped hand the eventual national champion its only loss of the season.
  • 2014 Auburn vs. Alabama (Soccer) – The Auburn soccer team won its third straight “Iron Bowl of Soccer” over Alabama in this overtime thriller. It also featured the return of Alabama player Abby Lutzenkirchen to Auburn’s campus after the passing of her brother, former Auburn tight end, Philip.
  • 1999 Auburn vs. Ole Miss (Men’s Basketball) – One of the most dominant games from one of the most successful seasons in Auburn basketball history, the win over the Rebels helped the Tigers to a perfect 15-0 at home and an eventual SEC Championship.
  • 2015 Auburn vs. Alabama (Softball) – Auburn and Alabama entered the game both ranked No. 5/6 in the polls. After a back-and-forth, high scoring game, Auburn battled back from a 5-run deficit for a win that led to most successful season in program history.
  • 1982 Auburn vs. Alabama (Football) – Otherwise known as the “Bo over the Top” game, this classic Iron Bowl introduced to the college football a freshman running back from Bessemer, Ala., Bo Jackson.
  • 2015 Auburn vs. Tennessee (Softball) – A comeback win gives Auburn softball its first SEC Tournament title in program history.
  • 2003 Auburn vs. Alabama (Football)Known as the “Go Crazy, Cadillac” game, running back Carnell Williams took the opening handoff 80 yards for the score. He later scored the final touchdown to give Auburn its second straight Iron Bowl win and extend what would be an string of six-in-a-row for the Tigers.
  • 2011 BCS National Championship – It was the meeting of the top offensive teams in the country and the culmination of a season that saw Auburn go from a preseason No. 22 ranking to No. 1 in the country and complete a perfect 14-0 record. Led by Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton and Lombardi Award winner Nick Fairley, the game was won by a Wes Byrum field goal as time expired.
  • 2013 Auburn vs. Alabama (Football) – “Kick Six” is the now famous term given to what many call the greatest college football game in history, the 2013 Iron Bowl. The game pitted No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Auburn in the battle for the SEC West title. The game held up to its billing.
  • 2015 Auburn vs. LSU (Men’s Basketball) – An improbable run in the SEC Tournament, Auburn entered as the 13-seed, winning three games in three days. The third win turned out to be a nail biting come-from-behind win over LSU secured by a 3-pointer by KT Harrell to send the game to overtime.
  • This is Auburn – “This is Auburn” is an original program produced by War Eagle Productions, giving viewers a look at what makes Auburn great. Whether it is the unique traditions, the family feeling, the student development, the community impact or its ability to help through adversity, This is Auburn. The 60-minute episode explores all these in special feature vignettes.


Time (ET) Programming
Midnight 2006 Auburn vs. Florida (Football)
2 a.m. 2014 Auburn vs. Alabama (Soccer)
3:30 a.m. 1999 Auburn vs. Ole Miss (Basketball)
5:30 a.m. 2015 Auburn vs. Alabama (Softball)
7:30 a.m. You Don’t Know Bo
9 a.m. 1982 Auburn vs. Alabama (Football)
11 a.m. 2015 Auburn vs. Tennessee (Softball)
1 p.m. 2003 Auburn vs. Alabama (Football)
3 p.m. 2011 BCS National Championship
5 p.m. 2015 Auburn vs. LSU (Men’s Basketball)
7 p.m. This is Auburn
8 p.m. 2013 Auburn vs. Alabama
10 p.m. This is Auburn (re-air)
11 p.m. Bo, Barkley, & The Big Hurt

(schedule subject to change)
*Takeover schedules were created from available television inventory; NCAA Championships were not available for re-air

NFL Media Adds Reporters Rand Getlin & James Palmer

Getlin Will Be Based in Los Angeles & Cover League-wide Topics

Working out of Denver, Palmer Joins a Growing Network of Regionally Based NFL Media Reporters

Reporters Rand Getlin and James Palmer have joined NFL Media, it was announced today. Both will begin their work for NFL Media on Wednesday, July 1.

Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) will be based in Los Angeles covering the league overall and providing content for various NFL Media platforms, including and NFL Now. Getlin previously worked for Yahoo! Sports and joins New York-based NFL Media reporters Ian Rapoport and Judy Battista, and San Francisco Bay Area-based Michael Silver covering the latest news from around the league.

Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) joins NFL Media from Comcast Houston where he covered the Houston Texans. Primarily contributing to NFL Network, Palmer will be based in Denver, Colorado and joins NFL Media’s team of reporters stationed across the country providing location-based reports, which include Tiffany Blackmon (Atlanta), Albert Breer (Boston), Kimberly Jones (New York), Aditi Kinkhabwala (Pittsburgh), Jeff Darlington (Miami), Stacey Dales (Chicago), Desmond Purnell (Dallas), and Steve Wyche and Omar Ruiz (Los Angeles).


NFL Media is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films,, NFL Now, NFL Mobile from Verizon and NFL RedZone.

Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including Thursday Night Football, as well as information and insight straight from the field, team facilities, league office and everywhere the NFL is making news. Currently in more than 72 million homes, NFL Network has carriage agreements with each of the country’s largest television providers. NFL RedZone whips around to every NFL game on Sunday afternoons, bringing fans every touchdown and exciting plays as they happen.

NFL Digital Media includes, the exclusive internet home of the NFL; NFL Now, the League’s next-generation video service; and NFL Mobile from Verizon, the official mobile app of the NFL. For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (, the NFL app delivered on XBOX from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network (, with participating cable and satellite providers.

One of the most honored filmmakers in sports production history, NFL Films has won 121 Sports Emmy Awards. Founded by Ed and Steve Sabol and located in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, NFL Films produces award-winning content for NFL Network, HBO, Showtime in addition to several other media outlets including shows such as A Football Life, Hard Knocks, America’s Game, Sound FX and more.



Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards to Take Place July 14

Inaugural Event Presented by ESPN and PlayStation to Salute Those Using the Power of Sport to Serve Community; Finalists and Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award Winners Announced

The inaugural Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards, presented by ESPN and PlayStation®, will celebrate and honor athletes, teams, nonprofits and members of the sports industry for using sport to serve communities and make a positive impact on society, it was announced by John Skipper, President, ESPN. The event, which will take place Tuesday, July 14 at the Conga Room at L.A. Live, will be the first of its kind, bringing together the leagues and sporting community to pay tribute to the collective good of sports.

Multiple sports-related leagues and/or governing bodies — including MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, NHL, USOC, USTA, WNBA, WWE and the Women’s Sports Foundation — have nominated athletes, teams and community members that are using the power of sports to transform lives and uplift communities. Highlights of the evening will be featured during a 30-minute special on ESPN, July 23 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

During the event, which will be hosted by Laila Ali, winners will be announced from among the finalists for two major award categories — Sports Humanitarian of the Year and Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year. Additionally, the event will celebrate four inaugural “Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award” (ESPN + inspire) winners, recognized for taking risks and using innovation to help the disadvantaged.

“Through their selflessness and compassion, the Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award honorees are improving lives of many around the world,” Skipper said. “The awards pay tribute to some incredible individuals and organizations and the extraordinary impact of their efforts on society.”

As part of the PlayStation Heroes initiative, PlayStation is the presenting sponsor of the Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards, which will benefit the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund at The V Foundation — a fund that encourages cutting-edge research for minority populations suffering from cancer.

An independent panel of judges selected the finalists, including, Tracy Hoover, CEO of Points of Light,  Sharon Roerty, Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Sab Singh, Founder of Sports Doing Good and professor at Farmingdale State College, and Caryl Stern, CEO of the US Fund for UNICEF.

“Humanitarianism is a central narrative of sport — as athletes aspire towards greatness, their ability to make a mark on society is as important as their athletic accomplishments,” said Stern. “The Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards give rise to the increasingly important role that sports can play in society, and how the sports community can work together to build and inspire strong communities.”

Below is information on each of the awards:

The Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award is given to an athlete whose continuous, demonstrated leadership has created a positive impact on their community through sports. The honoree will receive a $75,000 grant (and $25,000 grant for each of the three finalists) from ESPN’s Corporate Citizenship department to advance the impact of the charity related to the award-winning humanitarian efforts.

Finalists (winner to be announced at awards ceremony July 14):

  • Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers (NFL): Inspired by his own humble beginnings, Boldin is a passionate advocate for underprivileged youth and works to help them to overcome their limitations by expanding educational and life opportunities. Through his foundation, he provides a network of support with mentoring and after-school programs, scholarships, and annual summer enrichment programs — all of which are creating tangible impacts in the lives of children in Baltimore, South Florida and San Francisco. Becoming an Oxfam Ambassador on his own accord, Boldin also has testified before Congress to strengthen human rights protections for communities impacted by the oil and mining industries in Africa. In 2014, Boldin and his wife, Dionne, made a $1 million pledge to help youth in need by providing 4-year college scholarships to four deserving high school graduates annually.
  • Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever (WNBA): Growing up with a hearing impairment, Catchings was no stranger to being bullied, but she used her disability as inspiration and fuel to do her best in the classroom and on the court. Today, she teaches young girls about embracing their differences, building their self-esteem and overcoming obstacles. Through her Catch the Stars Foundation, she promotes fitness, literacy and mentoring to youth in Indianapolis. Catchings has served on the U.S. Department of State’s Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports and has supported countless programs in the community through her unwavering volunteer efforts and financial support.
  • John Cena (WWE): WWE Superstar John Cena’s popular catchphrase “Never Give Up” is also a real-life mantra that he uses to inspire those battling life-threatening illnesses. For more than a decade, Cena has been a force in granting the wishes of children in partnership with Make-A-Wish. As the most requested wish granter of all-time, he has granted nearly 500 wishes for children around the world. Additionally, Cena is also a passionate advocate in the fight against breast cancer, helping to spread the word about the importance of early detection.
  • Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers (NHL): As founder of the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation and an ambassador for the Garden of Dreams Foundation, Lundqvist has seized the opportunity to positively impact the lives of children most in need through education and health services. He’s touched the lives of thousands of children and families in New York City, the Dominican Republic and Sweden with both personal and financial support. He’s also providing a platform to the next generation of community leaders, by selecting a group of young adults to complete community service projects and volunteer work, as part of his Young Ambassadors Program.


The Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year represents a sports team (and their community relations department or foundation) that demonstrates how teamwork between athletes and their team’s community relations or foundations can create a significant impact on a community or cause. The winner will receive a $75,000 grant (and $25,000 grant for each of the three finalists) from ESPN to the qualified charity related to the award-winning humanitarian efforts.

Finalists (winners to be announced at awards ceremony July 14):

  • Chicago Bulls (NBA): The Chicago Bulls’ work in the community is a collaborative effort among the team’s players, fans, corporate partners, community partners, and front office staff. Community is a fundamental part of the team’s business operations and the Bulls feel a responsibility to give back to the city and people who give so much to them. Last year, the Bulls organized over 100 community events focused on youth education, health and wellness, violence prevention, and the military with more than 30,000 people impacted. The team’s Season of Giving alone, reached 16,000 people in the Chicago community, with 1,000 gifts and 2,200 meals provided to families in need. Additionally, the Bulls distributed $2.5 million in cash and in-kind donations in support of local organizations.
  • Portland Timbers (MLS): Stand Together, the club’s community outreach platform, harnesses the power of sport to improve the lives of children and families in the Portland metro area through targeted programs, deep partnerships and philanthropic giving. Stand Together focuses on youth activity, education and the environment, with an emphasis on cultural diversity and access for all to play. Since the club’s inaugural MLS season in 2011, the Timbers have given more than $2.4 million in cash and in-kind donations, including their philanthropic work through the Portland Timbers Community Fund, the club’s field-grants program, and various experiential and charitable activities. The club’s signature Stand Together Week annually benefits 30+ different nonprofits throughout the greater Portland metro area. Since 2012, Stand Together Week has generated over 7,000 volunteer hours by 2,000 volunteers on more than 100 projects.
  • San Francisco 49ers (NFL): At the heart of the 49ers philanthropic efforts is their deep commitment to the San Francisco 49ers Academy, a middle school for low-income students in the highly challenged city of East Palo Alto. The team has supported the Academy from top to bottom with grants; player, alumni, ownership and staff involvement; mentorships; and facility enhancement. Inclusive of the contributions to the 49ers Academy, since 1992, the Foundation has donated $30.6 million to support nonprofits, contributing $4.6 million in 2014, including a $1 million grant to launch the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute to enable motivated and talented young scholars to reach their full potential.
  • WWE Community Relations: WWE leverages the power of its brand and platforms to help address important social issues worldwide, and through its partnerships, they support programs and initiatives that positively impact children and families around the world. WWE has granted more than 6,000 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions through Make-A-Wish, and launched an anti-bullying program, Be a STAR, to encourage young people to treat each other with tolerance and respect through education and grassroots initiatives. More than 100,000 kids from all 50 U.S. states and 100 countries have taken the pledge to end bullying through the program. WWE is also a strong advocate for athletes with intellectual disabilities and breast cancer awareness through their work with Special Olympics and Susan G. Komen respectively, and they are staunch supporters of the U.S. military through their annual Tribute to the Troops celebration and partnership with Hire Heroes USA to help returning vets transition to the civilian workforce.

In honor of former ESPN commentator Stuart Scott’s indomitable spirit, the Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award (ESPN + inspire) celebrates and honors any organization or person who has used the power of sport by taking risk and using an innovative approach to aid the disadvantaged, save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain and protect human dignity. The honorees will each receive a $25,000 grant from ESPN to the qualified charity related to the award-winning humanitarian efforts.

Honorees (to be recognized at awards ceremony July 14):

  • “Like A Girl” Campaign: Always, the world’s leading feminine care brand, launched a social experiment to address the drop in confidence girls experience at puberty and change the negative perception of the phrase “like a girl” into one that means downright amazing things. Through a viral video that later aired as a Super Bowl commercial, the Always #LikeAGirl campaign challenged girls, boys, women and men worldwide to change the way they think about and use phrases like “throw like a girl” and “run like girl” which proved to have a profound impact. Prior to viewing the film, only 19% of girls had a positive association toward the phrase “like a girl.” After watching the video, 76% of girls ages 16-24 no longer see the phrase as an insult, and two out of three men who watched said they would stop or think twice before using “like a girl” as an insult.
  • MLB Commissioner Emeritus Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. (Sue) Selig: Bud and Sue Selig have helped transform how leagues and sport gives back. At the urging of the Seligs, MLB granted the $10 million founding donation that launched Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) in 2008. Since then, the Seligs have helped raise tens of millions of dollars for groundbreaking cancer research through SU2C’s Innovative Research Grant, the first of which was named in their honor, and they are responsible for MLB’s continued support for cancer research. The Seligs also paved the way for professional sports to become more sustainable, with Bud being called “the single most influential environmental advocate in the history of sports” by the Green Sports Alliance. Under his watch, MLB was the first league to distribute environmental advice and measurement tools to all stadium operators. It was the first league to use public service announcements to educate fans about environmental stewardship and to green its All-Star Game and league championships. Selig received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which aids academically distinguished minority students, and the Chairman’s Award from Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Selig is a major supporter of his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as Marquette University.
  • Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll: Pete Carroll is committed to helping people be the best they can be on and off the field. Carroll works to identify what is unique about each person, understand and help them create a vision for what they want to be and then keep them connected to that vision. It is in this approach that has led to life-changing impact. Coach Carroll incorporated this philosophy to help transform communities and make them better places to live through his violence prevention efforts via A Better LA and A Better Seattle. He was instrumental to bring Free The Children’s We Act & We Day to the U.S. and Seattle in 2013. Annually, students earn their tickets to We Day by completing one local and one global action on any issue of their choice. This program is unique because it provides youth from all types of backgrounds a platform to become agents of change and leaders regardless of their circumstances. 
  • You Can Play: The You Can Play Project is working to change the sometimes homophobic culture of locker rooms and sports venues with a message that athletes should be judged on athletic skill and ability, not sexual orientation or other discriminatory factors. Inspired by the late Brendan Burke, an openly gay hockey player at Miami University and son of Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke, the organization is spreading a message of tolerance, inclusion and equality. Today, You Can Play has been represented in video messages by athletes from every professional sports league in North America, all saying they would support a gay teammate who would contribute to a team’s success.

ESPN Corporate Citizenship
ESPN 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

About PlayStation Heroes
PlayStation Heroes is an initiative from Sony Computer Entertainment America that enables PlayStation fans to support charities by purchasing digital items, which enter them for a chance to win prizes like playing PlayStation®4 (PS4™) games with celebrities and professional athletes. This month fans can purchase a Fireworks Theme for their PS4 system, with 90 percent of the purchase price going to the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund at The V Foundation. Those who purchase the theme and register will be entered for a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles to attend the Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards and the ESPY awards. For more information, go to: For Official Rules, go to:


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ESPN Contact: Josh Krulewitz at (860) 766-2319;; @jksports



Judge of NBC’s The Voice Makes NASCAR on NBC Debut on Sunday, July 5, Prior to the Coke Zero 400

NBC Sports NASCAR Sprint Cup Open Featuring Blake Shelton is Available via the NASCARonNBC Facebook and Twitter Platforms

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 29, 2015 – NBC Sports Group tapped country music superstar Blake Shelton to perform his hit “Bringing Back the Sunshine,” within the opening theme of its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage this season on NBC and NBCSN. Shelton, a judge on NBC’s The Voice, makes his NASCAR on NBC debut on Sunday, July 5th at 7 p.m. ET, prior to coverage of the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Marking a first for any NBC Sports open, the complete number is available for view prior to its network television debut via the NASCARonNBC Facebook and Twitter accounts (click on either link to view the NBC Sports NASCAR open featuring Blake Shelton). The opening theme package will be updated throughout the remainder of the season with fresh faces, updated footage of action on the track and scenic visuals of NASCAR’s storied venues, getting viewers geared up for NASCAR Sprint Cup action.

“I’m so pumped that my song, ‘Bringing Back the Sunshine,’ is going to be the kickoff to NBC’s coverage of NASCAR this season,” said Shelton. “Over the years, I’ve met some drivers and have become friends with them, and before you know it, I have this interwoven relationship with NASCAR — and I love it.”

Blake Shelton has been named CMA Entertainer of the Year, has three RIAA certified Platinum albums, five RIAA certified Gold albums, 19 total No. 1 country singles, 7.6 million albums and more than 23 million singles sold, and a five-year run as reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year. With 14 singles, including five from his last album alone, Shelton has the most No. 1 singles in a row on the country radio charts by any artist. In addition, he has mentored singers on The Voice who have won four of seven seasons.

Shelton and NBC Sports’ production team traveled to several NASCAR venues earlier this season to produce the open, interacting with many NASCAR drivers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer, Danica Patrick, Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon and more.

NASCAR on NBC coverage begins on Saturday July 4th at 7 p.m. ET with the Subway Firecracker 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series Race on NBCSN.

On July 23, 2013, NASCAR and NBC Sports Group reached a comprehensive agreement that grants NBCUniversal exclusive rights to the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series events, select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events and other live content, beginning this coming 4th of July weekend from Daytona International Speedway.

With this partnership, NBC’s 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race schedule includes a designation as the exclusive home to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, when the elite national series races through its final 10 events of the season. The Chase culminates with the season-ending championship event, which returns to network television in 2015 for the first time since 2009. Of NBC Sports Group’s 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, seven will be carried on NBC annually, with 13 airing on NBCSN. Four of NBC Sports Group’s 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series races will air on NBC, with 15 airing on NBCSN.

NASCAR AMERICA is NBCSN’s weekday 30-minute news and highlights program dedicated to America’s fascination with speed and stock car racing, and features regular appearances by NBC Sports’ NASCAR experts, as well as a rotation of guest analysts.






Bethesda, Md. (June 29, 2015) – The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) recognized CSN Mid-Atlantic with five 2014 Emmy Awards at the 57th Annual Emmy Awards Gala on Saturday, June 27, in North Bethesda, Md. CSN, which earned nine nominations in six categories this year, has won 72 Emmy Awards on 123 nominations since 2001.

CSN’s five Emmy Awards were earned for live sporting event (Washington Wizards) and one-time sports special (The Real Beal), and in individual categories for sports play-by-play/analyst (Joe Beninati and Trevor Matich) and sports anchor (Keli Fulton).

CSN’s live coverage of the Washington Wizards won the network its 10th Emmy for live sporting event since 2001, its sixth in the last seven years in this category. CSN’s coverage of the Wizards also earned an award for one-time sports special, won for The Real Beal, a profile of Bradley Beal.

Joe Beninati, the network’s Washington Capitals play-by-play announcer, won his ninth Emmy for sports play-by-play/analyst. Beninati, who has now claimed the top honor in this category in five of the last six years, was previously honored in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.

CSN Redskins analyst Trevor Matich also earned an Emmy for sports play-by-play/analyst for his work on Redskins Kickoff and Redskins Postgame Live, his sixth individual honor since 2007. He was previously honored in this category in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Matich has also earned three Emmys as part of Redskins Kickoff.

Former CSN anchor/reporter Keli Fulton won the award for sports anchor. With Michael Jenkins’ 2012 and 2013 wins in this category, a CSN anchor has now earned the award for three consecutive years.

CSN Mid-Atlantic’s 2014 Emmy Awards:

  • Live Sporting Event/Game: Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards (Rich Wolff, Chris Grain, Steve Buckhantz, Chris Miller, Phil Chenier)
  • One-Time Sports Special: The Real Beal (Kyle Irion, Chris Miller, Mitch Tischler, Greg Abernathy, Melvin Royster)
  • Sports Play-by-Play/Analyst: Joe Beninati (Composite)
  • Sports Play-by-Play/Analyst: Trevor Matich (Composite)
  • Sports Anchor: Keli Fulton

CSN Mid-Atlantic, part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, is the official sports network of the NFL’s Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens, NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, MLS’s D.C. United, Atlantic Coast Conference and Colonial Athletic Association. CSN Mid-Atlantic – the leading multiplatform sports media organization serving the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia – delivers more than 500 live events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and entertainment programming, to more than 4.7 million homes. Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic’s digital media portfolio, highlighted by and, is the region’s top online source for written, video and interactive sports content. Follow Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic on Twitter at @CSNMA.

NBC Sports Regional Networks, part of NBC Sports Group, consists of 10 regional networks that deliver more than 2,200 live sporting events annually, along with award-winning breaking news, comprehensive analysis, digital content and original programming to more than 43 million homes. The NBC Sports Regional Networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, which serves Baltimore and Washington D.C., Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, The Comcast Network, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and SportsNet New York. For additional information, visit For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit

ESPNU, ESPN3 to Cover World University Games From South Korea July 3-12

More than 100 Hours of Coverage across 15 Sports Including Extensive Coverage of Team USA Men’s and Women’s Basketball
Kansas Represents Team USA Men’s Basketball

ESPNU and ESPN3 will cover the World University Games from July 3 through July 14 from Gwangju, South Korea, with an emphasis on Team USA Men’s and Women’s Basketball. Team USA Men’s Basketball is comprised of mostly the Kansas Men’s Basketball roster and is coached by Kansas’ Bill Self.  Team USA Women’s Basketball team is comprised of top college players, including Maryland’s Brionna Jones and Tennessee’s Diamond DeShields.

ESPNU will televise the Team USA Men’s Basketball pool play games on July 3, 5, 7, and 8. Should Team USA advance out of the pool play, ESPNU will televise their quarterfinal game (July 11), semifinal game (July 12), and Gold Medal game (July 13).

ESPNU will also televise Team USA Women’s Basketball pool play games on July 4 and 6. If they advance to the medal round, ESPNU will televise their semifinal game (July 11) and the Gold medal game (July 13). A potential Bronze Medal game will be carried on ESPN3 (July 12).

A full schedule for both Team USA Men’s and Women’s teams are below.

Additionally, ESPNU will televise Team USA’s Men Volleyball (July 2) and a one-hour recap of Track and Field (July 15) and Swimming and Diving (July 16) competition. ESPN3 will cover more than 35 World University Games events spanning 11 sports, including Men and Women’s Gymnastics, Springboard, and Track and Field.

“The World University Games — the second largest international competition outside of the Olympics, and part of the Olympic development program for many countries around the world — is now in its 56th year and we are thrilled to be sending almost 600 NCAA athletes and participants to South Korea, our largest contingent ever,” said Craig Jonas, Head of Delegation for Team USA.  “Then, to have select events from the World University Games available on the ESPNU and ESPN3 for fans and family is just the icing on the cake for our continued growth in this world-class event.”

A complete schedule:

ESPNU Schedule

Date Time (ET) Event
Thur, Jul 2 12 a.m. Men’s Volleyball: Team USA vs. Czech Republic
Fri, Jul 3 11 p.m. Men’s Basketball: Team USA vs. Turkey
Sat, Jul 4 9 p.m. Women’s Basketball: Team USA vs. Italy
Sun, Jul 5 7:30 a.m. Men’s Basketball: Brazil vs. Team USA
Mon, Jul 6 4:30 a.m. Women’s Basketball: China vs. Team USA
Tue, Jul 7 11 p.m. Men’s Basketball: Team USA vs. Serbia
Wed, Jul 8 9 p.m. Men’s Basketball: Team USA vs. Switzerland
Sat, Jul 11 1:30 a.m. Men’s Basketball: Quarterfinal*
  7 a.m. Women’s Basketball: Semifinal*
Sun, Jul 12 2 a.m. Men’s Basketball: Semifinal (Option 1)*
  5 a.m. Men’s Basketball: Semifinal (Option 2)*
Mon, Jul 13 5 a.m. Women’s Basketball: Gold Medal Game*
  7:30 a.m. Men’s Basketball: Gold Medal Game*
Wed, Jul 15 7 p.m. Track and Field**
Thur, Jul 16 7 p.m. Swimming and Diving**

*Only if Team USA is participating
**One-hour special recapping the events
Please note: Team USA Women’s Basketball potential quarterfinal and Team USA Men’s Basketball potential Bronze medal games are unable to be carried as of this release  

ESPN3 Schedule

Date Time (ET) Event
Thur, Jul 3 12:15 a.m. Women’s 1M Springboard
  1:45 a.m. Men’s 3M Springboard
  6:00 a.m. Swimming
  7:15 a.m. Gymnastics
Sat, Jul 4 1:45 a.m. Men’s Synchronized 3M Springboard
  3:15 a.m. Women’s Platform
  6:00 a.m. Swimming
  7:15 a.m. Gymnastics
Sun, Jul 5 1:30 a.m. Men’s Gymnastics
  2:00 a.m. Women’s Synchronized Platform
  3:30 a.m. Men’s 1M Springboard
  6:00 a.m. Swimming
  6:30 a.m. Women’s Gymnastics
  10:00 p.m. Gymnastics
Mon, Jul 6 2:30 a.m. Men’s Synchronized Platform
  3:00 a.m. Gymnastics
  6:00 a.m. Swimming
Tues, Jul 7 2:30 a.m. Women’s 3M Springboard
  3:00 a.m. Track and Field
  6:00 a.m. Swimming
Wed, Jul 8 12:00 a.m. Women’s 3M Synchronized Springboard
  1:45 a.m. Men’s Platform
  2:00 a.m. Track and Field
  6:00 a.m. Swimming
Thur, Jul 9 4:00 a.m. Track and Field
  6:00 a.m. Swimming
Fri, Jul 10 1:00 a.m. Rhythmic Gymnastics
  3:00 a.m. Rhythmic Gymnastics
  3:30 a.m. Track and Field
  5:30 a.m. Rhythmic Gymnastics
Sat, Jul 11 1:00 a.m. Rhythmic Gymnastics
  3:00 a.m. Rhythmic Gymnastics
  4:00 a.m. Track and Field
  5:30 a.m. Rhythmic Gymnastics
Sun, Jul 12 1:00 a.m. Rhythmic Gymnastics
  3:30 a.m. Rhythmic Gymnastics
  7:30 a.m. Women’s Basketball: Bronze Medal Game*

*Only if Team USA is participating


About World University Games (Universiade) and BTI Events
The World University Games or “Universiade” is an International multi-sport event, organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU).  The Universiade is staged every two years in a different city. It is second only to the Olympic Games in size. The Summer Universiade consists of 10 compulsory sports with 13 compulsory disciplines and up to 3 optional sports chosen by the host country. The record figures are 10,622 participants in Shenzhen, China, in 2011 and 174 countries in Daegu, Korea, in 2003.  The United States teams are organized and selected by BTI Events and the United States International Sports Federation (US-IUSF) in coordination with each respective sport’s National Governing Body (NGB).

Embracing FISU’s motto of ‘Excellence in Mind and Body’, the Summer Universiade incorporates educational and cultural aspects into 12 days of sports competitions, allowing university student-athletes from all over the world to celebrate with the host city in a true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship.



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

Most-Watched NBA Draft in History

The 2015 NBA Draft was the most-watched NBA Draft telecast in history, according to Nielsen. Thursday’s telecast on ESPN averaged 3,738,000 viewers (P2+), up eight percent from the 2014 NBA Draft. The telecast peaked with 5,131,000 viewers from 8-8:15 p.m. ET.

The 2015 NBA Draft was also the highest-rated ever on ESPN, averaging a 2.4 U.S. household rating. This is up four percent from last year’s event. The telecast peaked from 8-8:15 p.m. ET with a 3.3 rating.

Last night’s telecast also propelled ESPN to win the night across all of television (broadcast and cable) in several key demos, including P18-34, M18-34, P18-49, M18-49 and M25-54.

For information on metered market ratings and local numbers, please visit to view today’s earlier press release.

ESPN has televised the NBA Draft since 2003. NBA Draft television records go back to 1994.


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


70 Cameras, 80 microphones, 150,000 Feet of Cable and 5 Mobile Units

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 26, 2015 – NBC Sports Group’s multiplatform coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series racing is gearing up in a big way over 4th of July weekend.  Coverage begins Saturday, July 4th, at 7 p.m. ET with the Subway Firecracker 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race on NBCSN.  On Sunday evening, NBC presents the 57th running of the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at 7 p.m. ET. The events wave the green flag over NBC Sports Group’s 10-year chapter as the home of NASCAR’s championship run, and NBC Sports’ production team in Daytona will employ a crew of more than 195 personnel, 70 cameras, and a wide collection of other tools to deliver the action.

Listed below are some key metrics surrounding NBC Sports Group’s upcoming NASCAR coverage.

1                      Helicopter providing aerial footage

2                      Open-air infield set locations for NBC Sports’ pre- and post-race coverage

3                      Daytona 500 victories captured by pre-race analyst Dale Jarrett

5                      Trucks that comprise “Peacock One,” NBC Sports’ state-of-the-art, mobile production unit group, designed in partnership with Game Creek Video

12                    Members of NBC Sports NASCAR on-air broadcast team on site at Daytona

16                    Race Analyst Steve Letarte’s age when he took a job sweeping the floors at Hendrick Motorsports

18                    Robotic cameras, some with high speed heads capable of tracking cars topping 200 MPH

19                    NASCAR XFINITY Series slated to air on NBC and NBCSN this season

20                    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races on NBC and NBCSN this season

21                    Number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races won by race analyst Jeff Burton

23                    HDK 4300 cameras with 4K capabilities

24                    On-board cameras imbedded within Sprint Cup Series cars

70                    Total cameras on site including: in-car, robotic, hard, hand-held, studio, jib, SSM, booth, beauty, pit, aerial, and grass cameras

80                    NBC Sports microphones placed throughout Daytona International Speedway

195                  NBC Sports Group personnel on-site in Daytona, Fla.

250+                NASCAR AMERICA shows on NBCSN since the weekday news and highlights program’s debut after the 2014 Daytona 500

150,000           Feet of fiber cable (more than 28 miles), surrounding Daytona International Speedway

On July 23, 2013, NASCAR and NBC Sports Group reached a comprehensive agreement that grants NBCUniversal exclusive rights to the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series events, select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events and other live content, beginning this coming 4th of July weekend from Daytona International Speedway.

With this partnership, NBC’s 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race schedule includes a designation as the exclusive home to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, when the elite national series races through its final 10 events of the season. The Chase culminates with the season-ending championship event, which returns to network television in 2015 for the first time since 2009. Of NBC Sports Group’s 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, seven will be carried on NBC annually, with 13 airing on NBCSN. Four of NBC Sports Group’s 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series races will air on NBC, with 15 airing on NBCSN.

NASCAR AMERICA is NBCSN’s weekday 30-minute news and highlights program dedicated to America’s fascination with speed and stock car racing, and features regular appearances by NBC Sports’ NASCAR experts, as well as a rotation of guest analysts.



(All times ET)

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

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


Friday, June 26

3:30 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour: Travelers Championship

5:30 p.m. on Golf Channel – European Tour: BMW International Open

6:30 p.m. on NBCSN – 2015 NHL Draft Pre Draft Special

7 p.m. on NBCSN – 2015 NHL Draft

10 p.m. on NBCSN – USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships

Midnight on NBCSN – IndyCar MAVTV 500 – Qualifying


Saturday, June 27

1:30 a.m. on NBCSN – FIVB Grand Slam of Volleyball: St. Petersburg Grand Slam

7:30 a.m. on Golf Channel – European Tour: BMW International Open

11 a.m. on NBCSN – Speed Energy Stadium Super Truck Series – Toronto

1 p.m. on NBCSN – Mecum Auctions: Denver

1 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour: Travelers Championship

2 p.m. on NBC – World of Adventure Sports

3 p.m. on NBC – Dew Tour Chicago: Skate Street

3 p.m. on Golf Channel – LPGA Tour: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

4 p.m. on NBC – USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships

4 p.m. on NBCSN – IndyCar MAVTV 500

8 p.m. on NBCSN – Breeders’ Cup Challenge: Win and You’re In Series

9 p.m. on NBCSN – Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Budds Creek – Moto 2’s (Encore)*


Sunday, June 28

6:30 a.m. on Golf Channel – European Tour: BMW International Open

1 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour: Travelers Championship

2 p.m. on NBC – Red Bull Signature Series: Simple Session

4 p.m. on NBC – USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships

3 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA of America: PGA Professional National Championship

5 p.m. on Golf Channel – LPGA Tour: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

7 p.m. on NBCSN – Mecum Auctions: Denver*



NBC Sports Group will provide its most comprehensive NHL Draft coverage ever tonight on NBCSN at 7 p.m. ET from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with a 30-minute NHL Draft Pre-Draft Special on NBCSN.

Liam McHugh will host coverage alongside analyst Pierre McGuire, NHL insider Bob McKenzie and draft analyst Craig Button. In addition, Kathryn Tappen will anchor coverage from the floor of the BB&T Center, conducting interviews with players, coaches and general managers. Darren Dreger will handle reporting duties, providing information on potential trades and developing storylines.



NBC Sports Group continues coverage of the 2015 Red Bull Signature Series this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBC with Simple Session, one of the biggest indoor BMX contests in the world. Sal Masekela hosts coverage of the event from the Tondiraba Arena in Tallinn, Estonia.



The second automatic berth into the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic is on the line Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., in the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1), which will be televised live on NBCSN, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

NBCSN’s coverage of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series on Saturday features host Laffit Pincay, III, analysts Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Fame jockey and five-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, and reporter Nick Luck. Daily Racing Form’s Matt Bernier serves as handicapper.



NBC Sports Group’s live coverage of the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships this weekend begins tonight at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and continues on NBC Saturday, and Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.

Tom Hammond, Ato Boldon, Craig Masback, Lewis Johnson and Todd Harris call the action from Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.



Highlighting NBCSN’s weekend motorsports coverage is the Verizon IndyCar Series’ MAVTV 500 from the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., beginning tonight at midnight ET with qualifying. Live coverage of the MAVTV 500 begins Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

NBC Sports Group’s lead IndyCar play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey will call the MAVTV 500, alongside analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett, and analyst and former driver Paul Tracy. Robin Miller, Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee and Kelli Stavast will handle pit reporting duties.

In addition to IndyCar, NBCSN’s motorsports coverage includes the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship from Budds Creek National in Maryland, beginning Saturday at 9 p.m. ET with the Moto 2’s.

Jason Weigandt, analyst and two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Grant Langston, and pit reporter Georgia Lindsay will call the action from Budds Creek Motocross Park in Mechanicsville, Md.

Mecum Auctions: Denver rounds out NBCSN’s weekend motorsports programming, continuing Saturday at 1 p.m. ET, and concludes with five straight hours of action on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, rounding out 12 hours of coverage from the auction company’s inaugural event in Denver, Colo.

NBC Sports Group’s Mecum Auctions telecast team of Scott Hoke, John Kraman, Stephen Cox, and reporter Bill Stephens call the action from the Colorado Convention Center.



NBC Sports Group continues its coverage of the 2015 Dew Tour season Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, from Chicago, Ill., featuring many of the world’s best skateboard and BMX athletes.

Todd Harris, Chris Miller, Paul Zitzer and Carolyn Manno call the action from Grant Park Plaza in Chicago.



NBC Sports Group’s weekend coverage of the FIVB Grand Slam of Volleyball begins Saturday at 1:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN with the St. Petersburg Grand Slam.

Kevin Wong, Chris Marlowe and Dain Blanton will call the action from St. Petersburg, Fla.



Golf Channel’s live tournament coverage this weekend features the European Tour’s BMW International Open, PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship, LPGA Tour’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, and PGA of America’s PGA Professional National Championship.

Coverage of the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship begins today at 3:30 p.m. ET on Golf Channel, and continues Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Brian Hammons (play-by-play) and Curt Byrum (analyst) host coverage from TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. Joining Hammons and Byrum are Frank Nobilo (tower), and Phil Parkin (on course).

Golf Channel’s live coverage of the BMW International Open continues Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET and Sunday at 6:30 a.m. ET.

Scott Walker hosts coverage of the BMW International Open from Golf Channel’s studio in Orlando, Fla. Calling the action from the Golf Club Munchen Eichenried in Munich, Germany are Dominik Holyer (play-by-play), Warren Humphreys (analyst) and Julian Tutt (on course).

Weekend Coverage of the LPGA Tour’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship begins Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, and continues Sunday at 5 p.m. ET.

Tom Abbott (play-by-play) hosts coverage from Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark. Joining Abbott will be Judy Rankin (analyst), Jim Gallagher Jr. (tower), Karen Stupples and Jerry Foltz (on course).

Golf Channel’s coverage of the PGA Professional National Championship begins this Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

Dave Marr (play-by-play) and Michael Breed (analyst) will call the action from the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, Pa. Joining Marr and Breed are Steve Burkowski (tower), Phil Blackmar (on-course) and Scott Walker (interviews).