ESPN Deportes’ Ernesto Jerez Wins Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality in Spanish

ESPN Deportes was recognized last night at the Sports Emmys, presented for the 36th year by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The network claimed its first win in the Best On-Air Personality Spanish-language category with the honor going to baseball play-by-play veteran Ernesto Jerez.

Known for his legendary home run call, “¡No… nono, nono, no…! ¡Dígale que no a esa pelota!”, Jerez has been the signature Spanish-language voice of baseball for the past 20 years, becoming an icon for many Hispanic fans that follow the sport.

“I want to thank all of my colleagues at ESPN who, through the years, have been by my side during this wonderful career, especially Luis Alfredo Alvarez,” said Jerez. “Thank you for all the trust you put in me, providing me with the opportunity to contribute to ESPN’s mission of serving fans across the world.”

ESPN Deportes had four nominations this year in Spanish-language categories, including two for Studio Show (SportsCenter and Fuera de Juego) and two On-Air Personality (Jerez and Jose Ramon Fernandez).

Jerez received the award last night among other ESPN colleagues, who also enjoyed the recognition of several network programs by the Academy. ESPN claimed a total of 11 Sports Emmy – tying its highest total ever.  ESPN’s former president and executive chairman George Bodenheimer received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Longtime SportsCenter anchor and studio host Stuart Scott was honored posthumously and cancer survivor Shelley Smith took the stage – and a standing ovation – fresh off her return to reporting duties. Link to press release with full list of ESPN wins last night – http://es.pn/1EWmnvJ

ESPN has now won 171 Sports Emmy Awards in 28 years of eligibility. This is ESPN Deportes’ third Sports Emmy win in just two years of eligibility. In 2014, the network claimed two awards for Studio Show in Spanish-language category, including SportsCenter and Nacion ESPN.

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Cape Cod Summer Baseball League Featured On 60 MINUTES SPORTS This Wednesday On SHOWTIME

60-Minutes-Sports-showtimeOn the Next Edition of “60 MINUTES SPORTS”

IN CAPE COD SUMMER LEAGUE, THE BASEBALL IS PURE AND THE MAJOR LEAGUE DREAMS OF COLLEGE PLAYERS OFTEN COME TRUE — “60 MINUTES SPORTS” ONLY ON SHOWTIME®

Cape is Rivaling Dominican Republic, Japan and Cuba as a Source of Big League Talent

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NEW YORK (May 5, 2015) – You can’t get much closer to pure baseball than the Cape Cod Summer Baseball League.  There is no admission, seats are usually on the grass and future major leaguers play their hearts out for room and board.  It’s strictly amateur, but as Sharyn Alfonsi finds out, this home-spun league, which attracts the best college baseball players in America and the professional scouts, is one of the biggest sources of Major League Baseball talent in the world.   Alfonsi’s report from Cape Cod will be featured on the next edition of 60 MINUTES SPORTS, Wednesday, May 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, only on SHOWTIME.

“This league is the best amateur league in the world, bar none,” says Mike Roberts, who coaches the team in the town of Cotuit.  He retired after 20 years as the baseball coach at the University of North Carolina, where his connections help him bring talent to Cape baseball. “Each team kind of has their pockets that they recruit [from] different schools, different coaches they’re friends with,” he tells Alfonsi.

Such recruiting is why more than 1,100 players who made the majors have spent at least a season playing on Cape Cod.  Current big leaguers who played summer ball on Cape Cod include Yankee slugger Mark Teixiera and Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria.  Hall of Famers Carlton Fisk and Frank Thomas also played on the Cape.

All that talent makes the league a boon for major league scouts.  Nick Hostetler scouts for the Chicago White Sox and says the Cape is the place to find the best college players all in one place.  But he has competition.  How many scouts come out to a game?  “There could be anywhere from 20 to 50 guys at one game,” says Hostetler.

Paul Galop, commissioner of the Cape Cod Baseball League, sums it up: “The scouts all come because they know the best players are here and the best players want to come here because they know the scouts are here,” he says.   Add to that the folksy atmosphere and you have a classic cultural tableau.  “Norman Rockwell somewhere is smiling down because what he had in mind happens here five times a night on Cape Cod…people on blankets, families that are together.”

The ball players stay with families in town who provide room and board as a matter of civic pride, love of the game and a chance to live with future sports stars.  Ashby Crafts has been hosting players on her small farm for 14 years.  As she shows pictures of her former charges, she points to the ones who made the pros.  She says she gets attached to them. “You say goodbye to your friend, but you hope you see them on national TV very shortly,” she tells Alfonsi.

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CHINA’S STATE SPORTS SYSTEM,   “THE GOLD MEDAL FACTORY,” STRUGGLES TO CHANGE WITH THE TIMES   –

“60 MINUTES SPORTS” ONLY ON SHOWTIME®

Yao Ming Tells Lesley Stahl Why His Mother Didn’t Want Him to Play in the System

NEW YORK (May 4, 2015) – Former NBA star Yao Ming says his mother didn’t want him to play basketball in China’s government-run sports system, Lesley Stahl reports in a story that looks at the problems China’s sports system is facing and how it is trying to change with the times.  Stahl’s report airs on the next edition of 60 MINUTES SPORTS, Wednesday, May 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT only on SHOWTIME.

Yao, who is over 7 feet tall, takes Stahl inside the Shanghai Sports Institute, where some of China’s elite athletes train and where Yao honed the basketball skills he would later use playing for the Houston Rockets.  But when he was young, Yao says, his mother didn’t want him to enter the sports system at all; she wanted him to go to a regular school, get a good education, and perhaps get a scholarship to college.  Instead, he spent his teenage years living at the Sports Institute and training day-in and day-out.  “First of all, how many sons really listen to their mom?”  Yao says with a laugh.   He tells Stahl he received only about 10 hours of education a week when he was training at the Institute, and that’s why he’s back in school now, at age 34, trying to get his college degree.

“How are you doing [in college]?” Stahl asks.  “Don’t ask,” Yao replies.

China’s sports system was based on the Soviet model.   It grooms athletes from an early age, and succeeded in winning 51 gold medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the most for a nation.  But the system has been less successful at promoting fitness for the masses and preparing athletes for life in China’s new and more market-oriented workplace.

Stahl interviews Zhang Shangwu – a star gymnast who tore his Achilles tendon and today performs in the streets of Beijing for spare change.  “There’s a big gap between you and the outside world,” he told Stahl. “And you have no skills to make a living,” says Zhang.

Stahl also talks with Sang Lan, a gymnast who was paralyzed in an accident during the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York.  At the time, the Chinese team did not have accident insurance for its athletes.  “I had to depend on myself,” Sang Lan says, recalling how she had to rebuild her life after returning to China in a wheelchair.

China’s General Administration of Sport told 60 MINUTES SPORTS that there is now an accident insurance program for athletes, who are now required to attend at least 12 hours of classes a week.  Susan Brownell, an American professor who has studied the Chinese sports system, says there have been problems implementing those changes, but the Chinese really do want reform.

“There tends to be…a stereotype of this fixed, unchanging Red Machine that was borrowed from the Soviets and never changed,” Brownell says.  “And in fact….it’s evolved, it’s changed over time.  And so it’s not a fair stereotype to think of it that way. “

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SEC Now Travels to SEC Softball and Baseball Championships

SEC Now, SEC Network’s news & information show, will be televised live from Baton Rouge, La., during the Southeastern Conference Softball Championship on Wednesday and Thursday this week (May 6-7).  The show will be aired at least four times each day featuring the latest highlights, analysis and interviews pre- and post- tournament games. In addition to on-site studio coverage, SEC Network will air the first round and quarterfinal games, with the semis and championship game on ESPNU and ESPN, respectively. Full Schedule

SEC Now host Maria Taylor will be joined by analysts Kayla Braud and Jenny Dalton-Hill from the set’s location outside right field at Tiger Park.

The show will also be live from the SEC Baseball Championship in Hoover, Ala., beginning Tuesday, May 19. SEC Now covers all 21-SEC sponsored sports and will have televised the show from football, women’s basketball, men’s basketball, softball and baseball tournament or championship games by the school year’s end.

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What 2 Watch 4: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox on ESPN

Sunday Night Baseball, Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown from Fenway Park May 3

 ESPN will exclusively televise the latest chapter in the New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox rivalry on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell, May 3, at 8 p.m. ET. Dan Shulman will provide play-by-play with analysts Curt Schilling and John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney. Additionally, Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet will precede the game at 7 p.m., emanating from Fenway Park. Karl Ravech will host with analyst Aaron Boone and reporter Tim Kurkjian.

What 2 Watch 4: ESPN’s Yankees-Red Sox coverage on Sunday, May 3.

 

  • Curt Schilling Returns to Fenway Park: the Boston Red Sox legend and Red Sox-Yankees rivalry veteran is in his first full season as Sunday Night Baseball He’ll return to Fenway Park to call Sunday’s Red Sox-Yankees telecast. Schilling has been candid about his thoughts on Clay Buchholz, Alex Rodriguez and a variety of Red Sox-Yankees topics this season.

 

  • Aaron Boone on Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown: former New York Yankees infielder and another Yankees-Red Sox rivalry veteran will provide analysis during ESPN’s pre-game show.

 

  • North Reading Little Leaguers: the North Reading, Ma. Little League team will be on site this Sunday and appear on Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown. The team will be interviewed by ESPN MLB contributor Nicole Briscoe.

 

  • James Taylor performs at Fenway Park: the recording artist and Boston, Ma. native will perform ‘America the Beautiful’ during the 7th inning at Fenway Park. Taylor is scheduled to join the Sunday Night Baseball crew for an inning in the booth.

Commentary & analysis

  • Curt Schilling says Red Sox starter Joe Kelly could be the Red Sox ace. He’ll discuss this topic during the telecast, and utilize K-Zone Live, to help illustrate his analysis.

 

  • New York Yankees’ star Alex Rodriguez has made a lot of history at Fenway Park and he may still be chasing home run 660 on Sunday Night Baseball. The crew will discuss his pursuit and his Fenway history.

 

  • Analyst John Kruk looks at what has fueled Red Sox star Hanley Ramirez’s red-hot start to the season.

 

  • The New York Yankees’ bullpen has been dominant and the Sunday Night Baseball team will consider whether they can continue to be used at this pace.

 

  • Reporter Buster Olney will look at the top of the Yankees lineup, which is making a case to be the best in baseball through the first month. analyze

 

  • The Sunday Night Baseball team will also examine the multi-position versatility of Red Sox star Brock Holt.

 

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ESPN Digital Media in March: 81 Million U.S. Fans

34 percent share of sports category is more than Nos. 2, 3 and 4 properties combined;
47.5 million fans accessed ESPN content exclusively on smartphones and tablets;
ESPN’s last 10 monthly unique visitor totals are the 10 biggest months in sports category history.

ESPN Digital Media reached 80.5 million unique visitors in the U.S. in March, up 18 percent from a year ago and the eighth largest monthly total in sports category history. Fans spent 7.9 billion minutes with ESPN content across platforms, a sports category record for the month of March. Time spent with ESPN’s digital properties was up 33 percent from a year ago and ranked as the sixth highest total in ESPN history.

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ESPN’s June 2014 through March 2015 now comprise the top 10 monthly unique visitor totals in sports category history.

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Overall, ESPN accounted for 33.8 percent of all sports category usage on digital platforms, more than the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 properties combined (Bleacher Report-Turner Sports Network had 12.6 percent, Yahoo! Sports-NBC Sports Network 11.6 percent, and Fox Sports Digital-Sporting News Media 7.2 percent).

On mobile devices alone, 61.2 million unique users accessed ESPN web and app content, an increase of 12.2 million over a year ago. ESPN mobile visitors generated 4.4 billion minutes of usage, more than the next four mobile sports properties combined.

59 percent of ESPN’s unique users – 47.5 million people – exclusively accessed content on smartphones and tablets. This is the 12th consecutive month that more than half of ESPN’s digital users came only from mobile devices.

More results from the March comScore Multi-Platform report:

  • 56 percent of all time spent with ESPN digital content was consumed by mobile device users, the 11th consecutive month that smartphones and tablets contributed a larger share of usage to ESPN’s digital total than desktop and laptop computers.
  • 62.2 million people used ESPN.com across devices, up 20 percent from a year ago, with 43.5 million people visiting ESPN.com via smartphones and tablets.
  • ESPN had the Nos. 1 and 2 apps in the sports category (ESPN – 12.9 million unique visitors, WatchESPN – 6.9 million), while ESPN Tournament Challenge was No. 6 with 2.7 million unique users in March.
  • ESPN’s portfolio of apps generated 2.7 billion minutes of usage, more than the next three sports properties combined, and accounted for 42 percent of all time spent with apps in the Sports Category.

Additional results from ESPN Research & Analytics:

  • 5.4 million unique devices streamed WatchESPN and ESPN3 content in March (up 19 percent from a year ago), as viewers spent 997 million minutes with programming across all platforms (up 41 percent).1
  • ESPN3 was the second most-streamed network on the WatchESPN platform (trailing only ESPN), racking up 267 million minutes of viewing.1
  • Fans watched 421.5 million ESPN digital video clips in March across all touch points, up 35 percent from a year ago.1
  • 71 percent of all ESPN platform clips (382.2 million) were viewed on computers, 23 percent on phones and tablets, and 5 percent on connected TVs.1
  • ESPN networks and ABC sports television content generated 8.8 million tweets in March, accounting for 13 percent of all TV-related activity during the month.2

Other key social media metrics:

  • 2.0 million unique authors wrote tweets about ESPN/ABC Sports content, representing 25 percent of those tweeting about TV in March.2
  • ESPN’s top Twitter accounts were retweeted or favorited 12.5 million times, up 25 percent from a year ago. ESPN’s Twitter accounts have 49 million unique followers.3
  • ESPN’s top Instagram accounts generated 26.1 million engagements, a 25 percent increase from February.4

1 Source: Adobe Analytics
2 Source: Nielsen SocialGuide
3 Source: Twitter
4 Source: Instagram

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‘Subway Series’ on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Delivers Double-Digit Ratings Increase

  • New York Mets-New York Yankees Generates Strong 1.9 Overnight Rating, Up 36 Percent
  • 8.4 Local New York Rating is Best for MLB Game on ESPN in Market Since 2011

On Sunday, April 26, the New York Mets at New York Yankees ‘Subway Series’ match-up on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell delivered a double-digit ratings increase, according to Nielsen. The telecast generated a strong 1.9 overnight rating, up 36 percent from the comparable game in 2014 (Boston Red Sox-Baltimore Orioles), which drew a 1.4.

Locally, the game generated an 8.4 rating in the New York market, which is the best rating for a Major League Baseball telecast on ESPN in the market since the 2011 season.

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball continues on May 3 as the Yankees travel to Fenway Park to visit the Boston Red Sox at 8 p.m. Dan Shulman, analysts Curt Schilling and John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney will provide commentary with Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown preceding the game at 7 p.m. from Yawkey Way.

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

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

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ESPN Radio Hits the Road for Big Sports Week with more than 90 Live Programming Hours

  • Mike & Mike to broadcast from Chicago in advance of NFL Draft
  • The Herd with Colin Cowherd in Las Vegas for Mayweather-Pacquiao
  • ESPN Radio at the NBA Playoffs
  • MLB: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox on May 3

ESPN Radio will hit the road this week beginning Wednesday, April 29, through Sunday, May 3, and will offer more than 90 live programming hours around some of the biggest sporting events of the year. SportsCenter AllNight will kick it off Thursday, April 30, at 2 a.m. ET, followed by Mike & Mike broadcasting live from 6 – 10 a.m. from Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and the Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place. Mike & Mike will again air live from Chicago on Friday, May 1.  Former NFL wide receiver and ESPN analyst Cris Carter will join hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg for two hours each day.

NFL Draft

Later that evening, ESPN Radio will broadcast Day One of the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 30 (coverage beginning at 7 p.m.), and continue with Day 2 on Friday, May 1 (coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m.). Host Dari Nowkhah, NFL analyst Louis Riddick and NFL Insider John Clayton will provide updates and analysis. Freddie Coleman will host post-draft coverage alongside NFL Insider Adam Caplan on both days at 11:30 p.m.  Weekend program Dari & Mel will also provide coverage, with co-host Nowkhah in Chicago and guest co-host Danny Kanell (filling in for Mel Kiper Jr.), from 8 a.m. – noon on Saturday.

At the Fight

In addition, The Herd with Colin Cowherd will air live poolside from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 29 – Friday, May 1, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Cowherd will be in Las Vegas in advance of the much-anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.  Cowherd will welcome guests throughout the three days to discuss and analyze the bout.

Also in Las Vegas, SirusXM’s The Stephen A. Smith Show (weekdays, 13 p.m.) – produced by ESPN — will broadcast live from Radio Row at the MGM Grand, WednesdayFriday. Additionally, Smith will host an afternoon Red Carpet Special that will be broadcast nationally on ESPN Radio from the MGM Grand lobby on Saturday from noon-3 p.m.

NBA Playoffs and MLB

Over the weekend, basketball and baseball will take center stage on ESPN Radio – The 2015 NBA Playoffs will continue Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., with games to be determined; and MLB on ESPN Radio plays on with a California clash Saturday as the defending World Series champions San Francisco Giants host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at 3 p.m. On Sunday, the New York Yankees will face longtime rivals the Boston Red Sox in primetime, at 7 p.m.  Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will describe the action.

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

Date Time (ET) Show
Wed, Apr 29 10 a.m. The Herd with Colin Cowherd (from Las Vegas)
Thu, Apr 30 2 a.m. SportsCenter AllNight
  6 a.m. Mike & Mike (from Chicago)
  10 a.m. The Herd with Colin Cowherd (from Las Vegas)
  1 p.m. SVP & Russillo
  4 p.m. The Dan Le Batard Show
  7 p.m. 2015 NFL Draft (from Chicago)
Fri, May 1 2 a.m. The Freddie Coleman Show
  6 a.m. Mike & Mike (from Chicago)
  10 a.m. The Herd with Colin Cowherd (from Las Vegas)
  1 p.m. SVP & Russillo
  4 p.m. The Dan Le Batard Show
  6:30 p.m. 2015 NFL Draft (from Chicago)
Sat, May 2 2 a.m. Kevin Winter
  4 a.m. The Sporting Life
  5 a.m. SportsCenter AllNight
  7 a.m. The Sporting Life
  8 a.m. Dari & Mel (with Nowkhah from Chicago)
  Noon Red Carpet Special with Stephen A. Smith (from Las Vegas)
  3 p.m. MLB: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at San Francisco Giants
  7:30 p.m. NBA Playoffs (Game TBD)
  11 p.m. Robin Lundberg (Post-fight coverage)
Sun, May 3 2 a.m. Kevin Winter (Post-fight coverage)
  5 a.m. SportsCenter AllNight
  7 a.m. The Ian O’Connor Show
  9 a.m. Lupica
  11 a.m. NBA Lockdown
  Noon Rothenberg & Weatherford
  2:30 p.m NBA Playoffs (Game TBD)
  7 p.m. MLB: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
  11:30 p.m. SportsCenter AllNight

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ESPN Radio Hits the Road for Big Sports Week with more than 90 Live Programming Hours

  • Mike & Mike to broadcast from Chicago in advance of NFL Draft
  • The Herd with Colin Cowherd in Las Vegas for Mayweather-Pacquiao
  • ESPN Radio at the NBA Playoffs
  • MLB: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox on May 3

ESPN Radio will hit the road this week beginning Wednesday, April 29, through Sunday, May 3, and will offer more than 90 live programming hours around some of the biggest sporting events of the year. SportsCenter AllNight will kick it off Thursday, April 30, at 2 a.m. ET, followed by Mike & Mike broadcasting live from 6 – 10 a.m. from Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and the Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place. Mike & Mike will again air live from Chicago on Friday, May 1.  Former NFL wide receiver and ESPN analyst Cris Carter will join hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg for two hours each day.

NFL Draft

Later that evening, ESPN Radio will broadcast Day One of the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 30 (coverage beginning at 7 p.m.), and continue with Day 2 on Friday, May 1 (coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m.). Host Dari Nowkhah, NFL analyst Louis Riddick and NFL Insider John Clayton will provide updates and analysis. Freddie Coleman will host post-draft coverage alongside NFL Insider Adam Caplan on both days at 11:30 p.m.  Weekend program Dari & Mel will also provide coverage, with co-host Nowkhah in Chicago and guest co-host Danny Kanell (filling in for Mel Kiper Jr.), from 8 a.m. – noon on Saturday.

At the Fight

In addition, The Herd with Colin Cowherd will air live poolside from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 29 – Friday, May 1, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Cowherd will be in Las Vegas in advance of the much-anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.  Cowherd will welcome guests throughout the three days to discuss and analyze the bout.

Also in Las Vegas, SirusXM’s The Stephen A. Smith Show (weekdays, 13 p.m.) – produced by ESPN — will broadcast live from Radio Row at the MGM Grand, WednesdayFriday. Additionally, Smith will host an afternoon Red Carpet Special that will be broadcast nationally on ESPN Radio from the MGM Grand lobby on Saturday from noon-3 p.m.

NBA Playoffs and MLB

Over the weekend, basketball and baseball will take center stage on ESPN Radio – The 2015 NBA Playoffs will continue Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., with games to be determined; and MLB on ESPN Radio plays on with a California clash Saturday as the defending World Series champions San Francisco Giants host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at 3 p.m. On Sunday, the New York Yankees will face longtime rivals the Boston Red Sox in primetime, at 7 p.m.  Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will describe the action.

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

Date Time (ET) Show
Wed, Apr 29 10 a.m. The Herd with Colin Cowherd (from Las Vegas)
Thu, Apr 30 2 a.m. SportsCenter AllNight
  6 a.m. Mike & Mike (from Chicago)
  10 a.m. The Herd with Colin Cowherd (from Las Vegas)
  1 p.m. SVP & Russillo
  4 p.m. The Dan Le Batard Show
  7 p.m. 2015 NFL Draft (from Chicago)
Fri, May 1 2 a.m. The Freddie Coleman Show
  6 a.m. Mike & Mike (from Chicago)
  10 a.m. The Herd with Colin Cowherd (from Las Vegas)
  1 p.m. SVP & Russillo
  4 p.m. The Dan Le Batard Show
  6:30 p.m. 2015 NFL Draft (from Chicago)
Sat, May 2 2 a.m. Kevin Winter
  4 a.m. The Sporting Life
  5 a.m. SportsCenter AllNight
  7 a.m. The Sporting Life
  8 a.m. Dari & Mel (with Nowkhah from Chicago)
  Noon Red Carpet Special with Stephen A. Smith (from Las Vegas)
  3 p.m. MLB: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at San Francisco Giants
  7:30 p.m. NBA Playoffs (Game TBD)
  11 p.m. Robin Lundberg (Post-fight coverage)
Sun, May 3 2 a.m. Kevin Winter (Post-fight coverage)
  5 a.m. SportsCenter AllNight
  7 a.m. The Ian O’Connor Show
  9 a.m. Lupica
  11 a.m. NBA Lockdown
  Noon Rothenberg & Weatherford
  2:30 p.m NBA Playoffs (Game TBD)
  7 p.m. MLB: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
  11:30 p.m. SportsCenter AllNight

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“SEC Network +” Hits 1,000 Exclusive Live Events

The multiplatform SEC Network will carry it’s 997, 998, 999 and 1,000 exclusive SEC Network + events with the Tennessee at Alabama softball game, Mississippi State at Arkansas, Alabama at Ole Miss and Missouri at Vanderbilt baseball games all airing on Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. ET. SEC Network + events are primarily produced by the Southeastern Conference schools and made available exclusively through WatchESPN.

At launch, SEC Network committed to airing 450 games on SEC Network and an additional 550 games on SEC Network +. The network is on track to surpass both estimates and will likely hit 1,400 events by its one-year anniversary.

“The 1,000 milestone is remarkable for the volume it represents, but also for exceeding even our most optimistic expectations,” said Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president, college networks. “Eight-months into the network to nearly double the number of digitally exclusive events is an incredible testament to each SEC school’s production capabilities and the priority they’ve placed on content for fans.”

The 1,000 SEC Network + events comprise 13 sports (men’s & women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s & women’s basketball, swimming, gymnastics, track & field, softball, baseball, women’s lacrosse, sand volleyball and tennis) and an average of 70 events per school.

“The fact that the milestone will be reached by four events playing simultaneously is a prime example of the high volume of competitive content available at any given time on SEC Network + and the scheduling benefits of a multiplatform approach” said Connolly.

“I take a tremendous amount of pride in the role our schools have played in the success of the SEC Network.” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive “The investment we have made in first-class production facilities on each campus and the ambitious goals set by each school to deliver more action to their fans than ever before is why the network is a success by every standard.”

Other relevant 1,000 marks in SEC sports history:

  • Three SEC baseball coaches have 1,000 wins: Paul Mainieri (LSU), Ron Polk (Mississippi State/Georgia), Ray Tanner (South Carolina)

    • Polk, the winningest coach in conference history, reached all 1,000 wins coaching in the conference at Mississippi State and Georgia
  • A college basketball player has scored 1,000 points in a season 19 times; LSU’s Pistol Pete Maravich reached it on three separate occasions
  • The SEC freshman who was the fastest to reach 1,000 rushing yards is Florida’s Emmitt Smith (1987)
  • Tennessee Women’s Head Basketball Coach Emeritus, Pat Summitt, reached 1,000 wins on February 5, 2009; She still currently holds the record for most Division I Women’s Basketball wins
  • In February (2015) a pilot accidently dropped a MacBook Air from 1,000 feet. Upon recovery it was discovered to be in working condition. While unconfirmed, it is suspected that they promptly began viewing an SEC Network + event via WatchESPN.

 

The SEC Network

The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network which launched August 14, 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will carry SEC content 24/7 including more than 1,000 events in its first year. The network will televise 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming will also include in-depth commentary and analysis in studio shows, daily news and information, original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, and more. AT&T U-verse® TV, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast Xfinity TV,  Cox Communications, DIRECTV, DISH, Google Fiber, LUS Fiber, Mediacom, PTC Communications, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS Wilkes Telephone, and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC and will carry the television network nationwide at launch. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively as SEC Network+ events on WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com through authenticated access from AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DIRECTV, DISH, Google Fiber, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC.

 

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College Baseball: No. 2 Texas A&M at No. 1 LSU Three-Game Series on ESPN Networks Thursday thru Saturday

With the addition of an SEC Network telecast, the entire three-game series pitting college baseball’s top two teams – No. 2 Texas A&M at No. 1 LSU – Thursday, April 23, through Saturday, April 25, will now be available on national television. As previously announced the series begins on ESPNU Thursday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. ET and concludes Saturday, April 25, at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN. Game 2, Friday, April 24, will now have an additional television viewing option, airing on the SEC Network Alternate channel at 8 p.m. ET. The game will also be available on SEC Network + through WatchESPN.

“Southeastern Conference fans are the beneficiaries of a quality content surplus in spring sports and this weekend’s one vs. two series is a prime example,” said Dan Margulis, ESPN senior director of programming, who recently discussed SEC Network viewing options on ESPN Front Row. “While Game 2 was not originally slated on the television schedule, the creation of SEC Network gives us the flexibility to find a platform to carry this game nationally.”

SEC Network Alternate is an additional television channel used occasionally when live sporting events overlap. SEC Network will also carry the Georgia at Auburn baseball game on Friday, April 24, which begins at 7 p.m.

 

Additional Materials:

What is SEC Network +/ SEC Network Alternate

How to watch SEC Network +

SEC Network Channel Listings
SEC Network Spring Game Schedule

 

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