Auburn’s Takeover Schedule for July 1 on SEC Network

Auburn’s Takeover Schedule for July 1 on SEC Network 

SEC Network Takeover (#SECNTakeover) continues Wednesday, July 1 with the Auburn Tigers taking over the national television network for 24 hours. With the help of men’s basketball head coach Bruce Pearl, Auburn selected 10 marquee television events from the vault* to re-live with fans. The day’s programming will also include two ESPN Films centered around Auburn royalty Bo Jackson, as well as the SEC Storied chronicling the athletic powerhouse built by Bo Jackson, Charles Barkley and Frank Thomas in the 1980s.

“The Auburn day on the SEC Network is a great opportunity to showcase all the moments and students that have made Auburn great,” said Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs. “It was important to give the Auburn Family the programming they wanted to see during our Takeover day, so we gave them an opportunity to vote on their favorite classic games. This day is for the Auburn Family.”

Auburn #SECNTakeover Schedule includes:

  • 2006 Auburn vs. Florida (Football) – Undefeated Florida came to Jordan-Hare Stadium ranked No. 2 in the nation and the Auburn Tigers ranked No. 11. Auburn fans remember the blocked punt that helped hand the eventual national champion its only loss of the season.
  • 2014 Auburn vs. Alabama (Soccer) – The Auburn soccer team won its third straight “Iron Bowl of Soccer” over Alabama in this overtime thriller. It also featured the return of Alabama player Abby Lutzenkirchen to Auburn’s campus after the passing of her brother, former Auburn tight end, Philip.
  • 1999 Auburn vs. Ole Miss (Men’s Basketball) – One of the most dominant games from one of the most successful seasons in Auburn basketball history, the win over the Rebels helped the Tigers to a perfect 15-0 at home and an eventual SEC Championship.
  • 2015 Auburn vs. Alabama (Softball) – Auburn and Alabama entered the game both ranked No. 5/6 in the polls. After a back-and-forth, high scoring game, Auburn battled back from a 5-run deficit for a win that led to most successful season in program history.
  • 1982 Auburn vs. Alabama (Football) – Otherwise known as the “Bo over the Top” game, this classic Iron Bowl introduced to the college football a freshman running back from Bessemer, Ala., Bo Jackson.
  • 2015 Auburn vs. Tennessee (Softball) – A comeback win gives Auburn softball its first SEC Tournament title in program history.
  • 2003 Auburn vs. Alabama (Football)Known as the “Go Crazy, Cadillac” game, running back Carnell Williams took the opening handoff 80 yards for the score. He later scored the final touchdown to give Auburn its second straight Iron Bowl win and extend what would be an string of six-in-a-row for the Tigers.
  • 2011 BCS National Championship – It was the meeting of the top offensive teams in the country and the culmination of a season that saw Auburn go from a preseason No. 22 ranking to No. 1 in the country and complete a perfect 14-0 record. Led by Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton and Lombardi Award winner Nick Fairley, the game was won by a Wes Byrum field goal as time expired.
  • 2013 Auburn vs. Alabama (Football) – “Kick Six” is the now famous term given to what many call the greatest college football game in history, the 2013 Iron Bowl. The game pitted No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Auburn in the battle for the SEC West title. The game held up to its billing.
  • 2015 Auburn vs. LSU (Men’s Basketball) – An improbable run in the SEC Tournament, Auburn entered as the 13-seed, winning three games in three days. The third win turned out to be a nail biting come-from-behind win over LSU secured by a 3-pointer by KT Harrell to send the game to overtime.
  • This is Auburn – “This is Auburn” is an original program produced by War Eagle Productions, giving viewers a look at what makes Auburn great. Whether it is the unique traditions, the family feeling, the student development, the community impact or its ability to help through adversity, This is Auburn. The 60-minute episode explores all these in special feature vignettes.

 

Time (ET) Programming
Midnight 2006 Auburn vs. Florida (Football)
2 a.m. 2014 Auburn vs. Alabama (Soccer)
3:30 a.m. 1999 Auburn vs. Ole Miss (Basketball)
5:30 a.m. 2015 Auburn vs. Alabama (Softball)
7:30 a.m. You Don’t Know Bo
9 a.m. 1982 Auburn vs. Alabama (Football)
11 a.m. 2015 Auburn vs. Tennessee (Softball)
1 p.m. 2003 Auburn vs. Alabama (Football)
3 p.m. 2011 BCS National Championship
5 p.m. 2015 Auburn vs. LSU (Men’s Basketball)
7 p.m. This is Auburn
8 p.m. 2013 Auburn vs. Alabama
10 p.m. This is Auburn (re-air)
11 p.m. Bo, Barkley, & The Big Hurt

(schedule subject to change)
*Takeover schedules were created from available television inventory; NCAA Championships were not available for re-air

Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards to Take Place July 14

Inaugural Event Presented by ESPN and PlayStation to Salute Those Using the Power of Sport to Serve Community; Finalists and Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award Winners Announced

The inaugural Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards, presented by ESPN and PlayStation®, will celebrate and honor athletes, teams, nonprofits and members of the sports industry for using sport to serve communities and make a positive impact on society, it was announced by John Skipper, President, ESPN. The event, which will take place Tuesday, July 14 at the Conga Room at L.A. Live, will be the first of its kind, bringing together the leagues and sporting community to pay tribute to the collective good of sports.

Multiple sports-related leagues and/or governing bodies — including MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, NHL, USOC, USTA, WNBA, WWE and the Women’s Sports Foundation — have nominated athletes, teams and community members that are using the power of sports to transform lives and uplift communities. Highlights of the evening will be featured during a 30-minute special on ESPN, July 23 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

During the event, which will be hosted by Laila Ali, winners will be announced from among the finalists for two major award categories — Sports Humanitarian of the Year and Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year. Additionally, the event will celebrate four inaugural “Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award” (ESPN + inspire) winners, recognized for taking risks and using innovation to help the disadvantaged.

“Through their selflessness and compassion, the Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award honorees are improving lives of many around the world,” Skipper said. “The awards pay tribute to some incredible individuals and organizations and the extraordinary impact of their efforts on society.”

As part of the PlayStation Heroes initiative, PlayStation is the presenting sponsor of the Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards, which will benefit the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund at The V Foundation — a fund that encourages cutting-edge research for minority populations suffering from cancer.

An independent panel of judges selected the finalists, including, Tracy Hoover, CEO of Points of Light,  Sharon Roerty, Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Sab Singh, Founder of Sports Doing Good and professor at Farmingdale State College, and Caryl Stern, CEO of the US Fund for UNICEF.

“Humanitarianism is a central narrative of sport — as athletes aspire towards greatness, their ability to make a mark on society is as important as their athletic accomplishments,” said Stern. “The Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards give rise to the increasingly important role that sports can play in society, and how the sports community can work together to build and inspire strong communities.”

Below is information on each of the awards:

SPORTS HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR
The Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award is given to an athlete whose continuous, demonstrated leadership has created a positive impact on their community through sports. The honoree will receive a $75,000 grant (and $25,000 grant for each of the three finalists) from ESPN’s Corporate Citizenship department to advance the impact of the charity related to the award-winning humanitarian efforts.

Finalists (winner to be announced at awards ceremony July 14):

  • Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers (NFL): Inspired by his own humble beginnings, Boldin is a passionate advocate for underprivileged youth and works to help them to overcome their limitations by expanding educational and life opportunities. Through his foundation, he provides a network of support with mentoring and after-school programs, scholarships, and annual summer enrichment programs — all of which are creating tangible impacts in the lives of children in Baltimore, South Florida and San Francisco. Becoming an Oxfam Ambassador on his own accord, Boldin also has testified before Congress to strengthen human rights protections for communities impacted by the oil and mining industries in Africa. In 2014, Boldin and his wife, Dionne, made a $1 million pledge to help youth in need by providing 4-year college scholarships to four deserving high school graduates annually.
  • Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever (WNBA): Growing up with a hearing impairment, Catchings was no stranger to being bullied, but she used her disability as inspiration and fuel to do her best in the classroom and on the court. Today, she teaches young girls about embracing their differences, building their self-esteem and overcoming obstacles. Through her Catch the Stars Foundation, she promotes fitness, literacy and mentoring to youth in Indianapolis. Catchings has served on the U.S. Department of State’s Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports and has supported countless programs in the community through her unwavering volunteer efforts and financial support.
  • John Cena (WWE): WWE Superstar John Cena’s popular catchphrase “Never Give Up” is also a real-life mantra that he uses to inspire those battling life-threatening illnesses. For more than a decade, Cena has been a force in granting the wishes of children in partnership with Make-A-Wish. As the most requested wish granter of all-time, he has granted nearly 500 wishes for children around the world. Additionally, Cena is also a passionate advocate in the fight against breast cancer, helping to spread the word about the importance of early detection.
  • Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers (NHL): As founder of the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation and an ambassador for the Garden of Dreams Foundation, Lundqvist has seized the opportunity to positively impact the lives of children most in need through education and health services. He’s touched the lives of thousands of children and families in New York City, the Dominican Republic and Sweden with both personal and financial support. He’s also providing a platform to the next generation of community leaders, by selecting a group of young adults to complete community service projects and volunteer work, as part of his Young Ambassadors Program.

 

SPORTS HUMANITARIAN TEAM OF THE YEAR
The Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year represents a sports team (and their community relations department or foundation) that demonstrates how teamwork between athletes and their team’s community relations or foundations can create a significant impact on a community or cause. The winner will receive a $75,000 grant (and $25,000 grant for each of the three finalists) from ESPN to the qualified charity related to the award-winning humanitarian efforts.

Finalists (winners to be announced at awards ceremony July 14):

  • Chicago Bulls (NBA): The Chicago Bulls’ work in the community is a collaborative effort among the team’s players, fans, corporate partners, community partners, and front office staff. Community is a fundamental part of the team’s business operations and the Bulls feel a responsibility to give back to the city and people who give so much to them. Last year, the Bulls organized over 100 community events focused on youth education, health and wellness, violence prevention, and the military with more than 30,000 people impacted. The team’s Season of Giving alone, reached 16,000 people in the Chicago community, with 1,000 gifts and 2,200 meals provided to families in need. Additionally, the Bulls distributed $2.5 million in cash and in-kind donations in support of local organizations.
  • Portland Timbers (MLS): Stand Together, the club’s community outreach platform, harnesses the power of sport to improve the lives of children and families in the Portland metro area through targeted programs, deep partnerships and philanthropic giving. Stand Together focuses on youth activity, education and the environment, with an emphasis on cultural diversity and access for all to play. Since the club’s inaugural MLS season in 2011, the Timbers have given more than $2.4 million in cash and in-kind donations, including their philanthropic work through the Portland Timbers Community Fund, the club’s field-grants program, and various experiential and charitable activities. The club’s signature Stand Together Week annually benefits 30+ different nonprofits throughout the greater Portland metro area. Since 2012, Stand Together Week has generated over 7,000 volunteer hours by 2,000 volunteers on more than 100 projects.
  • San Francisco 49ers (NFL): At the heart of the 49ers philanthropic efforts is their deep commitment to the San Francisco 49ers Academy, a middle school for low-income students in the highly challenged city of East Palo Alto. The team has supported the Academy from top to bottom with grants; player, alumni, ownership and staff involvement; mentorships; and facility enhancement. Inclusive of the contributions to the 49ers Academy, since 1992, the Foundation has donated $30.6 million to support nonprofits, contributing $4.6 million in 2014, including a $1 million grant to launch the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute to enable motivated and talented young scholars to reach their full potential.
  • WWE Community Relations: WWE leverages the power of its brand and platforms to help address important social issues worldwide, and through its partnerships, they support programs and initiatives that positively impact children and families around the world. WWE has granted more than 6,000 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions through Make-A-Wish, and launched an anti-bullying program, Be a STAR, to encourage young people to treat each other with tolerance and respect through education and grassroots initiatives. More than 100,000 kids from all 50 U.S. states and 100 countries have taken the pledge to end bullying through the program. WWE is also a strong advocate for athletes with intellectual disabilities and breast cancer awareness through their work with Special Olympics and Susan G. Komen respectively, and they are staunch supporters of the U.S. military through their annual Tribute to the Troops celebration and partnership with Hire Heroes USA to help returning vets transition to the civilian workforce.


STUART SCOTT ENSPIRE AWARD HONOREES
In honor of former ESPN commentator Stuart Scott’s indomitable spirit, the Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award (ESPN + inspire) celebrates and honors any organization or person who has used the power of sport by taking risk and using an innovative approach to aid the disadvantaged, save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain and protect human dignity. The honorees will each receive a $25,000 grant from ESPN to the qualified charity related to the award-winning humanitarian efforts.

Honorees (to be recognized at awards ceremony July 14):

  • “Like A Girl” Campaign: Always, the world’s leading feminine care brand, launched a social experiment to address the drop in confidence girls experience at puberty and change the negative perception of the phrase “like a girl” into one that means downright amazing things. Through a viral video that later aired as a Super Bowl commercial, the Always #LikeAGirl campaign challenged girls, boys, women and men worldwide to change the way they think about and use phrases like “throw like a girl” and “run like girl” which proved to have a profound impact. Prior to viewing the film, only 19% of girls had a positive association toward the phrase “like a girl.” After watching the video, 76% of girls ages 16-24 no longer see the phrase as an insult, and two out of three men who watched said they would stop or think twice before using “like a girl” as an insult.
  • MLB Commissioner Emeritus Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. (Sue) Selig: Bud and Sue Selig have helped transform how leagues and sport gives back. At the urging of the Seligs, MLB granted the $10 million founding donation that launched Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) in 2008. Since then, the Seligs have helped raise tens of millions of dollars for groundbreaking cancer research through SU2C’s Innovative Research Grant, the first of which was named in their honor, and they are responsible for MLB’s continued support for cancer research. The Seligs also paved the way for professional sports to become more sustainable, with Bud being called “the single most influential environmental advocate in the history of sports” by the Green Sports Alliance. Under his watch, MLB was the first league to distribute environmental advice and measurement tools to all stadium operators. It was the first league to use public service announcements to educate fans about environmental stewardship and to green its All-Star Game and league championships. Selig received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which aids academically distinguished minority students, and the Chairman’s Award from Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Selig is a major supporter of his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as Marquette University.
  • Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll: Pete Carroll is committed to helping people be the best they can be on and off the field. Carroll works to identify what is unique about each person, understand and help them create a vision for what they want to be and then keep them connected to that vision. It is in this approach that has led to life-changing impact. Coach Carroll incorporated this philosophy to help transform communities and make them better places to live through his violence prevention efforts via A Better LA and A Better Seattle. He was instrumental to bring Free The Children’s We Act & We Day to the U.S. and Seattle in 2013. Annually, students earn their tickets to We Day by completing one local and one global action on any issue of their choice. This program is unique because it provides youth from all types of backgrounds a platform to become agents of change and leaders regardless of their circumstances. 
  • You Can Play: The You Can Play Project is working to change the sometimes homophobic culture of locker rooms and sports venues with a message that athletes should be judged on athletic skill and ability, not sexual orientation or other discriminatory factors. Inspired by the late Brendan Burke, an openly gay hockey player at Miami University and son of Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke, the organization is spreading a message of tolerance, inclusion and equality. Today, You Can Play has been represented in video messages by athletes from every professional sports league in North America, all saying they would support a gay teammate who would contribute to a team’s success.


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


About PlayStation Heroes
PlayStation Heroes is an initiative from Sony Computer Entertainment America that enables PlayStation fans to support charities by purchasing digital items, which enter them for a chance to win prizes like playing PlayStation®4 (PS4™) games with celebrities and professional athletes. This month fans can purchase a Fireworks Theme for their PS4 system, with 90 percent of the purchase price going to the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund at The V Foundation. Those who purchase the theme and register will be entered for a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles to attend the Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards and the ESPY awards. For more information, go to: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/campaigns/playstation-heroes/. For Official Rules, go to: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/campaigns/playstation-heroes/rules/.

 

PlayStation is a registered trademark and PS4 is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.

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ESPN Contact: Josh Krulewitz at (860) 766-2319; josh.krulewitz@espn.com; @jksports

 

ESPNU, ESPN3 to Cover World University Games From South Korea July 3-12

More than 100 Hours of Coverage across 15 Sports Including Extensive Coverage of Team USA Men’s and Women’s Basketball
Kansas Represents Team USA Men’s Basketball

ESPNU and ESPN3 will cover the World University Games from July 3 through July 14 from Gwangju, South Korea, with an emphasis on Team USA Men’s and Women’s Basketball. Team USA Men’s Basketball is comprised of mostly the Kansas Men’s Basketball roster and is coached by Kansas’ Bill Self.  Team USA Women’s Basketball team is comprised of top college players, including Maryland’s Brionna Jones and Tennessee’s Diamond DeShields.

ESPNU will televise the Team USA Men’s Basketball pool play games on July 3, 5, 7, and 8. Should Team USA advance out of the pool play, ESPNU will televise their quarterfinal game (July 11), semifinal game (July 12), and Gold Medal game (July 13).

ESPNU will also televise Team USA Women’s Basketball pool play games on July 4 and 6. If they advance to the medal round, ESPNU will televise their semifinal game (July 11) and the Gold medal game (July 13). A potential Bronze Medal game will be carried on ESPN3 (July 12).

A full schedule for both Team USA Men’s and Women’s teams are below.

Additionally, ESPNU will televise Team USA’s Men Volleyball (July 2) and a one-hour recap of Track and Field (July 15) and Swimming and Diving (July 16) competition. ESPN3 will cover more than 35 World University Games events spanning 11 sports, including Men and Women’s Gymnastics, Springboard, and Track and Field.

“The World University Games — the second largest international competition outside of the Olympics, and part of the Olympic development program for many countries around the world — is now in its 56th year and we are thrilled to be sending almost 600 NCAA athletes and participants to South Korea, our largest contingent ever,” said Craig Jonas, Head of Delegation for Team USA.  “Then, to have select events from the World University Games available on the ESPNU and ESPN3 for fans and family is just the icing on the cake for our continued growth in this world-class event.”

A complete schedule:

ESPNU Schedule

Date Time (ET) Event
Thur, Jul 2 12 a.m. Men’s Volleyball: Team USA vs. Czech Republic
Fri, Jul 3 11 p.m. Men’s Basketball: Team USA vs. Turkey
Sat, Jul 4 9 p.m. Women’s Basketball: Team USA vs. Italy
Sun, Jul 5 7:30 a.m. Men’s Basketball: Brazil vs. Team USA
Mon, Jul 6 4:30 a.m. Women’s Basketball: China vs. Team USA
Tue, Jul 7 11 p.m. Men’s Basketball: Team USA vs. Serbia
Wed, Jul 8 9 p.m. Men’s Basketball: Team USA vs. Switzerland
Sat, Jul 11 1:30 a.m. Men’s Basketball: Quarterfinal*
  7 a.m. Women’s Basketball: Semifinal*
Sun, Jul 12 2 a.m. Men’s Basketball: Semifinal (Option 1)*
  5 a.m. Men’s Basketball: Semifinal (Option 2)*
Mon, Jul 13 5 a.m. Women’s Basketball: Gold Medal Game*
  7:30 a.m. Men’s Basketball: Gold Medal Game*
Wed, Jul 15 7 p.m. Track and Field**
Thur, Jul 16 7 p.m. Swimming and Diving**

*Only if Team USA is participating
**One-hour special recapping the events
Please note: Team USA Women’s Basketball potential quarterfinal and Team USA Men’s Basketball potential Bronze medal games are unable to be carried as of this release  

ESPN3 Schedule

Date Time (ET) Event
Thur, Jul 3 12:15 a.m. Women’s 1M Springboard
  1:45 a.m. Men’s 3M Springboard
  6:00 a.m. Swimming
  7:15 a.m. Gymnastics
Sat, Jul 4 1:45 a.m. Men’s Synchronized 3M Springboard
  3:15 a.m. Women’s Platform
  6:00 a.m. Swimming
  7:15 a.m. Gymnastics
Sun, Jul 5 1:30 a.m. Men’s Gymnastics
  2:00 a.m. Women’s Synchronized Platform
  3:30 a.m. Men’s 1M Springboard
  6:00 a.m. Swimming
  6:30 a.m. Women’s Gymnastics
  10:00 p.m. Gymnastics
Mon, Jul 6 2:30 a.m. Men’s Synchronized Platform
  3:00 a.m. Gymnastics
  6:00 a.m. Swimming
Tues, Jul 7 2:30 a.m. Women’s 3M Springboard
  3:00 a.m. Track and Field
  6:00 a.m. Swimming
Wed, Jul 8 12:00 a.m. Women’s 3M Synchronized Springboard
  1:45 a.m. Men’s Platform
  2:00 a.m. Track and Field
  6:00 a.m. Swimming
Thur, Jul 9 4:00 a.m. Track and Field
  6:00 a.m. Swimming
Fri, Jul 10 1:00 a.m. Rhythmic Gymnastics
  3:00 a.m. Rhythmic Gymnastics
  3:30 a.m. Track and Field
  5:30 a.m. Rhythmic Gymnastics
Sat, Jul 11 1:00 a.m. Rhythmic Gymnastics
  3:00 a.m. Rhythmic Gymnastics
  4:00 a.m. Track and Field
  5:30 a.m. Rhythmic Gymnastics
Sun, Jul 12 1:00 a.m. Rhythmic Gymnastics
  3:30 a.m. Rhythmic Gymnastics
  7:30 a.m. Women’s Basketball: Bronze Medal Game*

*Only if Team USA is participating

 

About World University Games (Universiade) and BTI Events
The World University Games or “Universiade” is an International multi-sport event, organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU).  The Universiade is staged every two years in a different city. It is second only to the Olympic Games in size. The Summer Universiade consists of 10 compulsory sports with 13 compulsory disciplines and up to 3 optional sports chosen by the host country. The record figures are 10,622 participants in Shenzhen, China, in 2011 and 174 countries in Daegu, Korea, in 2003.  The United States teams are organized and selected by BTI Events and the United States International Sports Federation (US-IUSF) in coordination with each respective sport’s National Governing Body (NGB).

Embracing FISU’s motto of ‘Excellence in Mind and Body’, the Summer Universiade incorporates educational and cultural aspects into 12 days of sports competitions, allowing university student-athletes from all over the world to celebrate with the host city in a true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship.

 

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Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; Derek.Volner@ESPN.com and @DerekVolner

Most-Watched NBA Draft in History

The 2015 NBA Draft was the most-watched NBA Draft telecast in history, according to Nielsen. Thursday’s telecast on ESPN averaged 3,738,000 viewers (P2+), up eight percent from the 2014 NBA Draft. The telecast peaked with 5,131,000 viewers from 8-8:15 p.m. ET.

The 2015 NBA Draft was also the highest-rated ever on ESPN, averaging a 2.4 U.S. household rating. This is up four percent from last year’s event. The telecast peaked from 8-8:15 p.m. ET with a 3.3 rating.

Last night’s telecast also propelled ESPN to win the night across all of television (broadcast and cable) in several key demos, including P18-34, M18-34, P18-49, M18-49 and M25-54.

For information on metered market ratings and local numbers, please visit ESPNMediaZone.com to view today’s earlier press release.

ESPN has televised the NBA Draft since 2003. NBA Draft television records go back to 1994.

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

Arkansas Takeover Schedule for June 30 on SEC Network

SEC Network Takeover (#SECNTakeover) continues Tuesday, June 30 with the Arkansas Razorbacks taking over the national television network for 24 hours. With the help of women’s basketball head coach Jimmy Dykes (video), Arkansas selected 10 marquee television events from the SEC vault* to re-live with fans.

Arkansas #SECNTakeover Schedule Includes:

  • 1999 Arkansas vs. Tennessee (Football) After a heartbreaking finish in 1998, the Razorbacks knocked off the No. 3 ranked Vols with 14 unanswered points when Clint Stoerner found Anthony Lucas for the game-winning touchdown with less than four minutes left.
  • SEC Storied: 40 Minutes of Hell ESPN Films relives the birth and rise of “Hawg Ball” that helped Arkansas capture the 1994 National Championship, led by Naismith Hall of Fame head coach Nolan Richardson’s “40 Minutes of Hell” style.
  • 2001 Ole Miss vs. Arkansas (Football) It took seven overtimes, but Arkansas came away from Oxford with a 58-56 victory in what is tied for the longest game in NCAA history. The Razorbacks rushed for seven touchdowns, including three Hogs who broke the 100-yard mark.
  • 2015 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championship The top-ranked Razorback women’s track and field team won the 2015 SEC Outdoor Championships in Starkville, Miss., to complete the program’s third SEC Triple Crown. With the help of six individual titles including a collegiate-record performance by Sandi Morris in the pole vault, Arkansas finished the three-day meet with 127.5 points to secure the program’s fifth SEC outdoor crown.
  • Arkansas Film Room: LSU vs. Arkansas 2014 Head coach Bret Bielema earned his first SEC win with a 17-0 shutout of No. 20 LSU. Watch him break down film of the victory with quarterback Brandon Allen, running back Jonathan Williams and defensive coordinator Robb Smith in the dominant performance.
  • 2014 LSU vs. Arkansas (Football) Arkansas shutout No. 17 LSU for its first conference win of the season. The Razorback defense limits LSU to just 123 total yards while running backs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams each scored in the upset victory.
  • 2015 Georgia vs. Arkansas (Women’s Basketball) In front of a nationally televised audience at Bud Walton Arena, Razorback women’s basketball jumped out to a quick lead and hung on for its third consecutive win over No. 24/21 Georgia, 54-58. Sophomore Jessica Jackson led Arkansas with 15 points, including five key free throws in the final 26 seconds to ice the win.
  • 2013 Florida vs. Arkansas (Men’s Basketball) The Razorbacks used a huge first half against the University of Florida to take down the No. 2 team in the country, knocking off the Gators 80-69 behind 13 points from BJ Young and 11 points apiece from Marshawn Powell and Michael Qualls.
  • 2015 Alabama vs. Arkansas (Gymnastics) #12 Razorback team used an historic floor exercise performance to complete the come-from-behind upset victory over defending SEC Champion and sixth-ranked Alabama in Barnhill Arena. The national audience was treated to a school-record 49.600 behind a trio of 9.925’s in the final rotation for the win.
  • 2011 LSU vs. Arkansas (Baseball) In the midst of a season-long eight-game winning streak, the Arkansas baseball team welcomed 17th ranked LSU to town and swept the Tigers, picking up 2-0, 4-3 and 5-4 victories at Baum Stadium. The Razorbacks went on to win one of its four SEC Western Division Championships in 2011. Relive the April 9th Game 2 comeback win.
  • 2014 Kentucky vs. Arkansas (Men’s Basketball) After enduring a game-tying shot in the final seconds of regulation for the second straight game, the Arkansas men’s basketball team earned a bit of redemption on Jan. 14. Sophomore Michael Qualls’ sank a put-back dunk with 0.2 seconds left in overtime, giving the Razorbacks a 87-85 win over No. 13/12 Kentucky and sent a crowd of 18,886 fans into hysteria at Bud Walton Arena.
  • Arkansas Year in Review The 2014-15 season was without question the most successful overall combined academic and competitive year in the history of the Arkansas Razorbacks. A one-hour look at the success on the field of play reflected through national players of the year, numerous NCAA and SEC champions and a top-20 Learfield Director’s Cup finish.
  • 2014 Advocare V100 Texas Bowl: Arkansas vs. Texas After holding the University of Texas to just 59 total yards, the Arkansas Razorbacks routed the Longhorns, 31-7, to claim the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl Championship. The crowd of 71,115 was the largest in AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl history and the most fans for a bowl game ever held in Houston.

 

Time (ET) Programming
Midnight 1999 Arkansas vs. Tennessee (Football)
2:30 a.m. SEC Storied: 40 Minutes of Hell
3:30 a.m. 2001 Ole Miss vs. Arkansas (Football)
6 a.m. 2015 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championship
8 a.m Arkansas Film Room: LSU vs. Arkansas 2014
8:30 a.m. 2014 LSU vs. Arkansas (Football)
11 a.m. 2015 Georgia vs. Arkansas (Women’s Basketball)
12:30 p.m. 2013 Florida vs. Arkansas (Men’s Basketball)
2:30 p.m. 2015 Alabama vs. Arkansas (Gymnastics)
4 p.m. 2011 LSU vs. Arkansas (Baseball)
6 p.m. 2014 Kentucky vs. Arkansas (Men’s Basketball)
8 p.m. Arkansas Year in Review
9 p.m. Arkansas Film Room: Arkansas vs. Texas 2014
9:30 p.m. 2014 Advocare V100 Texas Bowl: Arkansas vs. Texas

(schedule subject to change)
*Takeover schedules were created from available television inventory; NCAA Championships were not available for re-air.

 

About SEC Network Takeover
The SEC Network Takeover is a two-week programming initiative dedicated to airing programming selected by Southeastern Conference schools. All 14 schools will craft their own 24-hour schedule which may include classic games, films, ESPN original content and some school-produced content.  In addition to delivering the ultimate the day of television for their fan-base, the takeover includes SEC Network’s twitter handle.

The SEC Network
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network which launched August 14, 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform carry SEC content 24/7 and featured more than 1,000 live events the first year. The network televises over 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 includes in-depth commentary and analysis in studio shows, daily news and information, original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, and more. AT&T U-verse® TV, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast Xfinity TV,  Cox Communications, DIRECTV, DISH, Google Fiber, LUS Fiber, Mediacom, PTC Communications, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, Wilkes Telephone, and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC carried the television network nationwide. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports are offered exclusively as SEC Network+ events on WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com through authenticated access from AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DIRECTV, DISH, Google Fiber, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC.

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2015 NBA Draft Matches Highest-Rated Ever on ESPN

The 2015 NBA Draft, which aired exclusively on ESPN, delivered a 3.1 overnight rating, according to metered market ratings from Nielsen. It matched last year as the highest-rated NBA Draft telecast ever on ESPN. The telecast peaked between 8 -8:15 p.m. ET with a 4.2 rating.

Local numbers

The NBA Draft telecast delivered a record 8.5 rating in the top-ranked Louisville market, which is the best rating the market has ever produced for the NBA Draft. Additionally, the Philadelphia market delivered its best-ever NBA Draft rating – a 5.0.

Top 10 local markets

Market Rating
1. Louisville 8.5
2. Philadelphia (T) 5.0
2. Greensboro (T) 5.0
4. Indianapolis 4.7
5. Raleigh-Durham 4.6
6. Memphis 4.5
7. Columbus 4.4
8. Milwaukee 4.3
9. Oklahoma City 3.9
10. Cleveland 3.8

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

ESPN Enterprise Journalism – June 25, 2015

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Despite being blind in his right eye, Isaiah Austin, a seven-foot center from Baylor, was a projected first-round pick in the 2014 NBA draft. Just days before, he received news that forever changed his dream of playing professional basketball. When Isaiah and his family did hear NBA commissioner Adam Silver call his name, it was not in the way anyone could have expected. SC Featured tells Isaiah’s inspiring story.

“I felt like I had something to prove to everybody who doubted me, because who can play basketball with one eye?” – Isaiah Austin

“I was getting choked up…and I think at that moment realized the magnitude of it, what it meant.” – Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner

 

How Sania Mirza is Taking Indian Tennis in a Fresh Direction

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Sania Mirza grew up playing on cow manure courts in India.  Now she’s seeking her first Grand Slam women’s doubles title at Wimbledon with Martina Hingis and inspiring kids back home. Jim Caple writes on espnw.com.

 

Emmanuel Mudiay is not scared

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Emmanuel Mudiay was one of the top high school players in the nation, but he decided to play professionally in China rather than attending a U.S. college. As he prepares to be selected as a top pick in the 2015 NBA draft, this video takes a look back at his journey. Kurt Streeter writes that from war-torn Congo to chaos at Dallas Prime Prep and an injury-plagued season in China — nothing has stopped this 19-year-old yet. Can the NBA?

 

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This week’s Panel*

Mike Lupica (guest host)

Frank Isola

Jackie MacMullan

William C. Rhoden

(subject to change)

 

As Seen on ESPN Front Row:

New ESPN.com deputy editor Mary Byrne Set to Begin Tenure as APSE President

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Extensive National Coverage of SEC Soccer and Volleyball Planned for Year Two on SEC Network

80 games scheduled across SEC Network and ESPNU for 2015 Season

For the second consecutive year Southeastern Conference soccer and volleyball will see extensive coverage of 80 games on national television. In 2015, SEC Network and ESPNU will air a combined 30 women’s soccer games – including the entire SEC Soccer Tournament – and 50 women’s volleyball matches. National coverage of the two sports has quintupled since SEC Network’s launch last fall.

Additional school-produced events, available on SEC Network + via WatchESPN, will be announced at a later date.

2015 television schedule highlights include:

  • Wednesday Night Volleyball: beginning September 23, ESPNU will air 10 consecutive weeks of SEC Volleyball; SEC Network will also air a game on Wednesday nights creating a weekly doubleheader of SEC volleyball across national television networks
  • Thursday Night Soccer on SEC Network: SEC Network will air eight consecutive weeks of SEC soccer at 7 p.m. ET, capping the regular season off with a doubleheader Thursday, Oct. 29
  • SEC Network will air a doubleheader of volleyball and/or soccer every Sunday afternoon beginning Sept. 13
  • For the second year SEC Network will carry the First, Quarterfinal and Semifinal Rounds of the SEC Soccer Tournament. The Championship game will air on ESPNU

SEC Volleyball Television Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Away Network
Wed, Sept. 23  8 p.m. Mississippi State at Alabama SEC Network
9 p.m. Arkansas at LSU ESPNU
Fri, Sept. 25  7 p.m. Kentucky at South Carolina SEC Network
Sun, Sept. 27  1 p.m. Kentucky at Florida SEC Network
3 p.m. Mississippi State at Ole Miss SEC Network
Wed, Sept. 30  8 p.m. Florida at Missouri SEC Network
9 p.m. Texas A&M at Auburn ESPNU
Fri, Oct. 2 7 p.m. Mississippi State at Kentucky SEC Network
Sun, Oct. 4  Noon South Carolina at Mississippi State SEC Network
Sun, Oct. 4  2 p.m. Ole Miss at Texas A&M SEC Network
  4 p.m. Florida at Arkansas SEC Network
  6 p.m. LSU at Auburn SEC Network
Wed, Oct. 7 8 p.m. Arkansas at Kentucky SEC Network
9 p.m. Tennessee at LSU ESPNU
Fri, Oct. 9  7 p.m. Auburn at South Carolina SEC Network
Sun, Oct. 11 1 p.m. Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
3 p.m. Auburn at Florida SEC Network
5 p.m. Missouri at Alabama SEC Network
Wed, Oct. 14 6 p.m. Florida at Tennessee ESPNU
8 p.m. South Carolina at Georgia SEC Network
Sun, Oct. 18 1 p.m. Florida at Kentucky SEC Network
  3 p.m. Alabama at LSU SEC Network
  5 p.m. Ole Miss at Arkansas SEC Network
Wed, Oct. 21 8 p.m. LSU at Texas A&M SEC Network
9 p.m. Georgia at Auburn ESPNU
Fri, Oct. 23 7 p.m. Arkansas at Florida SEC Network
Sun, Oct. 25 1 p.m. Tennessee at Mississippi State SEC Network
3 p.m. Georgia at Alabama SEC Network
Wed, Oct. 28 8 p.m. Alabama at Missouri SEC Network
9 p.m. Ole Miss at Georgia ESPNU
Fri, Oct. 30 7 p.m. Texas A&M at Kentucky SEC Network
Sun, Nov. 1  1 p.m. Ole Miss at South Carolina SEC Network
  3 p.m. Alabama at Arkansas SEC Network
  5 p.m. Auburn at Missouri SEC Network
Wed, Nov. 4  6 p.m. Missouri at Texas A&M ESPNU
Thu, Nov. 5  7 p.m. Kentucky at Georgia SEC Network
Sun, Nov. 8 1 p.m. Kentucky at Tennessee SEC Network
  3 p.m. South Carolina at Alabama SEC Network
  5 p.m. Missouri at LSU SEC Network
Wed, Nov. 11 6 p.m. Tennessee at South Carolina ESPNU
8 p.m. LSU at Arkansas SEC Network
Sun, Nov. 15 2 p.m. LSU at Ole Miss SEC Network
4 p.m. Auburn at Alabama SEC Network
Wed, Nov. 18 6 p.m. Missouri at Arkansas ESPNU
TBD Kentucky vs. Texas A&M SEC Network
Fri , Nov. 20 6 p.m. Florida at LSU SEC Network
Sun, Nov. 22  2 p.m. Florida at Texas A&M SEC Network
4 p.m. Mississippi State at Georgia SEC Network
Wed, Nov. 25 TBD Ole Miss at Alabama SEC Network
9 p.m. Auburn at Tennessee ESPNU

 

SEC Soccer Television Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Away Network
Sun, Aug. 30 1 p.m. Florida State at Florida SEC Network
Thu, Sept. 10  7 p.m. Texas A&M at Florida SEC Network
Fri, Sept. 11 7 p.m. Kentucky at Ole Miss SEC Network
Sun, Sept. 13 3 p.m. Wisconsin at Kentucky SEC Network
Thu, Sept. 17  7 p.m. Georgia at LSU SEC Network
Fri, Sept. 18 7 p.m. Vanderbilt at Texas A&M SEC Network
Sun, Sept. 20 1 p.m. Mississippi State at Arkansas SEC Network
  3 p.m. Auburn at Tennessee SEC Network
  3 p.m. South Carolina at Missouri ESPNU
Thu, Sept. 24 7 p.m. Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
Sun, Sept. 27  1 p.m. Texas A&M at Georgia ESPNU
5 p.m. Tennessee at Vanderbilt SEC Network
Thu, Oct. 1 7 p.m. Auburn at Alabama SEC Network
Thu, Oct. 8  7 p.m. Auburn at South Carolina SEC Network
Thu, Oct. 15 7 p.m. LSU at Arkansas SEC Network
Sun, Oct. 18 2 p.m. Tennessee at Missouri ESPNU
Thu, Oct. 22  7 p.m. South Carolina at Florida SEC Network
Sun, Oct. 25  3 p.m. Mississippi State at Alabama ESPNU
5 p.m. Kentucky at Tennessee SEC Network
Thu, Oct. 29  7 p.m. Florida at Georgia SEC Network
9 p.m. Texas A&M at Missouri SEC Network
Mon, Nov. 2 4:30 p.m. SEC Soccer Tournament First Round SEC Network
7 p.m. SEC Soccer Tournament First Round SEC Network
Wed, Nov. 4 1: p.m. SEC Soccer Tournament Quarterfinal SEC Network
  3:30 p.m. SEC Soccer Tournament Quarterfinal SEC Network
  6: p.m. SEC Soccer Tournament Quarterfinal SEC Network
  8:30 p.m. SEC Soccer Tournament Quarterfinal SEC Network
Fri, Nov. 6 4:30 p.m. SEC Soccer Tournament Semifinal SEC Network
7 p.m. SEC Soccer Tournament Semifinal SEC Network
Sun, Nov. 8  2 p.m. SEC Soccer Championship ESPNU

 

The SEC Network
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network which launched August 14, 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform carry SEC content 24/7 and featured more than 1,000 live events the first year. The network televises over 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 includes in-depth commentary and analysis in studio shows, daily news and information, original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, and more. AT&T U-verse® TV, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast Xfinity TV,  Cox Communications, DIRECTV, DISH, Google Fiber, LUS Fiber, Mediacom, PTC Communications, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, Wilkes Telephone, and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC carried the television network nationwide. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports are offered exclusively as SEC Network+ events on WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com through authenticated access from AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DIRECTV, DISH, Google Fiber, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC.

 

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Molly Qerim Returns to ESPN July 1

First Assignments: SportsNation and Interim Host of First Take

Molly Qerim, who began her career working for ESPN digital media and ESPN Mobile, will rejoin the company Wednesday, July 1.

Her first assignment will be as host of ESPN2’s SportsNation (3-4 p.m. ET) Wednesday, July 1,  and Thursday, July 2 (Michelle Beadle is off). On Monday, July 13, she will begin her role as interim host of ESPN2’s First Take (10 a.m.), moderating debate between Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless.

Qerim was previously an anchor and reporter for the NFL Network, hosting NFL AM and NFL Fantasy Live from 2012 – 2015. Prior to that, she served as an anchor/reporter for CBS Sports Network from 2010 – 2012, focusing primarily on college football and basketball (NCAA Tournament).

Qerim began her career at ESPN in 2006, conducting interviews with athletes and celebrities for ESPN.com and ESPN Mobile. She covered the Super Bowl, the Heisman Trophy presentation, the NBA Draft, the NBA All-Star Game and the MLB All-Star game, providing on-site reporting and interviews.

In 2008, Qerim added television duties, serving as interactive host for College Football Live on ESPN and as the breaking news reporter for Fantasy Football Now on ESPN2.  She was honored with an Emmy for her contribution to the show. Qerim also co-hosted ESPNU’s Campus Connection.

She covered UFC from 2007 – 2013 across various networks, including serving as the original host of MMA Live when it debuted on ESPN.com.

A native of Cheshire, Conn., Qerim graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in business administration. She received a masters’ degree in broadcast journalism from Quinnipiac University.

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