Chris Fowler Signs Extension with ESPN Through 2023

espn-logoVersatile Commentator to Call Saturday Night Football & New College Football Playoff Games; Continues on GameDay & Marquee Tennis Events
 
Multisport commentator Chris Fowler – widely regarded as one of the most versatile and talented announcers in television – will remain with ESPN as a lead voice on many of the network’s marquee events, primarily college football and tennis Majors, through 2023.
 
Fowler, who called ESPN’s Thursday night college football series from 2006 to 2009, will return to the college football booth as part of the nine-year extension, working play-by-play on the weekly Saturday Night Football series on ABC with analyst Kirk Herbstreit and sideline reporter Heather Cox. Fowler, Herbstreit, who have worked together on ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot since 1996, and Cox will also usher in the new era in college football, teaming up to work a College Football Playoff Semifinal game and the College Football National Championship. He will continue to host College GameDay, a position he has held since 1990.
 
He will also remain an integral part of ESPN’s tennis coverage, highlighted by the four Majors — Wimbledon, US Open, French Open and Australian Open — where he hosts and calls matches. These include championships from Australia, Wimbledon and, beginning with ESPN’s exclusive coverage in 2015, the US Open.
 
“Chris Fowler is a one-of-a-kind talent who brings an amazing work ethic to every project he works on,” said John Wildhack, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming and Production. “His ability to skillfully document some of the world’s most popular sporting events continues to impress sports fans year after year and his love for college football is on full display every week on GameDay. Chris will bring the same great qualities to the Saturday Night Football stage and new College Football Playoff, joining his long-time colleague Kirk Herbstreit and respected reporter Heather Cox.”
 
Fowler joined ESPN in July 1986 as the first host/reporter of Scholastic Sports America for two years. Over the years, he has also hosted the network’s coverage of the FIFA World Cup soccer, SportsCenter, SportsCentury, horse racing’s Triple Crown races, men’s college basketball including on-site Final Four coverage and the first few editions of the X Games and Winter X Games.
 
“I am very excited about hosting GameDay for a 25th year and extending my work with Kirk Herbstreit for a 19th season and beyond,” said Fowler. “There is a strong legacy of top college football voices on ABC, from Chris Schenkel to Keith Jackson to Brent Musburger. I’m looking forward to returning to the booth and being a part of that incredible tradition. As for tennis, I can’t wait to continue and expand my role in ESPN’s industry-leading coverage.”
 
 
In addition to College GameDay, a three-time Emmy-winning Saturday morning college football preview show that originates from one of the day’s major games, Fowler has hosted ESPN’s Heisman Trophy Presentation since 1994 and ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards show since its inception in 1993. He was the play-by-play voice of ESPN’s Thursday College Football Primetime games from 2006-2009 and previously had been a sideline reporter, beginning in 1988.
 
Fowler also served as a host for ESPN’s month-long, on-site studio coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup from South Africa, where he anchored pre-, halftime and post-match shows, along with SportsCenter, for the FIFA World Cup segments.
 
Fowler hosted ESPN’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four coverage (1992-2005) and was a host on select editions of the inaugural season of the college basketball version of College GameDay in 2005. From 1998-2007, Fowler added horse racing to his resume, serving as an on-site host for ESPN & ESPN2’s extensive Triple Crown coverage (Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont Stakes). He served as the host of SportsCenter’s on-site coverage of top auto racing events, including the Daytona 500 in 2006 and 2007. In the past, Fowler anchored SportsCenter and served as co-host of the X Games from its inception in 1995-2000, as well as the Winter X Games (1998-2000). He also received two Emmy Awards for his work as host and narrator of the celebrated SportsCentury series.
 
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Men’s College Hoops: Selection Sunday Highlighted by Three Title Games & Extensive Analysis of Tourney Field

espn-logoMen’s College Hoops: Selection Sunday Highlighted by Three Title Games & Extensive Analysis of Tourney Field
  • Multiple Studio Shows, Greg Shaheen Returns
  • 10 Hours of Coverage on ESPNU on Monday
  • Requiem for The BIG EAST Documentary Debuts Sunday
 
ESPN’s extensive multiplatform coverage of Selection Sunday, March 16 – the day the 68-team field for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship is announced – will include studio shows across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU; the ACC, SEC and Sun Belt Championships; and the debut of ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 documentary Requiem for The BIG EAST.
 
Many of the sport’s top experts will contribute throughout the day, including Jay Bilas, Dan Dakich, Seth Greenberg, Jeff Goodman, Andy Katz, Joe Lunardi, Bruce Pearl, Digger Phelps, Miles Simon, Dick Vitale and Jay Williams.
 
Greg Shaheen, who oversaw the operation of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship as the senior vice president of championships and alliances until 2012, will provide insight into the selection process of the Tournament Committee across ESPN platforms for a second consecutive year.
 
The day will tip off with a two-hour College Basketball Live beginning at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN2 and continuing on ESPN at noon. The show will review Championship Week Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods and provide a preview of the ACC (ESPN & ESPN Radio) and Sun Belt (ESPN2) championship games at 1 p.m. and SEC title game at 3:15 p.m. on ESPN.
 
Studio coverage will include two-hour Bracketology Presented by Staples programs at 7 p.m. on ESPN and 9 p.m. on ESPN2; SportsCenter following the SEC title game that will give a thorough analysis of all tournament-bound teams; and a three-hour Tournament Countdown: The Experts at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. The college sports network will also announce the NIT field with the NIT Selection Show at 8:30 p.m.
 
Details of Selection Sunday studio programming:
 
College Basketball Live at 11 a.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN
The special two-hour College Basketball Live – 11 a.m. on ESPN2 and continuing on ESPN at noon – will review the conference tournament results, look at the potential NCAA Championship field and preview the day’s upcoming conference championships. Rece Davis will host with analysts Bilas, Phelps and Williams.
 
SportsCenter at 5:30 p.m. (or at Conclusion of SEC Title Game) on ESPN
In addition to reporting on the latest sports news, the SportsCenter edition following ESPN’s coverage of the SEC championship will provide up-to-the-minute updates of the tournament selections with host Davis and analysts Bilas, Dakich, Greenberg, Phelps, Vitale (via satellite) and Williams evaluating the brackets shortly after they are announced.
 
Bracketology Presented by Staples at 7 p.m. on ESPN
The two-hour program will include extensive, in-depth analysis of the bracket in each region. Host Davis will be joined by analysts Bilas, Dakich, Greenberg, Phelps, and Williams with Vitale to discuss multiple tournament topics and reveal their Elite Eight, Final Four and Championship game teams. In addition, Katz will interview NCAA Championship Chairman Ron Wellman from Indianapolis.
 
Bracketology Presented by Staples at 9 p.m. on ESPN2
Extensive discussion of the tournament field will continue on ESPN2 with an additional two hours of Bracketology Presented by Staples at 9 p.m. Chris Cotter will host with analysts Dakich, Pearl and Simon providing insight and predictions for every game. In addition, a “Bracketology” National Champion will be crowned during the program.
 
Tournament Countdown: The Experts at 9 p.m. on ESPNU
After the selections are announced, a panel of experts will discuss each first- and second-round game, providing viewers insight into filling out their own brackets, on Tournament Countdown: The Experts at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. Anish Shroff will host with analysts Fran Fraschilla, Dino Gaudio, Adrian Branch and Tim Welsh.
 
Debut of 30 for 30 Documentary Requiem for The BIG EAST Premieres on Selection Sunday
ESPN’s coverage of Selection Sunday will conclude with ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 documentaryRequiem For The BIG EAST will premiere on Sunday, March 16, at 9 p.m. after Bracketology on ESPN. The film, directed by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Ezra Edelman, explores the meteoric ascension of the BIG EAST Conference and how it became the most successful college basketball sports league in America—but later found itself fighting for survival in a new era. The film is told primarily through the lens of famed BIG EAST coaches such as Jim Boeheim, Lou Carnesecca, Rick Pitino and John Thompson, former BIG EAST commissioner Mike Tranghese, and some of its most iconic players like Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin and Ed Pinckney. It chronicles the rivalries and successes that led many of them to become household names.
 
10 Hours of Tournament Countdown Programming Monday on ESPNU
ESPNU will provide 10 hours of Tournament Countdown programming on Monday, March 17. Coverage will begin at 1 p.m. with a five-hour Tournament Countdown: Katz Korner featuring interviews with top coaches and players, roundtable discussions and tournament predictions. Katz will be joined by Gaudio and Welsh.
 
ESPNU will also televise a two-hour College Basketball Live: Tournament Countdown with host Dari Nowkhah and analysts Branch and Cory Alexander at 6 p.m. and a three-hour Tournament Countdown: The Experts with Shroff, Gaudio, Branch, Welsh and Alexander at 9 p.m.
 
SportsCenter Tonight Selection Sunday Special on ESPN Radio
ESPN Radio will provide extensive analysis of the tournament field on the SportsCenter Tonight Selection Sunday Special on March 16 from 6:30 p.m. (or at conclusion of NBA broadcast) to 11 p.m. SportsCenter host Doug Kezirian and basketball analyst Kara Lawson will discuss the brackets and conduct interviews with tournament bound coaches and players.
 
ESPN.com Tournament Challenge
Both the Men’s Tournament Challenge and Women’s Tournament Challenge bracket games on ESPN.com return for their 17th seasons on the digital hard court and will once again be free for entrants to submit up to 10 entries.  Last year, the Men’s Tournament Challenge game was the most popular bracket game in the nation, with nearly 8.15 million brackets, up 26 percent compared to the previous year and setting a new record. At the peak period, fans registered 8,123brackets per minute (135 brackets per second). Additional details will be released on Monday, March 17.
 
ESPN, ESPNU and ESPN2’s Schedule for Sunday and Monday
Date Time (ET) Show Network
Sun, Mar 16 11 a.m. College Basketball Live ESPN2
noon College Basketball Live ESPN
1 p.m. ACC Championship ESPN & ESPN Radio
1 p.m. Sun Belt Championship ESPN2
3:15 p.m. SEC Championship ESPN
5:30 p.m. SportsCenter ESPN
6:30 p.m. SportsCenter Tonight Selection Sunday Special ESPN Radio
7 p.m. Bracketology Presented by Staples ESPN
8:30 p.m. NIT Selection Show ESPNU
9 p.m. Requiem For The BIG EAST ESPN
9 p.m. Bracketology Presented by Staples ESPN2
9 p.m. Tournament Countdown: The Experts ESPNU
Mon, Mar 18 1 p.m. Tournament Countdown: Katz Korner ESPNU
6 p.m. College Basketball Live: Tournament Countdown ESPNU
9 p.m. Tournament Countdown: The Experts ESPNU
 
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ESPN’s Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer Signed as Lead SEC Network Announce Team

SEC_Network_logoSports broadcasting legend Brent Musburger will be joined by college football analyst Jesse Palmer in the booth every Saturday on the SEC Network when it launches next fall. The Hall of Fame sportscaster and the former Florida quarterback have each reached an agreement with ESPN to be the lead college football game commentators on the new network. The pair will kick off the season with Texas A&M at South Carolina on the SEC Network Thursday, Aug. 28.

“Brent Musburger is a cultural icon who has been guiding fans through many of sport’s most spectacular moments for decades,” said John Wildhack, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming and Production. “His big-game performance and unmistakable style will elevate our football coverage on the SEC Network. Serving as the definitive play-by-play voice for this major network launch represents an exciting new chapter in his legendary career and reinforces our commitment and investment in the SEC Network.”

Wildhack continued, “Jesse Palmer has quickly established himself as one of college football’s most insightful, entertaining and dedicated analysts. As a former SEC quarterback, he brings the perfect combination of playing experience and deep conference knowledge to the SEC Network. Partnering him with Brent on this new national platform will create a memorable booth for college football fans everywhere.”

Musburger is one of the most recognized voices in the history of sports television and he will continue to be a staple of ESPN’s sports coverage with a multi-year contract extension. In addition to lending his voice to one of the three football games slated for the network each Saturday, Brent will remain a play-by-play announcer for Big 12 college basketball games across ESPN networks. He and Palmer will call multiple college football bowl games on ESPN as well.

Musburger will make appearances on behalf of SEC Network and, after more than 20 years at ESPN and ABC, his role will continue to include sharing his expertise and experiences as a mentor.

“I’m delighted to be staying with ESPN, thrilled to be able to call the best football conference in the nation every week and am really looking forward to working with Jesse, who I covered while he was at Florida,” said Musburger. “Jesse has tremendous football knowledge, knows this league very well and does his homework. He has a tremendous future in this business.”

Musburger’s new booth partner, Palmer, has also reached a new agreement with ESPN that includes the role. In addition to calling Saturday games for the conference with the most BCS Champions, he will continue as an analyst on ESPN’s Thursday Night College Football package.  Palmer’s expertise will also be featured in ESPN’s extensive post-season coverage.

“I am honored and humbled at the rare opportunity to help launch a national network of this magnitude and to do so alongside, Brent, a legend within the sport and the industry” said Palmer. “”Playing in the SEC represented four of the greatest years of my life and I feel incredibly fortunate to now have the opportunity to cover this great conference.  Year after year, their on-field success continues the conference’s standard of excellence and their passionate fan base is second to none.”

Musburger and Palmer join a growing roster of nationally recognized on-air commentators for the SEC Network that include Joe Tessitore, Tim Tebow and Paul Finebaum. Additional ESPN and SEC Network college football announcements will be made at a later date.

“The pairing of Brent and Jesse as our lead team speaks to the caliber of talent we will have on the network and the commitment to quality that we are making,” said Stephanie Druley, ESPN Vice President, Production, College Networks. “We are establishing an incredible roster that SEC fans and followers expect and deserve.”

About SEC Network

The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network which will launch in August 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will air SEC content 24/7 including more than 1,000 events in its first year. The network will televise approximately 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming will also include studio shows, original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, signing day and pro days coverage. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively on the digital platform. AT&T U-Verse, DISH and National Rural Telecommunications cooperative (NRTC) have agreed to carry the SEC Network.

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Rick Reilly to Focus on Television Duties for ESPN Starting July 1

espn-logoRick Reilly, ESPN.com’s long-time front-page columnist, has decided to go part-time. Beginning July 1, Reilly will let his weekly column go and concentrate on television duties for ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown, presenting his weekly four-minute human interest features as well as other features and essays for SportsCenter and Sunday NFL Countdown.
“It was an unusual request,” Reilly joked. “I’m thankful they’re letting me do it.”
“Rick consistently produces compelling features that are poignant, uplifting and oftentimes hilarious, and he will continue to be part of our storytelling on Monday Night Countdown and other programs,” added Mark Gross, senior vice president, production and remote events.
Reilly, who will be inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) Hall of Fame on June 9, will continue to work on books and screenplays, foster his Nothing But Nets anti-malaria campaign, and travel the world.
“I’ve been writing sports for a living, non-stop, since I was 20,” said Reilly, 56. “I figured out recently that I’ve published over two million words, all on sports. I’m ready to try something new.”
Reilly began writing for ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine in 2008. He was at Sports Illustrated for 23 years before that. He has been named National Sportswriter of the Year 11 times. In 2009, he won the Damon Runyon Award for Outstanding Contributions to Journalism.
“Thanks to ESPN.com for six wildly fun years, especially to [senior deputy editor] John Hassan and [Vice President, Editorial, ESPN Digital & Print Media] Patrick Stiegman. There’s a reason it’s the best sports website in the world.”
Stiegman added: “Rick consistently distinguished himself with his unique voice, penchant for humor and most important, ability to find and tell compelling stories. His weekly columns were regularly among the most read and shared on our site, and the body of his work over the course of his writing career speaks for itself. He’s a Hall of Famer for a reason.”
 
Reilly’s newest book — a collection of his best ESPN work — is due out May 13. It will be his 11th.
 
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Special @ESPNNFL Programming Kicks Off Start of NFL Free Agency

espn-nfl-liveESPN kicks off the start of NFL free agency next week with multiple editions of NFL Insiders and an hour-long NFL Live as part of a special three-hour block of programming (3-6 p.m. ET) on Tuesday, March 11. ESPN.com will also have extensive coverage, including the latest news, updates and analysis on free agent signings on the NFL home page, throughout its NFL Nation team pages and on ESPN Insider.

Suzy Kolber will host an hour-long NFL Insiders (3 p.m.) on Tuesday previewing the official start of free agency (which begins at 4 p.m.) She will be joined by Insiders Adam Caplan, Adam Schefter and Bill Polian. (Note: Polian participated in a free agency media conference call on March 5. Full audio replay.)

At 4 p.m., Trey Wingo will host the hour-long NFL Live with analysts Tedy Bruschi, Herm Edwards and Mark Schlereth, as well as Insiders Caplan, Polian and Schefter. Free agent safety Ryan Clark will also be part of the show.

A special hour of NFL Insiders (5-5:30 p.m. on ESPN and 5:30-6 p.m. on ESPN2) continues ESPN’s free agency coverage up until the 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter.

ESPN.com’s NFL free agency coverage includes:

·         On Monday, NFL Nation reporters name the top 15 free agents by division and John Clayton offers a free agency-themed mailbag;

·         On Tuesday, NFL Nation reporters analyze major signings and Clayton lists “Five Things to Watch” in free agency;

·         Polian highlights the Best available 2014 free agents and his free agent tracker will provide continual updates;

·         NFL Insider KC Joyner identifies the Biggest ‘buyer-beware’ free agents;

·         NFL Nation reporters provide a team-by-team preview; and

·         ESPN Insider contributors predict and analyze major signings.

ESPN NFL Programming on Tuesday, March 11:

Time (ET) Show Network
3-4 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN
4-5 p.m. NFL Live ESPN
5-5:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN
5:30-6 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN2
6-7 p.m. SportsCenter ESPN

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@ESPNTennis: Expanded Coverage from Indian Wells, Key Biscayne

espn-logoESPN3 – Multi-court Offering from First Round; 34.5 Hours on TV, WatchESPN includes Finals

John, Patrick McEnroe Assess the Season to Date; Nadal, Maria, Murray & Serena to Defend Titles

In March, the ATP and WTA schedules focus on two events that draw top fields – the BNP Paribas Open from Indian Wells, Calif., and the Sony Open Tennis from Key Biscayne, Fla. – and ESPN will provide extensive coverage of each starting today, Thursday, March 6, with an expanded schedule on television and ESPN3.  The 34.5 hours of television – also available on WatchESPN – includes the women’s and men’s championships from both events, an ESPN first for the Sony Open Tennis.  In addition, the new multi-court presentation on ESPN3 starts the first day of action from each.

BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, Calif.

·         ESPN3:  multi-court offering daily March 6-16 providing all matches from the three main courts.

·         TV and WatchESPN:  12 hours, begins Friday, March 14, and concludes with the Women’s and Men’s Championships on ESPN2 on Sunday, March 16.

·         Chris Fowler, Darren Cahill, Mary Joe Fernandez, Pam Shriver

·         Defending Champions:  Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova

Sony Open Tennis, Key Biscayne, Fla.

·         ESPN3:  multi-court offering daily March 19-30 providing all matches from the three main courts.

·         The TV schedule (22.5 hours) starts Wednesday, March 26, and continues through the Women’s Championship on ESPN2 (Sat., March 29) and the Men’s Championship (Sun., March 30) on ESPN.

·         Chris Fowler and Cliff Drysdale will share play-by-play duties, working with analyst Darren Cahill, Brad Gilbert and Mary Joe Fernandez

·         Defending Champions:  Andy Murray, Serena Williams

ESPN’s John and Patrick McEnroe discuss the tennis season so far, who has caught their eye, and what they look for this month and beyond: http://bit.ly/1jWhOW5

WatchESPN will deliver all the live television action online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Apple TV and Roku.

ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually.  It is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Apple TV and Roku.  The network is currently available to more than 85 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.  The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.  ESPN3 carries thousands of hours of tennis annually, including all four Grand Slam events, plus ATP 1000 and 500 tournaments and WTA Premier Events, and the season-ending championships for both tours.

 

ESPN Tennis in March

Date Time (ET) Event Network  
March 6 – 16 daylong BNP Paribas Open – multi-court offering ESPN3 LIVE
Fri, March 14 4:30 p.m. BNP Paribas Open — Men’s Quarterfinal #3 ESPN2 LIVE
  11:30 p.m. BNP Paribas Open — Women’s Semifinal #2 ESPN2 LIVE
Sat, March 15 3 p.m. BNP Paribas Open — Men’s Semifinals ESPNEWS LIVE
Sun, March 16 3 p.m. BNP Paribas Open — Women’s Championship

Men’s Championship

ESPN2 LIVE
         
March 19 – 30 daylong Sony Open Tennis – multi-court offering ESPN3 LIVE
Wed, March 26 1 p.m. Sony Open Tennis — Quarterfinals ESPN2 LIVE
  1 a.m.

(10 p.m. PT)

Sony Open Tennis — Quarterfinal ESPN2 Same-day
Thur, March 27 1 p.m. Sony Open Tennis — Women’s SF #1, Men’s QF ESPN2 LIVE
  7 p.m. Sony Open Tennis — Men’s QF, Women’s SF #2 ESPN2 LIVE
Fri, March 28 3 p.m. Sony Open Tennis — Men’s Semifinal #1 ESPN2 LIVE
  7 p.m. Sony Open Tennis — Men’s Semifinal #2 ESPN LIVE
Sat, March 29 1 p.m. Sony Open Tennis — Women’s Championship ESPN2 LIVE
Sun, March 30 2:30 p.m. Sony Open Tennis — Men’s Championship ESPN LIVE

 

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Bilas, Shulman and Vitale to Call Final Four Games for ESPN International

espn-logoESPN International’s coverage of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Final Four from North Texas will feature Jay Bilas, Dan Shulman and Dick Vitale calling the games. National Semifinal action will take place Saturday, April 5 beginning at 6 p.m. ET, while the National Championship will be held Monday, April 7 at 9 p.m.

ESPN International’s commentator assignments for the three-game Final Four include: Shulman (play-by-play) and Vitale (analyst) for National Semifinal #1, Shulman (play-by-play) and Bilas (analyst) for National Semifinal #2 and Shulman (play-by-play)  and Vitale (analyst) for the National Championship.

Both Bilas and Vitale, who will each be featured on ESPN’s (U.S.) studio coverage during Final Four week including SportsCenter and College GameDay, called Final Four game action for the first time last year.  This will mark Shulman’s Final Four debut as a game commentator.

The telecasts will reach sports fans in 165 countries and territories across 35 television and broadcast networks outside the United States. ESPN International networks will provide coverage in  Latin America (Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America), Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, and via TSN and RDS in Canada. Additionally, worldwide, ESPN Syndication has completed deals to distribute the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship to local television clients reaching tens of millions of homes in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Japan and across Southeast Asia.

ESPN broadband services around the world – under the ESPN Player, ESPN Play and ESPN3 brands – are also providing live and on-demand coverage of some or all of the tournament in more than 50 countries in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Australia.

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Britt McHenry joins ESPN as Washington, D.C.-based reporter

espn-logoBritt McHenry will join ESPN as Washington, D.C.-based bureau reporter, who will serve as correspondent for various news-gathering platforms including SportsCenter, Outside the Lines and sport-specific programs like NFL Live and Baseball Tonight. The move is effective March 17.

McHenry is currently a sports reporter in Washington, D.C at ABC7/WJLA-TV (since 2010) and at News Channel 8 (since 2008) where she began her career in Washington as a community reporter and weekend morning-show anchor.brit

In Washington, she covered Stephen Strasburg’s first big league camp; was the first D.C. reporter to secure a sit down interview with Bryce Harper when he was just 17-years old; covered the 2012 Nationals-Cardinals NLDS; and landed 1-on-1 interviews with Redskins owner Dan Snyder (days after he sued the Washington City Paper) and Mike Shanahan during his last season. She also covered the Ravens, providing sideline post-game reports during Baltimore’s 2013 AFC Championship and co-hosting an hour long Super Bowl special.

“In a relatively short time, Britt has established a reputation for strong, aggressive reporting in the D.C. area, and an ability to land big interviews,” said Vince Doria, Sr. VP and Director of News. “Her presence there will be a great benefit to ESPN’s newsgathering, and, as with all of our bureau reporters, she will be assigned to high-profile stories around the country.”

McHenry earned her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Stetson University where she was a member of the school’s Division I soccer team. She is a native of Mount Holly Township, N.J. and grew up in Satellite Beach, Fla.

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Men’s Championship Week: 22 Conference Champions Punch Their Ticket to NCAA Tournament

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  • 92 Games Over 10 Days of Conference Tournaments Coverage
  • “Super Saturday”: 14 games & 10 Championships on March 15
 
ESPN’s 2014 Championship Week Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods will showcase 92 men’s college basketball conference tournament games from 23 different conferences across ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 from Friday, March 7 to Sunday, March 16. ESPN’s 29th, ESPN2’s 20th and ESPNU’s ninth year of comprehensive coverage will include 22 teams earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
 
Championship Week will tip off on Friday, March 7, with nine games from the Big South, Ohio Valley and Southern Conference tournaments on ESPNU and ESPN3. Championship Week will conclude on Sunday, March 16, with the ACC (ESPN) and Sun Belt (ESPN2) title games at 1 p.m. ET and the SEC championship at 3:15 p.m. (ESPN).
 
“Super Saturday”: Lineup of 14 Games Including 10 Championships on March 15
ESPN will showcase 14 conference tournament games, including 10 championships, on Saturday, March 15. The “Super Saturday” lineup across ESPN, ABC, ESPN2 and ESPNU will be highlighted by the American and Big 12 title games and ACC and SEC semifinals.
 
Championship Trophy Presentations & ESPN3 Surround
ESPN3 will provide extra Championship Week coverage with the trophy presentation of all 22 conference championships on an ESPN network and special “ESPN3 Surround” applications on the ACC, American, Big 12 and SEC title games. The newest second-screen initiative, which provides an alternative viewing experience to the traditional telecast with different camera angles and audio, debuted with applications around ESPN’s telecasts of Duke at North Carolina, Syracuse at Duke and Kansas at Oklahoma State.
 
The ESPN3 Surround productions of the tournament games will be similar to the Syracuse at Duke and Kansas at Oklahoma State matchups, offering  multiple cameras and the natural sound inside the arena.
 
Follow the Action on Buzzer Beater & WatchESPN
ESPN Buzzer Beaterwill provide live cut-ins, highlights and up-to-the-minute commentary from numerous Championship Week games from across the ESPN networks on Thursday, March 13, and Friday, March 14, from noon to 11 p.m.
 
Every Championship Week game on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 will also be available via WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and on Apple TV to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
 
Week Concludes with Extensive Day-Long Coverage
The final day of Championship Week – Selection Sunday, March 16 – will begin at noon with College Basketball Live on ESPN, followed by the ACC Championship (on ESPN) and Sun Belt Championship (on ESPN2), both at 1 p.m. Game action will conclude with ESPN’s telecast of the SEC Championship at 3:15 p.m. Extensive coverage of the men’s NCAA Championship selection will include coverage of the brackets as they are announced on SportsCenter following the conclusion of the SEC Championship, a two-hour Bracketology Presented by Staples at 7 p.m. on ESPN and another two-hour Bracketology Presented by Staples at 9 p.m. on ESPN2. ESPNU will televise the eighth annual NIT Selection Show at 8:30 p.m. and a two-hour Tournament Countdown edition of The Experts at 9 p.m.
 
Debut of 30 for 30 Documentary Requiem for The BIG EAST Premieres on Selection Sunday
ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 documentaryRequiem For The BIG EAST will premiere on Sunday, March 16, at 9 p.m. after Bracketology on ESPN. The film, directed by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Ezra Edelman, explores the meteoric ascension of the BIG EAST Conference and how it became the most successful college basketball sports league in America—but later found itself fighting for survival in a new era. The film is told primarily through the lens of famed BIG EAST coaches such as Jim Boeheim, Lou Carnesecca, Rick Pitino and John Thompson, former BIG EAST commissioner Mike Tranghese, and some of its most iconic players like Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin and Ed Pinckney. It chronicles the rivalries and successes that led many of them to become household names.
 
ESPN.com
ESPN.com’s Championship Week index page will feature news, analysis, information and results for every conference tournament as well as previews, in-depth expert examination and key storylines for select conferences. ESPN.com’s Bubble Watch with writer Eamonn Brennan will give fans an in-depth look at teams on the bubble and the latest developments on NCAA tournament selection status. In addition, writers will file stories from several tournament sites, including the American, ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Missouri Valley and SEC. ESPN.com’s Bracketologist Joe Lunardi will also update and adjust his Bracketology projections and outlook daily.
 
ESPN Radio
ESPN Radio’s play-by-play coverage will include the quarterfinals, semifinals, and championship of the ACC Tournament (March 14-16) for the third year, and the semifinals and championship of the Big 12 Tournament (March 14-15) for the fifth straight season.
 
Additionally, regularly scheduled ESPN Radio programming will include previews and reviews of key games, analysis by ESPN experts, and interviews with coaches and players preparing for the NCAA Tournament.
 
Championship Week Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods Schedule
 
Date Network Time (ET) Game / Commentators Site
Fri 3/7 ESPN3 11 a.m. Southern Conference Tournament: First Round

Darren Goldwater & Dean Keender
Asheville, N.C.
ESPN3 Noon Big South Conference Tournament: Quarterfinal #1

Matt Hogue & Nate Ross
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
ESPN3 1:30 p.m. Southern Conference Tournament: First Round

Darren Goldwater & Dean Keender
Asheville, N.C.
ESPN3 2 p.m. Big South Conference Tournament: Quarterfinal #2

Matt Hogue & Nate Ross
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
ESPN3 4:30 p.m. Southern Conference Tournament: First Round

Darren Goldwater & Dean Keender
Asheville, N.C.
ESPN3 6 p.m. Big South Conference Tournament: Quarterfinal #3

Patrick Kinas & Ralph Patterson
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
ESPNU 7:30 p.m. Ohio Valley Conference Tournament: Semifinal #1

Rich Hollenberg & Adrian Branch
Nashville, Tenn.
ESPN3 8 p.m. Big South Conference Tournament: Quarterfinal #4

Patrick Kinas & Ralph Patterson
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
ESPNU 9:30 p.m. Ohio Valley Conference Tournament: Semifinal #2

Rich Hollenberg & Adrian Branch
Nashville, Tenn.
Sat, 3/8 ESPN3 Noon Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament: Quarterfinal #1

Doug Sherman & Rob Kennedy
Springfield, Mass.
ESPN3 Noon America East Conference Tournament: Quarterfinal #1

Eric Frede & Frank Sullivan
Albany, N.Y.
ESPN3 Noon Big South Conference Tournament: Semifinal #1

Patrick Kinas & Ralph Patterson
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
ESPN3 Noon Southern Conference Tournament: Quarterfinal #1

Darren Goldwater & Dean Keender
Asheville, N.C.
ESPN3 2 p.m. Big South Conference Tournament: Semifinal #2

Patrick Kinas & Ralph Patterson
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
ESPN3 2 p.m. America East Conference Tournament: Quarterfinal #2

Eric Frede & Frank Sullivan
Albany, N.Y.
ESPN3 2:30 p.m. Southern Conference Tournament: Quarterfinal #2

Darren Goldwater & Dean Keender
Asheville, N.C.
ESPN3 2:30 p.m. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament: Quarterfinal #2

Doug Sherman & Rob Kennedy
Springfield, Mass.
ESPN3 6 p.m. Southern Conference Tournament: Quarterfinal #3

Darren Goldwater & Dean Keender
Asheville, N.C.
ESPN3 6 p.m. America East Conference Tournament: Quarterfinal #3

Eric Frede & Frank Sullivan
Albany, N.Y.
ESPN3 6:30 p.m. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament: Quarterfinal #3

Doug Sherman & Rob Kennedy
Springfield, Mass.
ESPN2 7 p.m. Ohio Valley Conference: Championship

Rich Hollenberg & Adrian Branch
Nashville, Tenn.
ESPN3 7 p.m. Horizon League Tournament: Semifinal #1 *

Jim Barbar & Malcolm Huckaby
Green Bay, Wis.
ESPN3 8 p.m. America East Conference Tournament: Quarterfinal #4

Eric Frede & Frank Sullivan
Albany, N.Y.
ESPN3 8:30 p.m. Southern Conference Tournament: Quarterfinal #4

Darren Goldwater & Dean Keender
Asheville, N.C.
ESPN2 9 p.m. West Coast Conference Tournament: Quarterfinal #3

Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham
Las Vegas, Nev.
ESPN3 9 p.m. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament: Quarterfinal #4

Doug Sherman & Rob Kennedy
Springfield, Mass.
ESPNU 9:30 p.m. Horizon League Tournament: Semifinal #2

Jim Barbar & Malcolm Huckaby
Green Bay, Wis.
ESPN2 11 p.m. West Coast Conference Tournament: Quarterfinal #4

Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham
Las Vegas, Nev.
Sun 3/9 ESPN2 Noon Big South Tournament: Championship

Roy Philpott & Paul Biancardi
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
ESPN2 2 p.m. Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament: Championship

Jason Benetti & Cory Alexander
TBD
ESPN3 4:30 p.m. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament: Semifinal #1

Doug Sherman & Rob Kennedy
Springfield, Mass.
ESPN3 5 p.m. America East Conference Tournament: Semifinal #1

Eric Frede & Frank Sullivan
Albany, N.Y.
ESPN3 7 p.m. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament: Semifinal #2

Doug Sherman & Rob Kennedy
Springfield, Mass.
ESPN3 7:30 p.m. America East Conference Tournament: Semifinal #2

Eric Frede & Frank Sullivan
Albany, N.Y.
Mon 3/10 ESPN2 7 p.m. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament: Championship

Doug Sherman & Tim Welsh
Springfield, Mass.
ESPN 9 p.m. West Coast Conference Tournament: Semifinal #1

Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham
Las Vegas, Nev.
ESPN2 9 p.m. Southern Conference Tournament: Championship

Adam Amin & Mark Adams
Asheville, N.C.
ESPN2 11:30 p.m. West Coast Conference Tournament: Semifinal #2

Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham
Las Vegas, Nev.
Tue 3/11 ESPN 7 p.m. Horizon League Tournament: Championship

Bob Wischusen & TBD
TBD
ESPN2 7 p.m. Northeast Conference Tournament: Championship

Mike Crispino & Miles Simon
TBD
ESPN 9 p.m. West Coast Conference Tournament: Championship

Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham
Las Vegas, Nev.
ESPN2 9 p.m. Summit League Tournament: Championship

Clay Matvick & Darrin Horn
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Wed 3/12 ESPN2 1 p.m. ACC Tournament: First Round #1

Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas & Jeannine Edwards
Greensboro, N.C.
ESPN2 3 p.m. ACC Tournament: First Round #2

Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas & Jeannine Edwards
Greensboro, N.C.
ESPN2 7 p.m. ACC Tournament: First Round #3

Dan Shulman, Sean Farnham & Jeannine Edwards
Greensboro, N.C.
ESPNU 7 p.m. American Men’s Basketball Championship: First Round #1

Mike Patrick & Len Elmore
Memphis, Tenn.
ESPN2 9:30 p.m. American Men’s Basketball Championship: First Round #2

Dave O’Brien & Doris Burke
Memphis, Tenn.
Thu 3/13 ESPN Noon ACC Tournament: Second Round #1

Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas & Jeannine Edwards
Greensboro, N.C.
ESPN2 12:30 p.m. Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship: Quarterfinal #1

Brent Musburger, Fran Fraschilla & Holly Rowe
Kansas City, Mo.
ESPNU 1 p.m. American Men’s Basketball Championship: Quarterfinal #1

Mike Patrick, Len Elmore & Andy Katz
Memphis, Tenn.
ESPN 2 p.m. ACC Tournament: Second Round #2

Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas & Jeannine Edwards
Greensboro, N.C.
ESPN2 2:30 p.m. Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship: Quarterfinal #2

Brent Musburger, Fran Fraschilla & Holly Rowe
Kansas City, Mo.
ESPNU 3 p.m. American Men’s Basketball Championship: Quarterfinal #2

Mike Patrick, Len Elmore & Andy Katz
Memphis, Tenn.
ESPN2 6:30 p.m. Big Ten Conference Tournament: First Round #3

Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich & Allison Williams
Indianapolis, Ind.
ESPN 7 p.m. ACC Tournament: Second Round #3

Dan Shulman, Sean Farnham & Jeannine Edwards
Greensboro, N.C.
ESPNU 7 p.m. American Men’s Basketball Championship: Quarterfinal #3

Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke & Andy Katz
Memphis, Tenn.
ESPN2 8:30 p.m. Big Ten Conference Tournament: First Round #4

Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich & Allison Williams
Indianapolis, Ind.
ESPN 9 p.m. ACC Tournament: Second Round #4

Dan Shulman, Sean Farnham & Jeannine Edwards
Greensboro, N.C.
ESPNU 9 p.m. American Men’s Basketball Championship: Quarterfinal #4

Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke & Andy Katz
Memphis, Tenn.
Fri 3/14 ESPN or ESPN2 Noon Big Ten Conference Tournament: Quarterfinal #1

Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich & Allison Williams
Indianapolis, Ind.
ESPN or ESPN2 Noon ACC Tournament: Quarterfinal #1

Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas & Jeannine Edwards
Greensboro, N.C.
ESPNU 1 p.m. SEC Tournament: Quarterfinal #1

Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes & Shannon Spake
Atlanta, Ga.
ESPN or ESPN2 2:30 p.m. Big Ten Conference Tournament: Quarterfinal #2

Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich & Allison Williams
Indianapolis, Ind.
ESPN or ESPN2 2:30 p.m. ACC Tournament: Quarterfinal #2

Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas & Jeannine Edwards
Greensboro, N.C.
ESPNU 3 p.m. SEC Tournament: Quarterfinal #2

Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes & Shannon Spake
Atlanta, Ga.
ESPN3 6 p.m. Southland Conference Tournament: Semifinal #1 Katy, Texas
ESPN or ESPN2 7 p.m. ACC Tournament: Quarterfinal #3

Dan Shulman, Sean Farnham & Jeannine Edwards
Greensboro, N.C.
ESPN or ESPN2 7 p.m. American Men’s Basketball Championship: Semifinal #1

Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke & Andy Katz
Memphis, Tenn.
ESPNU ^ 7 p.m. Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship: Semifinal #1

Brent Musburger, Fran Fraschilla & Holly Rowe
Kansas City, Mo.
ESPN3 8:30 p.m. Southland Conference Tournament: Semifinal #2 Katy, Texas
ESPN or ESPN2 9:30 p.m. ACC Tournament: Quarterfinal #4

Dan Shulman, Sean Farnham & Jeannine Edwards
Greensboro, N.C.
ESPN or ESPN2 9:30 p.m. American Men’s Basketball Championship: Semifinal #2

Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke & Andy Katz
Memphis, Tenn.
ESPNU ^ 9:30 p.m. Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship: Semifinal #2

Brent Musburger, Fran Fraschilla & Holly Rowe
Kansas City, Mo.
Sat 3/15 ESPNU 12 a.m. Big West Conference Tournament: Semifinal #2

Mark Jones & Miles Simon
Anaheim, Calif.
ESPNU 2 a.m. Big West Conference Tournament: Semifinal #1 **

Mark Jones & Miles Simon
Anaheim, Calif.
ESPN2 11:30 a.m. America East Conference Tournament: Championship

Bob Picozzi & Tim Welsh
TBD
ESPN 1 p.m. ACC Tournament: Semifinal #1

Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale or Jay Bilas & Jeannine Edwards
Greensboro, N.C.
ABC 1 p.m. SEC Tournament: Semifinal #1

Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes & Shannon Spake
Atlanta, Ga.
ESPN 3 p.m. ACC Tournament: Semifinal #2

Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale or Jay Bilas & Jeannine Edwards
Greensboro, N.C.
ABC 3 p.m. SEC Tournament: Semifinal #2

Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes & Shannon Spake
Atlanta, Ga.
ESPN2 4:30 p.m. Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament: Championship

Mark Neely & Jarron Collins
Houston, Texas
ESPN 6 p.m. American Men’s Basketball Championship: Championship

Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke & Andy Katz
Memphis, Tenn.
ESPNU 6 p.m. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament: Championship

Tom Hart & Stan Lewter
Norfolk, Va.
ESPN2 6:30 p.m. Mid-American Conference Tournament: Championship

Bob Wischusen & LaPhonso Ellis
Cleveland, Ohio
ESPNU 8 p.m. Big Sky Conference Tournament: Championship

Roxy Bernstein & Corey Williams
Ogden, Texas
ESPN2 8:30 p.m. Southland Conference Tournament: Championship

Carter Blackburn & Stephen Howard
Katy, Texas
ESPN 9 p.m. Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship: Championship

Brent Musburger, Fran Fraschilla & Holly Rowe
Kansas City, Mo.
ESPNU 10 p.m. Western Athletic Conference Tournament: Championship

Steve Quis & Jon Crispin
Las Vegas, Nev.
ESPN2 10:30 p.m. Big West Conference Tournament: Championship

Mark Jones & Miles Simon
Anaheim, Calif.
Sun 3/16 ESPN 1 p.m. ACC Tournament: Championship

Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale & Jeannine Edwards
Greensboro, N.C.
ESPN2 1 p.m. Sun Belt Conference Tournament: Championship

Rich Hollenberg & Mark Adams
New Orleans, La.
ESPN 3:15 p.m. SEC Tournament: Championship

Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes & Shannon Spake
Atlanta, Ga.

The Walt Disney Company And DISH Network Sign Groundbreaking Long-Term, Wide-Ranging Agreement

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  • New Multi-Year Deal to Deliver Best in Sports, News and Entertainment to DISH Customers, In and Out of the Home
  • DISH First to Secure Rights to Carry Disney, ABC and ESPN Networks for Over-the-Top, Personal Subscription Service
  • Landmark Deal Adds Disney Junior, Fusion, Longhorn Network, ESPN3, To-Be-Launched SEC ESPN Network and the Full Suite of Authenticated WATCH Services
  • Expanded Video-On-Demand Content Available to DISH Customers at Home, On-The-Go
  • Dismissal of All Legal Proceedings Between the Two Companies

Englewood, Colo. and Burbank, Calif., March 03, 2014 — The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) and DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH) today announced a groundbreaking, long-term, wide-ranging distribution agreement that will provide DISH customers with access to Disney’s robust lineup of top quality sports, news and entertainment content across televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected devices.

The renewal agreement supports the companies’ mutual goal to deliver the best video content to customers across multiple platforms by strengthening the value of the multichannel video subscription today and by creating the opportunity for DISH to deliver new services in the future.

The extensive and expanded distribution agreement grants DISH rights to stream cleared linear and video-on-demand content from the ABC-owned broadcast stations, ABC Family, Disney Channel, ESPN and ESPN2, as part of an Internet delivered, IP-based multichannel offering.

Additionally, for the first time, DISH customers will be able to access Disney’s authenticated live and video-on-demand products, including WatchESPN, WATCH Disney, WATCH ABC Family and WATCH ABC using Internet devices in the home and on the go.

The agreement will result in dismissal of all pending litigation between the two companies, including disputes over PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop.  As part of the accord, DISH will disable AutoHop functionality for ABC content within the C3 ratings window.  The deal also provides a structure for other advertising models as the market evolves, including dynamic ad insertion, advertising on mobile devices and extended advertising measurement periods.

“The creation of this agreement has really been about predicting the future of television with a visionary and forward-leaning partner,” said Joseph P. Clayton, DISH chief executive officer and president. “Not only will the exceptional Disney, ABC, ESPN entertainment portfolio continue to delight our customers today, but we have a model from which to deliver exciting new services tomorrow.”

Anne Sweeney, Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks, and President, Disney/ABC Television Group, said, “We knew early on we had a responsibility with this deal to not only do what was best for our business, but to also position our industry for future growth.  After months of hard work and out-of-the box thinking on both sides, led by Bob Iger and Charlie Ergen, this agreement, one of the most complex and comprehensive we’ve ever undertaken, achieves just that.  Not only were innovative business solutions reached on complicated current issues, we also planned for the evolution of our industry.”

Added John Skipper, President, ESPN & Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks: “We worked with DISH to smartly address the future of the multi-screen world on several levels.  Together, we are adding value to the traditional video subscription by making great content accessible across platforms and delivering new products, including our WatchESPN authenticated networks, the highly anticipated launch of the SEC ESPN Network, expanded distribution for Longhorn Network, and a reimagined ESPN Classic video-on-demand channel.  At the same time, we are creating opportunities to add new subscribers and introducing the value of a multichannel subscription to a small subset of broadband-only consumers.”

“This agreement allows us to bring more innovation to the customer experience, including new marketing, packaging and delivery options,” said Dave Shull, DISH Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. “This paves the way for more customer choice and control over the viewing experience.”

DISH will make available Disney Junior, Fusion, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, as well as Longhorn Network and the upcoming SEC ESPN Network upon its launch. In addition, DISH, ESPN and ESPN Deportes customers will have access to the live and video-on-demand channel ESPN3.

As part of the agreement, DISH will launch ESPNEWS, ESPNU, Disney Channel and ABC Family in high definition. ESPN Classic will be reintroduced as a video-on-demand channel.

The extensive and expanded rights package gives DISH customer access to video-on-demand content at home, on computers and on-the-go through the DISH Anywhere app for tablets and smartphones, including:

·         ABC On Demand, a fast forward-disabled service that features a selection of top-rated primetime entertainment programming, including episodes of such popular current ABC shows as “Scandal,” Castle,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Once Upon A Time” and “Revenge.”

·         ABC Family On Demand, which features a variety of top-rated full episodes, refreshed monthly, from such popular millennial favorites as “The Fosters,” ”Switched at Birth,” “Baby Daddy” and “Melissa & Joey.”

·         Disney-branded On Demand offerings, including Disney Channel On Demand, Disney Junior On Demand, and Disney XD On Demand.  Refreshed each month, the Disney Channel On Demand offering will include episodes from such series as “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Sofia the First” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” for preschoolers, as well as variety of episodes from “A.N.T. Farm,” “Liv and Maddie,” “Jessie” and other popular series for older kids.  Select episodes featured on Disney Channel On Demand will be available in innovative new offerings, such as playlists and monthly programming blocks, in addition to a number of episodes available in multiple languages.  A variety of Disney Channel Original Movies will also be available. Disney XD On Demand features a selection of episodes from such series as the Emmy Award-winning animated hit “Phineas and Ferb,” “Pair of Kings” and “Kickin’ It.”

·         Expanded On Demand content from ESPN, including content from ESPN Deportes and ESPN’s award-winning original content from ESPN Films.

The companies also renewed carriage agreement for ABC’s eight owned local stations, including WABC-TV in New York City, KABC-TV in Los Angeles, WLS-TV in Chicago, WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, KGO-TV in San Francisco, WTVD-TV in Raleigh-Durham, KTRK-TV in Houston, and KFSN in Fresno.

 

About DISH

DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH Network L.L.C., provides approximately 14.057 million satellite TV customers, as of Dec. 31, 2013, with the highest quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value. Subscribers enjoy a high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company.Visit www.dish.com.

About The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of $45 billion in its Fiscal Year 2013.

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