espnW’s Julie Foudy and Former U.S. Soccer Teammates Kristine Lilly and Kate Markgraf Headline ESPN’s Women’s World Cup Coverage

1999 Women’s World Cup Champions to Appear on SportsCenter, ESPN FC, espnW and Other Platforms

espnW’s Julie Foudy, captain of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team that captured the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will be joined by two of her 1999 teammates Kristine Lilly and Kate Markgraf to headline ESPN’s comprehensive analysis, news and information coverage of the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

The three are among the most accomplished and decorated players in international women’s soccer, collectively with five World Cup titles and six Olympic gold medals among them and combined 825 international appearances for the USWNT.

Foudy will provide analysis for ESPN’s news and information programs including SportsCenter and ESPN FC, and offer previews, reports and commentary for espnW.com.

Lilly and Markgraf will join ESPN FC beginning Saturday, May 30, from Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., the site of the USWNT’s final send-off match before the World Cup, against South Korea.

Additionally, ESPN digital anchor Antonietta “Toni” Collins will join the rotation as a host of ESPN FC during the Women’s World Cup. ESPN reporter Bob Holtzman will follow the U.S. team throughout the tournament, providing updates for SportsCenter.

espnW will be onsite providing original content for all 52 games of the tournament – with a collection of veteran writers from espnW, ESPN FC and ESPN.com, including Andrea Canales, Jim Caple, Jeff Carlisle, Kate Fagan, Ben Gladwell, Graham Hays, Doug McIntyre, D’Arcy Maine, Elizabeth Merrill, Graham Parker and Sarah Spain. espnW will provide comprehensive coverage of the Women’s World Cup at espnW.com/WWC, which will include automated stats, rosters, game previews and recaps powered by ESPN FC.

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Canales covers Liga MX and Mexico National Team for ESPNFC.com.

Caple is an award-winning columnist and senior writer for ESPN.com, who has reported from 17 World Series, nine Olympic Games and six continents.

Carlisle has covered MLS and the U.S. national teams for ESPN since 2005, and provided on-site coverage from the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, as well as the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. He began his soccer journalism career in 2002 when he wrote for QuakeMagic.com, covering the San Jose Earthquakes and the WUSA’s San Jose CyberRays.

Collins joined ESPN in 2013 as a digital anchor. She played for the Mexican Women’s National Team’s under-19 squad and has previously reported on MLS’ FC Dallas, among other assignments. Collins also contributes to various platforms for ESPN Deportes.

Fagan has been a columnist for espnW.com since 2012 who has covered a variety of sports for the site, including college and professional basketball, women’s soccer, the NFL and more. She spent three seasons reporting on the Philadelphia 76ers for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2009 – 2012 and played women’s basketball at the University of Colorado from 1999 – 2004. Last October, she wrote the in-depth profile “After the Storm” about USWNT star Abby Wambach for espnW and ESPN The Magazine.

Foudy is one of the most accomplished female soccer players in the world. She joined ESPN in 2005 as women’s soccer and FIFA World Cup analyst. Following her work during the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Foudy’s role at ESPN was expanded to include serving as a features reporter and a spokesperson for select company initiatives. She served as a host, analyst and reporter for ESPN’s productions of the the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups and was an analyst during ESPN’s presentation of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In 2015, Foudy was named espnW’s primary representative at major sporting events.

Gladwell is a writer for ESPNFC.com, covering international soccer.

Hays began his career with ESPN in 1999, and has since become one of the preeminent women’s college sports writers in the country, covering basketball, soccer and softball for espnW. In 2015, Hays was honored with the Mel Greenberg Media Award from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association for his women’s college basketball writing.

Holtzman joined ESPN in November 2000 as a Cincinnati-based reporter. He primarily covers stories that are featured on the network’s award-winning news and information shows including SportsCenter, Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, Outside the Lines and Baseball Tonight. A seasoned international sports reporter, Holtzman has covered the U.S. National Soccer Teams for SportsCenter and other shows.

Lilly is the most-capped player in international soccer history, appearing 352 times for the USA. A midfielder, she scored 130 goals in her career – good for fourth-most all-time — and played in five Women’s World Cups. Lilly is a three-time U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the year. She was inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in 2014.

MacIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine and a U.S. Soccer Insider for ESPNFC. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.

Maine is a staff writer for espnW, covering culture and sports, and highlighting some of the top trending sports social media topics the espnW’s The Buzz. She previously served as SportsNation’s mobile correspondent, hosting chats from some of the biggest sporting events in the country.

Markgraf was one of the best defenders in U.S. Women’s National Team history. Though she was the least experienced starter in 1999, having joined the team a year earlier, Markgraf helped anchor the defense for the United States’ 1999 Women’s World Cup winning team. Markgraf played in 201 international matches from 1998 – 2008, the seventh-most in the U.S. women’s team history. She previously served as an analyst for ESPN during the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Merrill is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine who has written extensively on the NFL and several Olympic sports. She previously wrote for The Kansas City Star and The Omaha World-Herald.

Parker is a soccer columnist for ESPNFC.com and Grantland where he writes “The Designated Player” column, and serves as the chief U.S. soccer writer for The Guardian US

Spain is the co-host of espnW Presents: Spain & Prim on ESPN Radio, a SportsCenter anchor for ESPN1000 and has been an espnW columnist since 2010, covering a variety of sports including the NFL, NBA and soccer.

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

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

NBA Western Conference Finals Game 5 Delivers Largest NBA Audience on ESPN Since 2012

  • Average Audience of 8.9 Million Tune-in to See Golden State Defeat Houston
  • Game 5 on ESPN Peaks with 10.8 Million Viewers
  • Most-Watched NBA Playoffs Telecast of 2015 on any Network

NBA Western Conference Finals Game 5 on ESPN – the Golden State Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets to advance to the NBA Finals – delivered the largest NBA audience on ESPN in three years, according to Nielsen.

An average audience of 8,887,000 (p2+) watched Game 5, which is the most-viewed NBA game on ESPN since Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals – Miami Heat versus Boston Celtics. Additionally, it’s the most-watched ESPN telecast of 2015 since the inaugural College Football National Championship on January 12, 2015. Game 5 delivered a peak audience of 10,786,000 viewers.

Wednesday’s telecast also stands as the most-watched game of the NBA Playoffs on any network.

Additionally, Game 5 delivered a 5.6 U.S. household rating, making it the highest-rated telecast of the night across key demos, including M18-34, M18-49, M25-54, P18-34, P18-49, and P25-54.

 ABC will exclusively present the 2015 NBA Finals – Golden State Warriors versus Cleveland Cavaliers – beginning with Game 1 on Thursday, June 4, at 9 p.m. ET. More coverage details will be released in the coming days.

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

 

ESPN Weekly Enterprise jOURnalism Release

Reporter Jeremy Schaap & host Bob Ley discuss the issues on Wednesday’s expanded OTL.

“The FIFA Crisis”

ESPN Platforms

ESPN continues its extensive FIFA indictments coverage highlighted by tonight’s Outside the Lines Special: The FIFA Crisis at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Below, some examples of the reports, analysis and commentary which have appeared across various ESPN platforms:

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Wednesday’s Outside the Lines’ podcast

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How FIFA’s Structure Lends Itself To Corruption

By Carl Bialik, FiveThirtyEight’s lead writer for news

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Sepp Blatter’s Future – What You Need to Know

By Gabriele Marcotti, columnist for ESPN FC

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The Buck Stops with Blatter

Video commentary by soccer play-by-play commentator Ian Darke

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The FIFA Crisis 

SportsCenter’s Robert Flores’ “Top Takes” video commentary

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An Examination of the Most Powerful Man in Sports

Jeremy Schaap focuses on Sepp Blatter’s leadership of the organization overseeing world soccer.

 

The Ugly Game

ESPN The Magazine (“World Football Issue” on newsstands on Friday)

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Sepp Blatter is on the brink of winning his fifth term as FIFA president, even as the staging of the next two World Cups looks more contentious than ever. Based largely on a recent in-depth documentary produced by E:60 in which Jeremy Schaap told the tale of corruption, injustice and moral depravity behind FIFA’s naming Russia and Qatar as World Cup hosts, ESPN The Magazine presents a guide explaining just why everyone is so outraged with FIFA.

 

Life on the Streets

SportsCenter (Sunday, 10 a.m., ESPN)

ESPN.com (to be posted Sunday)

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In an effort to get a closer look at the hardships homeless people in America endure every single day, two St. Louis Rams defensive linemen took to the streets for 24 hours with no place to sleep or eat, no connection to the outside world and only $4 each. SC Featured followed their story.

“It was the worst night I’ve ever had in my life for sure. My body hurts so bad right now.” — William Hayes, St. Louis Rams defensive end

“It’s amazing though when that cop went to talk to me, just how unsettled that felt, compared to like if a cop normally talks to me walking down the street.” — Chris Long, St. Louis Rams defensive end

Check ESPNFrontRow.com for a behind the scenes look at the making of the piece.

  

Cub-struction Project

Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m. ESPN; 10 a.m., ESPN2)

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Cubs fan Holly Swyers at the May 11 re-opening of Wrigley’s bleachers

Their ballpark is 101 years old and their championship drought is 107. As the Chicago Cubs renovate the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, many question the effect on the park’s allure and whether it can help the team reach its first World Series since 1945. Cubs officials say modernization is a must to compete financially and on the field. Four

 Chicagoans discuss the contentious construction project as told to reporter T.J. Quinn and producer Willie Weinbaum.

“Part of being a Cubs fan is discovering there are ways to lose a game that you’ve never seen before and never imagined were possible. It is an incredibly frustrating experience, but it’s also part of, I think, what draws us together.” — Holly Swyers, Lake Forest College anthropologist & author of “Wrigley Regulars: Finding Community in the Bleachers”

“Will Wrigley Field lose some of its character? Sure. And it won’t be the same ballpark that I’ve walked into over the years. But if it brings us that championship, I’m all for it.” — Mike Reischl, Chicago police officer

 

What’s next for Kurt Busch and Patricia Driscoll

ESPN The Magazine (“World Football Issue” on newsstands Friday)

ESPN.com

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When Patricia Driscoll accused Kurt Busch of domestic violence, it made news. When Busch accused her of being an assassin, it went viral. Seth Wickersham reports.

 

Sports Reporters

This week’s Panel* (Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ESPN; 10:30 a.m., ESPN2)

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John Saunders

Howard Bryant

Jemele Hill

Bob Ryan

*Subject to change

 

Western Conference Finals Game 5 is Highest-Rated NBA Game on ESPN Since 2012

  • 8 Overnight Rating is Best for any ESPN Telecast in 2015 Since January
  • Record Local Ratings in San Francisco & Houston Markets

Game 5 of the 2015 NBA Western Conference Finals – the Golden State Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets to advance to the NBA Finals – delivered a strong 6.8 overnight rating, according to Nielsen. The game peaked with an 8.1 rating from 11:30 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. ET.

Last night’s telecast is the highest-rated NBA game on ESPN since its telecast of Miami Heat-Boston Celtics Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 on June 9, 2012. Game 5 is also the highest-rated ESPN telecast of 2015 since the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship on January 12.

Additionally, Game 5 was up double-digits from both the Western Conference Finals and Eastern Conference Finals Game 5’s in 2014.  Last night’s 6.8 was up 28 percent from a 5.3 for San Antonio-Oklahoma City in 2014 and up 19 percent from a 5.7 for Miami-Indiana in 2014.

Record local numbers

Locally, Game 5 delivered records in both team markets. In San Francisco, Game 5 generated a 21.9 and in Houston, the telecast posted a 17.1. Both rank as the highest-rated NBA games on ESPN in those markets, as far as records go back (2003).

Game 5 on WatchESPN

Golden State-Houston Game 5 delivered an average minute audience of 171,571 on WatchESPN. This is the second-highest average minute audience ever for an NBA game on the platform.

SportsCenter

Last night’s midnight ET edition of SportsCenter on ESPN delivered a 3.1 overnight rating, making it the highest-rated SportsCenter in the timeslot since the night of the inaugural College Football National Championship game.

ABC will exclusively present the 2015 NBA Finals – Golden State Warriors versus Cleveland Cavaliers – beginning with Game 1 on Thursday, June 4, at 9 p.m. ET. More coverage details will be released in the coming days.

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

 

Odell Beckham Jr. to Join ESPN NY 98.7FM Weekly During NFL Season

Star Receiver on Every Thursday with Michael Kay and Don LaGreca

This NFL season, Odell Beckham Jr. – the New York Giants’ star second-year receiver – will appear weekly on ESPN New York 98.7FM’s The Michael Kay Show. Beginning September 3, Beckham will join Kay and co-host Don LaGreca,every Thursday to discuss the Giants and the NFL, continuing through the regular season and as long as the Giants are playing.

“It’s a privilege to add one of the NFL’s most exciting young talents to New York’s most entertaining afternoon show with Michael Kay and Don LaGreca,” said Tim McCarthy, general manager, ESPN New York 98.7FM.  “Adding Odell to ESPN NY’s 98.7FM football content will give all NY fans more of what they want, the biggest and best this fall.”

Beckham added, “I’m excited that I will have a weekly platform to talk Giants football, and give the fans some perspective from inside the locker room.”

Beckham was a rookie sensation in 2014, appearing in the Pro Bowl and being named Offensive Rookie of the Year. A first-round pick out of LSU, Beckham caught 91 passes for 1,307 with 12 touchdowns – all in just 12 games due to injury. In a nationally televised game in November against Dallas, he made what many consider one of the best – if not the best – catches of all time, reaching up and snaring the ball with one hand while falling backwards.

About ESPN New York

ESPN New York 98.7FM is the flagship station of ESPN Radio, providing sports talk, news and local and national play-by-play coverage.  It’s the official radio home of three of the New York market’s most iconic teams: New York Knicks, New York Rangers and New York Jets game broadcasts in addition to national rights for the entire NBA season from tip through The Finals, Major League Baseball from Opening Day through the World Series and a slate of top college football including the entire College Football Playoff. ESPN New York is also streamed live at www.ESPNNewYork.com.

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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.

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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

Chris Connelly Named Interim Editor-In-Chief of Grantland

Award-winning journalist and contributor to E:60, Outside the Lines, Grantland and ABC News to lead growing sports and pop culture storytelling brand


Chris Connelly, the award-winning reporter and essayist whose work includes contributions to E:60, Outside The Lines, ABC News, Grantland and many other programs and publications, has been named Interim Editor-in-Chief of Grantland.

Chris Connelly has been named Interim Editor-In-Chief of Grantland.

Chris Connelly has been named Interim Editor-In-Chief of Grantland.

“We are thrilled to have a journalist of Chris’ caliber join us on an interim basis as we go forward and build on the smart, fun, adventurous, creative, unexpected and vital spirit of Grantland,” said Marie Donoghue, ESPN’s executive vice president, global strategy and original content.  “Chris has been an award-winning journalist and storyteller in sports, music and pop culture for over three decades, and as a longtime contributor at Grantland, he appreciates the incredible team we have assembled.”

Added Connelly, “Bill Simmons had the vision to create Grantland, and his leadership, ideas, and inspiration made it singularly great. I’m looking forward to helping the writers, editors, and producers on this amazingly talented staff create more of the outstanding work for which they’ve rightly become known.”

The move comes as Grantland recorded its most trafficked month ever in April1, with video viewing on the site also showing significant growth – up 277 percent since last June2. Additionally, Grantland’s distinctive, engaging content has led to users on the site reading two-and-a-half times more content in a single week than users on similar sites do in an entire month3.

Since its launch in 2011, Grantland has been recognized for its entertaining and original content from both established and up-and-coming writers like Wesley Morris, Bill Barnwell, Zach Lowe, Katie Baker, Molly Lambert and Rembert Browne among others. A modern multimedia brand, Grantland is also an industry leader in podcasting and the home for signature video projects ranging from the Emmy Award winning “30 for 30 Shorts,” to feature films, and original short form video including “Jalen & Jacoby”, “Tough Calls”, “The Grantland Summer Movie Preview”, “Grantland Features” and more.

Engaging in multimedia storytelling has been central throughout Connelly’s career. Stories that he has reported and written have won four Sports Emmys and seven Edward R. Murrow Awards, as well as a Prism, a Gracie, and a National Headliner Award. He has also served as a consulting producer for ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 documentary series, was part of the team to prototype ESPN The Magazine prior to its launch and has moderated yearly filmmakers’ panels at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.  

Connelly will continue to contribute stories and reporting to Outside the Lines, E:60 and other ESPN programs including SportsCenter and the annual My Wish series. For ABC News, Connelly will continue as a contributor for 20/20 other ABC News programs, where he covers popular culture and other manifestations of the zeitgeist.

Prior to joining ESPN in September 2001, Connelly spent more than a dozen years at MTV, where he was a host and interviewer specializing in movies; later, he was also a correspondent for MTV News. He earned a News Emmy nomination for co-writing Where Were You at 22? — a documentary he hosted about the young lives of the presidential candidates of the 2000 campaign.

A graduate of Amherst College, Connelly began his journalism career in print, initially at Rolling Stone  -– where he wrote the magazine’s first cover stories on Madonna, Tom Cruise, and U2 — and then as an editor and writer for the late, much-beloved movie magazine, Premiere. Born and raised in New York City, he lives in Los Angeles. 

 

1 Source: ComScore

2 Source: Adobe

3 Source: Chartbeat

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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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).