ESPN to Showcase All 88 Little League World Series Regional Games For the First Time

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Following the Little League tournament’s most watched season in 2014, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and the Longhorn Network will combine to televise all 88 Regional games of the 2015 Little League World Series, beginning August 4. This is the first year ESPN networks will televise every Little League Regional game from all of the locations and sites. The Regional games will lead into ESPN’s multi-platform coverage of the 69th Little League World Series presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, from Williamsport, Pa. Aug. 20-30.

ESPN’s total Little League World Series commitment is 135 games through Aug. 30.

Commentators

Baseball Tonight commentator Karl Ravech returns for regional commentary this year. Additionally, Tom Hart and Keith Moreland will call the action for all of the Southwest Regionals on the Longhorn Network. The full list of commentators include: Karl Ravech , David Belisle, Mike Morgan, Eric Wedge, Tyler Denning, Megan Willis, Pam Ward, Cheri Kempf, Jason Benetti, Alex Cora, Doug Glanville, Cara Capuano, Michele Smith, Clay Matvick, Chris Burke, Mark Brown, Drew Fellios, Mike LaValliere, Jim Barber, John Gregory, Dave Weekley, Rusty Ensor, Trey Bender, Jerry Kindall, and Chip Fridrich.

Additional Games

In addition to the 88 Regional games, ESPN networks will televise 15 ancillary games, including the Big League and Intermediate Baseball Finals, Senior League and Big League Softball Finals, and more.

Little League World Series in Williamsport

ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2 will combine to present 32 Little League World Series games from Williamsport, Pa., beginning Thursday, Aug. 20, and concluding with the World Series Championship game on ABC on Sunday, Aug. 30. Both SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight will be present in Williamsport.

Karl Ravech and Dave Flemming will provide play by play commentary with analysts Kyle Peterson, Nomar Garciaparra, David Belisle during the Little League World Series in Williamsport. Hosts and reporters include: Chris McKendry, Jay Crawford, Jaymee Sire, and Marysol Castro.

Additionally, ESPN MLB analysts Curt Schilling, John Kruk, and Aaron Boone will call select games in Williamsport.

Full coverage details will be announced soon.

Little League World Series Regions/Locations

Great Lakes (Indianapolis, Ind.); Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn.); Midwest (Indianapolis, Ind.); New England (Bristol, Conn.) Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif.); Southeast (Warner Robins, Ga.); Southwest (Waco, Texas); West (San Bernardino, Calif.).

For a list of all teams per region, visit LittleLeague.org.

Little League World Series Regional Games and Ancillary Games Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game/Location/ Commentators Network(s)
Tues, Aug 4 7:30 p.m. Big League Baseball Final at Easley, SCMike Morgan, Eric Wedge ESPN2, WatchESPN
Wed, Aug 5 5 p.m. Softball Southwest Regional Final at Waco, TXTyler Denning, Megan Willis Longhorn Network
Fri, Aug 7 10 a.m. Southeast Regional Pool Play Game #1 at Warner Robins, GADrew Fellios, Mike LaValliere ESPN3, WatchESPN
  11 a.m. Southwest Regional Pool Play Game #1 at Waco, TXTom Hart, Keith Moreland Longhorn Network
  1 p.m. Southeast Regional Pool Play Game #2 at Warner Robins, GADrew Fellios, Mike LaValliere ESPN3, WatchESPN
  2:30 p.m. Southwest Regional Pool Play Game #2 at Waco, TXTom Hart, Keith Moreland Longhorn Network
  4 p.m. Southeast Regional Pool Play Game #3 at Warner Robins, TXDrew Fellios, Mike LaValliere ESPN3, WatchESPN
  5 p.m. Senior League Softball Semifinal Game #1 at Lower Sussex, DEPam Ward, Cheri Kempf ESPN3, WatchESPN
  6 p.m. Southwest Regional Pool Play Game #3 at Waco, TXTom Hart, Keith Moreland Longhorn Network
  7 p.m. Southeast Regional Pool Play Game #4 at Warner Robins, GADrew Fellios, Mike LaValliere ESPN3, WatchESPN
  8 p.m. Senior League Softball Semifinal Game 2 at Lower Sussex, DEPam Ward, Cheri Kempf ESPN3, WatchESPN
  9:30 p.m. Southwest Regional Pool Play Game #4 at Waco, TXTom Hart, Keith Moreland Longhorn Network
Sat, Aug 8 10 a.m. Southeast Regional Pool Play Game #5 at Warner Robins, GADrew Fellios, Mike LaValliere ESPN3, WatchESPN
  12 p.m. Senior League Baseball Final at Bangor, MEJason Benetti, Alex Cora ESPN2, WatchESPN
  1 p.m. Southeast Regional Pool Play Game #6 at Warner Robins, GADrew Fellios, Mike LaValliere ESPN3, WatchESPN
  2 p.m. Senior League Softball Final at Lower Sussex, DEPam Ward, Cheri Kempf ESPN, WatchESPN
  4 p.m. Junior League Softball Final at Kirkland, WACara Capuano, Michele Smith ESPN, WatchESPN
  4 p.m. Southeast Regional Pool Play Game #7 at Warner Robins, GADrew Fellios, Mike LaValliere ESPN3, WatchESPN
  5 p.m. Big League Softball Semifinal #1 at Lower Sussex, DEPam Ward, Cheri Kempf ESPN3, WatchESPN
  6 p.m. Southwest Regional Pool Play Game #5 at Waco, TXTom Hart, Keith Moreland Longhorn Network
  7 p.m. Southeast Regional Pool Play Game #8 at Warner Robins, GADrew Fellios, Mike LaValliere ESPN3, WatchESPN
  8 p.m. Big League Softball Semifinal Game #2 at Lower Sussex, DEPam Ward, Cheri Kempf ESPN3, WatchESPN
  9 p.m. Intermediate Baseball Final at Livermore, CAMark Neely, Dallas Braden ESPN2, WatchESPN
  9:30 p.m. Southwest Regional Pool Play Game #6 at Waco, TXTom Hart, Keith Moreland Longhorn Network
Sun, Aug 9 11:30 a.m. West Regional Pool Play Game #1 at San Bernardino, CATrey Bender, Jerry Kindall ESPN3, WatchESPN
  12 p.m. Midwest Regional Pool Play Game #1 at Indianapolis, INJim Barber, John Gregory / Dave Weekley, Rusty Ensor ESPN3, WatchESPN
  12 p.m. Big League Softball World Series at Lower Sussex, DEPam Ward, Cheri Kempf ESPN, WatchESPN
  1 p.m. Southeast Regional Pool Play Game #9 at Warner Robins, GADrew Fellios, Mike LaValliere ESPN3, WatchESPN
  2 p.m. Midwest Regional Pool Play Game #2 at Indianapolis, INJim Barber, John Gregory / Dave Weekley, Rusty Ensor ESPN3, WatchESPN
  2 p.m.  Northwest Regional Pool Play Game #1 at San Bernardino, CATrey Bender, Jerry Kindall ESPN3, WatchESPN
  4 p.m.  Southeast Regional Pool Play Game #10 at Warner Robins, GADrew Fellios, Mike LaValliere ESPN3, WatchESPN
  5 p.m. Great Lakes Regional Pool Play Game #1 at Indianapolis, INJim Barber, John Gregory / Dave Weekley, Rusty Ensor ESPN3, WatchESPN
  6 p.m.  Southwest Regional Pool Play Game #7 at Waco, TXTom Hart, Keith Moreland Longhorn Network
  7 p.m.  Northwest Regional Pool Play Game #2 at San Bernardino, CATrey Bender, Jerry Kindall ESPN3, WatchESPN
  7 p.m.  Great Lakes Regional Pool Play Game #2 at Indianapolis, INJim Barber, John Gregory / Dave Weekley, Rusty Ensor ESPN3, WatchESPN
  9:30 p.m.  Southwest Regional Pool Play Game #8 at Waco, TXTom Hart, Keith Moreland Longhorn Network
  10:30 p.m.  West Regional Pool Play Game #2 at San Bernardino, CATrey Bender, Jerry Kindall ESPN3, WatchESPN
Mon, Aug 10 10 a.m.  Mid-Atlantic Regional Pool Play Game #1 at Bristol, CTJim Barbar, John Gregory ESPN3, WatchESPN
  11 a.m.  Great Lakes Regional Pool Play Game #3 at Indianapolis, INJim Barber, John Gregory / Dave Weekley, Rusty Ensor ESPN3, WatchESPN
  11 a.m.  Southeast Regional Pool Play Game #11 at Warner Robins, GADrew Fellios, Mike LaValliere ESPN3, WatchESPN
  11:30 a.m.  Northwest Regional Pool Play Game #1 at San Bernardino, CATrey Bender, Jerry Kindall ESPN3, WatchESPN
  1 p.m.  New England Regional Pool Play Game #4 at Bristol, CTMark Brown, John Brickley ESPN3, WatchESPN
  2 p.m.  Great Lakes Regional Pool Play Game #4 at Indianapolis, INJim Barber, John Gregory / Dave Weekley, Rusty Ensor ESPN3, WatchESPN
  2:30 p.m.  West Regional Pool Play Game #3 at San Bernardino, CATrey Bender, Jerry Kindall ESPN3, WatchESPN
  4 p.m.  Midwest Regional Pool Play Game #3 at Indianapolis, INTrey Bender, Jerry Kindall ESPN3, WatchESPN
  4 p.m.  Mid-Atlantic Regional Pool Play Game # 2 at Bristol, CTChip Fridrick, David Belisle ESPN3, WatchESPN
  6 p.m.  Southwest Regional Pool Play Game #9 at Waco, TXTom Hart, Keith Moreland Longhorn Network
  6 p.m.  Midwest Regional Pool Play Game #4 at Indianapolis, INJim Barber, John Gregory ESPN3, WatchESPN
  7:30 p.m.  West Regional Pool Play Game #4 at San Bernardino, CATrey Bender, Jerry Kindall ESPN3, WatchESPN
  8 p.m.  New England Regional Pool Play Game #2 at Bristol, CTMark Brown, John Brickley ESPN3, WatchESPN
  9:30 p.m.  Southwest Regional Pool Play Game #10 at Waco, TXTom Hart, Keith Moreland Longhorn Network
  10 p.m.  Northwest Regional Pool Play Game #4 at San Bernardino, CATrey Bender, Jerry Kindall ESPN3, WatchESPN
Tues, Aug 11 10 a.m.  New England Regional Pool Play Game #3 at Bristol, CTMark Brown, John Brickley ESPN3, WatchESPN
  11 a.m.  Great Lakes Regional Pool Play Game #5 at Indianapolis, INJim Barber, John Gregory / Dave Weekley, Rusty Ensor ESPN3, WatchESPN
  11:30 a.m.  Northwest Regional Pool Play Game #5 at San Bernardino, CATrey Bender, Jerry Kindall ESPN3, WatchESPN
  1 p.m.  Mid-Atlantic Regional Pool Play Game #3 at Bristol, CTChip Fridrich, David Belisle ESPN3, WatchESPN
  2 p.m.  Midwest Regional Pool Play Game #5 Indianapolis, INJim Barber, John Gregory / Dave Weekley, Rusty Ensor ESPN3, WatchESPN
  2 p.m.  West Regional Pool Play Game #5 at San Bernardino, CATrey Bender, Jerry Kindall ESPN3, WatchESPN
  3 p.m.  Southeast Regional Semifinal Game #1Jason Benetti, Mike LaValliere ESPN, WatchESPN
  3:30 p.m.  Southwest Regional Pool Play Game #11 at Waco, TXTom Hart, Keith Moreland Longhorn Network
  4 p.m.  New England Regional Pool Play Game #4 at Bristol, CTMark Brown, John Brickley ESPN3, WatchESPN
  4 p.m.  Midwest Regional Pool Play Game #6 at Indianapolis, INJim Barber, John Gregory / Dave Weekley, Rusty Ensor ESPN3, WatchESPN
  6 p.m.  Great Lakes Regional Pool Play Game #6 at Indianapolis, INJim Barber, John Gregory / Dave Weekley, Rusty Ensor ESPN3, WatchESPN
  7 p.m.  Mid-Atlantic Regional Pool Play Game #4 at Bristol, CTChip Fridrich, David Belisle ESPN3, WatchESPN
  7:30 p.m.  West Regional Pool Play Game #6 at San Bernardino, CATrey Bender, Jerry Kindall ESPN3, WatchESPN
  9 p.m.  Southwest Regional Semifinal at Waco, TXTom Hart, Keith Moreland ESPN2, WatchESPN
  10 p.m.  Northwest Regional Pool Play Game #6 at San Bernardino, CATrey Bender, Jerry Kindall ESPN3, WatchESPN
Wed, Aug 12 10 a.m.  Mid-Atlantic Regional Pool Play Game 5 at Bristol, CTChip Fridrich, David Belisle ESPN3, WatchESPN
  11 a.m.  Midwest Regional Pool Play Game #7 at Indianapolis, INJim Barber, John Gregory / Dave Weekley, Rusty Ensor ESPN3, WatchESPN
  1 p.m.  New England Regional Pool Play Game #5 at Bristol, CTChip Fridrich, David Belisle ESPN3, WatchESPN
  2 p.m.  Great Lakes Regional Pool Play Game #7 at Indianapolis, INJim Barber, John Gregory / Dave Weekley, Rusty Ensor ESPN3, WatchESPN
  3 p.m.  Southeast Regional Semifinal Game #2 at Warner Robins, GAJason Benetti, Mike LaValliere ESPN; WatchESPN
  4 p.m.  Mid-Atlantic Regional Pool Play Game #6 at Bristol, CTChip Fridrich, David Belisle ESPN3, WatchESPN
  7 p.m.  New England Regional Pool Play Game #6 at Bristol, CTChip Fridrich, David Belisle ESPN3, WatchESPN
  7 p.m.  Southwest Regional Semi Final Game #2 at Waco, TXTom Hart, Keith Moreland ESPN2, WatchESPN
  7:30 p.m.  Northwest Regional Pool Play Game #7 at San Bernardino, CATrey Bender, Jerry Kindall ESPN3, WatchESPN
  10 p.m.  West Regional Pool Play Game #7 at San Bernardino, CATrey Bender, Jerry Kindall ESPN3, WatchESPN
Thu, Aug 13 11 a.m.  Midwest Regional Semifinal Game #1 at Indianapolis, INClay Matvick, Chris Burke ESPN, WatchESPN
  1 p.m.  Northwest Regional Semifinal Game #1 at San Bernardino, CAMark Neely, Dallas Braden ESPN, WatchESPN
  3 p.m.  Great Lakes Regional Semifinal Game #1Clay Matvick, Chris Burke ESPN, WatchESPN
  4 p.m.  Mid-Atlantic Regional Pool Play Game #7 at Bristol, CTChip Fridrich, David Belisle ESPN3, WatchESPN
  5 p.m.  Southeast Regional Championship Game at Warner Robins, GAJason Benetti, Mike LaValliere ESPN2, WatchESPN
  7 p.m.  New England Regional Pool Play Game #7 at Bristol, CTChip Fridrich, David Belisle ESPN3, WatchESPN
  7 p.m.  Southwest Regional Championship Game at Waco, TXTom Hart, Keith Moreland ESPN, WatchESPN
  9 p.m.  West Regional Semifinal Game #1 at San Bernardino, CAMark Neely, Dallas Braden ESPN, WatchESPN
Fri, Aug 14 11 a.m.  New England Regional Semifinal Game #1Karl Ravech, David Belisle ESPN, WatchESPN
  1 p.m.  Midwest Regional Semifinal Game #2 at Indianapolis, INClay Matvick, Chris Burke ESPN, WatchESPN
  3 p.m.  Northwest Regional Semifinal Game #2 at San Bernardino, CAMark Neely, Dallas Braden ESPN, WatchESPN
  5 p.m.  Great Lakes Regional Semifinal Game #2 at Indianapolis, INClay Matvick, Chris Burke ESPN2, WatchESPN
  7 p.m.  Mid-Atlantic Regional Semifinal Game #1 at Bristol, CTKarl Ravech, David Belisle ESPN, WatchESPN
  9 p.m.  West Regional Semifinal Game #2 at San Bernardino, CAMark Neely, Dallas Braden ESPN, WatchESPN
Sat, Aug 15 11 a.m.  New England Regional Semifinal Game #2 at Bristol, CTKarl Ravech, David Belisle ESPN, WatchESPN
  1 p.m.  Midwest Regional Championship Game at Indianapolis, INClay Matvick, Chris Burke ESPN, WatchESPN
  3 p.m.  Northwest Regional Championship Game at San Bernardino, CAMark Neely, Dallas Braden ESPN, WatchESPN
  5 p.m.  Great Lakes Regional Championship Game at Indianapolis, INClay Matvick, Chris Burke ESPN, WatchESPN
  7 p.m.  Mid-Atlantic Regional Semifinal Game #2 at Bristol, CTKarl Ravech, David Belisle ESPN, WatchESPN
  9 p.m.  West Regional Championship Game at San Bernardino, CAMark Neely, Dallas Braden ESPN, WatchESPN
Sun, Aug 16 1 p.m.  New England Regional Championship Game at Bristol, CTKarl Ravech, David Belisle ESPN, WatchESPN
  4 p.m. Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship Game at Bristol, CTKarl Ravech, David Belisle ESPN, WatchESPN
Tues, Aug 18 7 p.m. Little League Softball Semifinal Game #1 at Portland, ORCara Capuano, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe ESPN2, WatchESPN
  9:30 p.m. Little League  Softball Semifinal Game #2 at Portland, ORCara Capuano, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe ESPN2, WatchESPN
Wed, Aug 19 9 p.m. Little League Softball Championship  at Portland, ORCara Capuano, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sun, Aug 23 1 p.m. Junior League Baseball Championship at Taylor, MIJason Benetti, Doug Glanville ESPN, WatchESPN

Commentators are subject to change

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Media contact: Gianina Thompson at gianina.thompson@espn.com (@Gianina_ESPN)

 

espnW.com Posts Strong Gains in June, Highest Total Minutes Spent Ever

espnW.com posted strong gains in June, including a record high of 31.6 million minutes spent, according to comScore, marking four straight months that the site has seen all-time highs in several metrics. Also in June, the FIFA Women’s World Cup helped espnW notch its second-largest monthly unique visitor total ever with 7.7 million (comScore).

“espnW is focused on creating impactful, noteworthy content and these numbers demonstrate that we’re striking a chord with our audience,” said Laura Gentile, vice president, espnW. “High quality features surrounding the Women’s World Cup and a moving piece about domestic violence survivor Christy Mack contributed to the strong growth we’ve seen. We are poised to continue.”

espnW.com previously set records in March, April and May:

About espnW

espnW serves women who love sports. espnW.com provides an engaging environment that offers total access to female athletes and the sports they play, takes fans inside the biggest events, and shares a unique point of view on the sports stories that matter most to women. Founded in July 2010, espnW lives across digital, television, films, events, educational platforms and social media. The annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit is the leading event of its kind in the sports industry.

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ESPN to Televise Three Prime-Time Pittsburgh Pirates Games from PNC Park This Week

Marquee Pitching Matchup Friday on ESPN: Clayton Kershaw versus Gerrit Cole

Pirates to Appear Five Times on ESPN in August Including Twice on Sunday Night Baseball

ESPN will televise three prime-time Pittsburgh Pirates games from PNC Park this week, beginning with Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA Chicago Cubs at Piratestonight at 7 p.m. ET. The team of Dave O’Brien and analysts Aaron Boone and Dallas Braden will provide commentary.

 ESPN will then televise the Pittsburgh Pirates-L.A. Dodgers game, in a special telecast window, this Friday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. The telecast will be highlighted by a blockbuster pitching matchup as Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw takes his scoreless innings streak – currently at 37 innings – to PNC Park. He’ll square off against Pirates’ star Gerrit Cole.  The week concludes with the Pirates-Dodgers series finale on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell, Aug. 9, at 8 p.m. Dan Shulman, the voice of Sunday Night Baseball, will be joined by analysts Curt Schilling and John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney for both Pirates-Dodgers telecasts.

Additionally, Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet will precede Sunday’s game at 7 p.m.  All three Pirates games on ESPN will also be available on WatchESPN, while Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell is also available on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio.

More Upcoming Pirates Games on ESPN

The Pittsburgh Pirates will also appear on ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball, Aug. 12, at 8 p.m. when they visit the St. Louis Cardinals. The Pirates will then make their third Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell appearance of the season on Aug. 23, at 8 p.m. when they host the San Francisco Giants.

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*For ESPN commentator interviews, please contact Ben Cafardo or Gianina Thompson.

ESPN’s Presentation of the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony

Photos via ESPN Images

Class of 2015 Includes ESPN’s Jerome Bettis and Bill Polian
ESPN’s Tom Jackson to be Honored with Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award

ESPN will televise the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony for the 21st consecutive year on Saturday, August 8, at 7 p.m. ET. Host Trey Wingo will anchor coverage on ESPN (and WatchESPN) from Canton, Ohio, with NFL analyst Tom Jackson, senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen and national correspondent Sal Paolantonio.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 includes two members of ESPN’s NFL analyst team: Jerome Bettis, a six-time Pro Bowl running back with 13,662 career yards, and Front Office Insider Bill Polian, a six-time NFL Executive of the Year. Bettis and Polian will be enshrined with Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Junior Seau, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff and Ron Wolf.

The day before the Enshrinement Ceremony, Polian will receive the 2015 Bud Selig Mentoring Award by the McLendon Scholarship Steering Committee, composed of 26 minority athletics administrators, for being “at the forefront in creating equal opportunities for minorities in the field of athletics.”

Additionally, Jackson will be honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the 2015 Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award for his “longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.” Jackson’s colleague for the past 28 years, ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman – the 2010 Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award recipient, will emcee the Enshrinement Ceremony for the 16th year.

As part of a multi-year agreement with the Pro Football Hall of Fame, ESPN will present the Enshrinement Ceremony through 2020 – the centennial anniversary of the National Football League’s inaugural season. ESPN has televised the Enshrinement Ceremony since 1995.

More on NFL Live and ESPN.com:

This week, ESPN’s daily NFL news and information show NFL Live (3:30 p.m., ESPN) will pay tribute to Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinees. The hour-long show will feature special essays and interviews on Seau (today), Haley (Tue), Bettis (Wed) and Polian (Thu).

NFL Nation reporters Jeremy Fowler and Pat McManamon will also provide coverage leading up to and surrounding the Enshrinement Ceremony. ESPN.com highlights:

  • Individual stories and accompanying videos for the Class of 2015;
  • A live post from each individual’s speech; and
  • Fowler and McManamon will staff the Hall of Fame game (Steelers vs. Vikings on Sunday, Aug. 9).

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Hannah Storm Interviews Sports Newsmakers in Face to Face Special Thursday

Guests Include DeMarco Murray, Adam Jones, Missy Franklin, Pat Haden, Michele Roberts, Karl-Anthony Towns, Mo’ne Davis  

Award-winning ESPN host and SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm sits down with a diverse list of seven sports newsmakers whose stories and legacies are still evolving for Face to Face with Hannah Storm, a SportsCenter special debuting Thursday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The guests represent all levels of athletic achievement, from amateur to collegiate sports and the Olympic Games to the professional spotlight of the NFL, NBA and MLB.

The program is the latest in the series of Face to Face specials and the first to feature newsmakers from multiple sports. The series blends access and in-depth, one-on-one conversations to create compelling and insightful features that show viewers a new side of each guest.

“In each special we look to bring something new to viewers, whether that’s insight into a sports figure they think they already know or introducing a new face that is about to break through,” said Storm. “This special is no different as we talk to a diverse lineup of intriguing newsmakers across the sports landscape who have made a meaningful impact on their sport or society and those who are still making their imprint. These people will continue to be big stories in sports in the years ahead.”

Missy

Guests include:

  • Running back DeMarco Murray, heading to his first season with the Philadelphia Eagles, who discusses events that led him away from the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Olympic medalist and world-record-holder swimmer Missy Franklin, who recently turned pro after passing up millions of dollars to attend college, touches on her place in the endorsement world with the Summer Olympics on the horizon.
  • Trailblazing National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts, the first woman to head a sports union in the United States, gives insights into who she is.
  • University of Southern California athletic director Pat Haden speaks candidly and emotionally of the things that matter to him the most, including his family.
  • Mo’ne Davis, the 2014 Little League World Series sensation, on what her life in the past year has been like and her interest in history and civil rights as she prepares to enter high school.
  • Baltimore Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones discusses the civil unrest that took over Baltimore earlier this year and speaks about what he’s doing to give younger generations an opportunity towards success
  • NBA rookie Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves, welcomes viewers into his family’s New Jersey home and discusses going from perennial college hoops powerhouse Kentucky to the NBA.

The program is hosted from the National Academy in New York City, a museum and school that for nearly two centuries has been one of the most vibrant centers of fine art in the country. Also featured will be the work of award-winning and honored portrait artist Yuka Imata, an instructor at the academy, whose paintings and artwork have been exhibited across the United States as well as internationally.

Storm created the Face to Face series in January, 2012, with the debut show featuring Tim Tebow. Past editions have focused on the NFL, NBA and NASCAR, and have included high-profile personalities such as Clay Matthews, J.J. Watt, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Arian Foster, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Aaron Rodgers, Carmelo Anthony, Jimmie Johnson, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Russell Wilson, among many others.

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Media contact: andy.hall@espn.com

College GameDay Season to Open from Sundance Square on September 5

Downloadable ESPN Images: http://bit.ly/1VqYKTo

Saturday Morning Show to Conclude Season at Army-Navy Showdown on December 12

ATLANTA – ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – college football’s longest running and most celebrated pregame show – will begin the season for the second straight year from Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas, announced today at the College Football Hall of Fame Huddle-Up Luncheon. The weekly three-hour Emmy Award-winning show (Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon ET) will open September 5 in advance of the annual neutral-site matchup from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, this year showcasing No. 17 Wisconsin against No. 7 Alabama on Saturday Night Football on ABC presented by Wells Fargo, as part of DICK’s Sporting Goods Kickoff Week at 8 p.m.

Entering a new era on College GameDay, Rece Davis takes over full-time hosting duties from long-time host Chris Fowler when the crew takes to the road opening weekend. Davis will be joined by familiar faces in analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as contributors Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, George Whitfield and Gene Wojciechowski. Fowler and Herbstreit will join together in the booth, along with reporter Heather Cox, for the call of the Wisconsin-Alabama game.

Also returning to GameDay – in her second season as resident DJ – is Cait “Babi Mac” McMahan, who provides entertainment for fans on-site.

SportsCenter segments will begin in the 9 a.m. hour on Friday from Sundance Square, and College Football Live will originate from the GameDay set at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.

The opening weekend GameDay telecast will be Corso’s 258th headgear selection, holding a 10-6 all-time week one record (5-1 in last six years). Corso has previously picked Alabama 22 times with a 15-7 record, and has selected Wisconsin four times, holding a 2-2 mark.

Davis, Howard and Pollack will make an additional stop in Blacksburg, Va., for College Football Countdown on Monday, Sept. 7, in advance of a special edition of ESPN College Football presented by Capital One telecast featuring Virginia Tech vs. defending National Champions and No. 1 Ohio State at 8 p.m. The trio will be onsite for pre-game, halftime and post-game reporting, beginning at 7 p.m.

Return to Army-Navy Showdown
For the second straight year, College GameDay will originate from the site of the storied annual matchup between Army and Navy – this season from Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, on Saturday, Dec. 12.

GameDay visited Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in advance of the 2014 game, and the show originated from West Point once prior – September 27, 2003 for South Florida at Army– but for the only time in show history, the show had to be cancelled mid-air due to lightning. The game was played later that day and South Florida won 28-0.

Sundance Square
Sundance Square is a vibrant, award-winning entertainment district spanning 35 blocks in downtown Fort Worth. The multi-use development attracts more than 10 million visitors each year.  The one-acre outdoor plaza features new restaurants, shops, water features, stage, four 32-foot umbrellas, and covered seating. For more information about Sundance Square, visit sundancesquare.com or follow the multi-use development on Facebook.com/sundancesquare or Twitter@sundancesquare.

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ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball Delivers Strong Numbers for Mets-Nationals

The Aug. 2 edition of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell – the New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals 5-2 – delivered a 1.7 overnight rating, according to Nielsen. This is up six percent from a 1.6 for last year’s comparable game (L.A. Dodgers-San Francisco Giants).

In New York, the telecast generated a 6.4, making it the highest-rated regular-season Major League Baseball game on ESPN in the market since July 8, 2012 (Red Sox-Yankees, 7.1). It is also the highest-rated Mets game (excluding Mets-Yankees) on ESPN in the market since Aug. 5, 2007 (Mets-Cubs in Tom Glavine’s 300th win).

In Washington D.C., the telecast generated a 4.1 rating, making it the highest-rated regular-season MLB game on ESPN in the market since the inaugural game at Nationals Park on Mar. 30, 2008 (6.4).

Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell continues Aug. 9, when the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Los Angeles Dodgers at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and WatchESPN.

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ESPN Signs Award-Winning Senior News Correspondent Jeremy Schaap To Long-Term Extension  

Bristol, CT - April 17, 2014 - Studio D: Jeremy Schaap on the Outside the Lines set.(Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)

Will Continue Roles on E:60, ESPN Radio, Outside the Lines and More

Award-winning senior news correspondent Jeremy Schaap, one of ESPN’s most distinguished and versatile commentators, has reached a new long-term extension to remain with the company, it was announced by John Wildhack, ESPN executive vice president, production and programming. Schaap is currently reporting from the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

Schaap, who joined ESPN full-time in 1994, will continue to serve as a correspondent for ESPN’s award-winning, prime-time newsmagazine E:60. A new one-hour branded show titled E:60 Reports with Jeremy Schaap debuted this May with an investigation of Sepp Blatter and FIFA. Two weeks later, the U.S. Justice Department announced that it had indicted more than a dozen soccer executives and several of FIFA’s highest-ranking officials were arrested in Switzerland. On June 2, Blatter held a press conference to announce that he would be stepping down.

In addition, Schaap will continue to host ESPN Radio’s The Sporting Life and contribute to Outside the Lines, SportsCenter, NFL Countdown and College GameDay, among other ESPN platforms. He will also continue to cover select live events, including the FIFA World Cup, and to lead ESPN’s coverage at the Olympics.

“ESPN has been my home for more than 20 years,” said Schaap, “and before that my father Dick Schaap did so much remarkable work here. I couldn’t be more pleased to know that my colleagues – so many of whom are like family – are stuck with me for many more years.

“At ESPN, I have been afforded the opportunity to develop as a journalist and a broadcaster and it’s my hope that I will continue to do so. I have been privileged to work somewhere that cares about reporting, storytelling and fairness, where tremendous resources are dedicated to the important pursuit of journalism.”

He added: “At ESPN, and in particular for the last eight years at E:60, I have been encouraged to pursue stories that transcend sports, that sometimes are only tangentially about sports, but that speak to larger issues. I will continue to seek out those kinds of stories, working with the best producers, editors and camera crews on the planet—and that’s all anyone in this business can ask for.”

Wildhack said, “Jeremy is a trusted and respected voice in our industry and with fans.  His commitment to journalistic excellence as a reporter and storyteller is unparalleled, and we are thrilled to have him continue to play such an integral role across many ESPN platforms, including his outstanding award-winning work on E:60.”

Schaap has won nine national Sports Emmy Awards and many other honors for his work, including two national Edward R. Murrow Awards, in 2012 and 2014, and a National Headliner Award, in 2007.

This year, Schaap was awarded the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for human rights reporting–a first for ESPN–for his E:60 investigation, “Qatar’s World Cup,” which shined a light on the deplorable living and working conditions for foreign laborers in Qatar. Last week, in another first for ESPN, he was nominated for a national News and Documentary Emmy Award, for an E:60 story about a survivor of domestic violence.

Schaap’s father Dick Schaap began working at ESPN in 1988 hosting The Sports Reporters, and in later years he also hosted Schaap One on One and, with Jeremy, The Sporting Life. He worked at ESPN until his passing in 2001.

Photos of Schaap via ESPN Images

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Media Contact: Carrie Kreiswirth; 646-547-4686

ESPN Magazine: ‘Body Issue’ presentado por Gillette BODY lanza en Latinoamérica

ESPN lanza hoy en América Latina una edición especial de la revista digital ESPN Magazine con el ‘Body Issue’ presentado por Gillette BODY. ESPN Magazine es la primera revista deportiva diseñada para dispositivos móviles en Latinoamérica de habla hispana y está disponible para descargar gratuitamente en el App Store y en Google Play.

ESPNMagazineBodyIssueJENNIFER-DAHLGREN¿Qué es el Body Issue presentado por Gillette BODY?

Una muestra de imágenes de deportistas al desnudo y sólo acompañados por elementos que utilizan en forma habitual en sus disciplinas, con un cuidado y enfoque artístico lanza por primera vez en Latinoamérica en el nuevo número de ESPN Magazine.

Jennifer Dahlgren, atleta olímpica argentina (lanzamiento de martillo), será una de los 20 latinoamericanos que posaron para la producción especial. La atleta muestra su figura en fotografías que resaltan los cuerpos de los deportistas con alta esteticidad.

La lanzadora expresó su opinión sobre su participación en este número especial  “En el Entrenamiento aprendí a respetar mi cuerpo y a empujar mis límites físicos. No fue un cambio de un día para el otro, sigo teniendo mis inseguridades, pero hoy por hoy me paro en otro lugar. Si mediante estas fotos puedo ser ejemplo para una sola chica que pasa por algo como lo que yo pasé… entonces haber conquistado mi pudor y mostrarlo todo habrá valido la pena mil veces”.

Las imágenes y entrevistas de los atletas latinoamericanos, y de la edición The Body Issue de Estados Unidos las podrás encontrar en ESPNDeportes.com

Reconocida mundialmente por su edición en los Estados Unidos, que se realiza desde octubre de 2009 (versión impresa), en ESPN Magazine figuran los máximos atletas del mundo deportivo. ‘Body Issue’ presentado por Gillette BODY saldrá por primera vez en América Latina con los siguientes atletas:

PAÍS ATLETA DEPORTE
México Sexy Star Lucha
México Paola Pliego Esgrimista (Plata en los Panamericanos)
México Karla Arreola Natación (Plata en los Panamericanos)
México Johnny González Boxeo
México Rey Misterio Jr. Lucha
México Marc Crosas Futbol
Argentina Germán Chiaraviglio Salto con Garrocha
Argentina Federico Molinari Anillas
Argentina Jennifer Dahlgren Lanzamiento de martillo
Argentina Paula Pareto Judo
Argentina María Laura Ábalo Remo
Argentina Juan Manuel Leguizamón Rugby
Argentina Sergio Martínez Boxeo
Argentina Jonás Gutiérrez Futbol
Perú Rocío Miranda Voley
Colombia Camilo Villegas Golf
Colombia Manuela Vázquez Automovilismo
Colombia Gerardo Bedoya Futbol
Colombia Princesa Oliveros Atletismo
Colombia Dayrón Márquez Jabalina

(*) Se adjunta foto de la atleta argentina Jennifer Dahlgren y el luchador mexicano Rey Misterio Jr. con calidad de publicación.

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Special Olympics World Games LA 2015 on ESPN – Saturday, August 1

August 1, 2015

Special Olympics World Games LA 2015 on ESPN – Saturday, August 1

  • Lindsay Czarniak and Kevin Neghandhi host coverage at 7 p.m. ET
  • Expanded 1 hour program tonight
  • com coverage continues with powerful features and competition showcase
  • ESPN Images capturing the action of the World Games

ESPN’s global coverage of 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, the largest sporting and humanitarian event in 2015, began with live coverage of the Games’ star-studded Opening Ceremony on Saturday, July 24 and will conclude with the Closing Ceremony tomorrow.

Each night throughout the Games, ESPN’s Lindsay Czarniak and Kevin Neghandhi host, Special Olympics World Games LA 2015, being produced from ESPN’s downtown Los Angeles Production Center.  The show includes interviews with athletes and special guests, as well as a daily “competition showcase” segment that will feature play-by-play calls from the day’s action by ESPN’s Jason Benetti and reporting from Paralympic gold medal swimmer Victoria Arlen.  In addition, ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap and Marty Smith, as well as Special Olympics Global Messenger Dustin Plunkett will contribute to ESPN’s coverage.

Tonight’s edition of Special Olympics World Games LA 2015 will be one hour long.

Scheduling change note:  The Best of Special Olympics World Games LA2015 program originally scheduled for August 7 at 7 p.m. will now air on August 6 at 8 p.m. See full schedule details below.

On Saturday night’s show:

  • UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: As a boy in India, Ankush Saha followed his father – a Lt. Colonel in the military – to the golf course. Within days, his father knew his son was swinging better than him. ESPN’s Marty Smith tells Saha’s story.
  • HEALTHY ATHLETES: The Special Olympics World Games is more than just a competition. The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Program also is the largest public health program for those with intellectual disabilities, providing sometimes life saving healthcare to every competitor.
  • IN THE COMPANY OF LEGENDS: Olympic legends Bart Connor and Nadia Comaneci bring the stories and action from the gymnastics competitions.
  • COMPETITION SHOWCASE: Jason Benetti and Victoria Arlen provide coverage highlights from the Half Marathon, Track and Field and more.

ICYMI:  In case you missed missed past episodes of Special Olympics World Games LA 2015 or parts of ESPN’s overall coverage of the World Games, some highlights included:

  • THE STATE OF ID: A powerful feature, narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Julianne Moore, examines the state of those with intellectual disabilities around the world. HERE
  • UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL – Left without supervision and sometimes without food, Andrew Smiley found a life in a foster home and in the water of the Cayman Islands. Now he has come to Los Angeles for his fourth World Games for a chance to take home gold for his Island nation.  HERE
  • 30 FOR 30 SHORT – “BRAVE IN THE ATTEMPT”: In its digital debut on Grantland, this 30 For 30 Short, executive produced by Maria Shriver and directed by Peabody- and Emmy-winning filmmaker Fritz Mitchell, tells the story of the vision and courage of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founding force behind Special Olympics.  WATCH IT IN FULL HERE.

ESPN DIGITAL FEATURES & COVERAGE

ESPN.com’s extensive coverage of the Special Olympics World Games, continues with news and feature stories examining the people and topics of the Special Olympics World Games, the wider movement, exclusive athlete blogs, photo galleries and an extensive lineup of video features.

Among the highlighted coverage, is:

  • SETTING SAIL TO INDEPENDENCE: Terrel Limerick, closely bonded to his twin brother, Joel, took to sailing at the Special Olympics World Games, and now charts his own path. HERE
  • WITH open arms: Mphatso Chiphwanya, a tennis player from Malawi, didn’t have anyone to practice with, so the U.S. team unofficially adopted her. HERE
  • Fans in the stands: Fans at the World Games have been loud and exuberant all week. Here’s a look at the excitement from the stands. HERE

PHOTOGRAPHIC COVERAGE

ESPN Images and ESPN Digital Media photographers are capturing photos from around the Special Olympics World Games throughout the week, including these:

Los Angeles, CA - July 31, 2015 - John Wooden Center: Athlete participating in artistic gymnastics during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games (Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)

Los Angeles, CA – July 31, 2015 – John Wooden Center: Athlete participating in artistic gymnastics during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
(Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)

Los Angeles, CA - July 31, 2015 - Loker Stadium/Cromwell Field: Bonaventura Anga of Tanzania participating in track and field during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games (Photo by Kohjiro Kinno /  ESPN Images)

Los Angeles, CA – July 31, 2015 – Loker Stadium/Cromwell Field: Bonaventura Anga of Tanzania participating in track and field during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
(Photo by Kohjiro Kinno / ESPN Images)

Los Angeles, CA - July 31, 2015 - John Wooden Center: Marek Moltko of Poland during the medal ceremony for gymnastics at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games (Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)

Los Angeles, CA – July 31, 2015 – John Wooden Center: Marek Moltko of Poland during the medal ceremony for gymnastics at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
(Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)

Los Angeles, CA - July 30, 2015 - Easton Stadium: Athletes from Russia participating in volleyball during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games (Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)

Los Angeles, CA – July 30, 2015 – Easton Stadium: Athletes from Russia participating in volleyball during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
(Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)

The full collection of ESPN Images photos from the event, available for use in editorial coverage, can be found here: http://bit.ly/1TZgIuh

COVERAGE SCHEDULE

Day/Date Program Time (ET) Network
Sun, July 26 Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN2
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 12 midnight ESPN2
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 2 a.m. ESPN
Mon, July 27 Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 11:30 p.m. ESPN2
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 2 a.m. ESPN2
Tue, July 28 Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 11:30 p.m. ESPN2
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 2 a.m. ESPN2
Wed, July 29 Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 11:30 p.m. ESPN2
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 2 a.m. ESPN2
Thur, July 30 Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 11:30 p.m. ESPN2
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 2 a.m. ESPN2
Fri, July 31 Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 2 a.m. ESPN2
Sat, Aug 1 ESPN on ABC Sports Saturday (reair) 4 p.m. ABC
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 11:30 p.m. ESPN2
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 2 a.m. ESPN2
Fri, Aug 6 Best of Special Olympics World Games LA2015 8 p.m. ESPN
Sat, Aug 8 Best of Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 4 p.m. ABC

** NOTE:  the Aug. 1 program on ABC will air at 4 p.m. ET except on the west coast, where it will begin at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT)

 ESPN and The Special Olympics
Disney and ESPN have long supported Special Olympics.

ESPN is proud of its relationship with the Special Olympics, which spans more than 30 years. It is the official media partner of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, and along with ABC, the Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America – which carried the Flame of Hope to Los Angeles. Additionally, since 2013 ESPN has been the Global Presenting Sponsor and Official Media Sponsor of Special Olympics Unified Sports, which bring athletes with and without intellectual disabilities together as teammates.

ESPN’s support of the Special Olympics is part of The Walt Disney Company’s company-wide support, which includes Disney’s role as a Founding Champion of the LA2015 World Games.

Being a good corporate citizen is a time-honored tradition at ESPN. The company believes that, at its very best, sports uplifts the human spirit. Its corporate citizenship programs use power of sport to positively address society’s most pressing needs through strategic community investments, cause marketing programs, collaboration with sports organizations and employee volunteerism, while also utilizing its diverse media assets. For more information go to www.espn.com/citizenship.

The Walt Disney Company, through contributions, collaborations with local organizations, in-kind gifts and volunteering, helps to brighten the lives of kids and families in need and strengthen communities around the world. For more information visit, thewaltdisneycompany.com/citizenship or twitter.com/disneycitizenship.

Contact: Paul Melvin (860-766-5069 or paul.melvin@espn.com )