The two winners of the “First Take, Your Take” viewer contest will travel to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., on Tuesday, Jan. 17, and Wednesday, Jan. 18, to receive the full backstage experience and join Stephen A. Smith , Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim on First Take on ESPN at 10 a.m. ET to debate the day’s news. On Tuesday, Chrystal Stone of New York City will take a seat at the desk, followed by Mikal Goodman of Miami on Wednesday. Watch Stone and Goodman preparing for their appearances here, and watch their entry videos here (Stone) and here (Goodman).
Live Performance by Wale in First Take Studio January 3; Platinum-selling Rapper Headlines Guest Lineup For First Take’s First Week on ESPN
When First Take, ESPN’s weekday morning studio debate show featuring commentators Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman with host Molly Qerim, moves to ESPN at 10 a.m. ET beginning Tuesday, Jan. 3, they will be joined by special guests throughout the week. On the first day, Wale – the Grammy-nominated recording artist who created the exclusive First Take opening theme song “Every Word Great” – will perform the theme song live from the First Take set. Wale will also give a “first take” of a new song on the show that morning, January 3.
Stephen A. Smith announced the two winners – one male and one female – of the “First Take, Your Take” viewer contest on First Take earlier today. The winners, selected by the First Take staff, will travel to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., to receive the full backstage experience and join Stephen A. Smith , Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim in a televised debate. The trip includes roundtrip airfare, one night hotel accommodations and transportation to ESPN’s headquarters. The specific dates the winners will appear on First Take will be announced at a later date.
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– Championship live on ESPN2 Nov. 20
ESPN2’s First Take kicks off ESPN’s week of Veteran’s Day programming with a live telecast from Joint Base Charleston in Charleston, S.C., on Monday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m. ET. Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and host Molly Qerim will be joined by Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Darius Rucker. A live audience of military personnel will be present as the hosts discuss the topics of the day. Then on Tuesday, Nov. 8, First Take will air an Election Day Special featuring Smith vs. Kellerman on a presidential-style debate set. Viewers will get to vote on which commentator wins the debates of the day.
WatchESPN has daily coverage of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals from Singapore – produced by the WTA – with the championship live on ESPN2 on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 a.m. The qualified singles for the elite eight so far includes Angelique Kerber – who has already clinched the World No.1 title – Agnieszka Radwanska, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Garbine Muguruza, Madison Keys and Dominika Cibulkova.
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.
Starting today, ESPN2’s First Take has launched the “First Take, Your Take” viewer contest offering two winning fans the chance to debate Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman on national television. Viewers are invited to upload a one-minute video with their best original sports debate – by themselves – to FirstTakeYourTake.com. The rules and regulations for the chance to win are listed on the website.
Due to Hurricane Matthew, games on ESPN networks that have been postponed or canceled have been replaced by a variety of college-themed programming. Notably, special live editions of SEC Green Room will air on SEC Network at noon ET and 7:30 p.m. with discussion of games airing on other ESPN networks. Please note the confirmed program changes below.
ESPN2 will air live coverage of the annual World TeamTennis (WTT) Smash Hits event from Las Vegas beginning at 10 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 10, from a specially-constructed tennis court along the Las Vegas Strip outside of Caesars Palace. The event, which is co-hosted by Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King and produced by WTT, will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Leif Shiras and ESPN’s Pam Shriver will call the action with Mark Knowles courtside.
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