15 of 16 ESPN Baseball Analysts Pick LSU and UCLA to Reach Omaha

Sixteen college baseball analysts who will work on ESPN’s coverage of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship picked the eight teams they believe will survive the Regionals (May 29 to June 1) and Super Regionals (June 5-8) to advance to the College World Series (June 13-24) in Omaha, Neb.

Overall, the 16 analysts predicted 25 different teams to reach the College World Series, led by LSU and UCLA each garnering picks from 15 of the analysts and Florida and Vanderbilt being selected by 14.

The 16 analysts include: Nick Belmonte, Chris Burke, Wes Clements, Rusty Ensor, Randy Flores, Gabe Gross, Ben McDonald, Keith Moreland, Eduardo Perez, Dave Perno, Kyle Peterson, Jay Powell, Landon Powell, Mike Rooney, Greg Swindell and Jay Walker. Highlights:

  • All eight of the national top seeds were picked by at least two analysts to reach Omaha – UCLA (15 picks), LSU (15), Louisville (10), Florida (14), Miami (7), Illinois (2), TCU (9) and Missouri State (2) – and the remaining eight host sites were predicted to advance at least once – Vanderbilt (14), Texas A&M (5), Oklahoma State (3), Cal State Fullerton (1), Dallas Baptist (1), Florida State (1), Houston (1) and UC Santa Barbara (1).
  • Defending national champion Vanderbilt received the most picks – 14 of the 16 – of any team outside the top eight national seeds.
  • Seven of the two-seeds (Arizona State, Arkansas, College of Charleston, East Carolina, Iowa, NC State and Oregon State) and two of the three-seeds (Clemson and Oregon) were picked to advance.
  • Eight of the 25 teams were predicted to reach the College World Series by only one analyst: Cal State Fullerton, Clemson, College of Charleston, Dallas Baptist, East Carolina, Florida State, Houston and UC Santa Barbara.

ESPN Analysts College World Series Picks

Team Nick Belmonte Chris Burke Wes Clements Rusty Ensor Randy Flores Gabe Gross Ben McDonald Keith Moreland
Arizona State X
Arkansas X
Cal State Fullerton X
East Carolina X
Florida X X X X X X X X
Illinois X X
Iowa X
Louisville X X X X X X
LSU X X X X X X X X
Miami (Fla.) X X X X X
NC State X
Oklahoma State X X
Oregon X X X X
Oregon State X X
Texas A&M X X
TCU X X X X X
UC Santa Barbara X
UCLA X X X X X X X
Vanderbilt X X X X X X

 

Team Eduardo Perez Dave Perno Kyle Peterson Jay Powell Landon Powell Mike Rooney Greg Swindell Jay Walker
Arizona State X X X
Arkansas X X X
College of Charleston X
Dallas Baptist X
Clemson X
Florida X X X X X X
Florida State X
Houston X
Iowa X
Louisville X X X X
LSU X X X X X X X
Miami (Fla.) X X
Missouri State X X
NC State X
Oklahoma State X
Oregon X
Oregon State X X X X X
Texas A&M X X X
TCU X X X X
UCLA X X X X X X X X
Vanderbilt X X X X X X X X

 

ESPN will provide exclusive coverage of the entire NCAA Division I Baseball Championship for the third straight season beginning with the Regionals (up to 112 games) from Friday, May 29, to Monday, June 1 followed by the Super Regional (up to 24 games from June 5-8) and the entire College World Series (up to 17 games from June 13-24). A full schedule: http://es.pn/1cjveMr

In addition to predictions, the analysts provided their thoughts on several subjects heading into the Regionals:

Dark horses:
Kyle Peterson: “Clemson and San Diego State”
Randy Flores: “Ultra dark horse would be USC sweeping TCU”
Gabe Gross: “College of Charleston. If their bats get really hot, it would not surprise me to see them in Omaha. They can really swing it.”
Jay Walker: “Houston. They have a great three-man starting rotation.”

On North Florida being left out:
Dave Perno: “North Florida has two All Americans on the team, won 18 of their last 20 games and only had 16 losses, 11 of which were by one run. They also won their regular season conference championship and lost by one run in tourney championship. The state of Florida has many teams in the tourney, but the committee left one out that very much deserved to be in.”

On SEC teams:
Ben McDonald: “It’s the best baseball conference in the country. Their big four have been solid and each have enough to win it.”
Randy Flores: “LSU is too good a team, and too hard to beat at home, to NOT make it to Omaha.”
Mike Rooney: “Vanderbilt has three projected first-round picks on their team with Dansby Swanson, Carson Fulmer and Walker Buehler.”
Chris Burke: “Florida is my favorite to win it all. If AJ Puk plays anywhere close to how he did in the SEC tourney throughout the postseason, they will win it all.”

On Illinois:
Chris Burke: Illinois can really pitch! It’s tough to pick against Vandy, but going on the road to beat Illinois will be tough.”

On Missouri State:
Jay Walker: “Missouri State is real good. They have two great starters and will be hard to get out of winners bracket.”

On Louisville:
Wes Clements: “Louisville is very interesting. They have a lot of pitching and speed, but what I love about their pitching is the bullpen – and in my opinion, no team is going to make it to Omaha without a great bullpen. I also love that two of their best in their pen are left-handed. If they catch the ball, which they have not done well this year, they could win it all.”

On Oregon:
Chris Burke: “Upset special! They have played well down the stretch and have a good backend of the bullpen. They can win playing small ball – which they will need to beat Missouri State.”

On the most open sites:
Jay Powell: “Oklahoma State and Missouri State sites are wide open. I can see St. John’s, Arkansas, Oregon, Oklahoma state, Missouri State and even Oral Roberts advancing to the College World Series. There doesn’t seem to be a real dominate team in them.”

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ESPN to Televise Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs on Sunday Night Baseball June 14

ESPN announced today it has made its game selection for the June 14 edition of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell. The Chicago Cubs – led by Anthony Rizzo – will host the Cincinnati Reds and Joey Votto in a National League Central division battle. All Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell telecasts start at 8 p.m. ET and are also available on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and via WatchESPN.

Dan Shulman, in his fifth year as the voice of Sunday Night Baseball, will provide commentary with analysts Curt Schilling and John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney. Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will describe the action for ESPN Radio.

Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet precedes each game with a one-hour, pre-game show at 7 p.m. The host, Karl Ravech, is joined by analyst Aaron Boone and reporters Tim Kurkjian and Nicole Briscoe.

 Sunday Night Baseball upcoming schedule:

Date Game
May 31 Detroit Tigers at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim presented by Taco Bell
June 7 St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers presented by Taco Bell
June 14 Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs presented by Taco Bell
June 21 San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers presented by Taco Bell
June 28 Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals presented by Taco Bell
July 5 TBD
July 12 St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates presented by Taco Bell
July 19 Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim presented by Taco Bell

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

ESPN’s Complete Coverage of NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Begins Friday

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ESPN’s extensive coverage of the 2015 college baseball season – more than 650 regular-season games and action from 11 conference tournaments – will continue with every matchup of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship for a third straight year.

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network and ESPN3 will combine to carry all of the possible 153 championship

Omaha, NE - June 24, 2013 - TD Ameritrade Park: Generic NCAA baseballs during game 1 of the 2013 College World Series (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Omaha, NE – June 24, 2013 – TD Ameritrade Park: Generic NCAA baseballs during game 1 of the 2013 College World Series
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contests from the Regionals (up to 112 games from 16 sites May 29-June 1), Super Regionals (up to 24 games from all eight sites June 5-8) and College World Series (up to 17 games June 13-24). Every NCAA Division I Baseball Championship game will also be available on WatchESPN.

The Regionals will include the return of ESPN’s four-day Bases Loaded platform that provides approximately 39 hours of unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from numerous games, plus up-to-the-minute commentary from ESPN analysts. ESPNU and ESPN2 is scheduled to carry 31 hours of Bases Loaded while ESPN3 will continue to offer the platform in its entirety. The record coverage on ESPNU and ESPN2 will include 10 hours on Friday and Saturday, six hours on Sunday, and up to five on Monday. Matt Schick and Brendan Fitzgerald will anchor with analysts Kyle Peterson and Ben McDonald. Schedule:

Friday, May 29 Saturday, May 30 Sunday, May 31 Monday, June 1 *
ESPN3: 1 p.m. to midnight ESPN3: 1 p.m. to midnight ESPN3: 1 p.m. to midnight ESPN3: 6 p.m. to midnight
ESPNU: 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. ESPNU: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. ESPNU: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. ESPNU: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
ESPN2: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
ESPNU: 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

* Schedule will be determined by number of Game 7 matchups

NCAA Regionals Presented by Capital One (Schedule subject to change)
ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 will provide exclusive coverage of the NCAA Regionals Presented by Capital One over four days beginning with 32 games on Friday, May 29. Network assignments for games 3 and 4 on Saturday, every game 5 on Sunday and if necessary games on Monday will be determined the evening before each scheduled contest. Networks for Sunday’s game 6 matchups will be assigned Sunday afternoon. Each site will feature four teams competing in a double-elimination format and each site winner will advance to the Super Regionals. Team highlights:

  • UCLA leads the top eight national seeds followed by LSU, Louisville, Florida, Miami (Fla.), Illinois, TCU and Missouri State. Missouri State is the first Missouri Valley Conference institution to be selected as a top eight seed and Illinois is the second ever for the Big Ten (Indiana was the first in 2014).
  • The ACC and SEC have the the most teams in the field with seven from each conference. The Pac-12 has six followed by the Big Ten with a league-record five.
  • Four of the schools will make their first appearance in the championship: CSU Bakersfield, Florida A&M, Houston Baptist and Radford – and four will continue their streak of playing in every event since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1999: Miami (Fla.) with their record 43rd consecutive, Florida State with 38 straight, Cal State Fullerton with 22 and Rice with 21.
Site: Los Angeles, Calif.
Commentators: Clay Matvick, Mike Rooney
Teams: No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Ole Miss, No. 3 Maryland, No. 4 CSU Bakersfield
Networks: ESPNU or ESPN3
Game 1 – Maryland vs. Ole Miss: May 29 at 7 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – CSU Bakersfield vs. UCLA: May 29 at 11 p.m., ESPNU
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 7 p.m. & 11 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 7 p.m. & 11 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 11 p.m.
 
Site: Baton Rouge, La.
Commentators: Mike Keith, Rusty Ensor
Teams: No. 1 LSU, No. 2 UNC Wilmington, No. 3 Tulane, No. 4 Lehigh
Networks: SEC Network, ESPNU or ESPN3
Game 1 – Lehigh vs. LSU: May 29 at 4 p.m., SEC Network
Game 2 – Tulane vs. UNC Wilmington: May 29 at 8 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 4 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 8 p.m.
 
Site: Louisville, Ky.
Commentators: Doug Bell, Wes Clements
Teams: No. 1 Louisville, No. 2 Bradley, No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Morehead State
Networks: ESPN3
Game 1 – Michigan vs. Bradley: May 29 at 2 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – Morehead State vs. Louisville: May 29 at 6 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at Noon & 4 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at Noon & 4 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 6 p.m.
 
Site: Gainesville, Fla.
Commentators: Mike Morgan, Dave Perno
Teams: No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Florida Atlantic, No. 3 USF, No. 4 Florida A&M
Networks: SEC Network, ESPNU or ESPN3
Game 1 – USF vs. Florida Atlantic: May 29 at 1 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – Florida A&M vs. Florida: May 29 at 7 p.m., SEC Network
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 1 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at Noon & 4 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 7 p.m.
 
Site: Coral Gables, Fla.
Commentators: Jason Benetti, Nick Belmonte
Teams: No. 1 Miami, No. 2 East Carolina, No. 3 Columbia, No. 4 Florida International
Networks: ESPN3
Game 1 – Columbia vs. East Carolina: May 29 at 1 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – Florida International vs. Miami: May 29 at 7 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 7 p.m.
 
Site: Champaign, Ill.
Commentators: Jim Barbar, Jerry Kindall
Teams: No. 1 Illinois, No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 3 Wright State, No. 4 Ohio
Networks: ESPN3
Game 1 – Wright State vs. Notre Dame: May 29 a 1 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – Ohio vs. Illinois: May 29 at 8 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 1 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 1 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 2 p.m.
 
Site: Fort Worth, Texas
Commentators: Brett Dolan, Greg Swindell
Teams: No. 1 TCU, No. 2 NC State, No. 3 Stony Brook, No. 4 Sacred Heart
Networks: ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3
Game 1 – Stony Brook vs. NC State: May 29 at 3:30 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – Sacred Heart vs. TCU: May 29 at 8 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 3:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 3:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 8 p.m.
 
Site: Springfield, Mo.
Commentators: Anish Shroff, Landon Powell
Teams: No. 1 Missouri State, No. 2 Iowa, No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Canisius
Networks: ESPN3
Game 1 – Oregon vs. Iowa: May 29 at 2 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – Canisius vs. Missouri State: May 29 at 7 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 2 p.m.
 
Site: College State, Texas
Commentators: Tom Hart, Gabe Gross
Teams: No. 1 Texas A&M, No. 2 Coastal Carolina, No. 3 Cal, No. 4 Texas Southern
Networks: SEC Network, ESPNU or ESPN3
Game 1 – Cal vs. Coastal Carolina: May 29 at 1 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – Texas Southern vs. Texas A&M: May 29 at 7 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Site: Dallas, Texas
Commentators: Kevin Dunn, Keith Moreland
Teams: No. 1 Dallas Baptist, No. 2 Oregon State, No. 3 Texas, No. 4 VCU
Networks: ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3
Game 1- Texas vs. Oregon State: May 29 at 2:30 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – VCU vs. Dallas Baptist: May 29 at 7 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at Noon & 7 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 1 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 8 p.m.
 
Site: Nashville, Tenn.
Commentators: Dave Neal, Chris Burke
Teams: No. 1 Vanderbilt, No. 2 Radford, No. 3 Indiana, No. 4 Lipscomb
Network: SEC Network, ESPNU or ESPN3
Game 1 – Indiana vs. Radford: May 29 at 3 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – Lipscomb vs. Vanderbilt: May 29 at 8 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 7:30 p.m.
 
Site: Houston, Texas
Commentators: Doug Sherman, John Gregory
Teams: No. 1 Houston, No. 2 Rice, No. 3 Louisiana-Lafayette, No. 4 Houston Baptist
Networks: ESPN3
Game 1 – Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Rice: May 29 at 3:30 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – Houston Baptist vs. Houston: May 29 at 8 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 3:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 3:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 8 p.m.
 
Site: Tallahassee, Fla.
Commentators: Mike Couzens, Eduardo Perez
Teams: No. 1 Florida State, No. 2 College of Charleston, No. 3 Auburn, No. 4 Mercer
Networks: SEC Network or ESPN3
Game 1 – Auburn vs. College of Charleston: May 29 at Noon, ESPN3
Game 2 – Mercer vs. Florida State: May 29 at 6 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at Noon & 6 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at Noon & 6 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 6 p.m.
 
Site: Lake Elsinore, Calif.
Commentators: Trey Bender, Jay Walker
Teams: No. 1 UC Santa Barbara, No. 2 USC, No. 3 Virginia, No. 4 San Diego State
Networks: ESPN3
Game 1 – Virginia vs. USC: May 29 at 6 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – San Diego State vs. UC Santa Barbara: May 29 at 10 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 6 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 6 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 9 p.m.
 
Site: Stillwater, Okla.
Commentators: Mark Neely, Jay Powell
Teams: No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 2 Arkansas, No. 3 Oral Roberts, No. 4 St. John’s
Networks: SEC Network, ESPNU or ESPN3
Game 1 – Oral Roberts vs. Arkansas: May 29 at 1 p.m., SEC Network
Game 2 – St. John’s vs. Oklahoma State: May 29 at 7 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 7 p.m.
 
Site: Fullerton, Calif.
Commentators: Roxy Bernstein, Randy Flores
Teams: No. 1 Cal State Fullerton, No. 2 Arizona State, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Pepperdine
Networks: ESPNU or ESPN3
Game 1 – Clemson vs. Arizona State: May 29 at 6 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2 – Pepperdine vs. Cal State Fullerton: May 29 at 10 p.m., ESPN3
Games 3 & 4: May 30 at 7 p.m. & 11 p.m.
Games 5 & 6: May 31 at 7 p.m. & 11 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): June 1 at 11 p.m.


Super Regionals (June 5-8):
ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise every game of the eight best-of-three Super Regionals (up to 24 games). Each Super Regional winner will advance to the College World Series.

College World Series: For the 13th straight year, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise the entire College World Series (up to 17 games), including the best-of-three College World Series Finals. ESPN’s 36th consecutive College World Series will begin June 13 and conclude June 24.

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Media Contact: Mike Humes at 860-766-2233 or michael.c.humes@espn.com

Classic MLB Rivalries to Take Center Stage on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball in June

  • Defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants at First-Place Los Angeles Dodgers June 21
  • Chicago Cubs at First-Place St. Louis Cardinals June 28

ESPN announced today that two of Major League Baseball’s classic rivalries will take center stage this June on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell. On June 21, the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants – led by Buster Posey – will visit the National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers and Adrian Gonzalez. On June 28, the Chicago Cubs and Anthony Rizzo will visit the National League Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals and Matt Holliday.

Dan Shulman, in his fifth season as the voice of Sunday Night Baseball, will be joined by analysts Curt Schilling and John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney for the telecasts. All Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell telecasts begin at 8 p.m. ET and are also available on ESPN Radio with Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and via WatchESPN.

 Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet precedes each game with a one-hour, pre-game show at 7 p.m. The host, Karl Ravech, is joined by analyst Aaron Boone and reporters Tim Kurkjian and Nicole Briscoe.

 Sunday Night Baseball upcoming schedule:

Date Game
May 31 Detroit Tigers at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim presented by Taco Bell 
June 7 St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers presented by Taco Bell
June 14 TBD
June 21 San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers presented by Taco Bell
June 28 Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals presented by Taco Bell
July 5 TBD
July 12 St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates presented by Taco Bell
July 19 Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim presented by Taco Bell

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

ESPN Digital Media Reaches 76 Million U.S. Fans in April

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29 percent share of sports category is more than Nos. 2 and 3 properties combined; ESPN’s last 11 monthly unique visitor totals are the 11 biggest months in sports category history; New ESPN.com reaches 55 million people, up 19 percent in first month of relaunch.

ESPN Digital Media reached 75.5 million unique visitors in the U.S., up 14 percent from a year ago and the ninth-largest monthly total in sports category history. Across digital platforms fans spent 5.7 billion minutes with ESPN content, a sports category record for the month of April and up seven percent from a year ago.

DigitalStats154ESPN now owns the top 11 monthly unique visitor totals in sports category history – June 2014 through April 2015.

The new ESPN.com, launched April 1, garnered 55.2 million unique visitors for the month, up 19 percent from a year ago, while 39.9 million people visited ESPN.com via smartphones and tablets, an increase of 24 percent from April 2014.

Overall, ESPN accounted for 29.0 percent of all sports category usage on digital platforms, more than the Nos. 2 and 3 properties combined (MLB had 14.7 percent, Yahoo! Sports-NBC Sports Network 13.7 percent).

More results from the April comScore Multi-Platform report:

  • On mobile devices alone, 59.4 million unique users accessed ESPN web and app content, an increase of 9.8 million over a year ago. ESPN mobile visitors generated 3.3 billion minutes of usage, up 26 percent.
  • 64 percent of ESPN’s unique users – 48.6 million people – exclusively accessed content on smartphones and tablets. This is the 13th consecutive month that more than half of ESPN’s digital users came only from mobile devices.
  • 57 percent of all time spent with ESPN digital content was consumed by mobile device users, the 12th consecutive month that smartphones and tablets contributed a larger share of usage to ESPN’s digital total than desktop and laptop computers.
  • ESPN accounted for the top two sports apps on smartphones and tablets in April. The ESPN app topped the category for unique visitors (13.9 million), with WatchESPN at No. 2 (5.6 million).
  • ESPN’s portfolio of apps generated 1.7 billion minutes of usage, accounting for 28 percent of all time spent with apps in the Sports Category.
  • espnW and Grantland set all-time highs in monthly unique visitors with 8.1 million and 6.7 million respectively, while FiveThirtyEight notched its second-highest total ever with 4.9 million.
  • In the average day in April, ESPN web and app properties were accessed by 5.7 million millennial males (age 18-34) via smartphones. ESPN ranked seventh among the more than 6,000 mobile entities reported by comScore, ahead of Twitter (4.1 million) and Buzzfeed (989,000), among many others.

Additional results from ESPN Research & Analytics:

  • 8 million unique devices streamed WatchESPN and ESPN3 content in April (up 49 percent from a year ago), as viewers spent 859 million minutes with programming across all platforms (up 78 percent).1
  • ESPN3 was the second most-streamed network on the WatchESPN platform (trailing only ESPN) racking up 160 million minutes of viewing.1
  • Fans watched 375.0 million ESPN digital video clips in April across all touch points, up four percent from a year ago.1
  • 67 percent of all ESPN platform clips (338.3 million) were viewed on computers, 28 percent on phones and tablets, and 6 percent on connected TVs.1
  • ESPN’s top piece of content in April was Jane McManus’s “The tragic love story of Christy Mack and MMA fighter War Machine”, which received 4.2 million views.1

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  • ESPN networks and ABC sports television content generated 10.7 million tweets in April, accounting for 16 percent of all TV-related activity during the month.2

Other key social media metrics:

  • 3 million unique authors wrote tweets about ESPN/ABC Sports content, representing nearly 30 percent of those tweeting about TV in April. 2
  • With 1.8 million unique authors and 7.7 million TV-related tweets, ESPN was the No. 1 most social network for the month (broadcast or cable) based on total tweets, total unique authors, and daily unique Twitter audience (4.2 million per day).2
  • ESPN’s top Twitter accounts were retweeted or favorited 11.9 million times, up 11 percent from a year ago. ESPN’s Twitter accounts have 50 million unduplicated followers.3
  • ESPN’s top Instagram accounts generated 31 million engagements, a 19 percent increase from March.4

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

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Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid Hold Top Spots among Highest-Paying Teams in Sports, reports the 2015 ESPN The Magazine/SportingIntelligence Global Salary Survey

World soccer powerhouses Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Barcelona lead this year’s list of the best-paying sports teams in the world, according to the ESPN The Magazine/SportingIntelligence Global Salary Survey. The survey—in its fifth year—encompasses 333 teams in 17 leagues, covering seven sports around the globe, spanning 13 countries, comprising 9,731 athletes, making a combined $17.94 billion in salary. An online video highlights the Top 15 teams in total payroll and average annual salary, and the NBA is most generous with its checkbook.

(The survey’s salary numbers are calculated from an average of base salaries among players, accounting for current or most recently completed team seasons and exclude bonuses, endorsements, appearance fees or any other source of extra compensation.)

 Additional points of note:

  • Eight of the 12 top-paying teams — based on the average annual pay of team members — are soccer clubs, including the first four in the 2015 ranking: Paris Saint-Germain (Ligue 1) $9.1 million; Real Madrid (La Liga) $8.6 million; Manchester City (English Premier League) $8.6 million and Barcelona (La Liga) $8.1 million.
  • As far as overall team payroll, the Dodgers top the list for the second consecutive year: The team’s overall payroll is 73 percent larger than the entirety of all MLS team payrolls and six and a half times larger than the entirety of CFL payrolls.
  • The payrolls of four teams — the Dodgers, Paris Saint-Germain, the Yankees and Real Madrid — are each bigger than some leagues’ payrolls. Among them: Chinese Super League soccer ($215 million); NPB baseball in Japan ($213 million); AFL Australian Rules football ($171 million); MLS ($158 million); J-League — soccer/Japan ($110 million); Scottish Premiership soccer ($76 million); IPL cricket in India ($74.6 million); and the CFL ($41.5 million).
  • The NBA is the league with the highest average salary per player: NBA, $4.6 million; MLB, $4.2 million; EPL, $3.8 million; NHL, $2.6 million; Bundesliga, $2.3 million; and NFL, $2.1 million.
  • The second-highest climber in the survey — after the Rajasthan Royals cricket team — is the Miami Marlins, up 62 spots, largely thanks to Giancarlo Stanton’s 13-year, $325 million deal.

This confirms that the world’s richest sports teams (by average earnings per player) are concentrated principally in elite European soccer and in the NBA and MLB. Indeed in the top 40 teams in this year’s list, 20 of 40 are NBA teams, nine are MLB, six are EPL, two are La Liga (Spanish soccer), and one each are Ligue 1 (French), Bundesliga (German) and Serie A (Italian).

The highest earning group of players collectively in any one single league are NBA basketball players, earning an average $4,575,918 in the 2014-15 season. This compares to:

$4,166,159 in MLB in 2015;

$2,614,928 in the NHL in 2014-15;

$2,110,829 in the NFL in 2014-15.

The best paying soccer league, the EPL, pays an average $3,822,003, putting it behind NBA and MLB but well ahead of NHL and NFL

Also featured are the 25 best-paid athletes in the world:

ESPN The Magazine annually determines those athletes worldwide who have had the most lucrative year. Boxers, soccer players and drivers dominate the top of the list. Welterweights Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao took the first two spots, earning $250 million and $150 million respectively, with the latter an estimated $93.7 million more than the third-place finisher, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi at $56.3, followed by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo earning $50.2 million. The 25 top earners averaged $43 million last year.

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Media Contact:

Carrie Kreiswirth, 646-547-4686

SEC Network Steps up to Bat for Most Comprehensive SEC Baseball Tournament Coverage to Date: On-Site Studio Set & Every Game Carried Nationally

Network rounds home on regular-season coverage with Bases Loaded special Friday

For the first time, every round of the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament will be nationally televised, with at least 60 hours of coverage between live action and on-site studio shows on SEC Network. The new network will televise the first, second, third, quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the tournament – a total of at least 16 games. The championship game will air on ESPN2.

Leading into next week’s coverage, SEC Network will surround Friday’s regular-season matchups with live-lookins across the southeast as teams vie for the last four spots in the tournament and several teams look to strengthen their resumes for seeding in the NCAA tournament. The network will whip around between the five SEC baseball games with a 4.5-hour SEC Network Bases Loaded special on Friday, May 15 beginning at 6 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. CT. Seven Women’s College World Series regional round softball games (full schedule) featuring SEC teams may also be included. Every game will also be available live and full on WatchESPN as either an SEC Network + or ESPN3 event. Full schedule below.

ESPN analyst Ben McDonald will host the Bases Loaded coverage from the Charlotte, N.C. studios.

SEC Network Bases Loaded games:

Programming Matchup Network
(in addition to Bases Loaded on SEC Network)
NCAA Softball Regionals Central Connecticut vs. Georgia SECN+
NCAA Softball Regionals Longwood vs. Tennessee ESPN3
NCAA Softball Regionals Florida A&M vs. Florida ESPN3
NCAA Softball Regionals Mississippi State vs. Baylor ESPN3
NCAA Softball Regionals Tennessee Tech vs. Auburn  ESPN3
College Baseball Regular Season No. 24 Arkansas  vs. Georgia SECN+
College Baseball Regular Season Auburn  at No. 7 Florida SECN+
College Baseball Regular Season Kentucky at Missouri SECN+
NCAA Softball Regionals Texas Southern  vs. LSU ESPN2
College Baseball Regular Season No. 6 Texas A&M at Ole Miss SECN+
NCAA Softball Regionals Indiana State vs. Missouri SECN+
College Baseball Regular Season No. 1 LSU at South Carolina ESPNU

* USA Today baseball rankings

SEC Baseball Tournament on SEC Network

In addition to complete coverage of the SEC Baseball Tournament for the first time on national television, SEC Network will over the most extensive coverage of the tournament to date, surrounding the games with expert analysis and interviews with the flagship news show SEC Now.  The show will air multiple times each day for five days from Hoover Met Stadium in Hoover, Ala. The desk will report all of the happenings pre- and post-game from the set’s location in the First Base Picnic area.

Dari Nowkhah or Peter Burns will host alongside a rotation of experts and reporters that include Chris Burke, Gabe Gross, Ben McDonald, Kyle Peterson, Kayce Smith and Laura Rutledge.

Full Game Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Tue, May 19 10:30 a.m. First Round
Tom Hart, Ben McDonald & Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
2 p.m. First Round
Tom Hart, Ben McDonald & Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
  5:30 p.m. First Round
Clay Matvick, Gabe Gross & Kayce Smith
SEC Network
  9 p.m. First Round
Clay Matvick, Gabe Gross & Kayce Smith
SEC Network
Wed, May 20 10:30 a.m. Second Round
Tom Hart, Ben McDonald & Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
  2 p.m. Second Round
Tom Hart, Ben McDonald & Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
  5:30 p.m. Second Round
Clay Matvick, Gabe Gross & Kayce Smith
SEC Network
  9 p.m. Second Round
Clay Matvick, Gabe Gross & Kayce Smith
SEC Network
Thu, May 21 10:30 a.m. Third Round
Tom Hart, Ben McDonald & Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
  2 p.m. Third Round
Tom Hart, Ben McDonald & Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
  5:30 p.m. Third Round

Dave Neal, Kyle Peterson, Chris Burke & Kayce Smith

SEC Network
  9 p.m. Third Round
Dave Neal, Kyle Peterson, Chris Burke & Kayce Smith
SEC Network
Fri, May 22 4 p.m. Quarterfinal
Dave Neal, Kyle Peterson, Chris Burke & Kayce Smith
SEC Network
7:30 p.m. Quarterfinal
Dave Neal, Kyle Peterson, Chris Burke & Kayce Smith
SEC Network
Sat, May 23 1 p.m. Semifinal
Dave Neal, Kyle Peterson, Chris Burke & Kayce Smith
SEC Network
4:30 p.m. Semifinal

Dave Neal, Kyle Peterson, Chris Burke & Kayce Smith

SEC Network
Sun, May 24 4:30 p.m. Championship

Dave Neal, Kyle Peterson, Chris Burke & Kayce Smith

ESPN2

 

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, 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, and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC.

 

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Media contact: gracie.blackburn@espn.com

L.A. Dodgers to Host St. Louis Cardinals on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball June 7

ESPN announced today it has selected its Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell telecast for June 7: the NL West division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers and Adrian Gonzalez will host the NL Central division-leading St. Louis Cardinals and Matt Holliday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. As always, Dan Shulman, the voice of Sunday Night Baseball, will provide commentary with analysts John Kruk and Mark Mulder and reporter Buster Olney.

Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet will precede the telecast at 7 p.m. Karl Ravech will host the show with analysts Aaron Boone and reporters Tim Kurkjian and Nicole Briscoe.

Sunday Night Baseball is also available on ESPN Radio with Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and via WatchESPN.

This telecast will mark the fourth Sunday Night Baseball appearance of the season for the Cardinals and it will mark the first appearance of the season for the Dodgers.

The remaining Sunday Night Baseball schedule for May is available at ESPN Media Zone.

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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).

FOX Sports Programming Highlights: Soccer, NASCAR, MLB & More

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FOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS – 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

SOCCER: U.S. Women’s National Team Preps for World Cup

with Match Versus Ireland on FOX Sports 1

NASCAR: Sprint Cup Racing from Kansas on FOX Sports 1

MLB: Royals & Tigers; Braves at Nationals Saturday on FOX Sports 1

#ICYMI: FOX MLB Reporter Jon Paul Morosi Tips Cap to Sports Emmy Winning Colleague Ken Rosenthal: http://foxs.pt/1F5J8iP

#ICYMI2: FOX Sports Live’s Jay and Dan Admire Majesty of Champions League Theme Song http://bit.ly/1FQ2VS1

 

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SOCCER

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE SEMIFINALS KICK OFF WITH FIRST LEG

  • Matchup/Network/When:

o   Sevilla vs. Fiorentina, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, May 7 (2:30 PM ET)

o   Napoli vs. Dnipro, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, May 7 (2:30 PM ET)

  • Talent: Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftme and postgame coverage alongside Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda and Warren Barton. John Strong and Lalas call the first semifinal, while JP Dellacamera and Brian Dunseth calls the second semifinal.
  • This Week: The last four teams in one of Europe’s top club competitions battle for a spot in the UEFA Europa League Final.

U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM FACES IRELAND IN WOMEN’S WORLD CUP PREPARATION THIS SUNDAY

  • Matchup/Network/When:

o   USA vs. Republic of Ireland, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, FOX Deportes, Sunday, May 10 (2:30 PM ET)

  • Talent: JP Dellacamera calls the match on-site alongside Tony DiCicco and Cat Whitehill, with Jenny Taft on the sideline. Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and postgame coverage with analysts Eric Wynalda, Leslie Osborne and Heather Mitts.
  • This Week: The series begins at Avaya Stadium, the new home to the MLS San Jose Earthquakes, as the USWNT takes on the Republic of Ireland on Mother’s Day. Live pre-match coverage begins at 2:30 PM ET with kickoff slated for 3:00 PM ET.

MLS SOCCER SUNDAY CONTINUES WITH FIRST EVER NEW YORK RIVALRY

  • Matchup/Network/When:

o   New York City FC vs. New York Red Bulls, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, FOX Deportes, Sunday, May 10 (7:00 PM ET)

  • Talent: John Strong calls the match alongside Alexi Lalas and sideline reporter Katie Witham live from Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.
  • This Week: New York City FC and New York Red Bulls face off on the field for the first time ever in an epic clash as both teams try to become the King of New York.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIFINALS WRAP UP NEXT WEEK ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Matchup/Network/When:

o   Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, May 12 (2:00 PM ET)

o   Real Madrid vs. Juventus, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, May 13 (2:00 PM ET)

  • Talent: Rob Stonehosts pregame, halftime and postgame coverage alongside analysts Alexi LalasEric Wynalda and Warren Barton.
  • This Week: FOX Sports 1 features four of the biggest teams in the world on European club soccer’s biggest stage as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid meets legendary Italian side Juventus, and Lionel Messi and Barcelona battle German powerhouse Bayern Munich to reach the UEFA Champions League Final.

 

MLB

AL CENTRAL & NL EAST ACTION CONTINUES ON FOX SPORTS 1 THIS SATURDAY

Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, May 9

    • Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers: Joe Davis & Eric Karros (1:00 PM ET)
    • Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals: Justin Kutcher, CJ Nitkowski & Ken Rosenthal (4:00 PM ET)
  • This Week: The MLB on FOX Sports 1 pregame show (12:30 PM ET) precedes Royals at Tigers with host Kevin Burkhardt and analysts Dontrelle Willis & JP Morosi.  In this week’s program, FOX Sports 1 delivers an all-access feature on Royals relief pitcher Ryan Madson.  Additionally, Willis gives viewers his Top 5 teams in the majors and reveals the secret to pitching to Miguel Cabrera.  Cabrera and Willis were traded together from the Marlins to the Tigers back in 2007.

MLB WHIPAROUND

  • Network/When/On-air Talent: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, weekdays
    • Thursday, May 7 (7:00 PM ET) Talent: Kevin Burkhardt, Mark Sweeney & Jon Paul Morosi
    • Friday, May 8 (12:00 AM ET) Talent: Kevin Burkhardt, Mark Sweeney & Jon Paul Morosi
    • Monday, May 11 (7:00 PM ET) Talent: Chris Myers & CJ Nitkowski
    • Tuesday, May 12 (12:00 AM ET) Talent: Chris Myers & CJ Nitkowski
    • Wednesday, May 13 (12:00 AM ET) Talent: Kevin Burkhardt & CJ Nitkowski
  • Show Description: MLB WHIPAROUND is FOX Sports 1’s nightly in-progress highlights and analysis studio show.  The 60-minute program features live look-ins at games from across the country, courtesy of FOX Sports’ Regional Sports Networks, in addition to recaps and analysis from some of the game’s most respected journalists and former players.

GOLF

FOX SPORTS’ USGA COVERAGE TEES OFF THIS WEEK WITH INAUGURAL U.S. AMATEUR FOUR-BALL

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, May 6 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Joe Buck, Greg Norman, Brad Faxon, David Fay, Juli Inkster, Buddy Marucci, Corey Pavin, and Holly Sonders
  • This Week: FOX Sports presents its first USGA championship with semifinal and championship match coverage from the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif. The 10th USGA championship held at the course, the match-play format highlights battles between two-man teams. The week began with 128 sides and it’s down to the final four with the action culminating tonight.

NASCAR

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 1 THIS WEEKEND FROM KANSAS; NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RETURNS TO ACTION FRIDAY NIGHT

Riding the momentum of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s first win of the season last Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, FOX Sports 1 telecasts Saturday’s NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES race live from Kansas Speedway (7:30 PM ET with pre-race coverage beginning on NASCAR RACEDAY at 7:00 PM ET), the second of six Cup Series races on the network in 2015. FOX Sports 1 offers 17 hours of live coverage from Kansas Friday and Saturday, including the return of the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES to action on Friday, May 8 after a five-week break.

On Tuesday evening, FOX NASCAR received an Emmy for Outstanding Live Sports Series as the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented its 36th Annual Sports Emmy Awards in New York. The Emmy Award marked FOX NASCAR’s 18th in 14 years of coverage (2001-’14) in a category that also featured nominations for ESPN College Football, ESPN Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Football.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the checkered flag last week at Talladega for his first victory of the 2015 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES season.  Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, defending champion Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano likely have locked up spots in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup via wins in the season’s 10 opening races.

While the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES enjoys a weekend off, the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES returns to action at Kansas on Friday, May 8 on FOX Sports 1 (8:30 PM ET) for its fourth of 23 races this year and first since March 28.  Headed into Kansas, defending champion Matt Crafton leads a tight points battle over Tyler Reddick (-2), followed by Erik Jones (-6), Johnny Sauter (-16) and James Buescher (-28).

In 2015, FOX broadcasts 10 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES races and FOX Sports 1 telecasts six, in addition to the NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE. Also airing on FOX Sports 1 this season are NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES races from Martinsville (March 29), Dover (May 31 at 1:00 PM ET), Pocono (June 7 at 1:00 PM ET), Michigan (June 14 at 1:00 PM ET) and Sonoma (June 28 at 3:00 PM ET), in addition to the NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE from Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 16 at 9:00 PM ET).

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACING

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, May 9 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Play-by-play announcer Mike Joy; analysts Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds; reporters Jamie Little, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum

DARRELL WALTRIP SAYS BIGGEST CHANGE IN DALE EARNHARDT JR. IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS HAS TO DO WITH COMPARISONS TO HIS FATHER:

“From what I’ve observed, Dale Jr. finally quit listening to people comparing him to his father. He was always judged against his father and could never live up to those expectations, and that really weighed on him.  Dale Jr. finally let go of that, said ‘This is who I am and this is what I’ve accomplished.  I am not my father.’ Dale Jr. has won two Daytona 500s, multiple races, is a 12-time most popular driver and has had an amazing career.  That’s a lot to be proud of, and he finally has accepted and recognized that.”

LARRY MCREYNOLDS SAYS EARNHARDT JR.’S CREW CHIEF, GREG IVES,  IS ONE OF MOST POPULAR MEN IN ALABAMA THIS WEEK:

“If you’re going to win your first race with Dale Jr., Talladega is the place to do it. Greg Ives could run for governor in Alabama right now and probably win. I’m not sure anyone has stepped onto a Sprint Cup pit box carrying the type of resume Ives does with his background.  He was the lead engineer for five of Jimmie Johnson’s six championships, and then he took Chase Elliott as a rookie driver last year and won three races and the XFINITY Series championship.”

NASCAR RACEDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, May 9 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Chris Myers; analysts Darrell Waltrip and Michael Waltrip; reporters Jamie Little, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACING

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, May 8 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Play-by-play announcer Adam Alexander; analysts Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip; reporters Hermie Sadler and Vince Welch

NCWTS SETUP

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, May 8 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Host John Roberts; analyst Todd Bodine; reporters Hermie Sadler and Vince Welch
  • This Week:  A flashback to Kyle Busch’s win at Kansas last year; a look back at Joey Logano’s win at the series’ last race at Martinsville; a Johnny Sauter feature; a review of the post-race skirmish between the Nos. 00, 88 and 29 at Martinsville; a lighthearted word association game with drivers; and an update on non-NASCAR races run by Truck Series drivers during their off weeks.

NASCAR RACE HUB & NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, May 6-Thursday, May 7 (6:00 PM ET), Friday, May 8 (1:30-2:30, 3:30-4:30 & 6:00-6:30 PM ET), Monday, May 11-Thursday, May 14 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Co-hosts Adam Alexander, John Roberts and Danielle Trotta; analysts Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond and Wally Dallenbach; reporters Alan Cavanna, Andrew Doud and Kaitlyn Vincie

This Week:  On Wednesday, May 6, Kaitlyn Vincie takes viewers inside the NASCAR Fan and Media Engagement Center; on Thursday, May 7, “Crunching the Numbers” feature on Kansas.

  • Next Week: Driver/guest analyst David Ragan on Monday, May 11; crew chief/guest analyst Drew Blickensderfer on Tuesday, May 12.

FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP

FULLY ELECTRIC FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUTS AT HISTORIC MONACO

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, May 9 (10:00 PM ET, LIVE)
  • Talent: Bob Varsha, Dario Franchitti, Jack Nicholls, Nicki Shields, Robert Llewellyn
  • This Week: Adding to an already exciting inaugural season, the FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP is in picturesque Monte Carlo this weekend for the Monaco ePrix on the historic 1.76-kilometer, 12-turn street course, a slightly modified version of the famed GP circuit. Without question, Round 7 on the racing calendar has long been circled by all of the weekend’s participants. Said Varsha: “You can bet that this Saturday’s race has been circled in red on every Formula E driver’s calendar from the beginning, for several reasons. Firstly, anything connected with Monaco represents glamor and excitement, so success there has a bigger impact than it would elsewhere. This is especially true for motor racing, an annual presence on the narrow streets of the principality, in fact the very same streets, for nearly 90 years. The event also represents the first European round in this inaugural season of the FIA’s all-electric championship. And it’s worth noting that Monaco is home to a substantial number of international racing drivers, including three who are entered in the ePrix: championship leader Lucas di Grassi, world endurance champion Sebastien Buemi and F1 veteran Bruno Senna. Win the race and you can go brag afterward to a uniquely qualified crowd down at the bistro!” Heading into this weekend’s race, Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sports ABT) sits atop the point standings with 75, followed by Nelson Piquet (74, NEXTEV TCR) and Nicolas Prost (69, e.dams-Renault). For more information on the FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP, please visit http://www.fiaformulae.com/ and follow @FIAFORMULAE and @FOXSports on Twitter.

UFC

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: AMERICAN TOP TEAM VS. BLACKZILIANS TILTING THE SCALES

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, May 6 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Dana White, Dan Lambert, Glenn Robinson
  • This Week: Tensions build as American Top Team battles personal demons and struggles to keep their team spirit intact. Meanwhile, the stress of the competition takes a toll on one of the Blackzilians, which forces them to have to make some tough decisions. Later, when an ATT fighter needs help from the Blackzilians and is denied, both teams are poised for a full-blown war. Click the link for a preview of this week’s episode: http://foxs.pt/1Eb635j

FOX SPORTS LIVE PRESENTS RECAP OF THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, May 6 (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Dominick Cruz
  • This Week: Host Karyn Bryant and analyst Dominick Cruz discuss the latest episode of the new season of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER and interview American Top Team member Steve Carl and Blackzilian Tyrone Spong.

FIGHT STORIES FEATURES URIJAH FABER IN COMEDIC ANIMATED SERIES

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, May 12 (10:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Urijah Faber
  • This Week: FIGHT STORIES is a comedic animated series where UFC fighter Urijah Faber interviews celebrities about their most memorable, heroic and entertaining fights. This episode features stories from comedian Josh Wolf, actor Skylar Astin and Mario Lopez.

BOXING

UNDEFEATED MANUEL AVILA FACES ERIK RUIZ IN 10-ROUND SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT MAIN EVENT AT LA FIGHT CLUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, May 7 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Beto Duran, Doug Fischer, Mario Lopez and Jessica Rosales
  • This Week: Undefeated Manuel “Tino” Avlia (16-0, 7 KOs) takes on Mexican-American fighter Erik Ruiz (13-2, 6 KOs) in a 10-round super bantamweight bout in the main event at the highly anticipated third installment of Golden Boy Promotions monthly hit series LA FIGHT CLUB. Set to make his LA FIGHT CLUB debut, promising undefeated fighter Diego De La Hoya (9-0, 6 KOs) of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico takes on fellow Mexican Ramiro “Zurdo” Robles (12-2-1, 6 KOs) of Guanajuato, in what is sure to be a high intensity eight-round featherweight co-main event. Colombian native and current Angeleno Oscar “El Jagura” Negrete (8-0, 3 KOs) defends his current undefeated status against seasoned fighter Luis “Titi” Maldonado Jr. (38-13-1, 29 KOs) from Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico in a six-round super bantamweight match up.

COLLEGE SPORTS

SOFTBALL: BIG EAST CHAMPION CROWNED ON FOX SPORTS 2

  • Matchup/Network/When/Talent:
    • Friday, May 8:
      • BIG EAST Softball Championship Semifinal 1:

No. 2 DePaul vs. No. 3 Seton Hall

      • FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO (2:00 PM ET)
      • Eric Collins and Brooke Weisbrod
      • BIG EAST Softball Championship Semifinal 2

No. 1 St. John’s vs. No. 4 Villanova

      • FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO (4:30 PM ET)
      • Eric Collins and Brooke Weisbrod
    • Saturday, May 9:
      • BIG EAST Softball Championship Final
      • FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO (2:00 PM ET)
      • Eric Collins and Brooke Weisbrod
  • This Week: The BIG EAST Softball Championship Presented by New York Life returns to The Ballpark at Rosemont outside of Chicago, with the top four teams in the conference’s regular standings vying for the trophy and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. FOX Sports 2 has all three games, as play opens in the afternoon on Friday, May 8, with second-seeded DePaul facing No. 3 Seton Hall, followed by top-seeded St. John’s against Villanova. On Saturday, May 9, the BIG EAST crowns its champion as Friday’s winners face off at 2:00 PM ET.

BASEBALL: KANSAS MEETS TCU IN BIG 12 SHOWDOWN

  • Matchup/Network/When/Talent:
    • Sunday, May 10:
      • Kansas at No. 3 TCU
      • FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO (2:00 PM ET)
      • Dave Barnett and Pat Combs
  • This Week: TCU sits atop the Big 12 standings at 13-5, looking to lock up the top seed in the Big 12 Tournament, while Kansas sits toward of the middle of the pack, hoping to make up ground before the conference season comes to a close. FOX Sports 2 presents the series finale between the two teams on Sunday, May 10 at 2:00 PM ET.

ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING

GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN TAKES ON SPORTS’ BIGGEST STORIES SUNDAYS AT 9:30 PM ET

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, May 10 (9:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Katie Nolan
  • This Week: Katie Nolan continues to tackle the hottest topics in sports, interjecting her wit, sarcasm and comedy in the weekly show GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN on FOX Sports 1. In case you missed it, last week Nolan sat down with actor Stephen Amell and NBC Sports’ Kay Adams, played an exciting game of Derby Horse or Hipster Band and more. This week, three-time Olympic gold medal beach volleyball sensation Kerri Walsh Jennings stops by the studio.

STUDIO PROGRAMMING

FOX SPORTS LIVE – NBA AND NHL PLAYOFF RECAPS NIGHTLY, MLB, HIGHLIGHTS, 1-ON-1 WITH MICHIGAN’S HARBAUGH SATURDAY, TRUCKS AND SPRINT CUP POST-RACE SHOWS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Don Bell, Ryan Field, Jim Jackson, Petros Papadakis, Bill Reiter, Peter Schrager.
  • This Week: FOX Sports 1’s flagship nightly highlight, news and opinion show rolls on this week featuring extended highlights and analysis, covering the action from across the spectrum of sports. With both the NBA and NHL playoffs squarely in focus, FOX SPORTS LIVE has it covered, recapping all of the nightly action off the top of the show. FOX Sports 1 analyst and former 14-year NBA veteran Jim Jackson is in studio, breaking down all of the night’s biggest moments from the hardwood. On the NHL front, coverage continues with highlights and postgame reactions live from site at the conclusion of games. The Major League Baseball schedule is in full swing and new FOX Sports 1 MLB analyst Dontrelle Willis is in studio every night, providing insights and analysis following highlights from around the league. FOX Sports 1 college football insider Bruce Feldman recently concluded his spring practice tours with a trip through Ann Arbor, Mich., to see new head coach Jim Harbaugh and his Michigan Wolverines. On Saturday night’s show, Feldman sits down with the always intense Harbaugh to discuss his decision to leave the NFL and take over at his alma mater, his expectations for his first season in the fall and what it will take to restore the prestige of the Michigan program. Friday and Saturday shows this week effectively serve as post-race editions, with live integrations following both NCWTS and Sprint Cup action from Kansas on those respective nights.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – NIGHTLY PLAYOFF GAME PREVIEWS, SCHRAGER HOSTS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Jill Arrington, Jim Jackson, Ken Rosenthal, Ephraim Salaam, Brian Scalabrine, Peter Schrager
  • This Week: APG airs at 5:00 PM ET Monday through Thursday this week, setting the stage for all of the nightly action, including extensive preview coverage of the NBA and NHL playoffs. With games beginning in the early evening, APG goes to site, getting live reports from local correspondents who have covered the playoff teams throughout their regular seasons and provide insights and analysis in advance of the postseason games. Additionally, FOX Sports 1 NBA analysts Jim Jackson and Brian Scalabrine are in studio this week, breaking down the playoff matchups. Also special to Wednesday and Thursday shows is special guest host Peter Schrager, filling in for Hill. Schrager, FOXSports.com’s senior NFL writer who makes regular contributions to the show, makes his debut as host Wednesday evening. Due to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying session at Kansas on Friday afternoon on FOX Sports 1, the show is preempted and off the air, returning Monday evening at 5:00 PM ET.

Ernesto Jerez de ESPN Deportes Recibe Premio Emmy de Deportes como Personalidad Deportiva Sobresaliente en Español

Ernesto Jerez de ESPN Deportes Recibe Premio Emmy de Deportes como Personalidad Deportiva Sobresaliente en Español

ESPN Deportes fue reconocido anoche en los Premios Emmy de Deportes, presentados por el 35to año por la Academia Nacional de Artes y Ciencias de Televisión anoche en Nueva York. La cadena se llevó su primer Emmy en la categoría  de Personalidad Deportiva Sobresaliente en Español dándole el honor al veterano comentarista de béisbol Ernesto Jerez.

Conocido por su legendaria frase cuando se presenta un cuadrangular “¡No… nono, nono, no…! ¡Dígale que no a esa pelota!”, Jerez ha sido la voz insignia de béisbol en español por los últimos 20 años, convirtiéndose en un ícono para muchos aficionados Hispanos que siguen el deporte.

“Quiero agradecer a todos mis compañeros de trabajo en ESPN que a lo largo de los años me han acompañado en esta maravillosa carrera, especialmente a Luis Alfredo Álvarez”, dijo Jerez. “Gracias por la confianza depositada en mi para de alguna manera contribuir a llevar el mensaje de ESPN de servir a los aficionados alrededor del mundo”.

ESPN Deportes obtuvo cuatro nomincaciones este año, incluyendo dos en la categoría de Programa de Estudio en Español (SportsCenter y Fuera de Juego), y dos en la categoría de Personalidad Deportiva Sobresaliente (Jerez y José Ramón Fernández).

Jerez recibió el premio anoche junto a otros colegas de ESPN y varios programas de la cadena que también fueron reconocidos por la Academia. ESPN se llevó un total de 11 Sports Emmy – empatando su más alto total de premios. El ex presidente ejecutivo de ESPN George Bodenheimer recibió el premio por su trayectoria (Lifetime Achievement Award). El legendario conductor de SportsCenter y comentarista Stuart Scott fue honrado tras su fallecimiento y Shelley Smith, sobreviviente del cáncer subió al escenario tras su reciente regreso a su trabajo. Link al comunicado con la lista completa de los premios otorgados a ESPN anoche – http://es.pn/1EWmnvJ.

ESPN han ganado 171 premios de Sports Emmy en los 28 años de elegibilidad. Este es el tercer premio para ESPN Deportes en solo dos años de elegibilidad. En 2014, la cadena se llevó dos premios en la categoría de Programa de Estudio en Español que incluye SportsCenter y Nacion ESPN. 

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Contacto de medios: Gabriela Nunez – gabriela.nunez@espn.com o 646-547-5613