SiriusXM Announces 2015 MLB All-Star Coverage

SIRIUS XM RADIO LOGOSubscribers get live play-by-play of the 86th All Star Game, Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders, and other events from Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park

MLB Network Radio channel to air state-of-the-game roundtable show featuring Steve Sax, Mike Stanton, Todd Hollandsworth, Steve Phillips & Casey Stern

NEW YORK – July 9, 2015 – SiriusXM will offer baseball fans comprehensive coverage of Major League Baseball’s 2015 All-Star Week from Cincinnati, OH.

SiriusXM will carry the national broadcast of both the 86th All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 14 (8:00 pm ET), and the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders on Monday July 13 (8:00 pm ET), live on the MLB Network Radio channel.  MLB Network Radio is available nationwide on satellite radios (XM channel 89 and Sirius channel 209), through the SiriusXM app and at SiriusXM.com.

MLB Network Radio will offer listeners extensive pre- and post-event coverage from Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park for both the All-Star Game and Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders.  Hosts Casey Stern and former GMs Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette will broadcast live starting at 5:00 pm ET both days, conducting one-on-one interviews with All-Stars, managers, coaches and other personalities from around the game.

On Sunday, July 12 at 10:00 am ET, SiriusXM will present a round table discussion hosted by Stern and featuring several MLB Network Radio hosts/analysts – including former All-Stars Steve Sax and Mike Stanton, former NL Rookie of the Year Todd Hollandsworth, and former general manager Steve Phillips. The hosts will recap the first half of the season, discuss team needs as the trade deadline approaches, and take a look at the teams making a push for the postseason.

This will be followed by the exclusive radio broadcast of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, featuring the top minor league prospects from the U.S. facing off against their counterparts from around the world.  MLB Network Radio’s pre-game coverage will begin at 1:00 pm ET (Game time: 3:00 pm ET).  Mike Ferrin will be the play-by-play voice for the broadcast and Jim Duquette will be the analyst.  Jim Bowden will report from the scouts’ seats where he will talk with MLB talent evaluators throughout the game, and Grant Paulsen will provide reports from the dugouts and interview the players before, during and after the game.

In addition to MLB Network Radio’s All-Star Week coverage, fans will also hear from SiriusXM’s Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, who will host his daily all-sports show, Mad Dog Unleashed (Mad Dog Sports Radio, SiriusXM channel 85) live from Great American Ball Park on July 13 and 14 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm ET.  Russo is scheduled to be joined on air by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday at 6:00 pm ET.  His daily MLB Network TV show, High Heat with Christopher Russo, will also originate from Cincinnati those days.  High Heat will air live on MLB Network at 4:00 pm ET and will be simulcast on MLB Network Radio.

MLB games are available on Sirius radios with either a Premier or All Access package and on all XM radios.  Through SiriusXM’s agreement with MLBAM, MLB play-by-play is also available to all subscribers on the SiriusXM app and online at SiriusXM.com.

SiriusXM subscribers listening to MLB games through the SiriusXM app or online have access to a suite of 30 play-by-play channels dedicated to streaming the official radio broadcasts of every MLB team.  Listeners also get access to multiple Spanish-language broadcasts.  For a schedule of games in English and Spanish with their channel assignments visit www.SiriusXM.com/MLBschedule.

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MLB Network to Air Live & New Original Programming Throughout 2015 All-Star Week

mlb-networkWall-to-Wall Coverage of the 2015 All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati

Top MLB Prospects Showcased in SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game This Sunday, July 12 and

Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 15

MLB Network Presents Returns with New Episodes on Randy Johnson & Buck Showalter

 

July 8, 2015 – MLB Network will air live and new original programming throughout Major League Baseball’s 2015 All-Star Week, anchored by more than 13 live hours of coverage from Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, featuring 2015 Hall of Fame inductees Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer Sean Casey, Greg Amsinger, Peter Gammons, Brian Kenny, Al Leiter, Kevin Millar, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds, Chris Rose, Christopher Russo, Matt Vasgersian, Heidi Watney and Matt Yallof.

On returning to Cincinnati for the 2015 All-Star Game, three-time Reds All-Star Sean Casey said, “There’s nothing like the Midsummer Classic as a player and a fan. I’m so excited that the All-Star Game is back in the Queen City, a place with such a deep baseball history, and that the sports world will get a chance to see up-close the amazing place I called home for eight seasons.”

 

Programming Highlights

  • Three MLB Network studio shows will present live on-field coverage during batting practice for the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders and the 2015 All-Star Game, with analysts using wireless “hat cams” to capture live HD footage of players on the field from a different perspective.
  • Viewers will have two chances to see future All-Stars in action with MLB Network’s exclusive telecasts of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game live this Sunday, July 12 at 3:00 p.m. ET from Great American Ball Park, and the 28th annual Triple-A All-Star Game live on Wednesday, July 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET from Werner Park in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • The original series MLB Network Presents returns for a mid-summer run of new episodes during All-Star Week. Hosted by Bob Costas, MLB Network Presents: Buck Showalter, A Life in Baseball on Wednesday, July 15 at 7:00 p.m. ET, is an in-depth look at the passion and philosophy that have been at the core of the current Orioles manager’s more than two decades of coaching and managing among four Major League clubs. MLB Network Presents: Randy Johnson, The Big Picture, on Thursday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. ET, is an intimate portrait of the 2015 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and his transformative journey from raw talent to dominant force. Narrated by Metallica lead singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer James Hetfield, the hour-long show includes unique perspectives from interviews with former teammates, opponents, managers and celebrity friends that shed light on one of the Hall of Fame’s newest members.
  • Following its launch last month, MLB Network programming is available for authenticated live streaming via MLB.com At Bat for iPhone, iPad and supported Android smartphones and tablets, and online at MLBNetwork.com, through participating TV providers.

 

MLB Network 2015 All-Star Week Programming Schedule:

  • Sunday, July 12:

o    3:00 p.m. ET – SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game with MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian, Dan Plesac, Heidi Watney and MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo on the call from Great American Ball Park

  • Monday, July 13

o    1:00 p.m. ETAll-Star managers Bruce Bochy and Ned Yost will announce the starting pitchers for the 2015 All-Star Game at the All-Star Media Day.

o    4:00 p.m. ETHigh Heat with Christopher Russo presented by Liberty Mutual, with guests Bruce Bochy, Ned Yost and MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre

o    5:00 p.m. ETIntentional Talk presented by Dairy Queen

o    6:00 p.m. ETMLB Tonight: All-Star Batting Practice presented by Gillette and Head & Shoulders

o    Post-Home Run Derby – MLB Tonight: All-Star Edition presented by Gillette and Head & Shoulders

  • Tuesday, July 14

o    3:00 p.m. ET – All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet with Greg Amsinger, Sean Casey and Heidi Watney; follow @MLBNetwork and use #ASGRedCarpet for behind-the-scenes photos

o    4:00 p.m. ETHigh Heat with Christopher Russo presented by Liberty Mutual

o    5:00 p.m. ETIntentional Talk presented by Dairy Queen

o    6:00 p.m. ETMLB Tonight: All-Star Batting Practice presented by Esurance, with guest MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr.

o    Post-All-Star Game – MLB Tonight: All-Star Edition presented by Esurance

o    The music of Cincinnati-based platinum-selling pop-rock band WALK THE MOON will be featured throughout MLB Network’s All-Star Week programming, including exclusive video and interview footage with the band filmed last month at Great American Ball Park.

  • Wednesday, July 15

o    7:00 p.m. ETMLB Network Presents: Buck Showalter, A Life in Baseball

o    8:00 p.m. ET – Triple-A All-Star Game with MLB Network’s Paul Severino, Bill Ripken, Sam Ryan and Baseball America editor-in-chief John Manuel on the call from Werner Park in Omaha, NE.

  • Thursday, July 16

o    7:00 p.m. ETMLB Network Presents: Randy Johnson, The Big Picture

o    9:00 p.m. ET – Cable network premiere of “Trouble With the Curve,” starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake

About MLB Network:

MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans, featuring the multiple Emmy Award-winning MLB Tonight, live regular season and Postseason game telecasts, original programming, highlights, and insights and analysis. MLB Network debuted on January 1, 2009 in a record-setting 50 million homes, is currently distributed in approximately 70 million homes throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, and is available for live, authenticated streaming via MLB.com At Bat and MLBNetwork.com. For more information and to find MLB Network in your area, go to www.MLBNetwork.com.

2015 Gillette Home Run Derby Presented By Head & Shoulders Exclusively on ESPN

  • Derby Team: Chris Berman returns with John Kruk and new addition Aaron Boone
  • Baseball Tonight to have Significant On-site Presence throughout Home Run Derby
  • SportsCenter, ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in Cincinnati

ESPN will exclusively televise the 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders on Monday, July 13, at 8 p.m. ET. The event will emanate from Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds and the 2015 MLB All-Star Game. The 30th edition of the Home Run Derby will also be available on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN.

New Derby team

ESPN will showcase a new Home Run Derby commentator team during this year’s telecast. Chris Berman, the voice of the Home Run Derby, will return to provide the majority of the play-by-play. He’ll be joined by John Kruk (Sunday Night Baseball) and new addition to the team, former Red, Aaron Boone (Baseball Tonight). The trio, who will be located on the third base line, will be joined by reporters Pedro Gomez and Nicole Briscoe.

Baseball Tonight ESPN’s Major League Baseball studio show – will travel to Great American Ball Park for three hours of coverage leading in to the Home Run Derby and will also be integrated into the Derby telecast itself. Host Karl Ravech will be joined by Curt Schilling (Sunday Night Baseball) and reporters Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian on the first base line, opposite Berman, Kruk and Boone. Ravech’s team will provide updates and insights during the Derby, as well as pre-game.

Baseball Tonight will air live on Monday, July 13, beginning at 5 p.m. to kick off Derby festivities. The show will be followed by SportsCenter, hosted by Lindsay Czarniak, at 6 p.m., before resuming at 7 p.m. for an additional hour of pre-game coverage. Here’s the Derby night schedule:

Time Telecast Network(s)
5 p.m. Baseball Tonight ESPN, WatchESPN
6 p.m. SportsCenter ESPN, WatchESPN
7 p.m. Baseball Tonight ESPN, WatchESPN
8 p.m. 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio
11 p.m. (Approx.) 2015 MLB Legends & Celebrity Softball All-Star Game ESPN, WatchESPN

Derby on Radio

The 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders will also be available on ESPN Radio with Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton calling the action. The duo will also call the MLB All-Star Game for ESPN Radio on Tuesday, July 14 at 8 p.m. In addition, Ernesto Jerez, analysts Ozzie Guillen and Luis Alfredo Alvarez and reporter Guillermo Celis will provide commentary on ESPN Deportes. Renato Bermudez and Eduardo Orteza will describe the Derby on ESPN Deportes Radio. Both teams will also cover the 2015 MLB All-Star Game.

ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike, hosted by Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, will broadcast their national radio show live from the Moerlein Lager House, located across the street from Great American Ball Park, during MLB All-Star festivities on Monday, July 13, and Tuesday, July 14. Fans are welcome to watch both live shows.  Guests scheduled to appear include John Smoltz, Ned Yost and Frank Thomas (Monday), Bruce Bochy and Commissioner Rob Manfred (Tuesday).

Mike & Mike, which recently celebrated its 15th anniversary as the morning anchor of the ESPN Radio lineup, will broadcast from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. The show, simulcast on ESPN2, is available on ESPN Radio and ESPN affiliates across the country.  It is also available on espnradio.com, ESPN Radio app, SiriusXM Channel 83, Apple iTunes, Slacker Radio, TuneIn.

Immediately following the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders, ESPN will televise 2015 MLB Legends & Celebrity Softball All-Star Game. The game, which will include ESPN’s own Aaron Boone, will also be available on WatchESPN.

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

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

 

ESPN Names Ilan Ben-Hanan Vice President, College Sports Programming

Ilan Ben-Hanan, ESPN’s lead college football programming executive since 2011, has been promoted to Vice President of College Sports Programming. In this role, Ben-Hanan manages the relationships and rights acquisition activities for the network’s entire college sports portfolio, comprised of the College Football Playoff and more than 30 bowl games, more than 20 NCAA Championships, and an industry-leading regular-season schedule of football, men’s and women’s basketball, and Olympic sports content. He will continue to be based in Los Angeles and will now report to Burke Magnus, Executive Vice President, Programming and Scheduling.Ilan Ben-Hanan - ESPN Leadership Premier - March 14, 2012

Prior to his new position, Ben-Hanan oversaw college football programming across ESPN networks as Vice President, Programming and Acquisitions. He was the daily contact on college football for all major areas and businesses within ESPN, for ESPN externally, and with all leagues, conferences, schools and bowls, including the College Football Playoff and previous Bowl Championship Series post-season system.

“Ilan is widely recognized throughout the world of intercollegiate athletics for his leadership, creativity, knowledge and dedication to all college sports,” said Magnus. “He has demonstrated the necessary leadership skills for this position in numerous situations, most recently with the successful long-term rights agreement for the highly sought after College Football Playoff.”

Ben-Hanan joined ESPN in 2002 as Programming Associate for college basketball and X Games, and was promoted to Planner, news & information and soccer, in April 2004. He joined the team that launched ESPNU and was promoted to Manager, ESPNU programming, in September 2005. Charged with creating the entire programming schedule for the network, he secured live events from conferences and institutions across the country at all levels of college sports. Seven months later, he was named Director, college basketball programming. In that role, he set the schedule and strategy for more than 1,000 basketball games annually and created the schedule for the first Tip-off Marathon. In August of 2008, Ben-Hanan accepted the newly created position of Senior Director, West Coast Programming, and moved back to his native California to work in ESPN’s Los Angeles production facility. During that time, he negotiated the extension of ESPN’s West Coast Conference rights agreement and led the interdepartmental efforts for the 2010 Rose Bowl and the BCS National Championship game in Pasadena while overseeing all ESPN-branded programming appearing on Disney XD.

A two-time cancer survivor, Ben-Hanan has been instrumental in the creation and promotion of one of ESPN’s and The V Foundation for Cancer Research’s biggest fundraising events, Jimmy V Week, an event he conceptualized in 2007. Ben-Hanan was graduated from the University of Southern California, with a bachelor’s of arts a degree in broadcast journalism. He has appeared on the sports quiz shows Sports Geniuses and ESPN’s 2-Minute Drill. The son of immigrants, his father came to the U.S. from Israel, and his mother, from Brazil.

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Florida’s Takeover Schedule for July 2 on SEC Network

SEC Network Takeover (#SECNTakeover) continues Thursday, July 2, with the Florida Gators taking over the national television network for 24 hours. With the help of current WWE Tag Team World Champion and former Florida football player Titus O’Neil (Thaddeus Bullard), the Gators have selected 15 marquee television events from the vault* to relive with fans.

Florida #SECNTakeover Schedule Includes:

  • Florida Gators’ Takeover Special: Meet nearly a dozen Gators and coaches from the sports of baseball, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, track & field and volleyball who comprise Team Florida and make it one of the most dominant athletic programs in the country.
  • 2015 SEC Baseball Tournament Championship – Florida vs. Vanderbilt: The Gators had to win four consecutive elimination games to bring home their first title since 2011.
  • 2014 Florida vs. Texas (Volleyball): Head Coach Mary Wise and the Gators had already solidified their 21st SECtitle and played one more match before the NCAA Tournament – the result was a five-set thriller!
  • 2009 Tennessee vs. Florida (Women’s Basketball): Legendary coach Pat Summitt was looking for career win No. 1,001 but the Gators had other ideas, led by a pair of Tennessee state-natives, Sha Brooks and Head Coach Amanda Butler.
  • 2015 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championship: The Gators sprinted, jumped and did everything else they needed to do in Starkville to bring the BIG hardware trophy back to Gainesville.
  •  2014 Florida State vs. Florida (Soccer): The Gators travel to Tallahassee and their rivals sport a 38-match regular-season win streak … watch the eighth-ranked Gators and the second-ranked ‘Noles battle on the pitch and see which team comes out CHOMP-ing!
  • SEC Storied: Abby Head On: SEC Storied examines the extraordinary Abby Wambach, one of the most noticeable Gator athletes on the international soccer stage.
  • 2015 Kentucky vs. Florida (Gymnastics): The Gators entertain the Wildcats and another emotional and exciting edition in the team’s annual “LinkToPink” challenge.
  • 2014 Kentucky vs. Florida (Men’s Basketball): The SEC Tournament title is on the line when these two powerhouse programs collide and it’s a thriller that comes down to the final possession!
  • 2015 Florida State vs. Florida (Softball): The top-ranked and defending NCAA Champion Gators aim to complete the season sweep of their intrastate rival when the 10th-ranked ‘Noles challenge senior right-hander Lauren Haeger at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
  • Florida Gators’ Takeover Special: An encore showing the hour-long program that highlighted some of the top athletes and coaches who comprise Team Florida and make it one of the top athletic programs in the country.
  • 11/22/1997 FSU vs. Florida (Football): The ‘greatest game ever played?’ The Gators sure think so! Watch and find out why!
  • 1/2/1997 FSU vs. Florida (Football): It’s the rematch of intrastate rivals and the final collegiate game for Gator Great and Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel with the 1997 Sugar Bowl and national championship on the line in New Orleans.
  • 2006 Ohio State vs. Florida (Men’s Basketball): Relive the excitement of the self-named ‘04s – Corey Brewer, Taurean Green, Al Horford and Joakim Noah – and the rest of the defending NCAA Champion Gators defend their home court against the third-ranked Buckeyes.
  • Tim Tebow: Everything In Between: Watch behind-the-scenes footage of one of the all-time greatest and recognizable Gators in this intimate documentary about Tim Tebow and his preparation from college to the NFL.

 

 

Time (ET) Programming
midnight Florida Gators’ Takeover Special
1 a.m. 2015 SEC Baseball Tournament Championship: Florida vs. Vanderbilt
3 a.m. 2014 Florida vs. Texas (Volleyball)
5 a.m. 2009 Tennessee vs. Florida (Women’s Basketball)
7 a.m. 2015 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championship
9 a.m. 2014 Florida State vs. Florida (Soccer)
11 a.m. SEC Storied: Abby Head On
Noon 2015 Kentucky vs. Florida (Gymnastics)
1:30 p.m. 2014 Kentucky vs. Florida (Men’s Basketball)
3 p.m. 2015 Florida State vs. Florida (Softball)
4:30 p.m. Florida Gators’ Takeover Special (encore presentation)
5:30 p.m. 11/22/1997 FSU vs. Florida (Football)
7:30 p.m. 1/2/1997 FSU vs. Florida (Football)
9:30 p.m. 2006 Ohio State vs. Florida (Men’s Basketball)
11 p.m. Tim Tebow: Everything In Between

(schedule subject to change)

*Takeover schedules were created from available television inventory; NCAA Championships were not available for re-air.

 

About the SEC Network Takeover

The SEC Network Takeover is a two-week programming initiative dedicated to airing programming selected by Southeastern Conference schools. All 14 schools will craft their own 24-hour schedule which may include classic games, films, ESPN original content and some school-produced content. In addition to delivering the ultimate the day of television for their fan-base, the takeover includes SEC Network’s twitter handle.

 

The SEC Network
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have 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 carry SEC content 24/7 and featured more than 1,000 live events the first year. The network televises over 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 includes 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 carried the television network nationwide. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports are 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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Costas & McCarver to Call First Game Together in 35 Years This Thursday

mlb-networkMcCarver to Join Costas for the San Diego Padres at St. Louis Cardinals This Thursday, July 2

June 29, 2015 – Hall of Fame award-winning broadcaster Tim McCarver will join MLB Network’s Bob Costas to call the MLB Network Showcase telecast of the San Diego Padres at St. Louis Cardinals this Thursday, July 2 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Though they’ve each called MLB games over the last four decades, July 2 will mark the first time that Costas and McCarver will call a game together since two “Game of the Week” broadcasts on NBC in 1980, and it will be the first national MLB game McCarver will call since the 2013 World Series.

Over the last 35 years, there are only four World Series – 2014, 1983, 1981 and 1980 – in which neither Costas nor McCarver were part of the broadcast team. McCarver, who most recently spent 18 years as the lead MLB analyst at FOX, has called baseball games for four national U.S. TV networks, including 24 World Series and 20 All-Star Games. McCarver’s guest analyst role on MLB Network Showcase this week is in addition to his current work as an analyst on St. Louis Cardinals game telecasts for FOX Sports Midwest.

“Over the past few years, we’ve looked for opportunities for interesting announcer pairings for the sheer enjoyment of it,” said Costas. “A few years ago, I did a game with my friend Al Michaels; last year it was Bob Uecker; this time, Tim McCarver. He and I have been friends for 35 years, dating to the two games we did together on NBC in 1980. While our paths have crossed zillions of times since then, and we’ve each worked too many games to count, this will be the first time we’ve worked together since. Let’s hope we’ve each learned a few things in the meantime.”

“One of the expressions that I abhor in baseball is ‘at this pace,’ and yet, at this pace, Bob and I will work together every 35 years,” said McCarver. “I’m delighted to be with Bob again, if only for one game.”

The remaining MLB Network Showcase games in July will feature the New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox on Friday, July 10, the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers at NL East first-place Washington Nationals on Friday, July 17, and the Dodgers at New York Mets on Thursday, July 23. Games will be blacked out in each club’s home television territory unless otherwise announced. Viewers in areas subject to blackouts will be provided with an alternate game telecast or other programming. MLB Network’s complete programming lineup is available here.

ESPN to Celebrate July 4 Weekend with MLB Holiday Tripleheader & Sunday Night Baseball

  • Baseball Tonight Hits Washington D.C. for show atop U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • John Kruk, Curt Schilling, Dan Shulman & Buster Olney to Call Two San Francisco Giants-Washington Nationals Telecasts, including on Sunday Night Baseball
  • Kruk to Debut Musical Collaboration with Country Music Stars Davisson Brothers Band
  • Esurance All-Star Selection Shows on ESPN July 5 & 6

ESPN is celebrating July 4 weekend by televising four Major League Baseball games, starting with a holiday tripleheader presented by ExxonMobil on Friday, July 3.

At 2:10 p.m. ET on Friday, the Miami Marlins and Dee Gordon will visit the Chicago Cubs and Kris Bryant. At 6 p.m., ESPN will air the first of two holiday weekend matchups in Washington D.C. between the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants – led by Buster Posey – and the Washington Nationals and Bryce Harper. In the nightcap, east meets west as the New York Mets will visit the Los Angeles Dodgers and expected starting pitcher, ace Clayton Kershaw, at 10 p.m.

Baseball Tonight is hitting the road for a special on-site show in the Nation’s Capital on Friday, July 3, at 1:30 p.m. prior to the holiday tripleheader. The Baseball Tonight set will be located atop the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building, which overlooks the White House.  Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet will also be on site at Nationals Park prior to Sunday Night Baseball, July 5, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The Baseball Tonight crew will then host the Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show on ESPN from 7:30-8 p.m. During the telecast, the 2015 MLB All-Star starters will be revealed, leading in to Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.

 ESPN will air Esurance All-Star Selection Show prior to Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA on July 6 at 7 p.m. On Monday’s selection show, the 2015 MLB All-Star reserves will be announced.

The Sunday Night Baseball telecast team – Dan Shulman, analysts Curt Schilling and John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney – will pull double duty on July 4 weekend. The crew will call both matchups between the Giants and Nationals. The weekend will culminate with Giants-Nationals on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell, July 5, at 8 p.m.

John Kruk Teams with Davisson Brothers Band for Musical Open

John Kruk, ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst and former Major Leaguer, has joined forces with country music superstars Davisson Brothers Band to record a special track, titled ‘Right Here on ESPN,’ for the ESPN broadcast opens during July 4 weekend.  Kruk provides vocals for the song, which will serve as a slice of Americana and focus on baseball and the Independence Day holiday. Kruk and Davisson Brothers Band have also created customized renditions for each game.

July 4 weekend schedule

Date Time (ET) Telecast Network Commentators
Fri., July 3 1:30 p.m. Baseball Tonight presented by ExxonMobil ESPN2/WatchESPN Adnan Virk, Aaron Boone, Tim Kurkjian
  2:10 p.m. Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs presented by ExxonMobil ESPN2/WatchESPN Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Dallas Braden
  6 p.m. San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals presented by ExxonMobil (*Full National) ESPN/WatchESPN Dan Shulman, Curt Schilling, John Kruk, Buster Olney
  10 p.m. New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers presented by ExxonMobil (*Full National) ESPN/WatchESPN Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe, Doug Glanville
Sun., July 5 6:30 p.m. Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet ESPN/WatchESPN Karl Ravech, Aaron Boone, Tim Kurkjian
  7:30 p.m. Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show ESPN/WatchESPN Ravech, Boone, Kurkjian
  8 p.m. Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell: San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals ESPN/WatchESPN Shulman, Schilling, Kruk, Olney
Mon., July 6 7 p.m. Esurance All-Star Selection Show ESPN/WatchESPN Ravech, Kurkjian, Schilling,  Kruk

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

Gianina Thompson at 860-766-7022 and gianina.thompson@espn.com (@Gianina_ESPN).

Sunday MLB on TBS Returns July 12 with New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox at 1:30 p.m. ET

mlb-on-tbsCoverage Continues July 19 – Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Washington Nationals – at 1:30 p.m. ET

MLB on TBS Analyst Ron Darling Shares Perspective on Opening Months of 2015 MLB Season

Sunday MLB on TBS will return July 12 with the New York Yankees and Alex Rodriguez visiting the Boston Red Sox and David Ortiz at 1:30 p.m. ET.  Three-time Sports Emmy Award winning commentator Ernie Johnson will provide play-by-play for the game, seen locally in the Boston market, alongside veteran MLB on TBS analyst Ron Darling.

The following week, Sunday MLB on TBS will feature a match-up of current National League division leaders as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Yasiel Puig visit the Washington Nationals and Bryce Harper on July 19 at 1:30 p.m., with the telecast shown locally in Washington, D.C.  Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. will join Johnson and Darling in the broadcast booth.

TBS is entering its 8th consecutive year of live MLB game coverage, with a lineup featuring regular season telecasts each Sunday afternoon and an extensive MLB Postseason schedule including the exclusive presentation of the National League Wild Card Game, both National League Division Series and the National League Championship Series this year.

MLB on TBS analyst Darling shares his reflections on the upcoming Yankees/Red Sox matchup, some early season surprises and a look ahead at a potential NLCS showdown:

Darling on the New York-Boston match-up:

“I’m looking forward to seeing Mookie Betts play in person.  His versatility and athleticism make him one of the more exciting young players in the league.  I also think that a healthy Mark Teixeira has given the New York offense a big boost with his power [18 home runs and a slugging percentage over .550], which has helped him against the shift.”

Darling on teams that have surprised him so far this season:

“Houston has been a great surprise this year, built on power, young talent and a rebuilt bullpen that has been very good.  The recent promotion of shortstop Carlos Correa has given them another young, dynamic, up the middle talent.  Seattle has been disappointing to me, especially after signing Nelson Cruz in the off-season to boost the offense.”

Darling on his favorites to meet in the NLCS:

“I expect to see St. Louis and Washington play for the chance to represent the NL in the World Series.  Both teams have weathered injuries so far and can rely on excellent pitching.  Their postseason experience will help come October.”

Upcoming Sunday MLB on TBS Schedule

July 12, 1:30 p.m. ET: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox

Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling (analyst)

July 19, 1:30 p.m. ET: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Washington Nationals

Johnson (play-by-play), Darling and Cal Ripken, Jr. (analysts)

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Arkansas Takeover Schedule for June 30 on SEC Network

SEC Network Takeover (#SECNTakeover) continues Tuesday, June 30 with the Arkansas Razorbacks taking over the national television network for 24 hours. With the help of women’s basketball head coach Jimmy Dykes (video), Arkansas selected 10 marquee television events from the SEC vault* to re-live with fans.

Arkansas #SECNTakeover Schedule Includes:

  • 1999 Arkansas vs. Tennessee (Football) After a heartbreaking finish in 1998, the Razorbacks knocked off the No. 3 ranked Vols with 14 unanswered points when Clint Stoerner found Anthony Lucas for the game-winning touchdown with less than four minutes left.
  • SEC Storied: 40 Minutes of Hell ESPN Films relives the birth and rise of “Hawg Ball” that helped Arkansas capture the 1994 National Championship, led by Naismith Hall of Fame head coach Nolan Richardson’s “40 Minutes of Hell” style.
  • 2001 Ole Miss vs. Arkansas (Football) It took seven overtimes, but Arkansas came away from Oxford with a 58-56 victory in what is tied for the longest game in NCAA history. The Razorbacks rushed for seven touchdowns, including three Hogs who broke the 100-yard mark.
  • 2015 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championship The top-ranked Razorback women’s track and field team won the 2015 SEC Outdoor Championships in Starkville, Miss., to complete the program’s third SEC Triple Crown. With the help of six individual titles including a collegiate-record performance by Sandi Morris in the pole vault, Arkansas finished the three-day meet with 127.5 points to secure the program’s fifth SEC outdoor crown.
  • Arkansas Film Room: LSU vs. Arkansas 2014 Head coach Bret Bielema earned his first SEC win with a 17-0 shutout of No. 20 LSU. Watch him break down film of the victory with quarterback Brandon Allen, running back Jonathan Williams and defensive coordinator Robb Smith in the dominant performance.
  • 2014 LSU vs. Arkansas (Football) Arkansas shutout No. 17 LSU for its first conference win of the season. The Razorback defense limits LSU to just 123 total yards while running backs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams each scored in the upset victory.
  • 2015 Georgia vs. Arkansas (Women’s Basketball) In front of a nationally televised audience at Bud Walton Arena, Razorback women’s basketball jumped out to a quick lead and hung on for its third consecutive win over No. 24/21 Georgia, 54-58. Sophomore Jessica Jackson led Arkansas with 15 points, including five key free throws in the final 26 seconds to ice the win.
  • 2013 Florida vs. Arkansas (Men’s Basketball) The Razorbacks used a huge first half against the University of Florida to take down the No. 2 team in the country, knocking off the Gators 80-69 behind 13 points from BJ Young and 11 points apiece from Marshawn Powell and Michael Qualls.
  • 2015 Alabama vs. Arkansas (Gymnastics) #12 Razorback team used an historic floor exercise performance to complete the come-from-behind upset victory over defending SEC Champion and sixth-ranked Alabama in Barnhill Arena. The national audience was treated to a school-record 49.600 behind a trio of 9.925’s in the final rotation for the win.
  • 2011 LSU vs. Arkansas (Baseball) In the midst of a season-long eight-game winning streak, the Arkansas baseball team welcomed 17th ranked LSU to town and swept the Tigers, picking up 2-0, 4-3 and 5-4 victories at Baum Stadium. The Razorbacks went on to win one of its four SEC Western Division Championships in 2011. Relive the April 9th Game 2 comeback win.
  • 2014 Kentucky vs. Arkansas (Men’s Basketball) After enduring a game-tying shot in the final seconds of regulation for the second straight game, the Arkansas men’s basketball team earned a bit of redemption on Jan. 14. Sophomore Michael Qualls’ sank a put-back dunk with 0.2 seconds left in overtime, giving the Razorbacks a 87-85 win over No. 13/12 Kentucky and sent a crowd of 18,886 fans into hysteria at Bud Walton Arena.
  • Arkansas Year in Review The 2014-15 season was without question the most successful overall combined academic and competitive year in the history of the Arkansas Razorbacks. A one-hour look at the success on the field of play reflected through national players of the year, numerous NCAA and SEC champions and a top-20 Learfield Director’s Cup finish.
  • 2014 Advocare V100 Texas Bowl: Arkansas vs. Texas After holding the University of Texas to just 59 total yards, the Arkansas Razorbacks routed the Longhorns, 31-7, to claim the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl Championship. The crowd of 71,115 was the largest in AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl history and the most fans for a bowl game ever held in Houston.

 

Time (ET) Programming
Midnight 1999 Arkansas vs. Tennessee (Football)
2:30 a.m. SEC Storied: 40 Minutes of Hell
3:30 a.m. 2001 Ole Miss vs. Arkansas (Football)
6 a.m. 2015 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championship
8 a.m Arkansas Film Room: LSU vs. Arkansas 2014
8:30 a.m. 2014 LSU vs. Arkansas (Football)
11 a.m. 2015 Georgia vs. Arkansas (Women’s Basketball)
12:30 p.m. 2013 Florida vs. Arkansas (Men’s Basketball)
2:30 p.m. 2015 Alabama vs. Arkansas (Gymnastics)
4 p.m. 2011 LSU vs. Arkansas (Baseball)
6 p.m. 2014 Kentucky vs. Arkansas (Men’s Basketball)
8 p.m. Arkansas Year in Review
9 p.m. Arkansas Film Room: Arkansas vs. Texas 2014
9:30 p.m. 2014 Advocare V100 Texas Bowl: Arkansas vs. Texas

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

 

About SEC Network Takeover
The SEC Network Takeover is a two-week programming initiative dedicated to airing programming selected by Southeastern Conference schools. All 14 schools will craft their own 24-hour schedule which may include classic games, films, ESPN original content and some school-produced content.  In addition to delivering the ultimate the day of television for their fan-base, the takeover includes SEC Network’s twitter handle.

The SEC Network
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have 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 carry SEC content 24/7 and featured more than 1,000 live events the first year. The network televises over 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 includes 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 carried the television network nationwide. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports are 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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