ESPN “All in” from Las Vegas for Mayweather-Pacquiao

ESPN Images will have photos of the network’s studio coverage

  • SportsCenter, First Take, SportsNation, ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Sirius XM’s Stephen A. Smith Show, ESPN Radio LA710 Max & Marcellus in Las Vegas
  • Coverage from Las Vegas on ESPN Deportes’ News and Information Platforms, Semana de Campeones
  • “All-Access” Specials
  • Special Thursday edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights, Noche de Combates
  • Pre- and post-fight Analysis, Stories on ESPN.com, ESPN Deportes.com, ESPN The Magazine

ESPN will present extensive pre- and post-fight coverage across its platforms in English and Spanish of the much- anticipated 12-round welterweight unification title fight between undefeated five-division world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) and eight-division world champion Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs). ESPN’s week-long coverage will begin with SportsCenter live from Las Vegas this Sunday, April 26, at 11 p.m. ET, and culminate with live post-fight coverage and reactions immediately following the bout. In addition, ESPN International will present coverage across its networks in Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean and Pacific Rim and globally on ESPN.com and other digital media platforms. The fight, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, will take place on Saturday, May 2.

Highlights:
Television

SportsCenter
ESPN’s Hannah Storm, Lindsay Czarniak, Stan Verrett, Neil Everett, Steve Levy, Jay Harris, Max Bretos, Robert Flores, and Joe Tessitore will anchor live coverage from Las Vegas throughout fight week, while ESPN boxing analysts Teddy Atlas and Dan Rafael will provide expert insights and analyses. Hall of Fame referee and ESPN analyst Joe Cortez, PTI co-host Michael Wilbon, First Take’s Stephen A. Smith, SportsCenter anchor Kenny Mayne, SportsCenter fan correspondent Reese Waters, ESPN NBA analysts Tim Legler and Chauncey Billups will also contribute to coverage. Reporters Josina Anderson, Bernardo Osuna, and Jeremy Schaap will be on site providing live reports with Osuna covering Pacquiao’s camp and Schaap covering Mayweather’s camp. Additionally, former world champion Bernard Hopkins will serve as a special guest analyst. Celebrity guests will also join SportsCenter throughout the week to pick their winner between Mayweather and Pacquiao.

SportsCenter will originate from various locations, including Drai’s Beach Club, the MGM Grand main pool, MGM Grand Garden Arena, MGM Grand Theatre and MGM Grand Media Tent for pre and post-fight coverage. As part of the “SportsCenter on the Road” initiative, live shows will also come via the “SportsCenter on the Road” bus at the Caesars Palace pool, and Mandalay Bay wave beach pool. The actual boxing ring where Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes fought on October 2, 1980 will be used as part of SportsCenter’s set at the Caesars Palace pool with the SportsCenter desk inside the ring.

SportsCenter throughout the week will include:

  • “All-access” pieces with both fighters;
  • Taped boxing demonstrations with Atlas, in which he demonstrates what each fighter needs to do to win;
  • Taped “Inside the Ring” demonstrations with Cortez will provide demonstrations from the referee’s perspective.
  • Roundtable discussions including various guests.

SportsCenter Specials will include:

  • SportsCenter Special Mayweather-Pacquiao presented by Cricket Wireless- A preview show covering the arrival of Pacquiao and his caravan (Monday, April 27, 8 p.m., ESPN2);
  • SportsCenter Special Mayweather-Pacquiao presented by Cricket Wireless – A preview show covering the fighters Grand Arrivals (Tuesday, April 28, 8 p.m., ESPN);
  • SportsCenter Special–Mayweather-Pacquiao Press Conference presented by Cricket Wireless live (Wednesday, April 29, 4 p.m., ESPN);
  • SportsCenter Special–Mayweather-Pacquiao Weigh-In presented by Cricket Wireless live (Friday, May 1, 5 p.m., ESPN2);
  • SportsCenter Special–Mayweather/Pacquiao Red Carpet presented by Cricket Wireless live (Saturday, May 2, 8 p.m., ESPN);
  • SportsCenter Special–Mayweather/Pacquiao post-match presented by Cricket Wireless live (Saturday, May 2, approx. 12 a.m., ESPN).

#MayweatherWins and #PacquiaoWins
The @SportsCenter Twitter handle will conduct a week-long vote using the hashtags #MayweatherWins and #PacquiaoWins. The winner of the fight, as voted on by the fans, will be revealed late in the week on SportsCenter with a special performance from KÀ by Cirque du Soleil.

Outside the Lines
The April 24 edition of Outside the Lines (2 p.m., ESPN) will feature a story detailing Mayweather’s history with domestic violence and the reaction through the years by boxing officials.

All-Access Specials

  • Mayweather: Behind the Scenes: A 30-minute show created from the seven-plus hours that ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith spent with Mayweather at his home that gives viewers access to Mayweather’s training camp.

    Wednesday, April 29
    —ESPN2
    8 p.m. – Mayweather: Behind the Scenes

    Thursday, April 30—ESPN2
    8:30 p.m. – Mayweather: Behind the Scenes

    Saturday, May 2—ESPN2
    6:30 a.m. – Mayweather: Behind the Scenes

8 a.m. – Mayweather: Behind the Scenes
10 a.m. – Mayweather: Behind the Scenes

Saturday, May 2—ABC
4 p.m. Mayweather: Behind the Scenes

  • Inside Mayweather/Pacquaio: Three, 30-minute SHOWTIME produced shows will air on ESPN2 throughout fight week.

    Wednesday, April 29—ESPN2
    8:30 p.m. – Inside Mayweather/Pacquiao (Episode #1)
    9 p.m. – Inside Mayweather/Pacquiao (Episode #2)

    Thursday, April 30—ESPN2
    8 p.m. – Inside Mayweather/Pacquiao (Episode #3)

    Saturday, May 2—ESPN2
    8:30 a.m. – Inside Mayweather/Pacquiao (Episodes #1 through #3)
    10:30 a.m. – Inside Mayweather/Pacquiao (Episodes #1 through #3)

First Take
ESPN2’s two-hour weekday morning live debate show, First Take (10 a.m-12 p.m.) will emanate poolside from the MGM Grand Wednesday—Friday. Host Cari Champion, and featured commentators Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless will debate Mayweather-Pacquiao and more. In addition, a First Take Special: Mayweather/Pacquiao show will air in prime time on Wednesday April 29, at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Celebrity guests throughout the week are scheduled to include Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx and 50 Cent.

SportsNation
ESPN2’ s SportsNation (weekdays 3-4 p.m.) with Michelle Beadle, Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley, will originate poolside from the MGM Grand Wednesday—Friday. The show will welcome celebrity guests and local Vegas acts as well as feature boxing-themed stunts throughout the show.

Special Thursday Edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates
Two days before Mayweather-Pacquiao, a special Thursday edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and Noche de Combates presentado por Corona Extra will air live April 30, at 9 p.m. on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and via WatchESPN. The show, from the Pearl Theatre at Palms Casino Resort, will be headlined by former world titleholder Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (26-7, 12 KOs) taking on Cecil McCalla (20-1, 7 KOs) in a 10-round junior middleweight bout.

Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will describe the action on ESPN2, while studio host Todd Grisham will be on site providing the latest news on Mayweather-Pacquiao. Pablo Viruega and Delvin Rodríguez will call the fights ringside for Noche de Combates on ESPN Deportes, while Leopoldo González and Claudia Trejos will co-anchor the studio on site. Bilingual reporter Bernardo Osuna will provide live interviews and reports for both shows.

ESPN Classic Boxing Marathon

ESPN Classic will present 26 hours of historic boxing matches, including Mayweather’s first professional fight (televised on Friday Night Fights), beginning Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m.

ESPN Deportes
ESPN’s Spanish-language network, ESPN Deportes, will have extensive news and information coverage throughout fight week from Las Vegas on SportsCenter, Nación ESPN, Cronómetro and more. ESPN Deportes’ David Faitelson, Claudia Trejos, Jorge Eduardo Sanchez, Karina Correa, Alba Galindo, Renato Bermudez, Alvaro Morales, Mauricio Pedroza, Bernardo Osuna, Carlos Nava, Julio Cesar Chavez, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Joe Cortez will be on site providing all the latest news, insight and analysis. Shows will all originate from the MGM Grand with satellite components from around Las Vegas. The network is set to offer approximately 80 hours of programming beginning Sunday, April 26.

Show highlights for the week include:

  • Semana de Campeones (Week of Champions) shows every night throughout fight week:

    • Monday-Wednesday’s one-hour shows will air at 10 p.m. on ESPN Deportes;
    • Thursday’s Semana de Campeones telecast (8 p.m., ESPN Deportes) will lead in to the special edition of Noche de Combates (9 p.m. ESPN Deportes);
    • Friday’s live, two-hour Semana de Campeones show (5:30 p.m., ESPN Deportes), from the MGM Grand Garden Arena will cover the official weigh-in;
    • Saturday’s live, one-hour Semana de Campeones shows, from the Media Center at the MGM Grand Arena, will air prior to the fight (8 p.m., ESPN Deportes) and following the fight ( 2 a.m., ESPN Deportes). Leading up to the pre-show special, live segments and hourly updates will begin at 3 p.m.

Radio

The Herd with Colin Cowherd
ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd (weekdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., ESPN Radio, the ESPN Radio app, espnradio.com, SiriusXM, iTunes Radio, Slacker, TuneIn and simulcast on ESPNU) will broadcast poolside from Mandalay Bay Wednesday-Friday.

The Stephen A. Smith Show and Red Carpet Special with Stephen A. Smith
SirusXM’s The Stephen A. Smith Show (weekdays, 13 p.m.)—produced by ESPN—will broadcast live from radio row at the MGM Grand WednesdayFriday. In addition, Smith will host an afternoon Red Carpet Special that will be broadcast nationally on ESPN Radio from the MGM Grand lobby on Saturday from 12-3 p.m.

Max & Marcellus
ESPN Radio LA710 Max & Marcellus (weekdays 5:45 p.m.–10 p.m./ 2:45 p.m.–7 p.m. PT) with Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley will broadcast live from radio row at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas WednesdayFriday.

Digital and Print

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Coverage of the press conference on Wednesday, April 29, at 4 p.m., and weigh-in on Friday, May 1, at 6 p.m., will be live on ESPN3 via WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One to fans who receive their Internet or video subscription from an affiliated provider.

ESPN.com and ESPNDeportes.com

Highlights:

  • Comprehensive coverage, including pre- and post-fight features, videos, blogs and predictions from ESPN’s Dan Rafael, Brian Campbell, Ray Flores, Tim Keown, Brett Okamoto, Darren Rovell, Pablo Torre, Nigel Collins, Rafe Bartholomew, Charles Pierce, Wally Matthews and ESPN Deportes’ Carlos Nava, Salvador Rodriguez, Carlos Narvaez and Joe Cortez;
  • “Fight Credential,”com’s home page for all Mayweather-Pacquiao coverage, will be updated with features, video, photos and social media from all platforms throughout the week and through the fight.
  • Blog dedicated to the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout with contributions from Rafael, Rovell and others;
  • Special edition of ESPN.com’s original boxing show Making the Rounds, featuring a combination of ESPN, HBO and SHOWTIME talent;
  • Career timelines, which include photo galleries of both Mayweather and Pacquiao;
  • Story with opponents who have fought both Mayweather and Pacquiao;
  • Live fight coverage, featuring commentary from Rafael, Campbell and Okamoto and Rafael’s unofficial scorecard, on ESPN.com’s “Now” feed;
  • Stories highlighting the referee of the fight as well as the judges;
  • ESPN Deportes.com dedicated microsite specific to the Mayweather-Pacquiao title bout;
  • Daily Mayweather-Pacquiao features on ESPNDeportes.com;

Other highlights include:

  • In-depth feature on Pacquiao as an entertainer by Torre;
  • A look at the 10 most-anticipated fights in boxing history by Collins;
  • Animated gifs, done in “Street Fighter” style, showing possible Mayweather-Pacquiao outcomes.

The Undefeated: Pacquiao vs. Mayweather – Life After Death
Amid the glitz surrounding Pacquiao vs. Mayweather, “The Undefeated” – ESPN’s new site on race, sports and urban culture – critically examines the fight and its place in boxing history. Written by Brando Starkey with reporting by Justin Tinsley, the opinion-forming piece will post on www.espn.com on Tuesday, April 28, a foretaste of the in-depth journalism that will be “The Undefeated’s” calling card.

Highlights:

  • Are Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather boxing’s defibrillators, last-gasp instruments trying to shock life into the long-dead sport of boxing?;
  • An in-depth examination of why boxing collapsed;
  • Boxing began its downfall during the first onslaught of integration – a sport that has always been for the desperate and the poor had its talent pipeline gutted in the early 1970s when mainstream colleges began pervasively recruiting poor black kids to play football and basketball;
  • Posits that Pacquiao-Mayweather is another boxing gimmick, no different from 45-year-old Foreman and post-prison Tyson, preying on the nostalgia of fight fans;
  • At 36 and 38 years of age, Pacquiao and Mayweather, respectively, are both well past their primes. This is the movie Grudge Match, a marketing blitz, and with neither fighter on the same level as the all-time greats of yesteryears.

ESPN The Magazine
ESPN The Magazine’s “Fight for Perfection” Issue, scheduled to hit newsstands Friday, May 1, features Floyd Mayweather on the cover, accompanied by a profile written by Tim Keown. The third installment of the Keown on Mayweather series in The Mag [following the Money Issue in 2012 and the Fight Issue in 2013], will focus on Mayweather’s controversial “antics.” The feature, slated to run on ESPN.com Wednesday, April 29 also includes an overall preview of his May 2 bout versus Manny Pacquiao. In addition, the issue will provide an all-access photo story of Pacquiao written by The Mag’s Pablo Torre.

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Enterprise Journalism Release – April 23, 2015

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Floyd Mayweather, Jr.’s Out-of-Ring Issues
Outside the Lines (Friday 2 p.m. ET, Sunday 9 a.m., ESPN)

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Floyd Mayweather, Jr. enters the ring May 2 for his mega-bout with Manny Pacquiao with five convictions for assaults on women. In December of 2011, Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in jail (he served two months) but a judge delayed the sentence to allow him to fight a scheduled bout against Miguel Cotto in May 2012, for which he was guaranteed $45 million.

“To suggest somehow that we should have second guessed that punishment, I don’t think that’s the role that the Nevada State Athletic Commission should be having.” – Pat Lundvall, member of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which voted unanimously to issue Mayweather a boxing license so he could fight Cotto beforeserving his sentence.

“If I really did what they say I did, as far as beating a woman or stomping a woman, I’m Floyd Mayweather, they would have brought pictures out instantly. Still, no pictures, no nothing.” – Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“I don’t like it and I think that Floyd, by and large, has gotten a free ride from the media.” – Thomas Hauser, boxing writer and historian

espnW’s Jane McManus will offer a video commentary on Mayweather’s past domestic violence issues on ESPN.com.

 

Manny Pacquiao: The Roots
SportsCenter (Sunday, 10 a.m., ESPN)

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The May 2 super fight between undefeated Floyd Mayweather (47-0) and Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2) is billed as the richest match in boxing history. However, Las Vegas is a long way from Pacquiao’s hometown in the Philippines, the source of his motivation and the secret behind his relentless pursuit of yet another world title. Reporter Greg Garber visits the island nation for the compelling and largely untold story of how the fighter escaped his turbulent childhood.

“He’s a living legend. He’s a hero. He gives hope. He gives inspiration to everyone, from the rich to the poor. Manny, I think, is the only Filipino I know that can unite a nation. Literally when Manny fights, it’s usually Sunday mornings here — there’s zero crime rate, there’s no traffic — everybody is on a TV.” –Paul Soriano, Filipino filmmaker

“It’s very, very important. And, it’s very meaningful to me to bring this honor to my country. At least, their spirit is alive, they will forget their problems.” –Manny Pacquiao, on what winning will mean to his country

 

Bruce Jenner and Diane Sawyer
20/20: Bruce Jenner – The Interview (Friday, 9-11 p.m., ABC)

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Bruce Jenner’s far-ranging, exclusive interview with ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer airs Friday, April 24 on a special edition of 20/20. The two-hour special, “Bruce Jenner – The Interview” debuts at 9 p.m. ESPN.com will have additional Jenner coverage throughout the weekend

 

Bombing Survivor Rebekah Gregory on Marathon: ‘I Took my Life Back Today’
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Rebekah Gregory was determined to cross the finish line of this year’s Boston Marathon – the spot where she’d almost died two years ago. Amy VanDeusenreports.

 

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

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John Saunders

Mike Lupica

William C. Rhoden

Gene Wojciechowski

*Subject to change

 

National Headliner & Silurians Awards

ESPN received several National Headliner Awards including Outside the Lineshonors in the news magazine and health/science categories, traditionally dominated by non-sports networks (last year’s awards went to CNN, 60 Minutes, CNBC and Al Jazeera). The national Headliner Awards, founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City, recognize journalistic merit in the communications industry by honoring the best journalism in newspapers, photography, radio, television and online.

The Society of Silurians, an organization of veteran journalists founded in 1924, also honored ESPN with Excellence in Journalism awards, recognizing reporting in/about the New York City area. ESPN medallion winners were Outside the Lines: Tragic State report on boxer Magomed Abdusalamov (Television Feature News) and theOutside the Lines and The Sporting LifeRoberts Rules portrait of Michele Roberts, new head of the NBA players union (Radio news Feature).

 

THE 23RD ANNUAL LIVE TELEVISION PREMIERE OF THE ESPYS MOVES TO ABC ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 15

The ABC Television Network and ESPN announced The 2015 ESPYS Presented by Capital One will move to ABC and broadcast live on Wednesday, July 15, from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The celebration of the best moments from the year in sports kicks off with SportsCenter at The ESPYS and The ESPYS Countdown Show Presented by Capital One airing from 6-7 p.m. ET and 7-8 p.m. ET, respectively, on ESPN prior to the start of the awards. The ESPYS are executive produced by Maura Mandt and MaggieVision Productions.

The award show gathers top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The ESPYS raise more than $1 million annually for The V Foundation, the charity founded by ESPN and the late basketball coach Jim Valvano to promote cancer research.

“Our goal with The ESPYS each year is to celebrate the year in sports while showcasing inspiring human stories through our three pillar awards – the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and the Pat Tillman Award for Service,” said Connor Schell, vice president, ESPN Films and Original Entertainment, who oversees The ESPYS. “We are thrilled to broadcast this year’s ESPYS on ABC.”

The ESPYS attracts celebrities from the movie, television, sport and music industries. This is an opportunity to celebrate the playmakers and share in the emotional connection they have with their favorite sports on the network that is their home away from home,” said Robert Mills, Senior Vice President, Alternative Series, Specials & Late Night Programming, ABC Entertainment. “We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the show than to offer it a larger landscape for more people to participate in the celebration.”

The application site for media credentials for The 2015 ESPYS will open in early June. Tickets will be available for public purchase at AXS.com. For additional ESPYS news and information, please follow the official Twitter handle: @ESPYS.

The ESPYS

The ESPYS gather top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The 2015 ESPYS will recognize both sport-specific achievements, such as “Best MLB Player” and “Best WNBA Player,” and best-in-sport winners, such as “Best Team” or “Best Female Athlete” that pit nominees from different sports against each other. The ESPYS support ESPN’s ongoing commitment to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, launched by ESPN with the late Jim Valvano in 1993.

ESPN Media Relations:

Jay Jay Nesheim (646) 547-5839; jayjay.nesheim@espn.com

ABC Media Relations:

Nicole Marostica (818) 460-6783; nicole.y.marostica@abc.com

College Football: Seven Big Ten Home Games for Prime Time Telecasts in 2015

Three games involving college football’s defending national champions Ohio State highlight ESPN’s seven Big Ten Conference controlled prime-time telecasts for ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 during the 2015 season. The lineup will feature seven Big Ten teams overall, including Michigan State – No. 7 in an early ESPN.com preseason top 25 for 2015 with Ohio State ranked No. 1 – twice, Minnesota three times, and Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers once each.

Highlights:

  • A Big Ten venue will be featured in at least one Saturday night matchup on an ESPN platform over four consecutive weeks from October 17 to November 7. Ohio State will host matchups against Penn State (October 17) and Minnesota (November 7) and visit Rutgers (October 24).
  • The lineup will include two September contests, both with a Big Ten program hosting a team in the top six of the ESPN.com top 25:
    • 2 TCU, returning 10 starters to a high-profiled offense that led the Horned Frogs to a 12-1 record in 2014, at Minnesota in a Thursday night game September 3 at 9 p.m.
    • 6 Oregon – Ohio State’s opponent in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship last season – at a No. 7 Michigan State program that only lost to Oregon (46-27) and Ohio State (49-37) in 2014 on Saturday, Sept. 12.
  • A Halloween telecast will pit Jim Harbaugh leading his Michigan Wolverines against Minnesota in a matchup for the Little Brown Jug, captured by the Gophers for only the second time in 24 seasons last year.
  • ESPN platforms will televise two games on November 7, both involving a team in the ESPN.com top seven: No. 1 Ohio State against Minnesota and No. 7 Michigan State at Nebraska, led by coach Mike Riley who joined the Huskers after 12 seasons as head coach at Oregon State.

2015 Big Ten Schedule (as of April 23)

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Sep 3 9 p.m. No. 2 TCU at Minnesota ESPN
Sat, Sep 12 8 p.m. No. 6 Oregon at No. 7 Michigan State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 17 8 p.m. Penn State at No. 1 Ohio State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 24 8 p.m. No. 1 Ohio State at Rutgers ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 31 8 p.m. Michigan at Minnesota ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Nov 7 7 or 8 p.m. Minnesota at No. 1 Ohio State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
  7 or 8 p.m. No. 7 Michigan State at Nebraska ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

 

In addition to three games against Big Ten foes, ESPN will televise Ohio State’s visit to Blacksburg for the Labor Day showdown against Virginia Tech on Monday, Sept. 7. The Hokies were the only team to defeat Ohio State last year, beating the Buckeyes 35-21 in the second week of the season.

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College Football: Seven Big Ten Home Games for Prime Time Telecasts in 2015

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Three games involving college football’s defending national champions Ohio State highlight ESPN’s seven Big Ten Conference controlled prime-time telecasts for ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 during the 2015 season. The lineup will feature seven Big Ten teams overall, including Michigan State – No. 7 in an early ESPN.com preseason top 25 for 2015 with Ohio State ranked No. 1 – twice, Minnesota three times, and Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers once each.

Highlights:

  • A Big Ten venue will be featured in at least one Saturday night matchup on an ESPN platform over four consecutive weeks from October 17 to November 7. Ohio State will host matchups against Penn State (October 17) and Minnesota (November 7) and visit Rutgers (October 24).
  • The lineup will include two September contests, both with a Big Ten program hosting a team in the top six of the ESPN.com top 25:
    • 2 TCU, returning 10 starters to a high-profiled offense that led the Horned Frogs to a 12-1 record in 2014, at Minnesota in a Thursday night game September 3 at 9 p.m.
    • 6 Oregon – Ohio State’s opponent in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship last season – at a No. 7 Michigan State program that only lost to Oregon (46-27) and Ohio State (49-37) in 2014 on Saturday, Sept. 12.
  • A Halloween telecast will pit Jim Harbaugh leading his Michigan Wolverines against Minnesota in a matchup for the Little Brown Jug, captured by the Gophers for only the second time in 24 seasons last year.
  • ESPN platforms will televise two games on November 7, both involving a team in the ESPN.com top seven: No. 1 Ohio State against Minnesota and No. 7 Michigan State at Nebraska, led by coach Mike Riley who joined the Huskers after 12 seasons as head coach at Oregon State.

2015 Big Ten Schedule (as of April 23)

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Sep 3 9 p.m. No. 2 TCU at Minnesota ESPN
Sat, Sep 12 8 p.m. No. 6 Oregon at No. 7 Michigan State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 17 8 p.m. Penn State at No. 1 Ohio State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 24 8 p.m. No. 1 Ohio State at Rutgers ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 31 8 p.m. Michigan at Minnesota ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Nov 7 7 or 8 p.m. Minnesota at No. 1 Ohio State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
  7 or 8 p.m. No. 7 Michigan State at Nebraska ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

In addition to three games against Big Ten foes, ESPN will televise Ohio State’s visit to Blacksburg for the Labor Day showdown against Virginia Tech on Monday, Sept. 7. The Hokies were the only team to defeat Ohio State last year, beating the Buckeyes 35-21 in the second week of the season.

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ESPN Expands Coverage for New Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships Format

More than 35 Hours of Coverage; 12 Hours Televised on ESPN Networks

ESPN will expand coverage of the Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships Presented by Northwestern Mutual in conjunction with the new format adopted by the NCAA Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet earlier this year. The four-day championships will feature 12 hours of television (ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU) and an additional 25 hours on ESPN3, a significant increase from the previous format which included 11 total hours of coverage.

“ESPN fully supports the NCAA’s decision to adopt the new format,” said ESPN director of programming and acquisitions Brent Colborne. “Every event of the championship – including decathlon, heptathlon and all track and field events – will be covered live for the first time, which is great for the sport and its fans.”

Television coverage will be anchored by Dwight Stones, Larry Rawson and Jill Montgomery. ESPN3 will feature ESPN3 Surround all four days, providing additional camera coverage, with an emphasis on field events.

“We will cover the men’s and women’s championships from one location with a heightened focus on the team scoring and individual participants,” added Colborne. “The new format allows for deeper coverage of the student-athletes and the storylines.”

2015 Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships Schedule

Date Time (ET) Network Details
Wed, June 10 7– 10:30 p.m. ESPNU Men’s Semifinals
2– 10:45 p.m. ESPN3
Thu, June 11 7– 10:30 p.m. ESPNU Women’s Semifinals
1 – 10:45 p.m. ESPN3
Fri, June 12 7:30 – 10 p.m. ESPN Men’s Championships
7– 10:15 p.m. ESPN3
Sat, June 13 5 – 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 Women’s Championships
4:30 – 7:45 p.m. ESPN3

 

The 2015 Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship will also be available internationally in Brazil, Latin American, the Caribbean and Pacific Rim.

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

ESPN’s Presentation of the 2015 NFL Draft

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Round One Again Televised with Limited Commercial Interruption
Live Editions of SportsCenter from Chicago on Thursday and Friday

ESPN will televise the 2015 NFL Draft from Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, Thursday, April 30 – Saturday, May 2. Prime-time coverage of Round 1 (Thursday, 8 p.m. ET) will again be presented with limited commercial interruption. Production highlights for ESPN’s 36th NFL Draft telecast:

  • 325 player highlight packages;
  • 50 different player personality bumps;
  • 25 specialty technical breakdowns with analysis from Jon Gruden, Ray Lewis and Todd McShay;
  • 27 cameras, including two RF handheld cameras, two RF steadicams, and five jib cameras;
  • 20 player live shots;
  • HD Videoconferencing from all 32 team sites; and
  • Legendary Chicago artist Curtis Mayfield’s Move on Up, performed by the soul/R&B duo LION BABE, will provide the soundtrack for the draft telecast.

ESPN NFL Draft Commentators

  • Thursday (Round 1): Chris Berman (covering his 35th draft) hosts with NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. (his 32nd), Super Bowl winning head coach and Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden, two-time Super Bowl champion Ray Lewis, NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter and NFL Insiders host Suzy Kolber.
  • Friday (Rounds 2-3): NFL Live’s Trey Wingo hosts with Super Bowl-winning quarterback Trent Dilfer, NFL Draft analysts Kiper and Todd McShay, Mortensen, Schefter and Kolber.
  • Saturday (Rounds 4-7): Wingo hosts with Kiper, McShay, six-time NFL Executive of the Year and 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Bill Polian, Mortensen and Schefter.
  • ESPN bureau reporters will provide updates on two of the top prospects in the draft and from NFL team sites: Florida State’s Jameis Winston in Alabama (Tom Rinaldi), Oregon’s Marcus Mariota in Hawaii (Shelley Smith), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Ed Werder), Tennessee Titans (Bob Holtzman), New York Jets (Josina Anderson), St. Louis Rams (Britt McHenry), Cleveland Browns (Jeremy Fowler), San Diego Chargers (Jim Trotter) and Philadelphia Eagles (Sal Paolantonio). Commentator Release.

ESPN NFL Draft TV schedule (April 30-May 2):

Date Time (ET) Show Network
Thu, Apr 30 2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN
  3:30-4:30 p.m. NFL Live Presented by NAPA ESPN
  7-8 p.m. SportsCenter Special Presented by Golden Corral: Draft Countdown ESPN
  8-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Round 1) ESPN
Fri, May 1 2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN
3:30-4:30 p.m. NFL Live Presented by NAPA ESPN
  7-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Rounds 2-3) ESPN2
Sat, May 2 12-8 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Rounds 4-7) ESPN

*Schedule subject to change.     

In all, ESPN will present 42 hours of NFL Draft-related programming from April 27-May 3, including 16 hours of the live NFL Draft telecast; episodes of Draft Academy and Gruden’s QB Camp, SportsCenter Specials, and editions of NFL Live and NFL Insiders, which will be televised live from Chicago April 30 and May 1. Live editions of SportsCenter will also originate from the NFL Draft for the first time with anchors John Anderson, Jay Crawford, Lindsay Czarniak, Steve Levy and Chris McKendry in Chicago on Thursday and Friday. More NFL Draft-related coverage includes:

ESPN Radio
ESPN Radio will broadcast the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 30 (7 p.m. ET), and Friday, May 1 (6:30 p.m.) with host Dari Nowkhah, NFL analyst Louis Riddick and NFL Insider John Clayton. Freddie Coleman will host post-draft coverage Thursday and Friday at 11:30 p.m.

Mike & Mike, hosted by Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, will broadcast live from Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and the Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place on April 30 and May 1. Doors will open at 4 a.m. CT for fans to watch the show and gain free access to the museum during both broadcasts. In Chicago, the show can be heard on ESPN Chicago 1000AM. Mike & Mike airs from 6-10 a.m. ET weekdays on ESPN Radio, espnradio.com, ESPN Radio app, SiriusXM Channel 83, Apple iTunes, Slacker Radio, TuneIn and is simulcast on ESPN2.

ESPN Chicago 1000
Throughout the week of April 27, ESPN Chicago 1000AM will offer in-depth analysis leading up to and reviewing day one of the NFL Draft across all talk shows, featuring live interviews with many ESPN and NFL-related guests. Comedian Frank Caliendo will put on a special performance exclusively for ESPN Chicago listeners. Details:

  • On Monday, April 27, Waddle & Silvy (Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman, 2-6 p.m. CT) will host an NFL Draft Roundtable with ESPN reporters Adam Schefter and John Clayton. The discussion will be held downtown and is open to the public.
  • On Tuesday, April 28, from 7-9 p.m. CT, Carmen DeFalco (co-host of Carmen & Jurko) will host a “Draft Chat” with ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski.
  • On Wednesday, April 29, ESPN Chicago 1000 will host a private concert for ESPN Radio listeners starring Frank Caliendo. Listeners can win free tickets; tune in for details.
  • On Thursday, April 30, and Friday, May 1, Carmen & Jurko (Carmen DeFalco and John Jurkovic, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. CT) and Waddle & Silvy will broadcast live from the Auditorium Theatre, site of the NFL Draft.

ESPN International
ESPN International will offer television coverage of the NFL Draft to more than 31 million households in 49 countries and territories throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, and Canada (on TSN). Round 1 will be simulcast in Mexico and Central America via the ESPN Play broadband offering while Rounds 1 and 2 will simulcast in Brazil via the WatchESPN broadband offering.

ESPNU
ESPNU will air encore presentations of college games highlighting some of this year’s top prospects, beginning Tuesday, April 28. Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Show
Tue, Apr 28 4 a.m. College Football All-Star Game
Thu, Apr 30 1 a.m. 2015 Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Florida State (Marcus Mariota/Jameis Winston)
  7 a.m. Kansas State vs. Baylor (Bryce Petty)
  5 p.m. College Football All-Star Game
Fri, May 1 1 a.m. Auburn vs. Alabama (Amari Cooper)
  4 a.m. Nebraska vs. Wisconsin (Melvin Gordon/Ameer Abdullah)
7 a.m. Tennessee vs. Georgia (Todd Gurley)

ESPN.com
ESPN.com will provide unprecedented, wall-to-wall coverage of the draft, prominently featuring all NFL Nation team reporters as well as NFL senior writer John Clayton and NFL Nation writer Kevin Seifert. Planned highlights for the three-day draft in Chicago:

  • DraftCast and Draft Tracker, offering pick-by-pick data and analysis from Scouts Inc. and video on all 256 prospects in real time;
  • NFL Nation reporters’ reaction on all picks and team-specific analysis all three days of the draft, including comprehensive team wrap-ups;
  • Daily analysis of Round 1, Rounds 2-3 and Rounds 4-7 from Seifert, and a draft wrap-up from Clayton;
  • Todd McShay’s Round 1 analysis of best picks; and
  • Mel Kiper Jr. shares his best available players and team-by-team grades.

Highlights of pre-draft coverage:

  • Profiles on quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, Todd Gurley and others;
  • Gruden’s QB Camp video profiles and scouting reports on prominent draft prospects;
  • Kiper’s top 50 value picks of the past 25 years, with further analysis by Seifert;
  • Kiper’s evaluation of top needs for every team;
  • Final mock drafts from Kiper and McShay; plus, an NFL Nation mock draft;
  • McShay’s top 300 prospects list and Kiper’s top 100 list;
  • Jeff Legwold’s analysis of what every team would do with the No. 1 pick; and
  • After the draft, Jeffri Chadiha will preview the Class of 2016 quarterbacks.

ESPN Insider
ESPN Insider members will experience complete and premium access to the 2015 NFL Draft covered from every angle. Comprehensive coverage leading up to and throughout all three days of the draft includes analysis and insight from experts Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, Bill Polian, Adam Schefter, Mike Sando, Louis Riddick, Mark Dominik, Scouts Inc. and others, including several mock drafts from Kiper and McShay. At the conclusion of the NFL Draft, Kiper will release his annual Draft Grades, a must-read for fans anticipating their teams’ newest additions. McShay will also weigh in with his take on the best individual picks and overall classes of 2015, and look ahead to the next draft season with his 2016 Mock Draft. Additional Insider-only features and tools include:

  • Kiper and McShay’s Joint Mock Draft – the ESPN experts pick against each other, making the selections they would choose if they were in charge of the NFL teams, as part of a TV special;
  • Kiper’s “Draft Report” – previously only available in his annual “Draft Report”, Kiper’s insights are available exclusively on Insider, including his top 100 prospects heading into the draft and his thoughts on the biggest draft needs for all 32 NFL teams;
  • Gruden’s QB Camp – articles featuring the coach’s thoughts on this year’s most compelling quarterback prospects, plus video from his interviews with each;
  • Kiper and McShay’s prospect rankings and team draft needs – covering the top players by positions and biggest areas of weakness on every NFL team’s roster;
  • Draft Guides for all 32 teams – Insider’s analytics and scouting experts team up with our 32 NFL Nation reporters to identify the top roster needs and prospect targets for every team, offering predictions on how draft night will play out for each fan base; and
  • “Your draft class” pages for every team – A collection of Insider’s expert analysis on every pick and every draft class, including video highlights on every player drafted.

ESPN3 and WatchESPN
An encore presentation of Florida State Pro Day is available on WatchESPN and replays of Clemson, Duke and Stanford Pro Days are available via ESPN3. Additionally, live coverage of the NFL Draft on ESPN will be accessible via WatchESPN online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One for fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider.

ESPN The Magazine
ESPN The Magazine’s NFL Draft issue, now on newsstands, features a cover story on Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. In “Ticking Time Bomb or QB Savant,” The Mag’s Kurt Streeter provides readers an all-access pass to the draft’s most polarizing player—and arguably the most controversial potential No. 1 pick ever—as he navigates the draft’s unforgiving evaluation process. The Mag tries to answer the question: Who is Jameis Winston? Additional issue highlights:

  • A Marcus Mariota profile (“Separating the Player from the System”): The Mag takes a look at the tape of the Heisman Trophy winner who set all sorts of school records at Oregon, and speaks with college and NFL scouts, executives and coaches as a means of showing the true transition that Mariota faces at the next level. By Mike Sando
  • “Kings for a Day,” an annual project spotlighting mid-round draft prospects, features a trio of quarterbacks – UCLA’s Brett Hundley, Alabama’s Blake Sims and Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson. By Morty Ain
  • A Round 1 mock draft with ESPN experts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr., who size up all 32 picks.

ESPN Marketing
The new integrated brand campaign “Now We Draft” celebrates some of the finest moments from this past season and highlights the unmatched insight fans get on this year’s NFL Draft prospects from Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, Jon Gruden and other ESPN experts. The two 30-second spots from the campaign, titled “Players” and “Fans,” are voiced by renowned actor and Academy Award winner J. K. Simmons. “Players” features several of the top prospects in this year’s draft, including Amari Cooper, Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley, Marcus Mariota, Shane Ray, Leonard Williams and Jameis Winston. The “Now We Draft” campaign was developed by ESPN’s in-house marketing team.

ESPN Social Media
ESPN’s social media initiatives surrounding the NFL Draft include custom hashtags for each team (i.e. #NYJpick), custom images of each player drafted in the first round with their new team, and live behind-the-scenes images of the NFL Draft and Draft Town in Chicago. Fans are invited to follow the action on Twitter (@ESPNNFL), Facebook (NFL on ESPN) and Instagram (@ESPNNFL).

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ABC & ESPN Combine to Televise Seven NBA Playoff Games This Weekend

  • LeBron James, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Chris Paul, Anthony Davis, Plus the Defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs in Action
  • Head Coaches & ESPN NBA Analysts Jeff Van Gundy, Hubie Brown, Doug Collins, Mark Jackson, P.J. Carlesimo Providing Coverage

 ABC and ESPN will combine to televise seven NBA playoff games this weekend – Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26. The schedule with commentator information is below:

 Friday, April 24 on ESPN/ESPN2

The Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki will host the Houston Rockets and James Harden in Game 3 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Mike Tirico, the legendary Basketball Hall of Famer Hubie Brown and reporter Heather Cox will provide commentary.

Concurrently, ESPN2 will televise the Washington Wizards and John Wall as they host the Toronto Raptors and Kyle Lowry in Game 3, beginning at 8 p.m. Mark Jones, analyst Doris Burke and reporter J.A. Adande will have the call.  In the nightcap at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN, Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Lisa Salters will cover the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan’s Game 3 match-up with the Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul. All ESPN/ESPN2 games are also available via WatchESPN.

Saturday, April 25 on ESPN

ESPN will televise a prime-time doubleheader beginning at 8 p.m. as the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry visit the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis in Game 3. Dave Pasch, analyst Jon Barry and reporter Israel Gutierrez will call the action. The game will also be available on ESPN Radio. At 10:30 p.m., the Portland Trail Blazers and LaMarcus Aldridge will host the Memphis Grizzlies and Marc Gasol in Game 4 with Ryan Ruocco, analyst P.J. Carlesimo and reporter Chris Broussard.

Sunday, April 26 on ABC

NBA Countdown will tip off ABC’s NBA Playoffs coverage at 12 p.m. with host Sage Steele and analysts Doug Collins and Jalen Rose. At 1 p.m., the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James will visit the Boston Celtics and Isaiah Thomas in Game 4. The commentators will be Mike Tirico, analyst Hubie Brown and reporter Heather Cox. At 3:30 p.m., the Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul will visit the San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan in Game 4. Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Lisa Salters will have the call. This match-up will also be available on ESPN Radio.

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

Gianina Thompson at 860-766-7022 or gianina.thompson@espn.com (@Gianina_Thompson).

ESPN Radio at the 2015 NFL Draft

ESPN Radio will broadcast the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 30 (coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET), and Friday, May 1 (coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m.) with host Dari Nowkhah, NFL analyst Louis Riddick and NFL Insider John Clayton. Freddie Coleman will host post-draft coverage alongside NFL Insider Adam Kaplan on Thursday and Friday at 11:30 p.m.

Also, ESPN Radio’s weekday morning show Mike & Mike will broadcast live from 6 – 10 a.m. from Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and the Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place on April 30 and May 1. Hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg will be joined by former NFL wide receiver and ESPN analyst Cris Carter for both shows from 8 – 10 a.m.

Doors will open at 4 a.m. CT for fans to watch the show and gain free access to the museum during both broadcasts. In Chicago, the show can be heard on ESPN Chicago 1000.

In addition to terrestrial stations, ESPN Radio can be listened to via ESPNRadio.com, ESPN Radio app, SiriusXM Channel 83, Apple iTunes, Slacker Radio, TuneIn and is simulcast on ESPN2.

ESPN Radio Draft-Related Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Show
Thu, Apr 30 6 a.m. Mike & Mike
  7 p.m. NFL Draft
  11:30 p.m. The Freddie Coleman Show (Post-Draft Coverage)
Fri, May 1 6 a.m. Mike & Mike
  6:30 p.m. NFL Draft
  11:30 p.m. The Freddie Coleman Show (Post-Draft Coverage)
Sat, May 2 8 a.m. Dari & Mel
Sun, May 3 Noon Rothenberg & Weatherford

 

ESPN Chicago 1000

Throughout the week of April 27, ESPN Chicago 1000 will offer in-depth analysis leading up to and reviewing Day One of the NFL Draft across all talk shows, featuring live interviews with several ESPN and NFL-related guests.  Comedian Frank Caliendo will put on a special performance specifically for ESPN Chicago listeners.  Highlights:

  • On Monday, April 27, from 2 – 6 p.m. CT, Waddle & Slivy (with Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman) will host an NFL Draft roundtable with ESPN reporters Adam Schefter and John Clayton live from Public House Chicago. Schefter and Clayton will join from 5 – 6 p.m. CT.
  • On Tuesday, April 28, Carmen DeFalco, co-host of Carmen & Jurko, will host a “Draft Chat,” from 7 – 9 p.m. CT.
  • On Wednesday, April 29, ESPN Chicago 1000 will host an exclusive event starring Caliendo. Listeners must tune-in to win free tickets.
  • On Thursday, April 30, and Friday, May 1, Carmen and Jurko (10 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT) – hosted by DeFalco and John Jurkovic — and Waddle & Slivy will broadcast live from the site of the NFL Draft, the Auditorium Theater. Later Thursday, ESPN Chicago 1000 will present the Miller Draft Viewing Party with Carmen and Jurko at Square Celt, from 7 – 9 p.m. CT.

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ESPN NFL Draft Programming Update

ESPN NFL Draft-Related SportsCenter Specials
ESPN will present more than 10 original hours of SportsCenter Specials leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft. SportsCenter Specials begin today with You’ve Got Mel & Todd at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Fans are invited to submit questions via Twitter using the hashtag #AskMelandTodd. Schedule:

 Date Time (ET) Program Network
Wed, Apr 22 7-8 p.m. SportsCenter Special: You’ve Got Mel & Todd
Trey Wingo, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay
ESPN2
Thurs, Apr 23 6-7:30 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Mel & Todd’s Mock Draft
Wingo, Kiper, McShay, Bill Polian and Louis Riddick
ESPN2
Fri, Apr 24 6-7 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Stock Up/Stock Down
Jade McCarthy, Kiper, McShay, Phil Savage and Field Yates
ESPN2
Mon, Apr 27 1-2:30 p.m. SportsCenter Special: NFL Nation Mock Draft
Wingo, McShay, Polian and NFL Nation reporters
ESPN
Tues, Apr 28 1:30-2:30 p.m. SportsCenter Special: GMs Roundtable
Wingo, Polian, Savage and Mark Dominik
ESPN
  9-10 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Gruden & Kiper’s Draft Preview
Jon Gruden and Kiper
ESPN
Wed, Apr 29 1-2 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Draft Room Simulation
Wingo, McShay, Polian, Savage and Dominik
ESPN
Sun, May 3 7-9 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Draft Grades
Wendi Nix, McShay, Kiper, Tedy Bruschi and Herm Edwards
ESPN2

*Schedule subject to change.     

 

ESPN Conference Call Transcript: Jon Gruden on QB Camp Series and NFL Draft Prospects
ESPN conducted a media conference call on Tuesday with Monday Night Football’s Jon Gruden to discuss his Gruden’s QB Camp series and ESPN’s 2015 NFL Draft coverage. Gruden will provide analysis on the main set the opening night, April 30, in prime time. Full audio replay. Full transcript. (Gruden’s QB Camp TV schedule and photos).

Additionally, audio replays for recent media conference calls with NFL Draft analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. are available via the PodCenter page on ESPN.com.

 

ESPN’s Draft Academy, Gruden’s QB Camp Continue
The sixth season of Gruden’s QB Camp and season two of Draft Academy continue, highlighting top prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft: Florida State’s Jameis Winston, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson, UCLA’s Brett Hundley, Baylor’s Bryce Petty (#GrudenQBCamp) and Winston, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, Georgia’s Todd Gurley, Missouri’s Shane Ray, Ohio State’s Devin Smith and North Dakota State’s John Crockett (#DraftAcademy). Series schedules: Gruden’s QB Camp and Draft Academy. Photos of Mariota, Petty and Winston are available via ESPN Images.

 

Top NFL Draft Prospects Appear as Guests on ESPN TV, Radio Shows During #ESPNDraftWeek
Wide receivers Amari Cooper (Alabama) and Kevin White (West Virginia) and defensive ends Leonard Williams (USC), Dante Fowler Jr. (Florida) and Shane Ray (Missouri) – five top prospects in this year’s NFL Draft – are visiting ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., campus this week, appearing as guests on ESPN TV and radio shows. Ray is also featured in the second season of Draft Academy (Tuesdays, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN). Photos are available via ESPN Images.

 

ESPN’s Presentation of the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago
ESPN will present the 2015 NFL Draft – its 36th consecutive year televising the event – April 30-May 2 from the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, as the draft makes its Windy City debut. The first two days will air in prime time, and the first hour of Round 1 coverage will again air with limited commercial interruption. Commentator assignments. Photos from last year’s event. Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Show Network
Thu, Apr 30 2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN
  3:30-4:30 p.m. NFL Live Presented by NAPA ESPN
  7-8 p.m. SportsCenter Special Presented by Golden Corral: Draft Countdown ESPN
  8-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Round 1) ESPN
Fri, May 1 2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN
3:30-4:30 p.m. NFL Live Presented by NAPA ESPN
  7-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Rounds 2-3) ESPN2
Sat, May 2 12-8 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Rounds 4-7) ESPN

*Schedule subject to change.     

 

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