A special prime-time edition of First Take will air on ESPN tomorrow (Tuesday), Oct.18, at 9:30 p.m. ET, leading into the LA Clippers vs. Sacramento Kings preseason NBA game. First Take: NBA Preview Show, a 30-minute program, will feature the same debate format as the daily First Take show, with topics relating to the NBA season. Seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady will be one of the guests on the show.
On Monday, October 17, Jorge Pérez-Navarro joins ESPN Deportes, as play-by-play commentator for a variety of soccer events, on ESPN Deportes Radio and ESPN Deportes TV, making regular appearances on Jorge Ramos y Su Banda.
ESPN will provide unprecedented coverage of the last two match days of the 2016 Major League Soccer regular season beginning Sunday, Oct. 16, with back-to-back telecasts of Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC at 3 p.m. ET and MLS Cup reigning champions Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids at 5:15 p.m. The matches on Major League Soccer’s “Final Push to the Playoffs” will also be carried on ESPN Deportes and streamed on WatchESPN.
Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals host the New York Jets on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on October 17 at 8:15 p.m. Sean McDonough will call the game from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., with analyst and Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden and sideline reporter Lisa Salters. Jets-Cardinals will also be available in Spanish on ESPN Deportes and on WatchESPN for fans with video subscriptions from affiliated providers.
GEICO has been named title sponsor of the State Champions Bowl Series. For the second time since 2014, this unique event will allow high school football champions from different states to play against each other in post-season bowl games to be televised live on ESPNU.
For the first time, SEC Network will have a full set on site at SEC Basketball Media Days. The Paul Finebaum Show and SEC Now are live both days – October 19 and 20 – with a total of 16 hours of coverage for the men’s and women’s basketball preview event.
ESPN to Carry NCAA Division I Ice Hockey Championship and Regular Season Games in 2016-17
ESPN’s 2016-17 men’s college basketball schedule – approximately 1,100 exclusive games across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, SEC Network and Longhorn Network – will deliver the industry’s most extensive package of game and studio coverage.
FiveThirtyEight is launching the first episode of “Ahead of Their Time,” a new limited mini-series of sports audio documentaries about the athletes and coaches who weren’t appreciated in their era, but who, when examined through the lens of modern analytics, can be better appreciated.
Tampa Bay Rays’ ace Chris Archer will join ESPN’s Baseball Tonight as a guest analyst for on-site, pre-game and post-game shows during the 2016 MLB World Series. Baseball Tonight presented by Chevrolet at the World Series will generally air at 7 p.m. ET and either midnight or 1 a.m. on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.