Celebration Bowl introduces Atlanta’s John Grant as executive director

Atlanta businessman John Grant has been appointed executive director of the Celebration Bowl announced today. The new postseason college football bowl game, owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, is set to premiere at noon ET Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, live on ABC. The Celebration Bowl, which showcases the legacy, values and traditions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, will pit the conference champion from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference against the Southwestern Athletic Conference champion.

With a distinguished history of professional success and leadership, Grant has led the 100 Black Men of Atlanta as chief executive officer for the past 14 years. He joined the organization in 1988 at age 30, becoming the 100 Black Men of Atlanta’s youngest member. Among his myriad awards and accolades, Grant most recently was selected as an inductee into the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau’s 2015 Hospitality Hall of Fame.

“John has long been committed to the Atlanta community, and we are excited to have him lead our efforts with the Celebration Bowl,” said Pete Derzis, senior vice president, ESPN Events. “He has demonstrated his leadership and guidance with the 100 Black Men of Atlanta for over a decade, and he has great passion for the tradition and legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”

Grant serves on several boards including the Atlanta Sports Council, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Central Atlanta Progress, Georgia Humanities Council, Emory University Center for Ethics, and the National Wildlife Federation. He also served on the working committee and advisory board for the Center for Civil and Human Rights along with the Early Learning Commission for the United Way.

“I am looking forward to leading a new tradition of celebrating the best in HBCU football with the Celebration Bowl,” Grant said. “ESPN leads the way in delivering the best college football experience, and we look to build a longstanding tradition of uplifting the African American community and the significance of HBCUs with a game that will kick off the college football bowl season in Atlanta.”

For more information, visit www.TheCelebrationBowl.com. ESPN Events also manages the college football season-opening MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney, another game that features these two conferences and highlights the traditions of HBCUs, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at the Orlando Citrus Bowl, live on ESPN.

ESPN EVENTS
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games, 13 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 250-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Boca Raton, Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as provides unique experiences for teams and fans.

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football
AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Houston); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Orlando Kickoff (Florida); Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); St. Petersburg Bowl (Florida); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta) and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth)

Collegiate Basketball
AdvoCare Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic (Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler, Okinawa, Japan); DIRECTV Wooden Legacy (Orange County, Calif.); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s Classic Presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona (Hartford/Storrs, Conn.); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan) and State Farm Champions Classic (Chicago)

For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.

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ESPN Introduces New College Sports Service, ESPN College Extra

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Hundreds of Live College Sports Events Delivered Year-Round beginning September 5

Available to AT&T U-verse and DIRECTV, Bright House Networks, Cox, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and Select NCTC Members’ Customers at Launch

All Events will continue to be Available on ESPN3 across WatchESPN Platforms

ESPN today announced the launch of ESPN College Extra, a new college sports service that will bring hundreds of ESPN3 exclusive live college sports events to the TV.  The service delivers an extensive portfolio of college sports events year-round including football, basketball, baseball, softball and more.  Live events will be accessible to customers of AT&T U-verse and DIRECTV – which is now part of the AT&T family – Bright House Networks, Cox, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and select NCTC members at launch beginning Saturday, September 5 with the start of the 2015-16 football season.  Any additional providers to carry ESPN College Extra will be announced at a later date.

“ESPN is at the forefront of media innovation with a long history of working closely with distributors to better serve customers,” said Sean Breen, Senior Vice President, Affiliate Sales, Disney and ESPN Media Networks.  “ESPN College Extra is the latest example of that ongoing collaboration and we are pleased that AT&T U-verse and DIRECTV, Bright House Networks, Cox, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and several NCTC members have recognized the value it adds to the multichannel video subscription.”

ESPN College Extra live events from FBS conferences (including the ACC, The American, Big 12, MAC and Sun Belt) and FCS conferences (Atlantic Sun, Big South, Horizon League, MAAC, MEAC, MVC, Pioneer, Southland, Summit League, SWAC, WAC and more) will be delivered to fans on up to eight channels through a sports tier or other affiliated TV package.  The schedule at launch:

Date Time (ET) Conference Game
Sat, Sept 5 12:30 p.m. ACC Wofford vs. Clemson
  1:00 p.m. Big South Holy Cross vs. Monmouth
  1:00 p.m. PSAC Lincoln vs. Cheyney (PA)
  3:30 p.m. Sun Belt Howard vs. Appalachian State
  6:00 p.m. The American Towson vs. East Carolina
  7:00 p.m. The American Alabama A&M vs. Cincinnati
  7:00 p.m. The American Missouri State vs. Memphis
  7:00 p.m. Big South Coastal Carolina vs. Furman
  7:00 p.m. The American Florida A&M vs. South Florida
  7:00 p.m. Pioneer Webber vs. Stetson
  7:00 p.m. Southland Northern Arizona vs. Stephen F. Austin
  8:00 p.m. The American Tennessee Tech vs. Houston

All exclusive events will continue to be made available on ESPN3 at no additional cost to fans with an affiliated internet or video subscription.  ESPN3 is accessible to more than 99 million households nationwide online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Blackout and regionalization restrictions will continue to apply across all platforms.

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College Football: ESPN’s Industry-Leading Coverage Opens and Closes the Season

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  • FCS Kickoff: North Dakota State at Montana Opens Season Saturday, Aug. 29 on ESPN
  • Eighth Annual Kickoff Week: 64 Games, 19 Ranked Teams including All Top 5, from Sept. 3-7
  • More than 450 Games
  • Exclusive Coverage of College Football Playoff and Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs

ESPN’s 2015 college football coverage – more than 450 games, including the first and last games of the season

CFB Logo– will begin Saturday, Aug. 29, at 3:30 p.m. ET with No. 1 North Dakota State at No. 12 Montana in the second annual FCS Kickoff matchup between two of the sport’s winningest programs.

Defending four-time FCS champion North Dakota State, holders of a 58-3 record since 2011, defeated Montana 22-10 in 2014. Montana had 27 winning seasons in 28 years from 1986 to 2011 while North Dakota State has had only three losing seasons in 51 years.

Kickoff Week: 64 Games, 9 of Top 10 Ranked Teams and 27 Conferences in Five Days
ESPN’s eighth annual DICK’s Sporting Goods Kickoff Week will include a record 64 games featuring the top five ranked teams and members of 27 conferences from Thursday, Sept. 3, to Monday, Sept. 7. Highlights of the coverage on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, SEC Network, Longhorn Network, ESPN3, ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Radio:

  • Nine of Top 10, 19 of Top 25: The lineup includes nine of the top 10 teams – and 19 of the top 25 overall – highlighted by defending National Champion No. 1 Ohio State at Virginia Tech on Labor Day, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Virginia Tech was the only team to beat Ohio State last year, defeating the Buckeyes 35-21 in Columbus. Additional games involving ranked teams:

    • The second game of an ESPN Thursday doubleheader Sept. 3 will pit No. 2 TCU at Minnesota at 9 p.m. with North Carolina vs. South Carolina preceding it at 6 p.m.
    • Three games with a ranked team on Friday Sept. 4 will begin at 7 p.m. with No. 4 Baylor at SMU and No. 5 Michigan State at Western Michigan on ESPN and ESPNU, respectively. ESPN will televise Washington at No. 23 Boise State at 10:15 p.m.
    • Saturday’s lineup on Sept. 5 will include 13 games with at least one ranked team highlighted by No. 20 Wisconsin vs. No. 3 Alabama from Arlington, Texas at 8 p.m. on ABC.
  • 36 States and the Capital: ESPN networks will showcase teams from 36 of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia over the five days.
  • FBS, FCS, Division II & NAIA: The Kickoff Week schedule showcases the depth and diversity of ESPN’s season-long college football coverage, with the 64 games representing at least one team from 27 conferences:
    • All 10 from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS): American Athletic, Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, Pac-12, Southeastern and Sun Belt, plus independent BYU.
    • Eleven from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS): Big Sky, Big South, Colonial Athletic, Mid-Eastern Athletic, Missouri Valley Football Conference, Ohio Valley, Patriot League, Pioneer, Southern, Southland and Southwestern Athletic.
    • Four Division II leagues with the Central Intercollegiate Athletic, Northern Sun, Pennsylvania State Athletic and South Atlantic as well as the Heart of America and The Sun from the NAIA level.

Watch Multiple Games at Once or On the Go
Every ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN3, SEC Network and Longhorn Network game will be available through WatchESPN, accessible online accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider

FBS and FCS Beginning to End
ESPN will close out an extensive regular-season schedule of FBS and FCS action with exclusive post-season coverage.

  • ESPN will televise with 39 bowl games, highlighted by the College Football Playoff Semifinals – Capital One Orange Bowl and Goodyear Cotton Bowl – on New Year’s Eve and the College Football Playoff National Championship from Glendale, Ariz. on January 11. This season marks the second of a 12-year agreement providing ESPN with exclusive coverage of the College Football Playoff national championship game and semifinals, as well as the four bowl games that are part of the rotation to host the semifinals.
  • ESPN networks will carry all 23 games of the NCAA Division I Football Championship.

Goal Line
The sixth consecutive season of ESPN’s Goal Line network – offering unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from numerous top college football games – will kick off Thursday, Sept. 3, from 7 to 11 p.m. The network will be available every Saturday beginning at noon throughout the season. Goal Line is currently available through affiliated providers.

2015 ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN3, SEC Network, Longhorn Network and ESPN Radio College Football Schedule (as of August 27)

Note: Schedule subject to change

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Network
Sat, Aug 29 Noon Baker at Grand View College ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. 2015 FCS Kickoff: North Dakota State at MontanaBrent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor ESPN
Thu, Sep 3 6 p.m. Belk College Kickoff Game: North Carolina vs. South Carolina (Charlotte, N.C.)Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Kaylee Hartung ESPN
  6 p.m. Lenior-Rhyne at West Chester ESPN3 *
  7 p.m. Oklahoma State at Central MichiganAdam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Harlan ESPNU
7 p.m. VMI at Ball StateJim Barbar, Mark Herrmann ESPN3
  7 p.m. Elon at Wake ForestRoy Philpott, Stan Lewter ESPN3
  7 p.m. Stony Brook at Toledo ESPN3
  7 p.m. Eastern Illinois at Western Illinois ESPN3
  7 p.m. Minnesota Duluth at Minnesota State ESPN3
  7 p.m. Central Arkansas at Samford ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Alcorn State at No. 16 Georgia Tech ESPN3 *
  7:30 p.m. Villanova at Connecticut ESPN3 *
  8 p.m. Western Kentucky at VanderbiltTom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge SEC Network
  9 p.m. No. 2 TCU at MinnesotaDave Pasch, Brian Griese, Tom Luginbill ESPN
  9 p.m. Ohio at IdahoTrey Bender, Darius Walker ESPN3
Fri, Sep 4 3:30 p.m. Charlotte at Georgia StateJason Benetti, Charles Arbuckle ESPNU
  7 p.m. No. 4 Baylor at SMUDave Flemming, Mack Brown, Allison Williams ESPN
  7 p.m. No. 5 Michigan State at Western MichiganAllen Bestwick, Dan Hawkins, Paul Carcaterra ESPNU
  7 p.m. Rhode Island at SyracuseDoug Sherman, Matt Chatham ESPN3
  10:15 p.m. Washington at No. 23 Boise StateMark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich ESPN
Sat, Sep 5 Noon No. 21 Stanford at NorthwesternMike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch ESPN
  Noon Richmond at MarylandRyan Ruocco, Mike Bellotti ESPNU
  Noon Louisiana-Monroe at No. 9 GeorgiaDave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Kayce Smith SEC Network
  Noon Tennessee-Martin at No. 17 Ole MissMike Couzens, Cole Cubelic, Kevin Weidl SEC Network Alternate
  Noon Norfolk State at RutgersShawn Kenney, Al Groh ESPNEWS
  Noon Graceland College at Missouri Valley ESPN3
  12:30 p.m. Wofford at No. 12 Clemson ESPN3 *
  1 p.m. Youngstown State at PittsburghDave Weekley, John Gregory ESPN3
  1 p.m. Maine at Boston CollegeEamon McAnaney, Rocky Boiman ESPN3
  1 p.m. Holy Cross at Monmouth ESPN3 *
  1 p.m. Lincoln at Cheyney ESPN3 *
  3 p.m. Old Dominion at Eastern Michigan ESPN3 *
  3:30 p.m. BYU at NebraskaSean McDonough, Chris Spielman, Todd McShay ABC
  3:30 p.m. Penn State at TempleBob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Shannon Spake ESPN
  3:30 p.m. UTEP at No. 18 ArkansasClay Matvick, John Congemi ESPNU
  3:30 p.m. Albany at BuffaloMichael Reghi, Dustin Fox ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Presbyterian at Miami (Ohio)Dan Gutowsky, Wayne Gandy ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Grand View College at Central Methodist ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Howard at Appalachian State ESPN3 *
  3:30 p.m. Louisville vs. No. 6 Auburn (Atlanta)Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, Tom Luginbill ESPN Radio
  4 p.m. Southern Illinois at IndianaRoy Philpott, David Diaz-Infante ESPNEWS
  4 p.m. Bowling Green vs. No. 25 Tennessee (Nashville)Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge SEC Network
  4 p.m. Southeast Missouri State at No. 24 MissouriBeth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra SEC Network Alternate
  6 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at Miami (Fla.)Drew Fellios, Forrest Conoly ESPN3
  6 p.m. Troy at NC StateAlex Faust, Stan Lewter ESPN3
  6 p.m. Towson at East CarolinaTaylor Zarzour, Mickey Matthews ESPN3
  6 p.m. Gardner-Webb at South AlabamaBrock Bowling, Doug Graber ESPN3
  6 p.m. Davidson at The Citadel ESPN3
  7 p.m. 2015 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston): No. 15 Arizona State vs. Texas A&MBrad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe ESPN
  7 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette at KentuckyAnish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks ESPNU
  7 p.m. Alabama A&M at CincinnatiJim Barbar, Wayne Gandy ESPN3
  7 p.m. Missouri State at MemphisJoel Meyers, Chad Brown ESPN3
  7 p.m. Florida A&M at South FloridaMike Corey, Rene Ingoglia ESPN3
  7 p.m. Northern Arizona at Stephen F. Austin ESPN3
  7 p.m. Webber at Stetson ESPN3
  7 p.m. Coastal Carolina at Furman ESPN3
  7 p.m. Delaware State at Liberty ESPN3 *
  7:30 p.m. New Mexico State at FloridaBrent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. McNeese State at No. 14 LSUAdam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Harlan SEC Network Alternate
  8 p.m. No. 20 Wisconsin vs. No. 3 Alabama (Arlington, Texas)Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox ABC
  8 p.m. Texas State at No. 10 Florida StateDave Lamont, Ray Bentley, Dawn Davenport ESPNEWS
  8 p.m. Tennessee Tech at HoustonBrett Dolan, George Wrighster ESPN3
  10:30 p.m. Arkansas State at No. 8 USCMarc Kestecher, Tom Ramsey, Ian Fitzsimmons ESPN Radio
Sun, Sep 6 3:30 p.m. 2015 MEAC/SWAC Challenge: Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. South Carolina State (Orlando)Mark Neely, Jay Walker, Tiffany Greene ESPN
Mon, Sep 7 8 p.m. No. 1 Ohio State at Virginia TechChris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox ESPN
Thu, Sep 10 6 p.m. Millersville at Clarion ESPN3 *
  7:30 p.m. Southern at Mississippi Valley State ESPNU
Fri, Sep 11 9 p.m. Utah State at Utah ESPN2
Sat, Sep 12 11:30 a.m. South Florida at No. 10 Florida State ESPN
  Noon Oregon State at Michigan ABC
  Noon Miami (Ohio) at No. 20 Wisconsin ESPN2 or ESPNU
  Noon Buffalo at Penn State ESPN2 or ESPNU
  Noon Indiana State at Purdue ESPNEWS
  Noon Jacksonville State at No. 6 Auburn SEC Network
  Noon Houston at Louisville ESPN3 *
  Noon West Chester at Mercyhurst ESPN3 *
  Noon Missouri Valley at Benedictine ESPN3
  12:30 p.m. Wake Forest at Syracuse ESPN3 *
  12:30 p.m. Appalachian State at No. 12 Clemson ESPN3
  1 p.m. Howard at Boston College ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. Morehead State at VMI ESPN3
  2 p.m. Eastern Washington at Northern Iowa ESPN3 *
  3 p.m. Chadron State at Missouri State ESPN3
  3 p.m. Monmouth at Central Michigan ESPN3
  3 p.m. Florida A&M at Samford ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. No. 11 Notre Dame at Virginia ABC
  3:30 p.m. Washington State at Rutgers ESPN2 or ESPNU
  3:30 p.m. Fresno State at No. 17 Ole Miss ESPN2 or ESPNU
  3:30 p.m. Furman at Virginia Tech ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Murray State at Northern Illinois ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Tulane at No. 16 Georgia Tech ESPN3 *
  4 p.m. Eastern Illinois at Northwestern ESPNEWS
  4 p.m. Middle Tennessee at No. 3 Alabama SEC Network
  4 p.m. Toledo vs. No. 18 Arkansas (Little Rock, Ark.) SEC Network Alternate
  6 p.m. No. 19 Oklahoma at No. 25 Tennessee ESPN
  6 p.m. North Carolina A&T at North Carolina ESPN3
  6 p.m. North Carolina Central at Duke ESPN3
  6 p.m. Pittsburgh at Akron ESPN3
  6 p.m. Eastern Kentucky at NC State ESPN3
  6 p.m. Delaware State at Kent State ESPN3
  6 p.m. Western Michigan at Georgia Southern ESPN3
  6 p.m. Western Carolina at The Citadel ESPN3
  6 p.m. East Stroudsburg at Slippery Rock ESPN3 *
  6 p.m. Stetson at Mercer ESPN3
  7 p.m. East Carolina at Florida ESPN2
  7 p.m. Ball State at Texas A&M ESPNU
  7 p.m. North Texas at SMU ESPN3
  7 p.m. Marshall at Ohio ESPN3 *
  7 p.m. No. 24 Missouri at Arkansas State ESPN3
  7 p.m. Northwestern State at Louisiana-Lafayette ESPN3
  7 p.m. Nicholls State at Louisiana-Monroe ESPN3
  7 p.m. Charleston Southern at Troy ESPN3
  7 p.m. Prairie View A&M at Texas State ESPN3
  7 p.m. Memphis at Kansas ESPN3 *
  7 p.m. Mississippi College at North Alabama ESPN3 *
  7 p.m. Robert Morris at Youngstown State ESPN3 *
  7:30 p.m. Kentucky at South Carolina SEC Network & ESPN Radio
  7:30 p.m. Morgan State at Illinois State ESPN3
  8 p.m. No. 7 Oregon at No. 5 Michigan State ABC
  8 p.m. Temple at Cincinnati ESPNEWS
  8 p.m. Rice at Texas Longhorn Network
  8 p.m. Tulsa at New Mexico ESPN3
  8 p.m. Georgia State at New Mexico State ESPN3 *
  8 p.m. Black Hills State at South Dakota School of Mines ESPN3
  9:15 p.m. No. 14 LSU at Mississippi State ESPN
  10:15 p.m. No. 23 Boise State at BYU ESPN2
  10:15 p.m. San Jose State at Air Force ESPNU
Thu, Sep 17 7:30 p.m. No. 12 Clemson at Louisville ESPN & ESPN Radio
  7:30 p.m. Florida A&M at South Carolina State ESPNU
Fri, Sep 18 7:30 p.m. Howard at Hampton ESPNU
  8 p.m. No. 10 Florida State at Boston College ESPN
Sat, Sep 19 Noon Air Force at No. 5 Michigan State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
  Noon Illinois at North Carolina ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
  Noon Connecticut at No. 24 Missouri ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU
  Noon South Florida at Maryland ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPNEWS
  Noon Nevada at Texas A&M SEC Network
  Noon Savannah State at Akron ESPN3
  Noon Benedictine at Mid-America Nazarene ESPN3
  12:30 p.m. Northwestern at Duke ESPN3 *
  12:30 p.m. Central Michigan at Syracuse ESPN3 *
  1 p.m. Edinboro at East Stroudsburg ESPN3 *
  2 p.m. Southeastern Louisiana at Ohio ESPN3 *
  2 p.m. Mercyhurst at Bloomsburg ESPN3 *
  2 p.m. Winston-Salem State at Tuskegee ESPN3
  2 p.m. Tennessee State at Jacksonville State ESPN3
  2 p.m. College of Faith (Ark.) at Valparaiso ESPN3 *
  3 p.m. Memphis at Bowling Green ESPN3
  3 p.m. Ball State at Eastern Michigan ESPN3
  3 p.m. Drake at South Dakota ESPN3 *
  3 p.m. Temple at Massachusetts ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Nebraska at Miami (Fla.) ABC & ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. Northern Illinois at No. 1 Ohio State ABC & ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. Virginia Tech at Purdue ESPNU
  3:30 p.m. William & Mary at Virginia ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Cincinnati at Miami (Ohio) ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Chattanooga at Samford ESPN3 *
  3:30 p.m. North Dakota at North Dakota State ESPN3 *
  3:30 p.m. No. 6 Auburn at No. 14 LSU ESPN Radio
  4 p.m. Western Kentucky at Indiana ESPNEWS
  4 p.m. Northwestern State at Mississippi State SEC Network
  4 p.m. Austin Peay at Vanderbilt SEC Network Alternate
  5 p.m. Wofford at Idaho ESPN3
  6 p.m. South Carolina at No. 9 Georgia ESPN
  6 p.m. Furman at UCF ESPN3
  6 p.m. Jackson State at Southern ESPN3
  6 p.m. The Citadel at Georgia Southern ESPN3
  7 p.m. Texas Tech at No. 18 Arkansas ESPN2
  7 p.m. Western Carolina at No. 25 Tennessee ESPNU
  7 p.m. Murray State at Western Michigan ESPN3
  7 p.m. Missouri State at Arkansas State ESPN3
  7 p.m. Southern Miss at Texas State ESPN3
  7 p.m. McNeese State at Stephen F. Austin ESPN3
  7 p.m. Montana at Liberty ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Florida at Kentucky SEC Network
  8 p.m. No. 21 Stanford at No. 8 USC ABC & ESPN Radio
  8 p.m. Iowa State at Toledo ESPNEWS
  8 p.m. Maine at Tulane ESPN3
  8 p.m. UTEP at New Mexico State ESPN3 *
  9:15 p.m. No. 17 Ole Miss at No. 3 Alabama ESPN
Thu, Sep 24 TBD Cincinnati at Memphis ESPN
Fri, Sep 25 8 p.m. No. 23 Boise State at Virginia ESPN
Sat, Sep 26 Noon California of Pa. at Edinboro ESPN3 *
  Noon Central Methodist at Graceland College ESPN3 *
  1:30 p.m. San Diego at Valparaiso ESPN3 *
  3 p.m. VMI at Furman ESPN3
  3 p.m. Central State at Kentucky State ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. Morgan State at Howard ESPN3
  6 p.m. Charleston Southern at The Citadel ESPN3
  6 p.m. Robert Morris at South Dakota State ESPN3
  7 p.m. James Madison at SMU ESPN3 *
  7 p.m. Central Arkansas at Northwestern State ESPN3
  7 p.m. Florida Tech at North Alabama ESPN3
  TBD Marshall at Kent State ESPN3 *
  TBD Jacksonville State at Tennessee-Martin ESPN3
  TBD Texas A&M at No. 18 Arkansas ESPN Radio
Thu, Oct 1 7 p.m. Concord at Charleston ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Miami (Fla.) at Cincinnati ESPN
  7:30 p.m. Alabama State at Texas Southern ESPNU
Fri, Oct 2 7 p.m. Memphis at South Florida ESPN2
  7 p.m. Georgetown at Harvard ESPN3 *
  10:15 p.m. Connecticut at BYU ESPN2
Sat, Oct 3 Noon Missouri Valley at Culver-Stockton ESPN3 *
  1 p.m. Bryant at Monmouth ESPN3 *
  1 p.m. Dayton at Stetson ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. Bucknell at VMI ESPN3
  2 p.m. Mercyhurst at Clarion ESPN3 *
  3 p.m. Indiana State at Missouri State ESPN3
  3 p.m. Youngstown State at South Dakota ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Presbyterian at Western Carolina ESPN3 *
  4 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at North Carolina Central ESPN3
  4 p.m. Southern Illinois at Western Illinois ESPN3
  6 p.m. Fordham at Lafayette ESPN3
  7 p.m. South Carolina State at Furman ESPN3
  7 p.m. Florida Tech at Delta State ESPN3 *
  TBD Wofford at Mercer ESPN3
  TBD Hawaii at No. 23 Boise State TBD
  TBD Colorado State at Utah State TBD
  TBD No. 3 Alabama at No. 9 Georgia ESPN Radio
Thu, Oct 8 7:30 p.m. South Carolina State at Bethune-Cookman ESPNU
  8 p.m. SMU at Houston ESPN2
  9 p.m. Washington at No. 8 USC ESPN
Fri, Oct 9 8 p.m. NC State at Virginia Tech ESPN
Sat, Oct 10 Noon Sacred Heart at Robert Morris ESPN3
  Noon Culver-Stockton at Benedictine ESPN3
  1 p.m. Furman at Chattanooga ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. Samford at VMI ESPN3
  2 p.m. Presbyterian at Coastal Carolina ESPN3
  2 p.m. Wofford at The Citadel ESPN3
  2 p.m. Valdosta State at West Georgia ESPN3 *
  2 p.m. Clarion at Edinboro ESPN3 *
  2 p.m. Northern Iowa at North Dakota State ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Mercer at Western Carolina ESPN3 *
  4 p.m. South Dakota at Western Illinois ESPN3
  7 p.m. Illinois State at Youngstown State ESPN3
  7 p.m. Indiana State at South Dakota State ESPN3
  8 p.m. Angelo State at Texas A&M Commerce ESPN3
  TBD Wyoming at Air Force TBD
  TBD No. 16 Georgia Tech at No. 12 Clemson ESPN Radio
Tue, Oct 13 8 p.m. Arkansas State at South Alabama ESPN2
Thu, Oct 15 7 p.m. No. 6 Auburn at Kentucky ESPN
  7 p.m. Glenville State at Alderson-Broaddus ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Alabama State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff ESPNU
  10:30 p.m. No. 13 UCLA at No. 21 Stanford ESPN & ESPN Radio
Fri, Oct 16 8 p.m. Cincinnati at BYU ESPN
  9 p.m. Houston at Tulane ESPNU
  10:30 p.m. UNLV at Fresno State ESPN2
Sat, Oct 17 Noon Duquesne at Bryant ESPN3
  Noon William Penn at Peru State ESPN3
  Noon Slippery Rock at Mercyhurst ESPN3 *
  1 p.m. Gardner-Webb at Kennesaw State ESPN3
  1 p.m. Liberty at Monmouth ESPN3 *
  1 p.m. Campbell at Stetson ESPN3 *
  1:30 p.m. Chattanooga at VMI ESPN3
  2 p.m. Dayton at Valparaiso ESPN3 *
  3 p.m. Illinois State at Missouri State ESPN3
  3 p.m. Seton Hall at Clarion ESPN3 *
  3 p.m. The Citadel at Samford ESPN3
  3 p.m. Shorter at West Alabama ESPN3 *
  3:30 p.m. Wagner at St. Francis ESPN3
  4 p.m. South Dakota State at Youngstown State ESPN3
  5 p.m. Western Illinois at Northern Illinois ESPN3
  6 p.m. West Georgia at Delta State ESPN3
  8 p.m. Penn State at No. 1 Ohio State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
  TBD Nevada at Wyoming TBD
  TBD San Diego State at San Jose State TBD
  TBD East Tennessee State at Mercer ESPN3
  TBD Western Carolina at Wofford ESPN3
  TBD West Virginia at No. 4 Baylor ESPN Radio
Tue, Oct 20 8 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas State ESPN2
Thu, Oct 22 7 p.m. Temple at East Carolina ESPN2
  7:30 p.m. Georgia Southern at Appalachian State ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. Valdosta State at Shorter ESPN3 *
  9 p.m. California at No. 13 UCLA ESPN
Fri, Oct 23 8 p.m. Memphis at Tulsa ESPN
  10:30 p.m. Utah State at San Diego State ESPN2
Sat, Oct 24 Noon Mid-America Nazarene at Baker ESPN3
  1 p.m. Coastal Carolina at Monmouth ESPN3
  1 p.m. Central Connecticut State at Sacred Heart ESPN3
  1 p.m. North Dakota State at Indiana State ESPN3
  1 p.m. Holy Cross at Lafayette ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. The Citadel at Furman ESPN3
  2 p.m. North Alabama at West Georgia ESPN3 *
  2 p.m. Bloomsburg at West Chester ESPN3 *
  3 p.m. Western Illinois at Illinois State ESPN3
  3 p.m. Missouri State at South Dakota ESPN3
  3 p.m. Northern Iowa at South Dakota State ESPN3
  6 p.m. IUP at Slippery Rock ESPN3 *
  7 p.m. Kennesaw State at Liberty ESPN3 *
  7 p.m. Youngstown State at Southern Illinois ESPN3
  8 p.m. No. 1 Ohio State at Rutgers ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
  TBD Wyoming at No. 23 Boise State TBD
  TBD Fresno State at Air Force TBD
  TBD No. 25 Tennessee at No. 3 Alabama ESPN Radio
Thu, Oct 29 7 p.m. North Carolina at Pittsburgh ESPN
  7:30 p.m. Texas State at Georgia Southern ESPNU
  10:30 p.m. No. 7 Oregon at No. 15 Arizona State ESPN
Fri, Oct 30 7 p.m. Louisville at Wake Forest ESPN2
  7 p.m. East Carolina at Connecticut ESPNU
  10:15 p.m. Wyoming at Utah State ESPN2
Sat, Oct 31 Noon Robert Morris at Central Connecticut State ESPN3
  Noon Benedictine at William Penn ESPN3
  Noon Slippery Rock at Edinboro ESPN3 *
  1 p.m. Indiana State at Illinois State ESPN3
  1 p.m. Monmouth at Kennesaw State ESPN3
  1 p.m. San Diego at Stetson ESPN3 *
  1 p.m. Bloomsburg at East Stroudsburg ESPN3 *
  1:30 p.m. Wofford at VMI ESPN3
  2 p.m. Youngstown State at Western Illinois ESPN3
  2 p.m. Mercer at The Citadel ESPN3
  2 p.m. Western Carolina at Chattanooga ESPN3
  2 p.m. West Alabama at Valdosta State ESPN3 *
  3 p.m. South Dakota State at Missouri State ESPN3
  3 p.m. Missouri Southern at Pittsburg State ESPN3
  3 p.m. Furman at Samford ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Alabama A&M at Alabama State ESPN3
  8 p.m. Michigan at Minnesota ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
  TBD No. 23 Boise State at UNLV TBD
  TBD Ohio Valley Conference TBD TBD
  TBD No. 17 Ole Miss at No. 6 Auburn ESPN Radio
Tue, Nov 3 8 p.m. Northern Illinois at Toledo ESPN2
Wed, Nov 4 8 p.m. Ohio at Bowling Green ESPN2
Thu, Nov 5 7:30 p.m. No. 4 Baylor at Kansas State ESPN Radio
  7:30 p.m. Arkansas State at Appalachian State ESPNU
  9 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 24 Missouri ESPN
  10:30 p.m. Nevada at Fresno State ESPN2
Fri, Nov 6 8 p.m. Temple at SMU ESPN2
Sat, Nov 7 Noon Bryant at Wagner ESPN3
  Noon Evangel at Avila ESPN3
  1 p.m. West Georgia at Florida Tech ESPN3 *
  1 p.m. East Stroudsburg at West Chester ESPN3 *
  2 p.m. VMI at The Citadel ESPN3
  2 p.m. Missouri State at Youngstown State ESPN3
  3 p.m. Clark Atlanta at Samford ESPN3
  3 p.m. Illinois State at South Dakota State ESPN3
  3 p.m. Western Illinois at North Dakota State ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Presbyterian at Liberty ESPN3
  5 p.m. Indiana State at Northern Iowa ESPN3
  TBD Minnesota at No. 1 Ohio State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
  TBD No. 5 Michigan State at Nebraska ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
  TBD Colorado State at Wyoming TBD
  TBD Army at Air Force TBD
  TBD Chattanooga at Mercer ESPN3
  TBD Ohio Valley Conference TBD ESPN3
  TBD Division II TBD ESPN3
  TBD No. 22 Arizona at No. 8 USC ESPN Radio
  TBD No. 6 Auburn at Texas A&M ESPN Radio
Tue, Nov 10 8 p.m. Kent State at Ohio ESPN2 or ESPNU
  8 p.m. Toledo at Central Michigan ESPN2 or ESPNU
Wed, Nov 11 8 p.m. Bowling Green at Western Michigan ESPN2 or ESPNU
  8 p.m. Northern Illinois at Buffalo ESPN2 or ESPNU
Thu, Nov 12 7:30 p.m. Virginia Tech at No. 16 Georgia Tech ESPN & ESPN Radio
  7:30 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette at South Alabama ESPNU
Fri, Nov 13 9 pm. No. 8 USC at Colorado ESPN2
Sat, Nov 14 Noon Presbyterian at Monmouth ESPN3 *
  Noon Northeast Conference TBD ESPN3
  Noon Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference TBD ESPN3 *
  Noon Heart of America Conference TBD ESPN3
  1 p.m. Western Illinois at Indiana State ESPN3
  1 p.m. Delaware State at North Carolina A&T ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. Mercer at Furman ESPN3
  2 p.m. North Dakota State at Youngstown State ESPN3
  2 p.m. South Dakota State at South Dakota ESPN3
  3 p.m. Northern Iowa at Missouri State ESPN3
  3 p.m. Illinois State at Southern Illinois ESPN3
  3 p.m. Ave Maria at Stetson ESPN3
  8 p.m. Delta State at Mississippi College ESPN3 *
  TBD New Mexico at No. 23 Boise State TBD
  TBD Utah State at Air Force TBD
  TBD Samford at Wofford ESPN3
  TBD Big South Conference TBD ESPN3
  TBD Ohio Valley Conference TBD ESPN3
  TBD Division II TBD ESPN3
  TBD No. 19 Oklahoma at No. 4 Baylor ESPN Radio
  TBD No. 18 Arkansas at No. 14 LSU ESPN Radio
Tue, Nov 17 TBD Ball State at Ohio ESPN2 or ESPNU
  TBD Toledo at Bowling Green ESPN2 or ESPNU
Wed, Nov 18 8 p.m. Central Michigan at Kent State ESPN2 or ESPNU
  8 p.m. Western Michigan at Northern Illinois ESPN2 or ESPNU
Thu, Nov 19 7 p.m. Coastal Carolina at Liberty ESPNEWS
  7:30 p.m. East Carolina at UCF ESPN
  9:30 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at Texas State ESPNU
Fri, Nov 20 9:30 p.m. Air Force at No. 23 Boise State ESPN2
Sat, Nov 21 Noon Saint Frances (Pa) at Duquesne ESPN3
  12:30 p.m. Lehigh at Lafayette ESPN3
  1 p.m. South Dakota at Illinois State ESPN3
  1 p.m. Youngstown State at Indiana State ESPN3
  1 p.m. Davidson at Stetson ESPN3 *
  1:30 p.m. Western Carolina at VMI ESPN3
  2 p.m. South Dakota State at Western Illinois ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at Florida A&M ESPN Classic
  3:30 p.m. Furman at Wofford ESPN3 *
  TBD Nevada at Utah State TBD
  TBD Samford at Mercer ESPN3
  TBD Big South Conference TBD ESPN3
  TBD Ohio Valley Conference TBD ESPN3
  TBD No. 5 Michigan State at No. 1 Ohio State ESPN Radio
  TBD No. 2 TCU at No. 19 Oklahoma ESPN Radio
Tue, Nov 24 7:30 p.m. Bowling Green at Ball State ESPNU or ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Ohio at Northern Illinois ESPNU or ESPN3
Thu, Nov 26 7:30 p.m. South Florida at UCF ESPN
Fri, Nov 27 7:30 p.m. No. 4 Baylor at No. 2 TCU ESPN
  TBD Miami (Fla.) at Pittsburgh ABC or ESPN
Sat, Nov 28 TBD Air Force at New Mexico TBD
  TBD Nevada at San Diego State TBD
  TBD No. 1 Ohio State at Michigan ESPN Radio
  TBD No. 13 UCLA at No. 8 USC ESPN Radio
  TBD Texas A&M at No. 14 LSU ESPN Radio
Fri, Dec 4 8 p.m. 2015 Marathon MAC Football Championship (Detroit) ESPN2
Sat, Dec 5 7:30 p.m. 2015 Mountain West Conference Championship Game ESPN2
  7:45 or 8 p.m. 2015 Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game (Charlotte) ABC or ESPN & ESPN Radio
  TBD 2015 American Athletic Conference Championship ABC or ESPN
  TBD Conference USA Championship ESPN or ESPN2
  TBD 2015 Pac-12 Championship (Santa Clara, Calif.) ABC or ESPN & ESPN Radio

* Local blackout may apply

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ESPN Enterprise Journalism – August 27, 2015

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The Courage Game

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Ten years ago, ESPN profiled Andrew Goldstein, a Dartmouth College lacrosse goalie and the first openly gay male athlete to play in an American professional sport league. His story created an unlikely connection with a 12-year-old lacrosse player named Braeden who came out to his family and friends this spring. When Braeden was bullied by classmates, his father turned to the internet for help, finding ESPN’s story on Goldstein. A simple email paved the way for the first Courage Game, a lacrosse contest to encourage and support gay youth while promoting equality. Greg Garber, the reporter on ESPN’s 2005 story, also reports for this SC Featured piece on courage and healing through the power of sports.

“I would hope that some 14 or 15-year-old who, like me, goes home every night like I used to do and cries and worries about what’s going to happen, I would hope he would see it and say, oh, there is hope. There’s a life I can live and be myself.”Andrew Goldstein, when asked 10 years ago by Greg Garber what he thinks people will think when seeing his story on ESPN.

“I felt like almost unstoppable, because I had so many people standing with me, and just making me feel like I’m back to normal. That I still fit in. I’m still the same person.”Braeden Lange, on playing in the Courage Game.

“This is the first time that I’ve come out publicly and I think the Courage Game has really, as its name says, given me the courage to do that.”Sam, Courage Game participant.

 

From Despair to Hope: How One National Guardswoman Reconciles Memories of Katrina

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Major Ebony Carter was assigned to the Superdome during Hurricane Katrina, and now 10 years later, she’s used every bit of that time to find the courage to go back.

 

The Graduate Transfer Controversy

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Russell Wilson, Everett Golson and Vernon Adams – three quarterbacks who have something in common: they all got to play on a more prominent collegiate stage after earning undergraduate degrees. The NCAA graduate transfer rule allows student-athletes with eligibility remaining to enroll in graduate programs at other schools and start playing immediately. That’s great as far as the athletes are concerned but, as Steve Delsohn discovered, the rule has some coaches rankled.

 

 The Sports Reporters

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This week’s Panel*

John Saunders (host)

Jackie MacMullan

Bob Ryan

Jane McManus

(subject to change)

 

As Seen on ESPN Front Row:

Wright Thompson’s Katrina opus filled with sobering truths, surprises:

http://www.espnfrontrow.com/2015/08/wright-thompsons-katrina-opus-filled-with-sobering-truths-surprises/

ESPN The Mag’s Mina Kimes shares moving story of Houston Cougar Devonta Pollard:

http://www.espnfrontrow.com/2014/11/espn-the-mags-mina-kimes-shares-moving-story-of-houston-cougar-devonta-pollard/

From NOLA to Connecticut and back again, Louisiana native Maya Jones writes from the heart:

http://www.espnfrontrow.com/2015/08/from-nola-to-connecticut-and-back-again-louisiana-native-maya-jones-writes-from-the-heart/  

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ESPN Radio’s 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lineup for August 31 – September 4

Ian Fitzsimmons will host ESPN Radio’s 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET the week of August 31 – September 4.  Fitzsimmons, host of The Ian Fitzsimmons Show, which airs Sundays at 3 p.m. on ESPN Radio, will be paired with a variety of voices during the week including Will Cain, Trevor Matich and Freddie Coleman.  Cain joined ESPN in March 2015 and is a contributor to several ESPN shows and platforms including E:60, ESPN The Magazine, First Take and His & Hers.  Matich serves as a college football analyst on ESPN Radio’s College GameDay, as well as ESPN television shows including SportsCenter and College Football Live.  Coleman can be heard weekdays from 11 p.m. – 2 a.m. on ESPN Radio’s The Freddie Coleman Show.  Coleman, who has been with ESPN since 2004, also appears on various ESPN television shows including His & Hers and First Take.

Date Pairing
Mon, Aug 31 Ian Fitzsimmons and Will Cain
Tue, Sep 1 Fitzsimmons and Trevor Matich
Wed, Sep 2 Fitzsimmons and Matich
Thu, Sep 3 Fitzsimmons and Matich
Fri, Sep 4 Fitzsimmons and Freddie Coleman

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ESPN NFL Commentator/Reporter Announcements

  • Josina Anderson Named National NFL Insider
  • Veteran NFL Executive Joe Banner Joins ESPN as Front Office Insider
  • Sheil Kapadia Named ESPN NFL Nation’s Seattle Seahawks reporter

Josina Anderson, one of the industry’s top reporters, has been named “National NFL Insider” – the first female to occupy this prestigious role for ESPN. Anderson joins a roster of experts that includes Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter, John Clayton, Ed Werder, Adam Caplan and Field Yates.

As an NFL Insider, Anderson will make regular in-studio appearances as a panelist on ESPN’s weekday NFL Insiders (2:30-3:30 p.m. ET) in addition to NFL Live, SportsCenter and other programs.

Anderson, who joined the company as a Chicago-based bureau reporter in 2011, will continue her enterprise feature reporting and serve as a game-day reporter for Sunday NFL Countdown.

“Josina excels at breaking NFL news and offering insight on why decisions are made around the league, so this move to National NFL Insider is a natural fit for her,” said Seth Markman, ESPN senior coordinating producer, NFL studio shows.

Former Eagles, Browns Exec Joe Banner to Debut Sept. 3

Longtime NFL team executive Joe Banner has joined ESPN as a Front Office Insider. He will appear primarily on weekday editions of NFL Insiders beginning Thursday, Sept. 3. He will also contribute to SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com and other platforms.

Banner has spent more than two decades as an NFL front office executive, most notably with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1994-2012. Under his leadership as team president (2001-12), the Eagles captured four straight NFC East titles (2001-04), made the playoffs 12 times, and appeared in five NFC Championship games and Super Bowl XXXIX. Banner served as chief executive officer of the Cleveland Browns (2012-14) and had most recently worked with the Atlanta Falcons.

“Joe brings another smart, experienced front office voice to the NFL Insiders that will help educate our viewers on the inner workings of the league,” said Markman. “He is also unafraid to share his opinions on personnel decisions, a tremendous asset to NFL Insiders and SportsCenter’s coverage.”

Banner is the newest addition to ESPN’s daily NFL news and information program featuring veteran journalists and front office experts including former NFL team executives like Hall of Famer Bill Polian, Louis Riddick, Mark Dominik and Phil Savage.

Sheil Kapadia Named ESPN NFL Nation’s Seattle Seahawks reporter

NFL writer Sheil Kapadia has officially joined ESPN as the Seattle Seahawks reporter for ESPN.com’s NFL Nation. Kapadia previously covered the Philadelphia Eagles for Philadelphia Magazine’s Birds 24/7 website (2012-15). He also served as a writer/editor at Philly.com, the website for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, and he was a sports producer/writer at BaltimoreSun.com from 2006-08.

“Sheil is a dream come true for passionate fans, taking readers and viewers beyond the usual quotes and highlights, and into the playbook, the numbers, the strategy – often through the players themselves,” said Mary Byrne, ESPN Digital and Print senior deputy editor.

Kapadia has written for Sports On Earth and served as a correspondent for Fox Sports 1. He has relocated to the Seattle area and will begin coverage of the two-time NFC champion Seahawks this week, appearing on ESPN Radio, television and other platforms.

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ESPN FC to Deliver Innovative Multi-Platform Coverage for Transfer Deadline Day Worldwide

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Live Exclusive Digital Studio Show – ESPN FC Transfer Deadline Day Special – Accessible on ESPNFC.com, ESPN.com and ESPN.co.uk on September 1

On September 1, soccer fans worldwide will be able to experience an innovative offering of breaking news, analysis and commentary from ESPN FC for Transfer Deadline Day – both live and on-demand across platforms.

Comprehensive global coverage will begin at 3 a.m. EDT with up-to-the-minute digital and video content from ESPN FC’s UK studio.  Coverage will continue at 9 a.m. with ESPN FC columnist Gabriele Marcotti live from Bristol, Conn. with complete analysis and rapid reaction on the latest breaking transfer news.  Marcotti will continue to provide live updates across digital platforms throughout the mornings worldwide.

“Some clubs are like teenagers – they like to procrastinate and often rush things at the last minute,” said Marcotti.  “History shows us that some pretty significant business gets done in the last 48 hours of the window.”

ESPN FC writers and contributors stationed around the world will participate in whiparound coverage for its live exclusive digital show – ESPN FC Transfer Deadline Day Special – streamed globally across ESPNFC.com, ESPN.com and ESPN.co.uk from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The show will also be telecasted on ESPN Caribbean and ESPN Oceania.  Guests joining featured analyst Marcotti in-studio include Craig Burley, Shaka Hislop and Steve Nicol.  On-site reporting will feature Spain’s La Liga columnist Sid Lowe live from Madrid, reporters Alison Bender and Stewart Robson on location in Manchester, commentator Ian Darke live in-studio from London and German Bundesliga expert Raphael Honigstein.  Additionally, ESPN FC English Premier League correspondent Miguel Delaney and contributor Peter O’Rourke will provide phone updates live from the field.  The team’s on-air reporting will continue throughout the day, culminating with ESPN FC’s live telecast at 6 p.m. on ESPNEWS and via WatchESPN.

Additional cross-platform reporting from ESPN FC throughout the day – including analysis, reaction and updates – will include:

  • Premier League – Delaney and O’Rourke with correspondents including Richard Jolly (Manchester United, Manchester City) and Mike Whalley (Liverpool, Everton)
  • La Liga – Lowe with writer Dermot Corrigan
  • Bundesliga – Honigstein
  • Italian Serie A – Marcotti with contributors Ben Gladwell and James Horncastle
  • France’s Ligue 1 – contributor Julien Laurens

Soccer fans will be able to engage with ESPN FC throughout the day via live transfer blogs, chats and video updates from the UK and US studios on ESPNFC.com globally with integrations across ESPN.com and ESPN.co.uk.  They will also have the opportunity to share their thoughts throughout the day by engaging and interacting across social platforms.  The best comments and insights will be curated and shared globally across ESPN FC’s coverage.

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ESPN New York 98.7FM Signs Don La Greca to Multiyear Extension

ESPN New York 98.7FM has reached a three-year extension with Don La Greca for the longtime radio host to remain with the station as co-host of The Michael Kay Show.  He and Kay, who also recently signed a three-year extension, have partnered on The Michael Kay Show since 2002. The program is broadcast from 3 – 7 p.m. ET weekdays and has been simulcast on the YES Network since February 2014.

La Greca is an ESPN New York original and was the first voice listeners heard when the station launched on September 3, 2001. He will continue to host 98.7FM’s Jets Gameday pregame show and The 5th Quarter postgame. La Greca will also retain his duties as studio host and occasional play-by-play commentator for New York Rangers broadcasts.

“Being the first voice of 98.7 ESPN radio, it became hard to imagine working anywhere else,” said La Greca. “I think Michael Kay and I have built something special.  He’s the best in the business, and I can’t wait for what the future brings.”

“Don has established himself as one of the most knowledgeable hosts in all of New York sports,” said Tim McCarthy, General Manager, ESPN New York 98.7FM. “He is a rare breed who can combine talk and play-by-play without missing a beat. Don and Michael are one of the longest-tenured and most entertaining sports talk teams in the country.”

La Greca began his radio career at Sports Phone, where he updated scores and covered all nine local New York pro teams before becoming a sports anchor at 1010 WINS. He also was a talk show host at eYada.com.  La Greca graduated from Ramapo College in 1992 with a degree in communications. In 2014, La Greca was honored by the College with its Distinguished Citizen Award, given for his “personal and professional commitment to advance higher education and for his significant service to the community.”

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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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Premier Boxing Champions regresa a ESPN Deportes: La estrella invicta Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz vs. El excampeón mundial de tercera división Abner Mares

Premier Boxing Champions regresa a Noche de Combates de ESPN Deportes con el esperado duelo por el cinturón diamante de peso pluma avalado por el Consejo Mundial de Boxeo:

La estrella invicta Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz vs. El excampeón mundial de tercera división Abner Mares

Transmisión en vivo desde el STAPLES Center de Los Angeles, el sábado 29 de agosto a las 10 p.m. (hora este)

Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN regresa a Noche de Combates de ESPN Deportes el sábado 29 de agosto a las 10:00 p.m. (hora este) con el encuentro más anticipado de la serie hasta el momento, en vivo desde el STAPLES Center de Los Angeles. El combate de 12 rounds de peso pluma enfrenta al invicto Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) y al excampeón mundial de tercera división Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs).

ESPN Deportes dedicará más de cinco horas de programación en vivo desde el STAPLES Center alrededor del evento, comenzando el viernes 28 de agosto con una edición especial de Golpe a Golpe con la cobertura completa del pesaje (6:00 p.m. ET). La programación de ese día también incluye Los Capitanes (3 p.m.), Cronometro (7 p.m.) y SportsCenter (7:30 p.m.), con lo último en noticas e información de deportes.

El sábado a las 6:00 p.m. Golpe a Golpe ofrecerá una edición especial en vivo con análisis en profundidad en anticipación al duelo, y cobertura posterior a la pelea por SportsCenter (12 a.m.). La transmisión en vivo del esperado encuentro, en exclusiva por ESPN Deportes, comienza a las 10:00 p.m.

Participación destacada de expertos del boxeo:

Las leyendas mexicanas del boxeo Julio César Chávez y Juan Manuel Márquez se unen a la programación como comentaristas y analistas del combate desde el STAPLES Center, junto a David Faitelson y Jorge Eduardo Sanchez. Adicionalmente, Márquez y Sánchez estarán a cargo de Golpe a Golpe.

Delvin Rodríguez y Pablo Viruega relatarán la pelea en directo, con el apoyo de los coanfitriones Claudia Trejos y Leopoldo González quien liderarán la cobertura de estudio.

Acerca de los boxeadores:

Leo Santa Cruz, con 26 años de edad, es actualmente campeón mundial de segunda división. Ganó su primer título mundial en el 2012, antes de añadir otra victoria en 2013, la cual defendió cuatro veces. Invicto como profesional, Santa Cruz subió de peso en su última pelea y derrotó a José Cayetano en la contienda coestelar de la función “Mayweather-Pacquiao”. Nacido y criado en Los Angeles de padres mexicanos, Santa Cruz se enfrenta al reto más difícil de su carrera al medirse con al guerrero mexicano Abner Mares.

Nacido en Guadalajara, Jalisco, México y luchando fuera de Downey, California, Abner Mares obtuvo su primera victoria mundial en 2011 cuando derrotó a Joseph Agbeko, ganando el título mundial de oro en peso gallo. Luego continúo su ascenso venciendo a Anselmo Moreno y Daniel Ponce De León, ganando así títulos mundiales en peso supergallo y pluma, respectivamente. El jugador de 29 años de edad ha ganado tres peleas consecutivas recientemente, incluyendo su duelo con Arturo Reyes presentado por PBC el pasado marzo. Ahora tratará de derrotar al invicto Santa Cruz y hacerse con el cinturón diamante de la división.

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