Time and Network for ESPN’s 2014 Season-Opening Neutral Site College Football Schedule

espn-cfbESPN has finalized its telecast schedule for five neutral site college football matchups that will open the 2014 season. The lineup will showcase five teams ranked in an early ESPN.com preseason top 25 poll for 2014 on Saturday, Aug. 30: an ABC doubleheader involving No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Alabama, No. 14 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 LSU on ESPN, and No. 24 Central Florida from Dublin, Ireland on ESPN2. Additional games will be announced in the coming months. Highlights:

  • ESPN and ABC will combine to televise both Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game matchups from Atlanta beginning with Boise State vs. Ole Miss on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. The second game in three days will pit West Virginia vs. No. 2 Alabama on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 3:30 p.m. on ABC and ESPN2. Both games will mark the first meeting between the teams. West Virginia will play in its first Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game while Alabama will make its fourth appearance, winning their previous three.
  • The weekly Saturday Night Football series on ABC will open the season with defending National Champion No. 1 Florida State against Oklahoma State in the Cowboys Classic from Arlington, Texas at 8 p.m. on August 30.  It will mark the fifth meeting between the schools and the first since the 1985 Gator Bowl.
  • ESPN will showcase a Big Ten vs. SEC contest pitting No. 14 Wisconsin against No. 13 LSU in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff from Houston on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 9 p.m. LSU won the only two previous games against Wisconsin (1971 and 1972).
  • ESPN2 will televise Penn State vs. No. 24 Central Florida in the Croke Park Classic from Dublin, Ireland on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 8:30 a.m.

ESPN’s industry-leading game and studio coverage will begin with the first televised game (Sam Houston State at Eastern Washington in the new FCS Kickoff on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN) and conclude with the new College Football Playoff Championship Game from Arlington, Texas (Monday, Jan. 12 on ESPN).

2014 Neutral Site Schedule (as of April 16)

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Aug 28 8 p.m. Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game: Boise State vs. Ole Miss ESPN
Sat, Aug 30 8:30 a.m. 2014 Croke Park Classic: Penn State vs. No. 24 Central Florida * ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game: West Virginia vs. No. 2 Alabama ABC and ESPN2
  8 p.m. Cowboys Classic: No. 1 Florida State vs. Oklahoma State ABC
  9 p.m. AdvoCare Texas Kickoff: No. 14 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 LSU ESPN

* Previously announced

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NFL Network & NFL.com Programming Notes — April 14-20

NFL_Network_2012_LogoNFL NETWORK & NFL.COM PROGRAMMING NOTES (4/14 – 4/20)

  • NFL Network Shows & Scheduled Guests

·         Caught in the Draft – Wednesday, April 16 at 9:00 PM ET

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: This week’s episode – 1974: The Future is Now

·         Game Changers – Tuesday, April 15 at 9:00 PM ET

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner with quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater, A.J. McCarron, Tajh Boyd & David Fales at 9:00 PM ET

·         NFL AM

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Giants P Steve Weatherford in-studio guest analyst Monday & Tuesday; Seahawks FB Michael Robinson in-studio guest analyst Wednesday & Thursday

·         NFL Total Access
      SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Eagles S Malcolm Jenkins in-studio guest analyst Monday – Wednesday

·         Path to the Draft – Airs Monday – Friday at 7:00 PM ET

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Former Fresno State QB Derek Carr in-studio Tuesday, April 15; former University of Washington QB Keith Price in-studio Friday, April 18

·         Conference Call with NFL Network Analysts Charles Davis & Daniel Jeremiah – Thursday, April 17 at 1:45 PM ET

·         On the Clock – Thursday, April 17 at 8:00 PM ET During NFL Total Access

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: On the Clock Visits with Sammy Watkins and his family

·         NFL Network’s Day-by-Day Programming

  • NFL.com Content

·         NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock’s Top 5 Prospects by Position List

·         NFL.com/Live: Mock Draft Weekly Presented by Verizon – Thursdays at 5:30 PM ET on NFL.com & 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network

·         NFL.com Editorial Content

PODCAST GUESTS: Marlon Wayans, Colin Hanks, Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks on The Rich Eisen Podcast; former Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr on the College Football 24/7 Podcast

 

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Caught in the Draft – Wednesday, April 16 at 9:00 PM ET

Before the 2014 NFL Draft kicks off, NFL Network provides a comprehensive look back at the past 50 years of the NFL Draft with a new, NFL Films-produced series, Caught in the Draft.

Airing every Wednesday at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network leading up to the eve of the 2014 NFL Draft, the five-episode series examines five specific drafts which had a profound impact on the National Football League and helped to transform the NFL Draft into the enormous event it has become. Actor Oliver Platt narrates the series.

This week’s episode – 1974: The Future is Now – focuses on the 1974 NFL Draft. The Pittsburgh Steelers change the way organizations view the NFL Draft by adopting a philosophy of building a championship team through the draft and selecting four future Hall of Famers in Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth and Mike Webster. Features interviews with the first ‘draftnik’ Pete Marasco, Lynn Swann, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, and more.

For a trailer of this week’s episode, visit: http://on.nfl.com/1epMWP9

The on-air schedule for the entire series is as follows:

- April 23 1984: A War is Upon Us

- April 30 1994: A Day That Will Live in Infamy

- May 7 2004: Storm Over Eli

Through archival sources and fresh interviews, Caught in the Draft provides viewers with the most compelling stories from each draft and offers a look inside at just how differently drafts were conducted in the past, and how the nature of the game as it was played in each of those times dictated the types of players selected. Additionally, each episode of Caught in the Draft features graphics and music related to that period of time, truly putting viewers “in the moment” of each decade.

To view the trailer for the series, visit:

http://on.nfl.com/PGcc8f

 

Game Changers – Tuesday, April 15 at 9:00 PM ET

Before their names are called on draft day, some of the top NFL prospects get put to the test by former NFL coach Steve Mariucci and NFL Network’s team of former players on Game Changers.

Airing each Tuesday at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, Game Changers puts each prospect through an interview, film study and on-field workout to give viewers exclusive access into the lives of these athletes on and away from the football field.

This week, former Super Bowl-winning quarterback and NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner joins Mariucci to work with quarterback prospects Teddy Bridgewater, A.J. McCarron, Tajh Boyd and David Fales.

Below are video links to segments from last week’s episodes of Game Changers:

- Hall of Fame wide receiver and NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin joins Steve Mariucci to take prospects Kelvin Benjamin, Jarvis Landry, Allen Robinson and T.J. Jones through drills: http://on.nfl.com/1sAUGBy

- Steve Mariucci puts wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin, Jarvis Landry, Allen Robinson and T.J. Jones on the hot seat: http://on.nfl.com/1m3h8BT

- Steve Mariucci sits down with quarterback prospects Teddy Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd and David Fales: http://on.nfl.com/1kpJsMe

- Former Super Bowl-winning quarterback and NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner takes to the field with quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd and David Fales: http://on.nfl.com/1gxdNUq

NFL AM – Daily Episodes at 6:00 AM ET; Re-Aires at 10:00 AM ET

Start the day off with the NFL. NFL AM airs Monday – Friday at 6:00 AM ET offering analysis, reports from correspondents in several NFL cities and interviews with players and coaches.

This week, New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford appears in-studio as a guest analyst Monday, April 14 and Tuesday, April 15, and Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson appears in-studio as a guest analyst Wednesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 17.

This week, the following guests join the show:

  • ·         Today

o    Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon: on.nfl.com/1gWhBht

  • ·         Tuesday, April 15 – Giants punter Steve Weatherford in-studio guest analyst; Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett and Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett in-studio; former Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr in-studio
  • ·         Wednesday, April 16 – Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson in-studio guest analyst
  • ·         Thursday, April 17 – Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson in-studio guest analyst; Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman in-studio; Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback Brandon Boykin in-studio
  • ·         Friday, April 18 – New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker and wife Jesse Decker

 

NFL Total Access – Monday – Saturday at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network

NFL Total Access airs Monday – Saturday at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network.

This week, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins joins the show as an in-studio guest analyst tonight – Wednesday, April 16.

Monday, April 14

  • Host: Dan Hellie
  • Analysts: LaDainian Tomlinson, Jamie Dukes & Malcolm Jenkins

Tuesday, April 15

  • Host: Dan Hellie
  • Analysts: LaDainian Tomlinson, Jamie Dukes & Malcolm Jenkins
  • Guest: Former Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr in-studio

Wednesday, April 16

  • Hosts: Amber Theoharis & Dan Hellie
  • Analysts: LaDainian Tomlinson, Jamie Dukes & Malcolm Jenkins

Thursday, April 17

  • Host: Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: LaDainian Tomlinson & Jamie Dukes

Friday, April 18

  • Host: Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Heath Evans & Jamie Dukes

Saturday, April 19 – Week in Review

 

Path to the Draft – Airs Monday – Friday at 7:00 PM ET

Get ready for the 2014 NFL Draft with Path to the Draft Monday – Friday at 7:00 PM ET on NFL Network. NFL Network analysts Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) and Charles Davis (@CFD22) anchor Path to the Draft, and are joined by NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, Charley Casserly and Brian Baldinger, former first-round pick Curtis Conway, and various additional NFL Network analysts.

This week’s editions of Path to the Draft feature the following:

Tonight

- Path to the Draft goes inside the Green Bay Packers Draft Room

- Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis discuss the future of private team workouts

- “First Draft” – Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray

Tuesday, April 15

- Former Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr in-studio

- Path to the Draft goes inside the Chicago Bears Draft Room

- “First Draft” – Former Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald

Wednesday, April 16

- NFL Network’s Desmond Purnell reports from Aaron Murray’s Pro Day

- Path to the Draft goes inside the Detroit Lions Draft Room

- “First Draft” – Former Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson

Thursday, April 17

- Actor/comedian Marlon Wayans in-studio

- Path to the Draft goes inside the Minnesota Vikings Draft Room

- “First Draft” – Former Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy

Friday, April 18

- Former University of Washington quarterback Keith Price in-studio

- Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis present their new Mock Draft

- “First Draft” – Former TCU cornerback Jason Verrett

Conference Call with NFL Network Analysts Charles Davis & Daniel Jeremiah – Thursday, April 17 at 1:45 PM ET

NFL Network analysts Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah will be available for a media conference call on Thursday, April 17 at 1:45 PM ET to preview the 2014 NFL Draft.

Path to the Draft airs Monday-Friday at 7:00 PM ET on NFL Network, anchored by Davis (@CFD22) and Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks). For the latest news and analysis leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, visit NFL.com/cfb, follow on Twitter (@NFL_CFB) and download the College Football 24/7 Podcast on NFL.com and iTunes.

NFL Network provides live coverage of the 2014 NFL Draft May 8-10 from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Additionally, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock will hold his annual NFL Draft media call on Thursday, May 1 at 1:00 PM ET. Details regarding this call will be made available soon.

 

On the Clock – Every Thursday on NFL Total Access at 8:00 PM ET

Every Thursday on NFL Total Access at 8:00 PM ET, NFL Network’s On the Clock follows three of the top draft prospects throughout their journey leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft: Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr and Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix.

This week, On the Clock visits with the Watkins family at home as they prepare for the 2014 NFL Draft and reminisce on how far Sammy Watkins has come.

Last week, On the Clock focused on Nix’s determination to dominate at the next level despite suffering an injury during the 2013 season: http://on.nfl.com/1gxljC7

 

NFL Network Programming Schedule  

Day-by-Day Programming Schedule:

 

To view the entire NFL Network programming schedule, please visit: http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/networkschedule

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NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock’s Top 5 Prospects by Position List

To view NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock’s top five prospects by position list for the 2014 NFL Draft, visit: http://on.nfl.com/1lyIDTH.

For complete coverage leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, visit NFL.com/cfb, follow on Twitter (@NFL_CFB) and download the College Football 24/7 Podcast on NFL.com and iTunes. Path to the Draft airs Monday – Friday at 7:00 PM ET on NFL Network.

 

NFL.com/Live: Mock Draft Weekly Presented by Verizon – Thursdays at 5:30 PM ET on NFL.com & 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network

Get ready for the 2014 NFL Draft with NFL.com/Live: Mock Draft Weekly Presented by Verizon, which streams on NFL.com every Thursday at 5:30 PM ET and airs on NFL Network Thursday at 6:00 PM ET.

The 30-minute show features the latest mock drafts from experts Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Matt “Money” Smith. They tell you which prospects are rising up the draft boards and which prospects are falling.

 

NFL Editorial Content – Daily on NFL.com

  • NFL.com’s Around the League Blog

o   Get all of the latest news from around the NFL with the Around the League blog: http://www.nfl.com/news

  • NFL.com’s College Football 24/7

o   For all of the latest news, analysis, mock drafts and prospect rankings leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, visit: http://www.nfl.com/cfb247

o   NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah’s top 50 prospects: http://on.nfl.com/12KSo79

o   NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks’ top 25 prospects: http://on.nfl.com/1m44WRT

o   NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks’ top 5 prospects by position: http://on.nfl.com/1eSUDs9

o   Gil Brandt’s top 50 prospects:

http://on.nfl.com/1er9hLQ

o   Latest Mock Drafts from NFL Network analysts:http://on.nfl.com/1bmOckD

Catch all of NFL Media’s writers work here:  http://www.nfl.com/news

 

The Rich Eisen Podcast Highlights NFL.com’s Six Different Podcasts Each Week

NFL Digital Media offers six different podcasts, including The Rich Eisen Podcast which has amassed more than 11 million downloads and can be downloaded at NFL.com and iTunes.

This week on The Rich Eisen Podcast, Rich Eisen is joined by actor/comedian Marlon Wayans and actor Colin Hanks in-studio. Additionally, NFL Network analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks join Rich for the latest news and analysis surrounding the 2014 NFL Draft.

Other NFL.com podcasts include:

·         Dave Dameshek Football Program

·         Around the League

·         The Coaches Show

·         College Football 24/7 – Former Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr

·         NFL Fantasy Live

To listen to all six of NFL.com’s podcasts, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/podcast

NFL Mobile from Verizon

For fans on the go, with NFL Mobile from Verizon fans can get all the latest news and access live, streaming video of NFL Network on their smartphone. NFL Mobile from Verizon is available to Verizon Wireless customers with a premium subscription for $5/month. For more information about NFL Mobile from Verizon, including how to purchase premium services, visit www.verizoninsider.com/nfl

85th Annual Notre Dame Blue-Gold Game Airs Saturday, April 12 at 12:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN_LogoAnnual Spring Scrimmage Provides Look at Top Recruits and 2014 Fighting Irish Football Team

Paul Burmeister, Mike Mayock and Alex Flanagan to Call Action from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend

Quarterbacks & Head Coach Brian Kelly Mic’d Up; Current and Former Players Interviewed Throughout Game

NBC’s 24th Season Broadcasting Notre Dame Football Home Games Begins Saturday, August 30 at 3:30 p.m. ET vs. Rice University

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 9, 2014 – Notre Dame’s 85th annual Blue-Gold Game airs this Saturday, April 12 at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The annual spring football scrimmage will provide fans with their first look at head coach Brian Kelly’s top 2014 recruits, as well as a preview of the 2014 Fighting Irish football roster. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream coverage of the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Game via “TV Everywhere.”

Paul Burmeister will handle play-by-play duties of Saturday’s game, alongside Emmy Award-nominated analyst Mike Mayock and sideline reporter Alex Flanagan live from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind.

NBCSN’s coverage will be enhanced by production elements that will give fans an all-access look into Saturday’s game. Quarterbacks for both teams and head coach Brian Kelly will be mic’d up, and Kelly will be on headset to communicate with Burmeister and Mayock live during the fourth quarter, while simultaneously calling plays from the sidelines. Flanagan will conduct interviews with players throughout the game as they come off of the field, and with former Notre Dame standouts over the course of the telecast.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL ON NBC

NBC’s 24th season of broadcasting Notre Dame Football home games begins on Saturday, August 30 at 3:30 p.m. ET when the Fighting Irish host the Rice Owls in their season opener, followed by a primetime matchup against the rival Michigan Wolverines on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2014 Notre Dame football season continues Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, when the Fighting Irish host the Purdue Boilermakers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., in the 2014 iteration of the Shamrock Series.

The 2014 schedule also includes games against Stanford on Saturday, Oct. 4; North Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 11; Northwestern on Saturday, Nov. 15; and Louisville on Saturday, Nov. 22. All four of those games are slated for 3:30 p.m. ET kickoffs on NBC.

2014 NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL SCHEDULE ON NBC

Date Opponent Network Time (ET)
Sat., August 30 Rice University NBC 3:30 p.m.
Sat., September 6 University of Michigan NBC 7:30 p.m.
Sat., September 13 Purdue University* NBC 7:30 p.m.
Sat., October 4 Stanford University NBC 3:30 p.m.
Sat., October 11 University of North Carolina NBC 3:30 p.m.
Sat., November 15 Northwestern University NBC 3:30 p.m.
Sat., November 22 University of Louisville NBC 3:30 p.m.

*2014 Shamrock Series at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream coverage of this weekend’s Blue-Gold Game via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. In addition, NBC Sports Live Extra will stream all Notre Dame football home games for upcoming the 2014 season.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

This weekend’s Blue-Gold Game on NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

Click here for the participating cable/satellite/telco companies offering NBC Sports Live Extra:

http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2013/08/16/nbc-sports-live-extra-providers/

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

CBS Sports Announces 2014 NFL Preseason Games

NFL-CBSTHE NFL ON CBS Preseason Schedule Kicks Off with Green Bay Packers Hosting Oakland Raiders Live in Prime Time on Friday, August 22

New Orleans Saints Take On Indianapolis Colts for THE NFL ON CBS’s Second Preseason Game Following Night on August 23 on CBS Television Network

The CBS Television Network is scheduled to begin its 55th year broadcasting the NFL with two preseason games during the 2014 season.

The preseason schedule for THE NFL ON CBS begins on Friday, Aug. 22 (8:00 PM, ET) when the Green Bay Packers host the Oakland Raiders, live in prime time on the CBS Television Network.

THE NFL ON CBS will conclude its two-game preseason schedule the following night when the New Orleans Saints take on the Indianapolis Colts live in prime time on Saturday, Aug. 23 (8:00 PM, ET).

Sean McManus is Chairman, CBS Sports, and serves as Executive Producer of CBS Sports’ coverage of THE NFL ON CBS.  David Berson is President, CBS Sports.  Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

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The NFL on FOX is Back

fox-nfl

Smith, Newton, Rivers & Kaepernick Star In Two Preseason Games Featuring Four Playoff Teams Coming in August

Levi’s Stadium Makes National Television Debut

New York – Fresh off broadcasting the most-watched television show in U.S. history, Super Bowl XLVI, FOX Sports embarks on the 2014 NFL season with a pair of exciting preseason contests featuring some of the sport’s most impressive quarterbacks.

NFL action on FOX Sports begins in primetime on Sunday, August 17 (8:00 PM ET) as quarterback Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs march into Carolina for a battle with the NFC South Champion Panthers, led by signal-caller Cam Newton, from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.  Play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt, analyst John Lynch and sideline reporter Erin Andrews call the game.

Preseason action on FOX Sports returns on Sunday, August 24 (4:00 PM ET) when Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers face off against the 49ers led by Colin Kaepernick from the newly minted Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.  Play-by-play announcer Joe Buck along with NFL Hall of Famer Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Pam Oliver call the action and have the privilege of showing off the NFL’s newest stadium to a national audience for the first time.

A complete regular season schedule of NFL games on FOX Sports will be released at a later date.  Following its regular-season coverage, FOX Sports presents exclusive live postseason coverage including an NFC Wild Card Game, the NFC Divisional Playoffs, and the NFC Championship Game.

FOX SPORTS 2014 NFL PRESEASON BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Sunday, August 17           Kansas City Chiefs at Carolina Panthers                         8:00 PM ET

Sunday, August 24           San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers                   4:00 PM ET

 

– FOX SPORTS –

2014 Monday Night Football Preseason Schedule

ESPN_MNF_2011Jacksonville Jaguars at Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns at Washington Redskins

ESPN will televise two NFL preseason games as part of its 2014 Monday Night Football schedule. Play-by-play commentator Mike Tirico and analyst Jon Gruden will call the games with reporter Lisa Salters in anticipation of ESPN’s MNF regular-season opener on Monday, Sept. 8. Both MNF preseason games will begin at 8 p.m. ET and will be preceded by a one-hour Monday Night Countdown pregame show.

ESPN’s preseason kicks off Thursday, Aug. 14, when the Jacksonville Jaguars travel to Chicago to face quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears at Soldier Field.

The ESPN crew then heads to Landover, Md., where quarterback Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins host the Cleveland Browns on Monday, Aug. 18, at FedExField. This matchup will also be a battle of first-year head coaches with Washington’s Jay Gruden, Jon Gruden’s brother, and Cleveland’s Mike Pettine both hired in early 2014.

ESPN Deportes, ESPN’s 24-hour Spanish-language domestic sports network, will once again offer a Spanish-language production of MNF preseason and regular-season games in 2014. All games will also be available on tablets and computers via WatchESPN.

The 2014 ESPN MNF regular-season schedule is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

ESPN’s Monday Night Football 2014 NFL Preseason Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game
Thursday, Aug. 14 8 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars at Chicago Bears
Monday, Aug. 18 8 p.m. Cleveland Browns at Washington Redskins

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NFL Network & NFL.com Programming Notes — April 7-13

NFL_Network_2012_LogoNFL Network Shows & Scheduled Guests

·         Caught in the Draft – Premieres Wednesday, April 9 at 9:00 PM ET

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: This week’s episode – 1964: The Greatest Draft Ever?

·         Game Changers – Premieres Tuesday, April 8 at 9:00 PM ET

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner with quarterbacks at 9:00 PM ET & NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin with wide receivers at 9:30 PM ET

·         NFL AM

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Former Pro Bowl FB Lorenzo Neal in-studio guest analyst on Wednesday, April 9

·         NFL Total Access
      SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Hall of Fame S Rod Woodson in-studio guest analyst tonight – Friday, April 11

·         Path to the Draft – Airs Monday – Friday at 7:00 PM ET

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Mike Mayock from LSU’s Pro Day on Wednesday, April 9

·         NFL Network’s Day-by-Day Programming

  • NFL.com Content

·         NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock’s Top 5 Prospects by Position List

·         NFL.com/Live: Mock Draft Weekly Presented by Verizon – Thursdays at 5:30 PM ET on NFL.com & 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network

·         NFL.com Editorial Content

PODCAST GUESTS: Marlon Wayans on The Rich Eisen Podcast; Cardinals DE Darnell Dockett on The Dave Dameshek Football Program; former San Jose State CB Bene Benwikere on the College Football 24/7 Podcast

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Caught in the Draft – Premieres Wednesday, April 9 at 9:00 PM ET

Before the 2014 NFL Draft kicks off, NFL Network provides a comprehensive look back at the past 50 years of the NFL Draft with a new, NFL Films-produced series, Caught in the Draft.

Premiering Wednesday, April 9 at 9:00 PM ET and airing every Wednesday leading up to the eve of the 2014 NFL Draft, the five-episode series examines five specific drafts which had a profound impact on the National Football League and helped to transform the NFL Draft into the enormous event it has become.

This week’s episode – 1964: The Greatest Draft Ever? – focuses on the 1964 NFL Draft. In a draft that includes 11 Hall of Famers – more than any other draft in NFL history – the Dallas Cowboys revolutionize the scarcely covered player selection meeting and plant the seeds for a national phenomenon with the selections of Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes and Mel Renfro. Additionally, the New York Jets lay the foundation for their Super Bowl III championship with the selection of six eventual starters, and number one overall pick Dave Parks later makes history by being the first marquee player to challenge the league on player movement. Features interviews with Roger Staubach, Bill Parcells, Peter King, Bobby Beathard, Dan Daly and more.

For an excerpt from the episode, visit: http://on.nfl.com/PT1tar

The on-air schedule for the entire series is as follows:

- April 16 1974: The Future is Now

- April 23 1984: A War is Upon Us

- April 30 1994: A Day That Will Live in Infamy

- May 7 2004: Storm Over Eli

Through archival sources and fresh interviews, Caught in the Draft provides viewers with the most compelling stories from each draft and offers a look inside at just how differently drafts were conducted in the past, and how the nature of the game as it was played in each of those times dictated the types of players selected. Additionally, each episode of Caught in the Draft features graphics and music related to that period of time, truly putting viewers “in the moment” of each decade.

To view the trailer for the series, visit:

http://on.nfl.com/PGcc8f

Game Changers – Premieres Tuesday, April 8 at 9:00 PM ET

Before their names are called on draft day, some of the top NFL prospects get put to the test by former NFL coach Steve Mariucci and NFL Network’s team of former players on Game Changers.

Premiering Tuesday, April 8 at 9:00 PM ET and airing each Tuesday leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, Game Changers puts each prospect through an interview, film study and on-field workout to give viewers exclusive access into the lives of these athletes on and away from the football field.

This week, former Super Bowl-winning quarterback and NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner joins Mariucci to work with quarterback prospects Teddy Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd, Blake Bortles and David Fales at 9:00 PM ET.

At 9:30 PM ET, Hall of Fame wide receiver and NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin joins to work with wide receiver prospects Kelvin Benjamin, Jarvis Landry, Allen Robinson and T.J. Jones.

FL AM – Daily Episodes at 6:00 AM ET; Re-Aires at 10:00 AM ET

Start the day off with the NFL. NFL AM airs Monday – Friday at 6:00 AM ET offering analysis, reports from correspondents in several NFL cities and interviews with players and coaches.

This week, the following guests join the show:

  • ·         Today

o   Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett & Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett on “Bro to Bro”: on.nfl.com/1e8vgaE

o    Tennessee Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard: http://on.nfl.com/1hUMpUl

  • ·         Tuesday, April 8 – Former quarterback Chad Pennington
  • ·         Wednesday, April 9 – Former Pro Bowl fullback Lorenzo Neal in-studio guest analyst

 

NFL Total Access – Monday – Saturday at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network

NFL Total Access airs Monday – Saturday at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network.

This week, Hall of Fame safety Rod Woodson joins the show as an in-studio guest analyst tonight – Friday, April 11.

Monday, April 7

·         Host: Amber Theoharis

·         Analysts: Heath Evans, Shaun O’Hara & Rod Woodson

Tuesday, April 8

  • Host: Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Heath Evans, Shaun O’Hara & Rod Woodson
  • Guest: Actor Chadwick Boseman in-studio

Wednesday, April 9

  • Host: Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest, Shaun O’Hara & Rod Woodson

Thursday, April 10

  • Host: Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest, Shaun O’Hara & Rod Woodson

Friday, April 11

  • Host: Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest & Rod Woodson

Saturday, April 12 – Week in Review

 

Path to the Draft – Airs Monday – Friday at 7:00 PM ET

Get ready for the 2014 NFL Draft with Path to the Draft Monday – Friday at 7:00 PM ET on NFL Network. NFL Network analysts Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) and Charles Davis (@CFD22) anchor Path to the Draft, and are joined by NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, Charley Casserly and Brian Baldinger, former first-round pick Curtis Conway, and various additional NFL Network analysts.

This week’s editions of Path to the Draft feature the following:

Tonight

- Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden appeared in-studio to discuss the top defensive back prospects: http://on.nfl.com/1eaO49f

- Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis discuss if the Oakland Raiders are a good fit for Johnny Manziel: http://on.nfl.com/1mURD5L

- Daniel Jeremiah, Charles Davis, Curtis Conway and Shaun O’Hara discuss if selecting a wide receiver in the first round is a risk: http://on.nfl.com/1e6kIZ4

- Daniel Jeremiah, Charles Davis, Curtis Conway and Brian Baldinger go inside the New England Patriots’ draft room: http://on.nfl.com/1qf5PWy

Tuesday, April 8

- Preview of NFL Network’s Albert Breer’s sitdown interview with former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger

- Path to the Draft goes inside the Miami Dolphins’ draft room

- “First Draft” – Former Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews

Wednesday, April 9

- Mike Mayock reports from LSU’s Pro Day on wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, running back Jeremy Hill, quarterback Zach Mettenberger and guard Trai Turner

- Path to the Draft goes inside the New York Jets’ draft room

- “First Draft” – Former University of Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Thursday, April 10

- Path to the Draft goes inside the Buffalo Bills’ draft room

- “First Draft” – Former LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Friday, April 11

- Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis present a combined Mock Draft

- “First Draft” – Former Washington State cornerback Deone Bucannon

 

On the Clock – Every Thursday on NFL Total Access at 8:00 PM ET

Every Thursday on NFL Total Access at 8:00 PM ET, NFL Network’s On the Clock follows three of the top draft prospects throughout their journey leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft: Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr and Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix.

This week’s On the Clock focuses on Nix’s football journey at Notre Dame and how injury prematurely ended his senior season.

Last week’s edition of On the Clock focused on Watkins and his quest to become one of the draft’s top prospects: http://on.nfl.com/1hmByni

 

NFL Network Programming Schedule  

Day-by-Day Programming Schedule:

To view the entire NFL Network programming schedule, please visit: http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/networkschedule

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NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock’s Top 5 Prospects by Position List

To view NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock’s top five prospects by position list for the 2014 NFL Draft, visit: http://on.nfl.com/1lyIDTH.

For complete coverage leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, visit NFL.com/cfb, follow on Twitter (@NFL_CFB) and download the College Football 24/7 Podcast on NFL.com and iTunes. Path to the Draft airs Monday – Friday at 7:00 PM ET on NFL Network.

NFL.com/Live: Mock Draft Weekly Presented by Verizon – Thursdays at 5:30 PM ET on NFL.com & 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network

Get ready for the 2014 NFL Draft with NFL.com/Live: Mock Draft Weekly Presented by Verizon, which streams on NFL.com every Thursday at 5:30 PM ET and airs on NFL Network Thursday at 6:00 PM ET.

The 30-minute show features the latest mock drafts from experts Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Matt “Money” Smith. They tell you which prospects are rising up the draft boards and which prospects are falling.

Featured on this week’s edition of NFL.com/Live: Mock Draft Weekly:

  • How do this year’s top quarterback and wide receiver prospects measure up against the best from 2013?
  • Who is the best linebacker in the 2014 NFL Draft?
  • Where will the top offensive tackles land?

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NFL Editorial Content – Daily on NFL.com

  • NFL.com’s Around the League Blog

o   Get all of the latest news from around the NFL with the Around the League blog: http://www.nfl.com/news

  • NFL.com’s College Football 24/7

o   For all of the latest news, analysis, mock drafts and prospect rankings leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, visit: http://www.nfl.com/cfb247

o   NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah’s top 50 prospects: http://on.nfl.com/12KSo79

o   NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks’ top 25 prospects: http://on.nfl.com/1m44WRT

o   NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks’ top 5 prospects by position: http://on.nfl.com/1eSUDs9

o   Latest Mock Drafts from NFL Network analysts:http://on.nfl.com/1bmOckD

Catch all of NFL Media’s writers work here:  http://www.nfl.com/news

 

The Rich Eisen Podcast Highlights NFL.com’s Six Different Podcasts Each Week

NFL Digital Media offers six different podcasts, including The Rich Eisen Podcast which has amassed more than 11 million downloads and can be downloaded at NFL.com and iTunes.

This week on The Rich Eisen Podcast, Rich Eisen is joined by actor/comedian Marlon Wayans in-studio.

Other NFL.com podcasts include:

·         Dave Dameshek Football Program – Arizona Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett

·         Around the League

·         The Coaches Show

·         College Football 24/7 – Former San Jose State cornerback Bene Benwikere

·         NFL Fantasy Live

To listen to all six of NFL.com’s podcasts, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/podcast

 

Bruce Feldman, Renowned College Football Journalist, Joins FOX Sports

fox-sports-logoAs Senior College Football Reporter & Columnist, Feldman Contributes

Across Multiple FOX Sports Platforms

New York – Bruce Feldman, one of the nation’s leading college football journalists and New York Times best-selling author, has joined FOX Sports as senior college football reporter and columnist it was announced today by John Entz, Executive Vice President, Production, FOX Sports.

Feldman’s contributions to FOX Sports’ college football coverage include reporting and writing columns regularly for FOXSports.com, a robust presence on social media, as well as appearing on FOX and FOX Sports 1 college football related programming.

“Bruce has huge credibility and tremendous contacts within the college football community,” said Entz.  “No question, he’s one of the most respected voices in the space, and he’s a huge addition to the depth, quality and integrity of our college football coverage.”

Feldman joins FOX Sports from CBS, where he covered college football for CBSSports.com for the past two years. Prior to that, he spent 17 years at ESPN.com reporting on college football, covering breaking news as well as major events. Feldman’s articles have been cited in several editions of The Best American Sports Writing and nominated for numerous national magazine awards. He has also won first place awards in contests sponsored by the Football Writers Association of America.

Based in Los Angeles, Feldman has authored or co-authored three college football books, including Swing Your Sword, which reached number five on The New York Times Bestsellers list in 2011.  He also wrote Meat Market: Inside the Smash-Mouth World of College Football Recruiting and Cane Mutiny: How the Miami Hurricanes Overturned the College Football Establishment.

Earlier in his career, Feldman reported for the Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald and St. Petersburg Times. In addition, he was previously an associate editor of College & Pro Football Newsweekly. Feldman is a 1992 graduate of the University of Miami.

NFL Network & NFL.com Programming Notes — March 17-23

NFL_Network_2012_LogoNFL Network Shows & Scheduled Guests

·         Dynasty Week – Pittsburgh Steelers

·         NFL AM

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Former Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, Steelers CB Ike Taylor, Saints DE Cam Jordan & Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks in-studio

·         NFL Total Access
      SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Steelers CB Ike Taylor in-studio guest analyst today & Tuesday; Bears LB Lance Briggs in-studio guest analyst Thursday & Friday; Saints QB Drew Brees in-studio Thursday

·         Path to the Draft – Airs Monday – Friday at 7:00 PM ET

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Former Clemson WR Sammy Watkins in-studio today; former North Carolina TE Eric Ebron in-studio Tuesday; former Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater in-studio Friday

·         NFL Network’s Day-by-Day Programming

  • NFL.com Content

·         NFL.com Editorial Content

 NFL.com Podcast Central featuring The Rich Eisen Podcast and Six Total Podcasts

PODCAST GUESTS: Seth Meyers & Ivan Reitman on The Rich Eisen Podcast; Steelers CB Ike Taylor on The Dave Dameshek Football Program; former Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on the College Football 24/7 Podcast

 

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Dynasty Week on NFL Network – Pittsburgh Steelers

Each week during the month of March, NFL Network’s programming will focus on the five greatest NFL dynasties – the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys.

This week is Steelers Week, starting today and continuing through Sunday, March 23.

Every “Dynasty Week” will feature team-related segments on NFL AM and NFL Total Access, as well as interviews with guests associated with each team. Additionally, throughout the week NFL Network will show team-related editions of such shows as A Football Life, America’s Game, NFL’s Top 10 and Sound FX, as well as classic games and Super Bowl re-airs.

Provided below is the schedule for “Dynasty Week” on NFL Network:

·         Week of March 17th – Steelers Week

·         Week of March 24th – 49ers Week

·         Week of March 31st – Cowboys Week

Steelers Week includes the following guests on NFL Network:

  • Today & Tuesday Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor in-studio guest analyst on NFL Total Access at 8:00 PM ET
  • Tuesday – Former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward on NFL AM at 6:00 AM ET
  • Wednesday – Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor on NFL AM at 6:00 AM ET

For the entire schedule of Steelers-related programming shown during Steelers Week, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/networkschedule

NFL AM – Daily Episodes at 6:00 AM ET; Re-Aires at 10:00 AM ET

Start the day off with the NFL. NFL AM airs Monday – Friday at 6:00 AM ET offering analysis, reports from correspondents in several NFL cities and interviews with players and coaches.

This week, the following guests join the show:

  • ·         Today

o   Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett & Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett on “Bro to Bro”: http://on.nfl.com/1d74Rtg

o   New York Giants linebacker Jameel McClain: http://on.nfl.com/Ow2HaI

o   Former Indiana wide receiver Duwyce Wilson in-studio: http://on.nfl.com/1kXmSMS

  • ·         Tuesday – Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones in-studio and former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward joins the show
  • ·         Wednesday – Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor, New Orleans Saints defensive end Cam Jordan and Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks in-studio
  • ·         Friday – Former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in-studio   

 

NFL Total Access – Monday – Saturday at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network

NFL Total Access airs Monday – Saturday at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network.

This week, Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor joins as an in-studio guest analyst tonight and Tuesday.

Additionally, Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs joins as an in-studio guest analyst Thursday and Friday.

Monday, March 17

·         Host: Dan Hellie

·         Analysts: Heath Evans, Brian Baldinger, Kurt Warner & Ike Taylor

·         Guest: Former Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins & free agent linebacker James Harrison

Tuesday, March 18

  • Host: Dan Hellie
  • Analysts: Heath Evans, Brian Baldinger & Ike Taylor

Wednesday, March 19

  • Host: Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Heath Evans & Brian Baldinger

Thursday, March 20

  • Host: Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Heath Evans, Brian Baldinger & Lance Briggs
  • Guest: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in-studio

Friday, March 21

  • Host: Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Heath Evans, Brian Baldinger & Lance Briggs

Saturday, March 22 – Week in Review

Path to the Draft – Airs Monday – Friday at 7:00 PM ET

Get ready for the 2014 NFL Draft with Path to the Draft Monday – Friday at 7:00 PM ET on NFL Network. NFL Network analysts Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) and Charles Davis (@CFD22) anchor Path to the Draft, and are joined by NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, Charley Casserly and Brian Baldinger, and former first-round pick Curtis Conway.

This week’s editions of Path to the Draft feature the following:

Today

- Former Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins in-studio

- Coverage of Louisville’s Pro Day, featuring quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and safety Calvin Pryor

Tuesday, March 18

- NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock from Florida State’s Pro Day

- Former North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron in-studio

Wednesday, March 19

- NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock from Central Florida’s Pro Day

Thursday, March 20

- Coverage from the following Pro Days: Missouri, Notre Dame & Fresno State

- Actor Billy Gardell in-studio

Friday, March 21

- Former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in-studio

On the Clock – Every Thursday on NFL Total Access at 8:00 PM ET

Every Thursday on NFL Total Access at 8:00 PM ET, NFL Network’s On the Clock follows three of the top draft prospects throughout their journey leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft: Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr and Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix III.

This week’s On the Clock focuses on Barr as he prepares for UCLA’s pro day.

Provided below are video links to past On the Clock segments:

- UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr is on a quest to prove he is the best player in the 2014 NFL Draft: http://on.nfl.com/1gG2vNb

- See how Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is getting ready to try and become the next elite wide receiver in the NFL: http://on.nfl.com/1fD9dmn

NFL Network Programming Schedule  

Day-by-Day Programming Schedule:

To view the entire NFL Network programming schedule, please visit: http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/networkschedule

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NFL Editorial Content – Daily on NFL.com

  • NFL.com’s Around the League Blog

o   Get all of the latest news from around the NFL with the Around the League blog: http://www.nfl.com/news

o   Around the League’s top 101 free agents: http://on.nfl.com/1fXkFtu

  • NFL.com’s College Football 24/7

o   For all of the latest news, analysis, mock drafts and prospect rankings leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, visit: http://www.nfl.com/cfb247

o   NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock’s top 5 prospects by position: http://on.nfl.com/1fW8L6U

o   NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah’s top 50 prospects: http://on.nfl.com/12KSo79

o   NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks’ top 25 prospects: http://on.nfl.com/1m44WRT

o   NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks’ top 5 prospects by position: http://on.nfl.com/1eSUDs9

o   Latest Mock Drafts from NFL Network analysts:http://on.nfl.com/1bmOckD

Catch all of NFL Media’s writers work here:  http://www.nfl.com/news

The Rich Eisen Podcast Highlights NFL.com’s Six Different Podcasts Each Week

NFL Digital Media offers six different podcasts, including The Rich Eisen Podcast which has amassed more than 11 million downloads and can be downloaded at NFL.com and iTunes.

This week on The Rich Eisen Podcast, host of Late Night with Seth Meyers, Seth Meyers, and director of the upcoming movie Draft Day, Ivan Reitman, join Rich Eisen.

Other NFL.com podcasts include:

·         Dave Dameshek Football Program – Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor

·         Around the League

·         The Coaches Show

·         College Football 24/7 – Former Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins

·         NFL Fantasy Live

To listen to all six of NFL.com’s podcasts, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/podcast

NFL Mobile from Verizon

For fans on the go, with NFL Mobile from Verizon fans can get all the latest news and access live, streaming video of NFL Network on their smartphone. NFL Mobile from Verizon is available to Verizon Wireless customers with a premium subscription for $5/month. For more information about NFL Mobile from Verizon, including how to purchase premium services, visit www.verizoninsider.com/nfl

ESPN’s Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer Signed as Lead SEC Network Announce Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About SEC Network

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

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